Category Archives: Personal

Yes, More Blocks

After a few months we decided to re-kick the Minecraft server. Got everybody back on, and here we are again. I just wanted to post a few screens of the wife and mine’s house. It’s more elaborate than our last house and it has a little bit of electricity! Enjoy, and if you would like to play on my server, just let me know and I’ll send you the server info.

Just One More Block

So, how’s everybody been? Well I’ve been great! Life with the wife is better than anyone told me it was going to be and so is my work.

But I’m here to talk about something I hope everyone else will check out too! It’s Minecraft.

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It's a Castle!

I’m not going to write a whole review of the game, there’s way too much to cover. But I wanted to post a few pictures from my multiplayer server of what we have built this past week. The first one is this castle one of our players built. It took the guy a week!
 
 
 


 

The Wife's House in Minecraft

The Wife's House

This is the first game my wife loves to play. Of course Minecraft is a game almost anyone will pick up! Here’s a shot of my wife’s first house, complete with a back fence and animals. Yes the animals are used for food, except the sheep, they are made to get wool from and make beds, paintings or other decorations.

Minecraft is $20 and you should at least try it (the free demo is available too). I have a server that I welcome anyone to! The rules are set to Survival mode only, the goal is to stock up on all our armor and extras and actually beat the game, and of course build some amazing structures.

I plan on posting some screenshots of the buildings from my server that other people have built too. If you would like to join us our IP is “mc.blogryan.net”

If you are unable to connect using that address just contact me and I’ll send you the direct IP address in an email.

Finally Free WiFi at Starbucks

Finally free wifi at Starbucks!
I know it started over a month ago, but I am just now publishing this article because at first I couldn’t believe what they were finally it giving away. But going to Starbucks is now much more enjoyable. It may have taken McDonald’s getting free Internet first, along with their cheaper coffee, but wifi should be free. Especially if the coffee costs $5!

About the July/August 2010 Header

I hope you like the header for July/August!

I’m just going to list some info on where it came from.

It may look a little familiar to some people. It was inspired by the Discovery Channel’s re-brand they did a few months ago. Then Nick Campbell over at greyscalegorilla.com picked it up and tried to replicate it the re-brand. So I went off of that and made a cool header graphic.

Also, the words in the header and the glass composite was also based on things from greyscalegorilla.com

Hope you enjoyed it and I might make all the files available soon for download to accompany the tutorials they were based on!

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July/August 2010 Header

My iMac Mini

iMac Mini

Hopefully the search engines will pick the title up very nicely.
I don’t really have an Apple product called “iMac Mini” even if that is a nice name.
What I actually have is an iPad with dock and wireless bluetooth keyboard!

This seriously feels like an iMac, but smaller. I constantly reach for the mouse or trackpad that doesn’t exist!

So I guess I will throw in my few comments with the pile of other iPad comments. First of all, I literally just got my iPad and the accessories I am using. So I will probably give my opinions a few months down the road on what I think after using the device for a while.
And here are my first thoughts:

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It is literally too easy to use! I mean, I have used the iPhone OS for almost three years this June, and the iPad really is just a BIG and faster iPod Touch (and way way faster iPhone!). But, that shouldn’t make you not want it any less. In fact, I am beginning to think just the opposite! With this device, I don’t need an iPod Touch or iPhone. I would probably now be just fine with a regular cheap phone. However, I am very use to having a constant internet connection, so things like instant email or browsing the web or whatever else I am use top doing on the iPhone would have to stop or be replaced somehow. Yes, right now I only have the WiFi iPad and not the 3G version. I have two reasons for that: to avoid the temptation of activating the $30/month cellular fee and the other….. a slightly geekier one…. to have the iPad a few weeks sooner. But, also I didn’t have to spend the extra $129 for the extra connectivity. My next thing I would replace since I have iPad, is my laptop. I currently own the 2.8 Ghz Unibody MacBook Pro. Now why do I need a laptop when I have the iPad? My roommate, Chris, and I were talking about this the other day, but if you have an iPad that can do all your mobile browsing and typing and everything on the go, why even have a laptop? So I am considering selling my brand new laptop, and getting a cheaper and just as powerful small iMac desktop! Now, I don’t know about you, but the sound of $1200 difference in the price and money in the bank instead sounds pretty good to me! So please, leave your comments and let me know what you think about that one!

So I will leave this as a short post. But I will put stuff about the iPad and how I use it in posts often in the coming weeks!

By the way, this whole post was written directly on the iPad in the WordPress app. So those of you who think it is hard to type on the iPad, you should actually try it yourself.

3D Church Model: Update 1

Well, I guess this is the intro to my newest project. My room mate Chris and I were at cheap tacos night and talking about what we have always wanted to do- design a church! We were talking about how we would deck it out with the coolest, modern style everything, and it hit us…. We should get some good experience in Cinema 4D with modeling structures, and also do something we have always wanted to do! So, this week we have made a good start on this MASSIVE project: Modeling a semi-realistic 3D Church!

So… I have decided to keep my readers informed on our progress. I’ll be posting a small article¬†every so often on our progress and some screenshots. Also, we would like ideas on what else we should put in our church model. I might be able to include some polls to get some accurate results for decisions. So please leave feedback on what you like and what you don’t!

We also intend to have this project on SermonSpice.com for sale with some good things in it! Maybe a “Welcome to Church” countdown, or a looping background? We are still brainstorming how we could actually use this for the actual ministry. If you have any ideas, let us know! If we use your idea, there will probably be some $$ coming your way!

So anyways, after a whole day of work, We got a few things finished/almost-finished:

Stage and Stairs

Stage and Stairs

Glass Door into Sanctuary

Glass Door into Sanctuary

Light Bar- and Chris' unique attention to detail

Light Bar- and Chris' unique attention to detail