• Nearly Back To Square One

    UGH!

    I’m floating around the 240 pound mark again. It’s been years since I was that heavy.

    Getting over to Texas Family Fitness regularly is a big challenge. I’ll definitely need to check with their personal training options to see if I can get myself back on track. Damn do I ever miss Patrick, Isaac and Josh.

    I may be heavier than I want to be but at least I haven’t lost my leg strength. I can still press over 800 pounds. The range of motion in my shoulders still limits what I can do with my upper body though.

    It cannot be said enough! UGH!



  • Newest LEGO Architecture

    When I last wrote about my LEGO Architecture models, I already had the Marina Bay Sands model built. Last I checked, you cannot (yet?) buy this model from the LEGO Architecture website. Amazon displayed it to me and so I bought it immediately via Japan.

    The Trevi Fountain is the most recent Architecture model to be released.

    The new Flickr site is interesting, but I have not yet found a way to easily copy the URL for specific pictures that I upload. Here is my Lego Models album. I should upload more images to it since I have bought two more Star Wars models.



  • Fitness Stumbles

    Bah!

    I tried to get my remaining personal training sessions refunded. What the large print giveth, the fine print taketh away…

    Barring that, I thought I would workout the remaining sessions with one of the remaining neophyte trainers. Bah again! What a wretched and miserable experience! Nobody there can hold a candle to Patrick, Isaac or Josh.

    So I quit Gold’s Gym completely.

    Yes, this has taken a toll on my health. My weight has begun to rise again. I cannot deny the convenience of how close Gold’s is to my house. But I cannot deny how angry I am with their management.

    We stumble in order to get back up. Yesterday I joined Texas Family Fitness in Coppell. It is a half-hour bike ride away instead of three minutes. But I have to get back up and get my weight back under control.



  • A Big Change For My Fitness

    Gold’s Gym has done it to me again.

    For the third time now.

    …And for the last time!

    I have had three fantastic personal trainers. Three times, Gold’s has forced their hands and made them move on in order to better their career and finances. I believe an employer should be helping build-up and employee. They ought to be encouraging – and compensating appropriately – the employee for their skills improvements.

    Gold’s refuses to do this. They want me to pay more for personal training but not compensate the trainer. They are just pocketing the extra cash.

    I’m going to miss training with incredible people like Patrick, Isaac and Josh. But now, I’m going to carry on my own. I hope I can keep up the intensity.



  • Happy Belated Birthday USA!

    Happy 238nd birthday to the United States Of America!

    Since I have often missed posting about Canada Day on time, I thought I would delay this one too.

    A lot of good and bad has happened over the last year. I am glad to see that steps toward civilization continue as more states recognize same-sex marriages. More people are becoming aware of and angry about the income inequality gap (I very highly recommend Robert Reich’s documentary Inequality For All)

    Unfortunately, this rotten-to-the-core Supreme Court has continued to disenfranchise millions of Americans. They have further stripped campaign finance laws away and allowed the ultra-rich to buy the elections in this country. Most recently, they have allowed for sectarian prayers before town council meetings as well as given the idiotic ruling that closely-held corporations have religious rights. Disgusting.

    What a bizarre, social experiment this country is!



  • LEGO Architecture

    I was still at Microsoft when I saw my first LEGO Architecture model in a colleague’s cubicle. It was the Seattle Space Needle, a simple model but it captured the essence of the real structure. I loved it!

    For a short time, my local Barnes & Nobel bookstore featured several sets in the Architecture series. The Empire State Building. The Willis Tower. The very impressive Fallingwater. To borrow from Dork Tower; “THEY MUST BE MINE!”

    Each new release was acquired as quickly as possible. I have all of them now; the most recent being the Eiffel Tower.

    Soon, I’ll have a special order from overseas – I am not sure if it will be available in North America. A model of the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. I’ll post pictures of that one when I can.

    Here are a few pictures of my current LEGO Architecture collection.

    LEGO_Brandenburg_GateLEGO_EiffelLEGO_Farnsworth_HouseLEGO_Imperial_HotelLEGO_UN

    You can see most of the models here; alas, I did not photograph Fallingwater. That is probably my favourite of the bunch. Robie House (the red one on the top right) was the longest to build since it was made up primarily of the 1×1 and 2×1 flat pieces in order to simulate the brick facade.



  • Catching DAZ-3D In A Lie

    This is less about ray-tracing / 3D art and more about business politics. I previously mentioned that I have become disillusioned with how DAZ treats Carrara versus their precious baby DAZ-Studio.

    As of this posting, you can find the following chart on the DAZ-3D home page:

    DAZ_lie

    It is bad enough that Carrara is left off of the comparisons…

    However; I got really annoyed at the lie concerning LightWave. No texturing in LightWave? Horseshit! LightWave actually has two texturing engines (layers-based and nodes-based).

    The chart also implies that DAZ-Studio’s rigging, morphing and rendering is on par with the likes of 3DS Max or Maya. What a joke!

    I posted about this on the DAZ Forums but the moderators didn’t like me calling out this falsehood. The post was deleted.