Pioneer Square

July 17, 2018.

Everett, Washington

I started the day around 8AM, getting onto a Sound Transit bus in Everett en route to Seattle.

Seattle, Washington

I arrived in Seattle around 9AM. Going along the downtown streets on the second floor, front seat of that bus seen above. Nice seat, if you ever get the chance.

Seattle, Washington

The bus arrived right next to Seattle Union Station. Built in 1911 by the Milwaukee Road in order to compete with Northern Pacific and their ‘King Street Station, the clock tower of which can be seen in the background.
Union Station is now a rentable event space.

Seattle, Washington

And I naturally had to go inside and take this sadly crooked shot of the back wall of the station. Once housed passengers going east as far as Chicago.

Seattle, Washington

View of the Front wall, where I came in.

Seattle, Washington

Here’s the inside of King Street Station. I can’t see it in the back of this photo, but an Amtrak Coast Starlight was getting ready to depart when I arrived.

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington

Signs describing the Renovation to King Street Station.

Seattle, Washington

The clock tower of King Street Station.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Streetcar. There are only two Streetcar lines in the city, so I’m glad one of them passed right by my route through.

Seattle, Washington

Cadillac Hotel, the building the Streetcar was in front of, as well as the building housing the Klondike Historical Park in Seattle.

Seattle, Washington

Occidental Square, which lay in near the center of Pioneer Square. It’s a nice shaded park with a few nice things to pass the time.

Seattle, Washington

A nice vine covered building in that same Occidental Square.

Seattle, Washington

And finally, Smith Tower. The most iconic building in Pioneer Square, which can be seen from the I-5.

From the Archives No. 1 – Sky High

So, I own an 8 Terabyte Segate external hard drive so I can make backups of mu computer and store files. Since it has some files that date back as far as 2014, I’ve called it “The Archive” and it has many, many old projects and files of mine, from videos and photos to old game saves.

A project from this drive that I recently rediscovered is an old Minecraft animation called “Sky High”

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The video was dated to the 10th of September, 2017 and is supposed to be comedic.

I personally do find it as such, though I also have vague memories of actually making the thing.

A summary, in case the video somehow goes down, is that Steve gets himself spawned onto the peak of what I think was a very tall, oddly shaped mountain. Probably just a random one from an amplified world. He is, of course, distraught at the thought of having to live on this peak.

The video ends there, and isn’t of the highest quality. Whenever it makes a cut from one angle to another without any animation, like a zoom or pan, it has a strange artifact that I can’t describe, except that the camera appears to be in a different angle for a single frame.

Pictured above are the frames in question. When Steve spawns, there are two frames where the face that he’s just being risen from the ground is apparent, and another where the camera is at the halfway point between the two shots, the angle shown in the bottom picture, and a close-up of Steve.

I might remake Sky High since I think I might have a better grasp of Mine-Imator, the software used to make it. I’ll keep it updated with a video link in the next post if I do come around to it.


California State Fair | Cal-Expo — 2019

So I went to the California State Fair on July 19, 2019. I only went for the one day but it was a nice one. I was able to see everything and in a cool 88F in Sacramento.

Sacramento is one of my favorite cities, every time I’ve gone it’s been filled with fun and good times. With this being the first time I remember going to the State Fair. Though I was told I had gone when I was very young.

Here’s my one video of the time I went:

Enjoy that video and I’ll see you all very soon!


I am Sam Schrantz.

That much is obvious. This website is literally ‘samschrantz.home.blog’ after all.

I have a few occupations.

  • Author, under the penname ‘S. Olin S.’ and am currently working on a 7-book series, which you can learn more about Here.
  • Podcast creator, also under S. Olin S. I tend to make posts and then turn them into podcasts on the S. Olin S. Website and YouTube Channel
  • I also run a Hobby Gameplay Channel, under TwentiethBeef, my oldest online name.
  • Photography, under SamSchrantz on my Flickr. Mostly vacation photos.
  • Newspaper, for the Fictional City of Courdelane! The Courdelane Callisto.
  • A personal YouTube, at SamSchrantz.
  • I am also working towards a BSME ‘Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering‘ at the University of Washington ‘UDUB.’

And I may do even more in the future.

So keep yourself updated here at SamSchrantz to see what i’m up to.

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