Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wii Sensor Bar

In other news I modded my wii sensor bar. Not really a major project but just something to stop everyone tripping over the cord as it snaked from one side of my lounge room to the other. So it is nice and wireless now with a push button switch to turn it off and stop it chewing through all my batteries. When I find an appropriate wall adapter (Somewhere between 7.5-9Volts) that actually outputs its claimed voltage I will wire that up to work with the bar. I could take a photo of it but really there isnt much to look. - Except for maybe the warped ends of the bar where I supplied 12volts for about half a day and the LEDs got a 'little' hot.

Also bought a new bigger aquarium with a stand. Was a bargain but the stand has this dodgy white wash paint job so looks like there could be a bit of work there fixing that up.

5 Day skiings at Perisher coming up in less than a week!!!

Ls Budgeter

Unfortunately I haven't been doing much 3D work lately. However I haven't been completely idle. I have been making great progress on my Budget Application. This will be the one stop shop for all your budgetry needs. Rather than just have a simple excel style budget (which I did have) I thought why not a full blown application? So this guy is meant to be pretty straight forward to use and also quite complex and accurate in its results. I have lovingly dubbed it a monetary simulator as it tracks the flow of money as you earn it till the time it leaves your hands to be transformed into your latest purchase.

So to quell the rising anticipation of the masses(yes, Im in denial that no-one reads this) here is a screenshot of the current version showing the accounts pages. These are largely finished and allow you to manage accounts and transfer funds between various accounts. The balance of each account at the end of the simulation is shown on the right panel.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Update Time

Not too much has been happening lately, as you could probably guess by the lack of updates. I've been too busy with other stuff to really get any time to do some serious 3D stuff and other projects I've wanted to do. Buying a Wii didnt help very much either.

Biggest news is that I got retrenched from work which was good. Meant I got a nice payout and get to move onto a better job which seems alright so far. Rather than just Software Engineering it might mean I get to do some more hardware related stuff so that should be good.

Also bought an aquarium about a month ago. None of the fish have died yet so I must be doing something right. Also got a baby Molly that i've managed to stop from being eaten by the others which was quite an achievement.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Havent done a huge amount lately. Mainly house type stuff. Done a bit of gardening and general house cleaning etc to get my unit into some kind of respectable shape.

Also started a few new models and put other projects on hold. I think the pirates/merchants game has been canned as I havent heard anything from the other guys in my team I was working with. Hadnt committed too much to it so no great loss. The blackout - escape building will be a unwrapped-textured model that hopefully will form part of a short animation I am thinking of doing. Hopefully the animation will put to use some of the models I am working on including the Ion Cannon that I have finished. The cruchimech (i think that is what they called it in GW) will be a bit of a centre piece and will be a lot of fun to model. Will let me run wild a bit. :D

Looking at redoing the bathroom and kitchen eventually in my new place so am thinking I might model them and maybe even the whole unit. That way I can make changes to the 3D model and then see how it might look before forking out the cash and actually wrecking my home.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Housewarming party

House Warming
Had a housewarming for my new place so follow the above link to photos.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ion Cannon- Finished!!

Here is finished, textured version of my sci-fi gun, with attached control unit. The materials are probably a little too dark to see some of the detail such as bolts etc... But couldnt be bothered spending anymore time on it. Its done and now I can move onto other better things. Did learn some good stuff about using placement tool tho.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Ion Cannon

This is the base of what shall be dubbed the Ion Cannon. Some kind of sci-fi gun. Materials are probably a bit dark at the moment so miss out on a fair amount of detail but not too bad for a quick render with no lighting. Just need to add the gun barrels on top and the control unit.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New year, new work place.

Been a bit lazy and havent update. - One thing that isn't new.
We all made it back safe from our holiday. Other news includes me buying a house. So that will definitely involve several projects. Im thinking a nice water feature might be a possibility but only after I have saved up some money. I have a feeling I am gonna be quite broke for a while.

Currently working on several projects at the moment. Probably too many as I dont seem to be making any progress with any of them really. Also probly should fix this up and include half the stuff that I have promised before.

So a teaser of some stuff to possibly come....
3D models include: Some kind of sci-fi gun, Eva unit01, and a whole swag of pirate/merchant type stuff including ships that are for a funnily enough a pirate/merchant type game.
And in relation to money I am also working on THE budget application to end all budget applications. AND considering it isnt going to be a simple beast it is dragging its feet. Oh why cant i keep things simple.
Im sure there are other things but hopefully Ill be able to get a few renders up at some stage.

Also took me an hour and a half to get out to edinborough (sp?) this morning. Im sure that could have been time well spent doing something else.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

We left Luang Prabang and headed down to Vang Vieng for Christmas. Stayed in some really nice bungalows (the owner said that Kylie Minogue stayed there). On christmas day we went tubing down the river while drinking beer, then the others had a christmas dinner while i stayed in bed with something like stomach cramps.

2 days later we kayaked part way to Vientaine. I managed to not flip this time as we navigated several rapids. The girls were not so lucky. 2 nights in Vientaine and then we flew out to Bangkok. Managed to find a guesthouse with a nice rooftop pool so today will be a day of tanning.
Went to MBK for shopping yesterday, it was close to that area where the bombs/grenades went off last night. But we spent the night close to the hotel where we had access to cheap buckets. :D

Home soon.