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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.
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.
... 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.
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..
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?
Home Depot kicks ass - they make things simple and good, even when they could have easily turned me away.
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. Here is an example of one I made - click for full image;