Concept Artist – Sparth, New book Structura 3

Very cool book by Concept artist Sparth. He is the Art Director for HALO.  Not a huge fan of concept art in general, but because of it’s close relation to 3D visualization (the day job) I try to at least keep an eye on what is going on in that field. Also, since I finally got a PS4 and started playing Destiny, I’m warming up to more Sci-Fi art.

Check out the book here: Structura 3

For an in-depth look at the book and an interview check out Scott Robertson’s channel on Youtube.

Unreal Engine 4 is now FREE

You probably can’t see it, but I have a huge boner right now. You will too if you’re into this sort of thing. Unreal Engine 4 is now free to use. Still have to pay the man once you produce something, but this is great for those of us that want to tinker. If you don’t know what UE4 is that’s okay…

Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of game development tools made by game developers, for game developers. From 2D mobile games to console blockbusters and VR, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd. -UE4 Website

 

 

EVE: VALKYRIE: MADE FOR VIRTUAL REALITY – Via Unrealengine.com

 

 

Check it out for yourself here:                 https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free

Baseball Players: Highly skilled Athletes…

Spring Training has just begun and so have the injuries. In no particular order, here are some of asinine injuries that have befallen these highly athletic specimens.

 

  • Blue Jay’s outfielder – Michael Sounders – stepped on a sprinkler head while taking fly-balls.
  • Phillies infielder – Chase Utley – sprained ankle stepping on a ground ball while taking ground ball practice.
  • Tampa Bay Rays reliever – Ronald Belisario – fractured shoulder getting out of a pool.
  • Arizona Diamond Backs Pitcher – Chris Sale – broken foot unloading his truck.
  • Pirates outfielder – Cory Hart – cut foot on a hot tub.

Now these are the stories the players have “told” their respective teams. Often times these early injuries are not really the whole story. One can only imagine how retarded the truth must be if these are the best explanations these players are selling.

Baseball is Back!

It’s been a long shitty winter. No sign of the weather letting up, but at least tomorrow marks the start of Spring Training games. Finally, it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I always look forward to baseball season, but more so after particularly bad winters.

The calming sound of the announcers make the work day seem shorter, at least during the day games of the Spring. Getting out and seeing the sun, still very much in the sky, doesn’t hurt either.

Jesus rode a SingleSpeed…..

So far, I have been able to install the BB, Crank, Fork, headset, stem, and handle bars on the singlespeed build. I rigged together a contraption to install the headset cups (pics coming) it worked, but took longer than it would if I had the proper tool. Still, for a cheap rig, it got the job done and as far as I can tell, didn’t scratch up the cups.

The Manitou4 Shocks have been refreshed with new elastometers. Not 100% sure I did that right. It was too simple and that makes me feel like I screwed it up. Time will tell once I can attached the wheels and test it out. While taking them apart, I noticed I was missing a tension rod screw at the base of the left side of the fork. Honestly, never knew there were compression screws at the bottom. Having no idea Idea when the screw was lost (most likely years ago) it dawned on me that perhaps the shocks were fine and only soft because of the missing screw.  But, since I had a shiny new bag of elastomers sitting in front of me, in they went. As for the screw I bought several at the hardware store that looked like the one I still had. Fortunately, the first one I tried fit perfectly….Or at least appeared too. Again, have to wait until I take it for a spin…..

Next on the list is to remove the cassette from my old rear wheel and install the cog and spacers, set up the tensioner, and run the chain. The Chainring I installed was 34t and I’m planning on running a 16t cog. The SS mountain bike I had about six years ago started out as 32: 16, but on the flat streets of Philly would spin out very quickly. Then I went to a 42:16 which was great for city riding. Since I haven’t installed the cog yet I thought I would do some research to see what others are running. To my surprise, not many on the forums were running either 32:16 or 34:16. Most were running 32:18 or 33:17 and a lot running 20t and even 22t.

I started Googling my chosen ratio to see if I was retarded for even trying this setup and came across a bunch of sites for Bible verses……. I’m not religious, though I was raised Catholic; so just for shits and giggles, decided to see what the good book had to say about my chosen ratio.  Here it is….

I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  -Ezekiel 34:16

Now forget about religion for a moment and read that in the context of cycling; or more accurately, the attitude of a Singlespeed mountain biker and you have yourself a Singlespeed bumper sticker.