Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why Comparing Skyrim And Assassin’s Creed Saves You No Time

Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed are both great games in terms of storyline and graphics. These games have their own following, and they are huge. Fans around the world are asking which is better: Skyrim or Assassin’s Creed? There are mixed responses, but most of them say it’s useless comparing the two from each other since they are different.


When your character dies in Assassin’s Creed, you do everything from the start, regardless of how far in the game you’ve reached. This game is repetitive in terms of tasks, and your choices are limited. Assassin’s Creed is a game you’d want to play once, then place it on a shelf. There’s not much to do with the game, but try to finish it. The storyline is great, though, with a combination of fictional historical events and real-life historical events and people.

If you haven’t played any of The Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim is the best one to start with. The makers of the franchise have refined it and have made it more accessible. Unlike Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim has side quests, guilds, and dungeons to look for and be part of. Some players look for games that give them the value for their money. If that’s you, too, consider getting Skyrim. You’d spend more time playing this than Assassin’s Creed.

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Although I said it would save you no time comparing the two, it’s really up to you. For gamers like me, I just have my preferences and Skyrim is the game I most prefer. But overall, both games are great in their own genres.

Steve Sorensen here. I’m a retired aircraft mechanic and now into woodworks especially staffs, canes, and wands. I also follow a lot of PC games especially The Elder Scrolls franchise. To know more about what I do, click here.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Other Magical Weapons You May Find Interesting

Many of you know how much I love magical staffs, but the world we live in is full of legends and stories about mystical artifacts of fascinating and terrible power.  Some of these legends have been confirmed as fantasy, while others are allegorical and analogous for something else.  Some, however, are believed to be true and simply hidden.  Here are a few of the more interesting magical weapons in the world that are not magical staffs.

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The Spear of Longinus

Also known as the Spear of Destiny, the Spear of Longinus is more of a historical artifact that received sprinkles of legend throughout the years. It was the spear of the Roman Legionnaire who pierced the side of Jesus Christ as he was dying on the cross. It is said that whoever holds the spear possesses the power of the immortals.


The Masamune

Goro Masamune was a Japanese swordsman who created the greatest swords of his or any era. Legend has it that his swordsmith talent was a gift from the gods, who grew to fear his works. Rumor is that he created one sword above all others, and simply called the Masamune. It was a sword that could cut down any god before it.


Excalibur

Excalibur is probably the most popular sword in pop culture thanks to the Arthurian legend. It was forged by a smith or smiths who were not of this world, and given to the Lady of the Lake. Whoever holds Excalibur rules the kingdom of Great Britain. Legend has it that it will return once Britain is in dire need of it.

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I’m Steve Sorensen, and I’ve always been fascinated with staffs, and anything else that’s magical. Gosh, I even love playing Elder Scroll games. Subscribe to this Twitter account if you’re like me.

Monday, April 10, 2017

An Introduction To The Elder Scrolls

Anyone who’s played The Elder Scrolls and who’s fallen in love with the countless cultures found in the creative and original high fantasy world of it can attest to how immersive it can be. Its epic and serious tone only serves to bring the gamer deeper into the world.

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There are also several races you can interact with in the world. There are your typical humans, orcs, and elves, with lizard-races (Argonians) and cat-races (Khahiit). There are also Dwemers who are The Elder Scrolls’ version of dwarves. There are magic and sorcery, as well as beasts and monsters. There are towns with deep histories and intriguing legends, and mysteries that need to be solved. But one of the main thing that sets The Elder Scrolls apart are the hundreds upon hundreds of books that can be read in-game.

The Elder Scrolls games take place in Tamriel, a continent in the world of Nirn, except for Battlespire and Oblivion. There are several other planes wherein characters can venture off to such as the slipstream in Battlespire, which is a purgatory of sorts between Mundus and Oblivion. In Oblivion, there are different places to explore such as the Deadlands, the realm of Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, the Shivering Isles, and Sheogorath.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which was one of the most popular games to come out in the past five years, brings games to several other places as well, such as the planes of Soul Cairn and Apocrypha.

Hi! I’m Steve Sorensen and I love making staffs and wands from a selection of wood. I also love to play any Elder Scrolls and fantasy video game during my free time. Subscribe to this Twitter page for more on fantasy video games.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Right Kind Of Wood For DIY Furniture Creation

New to woodworking? Maybe you’re wondering which kinds of wood would be a great material for your project. It’s essential to know which type of wood goes well for different purposes. Here’s the right kind of wood for your do-it-yourself furniture.

Maple

Maple is a hardwood that is commonly used for furniture. This kind of wood is popular for its durability and strength, and is often used for cabinets and other bedroom furniture. It is sturdy, and is resistant to moisture. It also has unique swirls for effortless design. It often goes well in lighter colors, but staining it won’t cause it too look less classy.

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Cherry wood

Cherry wood is a hardwood known for its density and resistance to rot. It has deep red hues and grain, and is great for indoor pieces like tables and bookshelves.

Oak

Oak is a great material for DIY furniture known for its strength and beauty. It often comes in pinkish, greenish, or reddish shades; but it can absorb tint easily. The only downside of using oak is its price, as it is more expensive than other hardwood options.

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Cedar

Cedar is great for decks and outdoor spaces. While it’s not as durable as maple and oak, it is highly resistant to rot. It’s also great for other crafts like side tables and frames.

Steve Sorensen is a maker of wands and staffs. Learn more about woodworking by visiting this YouTube channel.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Most Famous Wizards In Pop Culture

The world of fantasy has been a source for people to live their own created pockets of reality, and this is probably the highest form of entertainment through a virtual make-believe.  In our own system of rules that we need to abide by, the freedom to create a fantasy world liberally is breath of fresh air, even if it exists only in the imagination.  But what is a world of fantasy without wizards?  Here are a few of the most famous wizards in pop culture.
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Merlin : This well-loved wizard’s most brilliant feat is casting a spell on the legendary sword Excalibur, which was thrust into a stone, only to be pulled out by a lone deserving soul.  This is of course the beginnings of the story of King Arthur, who was able to pull the sword out, ruled a kingdom as a warrior king, while he was backed up with a posse of awesome soldiers named the Knights of the Round Table.

Gandalf: This amazing wizard has lived up to the golden archetype that he actualized to the hilt in the Lord of the Rings saga.  Interestingly, his persona was one that had to go through the hardships that he had to overcome, as we saw him transition from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White.
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Dumbledore: Albus Dumbledore is the brilliant wizard who served as the senior statesman in the development of Harry Potter’s wizardry.  He is most famous for sharing his brilliance in the fight against antagonist Lord Voldemort as we witnessed Potter literally mature in front of or eyes with his own set of tragedies and successes.

These three wizards alone have made the world of fantasy especially interesting for all of us to enjoy and build the fondest of memories.


My name is  Steve Sorensen.  I believe that no one is too old to enjoy what he loved as a kid.  I am a fan of the fantasy world of wizards.  To read more about my interests, please follow me on Twitter .

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Enter The Enchanting World Of Narnia

C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favorite high-fantasy series. Though it’s considerably shorter than Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, I enjoyed it for the variety of characters and adventures that it offered. If you’re planning on picking up the books, here are some things you might want to know:
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It took C.S. Lewis eight years to finish the series.

However, it only took him three months to finish The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. One of the first readers who read his drafts was J.R.R. Tolkien who first expressed dislike at the story.

The author and literary scholars have different suggestions on the order of books.

For C.S. Lewis, he suggests reading The Magician’s Nephew first before Wardrobe. However, scholars suggest the books to be read according to their publication, which means that Wardrobe should go first and Nephew should be the fifth book. The Last Battle, of course, is undisputed in being the last book of the series.

“Aslan” is Turkish for “lion”.

The Great Lion is the only character that is seen in all seven books. Though he was a fixture in the series, he wasn’t supposed to be in Wardrobe until after the first draft. What’s interesting about Aslan is that a person’s image of him becomes grows along with the person. As Lucy was growing up, she noticed that Aslan also grew bigger and stronger before her eyes.

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If you’re looking for a series with an engaging narrator, great illustration, and heart-wrenching moments, you should definitely start reading the series. As the Narnian battle cry goes, “For Narnia!” Enjoy.

Thanks for reading. I'm Steve Sorensen, a retired airplane mechanic turned woodworker. I specialize in turning select wood into elegantly crafted staffs, canes, chairs, and sculptures. Please follow me on Twitter .

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What You Need To Know Before Starting Your Woodworking Business

Woodworking is admittedly not the most popular hobby, but it is definitely a highly fulfilling and interesting one. Those who choose to embrace this activity should be aware that it is a lifetime commitment. Many novices find that they are quickly hooked once they get the hang of it! Industry professionals list down the basics you need to know about setting up your first wood shop.

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Several tools needed: Even if you want to start small, chances are you’d need to invest in a few choice tools. These will be the cornerstones of all your production, so be sure to take the time to research on which tool to buy. The most common powered tool to get is the table saw. A full-sized table saw is used to break down large sheets of plywood, among other things. Small shops can make do with a portable one.

Buy great work stands: You will need materials that can perform different functions. This becomes especially true in small spaces. Beginners make do with a wood clamp added to a workbench, but several other adjustments have to be made up for the lack of space. Try experimenting with what works based on what you plan on making.

Know the source: Small shops need to know where to buy the best wood. A good suggestion is to buy boards precut in the thickness and width you want. Lumberyards or home centers can cut down the boards or sheets to the size you need for a fee. There are also online vendors that deliver these boards directly to your home.

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Another thing to remember is that you need to set up your shop ready for sawdust. Several air filtration systems need to be installed in the home or shop.

Steve Sorensen makes wands from a selection of wood. Subscribe to his YouTube channel for more woodworking advice.