Facebook Account: Deleted.

That’s it. That’s it. I’m done. I’m fin­ished. No more. It’s over. I am NOT going back on Face­book. Fin­ished; over; kaput.

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Why? Why am I post­ing this here and not on a per­sonal blog? Well, besides hav­ing DELETED IT since I never used it any­more, this is also some­thing that is quite rel­e­vant to my cre­ative poten­tial. I’m sorry to say that Face­book is the ulti­mate black hole when it comes to invig­o­rat­ing and inspir­ing and uphold­ing my cre­ative poten­tial. All of my energy, my drive, my atten­tion, and time, was being devoted to that thing. I have not been cre­at­ing; I have been con­sum­ing; and let me tell you why: Because Face­book is designed solely to become as addic­tive as pos­si­ble. It’s designed to replace this vast web of ours and suck it all up like a ver­i­ta­ble straw from our milkshakes.

Another impor­tant note: I truly believe that it has led to an increased sense of depres­sion, para­noia, nar­cis­sism and priv­i­lege. I’ve noticed the grow­ing atti­tude and expec­ta­tion is that if you DON’T have Face­book, you’re not part of the scene, and will be cut out from plans, events, gath­er­ings, and meet­ings. Seri­ously. The local Steam­punk group depends SOLELY on Face­book now for post­ing its meet­ing times and loca­tions. They don’t update their web­site any­more with impor­tant infor­ma­tion, and unless you hap­pen to be there at the right place and time, and are part of the right Face­book Group, you would have never known that there’s sup­pos­edly a com­mu­nity of steam­punk enthu­si­asts here in Reno hav­ing a meet­ing at someone’s house to orga­nize this year’s ball in Vir­ginia City. Talk about being exclu­sive! It’s a damned shame. Only 4 peo­ple are headed to that meet­ing, rather than the 40 it should be, and they don’t seem to under­stand that it’s because they’re lim­it­ing them­selves to a very select num­ber of peo­ple who may or may not hap­pen to be view­ing their Face­book feed at the right time.

Years ago, a friend of mine, about 20 years my senior, used to get upset when I insisted that I be con­tacted via email or instant mes­sen­ger rather than a tele­phone. He used to say in a sar­cas­tic tone: “There’s this REALLY NEAT INVENTION. It’s called a TELEPHONE. You can pick it up, CALL some­one, and TALK TO THEM.” I used to think my friend was merely being sar­cas­tic and stub­born when he told me this, but the cliche often uttered these days is: “we have more friends than ever but we’ve never been more alone,” and I am find­ing that to be very true. Not only was Face­book becom­ing my boob tube, essen­tially replac­ing most (if not nearly all) of my social inter­ac­tion, but it was pulling me into this psy­cho­log­i­cal vor­tex of despair, lone­li­ness and depression—or at least I strongly believe this to be true. Such a hypoth­e­sis will either prove itself over the next month or two, or it won’t. In either case, in 14 days time, my account will be sched­uled for per­ma­nent dele­tion, and we’ll just see how well I cope with being dumped back into the larger world—the more free and bet­ter world—that I used to be part of before being sucked into Zucker­ber­g­land. I’m bet­ting I might just end up being more pro­duc­tive as well.

So, for all of you out there who may have fol­lowed me, my tai­lor­ing page, or known me on Face­book, I’m very sorry, but I will not be attend­ing to that forum of com­mu­ni­ca­tion any longer. How­ever, for those here, who I have regret­fully been neglect­ing for the last few months: please accept my most hum­ble apolo­gies. I promise I will return to the land of the liv­ing and vibrant, and I will start con­tribut­ing once again to my artis­tic, sar­to­r­ial pursuits.

A First Time for Everything!

IMG_7659So, I’ve been study­ing tai­lor­ing for going on 5 years now, and I’ve never yet hand-drafted a pat­tern using a pen­cil and paper. I fig­ured that needed to change, and I set off to do this about two months ago. In order to draft, I required a draft­ing square. Once again, being low on money and believ­ing in mak­ing things myself influ­enced me to cre­ate my own draft­ing square. So, of course, I over­did it, and not only did I make a square, but I made an over­all accu­rate repro­duc­tion of a vin­tage 1907 tailor’s square, orig­i­nally put out by Lufkin Rule Com­pany.

Once I had some work­ing pro­to­types I went on to actu­ally try my hand at draft­ing for the first time, and of course I picked a Prince Albert Frock Coat. Why not? ;D Con­tinue read­ing if you care for the details and a video!

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Tailor’s Square Templates, Now Available

Voila!

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I’ve made a 1:1 scale tem­plate for cre­at­ing a tailor’s square, oth­er­wise known as a Tailor’s L-Rule. The tem­plate was based off of Fredrick Croonborg’s page illus­tra­tion from the 1907 Supreme Sys­tem by Fredrick Croon­borg. With this, any­one can now down­load the PDF or lay­ered Adobe Illus­tra­tor file and cre­ate an accu­rate repro­duc­tion of the clas­sic impe­r­ial unit tailor’s square. The Adobe Illus­tra­tor file comes with two art­boards: One which is a com­pos­ite tem­plate of the entire square, in lay­ers, and the sec­ond con­tains sep­a­rate pieces for the event in which some­one might want to fab­ri­cate a repro­duc­tion in wood, brass, or any other mate­r­ial they wish. I’m per­son­ally going to take these tem­plates over to my local mak­er­space and use the laser cut­ter to etch a cou­ple of these out of plex­i­glass or wood with a brass brace!

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Switching Patreon to a Monthly Campaign

Brass & Mortar Patreon Campaign

I’ve changed my Patreon to a monthly cam­paign, and I’ve resorted my goals and rewards to reflect the new sys­tem. This allows for more flex­i­ble nature of con­tent with­out wor­ry­ing about what I should make a paid piece or when I should release them. The goals are now on a monthly basis, mean­ing they went up since I was orig­i­nally bas­ing my goals at an aver­age of one piece of con­tent per week. The rewards also have been adjusted, and I used the Fibonacci sequence to reflect the order of mag­ni­tude (yes I real­ize mag­ni­tude is done by pow­ers to the dec­i­mal, but bare with me). The idea is, since every larger square encap­su­lates the rewards gained by the pre­vi­ous square, it would make sense. Yay math!

Addi­tion­ally, for the upper rewards in the hun­dreds, I came up with some­thing cre­ative. I’ve always been try­ing to fig­ure out a good way to make pay­ment plans avail­able for peo­ple want­ing to com­mis­sion me for cloth­ing. Since paid com­mis­sions are so expen­sive, pay­ments help out rather than pay­ing a huge lump sum. So I added those, and to my aston­ish­ment the Fibonacci sequence also accu­rately reflected the amount needed for mak­ing such lev­els of cloth­ing! This is due to amount of cloth/trimmings, and the extra work needed to make those gar­ments. Again, yay math! The rewards are actu­ally a dis­count com­pared to the prices I have on my Etsy page. This should really encour­age peo­ple to become cus­tomers I’m hop­ing, and it’ll just lead to more con­tent cre­ation. More projects means more footage to make learn­ing material!

Is Smart Bespoke on the way?

To quote Kevin Rose, this is amazing.

It seems many peo­ple all over the globe are con­ceiv­ing of the same idea at once, and this is a good thing. A cou­ple years ago I wrote about the idea of cre­at­ing a sys­tem to vir­tu­ally fit and draft pat­terns for tai­lored gar­ments. I also wrote another blog post about whether pat­terns should be copy­rightable or not.

In 2010, I came up with this idea everyone’s talk­ing about, and I started doing research on exist­ing pattern-drafting soft­ware. I dis­cov­ered Opti­tex and I con­tacted a con­sumer rela­tions rep to see if they would be inter­ested in work­ing with the open source com­mu­nity, but unfor­tu­nately they weren’t. They mar­ket their pro­pri­etary soft­ware to huge indus­try play­ers for thou­sands of dol­lars per license. I also rec­om­mended that they at least work with the gam­ing devel­op­ment com­mu­nity to help develop their physics engine. I told him, there’s no indus­try bet­ter at ana­lyz­ing 3D ren­der­ing and physics than the gam­ing devel­op­ment com­mu­nity. The rep hadn’t even con­sid­ered it and was doubt­ful if it would work.

I’ve been recently try­ing to drum up sup­port and find will­ing and able coders to cre­ate a libre web-based plat­form using JavaScript and Can­vas to auto-draft pat­terns using tra­di­tional bespoke sys­tems, and also to cre­ate a shar­ing plat­form so the world can share each other’s drafts here and here. I was also about to make a new blog post about all this as a call out to devel­op­ers to see if we could start cre­at­ing something…

Valentina Screen­shot

.…but then I just dis­cov­ered some­thing called Valentina, and now I’m really, really excited. I need to speak with this man.

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