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  • YoungFrey commented on So Gary Whitta Is Writing a Star Wars Movie

    @kim_a said:

    @YoungFrey: I'm pretty sure one of the first ones I heard involved a desire to have an actor force-choke those fucking kids at Disneyland's Jedi Training Academy.

    That episode was great too. I remember an elaborate rewrite of the Jedi Academy to show one cadet being used as an example. I wish I had Gary's best Star Wars bits edited into one file.

  • YoungFrey commented on So Gary Whitta Is Writing a Star Wars Movie

    The first Tested podcast I listened to featured Gary talking about hiding out in a ghillie suit drinking his own urine while hunting George Lucas. He is clearly passionate about Star Wars.

  • YoungFrey commented on New Brew Technique: Immersion Double Filter

    As much as I love coffee, the sheer amount of jargon, showmanship, and novelty makes me think much of it is like wine tasting. I'll keep enjoying my cups, but I will show no surprise when blind taste tests show that much of it is completely in our heads.

  • YoungFrey commented on Working With The Gates Foundation - 1/28/2014

    While I agree with Will that the Gates + Seinfeld commercials were funny, that isn't the most common opinion.

  • YoungFrey commented on And We're Back - 1/21/2014

    @Slyboots503 said:

    Sounds like Will has a Fez chime set to a notification on his iPad Mini. Love it!

    I heard that too, but considering the number of references in Fez, that sound might date to an earlier game. I don't know it does though. Either way, it's a sweet tone.

  • YoungFrey commented on Tested Mailbag: Fireballed

    Something I didn't mention before, the texturing you can (barely in the pictures but quite a bit in person) see in the etched areas is deliberate on my part. If you etch the sheet with the image facing up you don't get them. It also etches slower. This is because when the acid bonds with the copper to form a new molecule, it just sits where it was. When inverted, that new substance falls away into the bath. This causes cool erosion patterns to form. I like the look of it, so I generally etch inverted.

    I do not know if the depth of etchant below the sheet makes a significant difference, but it's a subject for future study. I'm sure a current of some kind would do neat stuff too.

  • YoungFrey commented on OCTOBERKAST 2013 - ARCHIVED!

    Working my way through the archive.

    In retrospect, I should have just sealed the backs of those magnets.

    Otherwise though, excellent Octoberkast.

  • YoungFrey commented on Tested Mailbag: Fireballed

    @geoff97 said:

    @YoungFrey: how would I send them something?

    I don't want to post their address (because they choose not to put it on the site), but I found their business address from a simple web search.

  • YoungFrey commented on Tested Mailbag: Fireballed

    @Alucitary: Do you mean they have colors similar to sepia toned old prints? I can also attest that giving away crafts you labored over to judgement by others has parallels to sending loved ones out into the world also.

    @Lufferov: I once had to stop my mother from doing a search for "sack"(an archaic spiced wine). Her innocence about the internet is very cute.

  • YoungFrey commented on Tested Mailbag: Fireballed

    I'm the one responsible for this. I thought people might be interested in the process, so here it is.

    Copper Etched Tested Logo with a Liver of Sulfur Patina

    A FINISHED MAGNET

    Like most all of my crafting (and I suspect many things in the world), this took many steps, all important, but none of them actually difficult.

    THE FULL ETCHED SHEET
    1. I took a JPG (sorry, not a GIF) of the tested logo (I'm not typing the actual name because I forget the spelling and will not look it up at work) and used GIMP to turn it into a monochrome image I could use. I took out the 'Tested' because it would mean the finished image had less burny face.
    2. Printed the finished image onto PNP Blue paper(actually not paper) using a laser printer (I own a cheap $70 one specifically for this).
    3. Transfered the resist to a cleaned 6"x12" sheet of 18 gauge copper. This takes an iron. Also, I've never had 100% success. Those dirty looking spots are where the resist didn't transfer and I filled in with Sharpie. That only sometimes works. I use that size copper simply because that is what my local shop stocks and I did plan far enough ahead to source a sheet closer to 8.5"x11". This is why you see the partial logos on the full sheet. I had to hack the printed sheet into useful chunks.
    4. I used Liver of Sulfur to add a dark patina. I sanded the high parts to get them back to copper color I desired.
    5. Added a light coat of clear vanish (Krylon clear satin finish). To keep the patina and copper from changing color or wearing. I don't go heavy here because I fear a heavy coat would crack in the next step.
    6. I used a jewler's saw (a small coping saw with very fine blades) to cut out all the squares.
    7. I filed the edges flat and rounded the corners (they can be quite sharp)
    8. I finished the vanish coat.
    9. I glued magnets on the back using epoxy. My brilliant and lovely wife handles the epoxy for this step. I just stick the magnets in place.
    10. Rolled them all up in tissue paper and they will be mailed off to Tested's offices later today.
    THE SKULLS SAY "PREPARE FOOD ON ME AND DIE"
  • YoungFrey commented on Digital SLR first purchase advice

    @Ragetti said:

    Hi @tom032792 ,

    Thanks for the response. I have had a look on amazon and the T3i (or EOS 600D in the UK) i £400/$645 and from my limited knowledge seems to be a big improvement on the models i was looking at.

    I may have to save the extra cash and get that next month.

    I appreciate the help!

    James

    Last Xmas, there were some serious discounts on Canon lenses at Amazon. Last year I bought a T3 and a telephoto for for $440. Right now, those two items are $530 right now. It might be worth waiting a couple months since you might get $100 or more in savings.

  • YoungFrey commented on OCTOBERKAST 2013 - ARCHIVED!

    I made some fridge magnets of the old Tested logo for the event. If you want more info it's in my detailed post is the Maker forum (it's on page 7).

  • YoungFrey commented on On Hunter Thompson and the New Journalism - 10/15/2013

    Is this the ring Adam was talking about?

  • YoungFrey commented on Show Us What You've Made!

    I etched the old Tested logo into a copper sheet and turned it into magnets.

    a FINISHED MAGNET

    Like most all of my crafting (and I suspect many things in the world), this took many steps, all important, but none of them actually difficult.

    The full etched sheet
    1. I took a JPG (sorry, not a GIF) of the tested logo (I'm not typing the actual name because I forget the spelling and will not look it up at work) and used GIMP to turn it into a monochrome image I could use. I took out the 'Tested' because it would mean the finished image had less burny face.
    2. Printed the finished image onto PNP Blue paper(actually not paper) using a laser printer (I own a cheap $70 one specifically for this).
    3. Transfered the resist to a cleaned 6"x12" sheet of 18 gauge copper. This takes an iron. Also, I've never had 100% success. Those dirty looking spots are where the resist didn't transfer and I filled in with Sharpie. That only sometimes works. I use that size copper simply because that is what my local shop stocks and I did plan far enough ahead to source a sheet closer to 8.5"x11". This is why you see the partial logos on the full sheet. I had to hack the printed sheet into useful chunks.
    4. I used Liver of Sulfur to add a dark patina. I sanded the high parts to get them back to copper color I desired.
    5. Added a light coat of clear vanish (Krylon clear satin finish). To keep the patina and copper from changing color or wearing. I don't go heavy here because I fear a heavy coat would crack in the next step.
    6. I used a jewler's saw (a small coping saw with very fine blades) to cut out all the squares.
    7. I filed the edges flat and rounded the corners (they can be quite sharp)
    8. I finished the vanish coat.
    9. I glued magnets on the back using epoxy. My brilliant and lovely wife handles the epoxy for this step. I just stick the magnets in place.
    10. Rolled them all up in tissue paper and they will be mailed off to Tested's offices later today.
    The skulls SAY "Prepare food on me and die"
  • YoungFrey commented on Bing Taste Test

    I actually switched to Bing as my default mostly because of one of those comparisons.

  • YoungFrey commented on Episode 188 - Coconut Water - 10/10/2013

    @jrock3x8 said:

    Re charity. Sounds like a direct response to dick wolves even if they didn't own up to it.

    It could be, but personally I'm going to stop giving to Child's Play because my experience with it was so positive. It was great, I feel that every dollar I gave through them was well spent. I feel good for doing it, and assume many children got to enjoy themselves. And because of that, I feel I can do better. After several years of giving to Child's Play, I find myself thinking about how my money can do the most good. And I feel that as great as making sick kids happier is, for example saving a sick kid's life is better. So I personally am going to find a different charity to get behind.

  • YoungFrey commented on How To Pick a Basic Lock

    @keeys said:

    If you ask me, this is really irresponsible journalism, yes this information is already on the internet but do you really need to repeat it.
    Lock picks are considered bugler tools and if you have them on your person or in your car there is a really good chance of going to jail.
    What do you want to do next give out drill points for safes...

    The legality of possessing lockpicks varies from state to state. In many places the law requires you to show intent. Having a set at a coffee shop with friends = fine. Being down at a warehouse at 2AM could be a different story.

  • YoungFrey commented on Episode 183 - Ode to Ballmer - 9/5/2013
    This is easily the most reasoned conversation I've yet seen on the ongoing saga of PA offense. It's nice to have a site where reading the comments isn't always a source of regret.