Heres something to keep you busy on those cold winter evenings:
This website is dedicated to the evolution of technical and creative 3D sphere design and you’re invited to participate! The purpose is simple; create the most captivating and visually appealing sphere from our provided scene using your 3D program and renderer of choice. We encourage everyone to submit his or her renders regardless of their skill level so long as they adhere to the rules. However, those with the best renders will receive the highest ratings and possibly make the front page. Your goal is to rise to the top, through the use of clever ideas, thoughtful execution, technical expertise, and dazzling presentation. Above all, have fun creating your submission…
I’ve sent a blend template file to Richard Rosenman who runs the site.
Or you can get it here: blender_sphere.zip
So there’s no stopping you now