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Whitewater Restoration – stick a fork in it

.. ‘cuz it’s done.

After 9 months and more orders from Pinball Life, Marco Specialties, Bay Area Amusements, and Pinball Resource than I care to count, I crossed the last to-do off the list of restoration tasks.

Restore White Water - playfield view

Restore White Water - playfield view

I’ve had a bunch of pesky little tasks for the past couple of weeks to resolve – like coloring the white edges of the decal with a blue paint pen.  It’s a little detail, but it really makes it look professional.

The last task was to do something I’ve never done in pinball restoration – weaken the flippers.  Everything I’ve learned has been how to make the flippers nice ‘n strong.  This machine had the wrong flipper coils when I bought the machine – but they were okay with the worn linkages.  Once I rebuilt the flippers, the flippers turned into cannons that threatened to destroy all the expensive new plastic parts.  To rectify, I went one step weaker with the coils and that did the trick.

White Water - Upper playfield view

White Water - Upper playfield view

Pictures from the entire restoration odyssey are here on my SmugMug site: Whitewater Restoration

In Russia, the Pig Launches YOU

I really don’t know if this is legit – some posters have claimed this is from a recent movie – but I think it’s really funny.  If it’s real, it’s so Soviet Union.  If it’s not – it’s so Soviet Union.  To me, that sort of negates the importance of the authenticity.

Either way.. here’s the footage of the mortar launch system test.  Click on the thumbnail to get the full-sized images.

Soviet Pig in Mortar


I was forced to cry uncle this weekend on the topic of Facebook.

Truthfully, I hate it.  But – I realized that I’m missing out on a big chunk of the Web 2.0 experience, so I’m giving it a whack.  It’s also really useful for publicity when you are a photographer.

So – I’m trying to figure out how to glue the Defenestrator with Facebook and not having much luck.  There’s an official plugin, but it only works on blogs hosted at WordPress, not self-hosted ones.  There’s a plugin called Wordbook – but that apparently doesn’t work with the version PHP/XML (or something) installed on here.

Now I’m down to a straight RSS feed.  We’ll see if it works!

In the meantime – send me a friend request to Mark Teskey!

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