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wordsmythe wrote:

Why is it "a" river city?

Also, you didn't grow up outside Chicago, did you? I knew someone with your name.

Branding?

I did not grow up in Chicago, though I am there several times a year for Renegade Craft.

WipEout wrote:

You need to hurry with the Tadly Waldorfington series-- It's too awesome, I needs mah fix!

I made a blog post about that, if you're interested. If you're itching for more Tadly, friend him on facebook for thrice-weekly updates, including weekly illustrations like the one above.

bombsfall wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

Why is it "a" river city?

Also, you didn't grow up outside Chicago, did you? I knew someone with your name.

Branding?

I did not grow up in Chicago, though I am there several times a year for Renegade Craft.

I guess there's a lot of competition if you want to be "the River City," but the indefinite article makes it sound like it's a series on living in one of the (30? 40?) cities on that list.

Do you work Renegade? Let me know next time you're in town. A few of the local goodjers hit Renegade fairly often, and we'd probably be up to both stopping by and maybe getting drinks.

Did you know that we like to drink here? It's true!

wordsmythe wrote:
bombsfall wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

Why is it "a" river city?

Also, you didn't grow up outside Chicago, did you? I knew someone with your name.

Branding?

I did not grow up in Chicago, though I am there several times a year for Renegade Craft.

I guess there's a lot of competition if you want to be "the River City," but the indefinite article makes it sound like it's a series on living in one of the (30? 40?) cities on that list.

Yeah, Richmond may be on that list, but unless it's flooded, you can almost walk across the whole width of the river in multiple spots without being swept away. That's just weird to me. Still, thanks to 'the river' there's a couple pretty sweet mountain bike trails on the banks that I'm gonna try and hit this weekend with a friend from out of town. One was pretty much built for a stop in the xterra games, IIRC.

wordsmythe wrote:
bombsfall wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

Why is it "a" river city?

Also, you didn't grow up outside Chicago, did you? I knew someone with your name.

Branding?

I did not grow up in Chicago, though I am there several times a year for Renegade Craft.

I guess there's a lot of competition if you want to be "the River City," but the indefinite article makes it sound like it's a series on living in one of the (30? 40?) cities on that list.

Do you work Renegade? Let me know next time you're in town. A few of the local goodjers hit Renegade fairly often, and we'd probably be up to both stopping by and maybe getting drinks.

Did you know that we like to drink here? It's true!

Yeah, I think the indefinite article is to avoid any rivalries with cities that are also inundated with rivers. Also, if it just said "Living in River City", I'd be tempted to sneak a River City Ransom joke into the background or something. Maybe someone yelling "BARF!"

The wife and I are usually at Renegade Craft in september and then Renegade Holiday in December. Both are a blast, and we would love to meet up with some friendly faces next time!

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Yeah, Richmond may be on that list, but unless it's flooded, you can almost walk across the whole width of the river in multiple spots without being swept away. That's just weird to me. Still, thanks to 'the river' there's a couple pretty sweet mountain bike trails on the banks that I'm gonna try and hit this weekend with a friend from out of town. One was pretty much built for a stop in the xterra games, IIRC.

River City Rollergirls FTW!

Love, love, love the river-walks. Miss that about Richmond...

Probably not good pictures, but I made the sheath for the dagger, and the hanger for it.

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Very cool. I'm just starting into leatherworking myself.

A friend's kids are fascinated by garden gnomes... so I made this:
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On a side related note, Gnomeo and Juliet just came out Tuesday... I saw it in the theatre with my GF and she liked it, so I have been watching for it to come out.

Nosferatu wrote:

On a side related note, Gnomeo and Juliet just came out Tuesday... I saw it in the theatre with my GF and she liked it, so I have been watching for it to come out.

Man, I saw the middle two quarters of that film, and kept thinking they'd missed opportunities for more gnome-puns.

Why not Monta-Blues vs. Capu-reds?

I got the kids into model rocketry, so yesterday I whipped up a wireless ignition system with safeties rather than the cheap wired one Estes gives you with the launch pad.

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Very nice LM. I had no such accessories when I was a lad building and launching model rockets. It was dynamite fuse all the way.

I'm not much of a visual artist, but I'm pretty happy with the cover art I managed to come up with for my first album -- it's super-simple but I think it works well enough:

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The album itself is a free download over on my Bandcamp page. It's just a collection of the tracks that I've made over the last two years, so there's a bit of variety in there, though it's mostly electronic with a touch of video-game-soundtrack to it.

LiquidMantis wrote:

I got the kids into model rocketry, so yesterday I whipped up a wireless ignition system with safeties rather than the cheap wired one Estes gives you with the launch pad.

IMAGE(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a254/Liquidmantis/wirelessIgnition.jpg)

Nice!

You said kidS.

I'm sayin' simultaneous key turn.

I started learning a new metals technique. Here's an example of photocopying textures into metal. The paper in the back is my pattern which I have applied to a smooth piece of copper in the front.

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Yellek wrote:

I started learning a new metals technique. Here's an example of photocopying textures into metal. The paper in the back is my pattern which I have applied to a smooth piece of copper in the front.

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Acid or sandblasting? Looks nice either way.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

Acid or sandblasting? Looks nice either way.

Thanks! It's neither actually. You use polymer clay to attach to the toner on the print, dip it in a fine grit, and then bake it so it's a hard 3-D template paper. Then you roll the sheet metal and the template paper through a rolling mill to imprint the design. The imprinting is quick and easy, it's the creating the template that is time consuming.

Neither, it's witchcraft!!

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Neither, it's witchcraft!!

She turned me into a newt!

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Neither, it's witchcraft!!

She's not a witch, she's your wife! But after what you just said, she's not even sure she wants to be that any more!

She never had it so good!

Anybody want a peanut?

Spoiler:

Am I doing it right?

After letting my faceting machine gather dust for way too long thinking it was broken (really it just needed some oil) I finally got back to my 2nd marble project!

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That's really pretty, Yellek.

More marble faceting fun over the long weekend:

This was a large marble that I cut into the Simple Portuguese cut, 145 facets:
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And this was a normal marble (no before pic) cut into the Frosted Star pattern, 91 facets. Though I decided not to leave the facets frosted since there was so much swirl inside it wouldn't have been noticeable:
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Didn't manage to finish it ahead of today's game against Sweden.

Unfortunate loss, and ended Hope Solo's record-breaking shutout streak at 796 minutes.

Yellek wrote:

gems

These are awesome. Kind of makes me want to do this as well.

Have you set them into anything? I feel like these are 1,000 times more exciting than a diamond or pearl. Honestly, besides the "diamonds are awesome" popular belief, I don't really get it.

What would someone think if you gave them a marble stone in a ring?

dimmerswitch wrote:

hope

Really nice job on this one.

PandaEskimo wrote:
Yellek wrote:

gems

These are awesome. Kind of makes me want to do this as well.

Have you set them into anything? I feel like these are 1,000 times more exciting than a diamond or pearl. Honestly, besides the "diamonds are awesome" popular belief, I don't really get it.

I've set one marble so far into a pendant, but I don't have a pic of it. It's the same setting as my first project below:
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PandaEskimo wrote:

What would someone think if you gave them a marble stone in a ring?

Definitely depends on the person. I plan to make some of the smaller marbles I have into rings. I think what's appealing about these is that they're unusual, and hand-made so each one is one of a kind.

Diamonds are overrated, barring their industrial applications.

Sure "Blood Diamond" was a movie, and hence "entertainment", enough of it is true to make me thouroughly disgusted with the "industry".

Even without the methods of obtaining them, diamonds don't have many interesting properties and aside from "oh it's rare so it's special elitism" they seem pretty boring. Sure, they sparkle a bit and you could pair them with lots of stuff because they are a neutral color, but they seem pretty plain to me. Wouldn't you rather have a nice color or colors?

That stuff sort of makes me want to cut things...like stones :).