I've been working on a poster sized render of the mid Atlantic (DC, Philly, NYC). I want to overlay more data on this. Still thinking about what. But I'm liking how the terrain is looking. Lots of little improvements yet to come.

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Then I got kinda experimental, what if only the cities at night, and no other color data? (well, I left the ocean in place)

I made a mask layer of just the "urban" areas according the USGS land cover (there are 4 levels) and mapped that to an emission shader so it looks like city lights glowing. Here is North Carolina in a night time scene

Here is North Carolina, similar with a similar treatment.

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Here is a view of Oregon, colored with USGS land cover data (based on aggregated Landsat data, I think) and elevation provided by NASA

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I made a little size comparison chart including Lambda-4S and all the other small rockets from around the world

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food, cooking 

Grilling on the stove! Chicken skin skewers and ginko nuts. A great snack.

Some abstract work in Blender:

Inside a reflective icosahedron with a color-shifting shader and illuminated edges.

Broad Street Subway, Philadelphia.

Got stuck waiting in a nearly empty station near Chinatown while getting some food to take home for dinner. It's simultaneously creepy and really fun to be in a big subway station underground by yourself.

Finally had some time again to play around with silly Lego renders 😅

A tiny Lego X-Wing rendered with Blender:

food 

I made gyudon last night! Recipe from papadesuyo777 on YouTube. I didn't add any shirataki noodle though.
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holiday decoration, 2017 

I've been learning to make custom plastic models, so I took those skills and made a "2017 Dumpster Fire" for our tree-topper this year!

There are two flickering LED 'candles' inside for the fire. The dumpster is cut out of styrene from the hobby store. We finished painting and tagging it today. toot.cat/media/F6eCUmXmQJ27R3D

Oh! I forgot! Before my trip I was making Lego models in LeoCAD, then importing them into Blender3D and making pretty renders of them. It's a lot of fun!

Lego coffee maker: toot.cat/media/l20Lfx9HM9qHEIm

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