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How to Learn Vim: Vim Refcard

How to Learn Vim: Vim Refcard

Vim Refcard on Github

I’m a huge fan of reference cards like the one Emacs provides. In fact, I think that a good reference card is probably the best way to learn a new software program. Whether it’s Vim or anything else.

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Make a Useful Budget in Mint

Make a Useful Budget in Mint

Mint.com has always done a great job of showing me where I spent my money last week or last month, but until recently I was never able to figure out how to use it to tell me if I could afford to buy that new pair of shoes. To be really effective, a budget has to easily show me if I can afford to buy something I want.

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Boom Box Aux In Mod

Boom Box Aux In Mod

I had an old boom box laying around. It’s pretty useless these days (who still uses tapes or CDs?), so I decided to mod it with an aux in cable so it could play an iPod. It turned out really well, and it was not too difficult to complete.

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Loft Bed

Loft Bed

When I searched for loft bed plans online, I did not find any freely available plans that I liked. I decided to make my own plans for a wooden loft bed, and I am making these plans available for free. These plans may be used and redistributed freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License Creative Commons License.

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SkillsUSA 2008 Nationals

SkillsUSA 2008 Nationals

Nathan Witt and I won the bronze medal at SkillsUSA Nationals for 3D Animation in 2008. The challenge was to create an animation that modeled a given picture of a warehouse, and then showed something that couldn’t be seen in the original photo. Some renderings were also required, some of which are shown below.

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Suzuki GSXR

Suzuki GSXR

I created this Suzuki GSXR model as part of the Digital Evolutions program at Smoky Hill High School. It was created from scratch in Autodesk Maya.

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Senior Demo Reel

Senior Demo Reel

This is my senior demo reel for the Digital Evolutions program at Smoky Hill High School.

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Nissan Skyline

Nissan Skyline

I created this 3D Nissan Skyline model during my junior year in the Digital Evolutions program at Smoky Hill High School.

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