Tactical Ninja - My family is both creative and destructive, it's a gift
Aug. 16th, 2013
09:05 am - My family is both creative and destructive, it's a gift
So, hands up who hasn't seen Pronunciation Book yet? For those who like me are not on the pulse of the internet, it's exactly what it says on the box - a YouTube channel that tells you how to pronounce things. Or, it was, up until earlier this year, when it got a bit weird. Then, about a month ago it stopped with the pretence altogether and started a countdown, in which a daily post would be made as usual, but it would make a seemingly random statement, followed by "Something is going to happen in X days." It started at 77, now it's down to 46 - that makes it September 24th when said thing is going to happen (yes the vids originate in the US).
Naturally, folks are curious. I am. I mean, I know it's probably viral marketing, but my interest was piqued by the fact that the channel existed innocuously for 3 years before this weirdness started. That's a commitment that suggests something a bit different from your average. Anyway, speculation is rife, with the most popular theories being it's either a new Battlestar Galactica or a new Halo. There's even one theory that suggests the use of the name Glyph may portent the announcement of a Mass Effect movie.
So I've subscribed to the channel, because I love me a good mystery. Of course, on the 25th of September, the video could very well say "This is how you pronounce global disappointment." But while it lasts, I'm totally in.
Last night I threaded the leg armour. This involved taking each piece, stringing it onto its two supporting straps, and riveting a keeper onto the strap below the threading hole to keep it in place.
Setting rivets in such a fiddly place made for some cusswords and when my wee anvil disappeared under the amp cabinet there were some cusswords and some grovelling on the floor, but it's done. Then I tried it on and then I jumped around the room going *SQUEESQUEESQUEEE* because it came out better than my wildest dreams! I mean, I don't look anything like my Hawke does, but my fucking armour does BOO YAH!
And while I won't be able to sit in it because of the leg armour, it's easy enough to remove, and walking, running, jumping and waving my arms will all be easily possible. It's quite warm so I'll be wearing a singlet under it, but yep. I made a costume that's practical - except, no pockets. Damn. Also, I'd like to fashion a thing that resembles a guitar strap, with hooks on each end, to carry a staff on my back so I have hands free. Hmm..
So I won't be showing you any more photos after these ones until I've done a proper photo session with pombagira, because if I'm going to dress up like a videogame character and run round pretending to be them, I'm going to do it properly and get decent photographic evidence. So here's The Hoff sporting the Regalia of Weisshaupt:
I am pleased that it fits me better than it fits him. Yup. Things left to do:
Finish the second gauntlet.
Paint the keepers on belt and armour supports silver.
Make three keepers for the pointless hip belt and armour leg straps.
Add velcro dots to the gryphon armband and jacket so it can be attached.
Make the hood.
Do final touches of paint removal/fixing.
All that adds up to it being finished by the end of this weekend. When I look back, the first post I made about this was on the 22nd of July, so I must have started it about the 20th, which means it's been about a month. Hahaha check me out with my midwinter obsession! At least it was healthier than last year's...
In other news, my brother grist is looking for parts - particularly, the kind of parts you find in old CRT televisions. I'm not sure what he'll do with the parts, but here is the sort of thing he's been making lately:
So it would be in the interests of filling the world with more shiny (and also semi-responsible* disposal of old electronic equipment) if you were to spread the word to your crappy-old-tv-having friends.
* The leftovers will be disposed of ethically, but he might use the parts to make things that blow shit up.