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Photos From Oshkosh Trip

Some photos from my trip to EAA Airventure Oshkosh during July.

Ferry Ride Across Lake Michigan

We took the Lake Express car ferry across Lake Michigan both ways. The ship travels between Muskegon and Milwaukee, with three departures from each port daily. The trip takes around 2 1/2 hours.

Great lakes car ferry. Cars boarding ferry. Passengers boarding. Loading ferry. Bow of car ferry. Loading cars.. Ferry wake. Cars on ferry. Boats in harbor. Coast Guard museum ship. Museum submarine. Great lakes liner ship. White tug boat. Blue tug boat. Passing freighter. Great lakes freighter. Ferry water jets. Lake Michigan. Coming into port. Milwaukee in sight.

Goodyear "Wingfoot One" Airship

The Goodyear airship, Wingfoot One, was a frequent sight in the skys above Oshkosh throughout the week.

The airship was assembled in Akron, Ohio, with many components being constructed by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik in Germany.

The semi-rigid design allows for increased payload, speed, and maneuverability compared to Goodyear's existing fleet of blimps. Goodyear plans to replace all its blimps with the new design in the coming years.

Goodyear airship and airplane. Wingfoot one gondola. Airship flight demonstration. Goodyear airship front view. Goodyear airship in flight. Goodyear airship right side. Goodyear airship bottom. Goodyear airship port side.

Airbus A350 Airliner

An Airbus A350 XWB performed several flight demonstrations during Airventure.

Airbus A350. Airbus A350. Airbus A350. Airbus A350.

Posted 31 October 2015

Word Search Game Updated

Pause Button

Per a user request, I have added a pause function to my Word Search Game.

Pause can be activated by a button on the control panel in the lower right of the game window.

New Word Lists

I have also added two new word lists, "Geologic Time Scale" and "Math Terms".

Posted 26 October 2015

New Game Added

I've recently added a new browser game. It's a tile matching game called Tile Match.

When a new game is started, tiles randomly populate the board. Click on any two matching tiles, that are not blocked on either the left or right, and the tiles will be removed. The goal is to remove all tiles from play.

The initial version includes three tile sets, spacecraft, card suits and brushed runes. Each tile set includes 108 tiles, comprised of 27 images, each repeated four times. Four tile layout designs are available.

Features

Tile matching game.

A shuffle button is available if the player reaches a point where no tile matches are available. However, only two shuffles are available for each game.

Selecting the "Hint" button will highlight a pair of matching tiles.

The game uses some basic animations and sound effects. Buttons are available to turn these features off if desired.

Future Upgrades

Tile matching game options.

Future upgrades might include a scoring system. A player might earn a point for each pair of tiles matched, with bonus points awarded for matching several tile pairs in quick succession, or for matching two sets of identical tiles in a row. Higher scores would allow the player to earn extra shuffles.

If I do implement a scoring system, I might add additional tile sets and tile layouts.

Posted 19 September 2015

New Games Added

I've recently added a pair of new browser games, Blackjack and Memory.

Both of these games should work with the touch-screen on mobile devices. Most of my previous games require a mouse as the input device and do not work properly with touch-screens.

NOTE: I'm finding that the games are not loading consistently on some devices. If the games do not open, try refreshing the page.

Blackjack

Blackjack card game.

Here is my version of the popular casino game, Blackjack.

Players start by placing a bet. By default, a $5 bet will be placed automatically. Players can increase the bet by clicking on the chips at the lower left. To decrease a bet, click on the chips in the "Bet" area.

To deal the cards, click on the deck of cards in the upper right. Once the cards are dealt, a pop-up window will present players with several play options. Depending on the circumstances, the options can include "Hit", "Stand", "Double Down", or "Split".

Players, if presented with cards of the same rank on the initial deal, may be given the option to split the hand. (If the player lacks sufficient funds to match their current bet, the "split" option will not be presented.

Players can continue to press "Hit" until they bust, or until they press "Stand".

This game does not currently support surrendering or insurance.

Memory

Memory card game.

Memory is the type of game where users are presented with an array of face-down playing cards. Players turn the cards over, two at a time, trying to find matching cards. If matching cards are selected, they will remain face up. The goal is to have all cards face up.

The game allows users to choose from three difficulty levels, based on the number of cards involved.

Game stats, such as number of plays made, percent complete, and elapsed time, are included at the bottom of the game. When a game is complete, click anywhere on the game display to open the game menu.

Posted 12 November 2013

Photos From My Visit to Airventure 2013

Ford Tri-Motor Ride

While at the convention, I took a ride on a Ford Tri-Motor.

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Photo Sets Added to the Aviation Galleries

Below are links to new photo sets for several aircraft. I have also added photos of three more DC-3 / C-47 aircraft to the airliners page

Hawker Sea Fury at Oshkosh

Hawker Sea Fury

The Hawker Sea Fury was a fighter operated by the Royal Navy. The aircraft entered service in the mid 1940's.

(9 Photos)

Mig 15 fighter.

MiG 15

Manufactured by Mikoyan-Gurevich, the Soviet MiG-15 first flew during the late 1940's.

(9 Photos)

Mig 21 fighter.

MiG 21

Manufactured by Mikoyan-Gurevich, the Soviet MiG-21 first flew during the mid 1950's.

(9 Photos)

OV-1 Mohawk at Oshkosh

OV-1 Mohawk

The OV-1 Mohawk was an American attack and observation aircraft. The OV-1 was manufactured by Grumman and first flew in 1959.

(15 Photos)

PBY Catalina aircraft.

PBY Catalina

The PBY Catalina was a flying boat used by the United States and several allied countries. The Catalina was manufactured by Consolidated Aircraft and entered service in the mid 1930's.

(16 Photos)

P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft.

P-40 Warhawk

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk first flew during the late 1930's.

(10 Photos)

SB2C Helldiver

SB2C Helldiver

Built by Curtiss, the SB2C was an American carrier-based dive bomber. The aircraft entered service in the early 1940's.

(11 Photos)

Posted 5 November 2013

Game Descriptions

Opening the "Games" link on the menu above now opens a page containing descriptions for several browser games I've created.

The games are made using HTML 5 and JavaScript. I've tested the games in current versions of Firefox and Chrome. Many of these games do not work properly in older browsers.

Several more games are in progress and I will be uploading them in the future.

Posted 16 July 2013

Some Photos of a Fire at the Former Consumers Energy Building on May 31st.

A fire at the former Consumers Energy headquarters building briefly trapped several workers on Friday afternoon. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and rescue the trapped workers. No injuries were reported.

The building has been undergoing demolition for the last several months.

The building is only a few blocks from my apartment, so I was able to take some photos of the action.

Photos

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More information about the fire can be found at the following link.

MLIVE coverage of fire.

Posted 1 June 2013

New Artwork Added

I've added several new renders to my artwork page.

Anaglyph 3D Images

I've started experimenting with 3-D renders for some of my models. These images require red / cyan 3D anaglyph glasses for proper viewing.

3D version of HMS Beagle model. 3D version of ore mining machine model.

Industry models. Industry at night render.

Industrial Park at Night

Inspired by watching buildings and roads pass below while flying into Detroit Metro Airport after dark.

The scene shows a typical collection of light industry and commercial buildings. The final design was completely lit from within the scene. No external lights were used. The scene is fictional and does not represent an actual location.


Render of Whaling ship model.

Got Him!

An alternate history piece based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". In this time-line, Ahab and the crew, after a short and largely uneventful chase, have successfully killed Moby Dick. The try-works are fired up and the crew is preparing to render the great leviathan into lamp oil.

His plan for vengeance carried out successfully, Ahab would retire from whaling upon returning to Nantucket. Earning his living as a landscape painter of only marginal talent, Ahab spent his remain years in relative obscurity.

Posted 28 December 2012

Some Photos of Ongoing Demolitions in Jackson

Two major buildings are coming down in Jackson. One is a former Sheraton hotel, while the other formerly served as headquarters for Consumers Energy.

A few years ago, the empty hotel was used to film a Sony commercial featuring Alice Cooper. The video can be seen on YouTube.

Hotel Demolition

Photos Taken on December 7th

Sheraton hotel demolition in Jackson. Sheraton hotel demolition in Jackson. Sheraton hotel being demolished. Sheraton hotel demolition in Jackson. Equipment destroying former Sheraton hotel.

Photos Taken on December 25th

Sheraton hotel and Grand river. View of Sheraton hotel demolition in Jackson. Sheraton hotel demolition in Jackson. View of Sheraton hotel from across river. Demolition equipment in parking lot.

Preparing the Former Consumers Energy Building for Demolition in 2013

Photos Taken on December 25th

Consumers Energy building demolition in Jackson. Consumers Energy building demolition in Jackson. Consumers Energy building demolition in Jackson. Scaffolding at Consumers Energy building.

Posted 27 December 2012

Visit to the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Just wanted to upload a few photos from a visit to the Michigan Renaissance Festival.

The annual event is located near Holly, Michigan and operated on weekends from August 18 thru September 30th this year.

Hundreds of performers and vendors provided a variety of entertainment, food and craft items. Special demonstrations included jousting, fencing and falconry.

I had a good time and will try to visit again next year.

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Posted 13 October 2012

Jackson Civil War Muster

Some photos from my visit to the 2012 Jackson Civil War Muster. The event was held on August 25 and 26 this year.

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Posted 13 October 2012

EAA Airventure

I visited EAA-AirVenture in July. One special event this time was a performance by the group Tora, Tora, Tora. The group, associated with the Commemorative Air Force, flew a number of replica aircraft depicting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

I looked through my Airventure 2012 photos and added some new photo-sets to my archives. Updates include images for a UH-60 Blackhawk, an EA-6B Prowler, an Airbus A-300, and a McDonnell Douglas DC-10.

I have rearranged the photo galleries a little. Helicopters are now on their own page.

Photos

Formation of planes at Oshkosh. Formation of planes at Oshkosh. Formation of planes at Oshkosh. Tora tora tora at Oshkosh. Formation of planes at Oshkosh. Tora tora tora performance. JU-52 Tri-motor transport. C-5 Galaxy tranport airctaft. C-17 tranport airctaft EA-6B Prowler canopies. UH-60 Blackhawk Airbus 300 at Airventure Orbis DC-10 at Airventure Orbis DC-10 at Airventure Police car with loud speaker at Oshkosh.

Posted 3 October 2012

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