Freebie Challange----December: It's Steampunk at the North Pole---Main Thread

mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 15,001
edited December 2015 in Freebies

It's that time of year, again.  You know the time.  Credit cards are hiding in fear, hordes of mindless creatures are roaming the streets and the radio is spewing the same old songs.

Time to sit back, dust off that freebie collection, assess you're options and have a blast rendering.

This month's theme is: It's Steampunk at the North Pole...so, break out the the goggles and give the holidays a little twist.

Standard rules apply....read them here: Official Freebie Challange Rules

And, no discussion of a contest would be complete without a list of prizes, right?

First Place: $15 store credit from DAZ3D

Second Place: $12 store credit from DAZ3D

Third Place: $8 store credit from DAZ3D

Oops...forgot to add it the other day, but there are also 2 $5 gift cards for Honorable Mentions.

So that is a total of 5 prize positions.

There will be a special holiday themed steampunk inspired hat, made by me for all entrants (not available until around the 15th).

And, of course any other prize donations will be gladly accepted.

PS: There is a tradition of mini-contests during this month.  More than likely there will be at least one of those, so keep monitoring this thread.

The contest ends December 31.

Entries thread is here.

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  • CherubitCherubit Posts: 792
    edited December 2015

    YAY STEAMPUNK! heart

    How does one make fluffy snow in Daz?! surprise

    And how those mini-contests work?

    Ahh I need to fix my good computer wifi! I'm using an old one that does not support DS atm crying (and I'm too jelly of my pc to just give it to other people to fix it for one week!)

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  • mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 15,001

    Mini-contests are explained in depth when they happen...

    As to 'fluffy' snow...easy in 3Delight using displacement, harder in Iray, but doable.

  • CherubitCherubit Posts: 792
    mjc1016 said:

    Mini-contests are explained in depth when they happen...

    As to 'fluffy' snow...easy in 3Delight using displacement, harder in Iray, but doable.

    Thank you for explaining :)

  • SaphirewildSaphirewild Posts: 4,358

    Dang I have no Steampunk freebies can someone guide me to some good links to some??

  • mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 15,001

    Down towards the bottom, REC has some Steampunk freebies listed.  She also has several cloth tiles and resource listings.

    https://redeyecat.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/an-impromptu-theme-steampunk-fairy-tales/

  • SaphirewildSaphirewild Posts: 4,358
    mjc1016 said:

    Down towards the bottom, REC has some Steampunk freebies listed.  She also has several cloth tiles and resource listings.

    https://redeyecat.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/an-impromptu-theme-steampunk-fairy-tales/

    Thanks for this MJC now I am off tolook for more freebies!!

  • nitehawk_ltdnitehawk_ltd Posts: 378
    edited December 2015

    Steampunk X-mas party

    The party is just starting.

    No count: Aiko3, Hiro3, Mike3.
    Paid: Aiko catsuit

    Couple 1:
    Stove pipe hat
    Goggles
    Jingle Bell hair
    Myrel Nazgul A3 - Rendo no link
    Prankish Gem
    PG part 2
    Pantyhose tex #
    Hat #
    Hair Hr-000-V4 - Mankaho, no link
    Satu H3 #
    Still Life outfit #
    Coat texture #
    Vest & pants texture #
    Harmony & Discord boots - Adzan, no link

    Couple 2:
    Western hat hair bottom of page
    Summer A3 #
    A3 long sleeve - RDNA no link
    A3 Belt vest
    A3 Jeans pants
    Goth boots
    Gunbelt & Pistol
    Sci Fi Officer - skin tex & hair #
    Long sleeve shirt - 2 down
    Paratrooper pants - Vanishing Point no link
    Boots - mt.55 no link
    Cowboy hat
    Gun holster page 5 - 2 down on right
    45 auto pistol - Rendo, no link

    Maid:
    Valens Hair for A3 #
    Natasha #
    A3-maid-set
    Tray & glasses #

    Room:
    Floor & walls #
    Celing lamp
    Christmas wall banner made from art found on web.
    Steampunk x-mas tree - RDNA no link
    Couch #
    Coffee table #
    Gingerbread house from DAZ 2006 X-mas giveaway
    Robo Nativity 19 down
    Wrapped gift box #
    Blue bows on wall & blue box
    Round table #
    Brownies & cookies #
    Serving plate #
    Slider burgers - Poserworld
    Box of chocolates - no link

    Poses from several sets adjusted with some dial tweaking.
    # free site registration required.

    Software used:
    Paint Shop Pro 7
    Rendered in DAZ Studio 3A no postwork

    What surprises me is how many props that I've used for years have been taken down.

    steampunk-xmas.jpg
    2000 x 1455 - 2M
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  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 10,982

    Steampunk X-mas party

    The party is just starting.

    What surprises me is how many props that I've used for years have been taken down.

    Good one!  Looks like the party is off to a good start!

    Dana

  • mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 15,001
    edited December 2015

    Steampunk X-mas party

    The party is just starting.

    No count: Aiko3, Hiro3, Mike3.
    Paid: Aiko catsuit

    Couple 1:
    Stove pipe hat
    Goggles
    Jingle Bell hair
    Myrel Nazgul A3 - Rendo no link
    Prankish Gem
    PG part 2
    Pantyhose tex #
    Hat #
    Hair Hr-000-V4 - Mankaho, no link
    Satu H3 #
    Still Life outfit #
    Coat texture #
    Vest & pants texture #
    Harmony & Discord boots - Adzan, no link

    Couple 2:
    Western hat hair bottom of page
    Summer A3 #
    A3 long sleeve - RDNA no link
    Belt vest & Jeans pants - Poser Club, no link
    Goth boots
    Gun belt & pistol - Planetvixens, no link
    Sci Fi Officer - skin tex & hair #
    Long sleeve shirt - 2 down
    Paratrooper pants - Vanishing Point no link
    Boots - mt.55 no link
    Cowboy hat
    Gun holster page 5 - 2 down on right
    45 auto pistol - Rendo, no link

    Maid:
    Valens Hair for A3 #
    Natasha #
    A3-maid-set
    Tray & glasses #

    Room:
    Floor & walls #
    Celing lamp
    Christmas wall banner made from art found on web.
    Steampunk x-mas tree - RDNA no link
    Couch #
    Coffee table #
    Gingerbread house from DAZ 2006 X-mas giveaway
    Robo Nativity 19 down
    Wrapped gift box #
    Blue bows on wall & blue box
    Round table #
    Brownies & cookies #
    Serving plate #
    Slider burgers - Poserworld
    Box of chocolates - no link

    Poses from several sets adjusted with some dial tweaking.
    # free site registration required.

    Software used:
    Paint Shop Pro 7
    Rendered in DAZ Studio 3A no postwork

    What surprises me is how many props that I've used for years have been taken down.

    All the links, except Yamoto's A3 Maid set check out...but I think the link is messed up, because I just was there two nights ago and it was available through the Archive.

    There's definitely enough without it.

    You are good.  Entry accepted.

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  • nitehawk_ltdnitehawk_ltd Posts: 378
    edited December 2015

    Comment removed, fixed bad spelling in link.

    Post edited by nitehawk_ltd on
  • Skywalker77Skywalker77 Posts: 425
    edited December 2015

    Steampunk X-mas party

    The party is just starting.

    No count: Aiko3, Hiro3, Mike3.
    Paid: Aiko catsuit

     

    5 days in to the month and we already have an entry?!  Wow, Nitehawk, you are just crankin' em out!  laugh

    Nice job!  Great little details like the little rovers next to the Nativity scene!  Hmmm, now I envision the "little Drummer Boy" being made of tin!  Thanks for the links to all those cool props.  I haven't seen a lot of these before!

    Post edited by Skywalker77 on
  • Skywalker77Skywalker77 Posts: 425
    edited December 2015

    mjc1016, count me in for $5 gift cards for the HMs this month!  (Gotta finish off the year strong!) wink

    This is going to be a challenging theme for me​ this month!  I have never done a "steampunk" render before, and I know practically nothing about it, so this should be very interesting.  LOL.  

    I've done some Googling and it seems that no one seems to be able to pin it down either, so I am very interested to see how everyone interprets this month's theme too! 

     

     

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  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 29,849
    edited December 2015

    mjc1016, count me in for $5 gift cards for the HMs this month!  (Gotta finish off the year strong!) wink

    This is going to be a challenging theme for me​ this month!  I have never done a "steampunk" render before, and I know practically nothing about it, so this should be very interesting.  LOL.  

    I've done some Googling and it seems that no one seems to be able to pin it down either, so I am very interested to see how everyone interprets this month's theme too! 

     

     

    Stick some gears on it and call it SteamPunk

    Steampunk Style

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  • Skywalker77Skywalker77 Posts: 425
    edited December 2015
    Chohole said:

    mjc1016, count me in for $5 gift cards for the HMs this month!  (Gotta finish off the year strong!) wink

    This is going to be a challenging theme for me​ this month!  I have never done a "steampunk" render before, and I know practically nothing about it, so this should be very interesting.  LOL.  

    I've done some Googling and it seems that no one seems to be able to pin it down either, so I am very interested to see how everyone interprets this month's theme too! 

     

     

    Stick some gears on it and call it SteamPunk

    That was awesome!!     Actually that video was probably one of the most informative treatise on steampunk I've actually seen so far!  Thank you!

     

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  • SaphirewildSaphirewild Posts: 4,358

    I am still in the works with my render for this month looking for the right kinda steampunk clothing right now for it.

  • DollyGirlDollyGirl Posts: 2,163
    Chohole said:

    mjc1016, count me in for $5 gift cards for the HMs this month!  (Gotta finish off the year strong!) wink

    This is going to be a challenging theme for me​ this month!  I have never done a "steampunk" render before, and I know practically nothing about it, so this should be very interesting.  LOL.  

    I've done some Googling and it seems that no one seems to be able to pin it down either, so I am very interested to see how everyone interprets this month's theme too! 

     

     

    Stick some gears on it and call it SteamPunk

    Steampunk Style

    And here you go:

    Free Stuff Links
    Gears for Poser by James Miller and Rick Ricci http://www.sharecg.com/v/40840/browse/11/Poser/Gears-for-Poser
    Gizmo Set 1 by McGyver http://www.sharecg.com/v/61763/gallery/11/Poser/Gizmo-Set-1
    KB-Gears by Kari "http://www.sharecg.com/v/74786/browse/11/Poser/KB-Gears
    Steam Punk Cogs and Gears (Part 3) by Bad Faerie http://www.sharecg.com/v/50772/gallery/11/Poser/Steam-Punk-Cogs-and-Gears-Part-3
    Steampunk Gear by Kethaera http://kethaera.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Gear-for-Poser-149857641
  • Lord GanthorLord Ganthor Posts: 592
    edited December 2015

    Louie's Steampunk Xmas

    Xmas at da Nort' Pole? Wadda I wanna go t' da Nort' Pole for? I'm already in da Nort'! If I goes any farther nort' I'll be in Yonkers! Besides, I gots everyt'ing I needs for a Merry Xmas right here! Seriously, tho'...I loves dis time a year. Really! Alla da lights and decorations, alla da great Xmas foods dat people are bringin' by alla da time. Hey! Let's not forget alla dat special Xmas beer dat comes out dis time a' year. But I tells you what, it gits 'spencive runnin' alla dem Xmas lights all night long. Electrical don't come cheap dese days. It don't grows on trees...not even Xmas trees! Dat's when I hits onna idea. I wuz down at da scrap yard de udda day and I sees dat somebody t'rew out a perfectly good sauna furnace and a pretty good heat exchanger, jus' layin' dere in da junk. So, I hauls it home figurin' I could uses it somehow or other. Dat's when I gits a'nudder idea. Down to da train yards dere's coal layin' 'round everywhere, just for da takin'. I hauls a bunch'a dat home and sits t' woirk convertin' alla dis junk inta sumthin' really cool. I hadda make a few modifications to da ole apartment...which didn't sits too well wit da landloard or da building super, but, eh...dey'll gits over it. Anyways, a few hours later I'd rigged up my own steam converter! An' wotts da foist t'ing I does? I hooked up da old Xmas tree and dere ya goes! Da woild's foist steam powered Xmas tree, lights an' all! So now I git's my Xmas lights on da cheap wit' a cozy li'l fireplace t' boot! Now I kin just sits back an enjoy a few of dem special, once in a year Xmas beers! An' dat's da best t'ing...I kin sits right here an' not have t' woiry 'bout no Xmas Beer Zombies comin' after my stash. I guess it's just too cold for 'em! Funny, I figured dat dey'd like da cold, seein' how dey's all rottin' away and stuff...

    1.) Heat Exchanger 12th From Top. 3DS Format.*
    2.) Cable Construction Kit  9th From Top.
    4.) Knife Switch  Obj. File. Registration Required.
    5.) Steampunk Style Lever Registration Required.*
    6.) Red Couch  Registration Required.
    7.) Santa Hat  Registration Required.
    8.) Steam Whistle  3DS Format. Registration Required.*
    9.) Steampunk Pipe Accessories (Part 2): Valve 3   Registration Required.
    10.) Steampunk Pipe Accessories (Part 2): Gauges  Registration Required.
    11.) Pipes for steampunk and other scenes.   Registration Required.
    12.) Big Candy Cane  Registration Required.
    13.) MMChristmasDForA3   Boston's  "Antlers" 4th Row, 3rd Item.
    14.) Christmas Poinsettias  Top of Page.
    15.)  ...and, of course, dat %@#! mutt Boston   4th Item from Top.

    The only item that's M.I.A. is the Christmas Tree. I've had it laying around for years and is no longer available. I think it came from Renderosity 6 or 7 years ago. Too bad, it's a nice little tree.

    * Indicates an untextured or shader dependent model that required texturing in Bryce.

    The 3DS items in this render were converted to the .obj format using Poseray, available At This Site. Free and easy to use.

    As always, figure set-up in DAZ Studio 4.7 and final render in Bryce 7. No postwork save for addition of signature and copyright notice. Once again, leaving out all the usual Louie stuff, 'cause we've seen it all before.

    Louie's Steampunk Christmas.jpg
    1100 x 850 - 917K
    Post edited by Lord Ganthor on
  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 10,982

    Louie's Steampunk Xmas

    Xmas at da Nort' Pole? Wadda I wanna go t' da Nort' Pole for? I'm already in da Nort'! If I goes any farther nort' I'll be in Yonkers! Besides, I gots everyt'ing I needs for a Merry Xmas right here! Seriously, tho'...I loves dis time a year. Really! Alla da lights and decorations, alla da great Xmas foods dat people are bringin' by alla da time. Hey! Let's not forget alla dat special Xmas beer dat comes out dis time a' year. But I tells you what, it gits 'spencive runnin' alla dem Xmas lights all night long. Electrical don't come cheap dese days. It don't grows on trees...not even Xmas trees! Dat's when I hits onna idea. I wuz down at da scrap yard de udda day and I sees dat somebody t'rew out a perfectly good sauna furnace and a pretty good heat exchanger, jus' layin' dere in da junk. So, I hauls it home figurin' I could uses it somehow or other. Dat's when I gits a'nudder idea. Down to da train yards dere's coal layin' 'round everywhere, just for da takin'. I hauls a bunch'a dat home and sits t' woirk convertin' alla dis junk inta sumthin' really cool. I hadda make a few modifications to da ole apartment...which didn't sits too well wit da landloard or da building super, but, eh...dey'll gits over it. Anyways, a few hours later I'd rigged up my own steam converter! An' wotts da foist t'ing I does? I hooked up da old Xmas tree and dere ya goes! Da woild's foist steam powered Xmas tree, lights an' all! So now I git's my Xmas lights on da cheap wit' a cozy li'l fireplace t' boot! Now I kin just sits back an enjoy a few of dem special, once in a year Xmas beers! An' dat's da best t'ing...I kin sits right here an' not have t' woiry 'bout no Xmas Beer Zombies comin' after my stash. I guess it's just too cold for 'em! Funny, I figured dat dey'd like da cold, seein' how dey's all rottin' away and stuff...

    Great!  What an imaginitive setup!

    Dana

  • mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 15,001

    Louie's Steampunk Xmas

    Xmas at da Nort' Pole? Wadda I wanna go t' da Nort' Pole for? I'm already in da Nort'! If I goes any farther nort' I'll be in Yonkers! Besides, I gots everyt'ing I needs for a Merry Xmas right here! Seriously, tho'...I loves dis time a year. Really! Alla da lights and decorations, alla da great Xmas foods dat people are bringin' by alla da time. Hey! Let's not forget alla dat special Xmas beer dat comes out dis time a' year. But I tells you what, it gits 'spencive runnin' alla dem Xmas lights all night long. Electrical don't come cheap dese days. It don't grows on trees...not even Xmas trees! Dat's when I hits onna idea. I wuz down at da scrap yard de udda day and I sees dat somebody t'rew out a perfectly good sauna furnace and a pretty good heat exchanger, jus' layin' dere in da junk. So, I hauls it home figurin' I could uses it somehow or other. Dat's when I gits a'nudder idea. Down to da train yards dere's coal layin' 'round everywhere, just for da takin'. I hauls a bunch'a dat home and sits t' woirk convertin' alla dis junk inta sumthin' really cool. I hadda make a few modifications to da ole apartment...which didn't sits too well wit da landloard or da building super, but, eh...dey'll gits over it. Anyways, a few hours later I'd rigged up my own steam converter! An' wotts da foist t'ing I does? I hooked up da old Xmas tree and dere ya goes! Da woild's foist steam powered Xmas tree, lights an' all! So now I git's my Xmas lights on da cheap wit' a cozy li'l fireplace t' boot! Now I kin just sits back an enjoy a few of dem special, once in a year Xmas beers! An' dat's da best t'ing...I kin sits right here an' not have t' woiry 'bout no Xmas Beer Zombies comin' after my stash. I guess it's just too cold for 'em! Funny, I figured dat dey'd like da cold, seein' how dey's all rottin' away and stuff...

    1.) Heat Exchanger 12th From Top. 3DS Format.*
    2.) Cable Construction Kit  9th From Top.
    4.) Knife Switch  Obj. File. Registration Required.
    5.) Steampunk Style Lever Registration Required.*
    6.) Red Couch  Registration Required.
    7.) Santa Hat  Registration Required.
    8.) Steam Whistle  3DS Format. Registration Required.*
    9.) Steampunk Pipe Accessories (Part 2): Valve 3   Registration Required.
    10.) Steampunk Pipe Accessories (Part 2): Gauges  Registration Required.
    11.) Pipes for steampunk and other scenes.   Registration Required.
    12.) Big Candy Cane  Registration Required.
    13.) MMChristmasDForA3   Boston's  "Antlers" 4th Row, 3rd Item.
    14.) Christmas Poinsettias  Top of Page.
    15.)  ...and, of course, dat %@#! mutt Boston   4th Item from Top.

    The only item that's M.I.A. is the Christmas Tree. I've had it laying around for years and is no longer available. I think it came from Renderosity 6 or 7 years ago. Too bad, it's a nice little tree.

    * Indicates an untextured or shader dependent model that required texturing in Bryce.

    The 3DS items in this render were converted to the .obj format using Poseray, available At This Site. Free and easy to use.

    As always, figure set-up in DAZ Studio 4.7 and final render in Bryce 7. No postwork save for addition of signature and copyright notice. Once again, leaving out all the usual Louie stuff, 'cause we've seen it all before.

    All links check out...entry accepted. 

    A couple of those beers sound good right now.

  • mjc1016 said:

    All links check out...entry accepted. 

    A couple of those beers sound good right now

    I wish I could! Unfortunately, I got hit with a case of the shingles about 2 weeks ago (on Black Friday, no less) and it's gotten into my right eye and the right side of my face. With all the medication I'm on a couple of beers would be disastrous. More disaster I don't need right at the moment...

    While I'm thinking about it, when we repost our images in the Judging Thread do we have repost all of our links or just the image itself? I would think that since all the links are checked out in thread all we should need to do is post just the image...but then, I'm not runnin' the show...thank goodness. Tried it once and I'll never do it again. I just couldn't get organized that month...

  • mjc1016mjc1016 Posts: 15,001
    mjc1016 said:

    All links check out...entry accepted. 

    A couple of those beers sound good right now

    I wish I could! Unfortunately, I got hit with a case of the shingles about 2 weeks ago (on Black Friday, no less) and it's gotten into my right eye and the right side of my face. With all the medication I'm on a couple of beers would be disastrous. More disaster I don't need right at the moment...

    While I'm thinking about it, when we repost our images in the Judging Thread do we have repost all of our links or just the image itself? I would think that since all the links are checked out in thread all we should need to do is post just the image...but then, I'm not runnin' the show...thank goodness. Tried it once and I'll never do it again. I just couldn't get organized that month...

    As far as I'm concerned...just the images, but I'll check with those who's paygrade that kind thing is not above and post it.

  • nitehawk_ltdnitehawk_ltd Posts: 378
    edited December 2015

    I'll post it without the credits, then change it if necessary.

    Just updated my original post to add 3 links that I just found.

    Post edited by nitehawk_ltd on
  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 29,849

    Can you post the links as well please, as at Some stge we are going to do a sticky thread which links to the entry threads, so the lists of freebies don't get lost.

  • Not a problem. I just wasn't exactly sure just what exactly was needed in the Judging Thread.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 29,849
    edited December 2015

    BTW I totally empathise with you and the attack of shingles. I was so certain I was safe, because I had it once when a lot younger, but turned out I was one of the minority that could get it twice.

    Mine missed the eye luckily, but came right down from just above my ear to half way down my right arm.  It's an awful thing.

    My youngest Grandaughter cheered me up though. She phoned me to say that Daddy had told her I had "chicken spots" and I had to be good an remember not to scratch the spots.  She had not long got over chickenpox, and Neil told her that Shingles was grown up chickenpox.

    Post edited by Chohole on
  • DollyGirlDollyGirl Posts: 2,163

    I'll post it without the credits, then change it if necessary.

    Just updated my original post to add 3 links that I just found.

    Here is the link to the Steampunk Christmas Tree http://www.runtimedna.com/forum/showthread.php?49186-The-2009-13-Days-of-Christmas-Giveaway-Day-1

  • SaphirewildSaphirewild Posts: 4,358
    DollyGirl said:

    I'll post it without the credits, then change it if necessary.

    Just updated my original post to add 3 links that I just found.

    Here is the link to the Steampunk Christmas Tree http://www.runtimedna.com/forum/showthread.php?49186-The-2009-13-Days-of-Christmas-Giveaway-Day-1

    Thanks for this link got them all!!!

  • SaphirewildSaphirewild Posts: 4,358
    taemimun said:
    mjc1016 said:

    Mini-contests are explained in depth when they happen...

    As to 'fluffy' snow...easy in 3Delight using displacement, harder in Iray, but doable.

    Thank you for explaining :)

    Here is a youtube tutorial as to how to put snow in your scene in daz studio with the shader mixer:

  • ScavengerScavenger Posts: 2,664

    Not an entry, as 1) I entered this in last years new user dec contest (first place :) ) and 2) there's not a lot of freebies in there... BUT as inspiration for y'all (and because hey, the title of the contest literaly describes my picture :) and I don't really show off my work.)

     

    (clicking will take you to my dA page)

  • Kismet2012Kismet2012 Posts: 3,563

    Louie's Steampunk Xmas

    Xmas at da Nort' Pole? Wadda I wanna go t' da Nort' Pole for? I'm already in da Nort'! If I goes any farther nort' I'll be in Yonkers! Besides, I gots everyt'ing I needs for a Merry Xmas right here! Seriously, tho'...I loves dis time a year. Really! Alla da lights and decorations, alla da great Xmas foods dat people are bringin' by alla da time. Hey! Let's not forget alla dat special Xmas beer dat comes out dis time a' year. But I tells you what, it gits 'spencive runnin' alla dem Xmas lights all night long. Electrical don't come cheap dese days. It don't grows on trees...not even Xmas trees! Dat's when I hits onna idea. I wuz down at da scrap yard de udda day and I sees dat somebody t'rew out a perfectly good sauna furnace and a pretty good heat exchanger, jus' layin' dere in da junk. So, I hauls it home figurin' I could uses it somehow or other. Dat's when I gits a'nudder idea. Down to da train yards dere's coal layin' 'round everywhere, just for da takin'. I hauls a bunch'a dat home and sits t' woirk convertin' alla dis junk inta sumthin' really cool. I hadda make a few modifications to da ole apartment...which didn't sits too well wit da landloard or da building super, but, eh...dey'll gits over it. Anyways, a few hours later I'd rigged up my own steam converter! An' wotts da foist t'ing I does? I hooked up da old Xmas tree and dere ya goes! Da woild's foist steam powered Xmas tree, lights an' all! So now I git's my Xmas lights on da cheap wit' a cozy li'l fireplace t' boot! Now I kin just sits back an enjoy a few of dem special, once in a year Xmas beers! An' dat's da best t'ing...I kin sits right here an' not have t' woiry 'bout no Xmas Beer Zombies comin' after my stash. I guess it's just too cold for 'em! Funny, I figured dat dey'd like da cold, seein' how dey's all rottin' away and stuff...

    Slight modification he says?

     

    Sorry to hear about the Shingles outbreak LG.  I hope you are feeling better soon.

     

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