Wayne Schmidt's multi-topic site covering everything from kaleidoscopes to electric rocket engines
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Dealing with Writing:
JOKES 34 pages of side-splitting jokes NEW JOKES ABOUT OLD AGE!!!.
X-FILES 3 novels, 2 short stories, commentary, favorite episodes A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT THE 2016 MINI-SERIES!!!
PERRY RHODAN A description of the longest running sci fi series of all time
BOOKBINDING 101 How anyone can make professional-looking paperbacks at home
BOOKBINDING 201 Make professional-looking hardbacks at home
RETIEF OF THE CDT 2 stories, episode list, series explanation
THE GREAT COW EMPIRE A short allegorical warning
MELVIN COGSWORTH, P.D. 5 humorous stories about metal detecting
STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE 1 novel and the Internet's most complete DS9 link list
FAN FICTION WRITING PAGES Techniques to improve anyone's writing
GREATEST QUOTES OF ALL TIME Wisdom from the wisest of the wise NEW QUOTE!!!
GOR: THE GREATEST ADVENTURE SERIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED
THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGICAL SPOON
THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGOTTEN TABLE
GROWING COCOA Cultivation of the cacao tree and bean harvest
CHOCOLATE TESTING 84 brands of milk chocolate compared
CHOCOLATE HISTORY From discovery to the confection we enjoy today
CHOCOLATE DOCTORING Altering commercial chocolates
HOW TO EAT CHOCOLATE Techniques to maximize your pleasure
HERSHEY'S VINTAGE PAGE Vintage quality for Hershey's NEW VINTAGE TESTED!!!
MERCKEN'S VINTAGE PAGE Vintage quality Mercken's
HOW CHOCOLATE IS MADE The entire process from pod to bar
CANDY BAR AUTOPSY PAGE Photos of 62 dissected candy bars
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE AT HOME My first two attempts and results
EXPERIMENTS IN TEMPERING CHOCOLATE Comparing different techniques
Dealing with Music:
AMERICAN PIE VIDEO! A line-by-line analysis of this iconic song
BOOGIE WOOGIE! VIDEO! History, definition, top Boogie Woogie songs, and piano midi samples
TWO MUST-HAVE ALBUMS Two great collections to make at home
ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION VIDEO! Charting history's greatest music takeover
GREATEST MUSIC HITS OF ALL TIME VIDEO! Megahits from 1890 to 2006
THE SCHMIDT FAMILY CHRISTMAS ALBUM The best versions of 28 classics
WHAT'S NEW, THE LINDA RONSTADT CONCERT VIDEO! Songs' original singers
GREATEST MUSICAL PERFORMERS OF ALL TIME Musical superstars from 1880 to now
COLLECTABLE BILLY JOEL CONCERT PASS PAGE
ELVIS PRESLEY - BING CROSBY COMPARISON PAGE
MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINER OF THE 20TH CENTURY
STYLE WARS: RAGTIME vs HONKY TONK vs BOOGIE WOOGIE
Dealing with Movies:
ON APPROVAL VIDEO! Dedicated to the funniest play ever staged
THE BIG SLEEP 65 images with comments about this film noir classic
SWEET SIXTEEN The funniest and most hated British sitcom ever aired
BOX OFFICE DATA Box office totals, ticket prices, screen counts and more from 1929 to present UPDATED WITH 2015 DATA!!!
MEETING OF MINDS The most innovative television show ever aired
BING CROSBY MOVIE PAGE Comparing Bing and Elvis Presley's theatrical successes
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST
CHRISTMAS MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS
THE 20 MOST POPULAR MOVIES OF ALL TIME UPDATED WITH 2015 STAR WARS RANKING!!!
CAKE! How to make the best tasting cakes from mixes
COOKING VIDEO! 51 home-developed and tested recipes
CUPCAKES! VIDEO! 4 hints for making the best cupakes
DOUGHNUTS How to make professional quality doughnuts at home!
TASTE TESTS VIDEO! 104 different food brands compared NEW: FROZEN MEATBALL TASTE TEST!!!
APPLE CIDER VIDEO! 32 varieties of apples tested to see which makes the best cider NEW 2016 APPLE!!!
BUTTERHORNS the world's most delectable cookie
THE JOY OF JELLO
CAKE BATTER ICE CREAM How to make the world's best tasting ice cream
THE EGG McMUFFIN PAGE History of and how to make the best Egg McMuffins!
WHIPPED CREAM DELIGHTS
THE VANILLA PUDDING PAGE How to make the world's best vanilla pudding!
POPCORN COMPARISON PAGE 19 gourmet popcorns taste tested!
FOR THE LOVE OF FIG NEWTONS History, taste tests and FAQs
HOW TO MAKE A RAINBOW CAKE VIDEO! The recipe and technique for make this great show-stopper
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST APPLE PIE VIDEO! Innovative techniques for pie baking
TASTE TESTING ARTISANAL HONEYS Taste testing exotic single-flower honeys
HOW TO MAKE BAUMKUCHEN AT HOME VIDEO! A revolutionary technique for making traditional German Baumkuchen in the home kitchen.
HOW TO DECORATE MARTIAN CUPCAKES VIDEO!
HOW TO MAKE PERFECT SOFT BOILED EGGS VIDEO!
HOW TO MAKE THE VERY BEST BAKED APPLES VIDEO! A revolutionary way to bake apples
WHAT RESTAURANTS SHOW YOU IS NOT WHAT YOU GET
HOW TO INSULATE COOKIE SHEETS FOR BETTER BAKING VIDEO!
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans: NEW SECTION!
JELLY BELLY COLOR IDENTIFICATION AND FLAVOR GUIDE VIDEO! NEW PAGE!!!
HOW TO SORT JELLY BELLY JELLY BEANS VIDEO! NEW PAGE!!!
JELLY BELLY GAMES VIDEO! NEW PAGE!!!
JAWS VIDEO! Venus Fly Trap information page
ROSES Experiments in growing fragrant tea roses
TOMATOES VIDEO!!! The sweetest cherry and best tasting beefsteaks 2016 AQUARIUM HYDROPONICS UPDATE!!!
GARDENING Fifty fruit, vegetable and flower articles
SOIL TESTING Seven soil test kits compared!
POTTING SOIL Seed germination and plant growth rates for 6 brands
JUST FLOWERS Pictures of flowers in my garden
SOLARIZATION Comparing 10 different techniques
FLOWERING BULBS Experiments in growing bulbs
CANTERBURY BELLS How to grow these great flowers
WAR OF THE NEMATODES
GROWING RANUNCULUSES Planting guide
EXTREME MELON GROWING Grow the sweetest melons!
CONQUER HOSE REEL KINKING!
FLUORESCENT PLANT LIGHTING
HOW TO GROW SUPER TRANSPLANTS
WHY DRY PEAT MOSS REPELS WATER
THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT COMPOSTING
MY WATERING AND FERTIGATION SYSTEM
INTERVIEW WITH A CARNIVOROUS PLANT GROWER
MY KALEIDOSCOPE I call it Fire Under Glass
MY NEWEST KALEIDOSCOPES VIDEO!
KALEIDOSCOPE MIRROR DESIGNS VIDEO! Exploring Kaleidoscope Mirror Systems
CHEAP KALEIDOSCOPE DISSECTION REPORT
LINKS TO SOME GREAT KALEIDOSCOPE SITES
MY VISIT TO THE EILEEN KREMEN KALEIDOSCOPE GALLERY Pictures and comments
BETTAS VIDEO! 50 pages about bettas
GREAT KITES! Not dime-store toys. These are eye-popping monsters
HUMMINGBIRDS! VIDEO! How to get a hummingbird to sit on your finger!
INSANE PROJECTS Some of my odd-ball projects
METAL DETECTING A brutally honest metal detector evaluation
SWORDS OF GLASS VIDEO! Playing guide with screen shots for this classic game
CRYSTAL GROWING VIDEO! How to grow crystals
DEATH MASTER 3000 The ultimate Nerf terror weapon
CPS 2000 SUPER SOAKER VIDEO! The biggest, baddest production squirt gun ever made!
UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS My bumbling attempts to learn this great art form
RELAXING MOMENTS PUZZLES
LIGHTSABER BLADE EXPERIMENTS VIDEO! Developing the world's brightest blade
HOW TO BUILD A SIMPLE HOVERCRAFT VIDEO! All that's needed is a piece of plywood, some plastic and an electric blower to make something even adults can ride.
HOW TO BUILD THE SIMPLEST ELECTRIC TRAIN VIDEO! A DIY electric train with no moving parts
FRACTAL LICHTENBERG FIGURE WOOD BURNING USING ELECTRICITY VIDEO! Detailed instructions for this unusual artform
Backyard Gold Prospecting: NEW SECTION!!!
HOW MUCH IS MY PLACER GOLD WORTH? VIDEO! NEW PAGE!!!
BACKYARD GOLD PROSPECTING VIDEO! How to prospect for gold in the comfort of your own home NEW PAGE!!!
COBRA CRUSHER REVIEW VIDEO! How well it works and an important assembly hint NEW PAGE!!!
GOLD PAY DIRT REVIEWS See who sells the richest paydirt! NEW PAGE!!!
MAGNETIC SEPARATORS VIDEO! Does using magnetic separators lose gold? NEW PAGE!!!
GARRETT SUPER SLUICE VIDEO! How to make the world's best gold pan even better NEW PAGE!!!
HOW GOLD CAN FLOAT VIDEO! Surface tension explained, how it makes gold float and how to eliminate it NEW PAGE!!!
GIANT BUBBLES VIDEO! Experiments in how to blow the biggest bubbles
BUBBLE BLOWING VIDEO! Bubble solutions and machines
HOW TO BLOW THE SMALLEST SOAP BUBBLES VIDEO! How to build a bubble machine the blows mini-bubbles
Pinewood Derby Racing:
HOW TO ASSEMBLE A BESTTRACK ALUMINUM PINEWOOD DERBY TRACK VIDEO!
WHY MORE PEOPLE SHOULD BE BUILDING PINEWOOD DERBY CARS VIDEO!
HOW TO PUT A CHROME FINISH ON A PINEWOOD DERBY CAR VIDEO!
HOW TO MAKE A HOLLOW BODY PINEWOOD DERBY CAR VIDEO!
HOW TO BUILD THE FASTEST PINEWOOD DERBY CAR VIDEO! Detailed instructions for how to make a race-winning car
HOW TO HOST A FAMILY PINEWOOD DERBY RACE VIDEO!
HOW TO BUILD A PINEWOOD DERBY TRACK VIDEO!
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR KIT COMPARISONS VIDEO! What's inside the boxes of the four most popular kits
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR RAIL RIDER TESTS VIDEO! Are rail riding cars faster?
THE HISTORY OF THE PINEWOOD DERBY VIDEO!
AWANA GRAND PRIX RACE CARS VIDEO! How to build the fastest AWANA race car
PINEWOOD DERBY RULES Comparing different rule sets, what they mean and a recommended set of rules
PINTOGRAPHS How to make and use a pintograph
HARMONOGRAPHS VIDEO! How to make and use a harmonograph
PENDULIGHT DRAWING MACHINE VIDEO! How to build and use a pendulum drawing machine.
JOE FREEDMAN'S AMAZING CYCLOID DRAWING MACHINE A review of this outstanding device
WHY I QUIT EVEN THOUGH I LOVE THE GAME
STORMWIND CITY A very large map of the famous city in World of Warcraft
FIGUREPRINTS VIDEO! The perfect memento to honor your favorite World of Warcraft character
TRIANGLE LOOMS How build and weave on them
AN ENGINEER WARPS A LOOM A fast and simple way to warp a loom
LOST ART OF KNITTING NANCYS VIDEO! How to make and weave with a Knitting Nancy
PRECISION VARIEGATED WARPING Create solid blocks of color!
FIVE TRICKS TO IMPROVE AN INEXPENSIVE INKLE LOOM
HOW TO MAKE A MAGNETIC BASKET WEAVING PLATFORM VIDEO!
Family Pinball Pages:
THE BEST PINBALL GAMES FROM THE VPFORUMS.ORG WEBSITE
MY ADDAMS FAMILY PINBALL GAME CENTER How I set up my game
ADDAMS FAMILY GAME MODIFICATIONS How I customized my TAF
THE ADDAMS FAMILY PINBALL GAME Playfield details and ball aiming
ALTERNATE TAF GAMES TO PLAY Fun drills and shot sequences to try!
THE RESTORATION FROM HELL What went wrong with a restoration
PLAYFIELD RESTORATION Restoring a seriously abused TAF playfield
PLATINUM EDITION TAF My fantasies about making a dream Addams Family game
MALFUNCTION SURVEY 50 owners discuss reliability, problems and fixes
DMD SCREEN SHOTS 100 Dot Matrix Display Screen Captures!
MY TAF PROBLEMS Ways it broke and how they were fixed
MYLAR REMOVAL Five removal techniques compared
ODDS AND ENDS Rumminations that don't fit on the other pages
TELESCOPE MAKING 21 telescope making articles
STELLAR ASTERISMS Locations and sketches of 62 asterisms
THE MAKING OF VOYAGER A motorized chair for giant binoculars
OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY The best objects in 15 constellations
ASTRONOMICAL PHOTOGRAPHS Hubble's best photos
GREEN LASER POINTERS FOR STAR PARTIES
Related to Photography:
INTRODUCTION My photographic expertise and purpose of these pages
ODDBALL IMAGES Some of the strange images available on this site
MY BETTER PICTURES My best work
IMAGES ON THE INTERNET Comparison of JPEG sampling densities
PICTURES OF HUMMINGBIRDS
LENSES FOR THE CANON EOS 20D Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina lenses
SONY DSC-F707 DIGITAL CAMERA A photographic sub-novice reviews this camera
CANON 100mm F2.8 MACRO LENS A performance evaluation page
BUILD YOUR OWN FLASH FOCUSER Triple your flash's range for only $5
MARVIN SCHMIDT'S PHOTOGRAPHS My brother's work
PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODUCT REVIEWS
WHY I PURCHASED A CANON EOS 20D
CANON MP-E 65mm 1-5x MACRO LENS
ELIMINATE DEPTH OF FIELD CONFUSION
HOW TO MAKE 3D POKESCOPE IMAGE PAIRS
CANON 580EX SPEEDLITE FLASH DURATIONS
FEATURES I WISH CAMERAS AND LENSES HAD
COMPARING THE CANON 20D TO THE NIKON D70
HOW TO STRETCH THE DEPTH OF FIELD IN A PRINT
WHICH COMPANY MAKES THE BEST CAMERA LENSES?
EXPERIMENTS WITH CLOSE-UP LENSES AND TUBE EXTENSIONS
Dealing with Medical Issues:
COLDS Everything you want to know about them
MY HERNIA A record of symptoms, the operation, and healing
BRAIN FREEZES What they are and what causes them
HEART ATTACK 101 My symptoms, surgery and recovery
MY LASIK EXPERIENCE A detailed account of having the new wavefront LASIK
THE REVITALIZE STUDY Experiences of a stem cell test subject
ALMOST LOSING AN EYE
NUTRITION AND EXERCISE Vitamin, mineral and exercise information
MY LINGUAL FRENECTOMY
FLIRTING WITH DEPRESSION My clinical depression and its cure
PLAYING THE SUPPLEMENTS GAME Lessons learned and tricks of the trade
MY EXPERIENCE WITH SHIN SPLINTS How I got them and the cure
ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY FOR DUMMIES
MECHANICAL ANIMAL AUTOPSY REPORT Just a little fun
MY ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY EXPERIENCE What it was like and how it healed
ARCHERY A hint to give you an extra point per in
BILLIARDS Articles on shafts, custom cues, tables, chalk, and much more
TWO USEFUL PING-PONG TOOLS Stop breaking your back picking up balls
AN UNCONVENTIONAL DART GAME A different target for a challenging game
FOSSIL HUNT A homemade dinosaur dig kids love
LIGHT DOODLING VIDEO! How to use a camera to turn a TV into a doodling pad NEW PAGE!!!
MONSTER CROQUET VIDEO! How to combine croquet and miniature gold for an afternoon of fun
SPACESHIP COLORING PAGES 20 free crayon coloring pages
SILLY PUTTY What it is, its history, how to make it and experiements with it
MAGIC ROCKS VIDEO! Information about these stalagmite growing kits
ANTIBUBBLES VIDEO! What they are and how to make them
AIR BLASTERS VIDEO! Smoke-ring and air-puff guns
AFTER IMAGES How to make and what causes ghost images when you close your eyes
MYSTERY EGGS A case study showing where many the pages on this site come from
PLASMA LAMPS VIDEO! A simplified explanation of how they work
IRIDIUM FLARES What they are and how to see them.
LUCID DREAMING How to live your wildest fantasies!
FECHNER COLORS VIDEO! How spinning black and white disks produce colors
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS Interesting and entertaining illusions
MICROSCOPIC POND LIFE VIDEO! Pictures, videos and techniques for viewing common microbes
HOW SUPER GLUE WORKS
PERMANENT MAGNET GUNS VIDEO!
HOW MUSICAL TOPS WORK
VAN DE GRAAFF GENERATORS VIDEO! Buying, using, and how to make them
MY ELECTRIC ROCKET ENGINE The USAF's starship Enterprise's impulse engines
MENTOS - DIET COKE GEYSERS Create the highest eruption
THE TRUTH ABOUT SARAN WRAP What really makes it so sticky
DUST FIREBALL MATERIAL TESTS VIDEO! Ten powders tested to see which produces the best fireball explosion
WINTERGREEN LIFESAVER FLASH VIDEO! Why it happens with photos
ELECTRIC ROCKET ENGINE BASICS How different electric thusters work
BUILD YOUR OWN JACOB'S LADDER VIDEO!
HOW TO BUILD A HOMOPOLAR MOTOR VIDEO! Detailed explanations of how they work and how to make them
SUPER-BRIGHT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PAINT
HOW TO MAKE AND USE A CLOUD CHAMBER VIDEO! New video of a cosmic ray collision
THE FASCINATING WORLD OF ICE AND SALT How salt melts ice and makes it colder
HOW TO MAKE THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGES
ULTRA-FAST NUCLEAR DETONATION PICTURES Strange images you won't believe UPDATED!!!
PHYSICS AND PSYCHOLOGY OF MURPHY'S LAW
HOW SWINGING STICKS KINETIC SCULPTURES WORK VIDEO! NEW PAGE!!!
AN ENGINEERING APPROACH TO PSYCHIC RESEARCH What a team of PhDs found
THE HIDDEN COST OF RESIDENTIAL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
LENZ'S LAW: MAGNET FALLING DOWN THROUGH A COPPER TUBE VIDEO! Why the magnet falls so slowly
THE AFFECT OF PRIMITIVE INSTINCTS ON MODERN MALE BEHAVIOR
THE HISTORY, SCIENCE AND SPEED TRICKS OF DRINKING BIRD TOYS VIDEO!
ANT WARS How to get them out of your house
CAT WARS! A comparison of products to keep cats out of a yard
OPAL HUNT! VIDEO! My experience purchasing opals on the Internet
PRODUCT TESTS VIDEO! Over 100 toys, tools, odds and ends evaluated FRISBEE TEST!!!
TELEVISION PIXEL PAGE Comparing magnified images of TV pixels
DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING A test of this popular voice recognition software
WHAT'S THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE
TASTE TESTING ARTISANAL HONEYS Taste testing exotic single-flower honeys
THE BEST PLACE IN THE USA TO LIVE Based on weather and other factors
AQUARIUM AIR STONE COMPARISONS VIDEO! 26 bubblers tested to see which works best
THE BEST TOWNS IN CALIFORNIA TO LIVE
ANTI-SPYWARE SOFTWARE COMPARISONS 7 programs compared
HOW MUCH TODAY'S STUFF WOULD COST LONG AGO Inflation across 2 centuries
HOW MUCH COMMERCIAL TIME HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS
ABOUT ME A brief biography of this website's owner
RAMBLINGS Articles on the strange and mundane
GHOST PAGES Explanation and list of lost pages that still exist
MY PLEO PAGE VIDEO! Raising a robotic dinosaur
ASSORTED LINKS A collection of assorted links
SEND ME AN EMAIL Temporarily turned off
ABOUT THIS AND THAT How this site came to be 2015 END OF YEAR UPDATE!!!
BICENTENNIAL QUARTERS 2015/2016 UPDATE!!!
WKRP IN CINCINNATI PAGE Episode guide and WKRP DVD review
HOW TO SOLVE A 15-PUZZLE
HOW TO SOLVE A RUBIK'S CUBE Simple mnenomic trick makes it easier!
HOW MUCH DOES ADSENSE PAY estimate how much you can earn with Adsense
ETCH A SKETCH AUTOPSY REPORT What's inside, how they work
THE PRINCIPLE OF UNIVERSITALITY
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GO TO PBS's ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
PLEASE LOOK HERE IF PAGES OR PICTURES DON'T OPEN
VICTORIAN DOMESTIC SERVANT HIERARCHY AND WAGES
2010 CONSUMERS ELECTRONICS SHOW: A FIRST-TIMER'S EXPERIENCES
GAIL SCHMIDT'S WEBSITE My wife's Inspirational poetry
GAIL SCHMIDT'S PHOTOGRAPHY
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