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Bridge Head Template

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Sometimes when playing pool it really helps to have a bridge stick around for those hard to reach, across the table cue shots. No self respecting billiard parlor would be complete without one. A while back I picked up a couple of shorty pool cues with the intention of fitting one with a bridge head while keeping the other one for the "why is there a bookcase here?" shot.

Today I finally decided I would take care of my "lack of bridge head" problem. I do have a scroll saw and figured if I couldn't use it to cut out a bridge head, what's the point? So I hop on the friendly interwebs and search for "billiards bridge head template" (thinking surely I can not be the only scroll sawyer with this idea.) I turned up some pictures but not a template per se. 

I found a head-on shot of a bridge head with the shape I am most accustomed to and PhotoShopped it into a two-color image and printed it to size. Click on the image below for a PDF template - ready to print out.

Bridge Head Template
Download Template: BridgeHead.pdf

I cut out the printed shape and headed out to the workshop to find a piece of quarter-inch plywood to impart this shape unto. The scraps I had on hand were slightly too narrow (and I would not waste anything larger on this project.) A glance in the right direction revealed a "drop" of quarter-inch plexiglass that would be just the ticket. This plexi had its protective paper covering still attached. I laid the template shape on the plexiglass blank and spray painted over it to transfer the outline.

Finished Plexiglass Bridge Head

A slow and steady pass through the scroll saw, a stop at the drill press and some judicious sanding resulted in the handy-dandy bridge-headed shorty pictured above. For the record, the first shot taken with this device in a real game resulted in the successful pocketing of the desired ball - what more do you want?

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Take a Walk with Joel Meyerowitz

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Joel Meyerowitz - By Hans Peter SchaeferOftentimes I come across something on the internet that draws me in and sends me on a grand adventure. Once again I have only my fondness for Vintage Everyday to thank for today's excursion. It was the image ["A Girl on a Scooter"(New York City, 1965)] that lead to my entering the name "Joel Meyerowitz" into the search engine.

I first chose to consume a video commentary by Joel (embeded below.) I enjoyed his insights on human nature. This lead to an image search for more of his works. I collected several images from random sites around the internet and present them here in BlogDogIt Slide Show fashion. The source pages for these images are in the list of links at the bottom of this post. Pay them a visit and see where they lead you. Take a walk with Meyerowitz and see the streets.

Enjoy!

Street Photographer - Joel Meyerowitz

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What a Turtle Wants...

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A pet turtle? When I heard talk of my grandson wanting a pet turtle my thoughts turned back to a time in my youth when I too kept a turtle. He lived in a small "turtle bowl" that had a built-in platform in its center. Under a goose-neck desk lamp that for turtle was Sun. As I recall the turtle was a very interesting pet and seemed to require far less care when compared to the hamsters and gerbils that some of my friends had in their homes. But the fact is, I am sure my turtle was not given the level of care that should have been afforded him and as a result he ended up paying with his life.

Death Bowl My childhood turtle was obviously just a hatch-ling - barely the diameter of a silver dollar. The turtle we found for my grandson was easily five time that size. Of course it was only after acquiring the new turtle that we realized the small reptile tank - previous home to a friendly little cricket frog named Hedy Hopper - would not be sufficient to provide a comfortable existence for the latest member of the family, "Crush."

The internet - not surprisingly - is a wealth of information (and likely miss-information) about the care, feeding, health and habitat of "Sliders" (the only available species of turtle for sale at our local pet shop.) This article is presented here in an effort to [1. Add something to the miss-information side of things] and [B. Encourage anyone desiring to keep a turtle as a pet to do their homework and prepare a suitable home prior to bringing the little guy home.]

Below is a slide show showing the steps we have taken in an effort to give Crush a fighting chance, on a budget perhaps better suited to raising earthworms. While the habitat is not optimal it does show a move in that direction. At this time the requirement for proper UVA/UVB illumination remains to be met. For now at least, he seems to be very happy, adjusting well and eating food.


~click on the image to enlarge~


For more information on the care, feeding, health and habitat of turtles kept as pets please search the internet - that's what it's there for...

 

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Giving - 3 Minutes for Goodness Sake

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Advertising As Film:
ทรูมูฟ เอช " การให้ คือการสื่อสารที่ดีที่สุด "
TrueMove H : Giving

Watch the Thai Commercial That Has Half the World Sobbing Uncontrollably Can you handle it?

by Rebecca Cullers

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With almost 6 million hits in just a few days, the ad is getting lots of press. The tagline is, "Giving is the best communication." It's not entirely clear (at least in the ad) how that relates to a mobile company, but frankly, it doesn't need to. The buzz (and the vague hope that it will encourage random acts of kindness among viewers) is all that really matters
... 

Source: AdWeek/AdFreak

 

 

 

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Sirius About Disclosure [PubDom Cinema]

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SIRIUS: The Film

Dr. Greers Blog "This really is the greatest story never told" says Dr. Greer, "Once people understand that classified projects have figured out how UFO’s operate, they will realize we no longer need oil, coal and nuclear power. This is the truth that has driven the secrecy."

Steven M. Greer is founder of  The Disclosure ProjectThe Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Orion Project.

Source: Dr. Greers Blog  - http://drgreersblog.disclosureproject.org/

 

SIRIUS: The Film Sirius is a 2013 documentary film that follows the efforts of Steven M. Greer to reveal what many believe is information about top secret energy projects and propulsion techniques. It is based on Greer's book, Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge and features interviews from former officials from the government and military who claim that the United States government is covering up the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and extraterrestrial visitation. Also featured prominently are images and a DNA analysis of the six-inch human skeleton known as Ata that was found in the Atacama desert in northern Chile in 2003.

The first section of the film is an attempt by the filmmakers to offer what they consider to be evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Government documents, government and military witness testimony, and audio and visual evidence are all mentioned and explained.

The second section contains interviews of people who claim that there are secret technologies being suppressed for development or use. The filmmakers interview people who claim to be able to derive energy from what they call a "zero point field" while opining that the military and industrial complex that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about has suppressed this information. The claim is promoted that man-made anti-gravity vehicles have been in use for nearly 50 years and that some have been used in order to perpetuate the ET abduction hoax for control over the population.

The final section explores how the filmmakers believe peaceful contact with extraterrestrials is being made through the CE-5 protocols developed by Greer [Source:  Wikipedia]

 BlogDogIt Note: This is NOT an affiliate screening.

SIRIUS

 


Source: The Internet Archive

 

A Neverending Light Documentary Crowdfunded By The People For The People

A documentary about the life of Dr. Stephen Greer and his claims of existing energy technologies that would change the world as we know it. [IMDb]

Download in MP4 format [274MB]  Download in h.264 MPEG4 format [2.2GB]

Also available in OGG format [501.9MB]

LIC:CreativeCommons

 

 

 

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Make Way for Mental Space

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Take some time to enjoy this Web-Series by EveryExit - It's Positively Mental!

Mental Space - Series

Alan Steele must take care of his older sister Amber, because she has several mental disorders and complexes. Oftentimes, he has his two friends, David and Edwin, watch her when he isn't able. Inevitably, Amber gets them into crazy situations along the way. This series is a heartfelt, comedic look at the Steele family and how life is lived on their side of the fence. Written by Jessica Dockrey [IMDB]

Mental Space is on FaceBook

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Spotlight[Home]: Five Gallon Ideas

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Five Gallon Ideas

"This website’s primary purpose is to build intellectual capital. The ideas on this site are meant to solve problems with cheap resources used creatively rather than by purchasing a solution in the global marketplace."

Concrete Bucket Stool

This easy 5 gallon stool is made with little more than concrete and dowels. A 5 gallon bucket provides a mold that sets the concrets, holding the dowels in place with enough strength that it can hold the weight of a person.

Concrete Stool Bucket Mold Concrete Bucket Stool

A drier concrete has a higher tensile strength – so using slightly less water while mixing it may make a stronger stool. That starts to address one of the  main concerns of this stool, that concrete isn’t as strong when suspended in this way as it would be in – say – a driveway. After too much use, the concrete around the dowels may begin to crumble if not properly reinforced.

If you don’t mind something a little more low rent, some simple bucket seating is cheaper and easier. Of course you won’t get as many comments from friends about your modern artistic flair.

The source for this tutorial is
Homemade-Modern, where you can find many more pictures detailing every step of the process.


Five Gallon Ideas

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What The...? Oh, Swell!

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Chuck Menville and Len Janson's
Sergeant Swell of the Mounties (1972)


Sergeant Swell of the Mounties is a short film written and directed by Len Janson and Chuck Menville, with Menville starring in the title role.

Chuck Menville as Sgt. Swell with Kathy Puerta as Emmy Lou The film is said to be a spoof of the '50s television series  Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. It relies heavily on the use of the animation technique known as pixilation (using human actors as stop-motion puppets.) It also relies on silliness and corn ball humor, often venturing into stereotypical humor in search of a laugh (that it very often finds.) This independent film was introduced at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in March of 1972.

I have actually owned this film in Super-8 format (w/mag-stripe sound!) since the mid 1980's. After viewing it so often on the silver screen it is a little disorienting to see it on this small embedded video screen, but it's not like that is the only disorienting thing about this film. Do you have 16 minutes to spare in the quest for a good time? Mount Up! and give this little classic a try.

Download MPEG4 format [35MB]


Directed by: Len Janson, Chuck Menville        
 
Written by: Len Janson, Chuck Menville        

Cast (in credits order)
    Chuck Menville    ...     Sgt. Swell
    Kathy Puerta    ...     Emmy Lou
    John Tucker    ...     Chief Silly Savage / Pony Express Rider
    Len Janson    ...     Billy The Creep
    Spread Eagle    ...     Himself
    Tony Krizan    ...     Bald Eagle
    Ron Quigley    ...     Old Man
    Dave Brain    ...     Sheriff

Produced by: Len Janson, Chuck Menville
 
Cinematography by: Ron Foreman


Sources: IMDb | wikipedia | YouTube

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