Color Sunday 2021, Grand Mesa National Forest

Global warming may be threatening the colors of our beautiful Colorado foliage, it’s still pretty spectacular! I was on the Grand Mesa, in Grand Mesa National Forest for Color Sunday 2021 (September 18th). Enjoy!

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

The Foundation: Out Of Time To Read, Will Try The Audiobook

If you’re like me, then you’ve run out of time to read this series before the Apple TV version premiers on September 24th. No worries, though! The books are available in audiobook form, and since one my my gigs involves delivery driving, I have plenty of time to listen! If you’re in the same boat that I am, please don’t hesitate to follow the link below and grab yourself a copy of the audiobook as well!

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

Time-Lapse: Building a Laser Etched, Basswood Butcher Block with Black Pipe Legs from Scratch.

SO MUCH FUN!

This was a really fun project! It took me a week to complete rather than the single day (ha!) that I had planned for. My wife really wants to redo our kitchen cupboards and top them off with butcher block counter tops, so this was a bit of a practice run for me. Boy am I glad for having it, too! I learned many lessons!

MATERIALS

First, I ordered basswood blanks from Bell Forest Products. I have to confess that I did not research the company before hand (no excuse) so I have no idea about sustainability practices or fair trade policies, or anything like that. I literally just googled “basswood blanks” and voila, up they popped!

Why basswood? I lucked into working with basswood a couple of years back when I built a chest for my daughter for Christmas. It was one of the few choices for “hobby lumber” that I was able to purchase locally, in person. It’s a fairly light stock, not as light as balsa wood, but not too much heavier, either. It sands quickly and effortlessly, takes stain like a sponge, has enough structural integrity to build sizable (though not huge) projects with, and just has a damn cool name.

(Full disclosure, I’m a long-time bass player, so I may be biased.)

You don’t have to go with Bell, but at $55 the price was right for me! Here are a couple of other options, though:

Of course, I like to build with as few fasteners (nails and screws) as possible. So, you’ll need a good wood glue, and lots of it!

For this table I used a polyurethane spray around the edges (3 heavy coats) and a glaze coat epoxy kit for the work surface.

Last, but not least, I fastened the whole thing to a set of black pipe table legs. These come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Here are some of my favorites:

PROCESS

First, I laid out the pieces of basswood as they would be arranged in the finished project. I then snapped a photo, and began planning out all of my laser etchings:

The laser etcher that I used was by LaserPecker. I ordered the deluxe version (thanks to the S.B.A.), but it comes in many different configurations. Here are a couple of them:

I then glued together only the 3- and 4-piece blocks that would have to be glued together prior to etching. This was primarily necessary for the 4 portraits, but also for the H.S.T. Gonzo emblem and the ship’s seal for the USS Reuben James, etcetera. From there each individually etched piece was processed through the LaserPecker and assembled, piece by piece, to form the entire surface of the table.

I stained the surface and edges of the desk, then flipped it over and glued four 1 x 4 furring strips cut to match the depth of the tabletop. This may or may not have been necessary, but it gave me piece of mind in the sense that it shores up potential structural integrity issues with the butcher block pieces by adding cross supports that bridge most, if not all, of the basswood blanks with the others.

Next, I flipped the whole thing back over and created a basin for the epoxy resin (glaze coat) using several layers of tightly pulled painter’s tape. Glaze coat pours out pretty thick, and maintains a high viscosity all the way through to curing (hardening). This gives it what the manufacturer calls a “self-leveling” quality, which is probably just marketing hype, but it’s also not untrue. You have to work the liquid around a bit to make sure that it gets into all areas, but once it has contact with the entire area, thicknesses pretty much level out on their own thanks to gravity and time.

The key is to have a heat gun or flame available to work out as many of the bubbles that you will inevitably find trapped in the goo–once it is spread evenly–as possible. If you miss this step, you will get dimples and holes where the bubbles remained during curing. They are actually pretty easy to coax up through the gelatinous epoxy, so long as you warm the goop from a proper distance and don’t overheat or boil it. I found that a heat gun was also good for fine tuning the spread of the resin, as it was able to move the material without leaving behind a depression in the surface like the mixing paddle did.

Anyway, the rest is pretty much self-explanatory. Please do watch the time-lapse above of me building this project as described in this blog post.

Thanks for reading!

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” Books: A Bit of a Star Wars Situation?

I’m not talking about the plot, the characters, the worlds, or any other specific aspect of either series. I’m merely referring to the 3rd book, 4th book, 5th book, 1st book, 2nd book, 6th book, 7th book order in which they were written. Which brings me directly to the point of this post: what is the correct order in which to read this series?

Would it be better to read them in this order, which would be chronological to the overarching storyline (to the best of my understanding thus far)?

Or, would it be better to read them in this order, which would provide the same experience that original fans would have had if they read each book as they were published by the author?

If I am wrong altogether about the order of these novels, then please tell me that in a comment below!

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Alleged Q-anon Founder Ron Watkins (adopted son of alleged co-founder Jim Watkins), and Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters All Illegally Evading An FBI Investigation After Illegally Accessing Mesa County Voting Machines!

Dishonest TikTok Took This Video Down Almost Immediately. Gee, I Wonder Why?

I literally just found out about this story, but it has apparently been unfolding since early to mid August. Tina Peters, former Mesa County Clerk and Recorder–in charge of elections for the Western Colorado county–has been whisked away to a “safe house” by none other than MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in order to shield her from an FBI investigation into her role in a security breach in the Mesa County elections office. Said breach allegedly allowed Ron Watkins to access logins and passwords for county elections officials, which he is likely to have published in his online forums.

Over 40 voting machines have since been decertified by Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold, all of which will need to be replaced by the county…to a tune of over $1 Million dollars of taxpayer money. The safe house scheme came together as Tina, fleeing the FBI and Colorado SoS investigation(s), spoke at Lindell’s so called Cyber-Symposium, where he failed to deliver on his promise to prove that the election was stolen from Trump.

Read more here:

August 21st:

https://sports.yahoo.com/mypillow-ceo-mike-lindell-says-130146747.html

August 30th:

September 1st:

https://www.nbc11news.com/2021/09/01/mesa-county-employee-charged-with-second-degree-burglary/

https://www.gjsentinel.com/breaking/charges-filed-again-mesa-county-deputy-clerk/article_606a2b1c-0b59-11ec-9c2d-1f0400a0e95d.html

September 2nd

https://www.gjsentinel.com/news/western_colorado/charges-filed-against-deputy-clerk/

September 3rd:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/03/1033374723/voting-data-from-a-colorado-county-was-leaked-online-now-the-clerk-is-in-hiding/

What I personally find most interesting is the fact that Ron Watkins had his sights on Mesa County. Lauren Boebert, Representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, was elected on a pro-Q platform, making it seem likely that she will have coordinated with Ron, Tina, Mike, and or others. This all happened not too long after I published two MEMEs about Ron Watkins and his adopted father Jim Watkins:

This fact causes me to wonder if maybe, somehow, I provoked Ron into this fatal mistake? If there is a God, or gods, I hope with every fiber of my being that I did. 😉

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

I Made 20 Pride Flags Into Stickers That Anyone Can Use On TikTok!

@madsquidproductions

It’s #PrideMonth and I want to #celebratepride as a #Champion for the #LGBTQ world. #StraightAlly Use them in YOUR video! Search: @madsquidproductions

♬ Champion – RuPaul

To use these stickers in your videos, just search for “@madsquidproductions” when you pull up the sticker menu. You may have to type the full string before anything shows up:

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

I’m An Official Brand On Amazon Now!

That’s right! Mad Squid Productions™ is officially branded and approved to sell my art, products, clothing, etcetera! At the moment I have only one item listed, and admittedly, it’s over priced. I needed to test the process and determine fees, etcetera. Keep an eye out, both here and on Amazon, for more developments. If my SBA disaster loan modification goes through, I’ll have capital (for the very first time ever) to purchase inventory and I think you’ll be surprised at how much I have ready to go! Exciting times!


“Voice Activated, Speak Loudly” Gag Sticker.

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid