January 9th, 2014
August 23rd, 2013
My apologies for being absent for most of the holidays. The flu hit everyone in our area pretty bad (there were even reports of a death or two). In my family, I got the worst of it.
I’ve never had the flu like this before. It involved sleep deprivation (I could feel my sanity slipping), a constant migraine (nothing could get rid of it), hallucinations (where did my bedroom floor go?), dehydration (despite taking in liquids like a sponge), and absolutely no sense of taste or smell (everything tasted BAD). Okay, the last part was great when having to take nasty medicine; I couldn’t taste a thing.
I’m hoping to get back on track soon. I definitely need to get back to the pirate ship paper model, although I think I’ll have to change the speed of the progress videos.
August 17th, 2013
To get Doorless Chambers up and running as soon as possible, we used a previous template design and modified it for modern browsers and screen resolutions. Well, we’ve been feverishly working on a re-vamped design, even tweaking the site’s logo a bit. If you’ve been using one of the previous banners, badges, or logos, you’ll want to replace it. You may even opt to use one of the new color versions of the logo. But, the redesign isn’t just skin deep.
We are no longer a Disney-centric website; we welcome ALL Halloween goodness, celebrating horror, fantasy, and sci-fi! Classic characters like Dracula and Robbie the Robot are as much a part of the season as Captain Hook and Maleficent. We welcome zombies, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, pixies, genies, pirates, robots, androids, aliens, and more!
Spread the word that all are welcome here.
August 16th, 2013
Remember those journal entries? You know, the ones where I documented my re-animation of a corpse? Yeah, those. Well, just like young Dr. Frankenstein at the Bucharest Academy of Science, I now present my creature:
August 13th, 2013
My attempts at using the brains that I wanted failed miserably. I thought I was making progress, but it turns out that they’re too old. The stress over the past few days has added at least a dozen white hairs to my beard . . . and, possibly, to my head. This evening, I proceeded with plan ‘B’.
Plan ‘B’ seems to be working well, and the brain seems to be making connections. While it’s not ideal, it is working. It’s a well-received relief, and I can continue with the last few steps in the re-animation project.
Soon. Very soon.
Fingers crossed,Trader Sam
August 10th, 2013
No! NO! It can’t end like this! All of my hard work for nothing? It can’t be.
I’m having a hard time finding a compatible brain. Everything that I’ve found has been either too old, abnormal, or incomplete. I don’t relish the thought of having to return an old friend to the grave. I haven’t given up searching.
I might be able to hack or tweak an existing brain. But, it’s a long shot; the brain is both complex and delicate. One wrong move, and the whole thing could be rendered useless. I guess it’s a good thing that I have steady hands.
After doing some more digging, I have found other options. They may not be exactly what I am looking for, but they could work . . . for the time being.
August 8th, 2013
I’m tired. I took a long break for most of the day, mostly napping.
Yesterday, I installed the heart, and got it to start pumping. Exciting! But, the heart is a complex and delicate thing. A little more fine-tuning, and it will be hearty (no pun intended) and strong.
August 6th, 2013
Yesterday, I worked on communication. Although it was a bunch of jibberish, the creation (there must be a better word) has the ability to create speech. The re-animation process is coming along nicely . . . possibly ahead of schedule.
Today, I will finish skinning the limbs, and hopefully complete a good deal of the nervous system. Tomorrow, I begin on the spine.
August 4th, 2013
I took a break from tinkering today. I have re-created most of the skeletal structure, which was badly deformed, and I have added some skin. I’ll still have to re-work the skin, but it’s a successful proof of concept. I do believe that this will work!
My only fear at this point is the heart and the brain. I don’t know if those will be easy to obtain.
July 14th, 2013
I very recently did something that I thought I would never do. It’s an exhilarating feeling, but I feel that I should clear my conscience. What better way to do that than to confide in a friend?
I am the perpetrator of a grave robbing.
Grumpy cat asks, “Where were you for Trader Sam’s birthday?”
Ha! No, seriously, though, be sure to check out what’s going on with our Twitter feed and our Google+ page (we’re more active on Google+). It may be a slow news day on this website, but not always on Twitter and Google+. For example, did you know that the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments debuted this weekend, and did you know that there was a limited-quantity Gus & Jacque ornament? See! You missed out on that.
How about the new Mickey mouse shorts like “Tokyo Go,” “New York Weenie,” or “Yodelberg?” Have you seen those? If not, you’re missing out on some of the funniest Disney cartoon shorts seen in a long time.
How about the funny movie trailer for “Saving Mr. Banks?”
Hey, and if you want a tad bit more, you can even check out Trader Sam’s Google+ profile.