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Chattanooga

Last Tuesday, I took a road trip to Chatanooga, Tennesse. We went there so we could help a family start homeschooling. The young boy in the video was 5 years old, and he was going to be homeschooled. We got tons of educational supplies for the young man, known as Grant. We played chess with him, did math with him, read to him, et cetera. Check out the day-by-day overview.

Tuesday

Tuesday is our day in New York City, so we went to our activites (Wayfinders, Architecture) then hit the road. We drove for 3 hours, had a meal at Red Robin, went for a couple more hours and stopped at a Super 8 in Virginia.

Wednesday

We drove till 5:00 and ate a delicious dinner at Urban Stack. Most hotels were booked solid, so we settled for a Comfort Inn by Lookout Mountain.

Thursday

We woke up and ate a nourishing breakfast (Froot Loops and Danishes). Our client is a successful entrepeneur, so we went to his office for a bit, got some pizza at Community Pie, and headed over to our client’s house ON Lookout Mountain. We played with Grant, and Drake (Grant’s older brother), went to the park, ate dinner, played some more, and headed back to the Comfort Inn.

Friday

Like yesterday, we got up and ate some Froot Loops (with real chemicals!). But this time we went straight to Lookout Mtn. and educated Grant. We left around 2:00 pm and headed to the Tennesse Aquarium. We ate a delightful meal at Sticky Fingers, and my dad ate a moon pie at the store across the street.

Saturday

We went to the library community center around 2:30. Seriously. I did not see anyone reading a book. Only kids playing video games on computers. Anyway, we did some work with him, then dropped him off at his house.

Sunday

We ate brunch with the family then hit the road.

 

Monday

 

We arrived back in New York

By | October 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 4

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Ok, by now you have a very solid army. But our one weakness are things like bloodthisters, imperial knights, etc. We could use the D-cannons from our Vaul’s Wrath, but that is not enough. We need something that is resilient, unflinching, and able to rip holes in our opponents army. We’ll use the wraith host formation (3x units of Wraithguard or Wraithblades, a Wraithlord, a Wraithknight, and a Spiritseer) which confers Battle Focus(you can run AND shoot) and some other rule that I forget. I would have two units of Wraithguard with just Wraithcannons(D-scythes aren’t very good) and one unit of Wraithblades (with the ghost axes). The Wraithknight would have a Ghostglaive and 2x Starcannons. The Wraithlord would take a Ghostglaive, two Flamers, and a Bright Lance. The Spiritseer would take Kurnous’ Bow as a Remnant of Glory(S4 AP3 Rending Pistol).

Army List:
Farseer – Singing Spear – Spirit Stone of Anath’lan – 120pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

5 Howling Banshees – Exarch – Mirrorswords(for extra attack) – 85 pts

5 Striking Scorpions – Exarch – Scorpion’s Claw(For powerful attacks) – 125 pts

5 Fire Dragons – Exarch – Firepike(for longer melta range) – Wave Serpent w/ Bright Lances(I changed this so we have extra anti-tank) – 250 pts

5 Swooping Hawks – Exarch – Sunrifle(for low init and 3+ saves) – 105 pts

5 Warp Spiders – Exarch – Twin-linked Death Spinner – Powerblades(for combat) – 130 pts

5 Dark Reapers – Exarch – Tempest Launcher(To wreck stuff) – 160 pts

3 Crimson Hunters – Exarch – 440 pts

3x 5 Dire Avengers – Exarch – Dire Sword – 215 pts

2x 5 Wraithguard – 320 pts

Wraith Blades- Ghost Axes(Anti 2+ saves) – 150 pts

Spirit Seer – Kurnous’ Bow(Because he has nothing he’d rather shoot) – 80 pts

Wraithlord – 2x Flamers(Anti-hordes) – Ghost Glaive(Powerful combat weapon) – Bright Lance(anti-tank) – 145 pts

Wraithknight – Starcannon(Powerful shots) – Ghost Glaive(Powerful combat weapon) – 345 pts

This is a very large list(3550 pts), but very powerful. It has virtually no weaknesses.

By | October 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 3

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So, you have 1850 points of Eldar, but still no dedicated anti-air. So we will add a Crimson Death Formation. It consists of 3 Crimson Hunters, one must be an exarch. So 405 points and we have 3 flyers with two bright lances and a pulse laser each with preferred enemy(flyers and flying monstrous creatures) and with 4+ cover save no matter what and if they jink they can reroll it. Nasty. The Crimson Hunter is an AV10 Vector Dancer flyer with two bright lances and a pulse laser(S8 AP2 Heavy 2). The Exarch has a ballistic skill of 5 and the ability to make precision shots on a 5+. Really nasty. Precision shots are fun when you kill the guy with a missle launcher. So we have 2255 points of Eldar but no defense squads. So we will add a Dire Avenger Shrine to guard objectives. Now we have 6 scoring units. Awesome when you pull that Domination tactical objective card. The Dire Avenger Shrine is a good formation, especially with the killing strike special rule, once per game your Shuriken Catapaults are made Assault 3! I have one exarch with a diresword (Awesome AP2 Weapon) and shuriken pistol. So the formation is 205 points and gives you 2495 points of Eldar and you can play 2500 point games.

Army list –
Farseer – Singing Spear(S9 AP- shot so I can split open that transport) , Spirit Stone of Anath’lan(reduce cost of psychic power by one warp charge at the cost of the rune armor invuln save for one turn) – 120 pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

5 Howling Banshees – Exarch – Mirrorswords(for extra attack) – 85 pts

5 Striking Scorpions – Exarch – Scorpion’s Claw(For powerful attacks) – 125 pts

5 Fire Dragons – Exarch – Firepike(for longer melta range) – Wave Serpent w/ Scatter Lasers – 245 pts

5 Swooping Hawks – Exarch – Sunrifle(for low init and 3+ saves) – 105 pts

5 Warp Spiders – Exarch – Twin-linked Death Spinner – Powerblades(for combat) – 130 pts

5 Dark Reapers – Exarch – Tempest Launcher(To wreck stuff) – 160 pts

3 Crimson Hunters – Exarch – 440 pts

3x 5 Dire Avengers – Exarch x1(only one Exarch allowed in this formation) – Dire Sword(To make my guys useful in combat) – 205 pts

Enjoy wrecking people in Escalation.

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coming Soon to a Youtube Near You…

I am creating an ‘object show’ on youtube, where there are a bunch of animate inanimate objects competing in a contest to win a million dollars or something like that. Here is some of the script to give you an idea:

Pencil(to Pen): OMG, this place is such a drag. Right, Penny?
Pen: *slap* Don’t call me Penny!
Pencil: I thought this place was supposed to be nice! Why is it so drab? But I can’t wait for the contest.
Pen: What contest? Like, the one where you have to win challenges and not get eliminated and whoever wins gets to stay on the island. Like, I would not stay here in, like, fifty billion years. Why is it like a creepy old haunted castle on an abandoned island that is zombies and cannibals on it?
(announcer bounces in)
Announcer:Budget cuts. I know the contest was originally to try to stay on the island the longest, and whoever got eliminated got sent off the island. The new contest is to get off the island as quickly as possible. The winner gets a T-shirt and can decide who has to stay on the island.
Pen:But I thought we got a million dollars before.
Announcer: Budget cuts. The first contest is to use a key to escape the castle’s dungeon. The contest starts… now!

I plan on publishing the first episode by Christmas. I am using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects to animate it. Search for Inanimate Insantity on youtube to get an idea of what it will look like.

By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 2

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This blog post is for people who play Eldar in Warhamer 40k. It is about how to start your army with the Craftworld Warhost. I am going to go over the second step to creating an Eldar army in this blog post. You will need a Wave Serpent, 5 Howling Banshees, 5 Striking Scorpions, 5 Fire Dragons, 5 Swooping Hawks, 5 Warp Spiders, and 5 Dark Reapers.

Howling Banshees –
This unit is going to just charge in and kill some Marines. They are also good against Tau, because they cancel out Overwatch. My Exarch is going to take the Mirrorswords for an extra Master-crafted attack. These gals are running 9″ thanks to their Acrobatic rule, and it is going to be nasty when they get into a unit of Devastators.

Striking Scorpions –
This unit is going to infiltrate and jump in and attack. The Exarch is going to be particularly nasty with the Scorpion’s Claw (Sx2 AP 2 with a shuriken catapault built in). These guys can hold against a big unit of Hormogaunts thanks to their 3+ armor.

Fire Dragons –
Your anti-tank. These guys will blow up any tank that gets close, and are particularly nasty when it comes to Death or Glory! attempts. I am putting mine in a Wave Serpent to get them close, and an Exarch for higher stats.

Swooping Hawks –
For hordes (Lasblasters), tanks (haywire grenades), and flyers(intercept special rule). The lasblasters are S3 AP 5 assault 3, which makes them SO MUCH BETTER than the regular lasgun. The Haywire Grenades can glance a Land Raider to dust. The Intercept rule allows them to make an attack on a flier they moved over that hits on a 4+ and is S4 AP4 Haywire.

Warp Spiders –
With the Death Spinner(S6 AP- Assault 2 Monofilament(wounds against initiative and 6 to wound wounds at AP2)) these guys are good against high toughness but low initiative Necrons and Orks. Teleport these guys in and watch them glance AV12 to death.

Dark Reapers –
A lot of AP3 coming from here, these guys are expensive but they destroy Space Marines. A squad of 5 can output some serious damage.

The Dark Reapers, Swooping Hawks, and Fire Dragons are going in one Aspect Host formation, where the BS is increased by one. The Warp Spiders, Howling Banshees, and Striking Scorpions also have their BS increased.

Army list so far:
Farseer – Singing Spear(S9 AP- shot so I can split open that transport) , Spirit Stone of Anath’lan(reduce cost of psychic power by one warp charge at the cost of the rune armor invuln save for one turn) – 120 pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

5 Howling Banshees – Exarch – Mirrorswords(for extra attack) – 85 pts

5 Striking Scorpions – Exarch – Scorpion’s Claw(For powerful attacks) – 125 pts

5 Fire Dragons – Exarch – Firepike(for longer melta range) – Wave Serpent w/ Scatter Lasers – 245 pts

5 Swooping Hawks – Exarch – Sunrifle(for low init and 3+ saves) – 105 pts

5 Warp Spiders – Exarch – Twin-linked Death Spinner – Powerblades(for combat) – 130 pts

5 Dark Reapers – Exarch – Tempest Launcher(To wreck stuff) – 160 pts

Total: 1850 pts

This army is good against:

Hordes

MEQ(Marines and Equivalents)

TEQ(Terminators and Equivalents)

Tanks

Gargantuan Creatures

Flyers

High Toughness Creatures

By | September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Root Beer

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When my grandmother came to visit, she brought some ingredients so we could make some homemade root beer! We used a recipe from a book I have called The Big Book of Boy Stuff. It is a great book and I highly recommend it. It was a bit hard to make but it was fun. It was a little bit bitter but I liked it. We made it last Saturday and it was ready on Sunday. You can order root beer extract from the internet.

By | September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Build an Eldar Army – Part 1

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This blog post is for people who play Eldar in Warhamer 40k. It is about how to start your army with the Craftworld Warhost. I am going to go over the first steps to creating an Eldar army in this blog post. You will need 1x Guardian Battlehost and 1 Fire Prism.

Guardian Battlehost –
The Guadian Battlehost is a formation that consists of a Farseer, 3x Guardian Squads, a Vaul’s Wrath Support Battery, a unit of Vypers, a unit of War Walkers, and an optional Warlock Conclave.
The Vypers, Vaul’s Wrath and War Walkers get Preferred Enemy when attacking units that are within 12″ of the Guardian Units. Also, the heavy weapon is FREE! So I am going to take 2 Bright Lances (48″ S8 AP2 Heavy 1, Lance) and a EML (a S4 AP4 Blast, a S8 AP3 shot, and a S7 AP5 Skyfire). People have overlooked this, but Guardians are really good at taking down hordes. Each guardian has a plasma grenade (8″ S4 AP4 Blast), so that unit of Genestealers is going to get wrecked before it can assault your Guardians. Also, Guardians are good at taking out Necron Warriors and Fire Warriors, so don’t forget your grenades. Against a ten man squad of Space Marines, (including the Warlock) you can kill 5 marines on average with your shuriken weapons. That’s pretty good. As you can run 6″ and then shoot, you can take off big chunks of marines.

Fire Prism –
In order for the detatchment to be valid, you also need an Auxiliary choice. I am going to use a Fire Prism for my Auxiliary choice. This is for versitality against Marines, Terminators, and tanks. Since I have 10 points left over, I am going to upgrade the twin-linked shuriken catapault to a shuriken cannon.

My army list so far –

Farseer – Singing Spear(S9 AP- shot so I can split open that transport) , Spirit Stone of Anath’lan(reduce cost of psychic power by one warp charge at the cost of the rune armor invuln save for one turn) – 120 pts

10 Guardians, EML, Warlock with Singing Spear – 130 pts

2x 10 Guardians, Bright Lance, Warlock with Singing Spear – 260 pts

Vaul’s Wrath (3x models), D-cannons(destroy monstrous creatures, elite infantry, etc.), Warlock with Singing Spear – 205 pts

Vyper – Bright Lance, Holo-fields(5+ invuln save) – 65 pts

War Walker – 2x Bright Lances, Star Engines(run additional 3″) – 85 pts

Fire Prism – Shuriken Cannon – 135 pts

And that is my first step to creating an Eldar army!

By | September 15th, 2015|Categories: Warhammer 40k|0 Comments

My Trip to Phoenix

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In the picture, the people are (from left to right) Sienna, Christine, Story, Silas, Steele, and me.

One week ago, I went to Phoenix! It was really fun! We stayed at the Arizona Waldorf Astoria Biltmore Hotel (you can get water for the fabulous deal of only $5.50 a bottle). The flight was boring and long from JFK airport to Phoenix. Our Aunt Maggie picked us up in her Sprinter van. In the car were our cousins, Sienna, Silas, and Story! I was really hungry, so we stopped at a taco place real quick. We went over to our cousins’ house and goofed around for a bit with my cousin Steele. After, we went to our hotel and went to sleep, exhausted.

The next day, I woke up around 6:00 am. My dad went for a walk. Christine snoozed until 6:30 am and Dad got lost and came back around 7:00 am. He said he saw two coyotes that scared the living daylights out of him. We went to breakfast at the golf course, where I had two fried eggs, some bacon, and some potatoes. It was great! My dad got a burrito and my sister got pancakes. Then we went back to the room and did some math (groan). After, our cousins Steele and Sienna came over and we played at the pool for 5 hours. For dinner, we went to a mexican restuarant where I blew up my mouth with an enchilada. It was the spiciest thing I’d ever eaten! Then we went back to the hotel and went to bed.

The next morning we went for a walk. For breakfast, we ate leftover pancakes. Afterwards, we checked out and our Aunt Maggie picked us up in a Yukon and we went to their library for half an hour and checked out their new house which will be done in December. Then we went to… Flagstaff! The ride was okay, but when we got there it was raining! So we relaxed for a bit and went to dinner at some place called Oregano. The pizza was good, and I tried one of my dad’s spicy wings, and blew up my mouth again. It was even spicier then that enchilada! It was like death-on-a-wing! Then we went back to their house in Flagstaff and went to bed. Well, going to bed was a diffucult. I had to share a bed with Silas, who I wasn’t sure if he was potty-trained or not, and Steele. At first Silas scared me and Steele by saying, “I’m gonna pee on you.” Then he farted on us. I was directly in the blast zone. Then Silas read his book (Bear in Underwear) out loud. Finally, I went to sleep.

The next morning, I woke up and helped Steele build his LEGO Imperial Star Destroyer. After doing some work (groan) we had breakfast, played (where the Imperial Star Destroyer was destroyed by that rebel Silas) and went to the Country Club, where there was a pool. Then the grownups ditched us with a babysitter for the rest of the night.

The next day was basically a repeat of the last except we went to a community barbecue around dinner time and there was no babysitter. For desserts at the barbecue there was an ice cream truck, but Aunt Maggie didn’t want to pay for ice cream so Chrissy and Sienna ate some nasty-looking magic bars while Uncle Ryan took pity on me and Steele and gave us ten bucks. BUT when we got to the ice cream truck they told us it was free. Chrissy and Sienna were furious (they wanted ice cream too).

The next morning I felt sick and tossed my cookies. I had a plain pancake for breakfast, but an hour later, I upchucked that too. But we had to go back to Phoenix that day so we packed up. Then everybody else ate lunch except for me because I didn’t want to throw up anything else. Then we got our bags into the Sprinter van and started the ride back to Phoenix. It was 4-hours long. Most of the trip, I either felt cold, hungry, tired, or sore. The girls were in the back singing Miss Mary Black, Quackadilly Oso, and other stupid songs I don’t want to talk about. Also, the air conditioner was blasting and all I had was my dad’s jacket to keep me warm. All while “Miss Mary Quack” or whatever it is came from the girls, who had huge blankets. Also, Uncle Ryan played The Factor Game with Sienna and Steele, where they had to factor the numbers 1-50. That was painful. Also, Story the baby was screaming her head off. When we got back to their house in Phoenix, I dumped myself on the couch and didn’t get up until Dad got some tacos for me. Then I jumped into bed.

The next morning was great! I felt a lot better, although I woke up to “Did John puke again?” from Sienna. We ate some breakfast and played, because this was our last day. They had a math teacher who Christine was not fond of, because she thought he was “stealing our cousins”. We went to this place called Short Leash for lunch, and it was pretty good. Our cousins had a skateboarding lesson, so we sat through that. Afterwards, we hung out at their house until it was time to go to the airport. Finally, we took a plane home.

By | September 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Adobe Creative Cloud

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My sister always says, “Boys’ heads are always in the cloud.” And I would return, “Really? The iCloud? The Microsoft Cloud?” But now, my head is really in a cloud. The Adobe Creative Cloud! A couple of months ago, my dad got Photoshop. Last week, he got the whole Creative Cloud! The first thing we used was Illustrator. I messed around with Illustrator (like Paint on steiroids) for a bit and plan to use it for my logo design buisness. The next day, we downloaded Audition (a sound editing program). We used it to crop the ads from the file from the first episode of his radio show. That was a long night. The next day, I messed around with After Effects (video effects). We are probably going to use Premiere (for video editing) and InDesign (for my Dad’s free PDFs). Warning: everything I tried is difficult to work with!

By | September 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Photoshop Cool Stuff

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The top picture is what I made with Adobe Photoshop and the bottom picture is the original.

First I cropped out me and my sister and put us on a different layer. Then I applied a variety of filters to the background. Then I added a Hue and Saturation layer and a Color Balance layer. And then I resized it and Ta-Da! Awesome light burst effect!

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But I also saved the cutout I made of me and my sister in a different file, and I can put them on any background!

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If you want me to do anything on Photoshop, just contact me!

By | August 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments