Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Latest 3D Projects

Moon Outpost 3D Model
I got a little tired of using the same old moon bases I had as background elements for my 3D renders so I decided to create a new one to add so variation to my background in my 3D renderings. After browsing through some NASA concept art I made this one. It's got all sorts of cool little details, it's made primarily as a distance model to be used as background elements but has enough nice detail that you can get fairly close to it. I've been having a lot of fun with it lately using it with my 3D space toys tossing it into the background on various renderings.
Model is available on my Turbosquid.

Medium Poly Moon Exploration Set
As an addition the to the Moon Outpost model I figured I would make the little moon vehicles available on their own along with some astronauts to go along with them, again they are made primarily as background elements for space scenes but with enough nice detail that you can get in fairly close as you can see in my sample renderings.
Model is available on my Turbosquid.

3D Product Package
A 3D product package with a transparent plastic window and a star burst on the front. I made this for my Russian Wind up robot model but it can be used for anything really. This little guy was never sold with this package, in fact most of his packaging over the years has been anything but stellar. So just for fun I thought I would give him a more dynamic package.
Mode is available on my Turbosquid.

Retro Styled Rocket Ships
In keeping with the idea of creating some new background retro sci-fi elements for my 3D space toy renderings I made a couple of new retro styled rocket ships.
Models are available on my Turbosquid:
Rocket Ship Style 1 is available here.
Rocket Ship Style 2 is available here.

Plastic Toy Space Men
New for my space toys 3D model collection are a reproduction of these vintage plastic space men. over the years I've seen many variations of this particular space toy, but these I'm willing to bet are the originals because the newer ones never had the clear face plates and flesh colored head inside of the helmets. I liked these best because of the added detail and figured they would make awesome additions for some of my vintage space toys renderings.
Model is available on my Turbosquid.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Toy Robot 3D Model Reproductions Part 2

For some reason every time I finish a particularly complicated robot I choose a simple project to follow, not that it made making this little guy any easier, although I thought he would be. I started this guy on Friday and finished him up on Saturday. When I was researching reference images I found some great shots of this guy on eBay. I have no idea what his name is though??? At first I thought he was broken and missing parts just because his hands kind of looked unfinished like they should have chrome pincers at the ends or something, but nope, that's just the way he's made, in fact he has three other brothers that complete the series but the blue one was the only one I found multiple pictures of him from different angles so I made him. If I can find good reference images of his three brothers I'll make them in time ;)
This model is available on my Turbosquid.

Here is another little project that I've been also meaning to finally get around to is a 3D reproduction of a toy space tank. You can tell this little guy was made shortly after the movie Forbidden Planet with "Robby the Robot". After that film there were a huge amount of space toys released that looked a little like "Robby", this is one of my favorites. As you can see I still have a lot to do like make the treads, Battery compartment cover, bottom wheels, and add fine details like the little metal tabs and then will finally come the Oh so joyous task of UV Mapping... have I mentioned how much I just love that part :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

More Toy Robot 3D Model Reproductions

Finished my toy Thunder Robot 3D reproduction a few weeks ago. He's pretty accurate given the reference images I was able to find through various searches on the big o'l WWW ;)
He's available on my Turbosquid. I made him high definition so he'll be very useful for high resolution 3D renderings. He's got all sorts of very fine details like seems in the tin and little metal tabs, even a detailed battery compartment which no one will probably ever need, but it's there all the same ;)

Moon stroller robot was next on my little evil agenda of vintage toy robot 3D models to make. I believe there were 4 different versions of this particular toy. Some were sold under various name like "Star Warrior" and others. This version I was able to find good reference images of so I made him. He's also made high definition and will be very excellent for high resolution 3D renderings.
Model is available on my Turbosquid.

Next up was this cute little Russian windup robot, another toy that I notice had been released under various names and sometimes with minor changes. He's made high definition with a great amount of detail like the little embossed arrow next to the windup key denoting which direction the key is to be turned and even the what I think is a Russian symbol or marking at the back of his head which can be removed if desired. This particular toy has a very heavy chrome finish that has ripples and bumps in it so I also gave him a bum map to help duplicate that surface effect.
This model also is available on my Turbosquid.

And lastly I created this cute little vintage windup Robot Space Dog also made high definition with a great deal of detail and high resolution UV maps to duplicate the lithograph. There were again several variations of this toy dog but I liked the red version best as it has a "Rover" name plate just under his chin that I really liked.

This model is also available on my Turbosquid. I just uploaded him this morning, I was going to do it last night before bed but I was bagged so he went up this morning instead. Now I'm creating a scene with this robot dog and the Russian windup robot and a glass city in the background, rendering right now, with all that glass in the city that sucker is going to go all day and then some in Bryce 7 :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Latest Projects

It's been a little while since I've updated my blog, with only 6 followers I get a little lazy, for that I must apologise. I've been getting a lot of new 3D model projects done lately, first up in my latest creations is a new cartoon Beaver Character.

I finished him up a couple of weeks back he's available on my Turbosquid

Next project I finished up was a spooky old graveyard just in time for Halloween:
I love this one, lots of cool little details went into this one, a freshly dug grave, detailed old headstones, a spooky looking dead tree, even a brocken iron fence. Model also available on my Turbosquid

Another project also finished up were these tasty looking 3D donuts complete with wax paper, sprinkles, icing and one with a bite out of it, even has some loose crumbs and fallen sprinkles. Model also available on my Turbosquid.

Next up, a barbed wire barricade for battlefield scenes, I've been slowly working on a series of battlefield ellements for dressing up your 3D scenes with. These are simple props that can be copied and pasted and re-aranged a little to make the barricade longer if needed. Model also available on my Turbosquid.

Next up is a project I had been working on a couple of years ago but almost abandoned it because the polygon count was getting kinda nutty, but I picked it up again this past week and decided to finish it up. And this model is now also available on my Turbosquid.

And finally, whew getting there folks for my big blog update. Now this is another project that almost got abandoned because I was having a REALLY tough time trying to create the main body shape of this particular toy robot, called a "Thunder Robot." Yup this was another project that was started a good cuple of years ago that I kept revisiting from time to time only to end in frustration at not being able to get the body to look right, you would think the shape is pretty simple until you actually start working at it, well... maybe for some 3D wizards out there it might have been a snap but I struggled with it, and then only a cuple of days ago I finally had an Ereka moment lol.

As you can see he's only partially finished, I'm hoping to have this one done by the end of the weekend if all goes well. But he's comming along nicely now, he's got all sorts uf awesome details like the little tabs that hold his body parts together, a batter compartment that will actually open, clear plastic parts that lights can be placed inside of, fully animatible limbs, a rotating antena, you name it, this guy is shaping up super sweet. I guess he's making up for all that hair pulling he caused me a cuple of years ago lol

And finally for those that follow my blog for the Zentai stuff, you'll be pleased to hears that I bought a new Zentai suit that is metalic black with a snakeskin pattern on it, vry cool looking suit that I'm hoping to do some shots with soon and after winter is good and over I'll see about doing some outdoor shoots with it.

Well I guess that about wraps up this little report for now, so till next time :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Cute Lil Alien Character

OK so no I've not been slacking although I did take many days off this summer to go out bike riding, you know how I love my bike lol, and besides I take plenty of pictures when I go out bike riding so I still wind up being somewhat creative even when I'm trying to take a break ;) But now that summer is over and fall in in full swing it's back to creating again. First up in a long ongoing project (I have the folder named "Box of Aliens") is my latest character addition a cute lil alien complete with jet pack and ray gun. Took a lot of hair pulling sessions to get this lil guy posed right. I'll be the first to admit that I kinda suck when it comes to pelt mapping and skinning characters, I usually prefer to leave that bit to people who are far more talented at that than I am, but I'm getting a little better at it.

As you can see in the beginning of his construction he started out pretty simple. I had a basic idea of what I was looking for body shape wise and general sort of look but the details I had not yet figured out. Usually I'll just sort of make it up as I go based on a somewhat fuzzy idea. lol

Eventually I added his spacesuit details like the wrist couplings and his jet pack, his boots were originally going to be metallic but I later changed that in favor of something more organic or plastic looking.

Eventually it was time for the texture or "Pelt Mapping" process, which I must confess I dread almost as much as trying to add bones, but I like the end result so persevere we indeed do.

I kept thinking he needed something and one morning staring at the screen just before going out for my morning run I thought; "Ray Gun... That's what he needs is a Ray Gun!!" something almost toy-like to be sure and so after my run that was created next and then onto the pelt mapping which I am finding easier so long as I take the time to create proper seams, a rather lengthy process but well worth taking your time for.

He has a counterpart I'm working on too, a big sort of robotic tank or robo suit I'm calling "Big Joe" which uses just the head of the alien since that's all is seen I don't need the whole alien's body stuffed inside this thing. I still have lots to do on this guy but I'm taking a little break from this to create a blob-like alien for my cute lil alien to fight.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Got Brains

Just Remember Who Has the Brains Around Here! lol As promised I headed out Friday to do another shoot with my new brain prop I got from Twisted Grins on eBay, this time in my other shiny black Zentai, I knew it was going to be another hot day so I was glad I chose this suit, kept the sun off me while out bike riding for a good 4 1/2 hours.

Snapped this series out at my favorite vacant field before heading out to Assiniboine park for lunch and to just relax. We had another good breeze blowing so that made it even more enjoyable being out on my bike for so long. You can check out the whole series on my Deviant Art if you like. I just picked out these three because they were few of my favorites from the series.

I touched up this series in Lightroom using the Direct Positive preset because I really liked the high contrast and darker colors it presented and then a little additional tweaking.

Friday, August 27, 2010

HALT!! - Thursday's Future Police Photo shoot

Thursday went out for another bike ride and photo shoot since there was a nice breeze blowing again to help keep the Mosquitoes and wasps at bay. Hoping to uses some of these for a "Future Police" art piece some time soon. I'll add "POLICE" in some sort of Blade Runner type font down the Arm and upper thigh areas of the suit in white with a wide strip perhaps in Photoshop. But I would love to get a custom suit made like that. I don't know who can do custom suits like that though, I'll have to look online and see if I can find one of the Zentai shops that will do that sort of customizing without charging some insane fee.

I got my Gooey Brain prop in the mail today so I'll see about getting out for another photo shoot and bike ride with that prop today. On a funny note, yesterday when I was on my way back home I cut through the Forks area via the river trail, there was some sort of stage show going on at the boat docks, crowded with people so I had to ride through very slowly. One of the female staff working said to me; "Superhero or Super Villian?" as I was waiting for some people to get out of the way. I laughed and said; "Both, depends on what yur looking for." She laughed and said; "No doubt. :)" I thought that was funny enough to share :D 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Life the Universe and Everything

So the ol Odometer is ticking over tomorrow and I'll be the big 47! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! So I thought I would share some random thoughts about life in general based on my experiences over these last 47 years. Do I feel any different? Nope not even a little in fact I feel better these days then way back in the 90's when I was married, now I REALLY did feel old then, I had a 42 inch waist and had no energy to do anything. I would even go as far as to say I think I was dying slowly each day in that toxic relationship, and such a slow death is NO way to live so I'm very glad that all of that is good and well behind me. It's strange actually because I feel better now even than when I was in high school, I can run faster and farther than I could when I was in my teens, there is something very odd about that I've always felt. But now I go running almost every day (weather permitting) usually at least 3 times a week minimum, I bike ride whenever possible, go for long walks. I can't really say I watch what I eat a great deal, maybe a little but I love my bacon and eggs for breakfast on the weekends and my two to 3 bags of Doritos on the weekends as well. I have a perfect 32 inch waist now and seem to be maintaining, must be those alien genetics kicking in lol :D

So what have I learned over those 40+ years? Well it's a long list.
Money does NOT make you happy, Oh sure it makes life a little easier but you REALLY have to ask yourself how much stress and crap are you willing to live with to get that huge amount of cash for all those expensive toys that most people think makes them happy, because I'll tell you from my perspective if you are living your life just to pay your bills then that is NOT living my friend. I mean there are people I know shelling out a fortune for a big house or a super expensive apartment when it quite literally just a place they hang their hat, now I could see it if you worked from home say and were making boatloads of cash. And then there is that vehicle, oh god don't get me started on that little number. Well, OK just a little ;) Most of my friends are in this little trap, big vehicle payments every month, insurance, gas, and my personal favorite the unexpected $500 dollar repair job that always seems to crop up. Whenever we go for coffee that's pretty much all they talk about for a good half hour is how much that thing is costing them and in the same breath they'll say, "You should really get one." I mean REALLY did you just listen to yourself for the last half hour lol

And then there is that job, sure you have to do it right... that's all fine and dandy but for the love of god and your own health get a job that you love doing. If you wake up every morning with that certain sense of dread where you can feel it in the pit of your stomach and just the thought of going to your job drives you nuts and you just plain hate it.... QUIT! Right there on the spot and find something where you get up in the morning with a completely different feeling where you can't wait to get there because you love the work, the environment, the people are more like family than co-workers.... because if you don't yur a heart attack waiting to happen... I read little statistic many years ago; "Most people suffer their first heart attack between the early morning hours either preparing for or on their way to a job they couldn't stand." Food for thought my friends. In fact I would say apply that to pretty much anything you do in life weather it's job or relationships, if you are not totally happy in it move on, don't just say... "Well I'm surviving!" Cause that ain't living!! I mean take me, I'm not making boat loads of cash doing what I do but my time is my own, I come and go as I please, I pay my bills, but best of all I'm happy as a clam ;) Yeah I would like my Internet sales to be higher but I know that will come as long as I keep doing what I love and always have the same passion and enthusiasm for it. I'm being creative and that's what I love it's what feeds my soul, and for me there is nothing more important than that.... "Hmmm put that in your memory bank robot." - Little "Lost in Space" reference there ;)

UFOs and Aliens: Yeah they are here and have been for quite some time, believe me when I say this, I've had this interest for as long as I can remember. I remember the very first time my dad read a UFO story out of the newspaper to us, I just thought, yup, makes sense to me, I had no trouble believing any of it. Over the years I must have read well over 200 books on the subject and watched hundreds of documentaries. So first off: "So if aliens exist why don't they land on the White house lawn and introduce themselves?" You hear this all the time right? Well the answer to that is not so tough, have you ever watched an episode of "Cops", or "Operation Repo", the news or any reality TV for that matter. If that does not answer your question let me sum it up. Basically we are a primitive species still engaged in petty conflicts and tribal warfare. If you were them would you want to have anything to do with us. Secondly I've learned that what ever the UFO secret is, it's a lot more darker than just aliens abducting people, crop circles and cattle mutilations.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"Be as Innocent as doves but as wise as serpents." (So Beautiful and Dangerous by Angus McKie)
"A dog will not howl if you beat him with a bone." (So Beautiful and Dangerous by Angus McKie)
"In an infinite and improbable Universe anything is possible." (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

So it's my birthday tomorrow and what am I going to do, well the weather is supposed to be not the best but I'll probably venture out to have a great lunch, possibly at the Mondragon, I've been craving a nice Roti and a Bête Noire to wash it down lately. Then I'll probably go out to Polo Park and check out a movie, if the weather is clear, most probably walk home with an ice cream or milkshake and pickup a six of McEwans from the LC on my way. Ahh such as the life of a professional slacker. :)

Human Flesh is porky Meat 2 Postcard from Zazzle.com

Human Flesh is porky Meat 2 Postcard from Zazzle.com

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday's Zentai Alien Hunter Shoot

It was going to be hotter than Hell out on Sunday but we had a good breeze blowing to keep the Mosquitoes and wasps at bay so I opted to wear my other shiny black Zentai suit since this suit breaths a lot better without that rubbery sort of coating the other suit has. Even though on a really hot day I stay very cool in that suit I find it's not that good with a high humidity in the air so a more breathable suit like this one is an awesome option for if you are planning on being out riding and doing photos for a good 3 or 4 hours under the hot sun.

My first stop was out to my favorite vacant field close to Mission street to try and get some of the shots I was trying for on Saturday but the Mosquitoes were so bad I cut my trip out there pretty short. Anyways with a really good breeze blowing I had no problem with the bugs so I think I was able to get the shots I'll need for my sci-fi works over the winter months. That brisk breeze sure made getting some of my props to stay in the right spot though, my shrunken head kept getting blow the wrong way so it took me several attempts to get it just right, but persevere we did ;)

My next stop was out to Assiniboine Park for a nice lunch, chillax for a bit and maybe take some shots with just the Hedgehog backpack and Ray Gun with the hood down. So these last two were just a couple from that set shot out at Assiniboine Park. I had a couple of shots that were overexposed, I'm not really sure how I get those but some of them end up looking kinda neat so I saved them as I might be able to do something cool with them at some point.

After shooting and finishing up my lunch it was time for a couple of laps around the park. Some chickie in a passing pickup truck was "Rubbernecking" it out the passenger side window trying to get a better look as I was riding down the park road close to that big black CN Steam Engine. I had to laugh at that. People seem to really like the suit with all the accessories like the boots and Hedgehog backpack, seems to make a lot of difference, sure on occasion you get the odd "What the F!" from your more "Redneck" variety of folk, but most people either just smile, laugh a little or just outright say how cool they think it looks.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Alien Hunter

Saturday was another very warm day perfect for a bike ride, this time I remembered to take along my Steam Punk styled Ray Gun for another sci-fi shoot out at my favorite vacant field close to Mission street. My head was getting pretty hot running back and forth to set up the camera for each shot and the Mosquitoes were pretty bad today so I was not going to stay any longer than I could stand lol

I managed I think to get some really good shots I can use, this one has to be one of my absolute favorites from this shoot. I'll no doubt rework this one in Painter and Photoshop.

Cloudier skies for casted for Sunday so I'm not yet sure if it's just going to be a morning run to the Forks and back or a bike ride and possibly more photo shooting, I'll have to see what I feel like... most likely go for the bike ride option though even though it's supposed to get close to 30 degrees Celsius, I'll be cool as a cucumber in my skinsuit while riding.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Gothic Zentai Shots

Although it was supposed to have been thunderstorms all day yesterday it sure didn't look like it so I headed out on my bike to my favorite isolated field along Mission street to do a few Gothic Zentai shots with my new Porcupine or Hedgehog backpack that I had picked up from eBay. I took along my gas mask and wore my Demonia Goth Boots, I was supposed to bring my Steam Punk styled Ray gun but I forgot so I made do with what I brought. If it's nice out today like they say it's supposed to be I'll have to make sure that I bring it along this time.

I love my new backpack, I think it REALLY looks great with this suit and with the boots as well it makes for a really cool outfit.

I was trying to get some cool perspective shots as well as some more spookier looking shots that I'll most likely rework in Light Room or Painter, not yet decided on which way to go there, I've got so many new images to process.

Afterwards it was off to Assiniboine Park again for lunch which was running a little late since I set out a little later that I would have liked, it was already 12:30 ish and they were still calling for afternoon thundershowers so I was tempted to just stick fairly close to home and possibly even just have my lunch at the Forks. But I looked at the sky and it was pretty clear for as far as the eye could see so I figured what the heck, I should have plenty of time for the trip to Assiniboine, lunch and still be home in time for my "UFO Hunters" episode :D

On Pasing by the mushroom growers on Mission street there were some workers outside having their lunch and they yelled out "Hey cool, Spiderman!" So I had to acknowledge that with a thumbs up as I rode by. Once I got to the foot bridge at the Forks that passes over the river to the main street side there were some teens on the bridge, a group of girls and a couple of guys just hanging out, one of the girls whistled at me as I rode by and said "I like your backpack." lol I don't think that's what she REALLY meant though ;) Isn't that terrible? I'm old enough to be her dad!! lol

After lunch at Assiniboine park I could see it was getting a little cloudy out which came up pretty quickly so it being about 2:00 PM I figured I had better start heading back, got caught in the rain a little on the way back but that was no biggie since I was going to hit the shower as soon as I got home anyways... just in time for "UFO Hunters" which was already a good 20 minutes into the show after I got out of the shower.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Secret Handshake 6.0

Last nights Secret Handshake meet up group of the Winnipeg Creative Society held at the LO Pub was another awesome event. This was my second attendance at this meet up. I especially liked the table top tent cards at this meet up, I thought that was an especially nice touch and a really great idea.

The Veggie Burger platter was AWESOME, I was so glad I decided to have my dinner at the pub this time round because it was well worth the wait, heck, I was hungry enough to have devoured two of those platters lol

Second Sight Photography had set up a photo booth at this meet up, I was REALLY wishing that I had brought my steam punk Ray Gun prop to the event, but alas there was no room in my bag with all my free postcards that I was giving away. Although I'm not sure how many people took cards or were even aware that they were there for everyone to browse through and take whatever they liked, I guess it pays to check the Secret Handshake message postings ;)
I left around 10:00 ish or so as it was past my bed time, yeah I'm such a burnout I know lol. But I left my postcards and new Zazzle Business cards next to the Second Sight Photo booth just in case anyone wanted some cards. Looking forward to the next one, especially the Halloween one if were holding one cause... well... I'll let you figure that one out ;)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Porcupine Backpack & Skinsuit

I got my Porcupine Backpack in the mail today that I had ordered from eBay so I decided to take it out for a test ride with my metallic black Zentai suit as I figured the two would look pretty cool together since they both have a nice shine to them.

I went out to Assiniboine park and had my lunch on the Portage side of the park before heading across the river bridge to the main park area to search out a good spot to take some pictures. Got eaten alive by mosquitoes today despite all the dragonflies about eating them. lol

Set up at one of the soccer fields since no one was playing and snapped off a few shots with the suit and my new Porcupine backpack. I think it looks pretty cool with the suit. Got a lot of looks, kids seemed to think it was pretty cool. I got asked where I got it, to which I replied. "eBay... you get all the cool stuff on eBay."

I kept thinking the whole time I was riding out to the park that I should have worn my Demonia Goth Boots as I think they would have REALLY completed the whole look I had going on here.... ahhh well... next time I go I guess since I've not worn them all summer long :(

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Human Flesh is Porky Meat

So Friday brought forth an odd inspiration since both my roomies were not home and I had the whole place to myself for the day I was listening to one of my favorite songs called "Men in Black" by The Stranglers and I felt inspired to do a short Zentai/Gasmask Gothic series.

I used one of the low light settings for my Casio Exilim Digital for candle light which keeps the shutter open longer and disables the flash so you get a little motion blur in the shot. I set up in our kitchen. The shot at the left was kind of an after thought as I finished taking shots at the dinner table. Personally I think this one is the best of the set.

This was the shot I liked best from the dinner table. And remember MDK Graphics in No Way Shape Or Form Supports or Condones Cannibalism, however if you should find your self stranded on some deserted island with no food or water just you and the other survivors... well then, it's Bon Appétit time :D 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesdays Bike Ride

Headed out yesterday for another bike ride since the weather was nice and the forecast looked pretty crappy for the next few days so ya gotta take advantage of every nice day you can right?

I opted this time to not wear my t-shirt over top of my Zentai again as the temperature was already getting close to 30 degrees (Celsius) and with my "Nogan Protector" (Bike Helmet) off I went out to Assiniboine Park again as it's been really nice going out there for lunch under a nice shady tree and then for a good cycle around the park a few times.

I took the River Trail route up along through the Forks and along the river to under the Osborne street bridge and up Westminster and then over to Wolseley street all the way up past Polo Park area via the bike trail and then down Assiniboine into the Portage side of Assiniboine Park. Once there it was time for lunch under my favorite big old oak tree and park bench where I snapped this shot of me in my Zentai and bike helmet.

After relaxing for a little while it was back one the bike to head over the foot bridge that connects the portage side of the park to the main park on the other side of the river. I mounted my camera to the handlebar camera mount and shot a video of cycling across the bridge and around the bike path turning left off of the bridge down along the river side past the park garden fence and out along one of the many picnic spots and then circled back along the roadway back into the main park area.

I tried to upload the video the my YouTube yesterday but it got removed because it was too long, so I'm trying again but this time I'll upload it as two separate parts.

Once I was done with my video I stoped in one of the main park areas near a baseball field for a rest and shot a series of shots with my suit, bike gear and helmet on.

On my way home I took the Wellington route through Osborne, down river to across Main Street and up the trail the the foot bridge that leads to the Forks. I stopped on the bridge for little bit to watch the boats and drink some water from my "Camel Pack". A tourist in a group of people said to me as they were passing by; "So are you feeling the heat in that?" to which I replied shaking my head "Oh god no, not even a little."  

I headed across the bridge and around the trail to the skateboard park where there were a group of kids waiting at the light to cross the street, one of the kids exclaimed; "Holly Sh*t that's tight!" as I cycled past them. I replied; "And lets not forget shiny too." I laughed. 

Overall another successful and fun bike ride.