Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fab. Lab.

So for the past year I've been at a magical place, the Jersey City Fab Lab. It's amazing. You can join for a hundred bucks a month and you can use all the wood shop and general area. If you want the laser cutter or 3D printer those are extra hourly charges.
About half a year ago I joined as a worker prole -- much of my work is working directly with artists to make their dreams come true with a laser engraving or cutting on their projects.
It's amazingly satisfying for me because I'm the artist tech at the end of their process and I bring the "bang" to their projects and they walk away joyous and what "we've" made (they did all the work, I just did the pretty part at the very end they couldn't do on their own.)

And Eric really pushed me in to industrial design. Into 3d modelling. Into working with unusual materials.

Robot has nothing to do with the rest of this post.
Unfortunately, we're closing. Huh. I have the uncanny ability to close places down, don't I? Or maybe I just refuse to bail out as the sink is shipping. Or something.

Jerome Leary has a site for creating .dxf files of boxes. Including trusses, which is very cool. You will need a way to convert to .ai files though. Convertio has a web app which worked for me.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Jordana Williams

We're in the middle of the run of the podcast of Mac Rogers' Steal the Stars (which will be released as a novel by Nat Cassidy.) It's directed by Jordana Williams and like every thing I've seen her direct, it is amazing.
Funny enough the first time I met her she was an actor in a Mac Rogers play that was a kind of send-up of 30's very-fast-paced radio drama where she was the lead -- a kind of gal Friday tough character in The Lucretia Jones Mysteries.*
Here's an interview with Jordana and Mac about developing Steal the Stars.
And another interview with Jordana about Asymmetric.

*I just realized I keep quoting this show in my mind because there was a recurring joke where someone would call someone else "Pud" and then say "That's short for 'pudding'." And for some reason I still find that kinda hilarious.