i'm just back from school. tired but had lots of fun playing around with the spotlights in maya. we also had fun doing test render for the pool balls. oh yes, the teacher also taught s how to add ramp into the material and had it connected to the sampler info. he was going really slow in class in the morning but his teaching speed suddenly accelerated, so i had plenty of time of repeating the methods to some of my classmates.
anyway, here's some picture of it: