Putt Putt Golf – Go Carts – Raquetball – Bungee Jumping

Cody after going bungee jumping. over a 200 foot drop. “easy”

So much has happened since my last post. Mainly because I put stuff on facebook regularly and it is secure.

But here is a quick update.

2008 cadila  cts interior
Cody happy to get out of the house.

Jungle Golf
Us at Shipwreck Golf

2008 black cadilac cts
my new Executive Car Cadillac CTS

No place hops like Sonic in Chesapeake
Us eating at Sonic

Raquet Ball One Life Fitness
me playing raquetball

Trying on hats at Kohls in Chesapeake Virginia
trying on some new hats at Kohls

I am an Uncle!!!

Victor James Chenoweth was born this morning before noon. 3/28/2010

He is exactly 7 lbs and mommy decided to have him all natural!

Isnt he a little stud? I thought I would get these up quick since Chris and Stacey are busy caring for their new family member.

CONGRATULATIONS Chris and Stacey!!!

Its a boy! Victor James Chenoweth

Chris and Stacey Tired
Got sleep?

Victor Chenoweth
Wow what a beautiful baby!

I already have my eyes open! (these photos were taken before he was cleaned up)

chris and victor
Chris and his new baby boy!

Congrats Chris and Stacey!

3d Camera Manipulation – Sure Target 2

Film producers spend a good deal of time and money making getting a fluent shot. Whether it is panning to a new scene or zooming in at the right time. After Effects has a limited 3d world but it is absolutely amazing what you can do with it in terms of placing your virtual video camera where you want it.

I found a free plug-in from video copilot called sure target (sure target plug-in download) that makes it even easier to control the view or your world while still using null objects. Especially since the view of the world you are creating is constantly changing. Also check out wordle.com . Very neat site that allows you to create a word collage from a block of text or rss feed. The video below makes use of the sure target plug-in with a vectorized willslife wordle collage.

Microsoft PDC 2009

We exhibited in November at Microsoft’s 2009 PDC event in Los Angeles. (Professional Developers Conference)

 VIDEO – is shaky but is a nice visual of what it was like on a slow day at Microsofts Professional Developers Conference in 2009. I did all the whistling myself, let me know if you want an autograph.

Memorable events…  Free laptops and iFlip videos from Microsoft (video here was taken with the iFlip)




Here is a looping sequence of flipping tiles or squares made with after effects that we displayed on our netbook pcs we were giving away at our booth.

Here is the CDYNE PDC 2009 crew.

Our PDC 2009 booth was extremely busy

Chris came up with this idea of flashing blinky glasses with our logo.. they were a big hit especially during drinking time


http://www.cumulux.com/ PDC 2009 Exhibitor Booth

http://www.jnbridge.com/ PDC 2009 Exhibitor Booth


























































me playing with Microsoft Surface http://www.microsoft.com/surface



Basic After Effects Tutorial

I figured I have done enough ‘fun’ stuff and need to get adobe after effects basics down.

The particles that come with AE cs4 are pretty impressive. My biggest obstacle right now is how to move the camera around quickly and ‘ease’ily. I am doing better. I figured out that if you attach a camera to a null object it removes the complexity if you simply move the null object around.

Video Copilot Basic Training

This may look really simple but it took me 2 hours. :

Quadro FX 4500 vs Geforce 8800 GTS

There is absolutely no information or results performed on the quadro vs gaming cards so I went through the trouble.

I purchased 2 quadro fx 4500 video cards off of ebay for these tests.

Obviously the GTX 260 beats the evga 8800 GTS but the 8800 does the trick! The Quadro enhances nothing for my computing needs and bottle necks performance because of its dated components. ( Graphics workstation, mainly photoshop and after effects for now)

$200 for a used 4500 Quadro and $130 for a new 8800 GTS


Test results ran from:
RAM:12 Gig DDR3
Display = 2 monitors at 1920×1080
Power Supply: More than capable

Windows Experience Index (Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit)

Quadro 4500-
Graphics- 5.1
Gaming Graphics- 4.9

Geforce 8800 GTS –
Graphics – 6.7
Gaming Graphics – 6.7

and here are the results that mattaer in my opinion:

Photoshop CS4 64 bit (time to run filter ‘render clouds’ at 20,000 x 20,000 72pi)
both cards enabled seamless zooming and panning features

15.6 seconds / 8800
15.9 seconds / 4500

After Effects CS4 (1st 40 frames of logo swirl from aetuts lossless avi render)
62.4 seconds / 8800
61.4 seconds / 4500

2d game Continuum (Windowed 1920×1080)
120-240 avg fps – 300 max fps / 8800
80-130 avg fps – 160 max fps / 4500

Breakdown of what I learned:

The main price increase for the quadro reflects driver support and compatibility.  You will have a hard time getting photoshop support from a gaming card. But who needs it these days? Plus the quadro is made to render ‘perfect’ pixels vs speed and compression like the gaming cards are optimized for.  So quadros might push dual or triple monitors a bit better without artifacts.  THERE ARE NO MAJOR DIFFERENCES. Save your money and purchase the latest game performing video card.  One other thought is that the quadros have cuda.. and if you have a ‘SPECIAL’ application that is programmed to utilize this feature it is worthless for ever day uses.



A video Card only helps panning and zooming in photoshop, if you want quicker filters, get a better cpu, more ram (64 bit supports more than 4gb or ram)

PS I have the GTX 260 at home and it only slightly out performs the 8800 GTS so SAVE your money and just keep getting the latest and greatest every 2-3 years (cheapest high performing CPU, RAM, Video Card available at the time) and you will always have one of the quickest graphics machines.

Another Website Up

Hilltop Gold Exchange is up and running. Buyers of precious metals.

I also put together the Richmond Gold Exchange site.

Gold prices are at a high while the U.S. dollar is at a low. So alot of people in this area are cashing in while the time is right.

 I added a function that tracks where a user entered the site so the owner will know where his inquiries are coming from.


Also added tidewaterpawn.com – Pawn Shop in Hampton Roads VA