Experimenting with Andrew Kramer’s Element 3D this morning.

Goal is to create an object with text next to it, repeat 6 times, and animate a camera from the first “station” to the last using Sure Target.

Step 1 was pretty easy. For the first time, I used the environment from E3D instead of creating my own. For now I’m using one of the defaults (studio blurred).

It’s a very clean, beautiful look when the environment map of the 3D object matches the…environment. Duh. Previous projects haven’t required that, so I’m definitely liking this new look.

Why the 2013 Broncos Aren’t That Great

Peyton Manning

FOX, CBS, and ESPN have been spoon-feeding a lot of Manning and Broncos hype this entire season.

I’m unpopular for making that claim, but I welcome you to disprove it.

I acknowledge the Broncos have done what they’ve had to do to win. Can’t take that away from them.

They’ve been a good team. They just haven’t been great.

The Broncos aren’t great?!

The problem with buying into the 2013 Broncos as one of the greats of this season, or for all of time for that matter, is that

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Two Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask Themselves

James and LaJoie

After many years of friendship and a year and a half of dating, I asked my best friend, LaJoie Jewel, if she would marry me. Since she nodded her head and said, “Yes,” I think that means we’re stuck together for life! And I don’t mind one bit.

The proposal was wonderful, magical, epic, and all of those other words that translate to, “You can’t get this feeling any other way.” It was an incredible, life-changing, never-ever-ever going to forget kind of day. I highly recommend it.

Now that I’m 23 days into the engagement phase of my life, I am passing on some questions every engaged couple should be asking themselves.

Are we more excited about the wedding day, or the marriage?

I told my fiancée I want our wedding day to be special for her. And I do. This should be one of the top 3 most extravagant days of her life. I cannot wait to see her and her sparkling blonde hair walk down the aisle toward me.

But there’s this little thing called

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Movie Review: Beyond the Farthest Star


The Trailer

The Story

A twist of fate brings the national spotlight to a forgotten Texas town and a once famous preacher has an opportunity to regain his former glory or seize one last chance to restore his fractured family.

Narrated by his fifteen-year-old daughter, Beyond the Farthest Star tells the story of Pastor Adam Wells, a minister driven by the prospect of achieving greatness as the next nationally syndicated TV Evangelist who must decide whether to give up his opportunity at “celebrity” and, even his own life, in order to become something even greater…

A loving husband and father to his wife and daughter.

The Review

Guest review by Rob Starner, Ph.D.

Rob StarnerBeyond the Farthest Star may well be the best faith-based feature film I have ever experienced. I say “experienced” because merely “viewing” this film as a detached observer is next to impossible. The engaging drama simply offers so many points of connection with real-life people in real-life situations that only an entirely disinterested multitasking super-achiever using the film strictly as “background noise” could help but be affected in some meaningful way by this masterfully scripted, astutely casted, brilliantly performed, and profoundly impactful story.

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Is cholesterol just a myth?


I found an article whilst recently browsing the web and was thoroughly impressed with a chemist who completely shredded Lipitor, the idea of good and bad cholesterol, and the notion that lower choloesterol is good for you.

I like people who think for themselves.

You can read the article, though I warn you he uses quite a bit of profanity in the early going. I’ve made the version below family-friendly while preserving all of the critically important content.

This may be long for some of you, but I promise it’s worth it.

Some things won’t change this year. I’ll still be a bald, tattoo sporting chemist who sings rap music too loud while driving. My kids will still know more about the benefits of individualism over collectivism than most adults. And many people will blindly think that they need to lower their cholesterol with Lipitor (or any other cholesterol-lowering alternative) to save them from heart attack and stroke.

The myth is so prevalent that The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Heart Association issued new guidelines set out to put children as young as 8 years old on cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins). Yet, there isn’t a single study to support the claim and considering the many side-effects of statins, childhood mortality figures would go through the roof!

This [nonsense] needs to end now.

If you’re smarter than a 5th grader, then I’m going to spoon feed you the real facts about heart disease and the drugs being falsely-prescribed to thwart it. I promise they’ll taste better than the [nonsense] sandwich your doctor is feeding you and your kids.

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