How They Make Haunted Houses (and You Can, Too)

Halloween is upon us and with it there are signs everywhere about haunted houses, corn mazes, and graveyard tours. Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year with the average American spending over $70 dollars on costumes, decorations, and other Halloween-related purchases. Whether you like to spend your holiday looking for the best haunted house in the area, or would rather stay at home with a handful of Reese’s pumpkins, scaring the daylights out of people is a $300 million industry in the United States. But, what makes a good scare? If you’ve ever been to a really good haunted house, you know that the atmosphere alone can make you turn into a shivering, wide-eyed ball of ne

The 5 Essentials of Any Man Cave

There’s a reason why American homes mainly consists of the same combination of rooms. While the details vary, we live our lives in much the same way. Sleep in a bedroom, wake ourselves up with a pot of coffee or a bowl of cereal, go to work, come home, relax. Bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room are going to be found, in some form or another, in just about every home you enter. Once those needs are satisfied however, we start branching out. One of the first “bonus rooms” an American family may indulge in is a man cave. While this room may stereotypically be for the sole use of the man in the house, the other family members can benefit, too, or even have their own version to enjoy

3D in the Classroom

Many high schools have offered computer related design classes for years, giving students a boost in the ever-growing technology field. Like woodshop and welding, these classes have helped to develop real-world skills. But the real world is changing. More and more 3D-related jobs are being added to the list of bankable skills. I am happy to be a part of this industry today, but I have often thought about how different (and likely, easier) my path would have been if I’d had an earlier introduction to 3D modeling and computer-aided design. After joining two local chambers of commerce over the summer, I started to attend more community events. In August, the Yorkville chamber had a special even

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