Friday, July 31, 2015

Be a Professional; Life Tips from a Former Car Salesman

These are a few things I gleaned from selling cars that will help you in dealing with people in person, on the phone, or online. These are things I learned by trial and error, witnessing good and bad examples, and doing whatever I could to sell a car.
A lego car salesman approached a lego family

Monday, July 27, 2015

Simple Stencil for Tagging

I wanted to create a simple stencil to tag some of the things I have and will build. This is not high precision, but it gets the job done.
Painted WardWorks stencil

Sunday, July 26, 2015

True Detective Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Ensure You're Always Lucky

What does it take to succeed?
Many will say luck. When someone excels they got lucky, but that luck took a lot of hard work, time,  and dedication. How can you be lucky?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

True Detective Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Short Story - Want More Toms? Get More Toms!

Want More Toms? Get More Toms!
The story decidedly NOT about shoes.
2084 words

Batman toys with Tom transposed on the chest

Tom aimed the laser pistol, firing at Duke, Roadblock, and Skeletor. He imagined the figures falling to the ground defeated. He checked the sight, adjusting it before aiming at the figures again. In mid aim, a knock on  his bedroom door broke his concentration.
“Hey, what’s that?” Kate asked, flopping onto the bed. Tom handed her the laser gun. “I used a toy and parts from a toaster. Now it’s a laser gun.” The bright orange gun had toaster coils affixed around the barrel with knobs screwed into the grip.
“When did you do that? I was just here last night.” Kate flipped the gun over, looking at the end of the plastic barrel. “This is pretty cool.”
Tom tilted the barrel away from her face. “Never point the gun at yourself, or anyone else.”
Kate smiled. “If your toy gun fires real bullets, everyone’s in trouble.” Kate handed the gun back. “How do you always get so much done? You’re always building cool stuff.”
Tom smiled. “I wish I had even more time. If there were two of me I could really get some work done.”
“No way.” Kate replied. “Then I’d feel even worse about how lazy I am.” She flicked Skeletor off the bed post. “Get your bike. You can’t stay in your lab all day.”
Tom threw laser pistol on his bed and followed Kate out of the house.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Build a Skyrim Shield

This shield is from the video game Skyrim. Each of the nine holds, or cities, has this shield with a unique symbol. I'll take you through my process of creating two shields. One I approximate as game accurate size at 24" with the Dawnstar symbol and another at 18", with the Windhelm symbol.

Completed Skyrim Dawnstar Shield
Dawnstar hold shield
Completed Skyrim Windhelm Shield
Windhelm hold shield

Sunday, July 12, 2015

True Detective Season 2 Episode 4 Recap

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Build a Picnic Table

You could build a picnic table from scratch or you could start with a kit from a home improvement store and improve it.

Picnic Table Complete Stained Green

Sunday, July 5, 2015

True Detective Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Short Story - The Divide Between Shallow and Deep

The Divide Between Shallow and Deep
1897 words

Model Desks Arranged for Photoshoot
“Come on teach, why do you always make me wait?” Paul asked.
“We both know I have less time to waste.” Mr. Shear reached inside his satchel bag as he entered the stairwell. “Do you have the cash?”
“Course I do.” Folded bills appeared in Paul’s hand. “That’s two bags, right?”
Shear nodded. As soon as the goods traded hands Mr. Shear grabbed the handrail and bounded up the stairs. “Go the other way.”
“Same time next week?” Paul asked. Mr. Shear didn’t respond. He confirmed the three bills in his hand and tucked them into his bag.
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