Sunday, November 11, 2012

What's in a Name? and Let the Chaos Begin

"Why is this site called "Chaotic Thinking"? Chaos is bad and I might need to stay away from this site."

I have chosen the name Chaotic Thinking because honestly, Random Thoughts and Random Thinking dot com were already taken. That is the only reason, and I wanted to lend to the fact that I am going to bounce all around on different topics and different directions on what ever floats my boat and where ever the wind takes me. (Hmmm, two nautical themes in one there ...)  Chaos is not a bad thing thus the definition for chaotic in my header.

On my first rendition of this website before I switched over to Blogger, (before I knew the type of site I wanted was a blog) I had a slogan that stated "A journey to the center of one man's mind, and some might not make it back out". I thought it sounded cool, now I am using "Where you never know what you'll get" to denote the random potential nature of this site combined with my YouTube channel.

So far I have mainly been focused on making things with paracord. I will continue to make video's and be active with the paracord hobby and video wise, but I am ready to start making some different types of videos as well. If you came for the paracord I hope you stay for the rest or at least bare with me, some videos may not be of any interest to you, but it is just going to be the nature of this site. Any time I find a topic that has not been covered on YouTube, not covered sufficiently or that I may have different insight on that's where I'll be. Its about ready to get crazy up in here, Ok, maybe not so much, but the Chaotic part is slowly coming into effect, I am excited, are you? ct

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Day in America! (and the disappointment that follows)

So its finally here, after months of political ads, debates and speeches; Election Day. Needless to say I am highly disappointed, not by who won as you might be thinking; neither candidate for the two main parties adequately represented me and I wasn't particularly happy with either choice mind you. But for the fact that I was not able to Vote! I showed up at the polls, they scanned my I.D. and said I was not in the system. The polling official pulled out the hard copy of registered voters and we looked through for my name and neither my wife or I was listed. Which is odd because both my wife and I "knew" we were registered.

We have been at our current residence for a little over two years; meaning we changed our address on our licenses at the DMV where we obtained our voter registration card and submitted them. The polling official asked how long it has been since we voted and that we may have been purged from the system. Which is total horse malarkey!! I'm sorry once you register to vote at a location, you should be considered registered as long as you maintain that address and unless a change of address occurs the only thing that should remove you from the system is if you get flagged as "DEAD".

I know I was not alone in being turned away from the polls, I had stopped at a different polling location that was closer to my work and stood in line for a bit until I realized I was not in my district and decided to drive to the one near my house. But while I was standing in line I witnessed atleast five other people get turned away in a matter of minutes.

The political parties all claim that your vote matters, but unless the way registration occurs is overhauled, I don't really think that it does.  And on that note the electoral college needs to be done away with too and stick with a majority vote so that our individual vote does actually matter and not just in swing states!

Side Note: I do also believe that everyone should have an I.D. card to vote too, states should issue I.D. cards for no charge as a matter of principal anyway; everyone having an I.D. to vote just makes good sense and prevents voter fraud. (Imagine showing up to vote and them telling you that you had already voted!)

Well not much more I can do now, I guess I will wait four more years and hope that America is ready for a President that is a leader and not a politician (Steve from Chaotic Thinking for President 2016!!).  ct

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Still Here ...

I apologize for the lack of post and video's. Life got the better of me. I have been working on a video of my paracord jig in response to the numerous questions about it. I was also going to put some tips and tricks that I have learned in the video, but I wasn't even half way done and it was at 19 minutes ... So I had to trim some fat off of it. More than likely I will have a basic video about my jig out in a week and then I will make a second video with the tips and tricks in it. I also have one or two bracelet designs that aren't currently on YouTube that I want to make a video about.

Some where along the line I will mix things up with some different types on videos, after all this is Chaotic Thinking ... oh look a chicken ... lol. So the only thing I can say is "coming soon". ct

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dual Movie Review - Marvel's The Avengers and Battleship

Within the past two weeks my wife and I have saw Marvel's The Avengers and Battleship in the theater. Just quick little review of both.
The Avengers ... is freaking awesome! I did not expect it to be that good. You know when movie is good, when everyone claps at the end, that it is the sign of a truly good movie. Again, very good movie, they did a good job giving all the heroes their face time. My favorite from past movies is Iron Man, and he did not disappoint in this movie. But I think the mac daddy in this movie is the Hulk ... ah, let me correct that ... is "The Incredible Hulk" because he was that awesome. For the female perspective, my wife really liked it too. This is a definite watch in the theater, and a buy on disk when it comes out.

I made the mistake of seeing Battleship before The Avengers, having heard nothing bad about the Avengers and having two many expectations for Battleship, I was personally disappointed because at the time I felt that Avengers was probably a better movie and should have watched that instead. These are two different movies and I am not comparing them, I am just enlightening you to my mindset as I watched them both and you can make your own conclusions.

File:Battleship Poster.jpg Battleship, I have been waiting and excited to see this movie ever since I saw the trailer a few months ago. That being said it ended up being a little bit different than I was expecting; it was still a good movie and is a helluva feel good movie, you will smile to yourself, your heart will swell up, and if you have every served in the military or been close to someone that has you may even get goose bumps. It is based off the game Battleship, and as hard as it may be for you to wrap your head around, they actually did a good job portraying it and not making it too cheesy. Good special effects and overall a well done movie. If you have already seen The Avengers, then check it out in the theaters, if not I would say a good buy movie/great rental, myself I will be buying it on Blu-ray when it comes out. Female perspective, my wife thought it was "just" alright, her feelings were not anywhere near close to mine

If I can only see one? If you can only see one in the theaters, see The Avengers, but definitely don't forget to check out Battleship on disk when it comes out, if was still a good movie, but for the time being if you are going to watch one in the theater, watch Avengers. ct

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to tie a Morse Code Bar Paracord Bracelet

This video is how to tie a Morse Code Bar bracelet out of 550 paracord. Weave pattern was created by a fellow knot enthusiast JasonTX of the Fusion Knot forums. Second video and I tried a new camera rig with this video, created out of all things ... paracord! Worked good as far as I can tell. Hope you enjoy. ct

Chaotic Thinking - Where you never know what you'll get!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Paracord Adventures - Bracelets

 A good and functional item, the paracord bracelet aka survival bracelet, not a survival kit in itself but a good addition to a survival kit. By always wearing some type of bracelet you will have any where from 5 - 25 feet of spare cordage on you depending on the bracelet type.

So far I have made 26 different bracelet styles, these are all just practice ones and just for fun. Now though, I am kind of obsessed to try and see how many different types I can actually make.

Bracelet Photo
All can be made through mainly YouTube video instructions. I have adapted almost all to use a buckle. I will be using the name that was on the video where I got the instructions from (so you can find it easier if you so desire), the names may or may not be correct. If I can remember who created the video I will add that as well.

Starting at top left to right:
  1. Cobra Stitch/Solomon Bar
  2. Piranha/Shark Jaw Bone (Tying It All Together - TIAT)
  3. "In and Out" type weave (Instructables)
  4. Blaze Bar (TIAT)
  5. Cobbled Solomon Bar (TIAT)
  6. Dragon's Tongue
  7. Ladder Strap (TIAT)
  8. Stitched Solomon Bar (TIAT)
  9. Backbone Bar (TIAT)
  10. Tire Tread Bar (TIAT)
  11. Candy Stripe Bar (TIAT)
  12. Bonobo Bar (TIAT)
  13. T-Virus Sinnet (TIAT)
  14. King Cobra
  15. Millipede (Appears to be a two half hitch variant)
  16. Caterpillar Footed Solomon Bar (TIAT)
  17. Bush Bar (TIAT)
  18. Crooked River Bar (TIAT)
  19. Wide Solomon Bar (TIAT)
  20. Solomon's Heart/Locked In Love (video by Chaotic Thinking)
  21. Thatched Solomon Bar (TIAT)
  22. Morse Code Bar (Created by JasonTX from Fusion Knots forums)
  23. Spiral Banded Solomon Bar (TIAT)
  24. KBK Bar (TIAT)
  25. Snake Knot Bracelet (TIAT)
  26. Curling Millipede Bracelet (TIAT)
Needless to say JD of Tying It All Together is a beast and his site Fusion Knots is a must for anyone interested in tying.When I get to 30 bracelet types I will post a new picture.

Look forward to an instructional video soon on how to make number 22 the Morse Code Bar as well as a new "Paracord Adventures - Key Chains" edition. ct.

 Chaotic Thinking - Where you never know what you'll get!

Monday, May 7, 2012

How to Make a Solomon's Heart Paracord Bracelet

Welcome to the first of many YouTube videos created by Chaotic Thinking.

This video is how to tie a "Solomons Heart" bracelet out of 550 paracord, it is a variation of the Cobra weave or Solomons bar knot (thus the name). If you can tie a cobra weave paracord bracelet, then you can tie this weave and more than likely have started to tie this weave, you just didn't know it. (Meaning while tying a cobra weave you used the wrong cord, realized it, and had to untie it - had you kept going you would have been tying this Solomons heart weave).

Chaotic Thinking - Where you never know what you'll get!

I hope you enjoy. ct

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Anniversary to Chaotic Thinking!!

Its been two years since was registered, and about 10 overall post!! ..... Um, yeah .... Trying to finish my degree and working full time, I find it hard to actually get anything done; I don't know how people with multiple children juggle work, school and take care of their family but you get mad respect from me and you should be labeled as Heroes. Now combining all that with the fact that it is quite hard to actually be Chaotic (random), and I don't want to always be covering current events and politics, I do not want to be on a soap box. Unless it is a case of Irish Spring ... always loved the smell.

That being said ... I will be focusing on my current interests or hobbies, posting about and making videos about those interest. This site will not be solely focused on those topics, it is Chaotic Thinking by the way ... but I will be posting about those interests until I find something different to bring to the world and talk about or my hobbies change. I am not going to worry if the site is not "Chaotic" enough, I am just going to do it.

Coming Up:
-Will be posting first YouTube video (ever).
-Still focusing on disaster preparedness and 72 hour kit videos.
-Various posts about: Making things with and out of 550 Paracord (my current Hobby).