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Troy Iktomi-Coots
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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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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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Product of Boredom. 
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The last time I was on here was a while ago. Since then, I restored a 16 foot tall six armed animatronic dragon named Mr. Wiggles for True Dungeon. Depending on exactly how long it has been, I've also built and helped build a bunch of props and stuff for the event. Last week, we went out to Indianapolis for Gen Con where I worked pretty much non stop for 8 days from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM. It was an adventure for sure. Here are some pictures.  Some of them aren't mine - didn't have much time to snap pictures, so I stole some from the TD facebook page. If you're interested in volunteering for next year or are just curious about True Dungeon, visit www.truedungeon.com for more info.
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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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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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Artist, Musician, Inventor, Architectural Design, Theorist, Mystic, Aerospace Design, Writer, Poet, and Freelance Misc. Designer
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  • Cosmologicaly Incoherent
    Theorist, Space Fiend, 2007 - present
  • Taliesin's Shadow
    CEO, 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
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Artist, musician, poet, designer /freelance- physics nerd, paleontologist, occultist, buddhist, thelemite, cosmologist, philosophy novice, aerospace junkie, architect, and perpetual student of the traditional and non-traditional varieties of any and all fields and studies. 
Personality: polite (mostly), shy but laid back, day dreamer, and typically the observer, not the speaker. I also consider myself a citizen of the Cosmos and have not a drop of patriotism or loyalty to one nation alone. But still generally a nice guy who dislikes excitement and "fun times" and a law abiding samaritan these days. 
Summation: Creative nerdy hermit, or "antisocial savant" if you really want to throw fancy terms around. 
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Mountain Climber, written over 300 songs, made over 2000 drawings and 1500 paintings, use to be able to memorize a couple hundred digits and recite them weeks later and solve long division problems in seconds, I'm about as weird as they get.
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Fort Sill, OK - Independence, MO - Liberty, MO - Raytown, MO - Saint Joseph, MO - Garden City, MO - Maryville, MO - Albuquerque, NM - Ironton, MO - Farmington, MO - Park Hills, MO - Chicago, IL - Fort Worth, TX - Pine Ridge, SD
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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