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My wife wants me to build a Woody VW and has arranged for me to get plans to do so. Unfortunately we don’t have a space of our own large enough to tackle the project.

So until we do, I have another project in mind. I just bought plans to make a 3/4 scale Voiturette.

Voiturette

It’s a lovely car and I’ve been wanting to make a small classic looking electric car for sometime. It may not get me to work, but it will be fun to drive around the private road we live on.

Eccentric Elocution Club

Join fellow Steamrats, geeks and nerds in the Eccentric Elocution Club twice monthly.

We are a pre-charter Toastmasters Club which will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Geek, Nerd, Costumer, B.N.F. or just interested in improving your skills Eccentric Elocution is an efficient, fun, and low cost way to gain great communication skills.

You are not required to speak at our meetings as a guest! Please attend an upcoming meeting and have with with the rest of us learning to become more persuasive and confident in our communication with others.

Mark your calendars for our next meetings.
June 22nd, 2014
July 13th, 2014
July 27th, 2014

Location and times listed on our website: http://eccentricelocution.wordpress.com/

Seriously?

I was at a commons area near my neighborhood that is shared by a few restaurants, a bookstore and a few other businesses.  Somehow I got into a conversation about land and pulled up Google Earth to show them where my Oregon land is.  I pointed out that the 5th wheel showing up on the property is no longer there.

This seemed to be HUGE news to this person.  They had no clue that when you are using Google Earth, or any other mapping software that it wasn’t showing you REAL TIME information.

You could see the neurons exploding in their mind.

The last mac I’ll ever own.

Back in 2007 I saved up for six months and bought a MacBook Pro Unibody model.  I was thinking that it was such a great machine that it would be the last Mac I would ever own.

This thought was based on my previous experience with Macs going back to the Mac 128.  Every Mac I’ve owned has outlived it’s usefulness.  The software grew better and the machine was unable to run the new features. The machines themselves were still fine, but just couldn’t keep up, even with some upgrades to the hardware.

The MacBook Pro is reaching the end of it’s hardware life.  I’ve already replaced the motherboard once. The hard-drive is now showing signs of nearing it’s death.  The battery will be the next to go.

When my machines in the past could do the job I wanted I would lovingly wrap them up in bubble plastic and pass them on to someone else who didn’t need to use the latest version of PhotoShop, or whatever software I was using that could no longer be used on the old Mac.

This is the first Mac I’ve ever owned that I will not be replacing with another model.  I’ve had this Mac for 6 years and it was a beautiful machine until I noticed that it was heating up on the left side, and that caused the solder joints on the USB ports to fail..  After replacing the hard drive the machine continued to over-heat. Luckily a friend told me about a piece of software that allowed you to control the fans and keep them on all the time.  Now the laptop is much cooler, but now other parts of the machine are dieing.

I’ll continue to use this machine until it is dead. I may even replace the hard drive and battery at sometime. If the motherboard goes again though I will not be getting another Mac.

My next machine will be either in Intel machine running Linux, or a Chromebook.  I use my Gmail account for almost everything now so the Chromebook might be a good move for me.  I have an old desktop machine running Windows 7, so if I had to I could still play STEAM and access other programs that are not in the Chrome OS World.

So this is why I won’t be getting another Mac.

$15.00 lightsaber

I’ve been reading about unique lightsabers on the RPF (Replica Prop Forum) and I decided to make one. A couple parts from my junk bin amd I have the start of a nice basic Saber.

$15 lightsaber emitter

$15 lightsaber hilt

Photoshoot – Cancelled

My Steampunk/Star Wars/No Pants day photo shoot is now cancelled. The weather is worse than predicted and I do not want folks to wander around in their finest clothes/costumes and have to dodge the downpour.

I will be rescheduling it for a later date, hopefully still in May.
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Streetcar

I’ve limited my Facebook, this is what happened

When I was looking for work over the past year I was online 12 to 16 hours a day. Facebook became a way to keep in touch with my friends. I was at home looking for work and staying home trying not to spend any money, even a few dollars on gas to go have a cup of drink with friends.

I told myself that when I returned to work I would just use Facebook for keeping track of events and to participate in groups that I was involved with. I hooked up my blog to post to G+ and Tumblr. My Tumblr account would cross post to Twitter, and Twitter would post a comment to Facebook. I thought this was an easy way to let my friends and followers to keep track of what I was doing, and keep me from getting hooked on my FB newfeed for hours.

Funny thing I found out, if something get posted to Facebook people assume it was written on Facebook. While I do past things on Facebook while I an signed in, most of my posts now come from Twitter. Its fun reading some of the comments on Facebook from my twitter posts a later in the week and seeing some of my friends asking me questions about the post and then asking why I’m not answering them.

So I finally made a change to my profile and let my friends know that I’ll be on Facebook in a more limited fashion. What I didn’t expect is that I would be spending so much time explaining to some people why I wasn’t going to be on Facebook all day, everyday.

So I’m making this post to let these folks know one last time. The reason I’m not on Facebook all day everyday is because I’m back to work. I still love you, like to keep in touch with you, but I am working now and won’t be on Facebook all the time. So lets get together for drinks and chat in person, I can afford gas now.

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How to Use Vine App’s Ghost Mode

If you are using the app Vine, and like me are amazed at how people are using it to create animations, you’ll want to know about Ghost Mode.

Ghost Mode, like the name implies, leaves your last frame captured as a ghost image on the screen.  It allows you to keep items in your shot aligned thus improving your animations.  You can read more about using Ghost Mode in the following link

How to Use Vine App’s Ghost Mode | Ghosting on Vine Tips — Andrew Macarthy | Social Media Tutorials, How Tos, and Videos.

After using the mode for a while and perfecting your skills you can try this tutorial and make an amazing animation.

http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-magical-vineusing-stop-motion/