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My family is both creative and destructive, it's a gift - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 16th, 2013

09:05 am - My family is both creative and destructive, it's a gift

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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.

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From:pombagira
Date:August 15th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
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your brother is so the mad scientists.. whoot

also yay armour.. *skips about*..and when should i organised a picnic lunch for us so we may travel and take photos.. i quite fancy a picnic...and photography sessions.. whee

*beams*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Well, I reckon either next Sunday (I'm busy Sat), or the following weekend? I think there are some good locations on the South Coast, or maybe somewhere where there are gun emplacements? I can't drive with the armour on, but it's easy enough to take on and off that we can go pretty much anywhere we want.

;-)
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From:richdrich
Date:August 15th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
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I have a microwave oven with no turntable, if grist would be into that.

I have been told that turntables can be found, or I did think of making a hole in the back, piping propane through, igniting the propane and making huge fireballs that fly across the field. Maybe.
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From:grist
Date:August 16th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
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I would be most happy to take that off your hands. :)

grist at unh dot co dot new zealand.
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 16th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
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there's a large tv on the footpath halfway up aro street near durham st, there often are tvs up and down aro.
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From:grist
Date:August 16th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
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Hmm, my understanding was these have been left out for specific collection and taking them is essentially stealing. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 16th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
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really? I've never heard of anyone doing Tv collection, understood it was just fucking students leaving their shit for someone else to deal with.
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From:grist
Date:August 16th, 2013 08:56 am (UTC)
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I was thinking more of items that had been donated to charities and the like, than specific TV collection, but you may well be right.

If it's still there tomorrow I shall take a look at it. :)
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 16th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
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as far as I know the solid refuse left on the footpath, eg furnishings, appliances, boxes of crap, is lazy people dumping their problems on the council. it is most notable at the typical change-of-flatting times end and start of year. for a while some a-hole was leaving just crt tubes placed in various locations, say ten would appear over one night, must be just the one person as each one had the end "nipple" snapped off, and i guess had whatever precious metal inside extracted out(?).

apparently you can pick up a whole heap of stuff around the various budget apartment blocks on taranaki st after term ends, eg vacuum cleaners and blenders and the like.

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From:nick_101
Date:August 16th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
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Your project turned out great. :D
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I'm really proud of it. Now to find somewhere to wear it!
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From:helianthas
Date:August 16th, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
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So... American pronunciation, then, I'm assuming...?
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
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I'm guessing so, although I admit I only started watching it 2 days ago. ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:August 16th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
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I've never heard about the youtube channel, I have to admit. Will have to investigate when I'm at home.

That outfit turned out beautifully - how much does it weigh? Just curious ...
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure. Once it's completely done I'll weigh it. The tabard is 3.5 kgs and that's the heaviest individual piece, but I suspect the armour's quite heavy too.
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From:nessainwe
Date:August 16th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
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It's looking great :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
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Eee, thanks! ;-)
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From:kehleyr
Date:August 16th, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
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WoW... that looks fantastic.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
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I'm utterly stoked with how it came out. I just keep looking at it and going "Did I really make that thing? Wow."
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From:adam_0oo
Date:August 16th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Really like that color blue.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
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Me too. It's all military and official-like. ;-)
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From:downwardlashes
Date:August 17th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
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That's looking really good!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 17th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm really proud of it.
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From:pundigrion
Date:August 21st, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
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That looks awesome!
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