Thursday, May 7, 2009

High-detail Spore creature render (link roundup)

A Cthuloid, created as a Spore creature by Hellopike, and then exported out of the game and rendered in Mental Ray by Ocean Quigley. At the same site, check out Mike Khoury's render of a bunch of stylized military vehicles. Relatedly, if you'd like to have a Spore creature turned into a toy, you can order one here. The results are apparently pretty good. Via these sites.

And a few more links:

1. Like the last article I posted describing a heist, this explanation about how moon rocks were stolen from NASA sounds like a half-truth at best. Fun reading, though. Most interesting detail:

Building 31 North, which sits on the grounds of Houston's Johnson Space Center, is where NASA keeps all 600 pounds of the moon rocks it has secured. They are the sole property of the government, collected over six lunar missions and protected with the dramatic intensity of national treasures. Building 31 North is one of the few buildings on earth constructed under Class 100 standards—it is a structure that can withstand 1000 years of water submersion, among other durability metrics that should not be tested this side of Armageddon.
2. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy on trial for trying to smuggle 161.5 grams of heroin, 24.4 grams of methamphetamine and 51.5 grams of marijuana into the correctional facility where he was a guard.

3. Dinosaurs may have died from the effects of massive volcanic eruption, rather than an asteroid impact.

4. Is it still April Fool's Day? Amazon expects people to pay $500 for a Kindle and pay extra for newspapers to read on it? Have they asked Sony how that price point on the PS3 is working out for them? You can read Mark Wilson's description of the Kindle here. And, by all means, if you want to buy one, buy one through this link.

*Previously: Terrific dinosaur costume.

*Buy dinosaur posters at eBay.