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Making More Stuff

Posted in 3D Printing, Gaming, Geek with tags , , , on February 21, 2017 by reddragonpub

My son and I have started working on a project using the 3D printer.  He is an avid player of the video game “Overwatch” and we decided to try printing a model of the weapon from one of his favorite characters from the game.  The character is “Reaper” and his default weapon is the “Hellfire Shotgun”.  We’ve finished the printing which took the better part of a week and I’ve posted a video of the process.  Check it out below.  As we progress, we’ll keep you posted with pics and videos of the different stages of the build.

A Late Post

Posted in Geek with tags , on January 17, 2017 by reddragonpub

With the holidays and traveling during them, I didn’t get a chance to post this.  So here is a late holiday post of another present that I 3D Printed this year.

Who needs stores – I’m Printing my presents!

Posted in Geek with tags , on December 12, 2016 by reddragonpub

3D Printers are the bomb!  If you haven’t had the chance to play with one, it’s definitely something you should try.  After a little trial and error, I’m finally getting some really cool builds from this machine.  Check out this time-lapse video of one of my latest creations.

Fractally Speaking

Posted in Complexity, Geek, Nature, Writing with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2016 by reddragonpub

Sorry for the bad pun, but I couldn’t think of a title for this post.  In working with complexity and complex systems, fractals have an uncanny way of showing up in the research in the oddest of places.  Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise since a lot of naturally occurring complex systems seem to generate fractal patterns as part of their evolution and operation.  You see them everywhere, every day without realizing it.

Not sure what a fractal is?  I’ve posted a video that gives a brief explanation of what they are and how they form.

Complexity – What is it?

Posted in Complexity, Geek with tags , , , on May 4, 2016 by reddragonpub

I know that I talk a lot about Complexity and Complex Systems on my blog.  And I realize that there are probably folks out there who are not familiar with these two areas of study.  So, I’ve put together a short video that goes over the basics of how this area of study came about and which also gives a basic definition of what a Complex System is.  Hope you enjoy.

Tournament of Champions – well, not really

Posted in Funny, Gaming, Geek with tags , , , on March 17, 2016 by reddragonpub

My son challenged me to a game of Hearthstone, the World of Warcraft based card battle video game and we thought it would be fun to record said challenge and post it to our YouTube channels.  Here is the result.

Also, here is the link to my son’s channel, as well.

Mr. Flippy at Table Flipping Gaming

My Latest Obsession

Posted in Complexity, Gaming, Geek with tags , , , on January 22, 2016 by reddragonpub

I’ve recently started playing a new game that has taken me back to the nostalgic days of my misspent youth.  All the way back to 1984, where as a junior in high school, I spent entirely too much time playing a game called Elite on my Commodore 64 computer.  It was a free-roaming space trader/space pirate cockpit sim.  The wonderful folks at Frontier have rebooted that old game with current generation graphics and whole new levels of complexity. It’s new name is Elite Dangerous: Horizons.  The game has a procedurally generated galaxy with millions of stars to visit and an interstellar trading economy to match.  I’ve posted a couple of videos detailing the game and the numerous ways you can die in it.

Ironic Post for the Day

Posted in Geek with tags , on October 6, 2014 by reddragonpub

Please excuse the inherent irony of using a form of social media (IE. my little blog) to post a video that addresses the rampant use of technology and social media in our world today, but this gentleman’s message struck a cord with me and I had to share.

Geek Alert!!!

Posted in Geek with tags , on October 16, 2013 by reddragonpub


I wanted to share the coolest geek device that I’ve seen in a long while.  It’s a new type of computer input device called Leap Motion (  The easiest way to describe it is “Air-touch” technology.  It lets you interact with your computer like a touch-screen, but you don’t have to touch anything but air.  Can you say “Hello, Tony Stark!”? And at $80 per device, you don’t have to have Tony’s money to play with them.

We’ve scored 5 of these awesome little devices for our campus and are working on developing educational end-uses that will enhance our student’s learning experiences.

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