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Oct. 9th, 2013

10:50 am

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My magnets are now considered lost in the post, and the company is refunding me. This leaves me with the following options:

1. Find the cupboard door magnet that has been the best so far and use it.
2. Buy another one just the same for $2 and hope it's as good.
3. Use one of the neodymium ones that aren't as good and hope they get better.
4. Bite the bullet and phone someone in NZ and convince them to sell me a samarium-cobalt one.

In New Zealand, rare earth magnets are restricted - they'll only sell them for industrial, commercial or educational purposes. Usually folks get around this by saying they are for educational purposes, and that's what I'd have to do - by telephone - to get them. I don't really like the phone but I love pombagira so I'm willing to do that for her, but I have no guarantee that the samarium ones will be any better than the cupboard door one, and the experience with the neodymium ones has made me wary.

I guess I should be thankful that that is my biggest dilemma right now.


For the first time in 3 years. Life has conspired to keep me away for that long through various means, although this year it was a personal choice to do something different.

I have mixed feelings about Kiwiburn these days. Part of why I stopped going was burnout from being on the organising crew, and a certain amount of ambivalence about the direction the new crew was taking the festival, which conflicted with my vision at the time.

I've had a while to get over that and develop a different perspective - one that is ok with how the festival's being run and quite excited about the prospect of merely being a participant (with all that entails) rather than feeling duty-bound to make sure the festival itself is as perfect as it can possibly be, and driving myself into the ground to achieve that.

Going to a festival and actually having fun? Yes please.

So I'm going, and I'm not making a theme camp. I might take a small piece of art I've had an idea for, but that'll be it as far as serious commitment goes. I rather enjoy interacting with people and would like to do more of that.

And those who would question my principles and motivations can stay over there, enjoying whatever it is they do to have fun, and not being radically included as part of my burn. Because radical inclusion does not include fuckwits, and I don't want to let other people's bullshit affect my enjoyment. There's room at the new site for everybody.


I just wish I could shake the feeling that I'm going despite, instead of because. ;-/

Last night I made the worlds' tiniest pauldron out of cardboard. And yesterday I discovered Palight foam, which might make a cheaper, more lightweight alternative to Wonderflex. Now wouldn't that be cool? I cheekily emailed them to see if they'd send me a sample. Because nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

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From:pombagira
Date:October 8th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
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ohh magnets..whoot yorick worth waiting for i reccons.. *bounces* and i will be able to take cool photos of hims now.. :D


and yes fuckwits can be way the hell over there.. *nods*

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From:bekitty
Date:October 9th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
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Hematite can be magnetised as well, and it makes for some very pretty rings. I don't know it it'd be any stronger than the cupboard magnet though.

And yay for you going to Kiwiburn! )'(
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From:sophiawestern
Date:October 9th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
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does kiwiburn : burning man?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
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Kinda. But NZ has things like grass and rain and it's normally ~500 people.
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From:rivet
Date:October 9th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
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Erm... Did you get the memo that they hit 1000 last year?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
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Nope. I was under the impression that the numbers had dropped, actually, and I never bothered to check.
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From:rivet
Date:October 9th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
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It will be whatever it will be, and they'll probably get a drop with the site move, but I didn't want you to get a rude surprise.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:October 9th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
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Last year was around 750-800.
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From:didotwite
Date:October 9th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
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http://www.instructables.com/id/Pulling-apart-a-desktop-hard-drive-to-get-rare-ear/

...should shut up about this now...but won't. we have like 8 on our fridge. or will, when shipping gets here.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the problem with hard drive magnets is they are too big to fit in a ring, and I haven't got the equipment to cut them. ;-/
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From:Jason Howat
Date:October 9th, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
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Even if you could cut them, the heat that would be generated when doing so would probably do bad things to their level of magnetism.
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From:malchienne
Date:October 9th, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
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radical inclusion "does not include fuckwits"

I'm thinking the back half of this phrase might have to become a t-shirt. I might also swap out "include" for something else.


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From:laughingmagpie
Date:October 9th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Interesting-looking material!

I googled it and found a model-maker who uses it a lot and does nifty stuff (http://davidneat.wordpress.com) but it doesn't look like he thermoforms it to make anything curvy. I couldn't find anyone else making props out of it - does it hold bends and curves like Wonderflex?

A lot of the cosplay prop/armour-making world uses EVA foam (which is 'craft foam') and some prefer it to wonderflex, although it doesn't have a shiny/smooth finish like wonderflex does on its own.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I found this tutorial on how to thermoform Sintra/Palight. They use hot water but someone else pointed me to this one (warning, 9min video) where the guy uses a heat gun.

The first tutorial says that Sintra is for masochists, which implies it's probably not as easy as Wonderflex to work with, although if they're using hot water that's not surprising. It also says it doesn't bend as far.

However, Cullen's armour is made from a series of planes, so I won't need a lot of bendability, and I'm keen to try it out. I also think it might be good for things like swords and shields. So I'm getting a sample from the factory, and when it arrives I'll have a fiddle with it and post a report!

I did get prices on it, and it seems that I would pay about the same for a 6mm sheet as I would for a sheet of Wonderflex, but the sheet is twice the size. And the 4mm sheets are about 2/3 the price!
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From:wildilocks
Date:October 20th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
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Quite a few Kiwis that came over for Seed this year expressed a preference for the Aussie event now, as it appears to be less cliquey, and more open and relaxed (not my words). I think Kiwiburn has been growing increasingly insular but I got a feeling the move to the new site will help with that. Don't think we will make 2014 but will aim to come back in 2015.
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