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One afternoon, Iktomi sits beneath a young white ash tree. Heyoka soon storms his way in a state of rage. Iktomi attempts to hide from the raging Heyoka by darting under a leaf. Much to his surprise, Heyoka was in no rage at all - he was simply running from a wasp and nearly stomps Iktomi into the dirt. Iktomi lunges from his hiding spot, holds up a seed from the ash tree and shouts, "here! Use this seed as it is sure to assist you!". Heyoka stops for a second, picks up the seed and exclaims, "this will not assist me at all!", snaps the seed in half and adds, "it is much too fragile.". Iktomi looks up at Heyoka and says, "you never bothered to try, you just broke it immediately.". Iktomi picks up the two halves of the seed and holds up the thicker part insisting Heyoka tries to slay the wasp with the seed with no luck. Eventually, Heyoka is stung by the wasp and while thinking it was the last time, was stung two more times. In his own fit of annoyance, Iktomi lunges at the wasp, shoves the seed into its chest and receives one sting himself before the wasp dies. "You see? You didn't even try. Now, the wasp will help this seed grow into another hiding spot. In later days, when you find yourself running in fear, this insect and this seed together will grow another tree to give you something to hide behind.". Heyoka looks at Iktomi with a puzzled face and reminds Iktomi that he could have avoided being stung altogether had he not been stopped. Iktomi smiles and points to the wasp nest above Heyoka covered in wasps that aren't even paying attention to him. Then lightning strikes the tree and everything dies... the end. okay, so I couldn't think of an end. so. It was actually aliens. The aliens somehow spread a vicious virus, on accident, with their tasty treats from space that wiped out all the humans. After the humans died, the aliens fled in embarrassment. On their way out, the bumped into an asteroid that, over the course of thousands of years, wound up near Earth. The asteroid's trajectory took it near our atmosphere and bumped into a long dead satellite's antenna. Decades later, that satellite's orbit degraded to the point where it bumped into another satellite. That satellite landed in the ocean but the other one was headed right for Iktomi and Heyoka. It ended up smashing into the dirt 50 yards away, but rocks were thrown at them from the crater site. One of those rocks hit the branch above them that held the wasps and all of them were killed by the volcano that just erupted because some farmer  dozens of centuries earlier forgot to turn off the water in his bathroom when he died and the water backed up, flooded the house, and decades later, created a sink hole. The Earth's crust had to even out the pressure by finally swallowing California, but those two aren't even related because this was all going down on Ceres where someone on that base accidentally launched a bomb that blew up the stinky parts of Nebraska that wiped out the dinosaurs that were brought to life by the other group of aliens from another planet that is doing rather well right now. 
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Sure it's a holiday and everything. Rather than celebrating by buying a bunch of crap like the olden days, today, I finally repaired my wood chopping sword. Unfortunately, I forgot to drill holes in the tang so I can put rivets through the two pieces of steel that run along the sides (instead of having a pommel as a counterweight, I put those in the handle) before the tempering process. At least it's not bent all to hell anymore. It will be a pain to sharpen as filing proved pointless. So yeah, fixed our door and kitchen sink, wrote and recorded some music, put an end table together, worked on a painting, fixed a big ass wood chopping sword all nice and proper, and still had time for video games. Now, to eat and watch some films. Or more video games.

This has been a lengthy update. To close, I love my job and we are doing quite well for the moment. 
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The video is up! We're working our asses off so you better enjoy it, or else... ha ha. But yeah, it's a modular castle tile system that allows you to build your own small scale castles for D&D or other games, stop motion films, whatever you can think of.  Kids of all ages will love this. Imagine a large fish tank or lizard habitat with one of these sets. Stay tuned, our official launch is in four days and 15 hours. If you have any questions or comments, hit me up or go here http://upworks.com/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. True Adventures, Ltd. Announces Kickstarter Project to Introduce New Product Line. CARBONDALE, IL (September 16, 2014) True Adventures, Ltd., producer of True Dungeon, the largest RPG event at Gen Con Indy, is excited to announce a new Kickstarter project for UpWorks™, ...
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Today, I am working on an expandable craft. It's basically one of those folding lawn chairs encased in a tube that breaks apart into a six armed probe. Practicing with mechanics inspired by Transformers, but way more dumb and more practical. Fin. 
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I present the somewhat basic design of my space tractor. It took a few days to make the model, and it's still not fully complete and ready, just a basic idea as to what it would look like. If my math is correct, this would weigh 1,384 pounds on Earth, excluding the wires, bolts, and fake wood veneer on the dashboard. It's set up to operate similarly to a bobcat and forklift and its main purpose is to tow supplies, machinery, whatever from the landing site back to home base. The large back wheels are driven by two huge servos and are connected the buggy as an attachment, not a permanent fixture. Each of the four front wheels have smaller servos built into them and the battery bank is split into two cells in the back. The canopy, a rather raw and simple design, is supposed to look like solar panels and it would fold out after the vehicle lands. Anyway, that space tractor I've been talking about, here it is: Also, when I upload models to Sketchfab, sections turn black and I have no idea how to fix that. To move around, right click moves the thing around and left click rotates, the wheel zooms in, if you use a mouse and not a fancy phone, that is. https://sketchfab.com/show/da2b7c17cdf54148958453dbb4c97f2f
3d model Space Tractor 1 uploaded by Troy L. Coots - Small tractor, for towing supplies, machinery, etc and clearing rocks for roads on Mars.
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Question for anyone interested in aerospace stuffery or weird engineering. I am working on a model for what is essentially a space tractor - a vehicle that moves heavy machinery and supplies from the landing site to the settlement - and am doubling up on the wheel purpose; they will be the wheels of the vehicle but the four front ones, the smaller ones, will be arranged connected at the axle mounts in a cross functioning as the flywheels that control yaw, pitch, and roll while the two larger back wheels are the internal support frames for the fuselage of the 5th stage rocket, perhaps their servos could be used as reaction wheels too. The body is the sky crane. Question - can anyone think of references to study using MacGyver-like multipurpose machinery like this? I've been studying old and new tractors, current reaction control systems and avionics and really can't find anything to help me put this monstrosity together. Also, this will land in 3-5 sections and would have to be assembled by a landing team. It's either a just for fun engineering puzzle or if the right people are interested, will be handed off to the ones who know what they're doing. It is designed for Mars' gravity and atmosphere too but without the parachutes and with a few added boosters, tanks, and pumps, it could probably be put elsewhere. When it is put together, it would fit inside a 12' X 10' X 18' box and most likely weigh ~1300 - 1500 lbs. 
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You stated some constraints that you want to operate with in, but much of what you want to do depends on how you choose to implement it. This is a seed for an idea. It seems difficult to keep the wait down to 1500 lbs. You should rough out a version of it using some drafting tools, is hard to get behind an idea without having a more detailed idea of what the idea is.
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So this is what I'm up to these days. Spread the word. 
Here's an early look at a cool upcoming project. Jeff Martin just launched a preview site for UpWorks, a three-dimensional terrain system for RPG players. I got to take an early look at it last night, and over the coming weeks it will have a lot more information added. Continue reading →
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I made the last 13 images on this collection today. Just adding more images that emphasize contrast and similar themes. These are achromatic formal and kaleidoscopic symmetry pieces. https://www.behance.net/gallery/Concept-and-Album-Arts/9817579
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So I traded my stack of amp cabinets, aka Mount Fire Hazard, for a Marshall half stack this weekend. Been wanting one for about 15 years now. Since the cats can hang out in the studio now, they have taken over and the amp is now a fancy perch / scratching post. 
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Product of Boredom. 
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Creative nerdy hermit.
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I make cool stuff for a living. I've also climbed a mountain, written over 450 songs, made over 2000 drawings and 1500 paintings, got shot (once), electrocuted (~12 times), bit by a rattler and copper head, hit by a car, fell off a roof, had a mild heart attack in my early 20s, burned by lightning, and had near lethal fevers 6 times in my 33 years on this dirt. Something will get me some day.
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Carbondale, IL
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Artist, Musician, Inventor, Architectural Design, Theorist, Writer, Poet, and Freelance Misc. Designer
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Painting, sculpting, composing and playing music, design (everything), carpentry, metallurgy, minor engineering, knife throwing, archery, restoration, writing, all sorts of stuff.
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  • True Dungeon
    Stage Director, 2013 - present
    I make props, puzzles, stages and monsters. Pretty much all I can say. It's manual labor some times but in general, it's more like getting to make stuff for people to play with so it's not quite "work" as it is getting to make cool stuff. Plus, I get to hang out with animatronic monsters all day so the fun never ends in this brain.
  • Cosmologicaly Incoherent
    Theorist, Space Fiend, 2007 - present
  • Taliesin's Shadow
    Founder, Musician, Engineer, 2006 - present
  • Energizer Holdings
    Boxer Operator, Inspector, Production Reporting, 2010 - 2012
  • Deviator
    Guitarist, Negotiator, Artist, Producer, Promotions, 2002 - 2012
  • Coots Electric
    Electrician, Troubleshooter, Clean-up, 1996 - 2001
  • Kansas City Renaissance Festival
    Actor, Booth Assistant, Blacksmith, 1997 - 1999
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Taliesin Pwyll, Ehate Sugila, Laughing Fox, Dr. Yort Wriklebath Finklestien III, Haske Sangila, Cooticus The Enforcer
Well, I came from Carbondale, IL, needing a new computer for school work, had little money and heard this was one of if not the best place to go around here, so I went. They took my Epiphone, my Vox 10 watt amp and miscellaneous gear for this laptop (clean and runs great) plus $120.00. I am considering bringing a couple more of my backup guitars up there to trade for that Ibanez 7 string and will more than likely go to those guys for any other future needs. I didn't really walk around too much in there, but did see that they have a huge selection of appliances and instruments. Their prices are very reasonable too.
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