I went to get an ice cube yesterday and I saw this funky thing in my freezer. My freezer is making ice stalagmites. I thought it was cool so I took a picture. Weird huh?
May 25, 2007
May 21, 2007
Over the last few months I have added some new pages to my main site Moe’s Realm
I added a new page for an LCD digital projector that I picked up off craigslist Sanyo PLV-60
Another page describing how to clean the projector: Cleaning the Sanyo PLV-60 LCD Projector
A page describing my IR distribution system: Hot Link Pro
A member of the AVS forums who wrote two guides on the Sony G70 projector, which I happen to have allowed me to use his content on my site as well. Two different guides:
Sony G70 Tube Replacement Instructions
Sony G70 Fan Modification
I have also made a few new photoshop tutorials lately:
I made an engraving Photoshop tutorial: Engraving Photoshop Tutorial
One that I like a lot that shows you how to make text that looks like it’s made out of water: Liquid Text Photoshop Tutorial
How to make the ever so popular aqua button : Aqua Button Photoshop Tutorial
And how to make plastic looking text in Photoshop: Photoshop Plastic Text Tutorial
Last but not least I went through all of my music pages and fixed up the urls. This was one hell of a project but I am glad I took the time to do it. Moe’s MP3s
So that is what I have been up to as of late and one of the reason I haven’t been blogging all that much.
April 2, 2007
Donkey boy and I have teamed up together and created a new site. The site is called www.pokemeintheeye.com. On the site every weekday we are each going to share with our audience five links each, for a total of ten cool links everyday. Once a week we are also going to showcase a cool piece of freeware/shareware that we find especially cool. Once a week the Crawford and I are going to pose a question to one another, taking turns each week who asks the question, and then share our answer with everyone. We also would like to encourage or readers to answer the question as well, I think this section is going to be fun. We are also going to have a babe of the week because we both like boobies and chances are you do too.
We want to come up with a couple more “of the week” type of things so we can have a new one everyday but Crawford and I are still hammering out the details on that one.
The real fun part of the site, beyond all that concentrated awesome above, is that at least once a month we are going to do a project of sorts. These projects are going to run the gamut and will pretty much be whatever we feel like doing and having fun with. The first project, which we are going to begin tomorrow is we are going to build a trebuchet.
I am really looking forward to this site, I think it’s going to be a blast for Crawford and I to build and we hope our readers have fun with it as well.
Check it out.
March 27, 2007
Did you know that one square mile of the Amazon rain forest can contain as many bugs as there are humans on the planet?
The other night I watched this show on Discovery HD called Bugs! (official site) and it was just amazing. It reminded me of how much I loved bugs when I was a kid and how I spent hours and hours running around with my butterfly net collecting any sort of bug that I could find. I also saved up several weeks of my allowance to buy a big book on bugs, I still have that book today.
My third grade teacher, Mrs. Downey, brought in a monarch caterpillar, something that I had caught a few of at the time. Now when I caught bugs I would bring them home, keep them in a jar or box for a few days and watch them and then let them go. Mrs. Downey kept her monarch caterpillar (this is what they look like) in a jar in her room but she didn’t let it go. Eventually her caterpillar formed itself a chrysalis and then we waited for the third stage of life, a butterfly.
I had never seen this happen and we lucked out that it happened during a class about a week later. Here is a picture of me watching the butterfly emerge.
Mrs. Downey, who is still to this day one of my all time favorite teachers, gave me that picture at the end of the year and she wrote this on the back “To Chris, Whose excitement and curiosity about the world was a wonderful thing”. Anyway, as you can probably tell in the picture (I’m the one up front) I was absolutely enthralled. It wasn’t long before I caught myself some monarch caterpillars to repeat the process.
I actually did it twice. On two separate occasions I caught a monarch caterpillar, brought it home, made sure I had some milkweed plants for it to eat and watched the caterpillar go through it’s different stages of life. I can still remember the excitement when I saw that they had created their chrysalis because I pretty much knew then that they were going to become butterflies. I remember checking about 132 times a day on the chrysalis looking for signs of change. When the butterfly did finally emerge nothing could drag me away from watching, even if the Smurfs made a special appearance on Thundercats. The coolest part was once the butterflies emerged I could walk around with them on my finger, I could even go outside with them and they wouldn’t fly away. This all happened when I lived in Illinois and on weekends our front yard was sort of a meeting place for the neighbor hood (we had a big corner lot) and I remember being outside with everyone with my pet butterfly on my finger, it was really cool. At the time I thought that the butterfly was tame and just loved me because I was the first thing it saw when it emerged and that is why it didn’t fly away. I later learned that it takes a while for their wings to dry and they are just incapable of flight.
Anyway, here are couple pictures of my butterflies.
I am still very fascinated with bugs. I no longer run around fields with a butterfly net but I am still known to pick up big bugs and let them crawl around my hand for a bit. I am also not one to freak out when I see a spider or anything like that. Bugs are cool.
February 24, 2007
Back when I was a kid (age 6-11) we lived in Northbrook Illinois. We had an awesome neighborhood with lots of kids around, the street we lived on was a dead end and we were surrounded by forests. We spent a lot of time playing in the forest. In the big clearing at the end of the street all the kids built a BMX track (I was really into BMX back then), in the winter parts of the forest would often flood and then freeze over so we had an ice rink of sorts. I never personally learned how to ice skate but it was still a ball sliding around the ice. We also built lots of snow forts in the snow drifts and stuff. It was a great place to grow up and we had tons and tons of fun.
My neighbor who lived across the street from me was named Brendan, he was a few years older than me but we still hung out a lot. I am not sure how it started exactly but at some point we started making fires out in the forest. We were safe (or so we thought) and often would just hang out in the forest with a fire going burning weird random things. We found a mattress out in the forest one time and it was filled with foam. What we would do is break off a piece of foam a bit smaller than a tennis ball, attach it on the end of a stick, place the foam in the fire until it was burning good and then fling the foam off the stick watching this awesome fireball go screaming through the air. I can still remember clearly the sound that these balls of foam made as they went soaring through the air, it was a kind of floooop sound and it was really cool. We spent many afternoons flinging fireballs through the air. One day my older brother caught us doing it and I thought I was toast, I was sure he was going to tell our parents and get me in trouble. Luckily for me, he didn’t. He started flinging with us and a good time was had by all.
Eventually we burned all the foam from the mattress so we had to find other things to burn. We burned golf balls, that is how I learned that some golf balls have different stuff inside than others. My memory may be playing tricks on me here so I wouldn’t swear to it but I remember two things usually being inside the balls. The balls were either filled with a solid plastic like substance and they were kind of boring to burn. The cool golf balls were filled with what looked like really tightly wrapped rubber bands. Actually no that I think about it, I think some of them may have had a foamy liquid like substance. The rubber band ones were the cool ones to burn though, they made lots of cool noises when they burned and hitting them with a stick and sending them flying while they were burning made for a good light show.
Tennis balls were also a favorite thing to burn and then hit with a stick to go flying through the air. We obviously liked watching fireballs go flying through the sky.
We also used to stick glass bottles that we found out in the forest into the fire. I remember being totally shocked when we took a bottle out of the fire and through it in the creek near the fire and the bottle exploded. I learned that little physics lesson that day. After that first bottle exploded we repeated that experiment many times, waiting expectantly while the bottle got nice and hot and then watching in total fascination as we tossed the bottle in the water and it just shattering.
Like all stupid childhood games our fire playing did come to end. When we almost burned down the entire forest we decided it may be a good idea to stop playing with fire. What happened was this. We had found a tree that had fell over and it was old and rotting on the inside so it had a big hollow at the end of the fallen tree. We thought this would be a great place to start the fire so we did exactly that. Luckily for us we had also dragged over a big sheet of wood that happened to have a metal liner all the way around it. We played with our fire for awhile, the tree hollow making a great fireplace of sorts. When it was time to go home we poured water on our fire and covered it with dirt to put the fire out and went home. Unbeknownst to us the fire had worked its way up the fallen tree so when we thought we had put it all out the fire was actually still smoldering inside the tree.
We came back the next day to find a good chunk of the tree reduced to ash and the fire burning quite well. We about shit our pants. Thankfully, that metal lined piece of wood had done a surprisingly good job containing the fire. The wood was completely burned away but somehow the fire didn’t make it past the metal border. We hurried to try and contain the fire by trying to kick dirt on it and pour water onto it but we just couldn’t get it out. We ran back to Brendan’s house and got a couple buckets and doubled our efforts. We did eventually get the fire out but we had learned our lesson.
Looking back at what had happened it’s hard for me to believe that we didn’t start a major fire, we got incredibly lucky. I do sometimes miss the sound of the foam fireballs flying through the air though, they looked totally cool and sounded even better.
It amazes me more kids don’t die in childhood, myself included.
February 12, 2007
Hard to believe that I am 33 years old today, man time goes by fast. I swear the older I get the faster the time goes. We did most of the birthday celebrating over the weekend. I got some Carson’s Ribs flown out from Chicago for my b-day feast and they were amazing as always. I am hoping to have some Kung Pao chicken from Henry’s Hunan tonight for dinner, it’s my favorite. I think I am going to go for a walk a bit later and get myself a cigar and I may go and try and see a movie.
On a different note I shaved my head with a razor last night for the first time. Doesn’t look to different from how I usually cut it but it sure feels weird. Here is a picture of my bald noggin for your enjoyment.
Now leave me some comments and wish me a happy birthday even if you are total stranger
January 23, 2007
I have had a 21″ CRT monitors for a long time now. I think I have gone through three of them. Each of these 21″ monitors suffered the same fate; the screens all got a greenish tint to them that got progressively worse. I love CRT, I think they provide a much better picture than LCD monitors and I think they will continue to do so for some time. That said, I bought a LCD.
I got sick of all my 21″ monitors turning green so I decided to try out LCD. I had bought all 21″ CRTs used, but that is only because new CRT monitors are quite expensive, so maybe that helped contribute to their early demise. I still run a CRT in conjunction with my new 20″ Dell 2007FP, I have a 19″ that does duty as my secondary monitor.
I have been quite happy with the 2007FP. Text looks great, it’s super sharp, has nice colors after I dialed it in with my Colorvision SpyderPro. It was a breeze to install, it came with all the necessary cabling including both a DVI and VGA cable. It has to USB ports on the side. The monitor came with a stand that is height adjustable, as well as able to rotate and pivot. The screen is actually slightly larger than the old CRT. I can run it at 1600X1200 which was actually a requirement for me when I was shopping for a new monitor.
I considered getting a widescreen monitor but when I looked at the Dell E228WFP, which is their 22″ model, it actually had fewer total pixels than the 20″ traditional aspect ratio monitor. The 22″ was cheaper too but it wasn’t part of the Dell Ultrasharp line like the 2007FP. The fact that I have dual monitors sort of makes it so I don’t need a widescreen monitor as well, plus I don’t watch movies on my computer or play any games on this rig. I have the Home Theater for that. I have made a deal with myself. I am going to get the 30″ widescreen LCD monitor when I hit my first financial goal, the first month that I could afford to buy two of the 30″ monitors I will buy myself one.
If you are in the market for a nice 20″ LCD I can suggest the Dell 2007FP, I have been quite happy with mine so far. I purchased it from the Dell Outlet which saved me about 75 bucks.