so im a little late for the still life, but here it is. my "mental rays" vanished. Arturo showed me how to get them back. so if this happened to anyone else window>preferences>plug ins>and go to mayatmr and make sure that its on load and auto load. other than that i put the green balls into the glass vase. I didnt add the rigid body to them so they kind of blob together. something different. and i put a checkered backdrop to get some more reflections.