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Attempting to defy Vimes's theory of boots



We could not, for love or money, find ourselves a bike hitch that fit our specifications in the four days we looked. So Rah went and made one here in the shop!

It’s basically a square metal rod with two carriage bolts on one end and two wire ring anchor points on the other. It’ll do!  Back to painting orange scales on the back of the fishboot.

Re:Boot! And somma this


Four days into the project, and Rah and I are both officially broke. But that is a tale for later. On the bright side, we have everything we need, and all we have to do left is paint this beast.  Group dinner will happen tomorrow, but some amazing soul ordered pizza in for everyone who has returned to the studio to finish their projects for ICFF, so Rah and I could recharge just a little.

We managed to find some wooden dowels which will work for the axle, and a square metal rod which can be fashioned into the bike hitch.  I’ve chosen to conserve our camera’s remaining batteries and wait until it’s completed to show off its paint-job. It is a delightful splash of canary yellow, cherry red, a darker red, and soon it will have orange, gray, turquoise, and finish with black, gold, and copper detailing.

More later.

Re:Boot - Bit of this and that


Back from materials run (a very successful one, as the art store down the block is closing and we scored 14$ worth of stuff for only 6$) and Rah has been fed. She’s now busy taping up the boot while we wait.

Paint run hasn’t happened yet, but Deb should be back in about 20 minutes. We don’t know if the axel arrived yet, but Carolyn knows some people to call.  No luck on the bike hitch or water jugs just yet. 

Rah projects that we’ll break again at 4pm or so, and again for dinner at 6. And then back to the studios by about 7pm for as long as it takes to finish the job.  

Re:Boot! - Fresh Fish is Back on the Menu!


Our amendments to the projected plan for today are as follows:

1) Rah’s camera is just about out of batteries and I don’t know how long it will last. I’m tinkering with Rah’s phone and hoping I can borrow a camera from someone else if I can’t get it to work.. Ah, okay. This will work. It’s clunky but it will work.

2) Debera is adamant about the fish design for the boot. She did not like the design I made up for it yesterday at all: too serious. (Sleep and chocolate have returned my sense of humor to me once more and I am at this point enjoying the conversation happening before me.) As I’d sort of suspected, it was the color -and- whimsy of the Stupid Unicorn Boot’s Blue Handprint Boot’s paint job that had grabbed Deb the most about Rah’s thesis Boots.image

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Re:Boot - RESULT!

12:28, May 15, 2013


Rah made a thing and it is beautiful. She’ll finish with the roofing screws on the outside, we’ll pull up the tape, and then we’re going home for the night.

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Re:Boot! Coming together


I went to Luigi’s pizza place across the street for Pizza: Carolyn had recommended it, and it would take less time and energy than cooking. When I came back, Rah had made a thing! And it was looking more and more like a thing!image

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Rah's Sketchblog: Re:boot! Smooth Sailing.



Rah continued to work as I went to recombobulate. When I came back, the Boot had become remarkably Boot-shaped:

Rah’s in very good spirits. The drilling and screwing and caulking has been falling together fast. image

These parts were put together as I wrote up the last post. Here’s…

Re:Boot! The Stupid Unicorn Boot and other Tales



Last night, Rah hit her biggest wall of frustration with the missing drill-bit. Today, I hit mine when we learned that the Boot must be colored in a bright and merry way, and therefore a clear design for the painting job must be made. I had misunderstood the conversation unfolding in front of me between Deberah and Rah as an official approval of the goldfish design she had whipped up during our plane ride over. image

 What had actually happened was Rah showing that she’d had some ideas in mind, and Deberah telling Rah what kind of color scheme we could expect the boot to be living in during the convention.  And so the task of designing what would go on the Boot had been left in my capable hands.


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Re:Boot! Hashtags and convention details


Deberah stopped in with Carolyn, and had some important announcements which will be important to keep in mind as we’re working.

The booth space will be pretty small, but the Boot should fit nicely enough. We’ll have people tomorrow to help us paint the boot (and we’ve been told the painting part is mandatory, as one of the things which caught their attention most about the project was the bright colors) 

Rah saw this part coming, and has a lovely simple koi fish design ready. All we will need are the paints and the extra sets of hands. Deberah informs us that there will be extra help after Graduation tomorrow, so we’re looking forward to that.

My twitter feed will start having a lot of different hashtags to automatically retweet to the right places and people. I’m hoping I figure out how to do that right.

And, it appears that our dormspace as well as our studio space will be shared by the group which will be coming in sometime this evening. We’re progressing rather well, and with luck we will be in very good shape by the end of the day. Signing off to go see if I can be useful now.