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Found Deals and Discounts / Re: READ IN: Posting in this Section
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:05 AM »
FREE is the best discount I know of.

With me being out of work in recent years I found it difficult
if not impossible to rent movies or DVD's from local video
rental stores or even get out to watch a movie here or there
at area theaters, just haven't had the money to go out.

I thought about getting cable TV but again I'm barely
scraping by for the high speed internet through Spectrum
each month let alone bundling phone and cable TV too.

As recently as last week an online pal of mine in another
part of the country turned me onto a program called Kodi
, it's a program for your computer and they even have an
app for your tablet or smart phone, its basically a home
theater program that turns your computer, laptop, tablet,
or smart phone into a home theater system. The program
itself is rather mundane but it's magic lies in it's many
installable and downloadable Add-Ons (Content Providers)
that give you access to hundreds and even thousands of
online media repositories.....latest films and music videos
and just about every film you can think of can be found.
Programs, games, and music Add-Ons as well.

It even has an Add-On for YouTube and other such sites
that allow you to search and play the content in Kodi.

It's really easy to learn, their is quite a cult fallowing on
the internet for this gem of a program and how to video
tutorials are available in the program itself as well as on
YouTube for adding Add-Ons and Media Sources.

And did I mention all of the above is completely FREE?
Just run a Google Search for "Kodi" to download the
computer program, and you can get there app on the
Google Playstore for your devices such as tablets and
smart phones.  Enjoy.....I know I have been.

Carl Stone


Hello Everyone,

Carl Stone here from South Roxana, IL.
I have a background in industry as a CAD Drafter, Designer, Machinist, and Fabricator.
And I'm interested in getting into blacksmithing as an Artisan Blacksmith and Knife Maker.
Due to all the recent exportation of American Jobs I am kind of semi-retired at the moment.
My past employers and my shrink seem to think I need my own small shop instead of looking
for my next industry layoff in the job market, and I agree wholeheartedly.  The problem is
that banks and lenders are not lending for new business start-ups of any kind, and besides
it makes no sense for me to go into debt up to my ears before I even get my shop outfitted
and start making things to sell.  So at the advice of a few investment / hedge fund managers
I've put together an online fundraising campaign on

There's no pressure to contribute if you can't or choose not to at this time.
But one way or another no matter how long it takes me to raise the needed
funds to outfit my small artisan machine and fabrication shop, it's going to happen.
After nearly 20 years of industrial work experience in other shops, outfitting my
own small shop and business is the next natural progression for a technical career
such as mine.  In 2006, during yet another industry layoff I was informed that I
had achieved a higher level of formal education and industrial work experience
than that once possessed by the late inventor Thomas Alva Edison at the height
of his career while working with Nikola Tesla at General Electric.

Long story short......I need my own shop to do my own thing moving forward.
They pointed out to me, that neither Edison or Henry Ford either one had the
internet or CNC state of the art machine shop equipment at their disposal back
in their day....yet they accomplished more than most people today with all of
this technology and technological advancements at their disposal.

Things that make you go......"Hmm".

Living Room / Re: The end of replaceable batteries in smartphones
« on: March 20, 2017, 02:26 AM »
I guess they just expect us to recharge them until they won't hold
a charge anymore.....and then go out and get a new phone each
time that happens.  Sounds plausible.

Living Room / Re: quick poll, please vote! (2 questions only)
« on: March 20, 2017, 01:05 AM »
Luckily they have a few apps for that.....well sort of.
On the app store they have an app called "Ask the Ball".
It's a crystal ball app for your smart phone or tablet that
is surprisingly entertaining and addictive.   :)

Also they have other apps for tarot card spreads.

And last but not least.....I have a more direct method
that has nothing to do with apps, devices, or computers.
Get out of your chair and balance on the balls of your feet.
Clear your mind, then ask a yes or no question with the
utmost sincerity while balancing on the balls of your feet.
If you begin to lean forward.....the answer is yes.
If you begin to lean backward....the answer is no.

Though this method seems incredibly simple on the surface
it is only scratching the surface of a much broader subject.
Metaphysics and the possible existence of Real Magic.

I'm still learning the finer points of Dowsing and various
other aspects of Metaphysics, but I was surprised that I
could develop the ability to detect raw placer Gold with
a simple set of Copper Dowsing Rods as well as other
ferrous and nonferrous metals much like a metal detector.
Only, without a metal detector.   8)

I haven't used this new talent to build a fortune yet.
Motorcycle trips out west to prospect for Gold are not
the way to's actually bad for the back. And
sleeping on the ground is kind of rough after a week.
I'm going to need a motorhome that will provide a
roof over my head and a bed to sleep in at night.

So you might say I have some financial ground to
cover before I try doing that again any time soon.


Living Room / Re: The joy of seeing a first time forum poster
« on: March 19, 2017, 09:59 PM »
Hi Carl, welcome to the site  :Thmbsup:
(I'm in Champaign IL by the way).

Cool, nice to meet you man!!
Yeah I was born and raised down here on the
IL. side of the river across from St. Louis, MO.

I lived in Missouri for a while when I was married,
I worked over there most of the time so I figured
why not live over there.......then the divorce happened.

I'm semi-retired from industry right now trying to get
my own small shop going to do my own thing as somewhat
of an artisan of sort, making cutlery and other things out
of recycled steel and other recycled materials as well.
It's been slow going though since the banks and investment
firms aren't lending for new business start-ups.

Much like yourself, I've had to get creative.  Lol  :-[


Carl Stone here from a small town in Illinois near St. Louis, MO. called South Roxana, IL.
I'm 45 years old, been married and divorced, still recovering financially and otherwise from
all that.  I have a background in industry as a Drafter / CAD Designer / Machinist working with
both manual and CNC equipment.  In 2006 during yet another industry layoff I learned of some
striking similarities between Thomas Alva Edison's technical career and my own.

In the absence of decent employment opportunities in my field over the past decade due to
globalization and the exportation of industrial jobs, I have made it my mission to raise the funds
and resources necessary to outfit my own small home based artisan blacksmith and machine shop
to preserve the skills and practices that I was originally taught as a manual machine shop trainee
back in the early 1990's.  While my new shop's staple product line will be various forms of cutlery
that I will be making from recycled steel and other recycled materials, I hope to eventually get to
do some seat of the pants inventing like Edison used to do back in the day.   Not all of his work
as an inventor was popular.......but it was work that he thought was necessary at the time.

Like the self-sufficient electric automobile that recharged it's own batteries as it was driven.
It cost Edison his position at GE and almost cost him his job at the Ford Motor Company.
Everyone thought it couldn't be done, and laughed at him when he took the challenge.
When he provided a working prototype (pictured below) they all gasped and demanded
his ouster from GE's board of directors, citing a conflict of interest with GE's stockholders.
(Mostly Oil and  Petroleum Tycoons and Banking Executives of that day.)    :-\

Just think if Edison had the internet at his disposal back in the day
how much more he could have accomplished with what he was doing?
I'm setting up shop to try and do it find out.

And I could use some public support to get it up and running because
banks and investment firms want nothing to do with this effort or anything
similar to it, they regard my efforts as a conflict of interest since they are
all so heavily invested in oil and petroleum.

Any and all help and support to move this
effort forward is much appreciated.  Thanks.

Living Room / Re: The joy of seeing a first time forum poster
« on: March 19, 2017, 05:49 PM »

Hey guys,

Carl Stone here from South Roxana, Illinois here in the United States.
I recently downloaded the Find and Run Robot and found it to be a very
intuitive software tool for quickly finding and running specific programs.


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