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Meet Michael “Radar” Raeder, Jr Systems Administrator

Friday, July 26th, 2013 by
Michael "Radar" Raeder - Systems Administrator

Michael “Radar” Raeder – Jr Systems Administrator

In case you haven’t already heard, today, the 26th of June, is System Administrator Appreciation Day! To celebrate in style, we sat down and had a chat with our very own Junior Systems Administrator, Michael “Radar” Raeder! Read on to find out just what a day at Turbosquid is like for someone in his position and a bit about his exciting, globetrotting, experiences as a life-long musician!


First of all, is there a story behind your nickname “Radar”or did you just adopt it because it sounds so similar to your last name?

Well, yeah, a little bit of both. It started out based on my last name, and then I took it as a handle in high school when I ran a pirate radio station out of my Pinto station wagon. We would set up and broadcast a couple hours a day out of a park in LA. People would leave song requests for us in a locker.


Do you have a favorite memory from your DJ days?

Yeah, someone kept requesting to hear speed metal, so we would just play Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on 45 or 78 rpm every time.


As our Junior System Administrator, what do you do on an average day?

I set up servers, add users, and secure everything to keep the bad guys out. I write programs to automate things, write programs to amuse myself, and if something is not working, I make it work. There’s really no typical day.


In addition to working as a Sys Admin, we hear that you’ve had quite the career as a musician. Care to tell us a bit?

I have a lot of great memories. I’ve played literally thousands of shows since I was 9 years old. I’ve mostly played guitar in rock bands, but I also occasionally play accordion, slide guitar and have even played percussion for zydeco groups.


What’s your fondest memory from performing or touring?

Probably the most memorable one was when I was playing with a Cajun band in Quebec City, at an outdoor music festival. This was during the time when Quebec wanted to separate from Canada. We had one song on our set list called “Reveille,” which means “Awaken”. The translation to the beginning of the lyrics is something like “arise, arise, men of Acadiana, raise your guns against the English”.

The singer really wanted to do this, and I told him it was a bad idea. Sure enough, we do the song, and a riot breaks out. There are literally between five and seven thousand people going nuts, tearing things up. The police came on stage, told us to grab whatever we could, and forced us onto a bus . So, I carried two guitars, a couple of pedals, and got in. As we were exiting the fairground, the fence over on  this one side fell over, and all these rioters came directly for our bus and proceeded to rock the vehicle back and forth. Then, from the other side, riot police started shooting tear gas and dispersing the mob. We were able to eventually get back to our hotel and berated the singer the whole ride over.


Word around the water-cooler is that you are a bit of a Russophile.  What sparked this interest?

I got to visit East Germany when I was really young. Just seeing the artwork, propaganda, and uniforms– they had a certain aesthetic that really caught my eye. If I see anything reasonably priced, I tend to buy it. I have a belt with the East German logo, for example. I also love the absurdities of the Soviet Union, how they tell a factory, “You have to produce 16,000 pairs of shoes,” and they would follow it to the letter… they would make 32,000 left foot shoes, all of which would be the same size.

Titanic Sushi Boat by artist markflorquin

Titanic Sushi Boat by artist markflorquin


Do you have a favorite model on TS

I do. I’d have to say artist markflorquin’s Titanic Sushi Boat 3D model. I was just really hungry and craving some sushi. Unfortunately, I didn’t get sushi.


Lastly, what do you enjoy most about working at TurboSquid?

I really like that I get to play around with all these different technologies. Some days, I’m really into coding, other days, I love just taking something apart and trying to fix it; at other times I want to just try something I’ve never worked with before. I would really like to try Autodesk 3ds Max. It just looks fun to play with.


Check out the clip of Radar’s current band, Mystery Girl!


Whether making our daily lives easier or on stage, this Junior System Administrator really does ROCK! Be sure to hug your Sys Admin today or simply say “thanks”  for keeping your business up and running everyday. Let us know in the comments if you did anything special for SysAdmin Day this year.



Meet the Squids: Intern Edition

Monday, July 15th, 2013 by

For this week’s edition of our “Meet the Squid” series, I chose to introduce you to this year’s class of Summer interns. Turbosquid interns are given the opportunity to gain some real on-the-job experience, unlike some internships that result in training legions of glorified coffee couriers. The TurboSquid Intern League sat down to answer a few questions about the projects they are working on, their school plans and goals for the future.


Which school did you attend, or which do you currently attend? Do you have a major?

Alan Newman (Development): Stanford – I’m working on a Master’s degree in Computer Science

Andrew Freeman (Product Group): I was at College of Charleston in South Carolina, but now that I am back in New Orleans I will be attending UNO next semester. I am working towards a business degree.

Liam Craver (Content Group): I am a senior attending Benjamin Franklin High School for half the day, then New Orleans Center for Creative Arts for the other half. At NOCCA, I will be going into level 3 of Media Arts.

Oliver Hill (Product Group): I currently attend a boarding school called Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. My planned major is Computer Science

Silas Owings (Marketing): I graduated from Millsaps College in May, with a BA in Anthropology.

Taijon Robinson(Sys Admin.): I will be attending Louisiana State University this fall. My planned major is Computer Science, and I wish to one day work in game development.


What are you working on this summer at Turbosquid?

Alan (Development): I’m currently developing an automated framework to classify and score models, which will be used to enhance the search engine and handle new submissions.

Andrew (Product Group): Currently I am working on Feature Graph, organizing assets so that they are easily searchable.

Liam (Content Group): So far I have been mainly working on things related to the CheckMate inspection process. I’ve also done some stuff like learning Maxscript to try and tackle the pole detection problem… Yeah, way too detailed I know.

Oliver (Product Group): This summer I’m working with the Feature Graph team, working on the deep categorization of Turboquid’s products

Silas (Marketing): I’m currently doing a full-time internship in Turbosquid’s Marketing Department. My daily tasks at the moment are checking the site for crawler errors, keeping an eye on our social mentions (which shows what people are saying about Turbosquid on the web) and updating our Pinterest account. I also blog for the company and do a variety of tasks involving our site’s rankings on Google (Search Engine Optimization).

Taijon (Sys Admin.): This summer at Turbosquid I am working on small projects to get me familiar and comfortable with programming, as well as assisting with anything I can in the IT department under Radar and Foster.


What do you like about interning here?

Alan (Development): Good people, good work, good tea.

Andrew (Product Group): I really enjoy the people that I work with here at Turbosquid, but I come in every morning for the free cereal.

Liam (Content Group): Everything! No seriously, the atmosphere in the office is cool and relaxed but still has an air of business. The people working here are all masters of their individual crafts and quite happy to share their knowledge with others. Interning here also allows me to do what I already enjoy doing, but with more resources. Plus, it’s been a slight dream of mine to work here ever since Turbosquid started popping up in the local newspapers and on the web!

Oliver (Product Group): What I like most about working at Turbosquid is the atmosphere in the office. It feels like there’s a “work hard, play hard” attitude that’s shared among employees. People are productive but happy! Also, the 3D printer is really cool!

Silas (Marketing): I’m honestly not sure where to even start with this question, there’s a reason Turbosquid keeps getting ranked as one of the best places to work by City Business. The office is a very laid back environment with a whole lot of perks, but honestly, as a young man right out of college, the company parties are possibly my favorite part!

Taijon (Sys Admin.): First of all, I love interning here and am glad to even have the privilege, but I simply love having an opportunity to be in an environment with people who have similar interests to me. I also love being able to learn from all the friendly people at Turbosquid, who have already been through what I hope to do one day!

What’s your favorite 3D model from our catalogue?

Alan (Development): Crazy Fractal 20

Andrew (Product Group): Anything that is 3D printable. So cool!

Liam (Content): Not actually a model, but rather a picture: qafish. By far my favorite thing I’ve found on the site!

Oliver (Product Group): I can’t decide on a favorite.

Silas (Marketing): By far, my favorite 3D model is Omama. Pump up the music!

Taijon (Sys Admin.): My favorite model is the Suzuki GSX-R 600 2011 because of the general beauty of the model and the detail on the bike. This impressive model would fit in beautifully with one of my fiction game ideas.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about? Hobbies, volunteer work, other jobs?

Liam (Product Group): I am currently volunteering at Children’s Hospital during the weekdays when I’m not at Turbosquid. I also am occasionally hired to do freelance work under my company/brand Lime Studios, which usually deals with coding or art. Ever since I was little, I’ve been fascinated with computers. I actually learned the coding language, Python, at a very young age. Currently, I’m working on the second edition of my gaming engine, LimeWorks. I also have had a lifelong interest in graphic design and animation, which I owe in part to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, though French animation is actually my favorite style.

Silas (Marketing): I’m actually currently doing my second internship with Turbosquid! When I was in high school I used to come into the office with my dad (who works in development) once a week to do work in QA. I’m an avid Star Wars nerd, burgeoning beer snob, hopeful home brewer, and European history enthusiast. I also have a growing interest in tattoos, and got my first one in June.

Taijon (Development): My hobbies are playing video games and writing small pieces of fiction. I also enjoy constructing fictional worlds which I hope to bring to life, by either writing a series of books, or developing video games. Through working at Turbosquid, I’ve made a new hobby of learning code and making small projects that involve programming.

Snuffing Snuffy: Shark Week Ad Evokes Emotional Response and Other 3D Scares

Monday, July 1st, 2013 by

The Discovery Channel series Shark Week’s latest TV spot appears to be both horrifying and entertaining viewers everywhere.

The advert features a fake local news report, where a conservation group is preparing to release a rescued (likely 3D model) seal, Snuffy, back into the wild just off the Jersey Shore. As they lower the creature into the ocean via crane, a massive shark leaps from the water and snatches the animal back into the depths. The crowd on camera reacts with abject horror, as have some social media users in the real world. Unsurprisingly, the commercial’s shock value has caused it to go viral online.

The attack on Snuffy is, of course, 3D generated as animal rights groups would hardly tolerate a provoked attack by a real shark on a real seal. However, the fact that the sequence appeared real enough to provoke such an emotional reaction from viewers is further evidence of just how far 3D technology has come. While we have been on the receiving end of  “thought it was real” claims for several years, 3D models have become nearly impossible to decipher between real world objects, live animals and even people. Use of photorealistic content is often employed in a fictional setting without requiring a suspension of disbelief nor, as in the case of Snuffy the Seal, a violation of ethical boundaries. We have come a long way from the days of films such as Jaws, where creating a realistic shark attack required complex animatronics and a massive budget. Today, filmmakers looking to shock or horrify their viewers almost universally choose 3D models to bring their ideas to life. Just look at how terrifying the 3D monsters in 2012’s Cabin in the Woods are!

Of course, even 3D models used to require a huge budget if you wished to avoid having your film turn into a comical disaster. For example, check out this outrageous sequence from the 2009 low-budget sci-fi flick, Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus.


The exciting difference between then and now is that photorealistic 3D models have become inexpensive enough that they are available not just to big Hollywood studios, but also for producers working on tighter budgets, including  ad agencies working on thirty-second TV spots. The “Snuffy” spot is just one in a long line of Discovery Channel ads that has relied on the magic of CGI to entice viewers; some even starring models from the Turbosquid catalog.

So if you’re looking to recreate a “seal snuff-out” of your own, be sure to have a peek at some of these terrors of the deep!

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This Week In the Squid-o-Sphere

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by

Here at TurboSquid HQ, we’re always happy to share our favorite models, our artists’ outstanding work, and the freshest 3D news. Tune into any of our social channels to get in touch with our artists and customers, and get a look behind the scenes with with the TurboSquid family (and their friends!).

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening this week in the Turbosquid community:

New Featured Model!

This week, we featured a gorgeous 3D model of a blue Breitling Emergency watch on the front page of our website. This model was crafted by the talented Milos Jakubec, who we also interviewed for this week’s Artist Spotlight.

animonday#AniMonday, Ahoy!

Every Monday, we check out the newest and best additions to TurboSquid’s 3D animal kingdom. On the most recent AniMonday, we hit the waves with some sea-worthy models from artist 3dsam79!

Check out more AniMonday fun, and try your hand at building your own 3D zoo.



Calling #ThrowBackThursday

Every Thursday, we like to take a look back at how 3D models have evolved, from the earliest entries in the TurboSquid catalog, to some of our best, newly-certified models. It’s amazing to see how far our artists, and the technology behind them, have come in just a decade.

This week’s #ThrowBackThursday featured the evolution of cellular technology, from those old Nokia bricks, to slick and sleek smart phones.

Check out some of our older #ThrowBackThursdays (or #TBTs, if you prefer), to get a bird’s eye view into the changing pace of 3D technology. (more…)

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