Yesterday, during the SOPA Wikipedia blackout, I posted a funny tweet following the #FactsWithoutWikipedia hashtag that trended across Twitter. Apparently, someone in Toronto thought it was funny because later in the day, I got a tweet from someone saying my contribution to #FactsWithoutWikipedia had been published in a Toronto Star article. I won't repost the... Continue Reading →
When I was in high school, I got a job at the local movie theater during my junior year. It was a pretty sweet deal. They would pay me $4.25 an hour, and I would come home smelling like popcorn... ALL THE TIME!
So, it's been nearly a year and a half since I last posted a blog entry. I should feel a little guilty about this, but I really don't. To catch you up, I did end up moving to Washington, D.C. to accept a prestigious job with the government. It was a pretty decent job with... Continue Reading →
While my dad was in town, I brought him down to the basement so we could do some work on the machine. Sadly, the only thing we accomplished was updating the game software from revision LX-4 (an export version) to L-6 (the most current domestic version). Changing this chip out is pretty easy. Use a... Continue Reading →
For the past several days, I’ve been evaluating the pinball machine trying to figure out what it does well, and what it isn’t doing well at all. The good news is that the two talking dummies on the playfield work perfectly. The eyes move, eyelids close, and mouths open. Having all that work is not... Continue Reading →
Today, I drove from the DC area to Southern New Jersey to pick up a machine I had been looking for since 2006... “Road Show.” I’m a big fan of pinball machines designed by Pat Lawlor. He designed what is arguably the best pinball machine of the modern age... Twilight Zone. It’s nearly impossible to... Continue Reading →
Almost immediately after deciding to quit the Air Force, my attention turned to finding a job to replace it.
When you're in the Air Force, there comes a time when you have to think about punching out. There are many meanings to "punching out," but there are only two that matter.
Well, two weeks ago, I finally figured out the source of my power problems... a very obscured shorted out wire. After resolving the short and resoldering a few solenoids, the power problem went away. To my amazement, all my other switch and lighting problems went away at the same time. Today I replaced the flippers,... Continue Reading →