Never ending battle playing games

I have come to the realization that I will never have enough time to play all the games that I actually own to their glorious wonders that the developers of each game have intended. Like many others, I horde games. Mostly when steam sales come along and I get excited like a little school girl.

When Steam first came along in 2003, I was one of the first early adopters; mostly because at the time I was offered the free expansion to Half Life that Valve was basically giving away if you register for a Steam account. I followed suit and grabbed my group of grade school nerd friends to join in on the action as Half Life, Counter Strike, Quake, Tribes II, Diablo II and Starcraft still ruled our lives at that point. We always had LAN parties, practically every month like a camping trip. Since most of my friends demographics were from the middle class, we all had parents with large houses and enough room to put a few tables and have 8 friends play some games.
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Happy Birthday to Us

Yes, It’s that time for my thing around the Star that we seem to celebrate for not dying. After getting married on Friday, I didn’t want to go out so I stayed in and cooked some steaks, had a celebratory cigar and wine with my lovely wife of 5 days! Technically this is both of our birthday celebrations.

Our first cigar, I think we know how to smoke this thing.

I’m Married!

Lee and I married at last!

I’m very happy to announce that I no longer have to check the box single on any government form and can now check the box “Married”! Having been together for over two years after helping her move to Apex back on July 29, 2015 after I got off work and offered to help, we have been inseparable since. We took our first trip together alone a month later and the rest is our little history. I’m very excited to have such a loving partner who ‘gets me’ for being me and actually enjoys my company.
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The RAID 5 recovery story

I lost my valuable RAID 5 setup on my main computer earlier in the year and didn’t spend too much time trying to fix it since then, but safe to say that I was able to match the drives correctly and recover all the disks without corruption! I almost felt a little bit like hacking doing the whole check sum analysis using the recovery software. First picture I recovered was of my Lee from our Hawaii trip last year just to make sure the image came through.

My photos recovered which included family photos.

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The Wooden Wedding Rings

This week I spent time researching and building how to make better wooden rings. I made a set of wooden ones for the engagement rings, but Lee destroyed her’s within two days and this time I wanted to be at least a little more Lee resistant. Maybe not Lee proof, but enough to hold it together longer than two days.

Fancy because its exotic Zebra wood.

I found plans on how to make rings from wood veneer and CA wood super glue on a lathe so having all three I tried the idea.

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Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop in Cary

Today I randomly went and drove the Z3 to Klingspor in Raleigh to checkout what they have new and see the guys at the store. To my surprise, when they arrived, they had moved to Cary off of Highway 64 about a mile from my house! I caught one guy still at store cleaning off the shelf and had a few items left to sell off and grabbed the last board of Chechen.

Who needs a truck to get wood? Take the top down!

I basically drove from one Kilngspor to the other in a convertible BMW Z3 with a piece of lumber sticking out like Tony Stark in Iron Man 2. I thought it was funny to post it up and people of Instagram thought so too.

Sawdust Hamburger

  • Working on a bunch of random projects today using various exotic woods meant that the saw dust coming out of my table saw is kinds mixed. I knew this so I kept my dust collector off, put a small piece of wood behind the table saw crosscut sled that I made and went to down on my projects. Sure enough, it creates a cool layered effect like geology, but you still don’t want to eat.
Looks good, but don’t eat!

Bronze Casting some new items

After a successful Raleigh SuperCon this past weekend, we were inspired to make some more new stuff. My friend Brendan, the Bronze smithing guru, already made some molds using his home made foundry and mold casting techniques using sand. I helped by standing to the side and making sure I don’t touch anything hot.


Melting Bronze in the backyard.

We Are HERE! Raleigh SuperCon!

The day has come. Our first big Comic Convention as a Vendor! Both Brendan and I are super excited in the big leagues of attempting to make a business from making nerdy things. Best part because of our name 2 Bros and a Bard, we are listed first in the Con Book! Sometimes good to be number one.

We are first in line. We are cool with that!
Underground loading dock and a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV. Kinda perfect actually.

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