STUDY::costumes

For this study I’ll be dividing my lists into two categories. The first being costumes I want to wear, the second being costumes that I find attractive when attractive people wear them.

Costumes I want to wear:

Zombie Lumberjack

Zombie P-I reporter

Zombie Pocahontas

Return of the Jedi Speeder Scout Stormtrooper.

Costumes that make me hot and bothered:

Silent Hill Nurse

Zombie Anything

I expect to update this as I find more.

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MATERIAL::diybikeworkstand

So I really like photography, and I was looking at my superclamp thinking… “I’m getting older and it isn’t comfy to bend over to work on my bike all the time anymore… I bet I can make something with this.”
(a superclamp is a lighting clamp by manfrotto… it’s ridiculously useful:

… and it made me wonder if I could put a bike in it.)

So eventually I came up with this:


It’s basically just plumbing pipe… galvanized iron and fittings. The whole point here is to have something that will hold the bike at eye and hand level without any wobble… so you don’t have to do too much straining and bending while you’re doing something like setting up your drivetrain for the third time in two days.

I used two superclamps, because… well they’re awesome, and I wanted another one anyway. I also didn’t have to use any power tools to drill through the pipe or fittings to attach the clamp that holds the seatpost… I was able to put it together with a single adjustable wrench and some muscle.

If you need a work stand and you have superclamps, I suggest doing this. If not, you can price out the ingredients and decide for yourself.
Pparts list:
(1) long threaded pipe, approximately your height.
(2) longish threaded pipes, long enough to extend out and provide a wide base to balance over.
(1) T fitting. I couldn’t find a 90-90-90 fitting so i used a 180-90 T and two nipples and two 45 elbows. This allows you to angle the main pipe but it also requires crazy torque to keep the legs stiff.
(1) floor junction fitting… it’s just a round plate for the top of the pipe with four holes in it and a threaded center.
(2) U bolts. These allow you to tune the reach of the top arm, and thus balance the stand per bike.
(1) short pipe to fit the U bolts on top.
(2) super clamps and one stud to put them together… or some other clamping mechanism. Just know that the clamp and how its secured really makes the stand.

Directions:
screw everything hard.

What’s nice about this is that it disassembles and reassembles. What’s not nice about this is that if you don’t already have the superclamps, you are left with an expensive problem of clamping the bike to the stand. The other parts are not expensive, but they add up quickly.

MATERIAL::ft86

the FT-86.

I’ve wanted it for a long, long time.

This is a video game image, but the design concept is basically this...

This is a video game image, but the design concept is basically this...

I want it.

Can’t WAIT to see what the production version is like. As long as it’s lightweight, rear wheel drive, and small, I’ll be happy.

MATERIAL::kp3

This is something I really want.

Its more than just an effects processor, more than just a sampler, more than I can handle.

It's more than just an effects processor, more than just a sampler, more than I can handle.

These things are crazy. It’s been employed in tons of music before but I didn’t really understand what kind of stuff was possible using just this, a microphone, and an SD card until I spent a few hours on youtube and saw Beardyman rock the shit out of northern England.

I know it’s a little weird for someone like me to want to DJ with electronic samplers and shit… especially because if you can’t beatbox or anything it really isn’t going to do much of anything… but it’s just pure fun.

Maybe I could start on a mini-KP and just mix in garage band… that’s not a bad idea.

Basically, this shit is crazy cool. If I didn’t have other passions that more than absorb my life and income, I’d be all over this like white on my pasty ass.

STUDY::zombieland

you werent half this hot in superbad. maybe its the eyeliner.

you weren't half this hot in superbad. maybe it's the eyeliner.

Fantastic. I seriously couldn’t like any part of this movie less, it’s just… it’s running on all cylinders. It’s a grand slam. It’s careful measurements in just the right amounts, but it’s not formulaic. Zombieland is postmodern enough to get it but appealing enough to not lose it. It’s an alchemy of humor and style that creates more than just art, more than just film, more than just a movie.

I don’t want to ruin it, but it’s SUPER meta. Like, more than just one element… the writing is meta, the filmic devices are meta… the characters… it’s just meta as fuck. And thank god for that because any Zombie Movie that takes itself that seriously needs to nut up or shut up.

Seriously, if you think someone can make a zombie movie that takes itself seriously and have it not turn into the atrociously pathetic Zombie Honeymoon ;;; well, you’re thinker done brokedid.

This movie is enough of a zombie flick to get all the thrill of one, but it’s too smart and too stupid to fall victim to any of the regular zombie movie leeching cliché that ruins most attempts at halfdeadhorror this side of y2k.

The only other zombie movie that comes close in enjoyability is Shaun of the Dead… and honestly this movie is fleshed out in a much broader spectrum of entertainment. It’s got some more of the classic stuff going on, where Shaun of the Dead turns its prissy brit nose up and passes that kind of kick by. Really, when it comes down to it… this is America’s Shaun of the Dead… the “Mr. Show” or “MST3K” answering “MP’s Flying Circus”… except it’s so much better executed that I should slap myself for saying such a thing…
Slap.

That was for the comparison. Shaun of the Dead is great, but Zombieland is great in a whole different game… it’s not better or worse… it’s a different brand.

Slap.

That was for putting Monty Python on par with anything else. That brilliance is unparalleled and the mention of it only hurts what I’m trying to say.

What I’m trying to say is that I laughed my heart out to ::EVERY SINGLE JOKE:: in this movie.

And while I was laughing I still had time to realize

– the film artistry is phenomenal.

– the violence is gutty and pulp and sick and amazingly not overdone to the point where the horror elements are phenomenal.

– Emma Stone is a fucking fox and the acting throughout, but especially of the romance, is phenomenal

– the writing is honestly extremely expert, and makes for a narrative that YES I THINK THE WRITING IS AWESOME AND PHUGH NOM IHH NAAAAAAL!!!!!

Now I know my raving reviews all sound dumb and You’ve probably skipped over at least 4/3rds of this, but Zombieland rocks. Jesse Eisenberg rocks a righteous role into overdrive as the ‘geeky white boy who’s probably jewish and totally loveable even though he lacks confidence and masculine behaviors’… a character who had been ruined in all masks and faces by Michael Cera… Eisenberg plays in the same style with  “The jarringly high, almost soprano voice and gawky turtle face, the ironic wimpy despair, the whole (sorry, but I can’t put this any other way) utter lack of a manly bone in his stringbean body.” but somehow blows Cera out of the acting cesspool by doing this all with dignity, character, dynamic humanity and a believable yet vulnerable strength that strikes the chord of my own truth in a way Cera’s acting denied. I’m not exactly able to communicate this … but I’m glad that at least one spineless wimp character finally showed some backbone.

Looking back at it, sure there were some obvious gaps for deleted scenes or directions the film didn’t take that it wanted you to think about and then didn’t maybe do something or anything with that supposed created expectation or shit… whatever, it may not be perfect…

but this movie is the perfect zombie movie.

Harrelson is great. Abigail Breslin rocks out. Hell, even the extras are awesome.

It’s the funniest movie I’ve seen in years, and it’s not heartbreaking like any of the other movies I’ve enjoyed in as much time have been. It’s phenomenal.

And yes. Emma Stone didn’t do anything for me in Superbad, but she totally stole my heart in this.

Addendum One:

Normally I hate really loathe fucking puke dislike girls with overdone eyeliner. I rage about it. Wichita can walk all over me; i’ll lick her boots in ecstasy and I think it’s because of that fucking black shit on her eyes. I _hate_ this, but it’s true.

Addendum Two:

Honestly I hate guns. I hate gun nuts and I hate gun violence. But this movie would have SUCKED if it didn’t bust so many caps… and I really have no defense for liking this about it. It’s American as shiiit and after watching this I wanted to shoot bullets through just about everything in the world that didn’t have a place in my heart already. Good thing that feeling lasted all of four seconds.

Anyway, go see the motherfucking show. It’s phenomenal.

‘dendum threeve, I cuss when I like stuff.

MATERIAL::gatorskin

dundee done got kicked in the teef

dundee done got kicked in the teef

This tire’s great. I was pleasantly surprised with its wet performance, and well… only time will tell if it’s worth the extra money when compared to a regular tire in terms of puncture and flat resistance.

MATERIAL::souldierstraps

http://www.souldier.us/

its a strap on... your camera.

it's a strap on... your camera.

Made from salvaged seatbelts…

In Chicago…

With cool designs available…

It’s comfy and sweet. I’m a fan. Mine? It’s hounds tooth, black and white.