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flac  ·  118 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 14, 2019  ·  x 2

Married.

More to follow after honeymoon.

flac  ·  138 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 24, 2019

You'll get 'em! And some great video, too.

flac  ·  138 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 24, 2019

Oh thanks!

They are SO comfy - that's mostly why I used the linen for the suit. Outdoor wedding in August, I wanted the most comfy/breezy fabric I could get my hands on. I actually took the pants in about an inch after taking this picture, and they still have a lot of give.

I still have about 3 yards of this fabric left over, think I might also make a pair of shorts from it.

flac  ·  139 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 24, 2019  ·  

Y'all. The wedding suit is DONE (almost).

Still needs doing: strap for the vest, slip-stitching on vest/jacket/pants, sleeve buttons for jacket, hem for pants, lots of cleaning up (unfortunately, there are some small iron burns on the lapels of the jacket which I'm trying to figure out how to deal with).

This was the biggest sewing project I've undertaken, and I am generally really pleased with how it turned out. The suit fit me really poorly as-is because I am pretty lanky and fall in-between two sizes, so I had to do a lot of alterations, and still might do some more here and there. Unfortunately, this was after I had already bound the seams of the jacket with bias tape, so the insides of the jacket are not as clean as I would like.

The suit is made of a linen, which was fucking HORRIBLE to work with because of how much it stretched and shrunk throughout the process.

All told, it took three days to sew - one for the vest, one for the pants, one for the jacket. This was my first time making any of these patterns, so there was lots of learning to do.

T-Minus 17 days til the wedding. Still need to make rings, but that can wait another day.

flac  ·  146 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

I am partial to the lemonade/limeade seltzer line that Polar put out recently. Really like the watermelon lemonade and mango limeade ones.

flac  ·  152 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 10, 2019

Ahhh! These are wonderful! Are you using a pre-made pattern, or just winging it?

flac  ·  152 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 10, 2019

Oh thanks :) glad to hear you've been taking a shine to sewing recently, would love to see pictures when it's all done!

flac  ·  152 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 10, 2019

Log-man! Actually, several of them. Amassing quite a collection of bearded woodsmen

flac  ·  152 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 10, 2019

Wedding in one month. Finally locked down music for the reception.

Decided to make something for party favors, got myself a cheap woodburner and made some coasters. 150 of them. In one sitting.

Been messing around with some of the extra wood, too.

flac  ·  159 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 3, 2019

Oh thanks :)

I never considered having my own theme song, that might be too much power...

flac  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 3, 2019

Sweet! I was thinking we could maybe exchange tracks that we're stuck on/have given up on, and see what the other comes up with to add to it, although I am certainly open to starting some tracks from scratch.

I teach mostly preschool, 2-4 years. I also do some music things, and am going to teach a bit of computer science next year as well.

flac  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 3, 2019

Hello, comrades - it's been some time!

My first year of teaching at an actual school is officially over, having trained the summer teacher yesterday. Despite some helicopter parents and challenging kids, it was a really rewarding (if unbelievably exhausting year).

My summer break starts today, and boy oh boy do I have some stuff to take care of - a preposterous amount of music has been on the back-burner all year, hopefully going to put out at least an EP of some kind by the end of the summer, with any luck there'll be more. Anyone interested in a collaboration? :D

Also have a lot of work to get ready for my wedding, which is in just over a month (August 10th!). I am going to a fabric store today to find something (preferably in charcoal grey) to make a suit out of. I have silver coming in the mail soon to make the wedding rings out of. A harpist friend of mine is playing during the ceremony, and I am working on finishing writing some pieces for her to play throughout.

Some things I have been enjoying:

Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

The Black Hack Second Edition

The Quiet Year

My ongoing music backlog

After finally fixing some issues my 3d printer has been having for the past few months, I am hoping to possibly get production on little art pieces to sell underway sometime this summer too. I'm finishing up writing a simple code in p5.js to make generative designs, and am working on some original designs as well.

Things are good, and it's nice to have some time to breathe before getting back into the school year. I hope everyone here is doing well, you should be seeing more of me (until september, at least!)

flac  ·  265 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Belief in aliens could be America’s next religion

Tangentially related, here is a heady Anthropological look at the semi-recent interest in UFO's and conspiracy theories as a means of escape. I've been reading through it the past week or two and been enjoying it.

EDIT: looks like you can read it for free on JSTOR

flac  ·  277 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

    "Making one is easy. Manufacturing is hard."

Ain't that the truth. Really useful perspective, and definitely something I've been thinkkng about - I actually just upgraded a bunch of the replaceable parts last weekend, mostly extruder/bed/hot end stuff.

flac  ·  278 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

That's awesome! Do you have any pictures of some favorites that you've made?

Re: building a business vs. the joy of doing something, I think that a major reason that this is the first of my creative ventures that I am actually attempting to properly monetize is that 3D printing is virtually zero effort, as far as production is concerned. Sure, it takes some time to make good designs, but I can just press "go" on the printer and more or less leave it be for the next 6 hours, and once I have a design I like I can just keep printing it for as long as people keep buying it. The actual labor is pretty much front-loaded. I don't have to worry about a day where I don't have the energy to make a product to sell like I would with sewing, or even music. It's just a matter of making sure the machine works.

It's funny, because with sewing or knitting I always enjoy the act of making things so much, but as soon as I have a deadline or a paying customer, it becomes torture and I wish I had a machine that could just do it all for me. And now I do (at least until it falls apart from overuse...)

flac  ·  278 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

Looks like a great read, thanks for the recommendation! There are a couple of small artist co-ops in town that I'm hoping to look into once I've been selling on etsy for a month or two, and I would wager lots of other local resources for teeny tiny business owners.

Out of curiosity you thinking of selling your drawings/sketches, or something else?

flac  ·  278 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

Hey, thanks for the perspective, artist formerly known as rd95!

Going to mull that formula over for a bit...

I, uh, actually hadn't even thought of the legality of selling the video game stuff until now. I had this hazy memory saying "oh yeah, I've been to Cons before, people are selling fan art all the time. I guess this must be legal!"

Needless to say, seems I was wrong! I'll still probably sell the video game stuff through word of mouth to my nerd friends and their people.

flac  ·  278 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

Hey, I have a very tedious issue that I would like some assistance with - if anyone has strong opinions about reasonable price points, I would love any help you've got.

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So, a couple of days ago, I mentioned that I'm trying to get that Etsy cash a-rollin' by selling some 3D printed wall art:

A new one I'm pretty pleased with (I prettied up the print a little after this photo to align the tractor beam)

As of tomorrow, I'll have 50 individual units made, and by this sunday I'm hoping to have the shop opened. I've been working a little bit on logistics and packaging the past few days, and am just stuck on the question of price.

Now, I have no fucking clue how much people will buy these things for, but I am guessing that the answer is somewhere around $10, with around a $2.50 over/under. This is based solely on me asking myself "what would I pay for one of these", and a teeny tiny modicum of market research.

The cost of producing these in terms of resources is pretty negligible - the filament and energy consumed are about $.50 per unit. I have the design process pretty streamlined at this point, and a basic design takes maybe an hour to work up. They do take a decent amount of time to print, though, about 1.5 hours for each base, and 45 minutes for the art inlay. I have it set up so I print 12 hexes a day in batches of four, one when I go to work, one when I come back, one when I go to sleep. On weekends I just print the inlays all day if I'm around, and it about evens out, ending up with around 50 units, ignoring ones that turned out imperfect.

The bases connect together, though I think for the most part people will buy just one of whatever design they want and call it a day. I also think that the grouped pieces - like the lunar phases or the cow thing - will sell reasonably well, though probably not as frequently as the individual ones. I'm intending to shoot for a bit of an artsier crowd with the grouped pieces (cow one not necessarily included...), and I plan on mostly designing around a bunch of video game/pop culture themes for the individual pieces. In my mind, I imagine someone looking at my designs, finding one or two individual pieces they like, and maybe getting another one or two pieces as gifts for friends who they know to like such-and-such game/movie.

This being the case, I am thinking of pricing things as follows, which I hope will incentivize buying higher quantities.

1: $10

2: $20

3: $30

4. $37.50

5. $45

6: $52.50

7: $60

My initial pricing was just $7.50 for everything, which seemed very reasonable to me, but I also know I have a big tendency to undervalue my work, and $10 seemed nice and round for a single piece. The grouped pieces will mostly be either 4, 5, or 7 units, just because those are the most aesthetically appealing configurations of the bases for me personally. They'll be made of set colors, and will come pre-assembled, while the individual pieces can have a variety of colors and will come with the pieces to connect them together if one so desires.

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TL;DR: if you were in the buying mood, what would you pay for one of these little wall art pieces? They're about 3.75" by 3.25", and really solid - I used 40% infill and a pretty low layer height to ensure that they are pretty hefty. They'll be packaged in individually made little bags, and sent in a bubble wrap mailer.

Additionally, any suggestions for video games/pop culture things that might be of interest to people? I have a dozen or so more designs that aren't pictured here, and am planning on making an Instagram and posting one new design a day once I have the Etsy shop open, and I'm definitely open to suggestions.

(Sorry I tend to go away for 6 months at a time only to come back for shameless plugs)

( Also, lil, yours is mailing Saturday :) )

flac  ·  286 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

Totally feel you on the wedding, doing the same thing for my wedding (minus the year in between...)

BotW could keep you busy for a real long time, hmu whenever.

flac  ·  286 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

Name: flac, Brendan, etc.

Location: VT

Age: 24

Still here, just lurking. I've been keeping very busy; I work full time as a teacher in a little radical school in the woods (which all the teachers just finished building a yurt for), I've been finishing up writing a folk EP, I've been learning the harp. I've been planning a wedding, helping plan this summer's plays/plans, working on a garden and building a geodesic dome greenhouse.

I've become obsessed with 3D printing since finally buying a printer in December. I've started designing/printing some little modular wall art pieces to sell, and am just waiting until I've printed enough to start selling. Expect me to shamelessly plug an Etsy imminently.

Some samples:

Glow in the dark moon phases.

assorted nerd shit.

I've also been playing an insane amount of the new Super Smash Bros. game - PM me for my friend code if you wanna catch these hands.

Also, as of today, I am finally a licensed driver.

EDIT: Also, PM me if you want the Tinkercad files for any of the above wall art, gratis for my hubskifolx