Testing Jetpack Transmission

Testing Jetpack Transmission

How to cut a straight line with a circular saw

DIY
I wish I had known this trick a month ago. I'd have been making French Cleats like a madman all this time! While I'm on the topic, can anyone help me figure out how to rip a thinner board? I'm thinking of using 1x6 boards instead of 3/4 inch plywood for my garage setup and am unsure how to use my SkilSaw to rip a board with that little room for board support. Unless I build an extension to the front of my workbench. Hmm...
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Beggar’s Night: Des Moines Style

Life
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="680"] Why don't people believe this big cat when he tells you something? He is LION![/caption] I mentioned earlier something about terrible jokes for Beggar's Night and got... um... no questions over what I meant by Beggar's Night. All the same, I wanted to share a local tradition that is unique (I believe) to the Des Moines area.  You see, trick-or-treaters are expected to share a joke before getting candy unless they are too young. Nobody withholds the candy for lack of a joke, but the child and their parents are known to be transplants and not native central Iowans. We take pride in our local culture here and appreciate it when transplants learn the customs and share in them with us. It's neighborly. It's a reciprocity of…
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Stupid Zombies > Smart Zombies

The Art of the Story
Yesterday, I shared my opinion that slow zombies make for a better story than fast zombies. Gripping stuff, right? Well today, I'd like to share my opinion that stupid zombies are better than intelligent zombies. And hear me out, it is more logical! Theoretically, zombies are animated corpses with just enough brain activity to move about and feed to satisfy their continual starvation pains. Somehow, many movies translate this into fast moving, cunning zombies that are capable of hatching elaborate plans and using teamwork to get at a living person's brains, which would require the use of a tool of some sort to get at the grey matter. Say what? Animated corpses displaying such a degree of advancement? If I were an evolutionary theorist, I would assume that zombies are…
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Quick Thought: Romans 12:21

Quick Thoughts
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 ESV) In this verse, we are told not to be acted upon (do not be overcome) by evil, but rather we are to act upon (overcome) evil by doing good. This is an important aspect of the sanctification of believers. We are to actively weed out the evil that remains within us, confessing our sins as we go, rather than hope to drift toward holiness, which just doesn't happen. Our faith is to be active, not passive. Passivity is the breeding ground for evil. It has been this way since the beginning. The concept of actively working against your own sin was first recorded as God spoke to Cain, prior to the first murder. The LORD said to Cain,…
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Slow Zombies > Fast Zombies

The Art of the Story
While I'm no expert in the genre, I've been watching The Walking Dead from the beginning and seen a few examples of zombie movies. Over-thinking things way to much here, I just gotta say that I prefer the "slow zombie" aspect of The Walking Dead over the "fast zombies" that are depicted in most of the movies. Why? In a fast zombie show, the entire story is about the surviving humans surviving against the horde of zombies, that are often quite intelligent and not really unlike the Aliens movies when you think about it.  They have superhuman abilities and can rely on cunning and even teamwork as they go after the human protagonists. In a slow zombie show, the story is more about the surviving humans interacting with each other.…
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