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Just wanted to shamelessly self promote for a minute and post a link to my brand new etsy shop: shelf help.  I only have a few items for sale at the moment, but I will be adding more as they are developed.  Please share with any friends you think might enjoy them.  Need some extra incentive? Use coupon code lowendblog15 to get a cool 15% off!

Currently for sale: birds!  Laser cut and hand assembled right here in Philly!  Several patterns and colors available.  Take a look and let me know what you think!




This works best with exterior or cut-away views of interiors, not so well for interiors where the camera is fully surrounded.  Makes soft shadows and renders much more quickly than with interior lights.

(Adapted from HOK BIM Solutions )

Make a new sun setting with the time set to 2:30 AM or so.

Set the Exposure Value on the Rendering to somewhere between 2 and 2.5

Render with Exterior: Sun Only and a white background (or sky if you prefer)

Export and Enjoy!

Back in June on Mark Bittman’s Bitten blog on the NYTimes website, he asked for new ideas for people’s favorite uses for peanut butter.  I submitted two of mine in the comments section.

Today, Mr. Bittman reposted some of his favorite suggestions and one of mine made it (sans attribution, but thats cool with me)!  He calls it “a kind of Modern PB&J”.  Huzzah!  Give it a try for a late-night snack sometime and let me know what you think.

A kind of modern PB&J: spread onto a soft flour tortilla with a bit of apricot preserves, the folded in half and browned in a buttered pan.

(Sorry for the lack of postings in recent months… I wish I could say I’ve been too busy, but I’ve mostly been too lazy.  I’ll probably be posting a reply to a comment made by a friend [requesting suggestions for Revit novices] within the next few days.)

David Fano of sent me this link for his new video demo of Revit 2010’s conceptual massing tools.  Its really exciting to see Revit’s modeling capabilities advance like this.  Go check this video out.


Interesting stuff first, commentary second.  From Bre Pettis, the Cult of Done Manifesto:

Dear Members of the Cult of Done,

I present to you a manifesto of done. This was written in collaboration with Kio Stark in 20 minutes because we only had 20 minutes to get it done.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11. Destruction is a variant of done.
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13. Done is the engine of more.


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