The Move Adventure

We moved! Well at least part of the site has moved, and it been an adventure that has lasted several weeks. I decided to move some of my artwork, or what I consider works of art to a new site named sarahcath.art. I know the domain name isn’t very exciting but describes what is being hosted on that site.

On the new site, sarahcath.art, you can find my drawings, paintings, and wood projects. Along with all my travels and everything related to technology, this site will continue to host the coloring pages, plastercraft houses, and my clay projects. If you would like to continue to see my artwork, you are welcome to follow my art site.

More adventure coming soon, but here is a little look at the past adventures.

Audiobook Recommendations January 2023

Wow! It’s been over a year since I recommended Audiobooks. My excuse, I’ve been busy moving to another State. When you move 800 miles away, if gives you a lot of driving time to listen to books.

Just a reminder, I don’t listen to self-help books or romance books; I listen to books that are entertaining, adventurous, and will keep me awake while I am driving. That is why my list consists of all LitRPG books. If you see me just sitting in a parking lot, it because the book has gotten really good and I waiting for it to get to the end of a chapter.

I spent a lot of time listening to books in the Divine Dungeon Series Artorian’s Archives, by Dennis Vanderkerken and Dakota Krout. I finished Book 6 (there are currently 13 books in the series) and was tired of Artorian. I decided to put that series on pause and branch out to other books. I am so glad I did. The adventures of the zombie Digby were entertaining and so was Rockland’s survival of the apocalypse.

Here is my list:

David Petrie

  • Ravenous: A Zombie Apocalypse – Book 1
  • Revenant: A Zombie Apocalypse – Book 2
  • Rend: A Zombie Apocalypse – Book 3
  • Ruin: A Zombie Apocalypse – Book 4

Ryan DeBruyn

  • Equalize: Ether Collapse – Book 1
  • Excise: Ether Collapse – Book 1
  • Earthdom: Ether Collapse – Book 1

John L. Monk

  • Underpowered Howard

Dakota Krout

  • Lord January: Year of the Sword – Book 1
  • Lady February: Year of the Sword – Book 2
  • Dokeshi March: Year of the Sword – Book 3
  • Invent: The Completionist Chronicles – Book 7
  • Implode: The Completionist Chronicles – Book 8
  • Anything: Full Murderhobo – Book 2

Christopher Johns

  • Crimson Queen: Mephisto’s Magic Online – Book 2
  • Aetherocalypse: Mephisto’s Magic Online – Book 3

Xander Boyce

  • Temper: Red Mage – Book 2
  • Fracture: Red Mage – Book 3

James Hunter and Dakota Krout

  • Libriohexer: Wolfman Warlock – Book 2

Sorry Jay Boyce and Ted Dekker your books didn’t make the list. Jay your book was a big let down from the first three books. Ted I am sure your book was well written and entertaining, but I just don’t remember much of it.

Tinkercad Contest and more…

To support all the tinkers that hosted contests during this holiday season and Tinkercad’s TinkerTogether, I created the following designs:

TinkerTogether Design Challenge #25: Winter

Snowcones for Sell

Snow Cones for Sell: In this design we have two snowman selling snow cones to a few reindeer. If you look closely at the ground, it appears that Santa Sled has been through. The hats, the reindeer and the candy cane are available in Tinkercad’s Shape Menu.

Take a close look at the trees, what do you see?

Create an Ugly Christmas Sweater: I used the template provided.

Contest: Design an Ornament – I could have created a typical ball ornament, but I wanted something that looked fragile. Do you see the snowflake inside?

Contest: Create a Gingerbread House – I created a Gingerbread Fairy House. The roof of the house is a candy strawberry, and the path is lined with candy canes and gum drops.

Contest: Create a Log Cabin using the TinkerLogs created by HLModTech – I created a TinkerLog Church. The building and most of the items, including the trees, were created using the TinkerLogs that HLModTech created. I kept the width and height of the TinkerLogs, and only change the length.

TinkerTogether Design Challenge #26 – Party: For this challenge, I created a Bouncy Castle and Balloon Animals. Can there be a party without these items?

Contest: Create a Christmas Plushie – my contest entry was me. For years, I had a certain way of creating a stick figure of me. I decided for this contest I would create a Plushie of Me. Notice the Santa Hat, it came out looking pretty awesome.

You can see all these items in 3D view from my profile or clicking the links above: SarahCath

Merry Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas from Sarah, or Sarahcath, as I use it a lot for my handle. Link: Merry Christmas 2022. For all the Tinkercad users; both past, present, and future; I created a Christmas 2022 scene with a tree, a train, and presents. Each present under the tree contain a gift. It is not just a pretty box. To open the gifts, you will need a Tinkercad account. Copy the design and ungroup the box from around the present. If the gift is too small, you are using Tinkercad, you can make the gift larger.

The tree came from my Instructable on Designing a Christmas Tree with Tinkercad. The train came from my 2016 Design We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The poinsettia I plucked off of last year Christmas Tree with Flowers. I created the Candy Cane, saved it as a shape, and uploaded into Tinkercad’s shape library. The big red, blue, and green ornaments are a work in progress.

I you would like to add a present to this tree. Either reach out to me and follow the directions in the design profile. Link: Merry Christmas 2022

Christmas with Tinkercad Codeblocks

My biggest adventure this year was moving. Not a move across town, but a move to a different State over 500 miles away. I cannot recommend moving. While I was sitting in front of the TV at night, during my breaks from unpacking boxes and organizing, I decided to relax with some coding in Tinkercad Codeblocks.

The first thing I coded was a Christmas Wreath:

First, I coded one holly leaf with all the details. Then I copied and rotated each leaf along the x, y and z axis.

The rotation around the x and y axis is random, so the wreath will look a little different every time the program in run.

You can copy and run the program on Tinkercad Codeblock: https://www.tinkercad.com/codeblocks/2ZZut9sL86G

The second Christmas design I created with code block, was Santa. https://www.tinkercad.com/codeblocks/hPyeQnEmdV5

He was coded from the feet up. The beard is randomly generated, so it will look different every time the program is run.

After you create a design using Codeblocks, you can export the design as a Shape and use it in Tinkercad 3D Design.

The Santa may have looked better if I used 3D Design, but he does have a level of cuteness to him.

2022 Nebraska State Fair

I am usually out of town when the when the Nebraska State Fair rolls around. This year I made it back into town just in time for its very last day. The Nebraska State Fair isn’t just about the carnival rides, its mainly about 4H and FFA. There is livestock, food, crafts, woodworking, quilt and many more competitions. There are food vendors and other vendors displaying their merchandise, entertainers, and concerts. Here are some pictures from the fair:

Amarillo and Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo is located in the Texas Panhandle along the historic Route 66. They are known for Palo Duro Canyon (America’s Second biggest canyon) and Cadillac Ranch. Amarillo is also the Helium Captial of the World.

Due to rain, I was not able to visit Palo Duro Canyon. There is a nice, pleasant walking path around the hospital’s complex lake.

Near the lake was Helium Monument:

Cadillac Ranch is located on the west side of Amarillo. It is opened 24 hours a day. The biggest surprise was the layers and layers of paint on the vehicles.

Railroad Town – Mayor’s House

After I completed the Town Hall in Tinkercad, I knew I wanted a house for the Town’s Mayor. For months, I thought about what I wanted in the house. For example, I wanted a porch or balcony for the mayor to stand on the talk with the citizens of the town.

My inspirations come from looking at old buildings. All the pictures I saw for “Mayor House” was big opulent mansions that just did not fit my town. It wasn’t until I travel to Aurora, NE and visited their museum, that I found the style of the house I wanted for the town. Behind the museum was the Bate’s Houses. Its architecture and age was exactly what I wanted in my design. It was painted blue, but I wanted something special. I decided to color house pink with brown roofing to make it different from all other buildings in my town.

I placed the wooden path in front of the house, because the mayor’s house is located on Main Street in my Railroad Town. I placed a picket fence around the yard. I wanted the fence curved to add some character to the design.

The mayor’s house needed a flower garden. I create one rose and stem; then to create the bush I duplicated it, changed the angle, rotation and position.

One detail that everyone will probably overlook is the gate. On the gate it has a latch and hinges that would actually function if they were 3D printer

You can view this design in 3D on Tinkercad at this link: Mayor’s House