Open Source Clothing.
Now I feel it imperative to reblog this, because the project seems to have hit a snag: The video they put up has been taken down because of claims of 3rd-party content, whatever whatever corporate lawyer stuff internet throttling stuff. That makes me think that Bennetton or one of the others whose stores were glimpsed in the background got their hooks in Vimeo.
So I thought I’d tell you a yarn about how this thing works:
You download the open-source plans for the machine.
You build it.
You download their open-souce clothing-maker program.
You enter the desired measurements into the fields (the ones I remember from the video were arm and neck and chest measurements, so I’m sure they have waist and/or hips too)
You print out your sweater, or hat, or scarf, or cardigan, or whatever it was that you selected. It takes an hour to print out the sweater, working off of the two yarn spools that you can see in the bottom right corner of this .gif
That’s it. Custom-fit, custom-color clothing in an hour, for the price of yarn. Can you see why one of the clothing companies targetted in the video might have felt threatened enough to force the video to come down?
I know if I sold overpriced manufactured clothes, I’d see this as a looming menace.
I WILL HAVE HAUTE COUTURE
You know, clothing companies could actually be all over this technology and make money at it. Imagine if whatever store got pissy over the video put one of these machines in their store, and for the price of the normal sweater plus the extra yarn, could make a custom sized sweater for any size customer who came in. Without the cost, risk nor storage of excess stock that may or may not sell. 3X? 7X? 30W? Right this way! You’ve leaving here happy!
Knitter’s Note: if you or someone you know actually builds one of these machines, remember that the finished piece MUST BE BLOCKED. youtube has tutorials. Blocking finalizes the shape, so that the stretched/super skinny look in the gif doesn’t come back.
Eclipse tonight. Show is starting :3
So long as The Guardia de Mieux and his henchmen aren’t trying to use the demon statues in some old Temple in South America tonight, we should be okay.
Points if there’s anyone who recognizes that reference. I’m showing my aaaaaage la la laaa.
Leopard Seals: Mammalian moray eels.
Very expressive mammalian moray eels
Mandala - A Planetary Musical Palindrome by Daniel Starr-Tambor
This is trippy. And simply an amazing feat of creativity. Daniel Starr-Tambor composed this abstract musical composition by assigning each planet(oid) a particular note along the natural harmonic series, ranging from Mercury’s B to Pluto’s C# two octaves up. The notes are played in a pattern corresponding to orbital periods of each planet.
I’ll let his description tell you the rest:
With more than 62 vigintillion individual notes, “Mandala” is the longest palindrome in existence. Composed using the first nine partials of the Natural Harmonic Series repeating at the accelerated tempos of our solar system, Mandala would continue without repetition for over 532.25 septendecillion years. In homage to “Art of the Fugue” by J.S. Bach, “Mandala” has been crafted to include the “musical signature” of it’s author: the stereo imaging is arranged to reflect the exact position of the solar system at the moment of his birth, from the perspective of the Sun as it faces the constellation Libra, so that each note chronicles his birthday on every planet.
Did I mention that this was amazing? Well done, sir. If you aren’t as blown away by this as me, we can’t be friends.
Was helping my niece with a school project. The point was to engineer an animal that was able to live in a rainforest environment where the forest floor is covered with hazardous plants. I helped with the research and whipped up a ref sheet for her to use to sculpt her critter.
Flying Fox/Sugar Glider cross.