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March 19th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in California, Car Stuff, Libtards

Everyone I meet, when they find out I’m in grad school always ask the same thing “So you’re going to stay in California after you graduate, right?” As if there is no other place in this country that you can live if you are a modeler/game designer.  My answer is always the same “Not if I can find a job anywhere else.”

And here is yet one more reason to leave the state of Kalifornia behind.  Not only do we have almost 10% taxes in some areas (in my neck of the woods the tax is 8.75%) but now, the governor – a 100%$ RINO who has forgotten everything about being a conservative that he once spouted off about – has gotten behind a proposal to triple the car tax for registration.

Under the agreement, GOP lawmakers — most of whom have signed anti-tax pledges — would vote to triple the vehicle tax in exchange for a ballot measure that would impose rigid limits on future state spending. Democrats and advocates for the poor say such limits would cripple government services.

Motorists’ annual fees would rise from 0.65% of the value of their vehicles to 2%. For a car or truck valued at $25,000, the increase would be $336.

Right now my wife and I have a 2005 Saturn Vue, we bought it new and have taken very good care of it, but it’s almost five years old right? Most people seem to start thinking of a new car when it gets to that age (we aren’t, we like this one just fine).  I just got the registration notice for it that says with all the fees (registration fee, licence fee, county fee, smog fee…) the total for me to renew my plates is $179 bucks

$179 dollars to register a car that’s five years old.  That means that if they triple it like they want to, my fee will go up to about $340 which is money I can’t afford.

I’m tired of the “Let’s help the poor” in this state when they won’t do anything about the illegals.  Right now, illegal immigrants cost this state about $10.5 BILLION a year - well there’s a way to close the budget gap!  As for the ‘poor’ they can have the jobs that the illegals won’t be filling.  The Octomom can actually get out and do something for a change instead of her current hobby of invitrofertilzation.

California’s belief that they can tax themselves into prosperity has never worked and WILL NEVER WORK!  All they have done is driven more and more companies out of the state and then raised the taxes on the ones that remained to make up the difference.  This is liberalism at it’s finest and I can’t wait to leave it behind me.

Why I love Top Gear – part II

March 17th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Car Stuff

Jeremy Clarkson answers the age old question concerning the Ford Fiesta:

“What if I go to a Shopping Centre and get chased by baddies in a Corvette?”

Why I love ‘Top Gear’

January 15th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Car Stuff, Pass the ammo, ramblings

Nothing more really needs to be said

Cars and Time

December 23rd, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in Animation Stuff, Car Stuff, School

The semester has just ended and even though I most certainly didn’t do my best this time around I think I managed to come out of there with two B+ and a C.  The C would be in my Art and Ideology of the 20th Century class (which I really had no interest or respect in)

Problem with the class for me is that it turned out that the only ideology they talked about was the socialist ideology, which I could really give a shit less about.  If I was a wanna-be communist, then I might care about all the “workers murals” and other crap like that, but I’m not and I don’t.  If it wasn’t a required class I would have never wasted my money on it.

God damn required classes.

Anyway, I have gotten further along with some of the features on the Camaro.  We now have studio lighting, and new tires.  Even worked on the focal length for the camera to bring it into better focus.

So now we have a few version of ‘the car’ – the first computer modeled car I have ever made:

We have the original grey model

Then we follow that up with the first color version

And now we have the studio colored version with newer, and better tires

One day I may even be finished with it.

My Kind of Carbon Footprint

December 11th, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in Car Stuff, cool science, Support the Troops

A company called Carbon Motor Corporation has designed the first car that was designed specifically for police work and after reading about the features it has and seeing the photos, I would like to see it on every street in America YESTERDAY!  It is that freaking cool!

Flashing emergency lights are embedded in the E7′s frame, making the car aerodynamic and visible from all directions. The front seats are designed with extra space to accommodate a police officer’s utility belt.

The rear passenger compartment is completely sealed off from the cockpit. Molded plastic seats in back allow for easy cleaning and prevent prisoners from hiding contraband.

Two front-mounted cameras automatically scan license plates of nearby vehicles and alert police when they find a car flagged as stolen or involved in some other crime. According to developers, the car’s onboard equipment can also detect nuclear and biological threats.

Li said the car’s 300 bhp forced-induction 3.0-diesel engine will deliver 420 lb-ft of torque and propel the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, with a governed top speed of 155 mph.

He also said the E7′s engine, which can run on either ultra-low sulfur diesel or biodiesel, will have a combined fuel economy rating of 28 to 30 mpg — up to 40 percent more fuel efficient than conventional police cruisers.

The men and women who put on a uniform every day to protect the public deserve to have every tool that we can give them to make the job easier and safer for them.  It even has ballistic protection for the officer built into the doors and dash as well as a FLIR system (Forward Looking Infra Red) according to their website

This is one of the coolest cars to come out in a long time and I certainly hope this is just the beginning of a long and successful life for Carbon Motor Corporation.

As for the officers who will (hopefully) be driving this car in the near future – You lucky bastards  :D

More pretty pictures

November 7th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in Animation Stuff, Car Stuff, pretty pictures

I’ve been keeping busy with animation stuff for the past few weeks.  The Camaro in the banner above is very close to being done, all that is left is to build out the interior and texture it.

The exterior is done and all that is left is to finish the tires by adding a bump map to simulate the writing on the sidewalls of the tire, and adjusting the texture map to make it look more like nice, shinny rubber.  All in all, I’m pretty happy with it

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I even did one for my friend Gatakitty – though I hope to god I will never see this done to a REAL Camaro

Yep, fun with textures and lights.

***UPDATE***

Oh, and I also did this one too.  I’m planning on doing a junker version of the Camaro for a whole ‘before and after’ animation so I did an old school paintjob to start with as a base.  I need to replace the custom rims with some stock factory ones and remove the air intake from the hood, but it’s a start