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Googlebot by Matt-Mills Googlebot by Matt-Mills
taken from the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
May 18, 2007


Google's tiny yet powerful webcrawler was, for a short time, captured earlier this week. The bot which has quietly terrorized the internet since 1998 was accidentally captured by a strapping young Software Engineer late Tuesday evening in North Austin.

The young man, who wishes to remain anonymous due to feared retaliation by Google Inc., seemed a bit spooked when we talked to him, but agreed to tell us his story.

"I never thought this would actually work... And I just want to apologize to Google for any damage, be it physical or psychological, that I may have mistakenly caused to the Googlebot."

After this he began to ramble on about how he actually captured the bot, and the events that led up to bot escaping.

Apparently, the young man had been suspicious of hackers attempting to access his website's database using hijacked webcrawlers. He says that he created a small "finger trap" bash script that was supposed to capture and detain these suspicious bots. After linking to the script from his robots.txt file, the young man waited.

He continues the story, "I guess I had fallen asleep, as I was awakened by the ringing of my cell phone the next morning. It was my boss, just letting me know that I was late to work again... So I jumped in the car, un-showered, in the same clothes from the day before, and left for work. Honestly, I had kind of forgotten about the script I had written the night before. That is, until I got home from work that night, only to find that my website had been down all day. Confused, and a bit pissed off, I headed out to the garage to check if my server had lost power or something. Well, it was powered off, and I could smell what I thought was burning metal. So, I slid the server out of its rack and placed it on the floor. There was a faint sound coming from inside, like something was rattling. I thought maybe it was just a broken fan, so I lifted the lid off, and AHHHH-WTF out jumps a tiny robotic bug!?!"

It was at this point the young man explained that he had fainted, or passed out, right there on his garage floor. The sight of the bot must have either scared him that much, or more likely, the bot was equipped with canisters of a chloroform-like gas, that it released when it was exposed.

The young man, obviously very intelligent, with exceptional street-smarts, says that he is 100% positive that this was the Googlebot. "Nowhere on the bot did I see a Google logo, but I could tell just from it's color, where it came from." He also claims to have log files from his server that show the bot accessing his site immediately before it crashed.

Unfortunately, the bot was able to escape while he was passed out, so we do not have actual physical proof of its existence. However, the young man, who apparently also has a photographic memory, was able to describe every tiny detail of the bot to our staff artist. The artist, using Maya and Maxwell Render was able to put together this exceptional 3D rendering of the Googlebot.

Google Inc. has declined to respond to any questions regarding this article, and claims that the young man is obviously delusional and/or mentally unstable.

You decide for yourself...
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:iconrptdelosreyes:
rptdelosreyes Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
nice render and story lol :)
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:iconbojjob:
bojjob Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow i love this, it looks as if you actually built it
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:icontritube:
tritube Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
awesome dude!


but im still dont get it.

i download the 1.7 version of maxwell render(i can give you too)

what now? i dont see "Maxwell render" in "Assain render" (where i choose the render engine..)

Dude your answer means a lot for me.
i will appreciate it for ever!

Thanks !
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Did you install the Maya plugin?

:bulletblue: Once you install the Maya plugin, make sure that Maxwell Render is activated in the plug-in manager
:bulletblue: :bulletblue: In Maya, goto Window > Settings/Preferences > Plug-in Manager from the menu
:bulletblue: :bulletblue: Scroll down to find maxwell.mll and check both Loaded and Auto Load boxes
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:icontritube:
tritube Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
finally a good person

nop, its for 3ds max 2009

and i get along already but im realy appreciate you help! thanks!
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:iconcatyork:
CatYork Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
Very, very cool! Loved the write-up!
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:iconsteven07:
steven07 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
COOL! :+fav:
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:iconchristiankarling:
ChristianKarling Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
haha! Great model and a great story! Fantastic job on both! :)
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:iconmarciolcastro:
marciolcastro Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!! Fantastic!
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:iconephemeratics:
ephemeratics Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
He's so cute! Who'd of thought?
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:D
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:icondarwey:
Darwey Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
cool
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:iconcederblad:
Cederblad Featured By Owner May 2, 2008   Interface Designer
haha, brilliant! really like this, very well thought through. and of course very, very nice composition! (:
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:icongretchengrajales:
GretchenGrajales Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
totaly love this! its awsome!
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:icone-kill-72:
E-Kill-72 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
^_^ that bot crawls on my forum ^_^ lol
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:iconsmartonoff:
smartonoff Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
:headbang:
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:iconalfajr:
alfajr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome man :D
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:iconashwie:
Ashwie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
This is amaising! so much detail, nice one!
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:icondonutdan4114:
donutdan4114 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that is one of the coolest things I have ever seen rendered in 3D. I have to ask though, how did you make the wires? That's one thing I have yet to master... I think this picture is perfect though...
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. The wires are actually pretty easy. I just create a CV curve, then create a Nurbs circle (curve) and extrude the circle along the curve (Surfaces > Extrude).
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Wow, this is so awesome! I love the little air tanks (I would assume) on its legs. I wish I had your skills in 3D programs: every time I try my hand at them, my head starts spinning and my brain shuts down do to critical errors.

Nice work!
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks man. :)
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:icon7of9:
7of9 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
I love it !!! :clap:
Great model, and very nice render !!!

Great work :headbang:
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. :)
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:icongonnafly:
gonnafly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Very cool. I love the colours.
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:iconspeardesign:
SPEARdesign Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
too good me thinks... sooo real. love the lighting :thumbsup:
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! :D
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:icontorched7:
Torched7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Really nice, I tried 3d modelling with blender, then I just shit my pants and went back to wallpapers.
3d-modelling is really hard and oh yeah again really, really nice work!
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:iconiajk:
iAJK Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007   General Artist
This is so realistic!! I love the details! :dance:
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. :)
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:iconal-kabeer:
Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
Nice work!
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. :)
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:iconburnset:
Burnset Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
0.0 omg i knew it was real....j/k awsome!
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
lol, thanks! :)
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:iconmikemaster:
mikemaster Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work, this model is fantastic
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thank you. :)
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:iconqinjuehang:
qinjuehang Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007   Digital Artist
Wow!!! :O
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:iconpeppermint-t:
pepperminT-T Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
I didn't realise it wasn't a physical model until I read the comments. AMAZING!! Like St Joan said, I want one too.
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
great, thank you. :)
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:icona3art:
A3art Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
great idea!!! .. like all the little details the bot has... and the render quality is amazing!!!... it´s a :+fav: !!
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:iconlucasdelzell:
LucasDelzell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007   Digital Artist
holy shit
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
good shit, or bad shit?
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:iconlucasdelzell:
LucasDelzell Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007   Digital Artist
awesome shit
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:iconabalkhair:
Abalkhair Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007   Interface Designer
super
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thanks. :)
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:icongorillamilkshake:
GorillaMilkshake Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
Question: Did you use the maxwell render plugin or the software
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:iconmatt-mills:
Matt-Mills Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
i used the plugin.
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:iconjaxenl:
JaxeNL Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
awsome man, i love those little yellow hydrolics haha
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