Thursday, October 18, 2012
So this contest asks for a paper or digital sketch of your own monster creation. One winner will be chosen on the 29th of this month. This winner will be flown to Distortions Unlimited in Greeley Colorado to hang out and meet their whole crew! I can't think of a better prize than to get to hang out and talk and learn about what these people do. It is kind of what my secret dream job would be, making a living from creating scary things. For my submission I came up with a pop-up porch screamer. Basically a jack-o-lantern with an opening face that reveals a skull, or zombie or witch behind the face that screams as the face opens while LED's flash and go all crazy. A slight variation would be for the hidden face inside to pop straight up out of the jack-o-lantern to make the scream.
So, good luck to me! My submission on the Travel Channels website has been reduced in resolution making it almost impossible to read the text from their image so I am posting it here for all to see.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Have some space to plant-
Grow your own Jalapenos from seed or buy starters from a nursery like I usually do-
Spend an afternoon planting them-
Water, fertilize and weed-
Get excited when the first ones show up in the middle of summer-
Enjoy your summer and don't forget to water-
When the pumpkins start turning orange, the jalapenos will be turning red-
Pick a day when you can harvest as many Jalapenos as you can smoke-
Cut in half, place in trays, start your charcoal and smoke the chiles anywhere from 6 to 24 hours using apple, hickory or any other good smoking wood-
After smoking them I put all of mine in a dehydrator for a day or more until all of the moisture is gone-
After they are completely dry I throw them in a food processor and then a spice grinder. Some blenders can process them into a powder in one step but mine cannot-
Hopefully you now have enough to last all year. I usually make enough to give half of it to friends that have become hooked on the stuff. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This is how he mounted it in his front yard...
Having bought a couple of wiper motors during the summer with plans of using them on a project I put on hold, I still wanted to at least use one of the motors for something this year. I read somewhere that a Flying Crank Ghost is a great first animated prop project to build so I decided to make one. Since I was putting mine in a second story window where there were actually three windows side by side, I decided to run three ghosts off one motor. I don’t have any good footage at night with the black lights illuminating the ghosts yet since the only video camera I have at the moment is my iphone and it is useless in the dark.