Savin’ The Domain

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When I wrote December 3, 2016 personal update I wasn’t planning on renewing the domain name for Ghostbusters International. Which did or was going to expire today.

I felt at the time with the site’s inactivity and what has been going on in my personal life, better at the time to save the price of approximately 4 cups of that star place’s coffee. I usually make my own coffee anyway.

It still made sense to wait and be somewhat responsible when it comes to fun. The renewal price has been there from multiple sources (i.e.: gift cards) going back at least two years.

As of today ghostbustersintern.com has been renewed for another year. As I move forward I’d like to get back to updates. It depends on the real responsibilities.

Photo Source: NY Mag

Personal Update: December 2016

 

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I’ve been meaning to write this post before today. I held off because its difficult and very personal. In other posts where I say its personal, it can be vague. I don’t generally like to publicize my personal life. I’ve whenever I could kept my personal life separate from Ghostbusters. Through the years they’ve sometimes been connected. I feel as a courtesy, for the support you’ve shown the sites over the years, and a need to write I would provide a personal update.

I also reserve the right to remove this post at any time.

Disclaimer: What I’ll write in the next three paragraphs after the read more tag may be emotional.

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Ghostbusters International Updates To Resume

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As the old saying can go, their’s never a good time to take a vacation around here. This past week was no exception. I originally wanted Louis to update GBI with recent Ghostbusters happenings. In the US deadlines for Tax Day were coming up. As you can imagine Louis was pretty stressed. In addition to what else he does at GBI.

While we really should have more then me to actually update a global site, we don’t. On short notice the best we could do (or so we hoped) is to have interns look through social media and save links. Thankfully at least one employee thought to put a little organization into it. Not enough as now I have to do more then one job as I resume the un-normacly of working for Ghostbusters International.

I’ll be writing about this past week’s Ghostbusters happenings. Hopefully while informative you’ll be ectocontained as well.

Ghostbusters International Returning

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Early last year I parted ways with our previous hosting company. One of the cons to that was losing our domain name (GBI Blog Post, February 4, 2015) of 10 years. GBI was manually rebuilt from the ground up. Without the domain, I felt a name change was in order to help scale back the full time job feel.

It worked well enough throughout 2015. It didn’t take that long when necessary to get back into some of the realism. It also helps that Word Press infrastructure connects to my network of sites pretty well.

I’ve enjoyed running “Ghostbusters Inc,” sorta missed Ghostbusters International. The two can go together. Their were times I wanted the site to be more GBI then GB Inc.

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A 3D Proton Pack

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Prior to learning Phillip Avery created a 3D Printable Ghost Trap we knew ghosthead Tommy B was building a Proton Pack from printing 3D parts. As far as we knew (until today) this is the first 1:1 scale prop Proton Pack made by printing necessary pieces. We really like what Tommy B created. We’re pleased its a prop, not operational high tech (and potentially dangerous) equipment.

Tommy B used a Makerbot Replica 2 3D Printer to print the parts. Parts files came from software engineer Tony Goacher and are hosted at Thingiverse. Printable 3D files can be used for individual, non commercial use. Continue reading

A 3D Printable Ghost Trap

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3D Printers and related software can be great for companies and individuals. For personal use, corporations like Ghostbusters Inc. don’t really want to see individuals printing our copyrighted and potentially dangerous (without proper training) equipment. We know the above Ghost Trap, printed by Phillip Avery (My Mini Factory) doesn’t actually work to catch paranormal entities. Eventually the technology will come far enough to replicate inferior operational equipment. Even if we authorized a label so we won’t be liable, we do and will have to look after our best interests. Continue reading

Ivan Reitman On Recent Ghostbusters III Developments

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I’ve been waiting for Ghostbusters III to be made since 1990. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. True, I didn’t know generally movies aren’t usually fast tracked (its in an industry term) just like that. My 12 year old self thought about it, figured out the necessary logistics (even though I didn’t know that word yet) and crunched the really easy numbers. The conversation with myself went something like this:

If it took Ghostbusters II 5 years to get made, then Ghostbusters III will be made by 1995.

Going around in circles about why it was taking so long (in the pre internet days) about why the “easiest” movie to be made wasn’t could get frustrating. I’m less then a month away from boarding a train (what train, what are you talking about?) to leave 35 behind. I still remember walking home from school in the early 1990s thinking and feeling “Ghostbusters III.”

As much as I’ve talked about Ghostbusters III on and off-line, regardless of the countless rumors, tidbits, actual news, cheerleading, and the same quotes from Harold, Dan, Ivan, Ernie, (whose always the last to know) and on the rare occasion Bill I’ve taken a “wait and see; and believe it when it actually happens” approach.

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Spengs’ Ghostbusters Flight Suit

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On March 1, 2014 after almost 5 months I was finally going to take my Tru-Spec flight suit and Ghostbusters patches to a professional tailor for sewing. Their hadn’t been a rush, of course now that I had a event coming up in a week, time was of the essence. Friend and colleague Bill had similar thoughts and wanted to come up to expedite our “business” needs for the upcoming Monster-Mania Con and other Ghostbusters NJ happenings.

I hadn’t had any personal experience with any tailors locally since I moved in 2009. I knew one local place and hopefully that would be good enough. The place we went to is near my sub division and probably does more business with seniors then nerds who want to see their childhood realized more in adulthood.

We explained the placement of the patches and the “patch” woman pinned them and even told us how she’ll strengthen them so the “no ghost” logo won’t bend. At the time their was a pending snow storm (Titan) which would probably close the shop on Monday. Our first con since 2006 was about a week away. The latest it might be ready is sometime on Saturday.

Maybe it would have never been that much, when they told us $12 USD, part of me wished I had brought the flight suit in last year. After being busy on day 4 and getting back around lunch, the tailors/dry cleaners called to let me know my jacket (for some reason they called the flight suit on Saturday a jacket. On a basic level we even called them coveralls) was ready.

I couldn’t wait to see it, without the boots which I didn’t have yet, I thought I’d have to wait until Thursday to wear them together. My only minor nitpick which I can’t see when I’m wearing the flight suit is how a little of the “strength” stitching is through the “no ghost” logo. Its possible the shop didn’t have the sewing capabilities to sew around instead of through the logo shape. Or an older woman with years of seamstress experience felt it was better to sew it that way. Which also would have been more then fine if she had changed color threads and used white. Its so minor in the end it doesn’t matter.

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If you’re a ghosthead and/or built one I know the “daughter” board belongs on the back of the web/pistol belt. I moved it to the front for the picture.

I’ve talked about this last year, I’ve been wanting to upgrade my Belt Gizmo to be more screen accurate for years. Since Matty Collector hasn’t made one to buy, the time had to come to build one. What’s a Belt Gizmo? Its the basic name ghostheads came up with for the unnamed piece of Ghostbusters technology that kinda doesn’t have a technical purpose and isn’t explained in either Ghostbusters movies. The original Belt Gizmo came from a then current 1980′s Sanyo ICC-808D calculator. Today it could be the inside of a fruity robot cell phone.

In 2000 a ghosthead associate and I made our Belt Gizmos by using 1980s NES video game boards and computer technology. We could have cared less about calculators and Nixie tubes. 14 years later during the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters, I care A LOT about having an accurate looking Belt Gizmo that’s an important piece to the uniform. One could probably build a technical looking belt gizmo without a calculator. Ghosthead and prop builder Nick A Tron from the UK makes and sells Belt Gizmo kits. I didn’t order personally from him, Bill has and for working on our site, he bought a kit, had some real and fake Nixies, and put the Belt Gizmo together for me. We repurposed the ’80s computer cord/wire.

The tool pouch (if it wasn’t noticeable) comes from Sears, cost about $8 USD and has been modified to accommodate the “electronics” so it can “sit” in the pouch. I don’t know if the screen used versions used this additional method, Bill added velcro to the pouch and prop so it can be removed. Which has already been handy for repairs.

Sorta Incomplete Costume

In Ghostbusters, not Ghostbusters II with the gray uniforms the flight suits have a leg hose connector which fits a yellow hose. Again, it isn’t talked about in the movies, the joke basically is like air force pilots and astronauts its a type of catheter. I’ve had clear hose going back to 2000 and Bill gave me some new clear hose. I haven’t dyed it yellow and never had yellow hose. You can buy pre-dyed yellow hose to length from Ghostbusters Fans.

Bill also gave me a resin leg hose connector. I still want to buy a rubber one, (can also be bought from Nick) which is what they were made of in Ghostbusters. They’re also sewn on, if we can find the right size magnets, we could have leg hose connectors which are removable. Better for keeping the linens clean long term.

Here’s a separate write up about my Bates side zip boots from Rich Collectibles.

If you new to putting together a Ghostbusters uniform, I wrote a handy article.