Last Tuesday we went to Norway to try out some tricycles. There were tricycles with electromotors and regular recumbent bikes. We tried out all sorts but the red one in the photos was my favorite.
Here is another prototype fresh from the VITRIOL 3D R&D department. The lamp I designed in my original concepts has been realized with some measure of questionable success.
I started in trueSpace more or less the same way as I did the furniture.
I bought the screws and lamps needed. Next it was off to Karlstad Makerspace to craft the final components.
When the machine was finished I went home and painted it quickly in the evening because the very next day I went back to Karlstad and assembled it at a new initiative called a "crAfter Work".
Essentially it's a get-together for people who like to craft things of any and all descriptions.
After that the prototype was finished and ready to be tested in my apartment. Mounting is still an issue but has several solutions already.
...and there you have it. This was a fun project for sure but there are a couple of modifications I'm going to make. For one, I'd like it to be brighter so I'll probably end up mounting two lamps instead of one.
I also have some space left below the small LED lamps so I could probably reduce how tall it is as well. Perhaps arrange the lamps slightly differently so I can make it even smaller.
The paper is another issue, it was surprisingly hard to find a paper that let through enough light, was big enough and didn't cost a fortune. Especially coloured paper since for this prototype I had hoped to go for a purple or red colour rather than the pure white. Just for funky experimentation's sake.
Another issue with the paper was how annoyingly hard it was to mount in the grooves. Only bottom grooves for the final version.
Maybe I'll switch to using thin cloth instead of paper. More experimentation is needed there.
Obviously for the final results I will be using less obvious screws, or just simply paint over them.
Today is the sixth year anniversary of this blog. That is a surprising amount of time. Does anyone even read it? I don't know and it doesn't really matter either, I always treated it as more of a public diary anyway.
Here's hoping that it will keep going for another six years. Hurray!
Slowly getting closer to getting my concept into the real world. Today I spent in a workshop with a good friend crafting and finalizing some of the furniture I built in trueSpace. Now painting and assembly is all that remains.
Well, it's a start...
With all the changes going on in my life recently and the mess that has caused I wasn't sure if I was ever going to continue on this project. However, I decided to press on. I'm going to finish this "apartment upgrade" even if it is the last thing I do.
Today this sofa arrived and I went and bought a bedspread for... well, the bed.
As one can see, the walls don't exactly look great. That's what the samples on the sofa are for. Still picking out a good shade of gray for the walls. Wanted to keep it neutral but not too dark like in my concept renders.
Why does the modern world seem to be about nothing but escapism?
You have to look at consumerism fueled advertisements that distract you from the entertainment you're watching/reading/listening.
The entertainment distracts you from the spun news reports you just watched/read/heard.
The spun news reports distract you from the fact that real life is actually nothing like what you think it is.*
Don't get me wrong, this has been going on for as long as information sharing has existed, since the existence of language one would think... but I feel like the scale at which information can now be spread over the internet has shot this aspect of human nature massively out of proportion. In such a way that it might be backfiring horribly in the form of fear and prejudice.
Finding out the truth seems to still be a very local thing that you have to seek out at the source but a lie can spread to a large group of people at the speed of your average internet connection.
I don't really follow any news outlets or participate in current culture. This is why I feel horribly out of touch with the modern world but I also don't feel like I want to become part of it.
I'm fine being who I am. I just wish I knew more people like myself, whatever that type of person is.
I've never met anyone like me, certainly not someone at my own age.
This is why I keep falling off the edge of this world, time and time again, into the loneliness beneath. Nothing seems to ever be able to keep me up there, no one ever seems to be able to keep me up there.
I'm looking for a change but I certainly haven't found the right kind of change yet. All I know is that I don't want to stay down here. I don't want to die already buried.
Well I'm back in school...
After seven(?!) years of being a lone-wolf I'm once again part of a herd.
Earlier this summer I decided, randomly as I do, to apply for a course in Graphic Design at a university (yrkeshögskola) nearby. I didn't really hear back for quite some time but about week and a half ago I got an SMS that I was now being considered as a possible reserve candidate. I was asked to send in some practical and written material as a test and the very next day I was told I had been accepted.
There went all my plans to move, travel and possibly retire from human society altogether. ..and believe me, those were all genuine plans I had. Regardless, this is a two-year commitment I have made to remain in Sweden, we'll see how it turns out.
- Scratch that. Didn't work out very well.
In other news; bikes. Went to see the classic bike races in Karlskoga with my dad. Got a nasty sunburn because he had assured me that there would be no sun and just large amounts of wind from all directions. That wasn't really the case.
Here are some photo's of the event below:
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