Garstor's World, My realm of 3D art, LEGO and atheism

A Better Life

Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 3:14 PM in Atheism, Books by Garstor

A Better Life book coverIt was a couple of years late, but I finally bought Chris Johnson’s book A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. I say “a couple of years late” because I first heard Chris speak at FFRF’s 2014 National Convention in Los Angeles.

He gave a wonderful talk about the idea for the book and the work that went into creating it. It really does make a beautiful coffee table piece and Chris’ photography really inspires and explores what is beautiful in life. Many of the people featured inside have been past – or will be future – speakers at the FFRF Convention.

I often buy several books at the FFRF Conventions; but this time around, I couldn’t. I rectified that a little over a week ago and in spite of the possible postal strike in Canada, the book arrived a couple of days ago.

Check it out! Buy your own copy! It is worth it.

A Little More Debug

Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 6:18 PM in Personal by Garstor

Debug sleeping - 2016-07-24Just a couple of photos of Debug that I added to Flickr. One of my disappointments is that I did not take many photos of Code. So I intend to do better with Debug.

She loves to take naps next to the tiny desk that I use for my personal computing. The 3D computer is on a bigger desk off to the left. The only place she sleeps at more often is under my bed.

I loved the look here and quickly grabbed my cell phone to capture the moment.

Debug at vetWhen I picked Debug up from the vet on Friday evening, every gushed about how much they loved her face. They took this photo in her kennel before the operation.

She really is such a sweet cat. She is my baby.

My Poor Baby!

Posted on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 9:00 PM in Personal by Garstor

Two nights ago, I dropped off Debug at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital for surgery.

When I left Texas, Debug received vaccinations that were necessary for her to be permitted back into Canada with me. The vet in Irving recommended that I get her mouth checked out and stated that at least one tooth should be pulled. I finally brought her in for a check-up and got some pretty bad news.

Poor Debug’s mouth is in a bad way. I had no idea. She never seemed to be in any pain and certainly loved eating her food. But the vet stated several teeth would require extraction and that several had already fallen out. So on Thursday evening, she was taken in to prepare for surgery on Friday.

I picked her up after work on Friday. Nine teeth were pulled. She barely has any teeth left. The vet remains concerned about her jaw too – so there is to be a follow-up check on that.

It will be soft food only for at least two weeks. I’ll probably keep her on that from now on.

Here is hoping for a speedy recovery with no further issues.

First Poser Renders

Posted on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 8:22 PM in Ray-Tracing by Garstor

Pauline - business suit

The above image is not my first render with Poser, but it is the first render that is worth showing off. Unlike past work in Carrara, a lot of the Poser renders will be fully-clothed so that I can share them at work.

The model is called Pauline and I used the business outfit and a preset pose for her. The background is just the empty “construct” default that Poser uses.

I wanted to bring the old models that I bought for Carrara into Poser (since Carrara reads the Poser formats). So I figured that out today and created the render below.

Sexy Victoria

This is the Victoria model with Damaris hair and the Dangerous Mistress dress. I modeled the “sexy” text in LightWave and imported that into Poser. The background is still the “construct.”

The dress actually had a poke-through problem and “hung” down through the letter “E.” So I made two renders; one with the dress and one without it. I merge the two images in Photoshop and used layer masking to correct the poke-through.

I still have much to learn about texturing, lighting and rendering in Poser.

Happy 240th Birthday America!

Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2016 at 2:42 AM in Personal by Garstor

To all my American friends! Have a safe and happy July 4th!

Happy 149th Birthday Canada!

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016 at 6:50 PM in Personal by Garstor

Happy birthday to the best country in the world!

Alright, I’m biased. I grew up here. But I do love Canada and am proud to be Canadian.

I Did Not Expect This Today

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 7:10 PM in News, Politics by Garstor

One day after the wonderful first anniversary of the Obergefell decision and SCOTUS gives us this excellent decision.

This stupid Texan law was a naked assault on the rights of women. It served absolutely no medical purpose in spite of the gibbering, spittle-flecked blubbering of Re-thug-licans to the contrary. It was nothing more than kissing the ass of the dying evangelical christian movement.

I hope this deters other states in the South that have implemented or are considering such backward, anti-women, anti-choice laws. I hope this is one more nail in the coffin of the current GOP.

The United States desperately needs reform across all its halls of power. This is a step forward.

Happy 1st Anniversary To The Obergefell Decision

Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 12:06 PM in News, Politics, Religion by Garstor

Today marks one year since the SCOTUS Obergefell decision legalized marriage equality across the United States.

Suspiciously absent is the god-spawned smiting we were promised.


Everybody should have the right to marry the person that they love. It is simple as that.

EDIT: I want to link to Camille Beredjick’s post at Friendly Atheist. A celebration of major victories is important; but work remains. There is much prejudice and discrimination that still must be overcome.