Montage – BAGI Glass Pumpkin Festival 2023

Montage – BAGI Glass Pumpkin Festival 2023

The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) held their annual Glass Pumpkin Festival at Santana Row (San Jose, CA) from Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8, 2023. Numerous glass pumpkins, acorns, and skulls available for sale. Proceeds from the sales of glass pumpkins will fund the non-profit to help students learn the fine art of glassblowing.

Glassblowing Demo – BAGI Glass Pumpkin Festival 2023

Glassblowing Demo – BAGI Glass Pumpkin Festival 2023

The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) held its annual glass pumpkin festival at Santana Row in San Jose, CA, from Friday, October 6, 2018, through Sunday, October 8, 2019. Proceeds from the sales of glass pumpkins will fund the non-profit to help students learn the fine art of glassblowing.

Due to the outdoor temperature being an unusually high 95F degrees for October, my iPhone XR shut down after recording 12 minutes of video. My video doesn’t include how to make and attach a stem to the glass pumpkin.

Fan Expo SF 2023 Hobbit Guest Announcement

Fan Expo SF 2023 Hobbit Guest Announcement

I mentioned the Mark Hamill Live panel for Friday, November 24, 2023, at 8:00 PM in my previous video. What I didn’t mention was that Ewan McGregor has his own Live panel for Sunday, November 26, 2023, at 2:30PM. If Mark Hamill has a panel on Friday, and Ewan McGregor has a panel on Sunday, what about Saturday?

The Hobbits from “The Lord of The Rings” will have their own panel at Fan Expo San Francisco 2023, celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Return of The King.”

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Fan Expo SF 2023 Massive Star Wars Guest Announcements

Fan Expo SF 2023 Massive Star Wars Guest Announcements

Fan Expo San Francisco 2023 had announced a new guest on Instagram every Thursday for the last several months. Last week was different with a new Star Wars guest announcement every day. The biggest announcement was the return of Mark Hamill since his last con appearance in 2017. I’ll go into detail about Mark Hamill and briefly cover the other guest announcements.

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Watching Gran Turismo Movie on ScreenX

Watching Gran Turismo Movie on ScreenX

When I saw an early screening of “Gran Turismo,” the end credits had a format logo that I haven’t seen before. Most movies will have the format logo for Dolby Cinema and/or IMAX. “Gran Turismo” had a ScreenX format logo.

What is ScreenX?

ScreenX offers a panoramic viewing experience by projecting the movie on three screens. Since I enjoyed watching “Gran Turismo” on IMAX, I saw the movie on ScreenX.

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Visiting The Taco Bell Cantina At Oakridge Mall

Visiting The Taco Bell Cantina at Oakridge Mall

The last time I ate at Taco Bell was in Boulder City, Nevada. Halfway between Las Vegas and Hoover Dam. I had a quesadilla and a soda for lunch. That was ten years ago.

Since then, I stop eating out every day and ate at home to save money. When I do eat out, it’s three to five times per year.

I visited the newly opened Taco Bell Cantina at Oakridge Mall last week. Not the Taco Bell I grew up with for the last 50 years.

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I QUIT Drinking Soda 1 Year Ago

I QUIT Drinking Soda ! Year Ago

I used to drink two bottles of Diet Pepsi every week. One bottle for after work, one bottle for the weekend. That weekly habit cost $10 per month. Soda was always on sale.

That changed during the pandemic. The weekly habit became a daily habit of one bottle per day. That daily habit cost $100 per month. Soda was no longer on sale.

I quit drinking soda one year ago.

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Why You NEED to DUST OUT Your PC

Why You NEED to DUST OUT Your PC

I warned a friend that he needed to dust out the PC that I helped him build in 2020. If he doesn’t dust out his PC, the dust bunnies will torch a component that he can’t afford to replace. He ignored my advice for three years, as dusting out his PC would be a major chore.

The PC started having random crashes a few months ago. Since he was a member of the Windows 11 developer program, it was easy to blame Windows for the crashes.

As the random crashes became more frequent, the error messages pointed towards memory. I ran Memtest on the PC and found a ton of memory errors.

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Upgrading SAS Controller Card in TrueNAS File Server

Upgrading SAS Controller Card in TrueNAS File Server

Every year I clean up my TrueNAS file server and figure out what I need to replace or upgrade. This year I wanted to replace a 1TB hard drive with a 2TB hard drive and expand my storage from 5TB to 6TB. I wasn’t able to find 2TB hard drives on sale at a price I wanted to pay for.

And the dust bunnies put up a fierce fight.

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3 Years After SHAVING MY HEAD BALD During The Pandemic

3 Years After SHAVING MY HEAD BALD During The Pandemic

During the early months of the COVID-19 shutdown, I really needed a haircut. With the barbershops closed, I had to give myself a haircut. I used my electric trimmer to cut back my hair and my razor blade to shave my head bald.

That was three years ago.

I’m still shaving my head bald even though the world went back to normal and COVID-19 remains a lingering threat. Men who shaved off a full head of hair are confident, dominant and masculine. Otherwise known as the Bruce Willis effect.

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