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2. obsession

June 17, 2010 1 comment

I obsess.  When I develop an interest in something, I dive headlong into it until, weeks or months or years later, I re-emerge, exhausted and ready to move on.  Thus far, rope has held my interest the longest, and I’m pretty sure it’ll stick around for awhile, although I no longer obsess furtively over “best conditioning practices” or whatnot.

Easy access to the Internet has allowed me complete research power for finding out every factoid, rumor and forgotten technique I could ever want to know concerning my subjects.  From Photoshop to rope to bootblacking, and most recently, leather whip-making, I literally have the expertise, learning process, and detailed examples of thousands of people to peruse, from blogs detailing a personal project to forums dedicated to the topic.

I suppose you could say that my sudden interest in learning to work in leather is more an extension of my growing passion for bootblacking.  It is a fairly natural progression to want to expand one’s knowledge in leathercare beyond just footwear (delightful as such footwear can be).  When I was at IML, I received some great advice on how to care for my leather jacket – an article of clothing whose condition I’d taken for granted.

But back to whip-making.  Brought on by sudden inspiration, curiosity, and the question “just how hard is it to actually braid leather into a whip?“, I started searching for tutorials online.  Youtube is a really tremendous resource, and I quickly found these gems.  So now I want to make my own leather whip – a 4-foot snakewhip or signal whip, I think.  I don’t really want or need a handle, nor do I want a monstrous 8 foot bullwhip.

Granted, this would be a tremendous project, given the time and materials it requires.  Precut lace at the width I’d need (6mm it seems) is expensive, so my other option is to collect leather straps and make lace myself.

We’ll see if this ever comes to fruition, but in the meantime I had fun de-cording some nylon rope I had and making a test whip with 12-plait braiding (and an 8-plait belly).  It was actually quite easy once I learned the braiding pattern, and the whole thing took less than 5 hours, including undoing and rebraiding the belly once I got the hang of dropping strands.  Like learning to make rope, once you’ve seen how it’s made, it becomes demystified.

Yes, I am obsessed.

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Categories: geekpost, photos, sundry

A fast, busy April

April 9, 2010 3 comments

I keep going through my head my schedule for the month of April, and I cannot fully comprehend how I will survive this month.  I think if I don’t, at least I will have an incredible, amazing time trying!

Here is the current status of my calendar:

Next weekend, April 15th to 18th, is International Ms. Leather, where I will be volunteering for 16 hours and probably fairly engaged with activities the rest of the time.

April 19th to 22nd is Drupalcon, a convention of an entirely different nature where I’ll be attending workshops with titles like CSS3: The Future is Now and JQuery for Designers and Themers.  Hopefully I’ll have gotten most of the shoe polish off my hands by then.

April 23rd to 25th will be another tech-related conference, one focused solely on JQuery.  Because I won’t be exhausted enough from two back-to-back conferences alone. At least all the bootblacking polish will definitely be gone by this point!

Then, April 30th to May 3rd, I’ll be decompressing from that insanity by spending a long weekend in Seattle with Max, where we’ll attend the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and just enjoy some time together.

Amongst the general madness, I have a project deadline for April 19th, a dinner date on the 15th, and continued apartment hunting craziness, which – if I do manage to secure a place before May – means the added hecticness of packing and moving.

Yes.  This is far and away the most insane month I’ve had, schedule-wise.  Nothing I experienced in college ever came close – though admittedly I wasn’t the most engaged or involved student.

April is about to give me an intensive crash course on time-management and prioritization skills.  I just hope I’m ready for it.

HNT: the camera

November 12, 2009 15 comments

Today’s HNT celebrates the hardware that goes into making most of these photos: my Nikon D60.  But I couldn’t help making a little bondage experiment out of it.

I am completely enamored by this camera and the amount of control it gives me of the picture.  Of course it is only a starter DSLR and may be limited, but having no experience with any of the newer DSLRs, I don’t mind not knowing what I’m missing out on.  This baby’s perfect for what I use it for, and I doubt I’ll ever go beyond amateur photography.  I’ll always love taking photos, and I haven’t even really explored the full breadth of what all the manual options have to offer.

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Categories: geekpost, photos

Contradictilicious

February 11, 2009 Leave a comment

contrary

My greatest strength is my greatest weakness.  I am lazily ambitious.  Life is hilariously absurd and intensely serious.  I can lose myself in the deepest of philosophical questions, or find something like this video to be immediately satisfying:

Also, I want theseThinkGeek is the most wonderfabulistic website ever.

Quite fascinating, the results of my latest little poll.  I would have thought a classroom or office would be most easily accessible, but it looks like Mother Nature has the greatest appeal!  Or perhaps the greatest amount of privacy.  Thanks to everyone who voted! I’m going to try and think of a new poll over the weekend.

I have no idea what I’m doing.  And I’m okay with that.

Categories: ethereal, geekpost, humor, links, sundry

The Tipping Point

September 10, 2008 Leave a comment


Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip

Found this animated short detailing the consequences of accelerated global warming via reddit environment.  A very interesting film, not in the least because of the commentary it has provoked on the reddit site and elsewhere.

Thoughts?

Categories: geekpost, links, news, video

You dirty dirty console you

July 29, 2008 Leave a comment
Found at Dueling Analogs

Found at Dueling Analogs

I love dirty video game humor.
Categories: geekpost, links, photos

I know how Mario must feel, ’cause I really want to clean your pipes.

June 13, 2008 1 comment

It’s been 5 days since graduation now, and I am at my parents’ house for hopefully one of the last times. I have been hunting for a summer apartment and job in the Greater Boston area. I think I’ve found a place in Somerville, now I just need a job!

I was watching my brother play Kingdom Hearts 2 yesterday evening when my inner geekiness and my sexual drive aligned, coalesced, and formed a question in my head: Would it be possible to have sex while playing a video game? If both partners were playing? And for the rest of the time I sat there watching him play KH2, my mind was happily conjuring possible images of such a feat in progress.

And speaking of sex and video games, here is a youtube video on the very topic:

p.s. I googled “video game pickup lines” to find one for my blog title, and got a good laugh out of the results. Or should I be worried that I got them?

Categories: geekpost, life, links, sex, sundry, video