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Believe it or not a good majority of my work here even though is only set to 1024 x 768, are downloadable as Wallpapers to the tune of 1920 x 1080 (Widescreen). Feel free to peruse, and download if you'd like to use it as a Desktop Wallpaper. Just kindly note on your desktop screenshots that contain my work where you had obtained it. Thanks much! :)

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Destruction Materia Marble by mbaldelli
Destruction Materia Marble
Apophysis 7x (R15), Un-Retouched 

Thanks to :iconsoldierboyxiii: for the idea on this...  He had described my marble from yesterday as being reminiscent of Materia (from Final Fantasy...  So I decided for my next Mad Scientist Render, I would make my interpretation of one of the many that were collected during playing any number of the games.   

All appropriate Trademarks and copyrights to Square/Enix for the references and as always, nothing I make is ever for profit or money making... 
Check Mark Marble by mbaldelli
Check Mark Marble
Apophysis 7x (R15), Un-Retouched 

A little Mad Scientist Mutation of Parrotdolphin's SJS Script (with my own added touches), before I made it into a marble.  I know it's been a long time, and I'm needing to rely a little bit on some of the Massive Script Pack for my creations in order to re-familiarize myself with the program.  The next one though?  All mine.
A Study in Pink & Yellow Marble by mbaldelli
A Study in Pink & Yellow Marble
Apohpysis 7x (R15), Un-Retouched 

It's like coming home...  It looks like you remember it, but feels just a little bit different.  Like things are sort of alien, out of place, not quite what you entirely remember of it.   

That's what it felt like loading up this program and rendering with it. 
I can't be assed to re-post this here and Blogger.  So it's just going to be a link to the original here: Ruminations from the Mad Scientist™


Michael Andrew Baldelli
United States
And in case anyone wonders....

1. I drink rarely. Once a year at best.
2. I use earbuds when in video chat because they have better noise cancellation.
3. Those are the glasses that got destroyed in Entry 608.

Entry 11/10/2014 12:46:41 PM - Mentat 788

 It's a long weekend here in the Tundras of New England. Veteran's Day falling toward the beginning of the week allows me a little peace and tranquility from the nutcases, douchebags, assholes and generally the sort of people that give me that routine bolster of misanthropy that makes me just so charming and curmudgeonly. I saw some interesting sites through the old neighborhood that I lived in more than 25 years ago (one of which I shared the picture on Instagram). I had some interesting nostalgia seeing the old house on Vernon Street and a shade envious that the house looks so much better in navy blue with lemon yellow trimming than the jaundice yellow and shit brown trimming that it had when I lived there.

Hell, the daily walks through the neighborhood were doing me a world of better as I was getting regular exercise while checking out the sights of the area, when during one of my walks to the supermarket for a couple of necessities as I got the crossing signal began my saunter across Eagle Street when some mad cow with a phone attached to his ear and looking only to the traffic that had already been stopped almost hit me when I was in the crosswalk. He didn't look and it was apparent he didn't care for anything other than the end of his nose and the opportunity to take a right on red. His attention only seemed to be with whoever was on his phone and the opposing traffic that was stopped for the crossing signal.

Believe me when I say, I yelled loud enough to get everyone's attention at the signal. One woman who just took the phone off her ear at the stop light, shook her head in disbelief as she witnessed the man's ignorance to the intersection and the pedestrian.

I simply looked at her without a smile and thought "pot, meet kettle. You're both black…" As I finished crossing the street with the modest fear of someone else wanting to take a right turn and not seeing me -- the pedestrian -- in the crosswalk.

I went about my life as I do, fuming a bit at the inconsideration and the self-centeredness of the world at large.

The next day with earbuds on and softer than normal, I went about my walk for exercise and other necessities and sundries through the next four days. What I saw has not only disgusted me, but in a way has made me reinforce the Luddite qualities I have been slowly picking up as I'm over the half-century mark.

I have seen at least three people on the side/back roads of my neighborhood, trying to hide their texting activities as they're driving. One of which is a repeat offender, almost hitting me not two weeks prior as he was paying more attention to his phone hidden against the front of his steering wheel than the road in from of him.

I have seen various women with that glazed over look in their eyes as they hold their cell phones to their ears with their shoulder oblivious to not only their shrieking children in the car, but the world around them in general.

I've seen various men with that glazed over look as well and demonstrating various levels of disgust at people in the roads cutting them off because those people have the right of way if the driver on the cell phone were actually paying attention to their driving.

I've seen couples in the car with both of them on the phone ignoring each other while in their own world.

I've counted more than a handful of men and women at the supermarket walking like zombies with the phone attached to their ear, muttering "yeah…" in a way that to me seems to only be half-listening to even the people on the phone.

I've watched these mobile zombies on the street, swinging bags (shopping, or personal handbags) in one hand with the other hand attaching the phone to their ear as they're walking sidewalks and even crossing the street completely oblivious of oncoming traffic.

And if that don't beat all, I've seen people on bikes trying to juggle balancing on two wheels with one hand holding a phone up to their ear while riding their bikes on pedestrian sidewalks. Or better, in the bike lanes of the road going against traffic.

I'm not even talking about the ones that generate more noise pollution as they hold the phones away from their ear and talk loud enough to compete with the jackhammers being used on road work here in the city. Those lovely examples of humanity make such a cacophony of noise at places like Kennedy Plaza (the central transit hub in Providence, RI) that it's impossible for me to think straight even with my earbuds in and have the volume on my music set to full blast. But I covered this elsewhere in my rants against children thinking the world is their playground, sort of here.

It leaves me asking the question, "Seriously… What's so bloody important that you have to have that phone attached to your ear?"

I remember seeing someone else rant about this not too long ago. It's not so much that it's important, it's the fact that people can't stand the feeling of being disconnected from their circle of friends. They want to be constantly connected. Have that constant input from friends, acquaintances, family and loved ones.

 However, there's a line between acting responsibly and gross negligence because of self-centeredness; with many of the examples I've witnessed either teeter way too close to that line to gross over it so badly it leaves the transgressor in another part of the universe. And I ask them, "What's it going to take for you to snap the hell out of this before realize your irresponsible actions are going to hurt, maim and/or kill a human being?"

I'm not a fan of "Mommy Government". I have always believed that the best sort of government is the one that works on the principle that laws should be used to govern the general population, not police them. But more and more, I'm finding this "second class" attitude given to me and others walking the streets and trying to cross them… Well let's just say I've had more than enough of it that I'm thinking of wanting to do something about it. Be it activism. Be it deputization. Be it humiliation. I haven't decided yet what I want done about it. But when I do, I plan on making it a roar. Until the next time.

  • Mood: Anger
  • Listening to: The hum of a running fridge
  • Reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  • Playing: Oblivion
  • Eating: Cream Chicken & Pasta
  • Drinking: Water

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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You were 100% correct, I contacted the Acer engineers, who replicated the same problem on a few of their A10 Richland's, both Mobile and Desktop.

They tested the temps physically and they are right where they should be. Most software is falsely recognizing  GPU and CPU as separate chip but listing the temps together on the CPU meter.  

Thanks for your input Michael . :handshake:
mbaldelli Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
you're welcome...  The reason why I caught it as I did was the board temperatures...  the temps are normally taken near enough to the processor (but not so near as to give false positives).  when I saw the board temp as low as I did, I figured the processor was running cooler than reported in the print-screen. 

You know once the Acer tech's report more on how the processors work, you'll be seeing improvements on the programs that are falsely reporting. 

Happy computing.  :w00t:
Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I hope so it seems AMD is pushing a new line of low to the high-end APU's this year. The APU cell like architecture needs to be recognized in software. 
mbaldelli Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
I'm of the school of "wait and see".  I'm reminded of the Cyrix chip when this sort of thing is going to be pushed.  Good for the start, but can be buried under when you least expect it.  It's not that I'm hopeful, but truthfully Intel is as dirty a player as Steve Jobs was in his day.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorite Michael. 

I got it pretty cheap it is usually $100+ but I got it for about $58.  
mbaldelli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
:XD:  Keep in mind I'm only :+fav:'ing it because it's coffee...  Not Keurig
Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some day Keurig WILL RULE THE WORLD Laugh ! 

I had a espresso/ coffee machine from CBTL that took its own kind of pods made in Italy but its being fazed out in favor of the company making K-cups for 
Keurig. It made a nice cup with the creamy froth from high pressure and good temperature.  I will miss it but I am in a rush in the mornings and at least this machine is reliable and I can get my fix with one push of a button while I get ready.

Depending on the brand and roast the coffee isn't that bad. I like the Gevalia 100% Colombian and Green Mountain
Special Reserve Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee myself with 100% Kona being a close third. 

What is your favorite kind of coffee 
Michael?     And for the love of God don't say Maxwell house! 
mbaldelli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Gevalia actually...  before they became so commercial.  I usually gravitated towards the dark roasts as they rarely needed sugar and/or milk/creamer they were that smooth and sweet. I used to grind the beans myself.  Since then though, it's a toss-up.  When I have the money I try different sorts at local Coffee Houses or at Whole Foods, depending on the amount of energy I have to walk about the city.  

Maxwell House is just a filler if I can't get anything better..  Remember, I'm a coffee whore.  :D 
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blessed-saen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
thanks for the fav. :)
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