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Sunday, 18 April 2004


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0042 - The week's project

I was working all week on a costume from the movie TRON for the Penguicon Masquerade. Here's the final version, as I wore it there:



The costume won the Workmanship award. (They gave out awards in categories, rather than trying to name the best overall.) I got a free membership to next year's Penguicon. Everyone who said anything about it said it was "cool" or, like Neil Gaiman, "neat!". I'll probably wear it aroound the con tomorrow, too.

I've got a page describing how I put it all together, complete with pictures along the way.

Thanks to bronxelf_ag001 for much patient help and answers to dumb basic questions. I couldn't have done it without her assistance.

current mood: [mood icon] accomplished

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From:bronxelf_ag001
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My pleasure. You look fabulous, and I'm glad it all worked out. :) xo
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From:timmowarner
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Ooo, you met Neil Gaiman?
From:funkstyle
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hey there

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you rock, dude. it's cool that you don't let the kids on slashdot get you down. great job on the costume!
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From:opalcat
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That costume kicks ass! How are you powering the el-wire?
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From:jmaynard
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Each piece of armor has one piece of el-wire attached to it (and routed around behind to get from one place to another). Each piece of el-wire has a battery-powered inverter attached, and hidden underneath somewhere that won't show unless you look closely. The inverters are a little bigger than the 2 AA cells (or, in the case of the helmet, the 9V battery) that powers them, so hiding them isn't hard if you make provision for them when designing the piece. The helmet inverter, for example, is inside the top, and sits between the helmet and the top of my head. (Note to self: Next time, PADDING! The edge dug in after a while.)
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From:opalcat
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Cool. How many battery packs/inverters in all?

I thought you might get a kick out of this suit of armor I made for myself when I was in elementary school: http://tinyurl.com/28ocb
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From:jmaynard
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Each piece has a separate inverter, so that's 5 inverters with 2 AAs (upper arm guards, lower arm guards, frisbee) and one 9V inverter (helmet).

The armor isn't bad at all for 6th grade...I doubt I'd have done that well.
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From:opalcat
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The helmet had a visor that had a piece of thread attached that ran down my sleeve. A little tug and the visor popped open. It was really cool :)
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From:floopyboo
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Quoted from SA:

I was also reading some of his livejournal and he's in a sour mood right now so I hope this doesn't bum him out too badly. We need nerds like him to make our dreary days full of laughter, and so we feel a lot better about ourselves. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Nice job on the costume and congrats on the win.
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From:jmaynard
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Thanks for pointing out the SA appearance...my life is now complete. At least I don't have to subject myself to reading the forum comments, since I'm not about to spend money to subject myself to the kind of crap that's undoubtedly going on there.
From:digichrist
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I came here through the SA link to check out your costume. I think you did a damn fine job on it to be honest!
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From:dantheserene
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Good Job

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I'm posting back to this entry, but I've read the others up to Sunday evening.

I'd just like to congratulate you on the class you have shown through this whole episode. We can't control what others do, but we can control what we do, and in that regard you are a champ.

You did fine work on the costume, you showed grace under pressure, and you've shown yourself to be a better man than most.
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From:thorne1966
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WOW.... you did a superb job on the suit. you are to be congratulated on your efforts, and on your first place win...

I found your blog through FARK (a sin unto death, i know... *L*), but you remind me of more than a few old friends, so i hope you don't mind me commenting...

BTW... i'm jealous as hell... Neil Gaiman is one of htose people that i REALLY want to eventually meet. *L*
From:millennial
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Excellent work... and I'm jealous as hell that you met Neil Gaiman! The man is a wonder of the world.
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From:jmaynard
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I hadn't read a word he'd written (except for Good Omens) before Penguicon. I've since picked up both American Gods and Neverwhere, and have read the former. Yeah. Great author. He goes on the "must buy" list.
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From:holyjes
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hi, i got here from ljdrama.org

i am impressed by your attitude!

also, i see the picture, uhhhh, you arent even fat, why are they calling you fat?
people are stupid
you are awesome!
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From:throwingstardna
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Ignore the haters ... your costume is awesome, you did a great job.

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Some people's entire skills of creativity are tied up in their ability to be creatively insulting instead of creatively productive.

Keep on doing what you do.
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From:woe_sis
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Re: Ignore the haters ... your costume is awesome, you did a great job.

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Yeah... what he (*points up*) said!

Great job on your costume.

~lily~
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From:deadly_touch
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oh my gosh, I absolutely love your costume! That rocks so hard!
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From:lysystratae
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Hey, heard you on D&M, had to come take a look (I'm an old sci-fi geek myself - been doing cons since 1978). The costume came out pretty good...
From:thp
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I just heard about your costume the other day, and found you here, and read that page just now. And I've gotta say, that's about the coolest thing I've ever seen. I've wanted to make an outfit like that for myself for the longest time.

More power to you, and hell. I say with many others, ignore the people who are being arses about this. I have the utmost respect for the patience and diligence necessary to make something like this work.

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