Jun 1, 2020

Chandelier, inspired by the one that's actually hanging in my stairwell. Huzzah!


May 26, 2020

A little more game-y than previous posts. This one's just a low-poly spear that's I guess been jammed into a rock. Hopefully someone can get it out.

Porcelain Throne

May 22, 2020

I recently discovered a Discord group which presents a theme each day, and everyone builds a model based on that theme. The day I joined, the theme was "throne".

Of course the first thing I thought of was a toilet, so here it is 😊

Living Room w/ Fireplace

May 6, 2020

Indoor scene with multiple lightsources. Few different challenges in this scene, esp surrounding bump/deformation on the fireplace.

I wanted to animation the fireplace, but my computer was struggling with Blender's fire simulation stuff so there's just a static texture there.

Pretty happy with how the wall light fixture turned out. Though I sorta cheated on that by excluding the actual glass from the frame. Works for a render like this but you wouldn't want to get too close 😊

EIU Clocktower

Apr 16, 2020

Not quite as happy with my results this time, but I've definitely learned some things. Things like "don't pick an outdoor scene" and "how to make one tree look like lots of different trees".

Subject here is a clocktower from the university in my hometown. I always liked it and thought it'd be a manageable model to create. Model wasn't bad, but it turns out that outdoor scenes require a lot more framing than just a table and wall like in the donut shop scene 😊.

Donut and Coffee

Apr 9, 2020

First of what I plan to be an ongoing series of blender renders. For this one, I was following this YouTube Series by Blender Guru.

Bug Fixes, A Haiku

Dec 27, 2016

New ticket comes in
Nothing showing in the logs
Works on my machine

When Nice Hardware Hides Bugs

Nov 18, 2016

I recently ran into an issue with an app I'm working on, where an action that had previously felt instantaneous was taking upwards of 1 second to complete.

What changed? Well I had just decided to give "life in linux" a fresh go, after becoming recently disillusioned with the other major offerings. But that surely couldn't be the issue. The graphics driver definitely wasn't as snappy as the Windows counterpart, but not a 1000x difference.

So I dug in, profiling the functions that composed the action in question. I suspected the bottleneck would be a graph search function, but that turned out to be as performant as ever. The culprit, it turned out, was actually the autosave feature I had built into this action. And then it hit me – my linux install was on an old HDD I had laying around! Every other OS I had run this app on was installed on an SSD!

Being a web developer by trade, I had never run into an issue like this before. I'm accustomed to network speed being the biggest bottleneck, not hardware specs. It was really interesting to get a sense of how much hardware can impact software performance.