Category: Hobbies

Learning to fly!

published on Sep 11, 2014 Aviation, Hobbies General aviation

I have always wanted to fly and have taken several steps towards doing just that in the past, but each time I would run out of money or something else in life would get in the way - No more. Read More

I want to go soaring

published on Jan 03, 2014 Aviation, Hobbies Soaring

I can suffer flying commercial to go back and forth to Texas when I need to go because it's only $300 round trip, but to have fun in the sky I can use a glider. It's more fun, safer and far cheaper that general aviation. Read More

Hardware Review: Oculus Rift

published on Dec 30, 2013 Software development, Hobbies Review, Hardware 1

After my first 48 hours with the Oculus Rift; Holy crap. It's awesome. Not perfect by any stretch of the meaning, but as developer kits go it's impressive as hell. Once the final consumer version comes out, you should get one. Read More

Grasshopper Escapement

published on Aug 31, 2013 Hobbies Wood working, Clock 2

I started creating my main escape gear measured it to have 30 teeth and made a jig to help. Sure enough, 29 teeth.. Damn it! Math is hard! Read More

Flip-top Workbench

published on Aug 13, 2013 Hobbies Wood working 7

Both of my grandfathers were darn good carpenters, and my father is too though he wont much admit it. Well apparently I do alright myself! Read More

So, I think I want to fly..

published on Feb 27, 2013 Aviation, Hobbies General aviation

Something I have always wanted to do was learn to fly. When I was in the military in 1991 I had an opportunity through the USO to take advantage of a small flight training program ... Unfortunately I could not afford it. Read More

Scroll Saw and MLT-13 Wooden Clock

published on Feb 13, 2012 Hobbies Wood working, Scroll saw, Clock

I have always been a very artsy-craftsy person as I thoroughly enjoy making things.  I like working with my hands and creating something from nothing. Read More

Mandolin Luthiery -- Making and playing the Mandolin

published on Jul 23, 2011 Hobbies Luthiery, Mandolin, Wood working

I decided to try my hand at becoming a hobby luthier (a maker of stringed instruments) and make myself something to play..    I went back and forth considering all the options and decided that for my first instrument I'd like to make a Mandolin.   Read More

SU-152 Tank Destroyer

published on May 22, 2011 Hobbies 3d graphics, Tank

I have been playing a lot of World of Tanks lately and I liked the look of the SU-152 so much, I thought I'd model one up! Read More

Grid Computing and BOINC

published on Mar 13, 2011 Hobbies, Software development Boinc

I really like the idea of community computing, or grid computing..  I've always thought it was a damn good idea and I always try to leave one running. Read More

40k Grot Tanks

published on Nov 14, 2010 Hobbies 3d graphics

So for giggles I have been doing some Modo work this weekend.   Warhammer 40k Grot Tanks amuse me so I thought it would be fun to make one in 3D.. Read More

8mm Mauser Reloading

published on Mar 15, 2010 Hobbies Shooting, Reloading

I really enjoy shooting..  I always have..  In the military I would go to the range every weekend and throw some rounds down range just for the pure joy of it..  And while I would sometimes shoot my pistols, I prefer rifles..  Read More

German Type VII Submarine

published on Jan 23, 2010 Hobbies 3d model

So I have always liked submarines, I think they are pretty neat.  I have wanted to create a 3D sub for a while and finally decided to get started on one.. Read More

Play the radio 2

published on Dec 09, 2009 Hobbies Music

So I had said previously that my musical talent ended pretty much at the ability to play the radio, and that I hated that..  I wrote that entry back in July of '08 and I still hate it.. Read More

40k Leman Russ

published on May 19, 2009 Hobbies Warhammer

While my Tau Hammerhead is coming along nicely, I needed a bit of a break from it.  I decided to model something from either the Imperial Guard or Space Marines codex. Read More

Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet

published on May 11, 2009 Hobbies Review

I have been getting back into 3D modeling lately and ran into my old nemesis -- texturing!  For whatever reason, I had never really been very good at texturing.  I think a lot of that was due to the way Lightwave did textures. Read More

I can play the radio...

published on Jul 07, 2008 Hobbies, Randomstrings

... and that's about it. When I was in middle and high school I was in band and played everything from the trombone to the baritone and tuba but my musical aspirations sorta died there. So it's not that I don't have skill, or that I can't learn -- I just haven't. Read More

Anyone seen my hobby?!

published on Apr 22, 2008 Hobbies

I was asked the other day why I don't update my website more often..    A fine question, and I can only offer one answer..  I just don't want to.. Read More

Ubuntu, Wine and World of Warcraft

published on Jan 20, 2008 Randomstrings, Hobbies

I am far from a linux "fanboi", in fact until recently I didn't really use linux all that much at all.. All of my games are played in WindowsXP simply because there really is no other option... or is there? Read More

Home Depot kicks ass!

published on Jan 06, 2007 Randomstrings, Hobbies

Home Depot kicks ass - they make things simple and good, even when they could have easily turned me away. Read More

Tau Hammerhead in 3D

published on Dec 26, 2006 Hobbies 3d graphics, Tank

I frequently troll various 3D forums and just about always come away with a feeling of inadequacy.. There are quite a lot of extremely talented folks in the 3D field, and I often dream of being one. Read More

Polyester Resin Pens

published on Dec 23, 2006 Hobbies Wood turning, Wood working

Something I used to do years ago, and have started to do again was making pens. Wood turning is a lot of fun and you can create some very pretty pens if you take the time. Read More