Audiobook Recommendation – August 2021

My list of recommended books for August 2021 is short than most because I am still not traveling long distances. I have noticed one distinct difference between Audiobook and Paperback books. Paperback books you always know when they are going to end. With Audiobooks, sometimes you get so into a book and when it ends, it comes at a complete surprise. This happened to me on several of these books.

One of the books this happened to me on was Mageblood: Mephisto’s Magic Online, Book 1, by Christopher Johns. I bow my head in shame that it took me over a year to start listening to Mageblood. It was an entertaining book. I have one major problem with it. It was something so unrealistic, I just could not believe the author put something like that in a book. How can the main character make a sandwich with leftover bacon? Leftover bacon does not exist in this world or any world.

Here is the list of my recommendations. They are not in any particular order:

Christopher Johns

  • Mageblood: Mephisto’s Magic Online, Book 1

Scott Meyers

  • Grand Theft Astro

Dakota Krout

  • Something: Full Murderhobo, Book 1
  • Inflame: The Completionist Chronicles, Book 6

Xander Boyce

  • Tallrock: A Fantasy LitRPG Adventure (Farming Livia, Book 1)

Luke Chmilenko

  • Glory to the Brave: Ascend Online, Book 4

Dennis E. Taylor

  • Heaven’s River: Bobiverse, Book 4 – This book was the weakest of all the books. But, I could have just been my issue. I could not get over how an author could end a book series, a big announcement it would be the last book, and then write another book. Note: It did make it on the list.

I borrowed the logo from Mountaindale Press for this post, because most of the books I have listened to in the past eight months have been published by Mountaindale Press. The logo was designed by on of their authors, which is so cool. When I looking for a new book, I look at books published by Mountaindale Press first. Every books I have listened that was published by them has been worth my time.

Thing You Find In An Antique Store – Toys

I haven’t traveled very much since COVID, but I do live in a town with numerous Antique Stores. It is always fun to visit these stores capture photos of old interesting items.

This is a Fisher Price Tutor house. It dates back to the 1960’s. The selling price on Etsy ranges for $35.00 to $150.00. If you can not have a real doll house, why not own a plastic one.

Fisher Price Tutor House

Any child’s collection is not complete without the Fisher Price barn. Or, parents purchased the barn because all kids loved playing with animals. On Etsy this item is price between $12.00 and $90.00.

Fisher Price Barn

The Fisher Price School house. I know as a kid, we regularly played school. Our tiny desks were suppose to be for homework, but it was a convenient prop to play school. On Etsy this antique is priced between $16.00 and $60.00. This one is probably cheaper because I do not see little people.

Fisher Price School

Most people have heard the poem “The Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe”. Fisher Price made a shoe based on that poem. One of the benefits of the toy, it allowed children to practice tying shoes. Etsy has it priced around $15.00. The old women is priced at $8.00.

Fisher Price Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe

The Fisher Price Telephone, like the shoe, it came with a string so kids could pull it along. The condition of this toy, make $16.50 a little over priced.

Fisher Price Telephone

The Fisher Price Goldilocks and Three Bears Playhouse. It came with a key to unlock the house. It is a rare item on Etsy, there is only four of these for sale.

Fisher Price Goldilocks and Three Bears House.

The last toy I found was the Fisher Price Hickory Dickory Clock.

Railroad Town Sheriff’s Office

Once I had designed a Saloon and a Bank for my Railroad Town, I thought was necessary for some law enforcement to be available to handle nasty situations. The Sheriff’s Office was created. I wanted the give the building a log cabin feel. Iron doors were placed on the cell and the front entrance just in case the Sheriff was called away. A small storage area was create on the roof with a ladder leading up. It also provided another means for escape, if there is a problem. The Sheriff needed a desk and note the gun rack. There is no guns in the building when the Sheriff is not present. Please don’t look in the bucket in the cell.

This building was designed using Tinkercad. Click here If you would like to see the 3d design: Sheriff Office

Lost in the Colors

Other projects have gotten in the way of posting on my blog. I had a reason for creating this site. If I am not posting regularly then I am not fulfilling that goal.

For Christmas I received some Copic Markers. I want to experiment and test the markers. The drawing below is my experiment. I wanted to see how they flowed and blended.

Beware of Fraud

Last night I got the text message shown below. It is obviously fraud. They want you to click the link so they can: a) steal your data; b) install malware, ransomware, and/or a virus on your device; or c) sell you something.

How do I know it is fraud: First, I don’t have a Debit card with Chase. Second, none of the financial institutions I deal with send text messages with a 10 digit number. Third, there is a space before the semi-colon. Fourth, I get text messages and notifications every time a charge is made on my card.

How can you protect yourself? Never click on a link in a text message. If you are worried about your account, go directly to the website or log on to their app. Get notified when charges are made on your card. You maybe able to detect fraudulent charges before the financial institution.

Recognizing Christopher Fet

There are so many designers in Tinkercad that never get recognized, so I decided that I would start recognizing them on my blog. Christopher Fet’s designs of trains and train tracks is impressive. But, Christopher Fet provides a great example of giving created to other designers when he uses pieces of their designs in his work. According to his profile, he only been using Tinkercad since July 2020. You can see Christopher Fet’s other designs on Tinkercad.

The GE AC4400CW was a very well selling locomotive. They were built from 1995 to 2004, when a newer model, the ES44AC, was introduced. SP owned over 200 of these locomotives. SP 262 was built in 1995 and has some fame of leading the last train over Tennessee Pass.
Even though my brother made a coupler, his is for a steam engine the fifties. It also has an unrealistic flat edge, so I decided to make my own. 
The Pacific Lumber Company, of Scotia, California, had a logging railroad built to carry logs to the mill. It even built a section of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, which it interchanged with. They had almost 40 steam engines, and had five diesels. The GE 80 Tonner 102 was one of them.
My railroad track, but with concrete “sleepers” for modern trains.

Recognizing Military Sniper 007

There are so many designers in Tinkercad that never get recognized, so I decided that I would start recognizing them on my blog. Military Sniper 007 obviously like designing military based vehicle. Their profile states: “My name is Lev Kulko, I just like designing and making ww2 things. it is what I do in my spare time really. I’m basically addicted to ww2. I also play War Thunder and Roblox” Military Sniper 007 does an awesome job recreating vehicles. Maybe one day they will design the larger versions. Click here to view all of their designs in Tinkercad.

Military Sniper 007
Military Sniper 007
The Aichi D3A, (Allied reporting name “Val”)[2] was a World War II carrier-borne dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). It was the primary dive bomber in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and participated in almost all actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Aichi D3A was the first Japanese aircraft to bomb American targets in World War II, commencing with Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines, such as Clark Air Force Base.
Land Rover
Just a small project made for my friend-War Architect. Sebastian, I hope you will enjoy this project made specially for you. Guys Don’t forget to like War Architect`s projects. 

Railroad Town – Bank

The next building I designed for my Railroad Town is the Bank. With the Railroad Station, Saloon, Livery, and others a lot of commerce would be conducted in the town, the town would need a place for the residence to store their funds. I did not create a inside for the bank, because I wanted to print the design. See the 3d Bank in Tinkercad.

Recognizing pbretzger

There are so many designers in Tinkercad that never get recognized, so I decided that I would start recognizing them on my blog. pbretzger designs are unique and interesting. I love their use of color. Their profile states they have been using Tinkercad since September 2020.

This three-by-one bay arcade has the added interest of an ancient Roman stone bench and a decorative floor pattern.
Michael Graves was a world-renowned architect. He also designed housewares like the tea kettle that inspired this Tinkercad model.
This vase derives its two-color, low-reflectivity concept from the Wedgwood company’s famous “jasperware” line. Tinkercad’s “Twisty Ring” object comprise most of the model’s white detailing.
Monuments such as this dot the Irish landscape, many of them well over a thousand years old, thus signifying the country’s ancient devotion to the Catholic religion.
A Castilian Spanish invention, the “morion” helmet is an iconic design that several European kingdoms adopted before it finally went out of use, generations after its introduction.

Recognizing Ella Zhong

There are so many designers in Tinkercad that never get recognized, so I decided that I would start recognizing them on my blog.  Ella Zhong’s designs are awesome. The designs shows that she is not only creative in creating the designs, but writing the story behind the design. Ella Zhong profile states:

Hi there, and welcome to my profile! I’m a fifth grader, and I like reading books, messing with designs and also science. All my designs are made by me, no copies! (Unless I’m in a contest.)

If you look closely, every design has my hibiscus-based flower badge hidden in it! If you find it, tell me in the comments the approximate location, so others can find it too. For example: “The flower is hidden in a tapestry in your house.”

You can see all of Ella Zhong’s designs on Tinkercad.

A peaceful community garden designed to remind us of the beauty of nature, featuring detailed birdhouses, benches, bird feeders, and a water wheel you can spin! (Somehow this makes me nostalgic for the warmer months.)
A fun, original water bottle, in the shape of a rainbow unicorn’s horn, when printed the right size, it can hold 1 liter of water. The lid works by strong magnets, but don’t worry, they are contained properly. Its shape allows it to fit easily in a small container, with a loop for easy carrying
Another attempt with curved bodies with wave dupe, and something I made just to satisfy my need to make something new. Perfect for storing reactive or strong solutions, this bottle is covered and carved with lock jewels that prevent any chance of theft. The small staring dragon is poised to attack at the first thief it spots, and the stardust gold stopper further increases the strength. There are less than 500 remaining, since these bottles are ancient.