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Broderbund Toy Shop circa 1986 IBM PC XT

So this little gem was in one of the bins I had not yet gone through after moving here last summer. I remember building many of these printable projects off of my XT when I was a kid :)

This jet dragster actually worked really well.

Now.. hopefully you can read the caption above, because this thing was awesome. Once you created it all you had to do was spin it and look through the slit and you would see a mini-movie. As the caption states, this invention was called the “wheel of the devil” in the 1800s by the English - further evidence that white men in power have never been able to handle new things they didn’t create or approve of themselves.

The balancing jet actually sat on my nightstand for more than a year ;-)

The best for last..

I made this Carousel and gave it to my little sister as a gift on her brthday. It was a difficult one to build, but it worked. I also enhanced it by buying a musical birthday card and taking the music mechanism out. I added a little slider to it so you could turn the music on and off and crank the carousel. ;-)

I am hoping to build a retro PC soon, as well as an Apple IIe. If I can fire this baby up, I may be able to make something for one of my nieces or nephews. 

In all, I cleared 5 bins of memories in one day.. not too shabby. I kept all of the good stuff!

I will continue to occasionally post about all of my retro PC, Atari, Commodore, and Apple gear.

-Ari

My goal in sharing my transition is to represent transgender people in the positive light that we all deserve. Re-blogs are always okay if they are for this purpose, but if you are a fetish blog or fetish website then I want nothing to do with you and you do not have my permission to use my images.

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HA actually posted something on my youtube for once, figured out how to use movie maker

So, this was an old project of mine over the summer of last year that never got finished due to me being both lazy and busy. I still want to remake it, which I will sometime whenever i get the chance, but i really wanted to show what I had so far of it.

It was going to be a song comic thing?? idk what they are called, but it was going to be an Eddsworld one. This was also going to include many red army sonas, which was coming up next until I couldn’t get an idea of how the rest of the video should go xD

but for now, have this small part of it

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Summary: You’re having a friends with benefits thing with calum, but he changes his mind.
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Sun in Gemini / Astrology 101

When I think of Gemini, I remember what it felt like to be a kid and anxiously count down the days until the school year was over. Of course, it wasn’t a tormenting anxiety, it was more of a restlessness, a vital need to explore the world beyond the structure of class times and seeing the same people and having to follow the same rules every day. There was so much to look forward to. The days were bright and colorful and I awaited with much excitement the freedom to fly away into the endless potential for fun which was summertime.

The end of spring is still one of my favorite times of the year. For many, school is out, or about to be out, and summer vacation is right around the corner. Plans to visit new places and people, start on various kinds of projects, and do new, fun and exciting things of all kinds are being made, loosely that is—you never know when a better idea might pop up. The world is vast and abound with rich experiences and the purpose of life is to get a taste of each and every one of them.

The Gemini mentality is just that. Life is too interesting to get caught up in any one thing too seriously for too long. This is why Geminis are generally very intelligent. They are eternally curious about everything and often know at least a bit about any particular thing. It’s a childlike sign, since it is only the third one. It represents the psychological stage of human development where children start to think. They start to ask questions like “why” and “how”, and there is a fascination with nearly everything since life is still so fresh and unexplored.

As an air sign, the Geminian characteristics are all mental. People who are strongly influenced by Gemini are always thinking. Gemini’s ruling planet is Mercury, which symbolizes the mental plane, communication, and speed. Add those three elements into the Gemini recipe and you will get a fast thinker.

Geminis have a constant chatter inside their heads that is incredibly perceptive about the world around them, not missing any detail, similar to the sponge-like quality of a child’s mind. This is why they are known as the biggest talkers of the zodiac. Their constant brain chatter needs to go somewhere, but they’re also quite entertaining with how they communicate. They are gifted at language and can articulate concepts with wit, wordplay, and a dash of their broad imagination. So even though they love to talk (the more introverted ones tend to make great writers), they are rarely ever boring to listen to or have a conversation with, and due to their extensive knowledge, they’ll usually teach you something you never knew before. Overall, they are lighthearted and have a good sense of humor. Remember, this sign is more like a child than a professor. They just want to have fun in the end.

The darkside of Gemini is typified as two things: their superficiality and their two-facedness. Can they be superficial or two-faced? Totally. But these characteristics are usually ascribed to them from a misunderstanding of the essential nature of the Gemini archetype.

Its two main symbols are the butterfly and the twins. The butterfly just wants to roam free, never staying at a single flower for too long. As I mentioned before, the world is just too damn big and interesting to take anything too seriously. It’s a much better idea then, from that perspective, to take something seriously for a bit and then move on to the next thing. Why would a butterfly stay at a single flower when there are literally millions of flowers and they are all so diverse and beautiful. This mentality applies to everything.

Another thing about Gemini is its inherent duality. In Greek Mythology there is a story about a set of twins, Pollux and Castor, who made a peculiar deal with Zues when one of them died. While one twin stayed in heaven and enjoyed a life of divinity, the other twin had to be on earth and deal with the reality of mortality. After a while they would switch places. The mortal twin would go up to heaven and the divine twin would come back down to be a human, and during this exchange, they would meet again, albeit briefly, and share what they had experienced. But they could never both be in the same place at the same time. In a metaphorical sense, this cycle of perfection and immortality and imperfection and mortality is a reality to Geminis. Its manifestation produces a personality type that is emotionally and mentally inconsistent. They will hold a certain perception one day, and then just as strongly hold a seemingly contradicting one the next day. It may make them seem fickle, but they certainly are not liars. If they say something or do something in one moment, they really mean it, no matter how differently they may think or feel later on. Gemini is a mutable sign, and is therefore not committed to any one kind of perception. To try to control the changeability of Gemini is to trap the butterfly that just wants to be free by all means.

Several lessons can be learned during the Sun in Gemini transit, one of them being learning itself. This is a perfect time to learn about anything that sparks one’s curiosity. We may not want to delve too deeply into any certain topic, but instead dabble with various hobbies, or read more articles and magazines rather than books or volumes. The world’s conversations are tinted with a sort of childhood wonder. We may find ourselves Googling just about any random topic: How do slugs reproduce? Who invented money? If God created Satan why is Satan evil? Why do we dream?

But perhaps the most important lesson during Gemini season is learning how to balance our inner polarities. We often look at the world as if things may only be viewed through either a spiritual and intuitive lens or a rational and realistic lens, seeing both as mutually exclusive. The truth is that they are both real and valuable, just as a Gemini native will fully believe both kinds of perceptions, although rarely ever at the same time. The key here is to integrate one’s inner divine nature and one’s mortal human body, one’s feminine energies and one’s masculine energies. This is ultimately the alchemical purpose of the Gemini Sun and Moon.

This is my favorite sign for various reasons. When I’m around a Gemini I feel comfortable being myself because I get a kind of, “You’re weird. I like you,” reaction from them, and if you’re someone like me who indulges in some pretty crazy ideas you’ll find that Geminis will always keep an open mind to them. The weirder you are, the more they like you. It’s the child in them that is simply fascinated by the funniness of life itself. I love them because they are Childhood Awe and Wonder, a precious vision many of us have forgotten. I love them because they always remind me.