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Jan. 16th, 2005

LJ being down made me go through withdrawals. Happy it's back up, weird that all the backups failed.

Being in withdrawals, I had to do other things.

I got gas.
I got more DVDs.
I got a new car battery.
I bought an MIG-ready arc welder.
I took the driver's seat out of the explorer.

The last two are related. The seat in the explorer has been rather uncomfortable for a while, leaning back much too far. I understand why-- my mooselike frame was simply too much for it with the repeated stresses of getting in and out and squirming around. I was pertty sure that it was broken somewhere, and the arc welder was something that I was getting anyway, so it was timely.

And I was right. The frame is broken on the bottom. It's also bent and twisted, and fixing it will be a mondo bitcheroo. I was able to take the electric adjustment frame off and mostly bend that back into place (the mounts are aluminum), and I was able to bend the steel seat frame mostly back into place. I'll try and weld it back tomorrow and add some reinforcement. It's basically too late to do anything tonight. I also have another easy thing I want to try and weld, so we'll see how that works.

The car battery took me about 20 minutes to change out, mostly because it was cold and all of the bolts were tight. But the 'Sploder is much happier now. Getting the seat out took a little over an hour because of the way that the seat belt bracket was attached. And it was cold.

I also have some nifty studio fluorescent lighting raw materials coming, probably for next week. And three more C+ stands.

And I made a skin texture rubber stamp for texturing clay sculptures.

I guess it's been a busy day.


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Jan. 16th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
I got gas too, but I blame Chipotle, not LJ.
Jan. 16th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
I had annoying feelings when LJ was down. I wouldn't call it withdrawal. I figured it'd be back up again shortly and decided to be relatively patient. Funny how you got more things done when it was down, eh? I wasn't nearly as productive....
Jan. 16th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
I had actually planned on doing a bunch of stuff yesterday. I just thought it was fun to blame LJ being down. Since I don't have to go into work on Monday, I figured it was a good weekend to try and fix the car seat.
Jan. 16th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Quiz! Can YOU tell revdj from magic marmot?

A) I suspected the car seat was fucked up. I took it to the dealer, who told me it was, and gave me an estimate. That would have been expensive, so I took it to a garage and put slightly less on my credit card. Boy, I am in debt.

B) I suspected the car seat was fucked up. Fortunately, I had just happened to buy an arc welder. The frame was broken on the bottom, and bent and twisted. So I removed the seat, took the electric adjustment frame off and mostly bent that back into place. The seat frame was steel, but that didn't stop me from bending that back into place as well. I then welded it back and added some reinforcement. I whipped up a fake dead-body and put it in the driver's side passenger seat, belted it in, and the car is now operational again.

Jan. 16th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! I know! I know!
Jan. 16th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
A question, please?
Will you please tell me what this C+ stand is that you so rave over?
Jan. 16th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: A question, please?

I like your new icon -- it's nice to see your face every once in a while. : )
Jan. 16th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)

It's a professional lighting stand that is heavy-duty enough to handle film lighting fixtures.

The original industry standard is the Century Stand (shortened to C stand), and has been around for a very very long time. Originally it was designed to hold reflectors back in the day when film had to be exposed with sunlight-- the most common size reflector was the 100-inch (century) size.

The original adjustable C-stand was introduced by MSE (Matthews Studio Equipment) in 1974, and they have now designed the next generation of C-stand, with some improved features. For instance, the legs rotate and lock so you can store these stands laying flat. The locks are tighter and more precise, the stands themselves are made of high-quality steel, and extend from a 40" collapsed height to almost 11 feet.

The ones I got are black.

They can easily hold a 35 lb. light. I don't have any lights that are that heavy, but they can also be used to hold large screen diffusers, reflectors, booms, or pretty much anything that needs to be supported on a movie set.
Jan. 16th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: C+stands
Somehow, I'm getting the impression that you're building your own major studio piece by piece.

Too bad I can't act. : (

But, if you ever need a copyeditor, I'm available!
Jan. 16th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: C+stands
I'd say minor studio, but yes.

Considering that I am planning to make a lot of movies (and do still photos) in the future, it's kind of an investment. One thing I have learned is that it is impossible to have too many stands, and having a variety of lighting equipment available makes the quality improve a lot.

Of course, there's the knowing how to use the lights that's a big part of it too. :)

Jan. 17th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: C+stands
"Too bad I can't act."

I can! I can! If you ever need a portly bearded middle aged Yid-looking guy to go, "Nonsense, lads, there are no such things as Zombies. You should be able to visit the island with impunity!" I am SO your man.
Jan. 17th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: C+stands
There is actually a scene in a zombie movie that I'm writing where a priest decides to hold off the zombie horde with the power of the cross.

As the zombies all group into the church, they stop when they see him, as if mesmerized. Then they slowly part, and a Hassidic zombie, a hindu zombie, and a hare krishna zombie all walk up to the front.

Then all the zombies attack.

Jan. 17th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: C+stands
That's really brilliant.

If you let me know in advance, and want me to do it, I will grow a beard and pe-ahs.

Jan. 17th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: C+stands
You are most definitely on. This project got shelved primarily for budgetary reasons, so when it comes to, I'll be able to give you plenty o' notice.
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