I'm currently reading "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character," by Richard P. Feynman. Richard Feynman was a physicist and physics professor, who was involved in the development of the Unites States' atomic bomb during World War II. I had seen some of Feynman's lectures and interviews on YouTube, and in addition to being a brilliant physicist, he seemed to be quite an interesting character. The book is a memoir of the opportunities he took to broaden his experiences both within the scientific community and in life in general. The book is presented as a series of anecdotes in a rather stream-of-consciousness style, but has been an interesting and fun read so far. Prior to that, I tore through the currently available volumes of "The Expanse," by James S.S. Corey. This is a science-fiction series in the space opera style, with a cast of interesting characters, involving high-level conspiracies and remnants of ancient alien technology. The television series based on the novels has been good so far, but there are some pretty fundamental differences from the novels, particularly with some of the characters being cast much younger than their novel counterparts. I really enjoyed "The Martian," by Andy Weir. This is a near-future hard-science-fiction novel about a member of the first manned expedition to Mars getting left behind when his team-mates believe he was killed in an accident, and his efforts to survive long enough to be rescued.
I play bass guitar, and a little bit of six string guitar. I also used to do home recording (multitracking and synth programming), but I haven't done any in quite some time, my rig has not been set up for a few years. I've done some covers, some remixes and some original songs of my own creation, plus sound design for small stage productions. My skills on the six-string are not professional-level by any means, but I've pulled off some interesting stuff in the tracks I've recorded. I'm proud of what I've managed as a self taught musician. I've tried my hand at writing fiction, and got really into it for a while, but never truly went anywhere with it. I used to be a big video-gamer, but it generally doesn't do too much for me anymore. That being said, I did recently enjoy playing Gran Turismo 5. I love reading, if that can be considered a hobby. I've also recently rediscovered the joys of comics, thanks to finding a few graphic novels on Amazon at cheap prices.
I'm a fan of Christopher Nolan, as well. I found out about him in the early 2000s when a friend loaned me the DVD for Memento, I was very impressed. I thought he was a great choice for the Dark Knight Trilogy. I like most of what I've seen of JJ Abrams' work.
It's been a bit warm lately, warm enough for airbrushing, so I'm getting back in the saddle.First, let me show you where I was at before the last time I stripped the body. Here is the brown color I mentioned in my previous post:
Here it is after being stripped, with the mounting holes for the badges filled it, and a base coat of Tamiya semi-gloss black:
Here it is with a color coat of Tamiya bronze, which dried with a matte finish instead of the gloss I was expecting. I masked off the hood to keep it in semi-gloss black.
I spent some time contemplating whether I should lay down a gloss over the bronze, and consulted with my daughter, who has a rather good eye for these things. On her advice, I decided to stick with the matte finish. Here it is with the masking tape removed.
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/t31.0-8/12028890_10206949059543042_3450861858394837543_o.jpg I need to touch up the black panel on the rear fascia before moving on to next steps. Trim will be foiled with black-out chrome, cracked and drilled over-fenders will be tied up with black thread to represent zip-ties, and I will be using some AMMO of Mig Jimenez and Tamiya products to add chips and weathering throughout. Please let me know if my photos don't show up, I inserted them a little differently this time.
I only have two actual power tools purchased from HF: an ultrasonic cleaner, and a tiny miter saw. The saw is supposedly good for small diameter metal tubing, but I wouldn't trust it for anything tougher than wood or plastic. That being said, I find them to be a good source for small, non-powered items like spring clamps, flush-cutters, airbrush-cleaning brushes, probes, files, alligator clips, etc...
I only received one kit - my wife got me Revell's 1941 Chevy Pickup kit, which I'm looking forward to doing something interesting with. I did get a few other very cool things, like t-shirts, collectibles and art prints, as well as a coffee mug with with a structural diagram of a caffeine molecule printed on it.
I think this is a tough question, since it's hard to know if the people you choose would have anything in common musically, but picking people all from the same genre would just be boring. Throwing together a few names that are influential on me, I'd say: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) on vocals and keys/programming Chris Wolstenholme (Muse) on bass and backing vocals Ty Tabor (KIng's X) on guitar Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) on guitar and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) on drums.