Blender rendering on a Mac

I’ve done 3D work in the past with both Maya and Cinema4D, but I’m now giving Blender 2.8 a go. The interface has been completely overhauled and it seems far more approachable. This also means I have some learning to do and, naturally, the issue of rendering came up pretty quick.

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Adding custom brushes to Zbrush

If you’ve created or downloaded some 3D Sculpting Brushes for use in ZBrush you’ll probably want to have them available to you each time you launch the application. Importing them one by one each time would be ridiculous.

If you’re on a Mac you’ll want to copy those .ZBP brush files...

Using private NPM packages with Rails, Heroku and Github

There are numerous reasons why you’d want to leverage the following setup. However, I’m going to be using a trivial example of sharing some CSS styles across different Rails apps via an npm package. That npm package will be private and hosted on

How to handle time in Rails

Handling time is a doozy. It’s not necessarily a problem that is specific to Rails either. It’s just hard. There are a thousand things to consider. I want to help you get an idea of what a reasonable setup might look like and let you go from there. The following steps are meant to be more...

Customizing the Trix toolbar

I recently added the Trix Editor to a Rails app I was working on and quickly found that I was going to need to do some modifications to the toolbar buttons. Out of the box, Trix only gives you an h1 button for creating headers and the site I...

My websites

Web devs are constantly putting up and pulling down their own sites and I’m no different. So here is my latest attempt at organization. I plan to make this site my informal blog where I’ll talk freely about anything. leavingharbor.com will just focus...

Restoring a lost scene in Unity

FYI – This mostly applies to folks using Macs.

Well shit. Losing progress on a project is bound to happen to you at some point in your career. Whether the application hangs and you have to restart or the power goes out, you’re bound to experience some bad luck once in a while....

Categories in a Rails App

Categorizing things in a Rails app is a common need, but it’s a non-trivial lift to get it all implemented. Database relationships need to be right. How in the world should you set up your forms? What’s going on in my controllers? I’m going to do my best to show you how I implement...