Creative Corner June 2017

(by chris the cynic)

This is a place to share about any and all creative endevors.  Could be what you’re working on, what you want to work on, what you’re frustrated about being blocked on, plans, random thoughts, finger painting, building a new world order, whatever.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


7 thoughts on “Creative Corner June 2017

  1. Timothy (TRiG) June 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm


    Spent a lot of time moving furniture around to make my house more livable. Not finished yet. May move some of it back. The end goal is to have a desk I can actually sit at, instead of one in an awkward space with no room for a chair beside it.

    This is kind of a precursor to creative projects.

    Attempting to learn Sutton Sign Writing.

    Attempting to complete my application to register a mediaeval name and device with the SCA.


  2. depizan77 June 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been pretty busy!

  3. christhecynic June 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I think I’m going to try to get back to work on building wearable articulating wings.

    I am, however, constantly annoyed at how there don’t seem to be any readily available fake feathers. Once upon a time there were very realistic looking fake feathers and now . . . search for fake or artificial feathers and you’ll find turkey feathers cut and dyed to look like the feathers of another bird.

    I’m guessing that real feathers from dead birds are cheaper at this point or something, but I’d like to at least know how the fake feathers of old managed to attain their realism because if you’re making human sized feathered wings you need feathers larger than any bird provides.

    It seems that most people just do stiffer fabrics around a rigid wire, but I want realistic, even up close, feathers damn it.

    Anyway, the easiest version of an articulating wing is one degree of freedom. Folds up, extends out. The joints all go in unison.

    I’ve already got a prototype “skeleton” of such a wing.

    For full winginess you’d want six degrees of freedom plus an alula. That’s per wing, but the wings could easily be made locked so that they’re mirror images of each other, which would simplify the design of the control mechanism on the already simple 1 degree of freedom wing rig.

    So that’s something I’ll be working on. Starting next week.

  4. Firedrake June 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Not doing much writing at the moment, but a fair bit of 3D design and printing, mostly for other people.

    For the wings, I’m guessing that copying the articulation off an actual bird skeleton would be a reasonable starting point. The trick would be the actuators; presumably the wearer doesn’t want to have a battery and a bunch of linear motors to carry around. And what’s the control interface like?

  5. christhecynic June 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    For a simple in-out one degree of freedom wing there’s no need to look to an actual bird skeleton. For more complex things . . . wings are arms. There’s already been a lot of work done on how to get a fake arm to do the things a real arm does.

    Consider, for example, the forearm. The way you move from palm up to palm down, or vice versa, involves the entire shape of the forearm changing and would probably be pretty complex to simulate. For most purposes you can get the same functionality by just attaching the hand in such a way as to allow for circular rotation.

    Obviously it’s more complex for a wing where you really do care where various parts of the “forearm” are pointing (because feathers) but it seems like there’s a good chance that a segmented cylinder would be easier to produce than an accurate copy of wing bone structure.

  6. Firedrake June 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Fair point, but what does the wearer do to trigger this? Is there power involved, or is this a matter of hauling on levers?

  7. alexeigynaix June 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm


    (Commas save lives!)

    I’m at my aunt and uncle’s for a few days, and he’s a gourmet cook, and he’s telling me about the distinguishing characteristics of peasant food (use what’s available which is typically what richer folks don’t want, reduce effort because all the other work needing done, etc), and it hit me that’s poetry.

    Okay, free-verse it, cool. No problem. Some fantastic free-verse poetry out there. But sonnets now. Poetic form generally. The constraints of the form necessitate employing more creativity!

    So like. Okay, I have a leftover potato, half an onion, some cheddar, some eggs…hey that sounds like the poem I’m writing is a Paul Bunyan! (Basically cook the above in a skillet with salt, pepper, maybe garlic, maybe bacon or sausage. Nom nom.)

    We have this whole extended metaphor going now, it’s brilliant.

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