Halloween24x7 - Halloween Prop BuildingI just launched a new site called where I share my ideas, experiences, and provide tutorials for building Halloween props and related works. I've currently got step by step instructions form making a Gears of War cog and progress pics of my mini-reaper up on the site. The mediums that I work with vary from: latex, cloth mache, paper mache, wood, foam, etc... Most projects are mixed-media to get the scale and effects that I am working toward.

Apothecary Jars

Created a number of bottles and apothecary witches jars with various contents: Bone Powder, Viper Venom, Frog's Blood, Bat Blood, Spider Venom, Pirate Skull Bottle, Bat Wings, Horn Dust of the Unicorn and Werewolf Fur. Please check out my Etsy store to see more of my work.

What I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up - By James Clear (Summary)

James Clear I am struggling today. If you’ve ever struggled to be consistent with something you care about, maybe my struggle with resonate with you too.
Today I am struggling. Today, I don’t feel like writing. Today, I don’t feel like sticking to the routine. Today, I don’t feel like I have any great ideas and I don’t feel like I have enough time to make the good ideas great. Today, I feel like giving up.

Here’s what I try to remind myself of when I feel like giving up…

Your Mind is a Suggestion Engine

2014 Zombies

My 12 year old daughter and I were watching World War Z when it came to the dark scene with zombies hanging on the fence. We both looked at each other and said, we need bodies hanging on our fence. This was the start of yet another prop building experience. One that I am quite pleased with.

We started out by taking measurements of myself, my girlfriend (Megan) and my son (Will) and daughter (Kt) and built a PVC skeleton. From there, it was a matter of building them up into fully filled out figures. Obviously, the more realistic, the better. We all really got into it and had a great time.

Runtastic Pro - Not really so Fantastic!

I have been running for a few years now and have used Nike +, which has worked well. It has coaching to help step up your game, it works indoors using the pedometer as well as outdoors using gps, but it is missing some key features that I wanted to "step up my game". I wanted to connect to a heart rate monitor to track my activities better so I could get a better understanding of how hard I could push to reach the next level. I was also looking for more feedback on intervals training... so that the app could tell me when to speed up/slow down. I also wanted it to automatically post to During this journey of looking for an app that would fit the bill, I came across three that peaked my interest, iSmoothRun, Runtastic, and Runkeeper. I tried iSmoothRun on the indoor track at my gym, as it had both pedometer and GPS. I used my clicker to count laps to confirm its accuracy.

Competent Communication manual - Project 7 - Research Your Topic: Composting, time to step it up again...

I’ve been composting for a little over a year now which has given me plenty of time to step up my game. I started with a single compost tumbler and quickly realized that I needed at least two more in order to keep a steady cycle going. Lucky for me Rick Sebree had two that he gave to me. This spring all three of them were full cooking, and I decided that it was time to build a compost heap to handle my yard waste. Now I’m to the point that I’ve decided that I must do something more in order to reduce my impact on the earth. What impact, you say? The impact of fuel being consumed to take my waste to the landfill. The impact of that fuel burning and adding to the greenhouse gasses that are affecting our ecosystem and the impact of the materials decomposing underground without air, thus producing methane gas which add to the greenhouse gasses.


Word: Heinous

Definition: Atrocius, hatefully bad

Use: he was given a life sentence for the heinous crime.

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