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Get The Point
The Amazing Web Site by and for Doug and Karin - home page
updated July 1, 2007
- Fencing, both medieval and modern. Lots of links to fencing sites and sword suppliers.
- Metalworking: including a separate page with all my links to interesting sites: metal links
- Machining (lathe, milling machine, shaper, drill press, etc.) Pictures of my machinery!
- Hand-made swords, daggers and armor - even How to Make Swords and Hilts - see the Sword Page
- Woodworking, including making canes, staffs and walking sticks. Even sword canes!
- Various crafts and hobbies, involving wood, metal and other wonderful things and materials. Look and see!
- Digital Photography. In July, 2000 I got a Sony Mavica MVC FD-73 camera. I love it! It stores its pictures directly onto floppy disks in JPG format, ready to post on the Web. And the 10-to-1 zoom ratio is wonderful. The close-focusing capability is really handy too. I've used this camera for all my website photos and for my eBay pictures as well.
- Technology - particularly Primitive Technology, wilderness survival, living off the land, buckskinning, Indian crafts, Indian lore and more. And primitive archery too. Wow! I invented a new style of bowstring serving jig. Simple construction details and pictures are on the Technology page.
- Amateur Surveying and Map Making. I made some alidades and a plane table after reading about the plane table method of mapping. I want a detailed map of my lot, with landscaping details, trees and bushes identified, sprinkler head locations and coverage, and whatever else seems like fun. I got so carried away that I made a version of a big, old wooden surveyor's compass with wooden body and sight vanes. Then I bought a smaller metal one through ebay, and even bought a transit! The transit won't work on or with the plane table but I wanted to try tracing exactly where the lot lines are. Two lower-tech instruments I also bought are brass reproductions from India of an Abney level and a pocket box compass. They did need some work to make them work well, so I took pictures and described what I had to do.
- Genealogy - primarily because I wanted to make an address list of all my cousins, aunts & uncles and other relatives. We don't get together or see each other much and so we don't know where many of our relatives are.
- Music - playing old-time country fiddle. Go to the Music Page and play a few of my favorite tunes.
- Humor - mainly one-liners and puns. I've just "discovered" Stephen Wright's stuff. Lots of them on the Humor Page! This is 22k big, with 15 (printed) pages!
- Lawn Care - I'm learning about mowers, watering, weeds, best types of grass and quality of seed, and so on. Always working on the underground sprinkling system. And fighting off the hordes of moles.
- Photography and cameras (Leica, in particular) . Also, see my online photo album at Picture Trail
- Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and lists of sword suppliers for fencing and for re-creation. Big list of links to sword suppliers sites, too. You can follow the SCA Link Ring and the Armourer's Ring links from this page. Also on this page is a list of the pictures of SCA schlager fencing hilts. I had planned on adding a long list of armour site links, but there are already so many that it didn't seem worthwhile. I do have that link to the Armourer's Ring, however. Give it a try!
- Rollerblading (in the driveway). Rarely, though, unfortunately.
- Travel: I think there's only a couple or three states I haven't been in. Offhand, West Virginia and Hawaii are the ones I can think of. I've been to at least a dozen countries and even have pictures of myself in front of the Taj Mahal in India. Fall, 1996 we took a 7,000 mile drive to and along the West Coast, going from Seattle to the Grand Canyon. Also visited Yellowstone and Teton National Parks and the town of Crescent City, California, which is where Karin and I got married. And take a look at my Alligator visit to Florida!
- Science Fiction - favorite authors are L. Douglas Warren, Leo Frankowski, Robert Heinlein, Greg Bear, David Brin, S. D. Warren, and for fantasy, Neil Gaiman.
- Collecting videos with swordfighting
- Amateur Radio and electronics page. I got my Novice license while I was in the 5th grade. And I'm still K8RFT, although I'm not active on the air. What little radio I do is Scanner monitoring and Short Wave Listening. The "Short Wave Radio" and "Loop Antenna" pages are accessible from this page.
- Shooting. I like .22 rifle target shooting. Won a couple of medals in a state match for junior shooters 'way back when I was in Junior College. But I haven't done any shooting now since we moved back from Alaska about 13 years ago. I've always been a bit interested in gunsmithing, too, but haven't gotten past buying several books and doing some work on a few of my own guns.
- "Trading" which means buying and selling stuff, mostly tools. Check my For Sale page. We even have a motor home for sale right now.
- Tools - all sorts of tools. I've got so many tools that I can't believe it. I often run into one I'd forgotten I had. But there are still many more that I want. (Next on the want list are sheet metal working tools). I like using them, fixing them up, making them better than original, repairing them and just looking at them. Part of my work as an electrical controls engineer involves using AutoCAD, and I enjoy customizing and modifying it with macros, special menus, and so on.
- Work - Controls System Engineer. Everything from water treatment plants to plastic molding machines to complete production lines in chemical plants. I really enjoy working with machinery and controls. It's almost like getting paid for a hobby. I've been interested in tools and machinery for years and have built up a rather large collection. And electronics has been a primary interest even longer, so the combination just sort of came naturally. Since I'm currently unemployed and am actively looking for a new position, I have my resume in HTML form and stored on my web site, but I don't publish the URL. We don't want all our personal information completely open and visible. If you need to see it, e-mail me for the URL or a Microsoft Word document file version by return email (please put "need resume" in the subject line).
I have worked occasionally on contract and/or temporary jobs, although not by choice. A recent one was for K-Force Technology Staffing, in Southfield MI. They offered a job for a month doing PLC program modifications and upgrades at a job site near Toronto. Then I learned that heir customer only planned on a two week job. The plant in Canada wasn't ready, though, and I worked only a week. A month after I returned I had still received no pay, but my credit card bill with all the travel, food and lodging expenses arrived. So I have two recommendations for any others who may find themselves in a similar situation:
Don't finance your own trip. Demand prepaid expenses or the use of a company credit card.
Don't work for K-Force.
- Check out our favorite stuff: favorite things, favorite places, favorite foods, favorite recipes, and more.
- Reviews of MP3 & MP4 players, tools, books, restaurants, libraries and anything else we like or dislike and where our opinions might help someone else. NOTE: still growing, still under construction and incomplete!
- Internet Newsgroups
- Cats page - for a picture of Pookie and pictures of Fred, also a list of rules for stray cats.
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