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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valve Software

My son, Robert, and I had the opportunity to fly to Bellevue, WA (near Seattle) and present a barnacle sculpture to the guys who created the Half-Life games: Valve Software. The barnacle was well-received - even by Ted who invented the thing! It was a humbling experience to see my custom model along-side professionally-made models.
L-R: Ted Backman, Lyman w/ barnacle, Robert, Chris Green


In the wild, just before capture
Here it is in it's new home at Valve. (Photo courtesy of Courtney Hebb)

Home, sweet home


We weren't allowed to take a camera past the lobby: Portal™ technology is still hush-hush.

The Valve
Head-crabs need love too!


Lyman, Robert and Lamarr


"Water-laser" cut steel panel
The automated sentry gun was way cool. It startled me when I walked near and it began tracking my movements and firing.  Sentry Gun Video

Working model automatic Sentry Gun! (Created by WETA Workshop)

2 comments:

  1. This is so completely awesome! The barnacle is gorgeous... er, for lack of a better word. : )

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  2. Thanks, Haadi! I worked very hard on this piece - glad you like it!

    (Barnacles - they're not just something you scrape off your keel.)

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