Updates! Also, my head.
Hi everyone, welcome to 2013! Here are some EXCITING UPDATES!
ADDRESSES: I've gotten a few emails asking "I'm about to move: how do I update my address?". The answer is: don't worry about it! We're going to send out a survey when the books are ready, asking you for your most current / preferred shipping address. Until them, move till your heart's content!
PROGRESS: everything is on schedule so far! Stickers and tattoos have been finalized and sent to printers. The Poor Yorick prequel is about half-way done and I'm feeling pretty chuffed about it. Illustrations are coming in and no artist has missed a deadline yet! Also, guys, these illustrations are being knocked out of the park. Here's one of Ghost King Hamlet, painted by Becky Dreistadt of Tiny Kitten Teeth:
EXPLOSIONS: last night me and Jenn went down to the Site 3 Colaboratory which I can basically describe as "a wonderland of amazing inventions, cool tools, and rad people". Derek Quenneville met us there and showed us around. And our plan to "literally explode" is to do the following:
- scan my head.
- 3D print a version of my head.
- blow up that head.
It speaks to Site 3's awesomeness that they have all the equipment necessary to do this on site. A 3D printer looks like this:
aka "the future"
Basically, you "draw" the object in liquid plastic (or metal, or even wood(!)), building it up layer-by-later. Here's a tiny sculpture that was quickly printed (at slower speeds you can get more detail):
I call her, Dead Astronaut In My Hand
But we're not at that stage yet! We need some DATA. So we went upstairs and by applying some non-Microsoft-approved software to a Kinect, we turned it into a handheld 3D scanner. No big deal, right? It's 2013, stuff like this happens all the time.
I stood still while Derek moved the Kinect around my body. In real time, the software took the data of the scene the Kinect seeing and transformed that into a 3D model. The more you scan, the data it has, and the better the model becomes!
(it didn't actually hurt, I just REALLY commit to blinks)
Less than a minute later, we've got a full 3D model of my torso to play with:
That exclamation point means "Warning: HULKING OUT IN PROGRESS"
Over the next little while Derek's going to polish up the 3D model and then we'll go to print. Then: explosions! In the spirit of this book, when we're done my completed head model will be uploaded to Thingiverse so that anyone else with a 3D printer will be able to download, remix, and print out my head. My digital topography of my skull may live on... forever??
My Head As a Greek Sculpture
Oh also To Be Or Not To Be is being edited and revised too, it's not ALL skulls all the time over here!