Light rail stop design fail.

What should be protected from rain?

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I want to believe!

A new toy would help bringing up more Mulders.

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Unobvious catalog system fail.

San Jose city library has a huge collection of foreign language books. Clearly they can’t just drop them on the shelves randomly, books must be arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s name. But there’s a problem: many foreign languages are written in non-English letters, and some aren’t even using letters at all…

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Gigantomania of The3DStudio

Hi folks,

Good blog comment came to my attention:

“Maybe you could do a report on asset counts. The3DStudio.com’s home page brags that they have more than 100K assets but if you add up the numbers displayed after each category, it’s actually 1/4 of that. I tried to get a straight answer from their support about it, and after 5 back-and-forth emails I gave up. First they told me they were counting “resources” rather than models, but would not give me examples of what that is despite my asking twice. Then they told me the asset count doesn’t really matter anyway and I should just enjoy the site”.

So The3DStudio tries to impress visitors with huge numbers: “Resource count: 118,975 files“. They claim all of these “resources” are “2D and 3D resources available for download”:


Ok, lets check it out.
I just simply added 118975 into ‘studio product url: http://www.the3dstudio.com/product_details.aspx?id_product=118975

The result is: “Oops!”, no page found.

Ok. Lets check out their actual resource count. Looks like it goes up to 44933 so far:
http://www.the3dstudio.com/product_details.aspx?id_product=44933

Note: This is including images (stock photography), blueprints, artwork, tutorials, etc.

However this “44933” number is also tricky. Check this out and find duplicates here:

..and here:

..and here:

..and here:

These identical items are a separate products in The3DStudio catalog.

So here is my conclusion: In order to reach “Resource count: 118,975” The3DStudio must be counting also all single files from their website (website icons, script files, css files, thumbnails and all readme.txt) to impress visitors with huge, scary numbers.

Tip: The3DStudio guys, if you really love big numbers, and do want to give us a sh*t, why not to calculate total polygon count from all the models you have?
The “Our models consist of 100 trillion polygons in total! We have the biggest 3D collection in universe!” will look way more cool.

Update: when I wrote this review, the “Resource count” jumped up to five ‘resources’ more to 118,980 🙂

Need to host your high school ‘book art’ somewhere?


Yeh, now I know where to host my old elementary-mid-high school ‘book art’: at The3DStudio.com.
I bet I have somewhere in garage my amazing biology book art collection: 2 human skeletons are having sex with each other, a human fetus with punk hair and guitar.. , etc.

Anyway, surprisingly the art published at The3DStudio is named as ‘blueprints‘ and it is free. So hurry up folks.

Content link: http://www.the3dstudio.com/product_details.aspx?id_product=4573
Available at The3DStudio

P.S. There are plenty of them if you search for author ‘agbawi_pro‘.
P.P.S. agbawi_pro, way to go kid, way to go.

Female Head for $95


This is a ‘Female Head’ 3D model and it costs $95. Check it out.

Content link: http://www.modelbank.com/UI/Product/ShowProductFullInfo.aspx?ProductID=617
Available at Modelbank

Fishing hook + Dollar Bill = $75


This ‘hooked money’ (this piece of something on the hook is actually is a ‘dollar bill’) is for sale for $75.

Content link: http://www.the3dstudio.com/product_details.aspx?id_product=6009
Available at The3DStudio.com