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The Strain Sprain Spring Sprang Thang

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The new year brought with it a devastating storm that wrought havok in the Midwest U.S. Many in my area had to endure power outages that lasted for nearly a week as countless power lines were broken from falling tree limbs succumbing to the Blizzard of Twenty-Fourteen.

January 7, 2014


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We were fortunate at our homestead in that the worst of our damage was the TV antenna that went kabluey. This antenna and me go way back and I have been waiting for the day when mild weather and my weekend would align and allow me the opportunity to rescue this storm ravaged trooper.

April 13, 2014


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Yesterday (Saturday) was a beautiful day and I knew what I had to do. Up on the housetop with my  back-pocket for a tool caddy I began the procedure that would ultimately consume my afternoon.

With the project at ground level I could survey the damages and begin to formulate a plan for restoring the log periodic to this array. Ultimately I return once again to my 1/4 inch thick Plexi-Glass scrap [See BlogDogIt - Bridge Head Template] to fabricate the fix. A trip to the hardware store for the nuts and bolts and...

let the tinkerin' begin

Repair Detail

Total cost of repair: less than $10 - Result: Good as new!

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The Shoddy Onion

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Shoddy Onion - Rampaging Thoughts About Art and Life
Shoddy Onion graphic by BlogDogIt - For Dale if he wants it [smiley::D]

Friends of Dale Harkness and his blog "The Hindenburg Principle" will be pleased to know that after the  "Oh, The Humanity!" moments that resulted in the demise of that blog, Dale has announced the creation of a brand new site - rising up from the ashes - called "The Shoddy Onion"!

Why not stop by The Shoddy Onion and say hello... (Take a clothespin along for your nose if you have an aversion to the pungent smell of bulb-sprouted veggies.)

Shoddy? Well, that is in the nose of the beholder. I have been a fan of this blogger for a while now and encourage you to add him to your rotation - always thought provoking, entertaining and educational.

Here is a sample - the first post of many for The Shoddy Onion:

Rising From the Ashes 

The Shoddy Onion, what kind of name for blog is that you ask? Well now, would you easily forget a shoddy onion?

Ah, but the onion fumes are overpowering in here you say? Let’s do something about that by bootstrapping this blog up to let those shoddy onions make a fine fermented fuel for the engine of life.

To rewind and give some perspective, it’s been nearly two months since I put a stake in the heart of my previously long running blog. In its terminal days, mysterious crashes plagued the poor blog-beast with editing glitches that reached a level of suck no one should endure. By editing glitches, I mean data loss crashes where all hope was lost. Its like waiting at the grocery store when you pick the wrong lane. Customers fly through the other lanes while the person at the head of your line yells at the cashier about how the garden sections smells of moldy onions. Thank you moldy onions. Viva la shoddy onions.

So what’s it all about? The blog that is? At 40 thousand feet, it’s about art, creativity and passions. At the core, it’s about human nature, struggles and the journey along the way. In plain language, it’s my day to day dealings with learning about fine art both in school and in my casual interactions. Yes, there will be pictures because I do more than draw or paint. For that matter, DIY is a part of my nature. Building things, it keeps the mind healthy. So expect a little more substance in the upcoming posts and less onion aroma.

I need to provide links to a few of the more interesting sites I visit too but all in time. For now, enjoy the upheaval because change truly is an integral component of art.
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Source: http://shoddyonion.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/rising-from-the-ashes/

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Remote Computing - Closer Than You Think

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Remote Desktop ConnectionOne of the more useful things you can do with a computer is to control another computer from a remote location. If you have never used a computer via a remote desktop session then you are probably not aware of the benefits. Imagine using an old junky laptop here to control that high-powered state-of-the-art PC over there. The laptop and PC can be in the same room or opposite hemispheres. All you really need is that ever-present internet connection and a job to do.

Of course there are limitations on what you can do in this scenario. You are not going to have much fun if you try to watch videos or play video games via this sort of connection but you will be able to leverage a minimal amount of resources to access all the computing power of that remote system. Your laptop (or any computer you have handy) will serve as the Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor to interface with whatever the remote system has to offer.

This is not meant to be a tutorial on Remote Desktop Computing; there are already countless resources for that information. I wanted to post this article to present a bit of information I found to be just a little too valuable to be as obscure as it turned out to be when I set about educating myself.

The reason for posting this is to describe the method I am using to connect to a Remote Desktop Session through an SSH Tunneled connection between two Linux machines. This information presumes that the Remote Desktop Server is running TigerVNC-Server and Xrdp or is otherwise able to accept remote desktop connections via the Local Area Network. The Remote Desktop Client (say laptop) must be able to connect to the remote server via an SSH connection. The Client should have xfreerdp installed.  Connecting two Linux computers via SSH should be within the basic skill-set of any Linux OS user and if you are using Linux and are not familiar with the terminal environment - trust me - you are missing out on the "Power" (as these instructions may suggest.)

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Auto Show - Stroll Along

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World Of Wheels - 2014Come on along to the 500 World of Wheels Auto Show. There is something for everyone... Hot-rods and Customs, Classic and Imports. Anything on 2, 3 or 4 wheels. A 4 hour visit is condensed into 15 minutes. This is BlogDogIt YouTube Video Number Four.

Image stabilization provided courtesy of YouTube.

While editing this collection of clips I was simultaneously exploring archive.org for some appropriate high-energy music. There were skads of really excellent songs available; I settled on the following three selections:

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Bonus Prize - BMX Extreme Stunt Show

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BMX Extreme Stunt Show - The Video

I tell you what, my wife is so lucky at "being the eighth caller" to WISH-TV Channel 8 and winning prizes that the station should hire her just to make her ineligible [smiley:;)]

This latest prize package was 4 tickets to The World Of Wheels Autorama in Indianapolis. Today we cashed them in.

I decided this would be a good chance to blow the dust out of the sprockets of the video camera so I loaded in some fresh batteries and brought it along. I am glad I did too... You dont normally associate auto shows with "Action" but these dudes of the BMX Extreme Stunt Show brought it by the trailer load.

I collected a great many shots of some very cool cars but this section of the "clip haul" - shot from the bleachers - stands on it's own. I wanted to get this posted now while I edit the Auto Show stuff for release in the not too distant future.

Enjoy the show!

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DVD Sleeves - Pretty As You Please!

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A while back I was needing to create a bunch of DVDs for personal distribution and remembered seeing a "life-hack" that described a method for folding a single sheet of 8-1/2" X 11" paper to hold a CD or DVD disk. A well known search-engine presented the following link that gave step-by-step instructions with some great pictures illustrating the steps: Via SnapHow.com.

Easy as folding paper! That was several months ago...

Today I once again needed to make up some more of those handy-dandy paper sleeves and - as before - I was intending to add some custom graphics to to the project. I ended up spending nearly 30 minutes just tracking down my custom made template file (for positioning the layout) so I would not have to resort to "reinventing the wheel."

No doubt I will be needing this information again, so I have decided to post the template and a "refresher course" slide presentation right here on BlogDogIt. Next time I will know exactly where to look. I normally work in CorelDRAW for this sort of designing so I am posting a CDR(10) file, I am also offering in Illustrator5 AI  format and in TIFF and PDF for good measure. 

I hope you find this resource as helpful as I know I will!


~click on an image above to study~

Download a layout template to suit your needs:
DVD-SleeveTemplate10.cdr [ 13 KB ]
DVD-SleeveTemplate5.ai [ 3 KB ]
DVD-SleeveTemplate.tif [ 574 KB ]
DVD-SleeveTemplate.pdf
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What... Me... Skeert?

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The ScreamWhile catching up on my blog reading I noticed I had been falling behind on all the latest from PJ Woodside on ThisOldBitchMakesHorrorFlicks. A recent post of hers titled "What Makes Scary" had me thinking about a theory I once studied involving "The Seven Basic Childhood Fears" and how they "play-into" the horror film genre. But then she asked for her readers to tell what has made them truly scared. After responding to her post with a tale from my own life I decided I would rework the reply into a post for BlogDogIt

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You pose an interesting question PJ. What would be some of my scariest moments? What has happened in my life that has caused me to experience honest to goodness fear? ...

Being startled of things that happen “all of a sudden” and without warning is only natural and beyond my control. I think that is why my reaction – following such a start – is to find it humorous; that the gasping for air and the hair raising on the back of my neck only seems to be out of my control when in fact it is my subconscious “autopilot” doing its job. I worry about folks who were not jolted by that hand from the grave (at the end of Carrie.) They are lacking a basic mechanism for staying alive (as far as I’m concerned.)

The scariest moments in a persons life must truly come when their life is on the line. Thankfully as I reflect on my life there are not too many such times. There is however one incident that ranks as a genuine scary time...

In my younger days I was quite the spelunker – a big fan of cave exploring. Sometimes my party and I would become “misplaced” and that in itself was never so scary as it was inconvenient. Although there was one time that we had such a difficult time finding the exit that we exhausted every source of light except a candle and a Zippo lighter. Let me tell you that was certainly nerve-racking but pales when compared to the time that I found myself utterly stuck in a cave.

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The Great Circle Mound - A Video Visit

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The Great Circle Mound

A visit to The Great Mound at Mounds State Park, Anderson, Indiana. Finding truly ancient structures is possible even in the Mid-West. This location gives one a sense of mystical connection to the ancient Adena-Hopewell people.

Plan Your Visit: http://www.stateparks.com/mounds.html
Music Source: http://archive.org/
 

This is BlogDogIt YouTube Video #2

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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.


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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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Oh, so now I'm THAT Grandpa?

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Ever since attending Fandom Fest, Louisville in July - I think it is safe to say - I have become quite the Pig Head. To avoid confusion I should say - more specifically - I have become a Big Biting Pig Head. I am referring of course to Pig Biting Pig Productions, independent purveyors of Horror and all that goes with it. I have already introduced the reader to this merry band of movie-makers in a previous post [see: Bitten By The Big Pig] and have directed your attention to PJ Woodside's Blog entitled "This Old B1tch Makes Horror Flicks." But it is the preexisting parallels between my life and this outfit that have me pondering - to the point of musing - today.

piglet I think it important to note that I have decided to read PJ's blog from beginning to end (something I feel is required before I can honestly say I am "following" a blogger.) While everything she offers is genuinely fun and insightful, there is a particular post that seems best to explain my fascination with this Big Biting Pig enterprise. I am referring to her post of November 30, 2012 titled "of fans and piglets." I will not re-tell the details of the story here rather I would encourage you to visit her Blog and read it for yourself [see: "of fans and piglets"] (Since I have not yet completed reading the full assortment of the site's articles I reserve the right to draw your attention to another quintessential PJ post should one present itself.)

She talks about it in the above recommended article and it seems to be a recurring topic of seemingly great importance to PJ. It is embodied in the word "collaborative." I suspect it is her awareness and attention to the boundless potential of "on the fly" collaboration during the movie making process that helps to make her such an outstanding director. Far be it from me to try to relate to the life and times of an independent filmmaker the likes of PJ Woodside, but when it comes to admitting that a project owes much of its success to the power of collaboration I think I can speak with some authority.

Please Read On ...

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The Great Race

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The Competetors

Claire and Brodyn racing their invisible cars in a single lap feature. Winner take all!

Luckily Papaw had his camera on hand to capture
this sibling showdown!

 

[Stop-Motion Animation Above is 150X113 scaled to 350X339]
[320X240]-Downloads-[640X480]

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Bitten by the Big Pig

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When I headed off to Fandom Fest I was on the lookout for a story. With video camera in hand I was able to collect enough shots of the event to give some indication that there was a lot going on. [see: FandomFest GrabShot] There were tons of people in attendance and you never knew what might be in store for you around every turn.

First glimpse - Big Biting Pig Productions Turning around at one point I spied the word "lucid." emblazoned on a jet-black tee-shirt being worn by the red-headed gal that was manning the Big Biting Pig Productions booth. At that very instant I remembered that "lucid." was the title of an indie horror film that I had every intention of seeing. Having lost track of the schedule of events and fearful that I might have missed the screening I inquired at the booth and was told the film was showing "at this very moment," that it probably just started and if we hurried, my brother and I would not miss much (if any) of the feature. The helpful exhibitor in the "lucid." tee added, "I probably should be there too,  seeing how it's my film and everything... I have no idea where it is screening though."

Having scoped out the screening rooms earlier in the day, I knew exactly where it was and said, "if you follow us we will take you right to it." (It was just downstairs from our present location.) Making our way to the screening room we entered the darkened space where the magic was already in progress upon the glowing screen in front of the more punctual attendees. Our red-headed tag-a-long stopped us in the back of the hall and whispered, "this is what you've missed..." and proceeded to explain the scenes we had missed and the development of the plot to this point, then kindly offered us to please have a seat and enjoy the film.

It would not be until the rolling of the credits at the end of this clever bit of cinematic thrill ride that I would learn the name of our friendly host and usher - PJ Woodside, Writer, Director, Producer and more! This was my introduction to Big Biting Pig Productions. This was the story I needed to tell...

The new standard for independent Horror Films

The new standard for independent Horror Films


STEVE HUDGINS & PJ WOODSIDESTEVE HUDGINS is the founder of Big Biting Pig Productions, Steve is not only an accomplished actor in front of the camera and on stage, he is also a director and an award winning writer.
In addition to writing the screenplays for "Maniac on the Loose", "GoatSucker", "Hell is Full" & "Spirit Stalkers" and directing those movies, he also co-wrote the stage play "Killer Cast Party" with creative partner PJ Woodside and directed the World Premiere in 2009.
Steve Hudgins was recently referred to by Friday the 13th writer Victor Miller as a "Horror Meister to reckon with."

PJ WOODSIDE, a co-producer with Big Biting Pig Productions, has won awards as a director, actor, and sound editor. "Lucid", her latest film, featuring Bill Johnson of Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, [has just been released.] She is also the writer and director of the films "The Creepy Doll" & "Widow" and has written several stage plays. Her first screenplay, "Cajun P.I." was selected from thousands of entries to be performed as a Radio Play at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY.
She holds an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and has published in both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to partnering with Big Biting Pig Productions, she runs her own video editing business, PJ's Productions, which produces book trailers, music videos and other projects. You can find her work at www.pjsproductions.com


The Movies The Movies

new THE CARETAKERS (2014)

LUCID (2013)


SPIRIT STALKERS (2012)


THE CREEPY DOLL  (2011)


HELL IS FULL  (2010)


WIDOW
  (2009)


GOATSUCKER  (2009)


MANIAC ON THE LOOSE (2008)


 

This Old *censored* Makes Horror FlicksRead PJ Woodsides Blog

Excerpts from "worm in my mouth"PJ and Worm

...
My worm scene was only added AFTER I’d been cast.  Steve Hudgins, the writer and director of this one, said he’d done a revision to the script, and would I, WOULD I, mind putting a worm in my mouth.  Only one.  How could I say no, right?
...
I will tell you what worms taste like.  Dirt.  That’s not too surprising, since they come from the dirt.  But wait.  Worms actually make dirt.  And how do they do that?  By processing organic matter through their bodies.

That’s right.  Dirt is worm shit.  And so when you put a worm in your mouth and it tastes like dirt, basically the worm is doing what all your sworn enemies wish they could.
...
We got what we needed in about ten takes, and honestly, I would have done it twice as many if asked to.  Once I got the hang of it, it was kind of fun.  The worm and I bonded.
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Source: http://www.bigbitingpigproductions.com

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FandomFest GrabShot

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Fandom Fest - (Louisville Comic Con)
Some Random Scenes from Across the Event

Basement Jaxx selections from Rooty
Shot by masodo on Friday, July 26, 2013.

See Related Story: Bitten by the Big Pig

some related links:
95ers:ECHOES (Indie Film Project) 95ers.com/engage/
Bender Comics www.bendercomics.com/
Big Biting Pig Productions www.BigBitingPigProductions.com

BlackWyrm Publishing (experimental fiction) www.blackwyrm.com
Bloodsucka Jones (Bad Ass) facebook.com/bloodsuckajonesthemovie
Body Count Zine bodycountpodcast.com
Butch Patrick (Actor) presents Munsters.com www.munsters.com
Classic Horrors - Steven J Bejma www.classichorrors.info
ComicBook.com Fandomfest Cosplay & Celebrity Photos
David "House" Greathouse (MakeUp/SFX) www.imdb.com/name/nm0337306/
J. M. Dragunas (Author-Illustrator) The-Book-of-D.BlogSpot.com
Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution www.jordansBrains.com
M.B. Weston (Author/Speaker) www.mbweston.com
Michael Rooker (Actor) www.michaelrookeronline.com
Primo Cardinalli www.facebook.com/primo.cardinalli
Samuel Scott Osborne (Producer/Actor) www.imdb.com/name/nm0651743/
Sir Geoffrey Forge (seeking link)
Synapse Films synapse-films.com
Zombie-Guide Magazine www.zombie-guide.com

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Does Not Dissapoint - 95ers: Reviewed

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Internet Movie DatabaseI finally got the chance to see 95ers:Echoes and have submitted the following review to IMDB. The IMDB policy is to hold all review submissions for approval so the actual review may take a few days to be made public. Since I know for a fact the validity of my opinions regarding this film I see no such need to hesitate in sharing with everyone the review I have submitted...

Submitted to IMDB 7/27/2013 by masodo


After I severely edited my submission it was finally accepted! Please Visit: http://imdb.com/ to see my submitted review. Below is the review that was rejected but more accurately reflects my opinion of 95ers:ECHOES...


A Sci-Fi Work of ArtAs Indie As Indie Gets

I have heard 95ers: ECHOES referred to as being "as indie as indie gets" and this may be true. However, after waiting several months and driving over 100 miles for my chance to view this film, my impression is that this film is "big-time" good.

I am a huge fan of the Time Travel film genre and must say that 95er:Echoes has earned its way into my top five all-time favorite sci-fi movies. This film has it all and delivers it in a well paced, believable tale of romance, suspense and intrigue that left this viewer with the sense that he had just experienced indie cinematic greatness of epic proportions.

Alesandra Durham gives a brilliant performance supported by a cast of characters that can hold their collective heads up high with pride in the knowledge of a job well done. I would like to personally thank everyone involved with the production of 95ers:Echoes for their role in the creation of what can only be described as a gift of love to science fiction fandom. Thank you Tom Durham for your hard work, sacrifice and vision.

Dear reader, If you ever get a chance to see this movie please see that you do. If you ever get a chance to purchase this movie please buy two. It is _so_ worth it.

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