Friday, October 31, 2008
I wanted to say Happy Halloween to all of you. Since I started this blog, you've been shiny spots on even the darkest days. Very Poppety, you are.
So now I experience the last moments of Halloween. I sit in this big empty room. Soon the carpets will be ripped out and replaced with wood. The walls will get a fresh new color and the things that go in here will be thought out and cherished. Anything less will fall away. The drapes are coming down to let in the mountain views by day and stars at night.
Am I talking about a room or describing a metaphor?
Possibly it's the day. Or walking around tonight amongst such good spirited ghouls. I'm thinking that tomorrow, when I wake, I'm going to feel a bit better. Dunno why. But it seems quiet and sure. No fanfare. Just a subtle change in timbre. I hope so.
thank you. g'night
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The user table, you know, the piece that holds all the user names, got corrupted and/or deleted. It has been partially reconstructed, with 'dummy names' in place of the original names. But since they are still linked with the posts, if you remember a topic that you posted about, or a comment you made, you can locate your 'dummy name' which will be "Sadly Lost User #X", email me (nora at ravyn dot com) with the dummy name and the ID name you want, and your email address. i will update your ID name and give you a temporary password so you can log in and change it yourself.
Another of the mutations is that the number of posts made by each user has been lost, which will be confusing i guess but we'll manage. ALL the posts are intact, you can go to the forums and view all the discussions. For those of you who are recent arrivals, there is a LOT of good information in those forums, i urge you to check them out!
Thanks very much Michael and DanGuy for your input. You ROCK!
So let's get back to the forums, and get back to sharing our experience and knowledge, and making PoppetPlanet our community again.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We are using phpBB (2.0 i believe) for our forums, and if you go to the page you will see a table missing error. i know nothing about databases, and i didn't know that simply copying the contents of the forums folders on the server wasn't enough to save a backup of it. So while it looks to me that the database is mostly intact, i don't know for sure how all the data, more than a year's worth of postings, can be salvaged.
Any database-savvy folks out there, please contact me here or email me at nora at ravyn dot com. i'd love to get the forums back up and running so we can get this part of the community going again.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We're still in sort of a state of flux. Lots of orders to be shipped out, lots of moving large objects around. Lots of logistical considerations with two studios and more artists.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
note: book chewing can sound a lot like carrot chewing, if the chewer is a Guinea pig.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Here's the first line up. More will join us in the next couple of days.
Poppets in Fake Pants are a collaboration of joyful abandon with Alison Tawney and Ben Warren.
I love rubbing brains with these two!
Alison, who is also my daughter, hopes to have her own for-real-bricks-and-mortar-Poppet-emporium one day. I can imagine it. Then again, I can imagine a lot when it comes to Alison. She is, well, of the magical sort.
I also must especially thank both Nora Wright (AKA Ravyn) and Mimi Ko (AKA MimiKo.) I'm not sure anymore which contributed exactly what, but I do recall many ridiculously fun conversations about Poppets in fake pants, and that both of them had great ideas. Thank you!
Poppets in Fake Pants. The more fake, the better. All bets are off here---these are for fun.
And, recently, in other parts of the world:
POPPETS AND OTHER STUFF!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Yesterday I bought 408 eyeballs and made art.
Other things happened too, but the eyeballs and the working particularly stand out.
Today Orion was extra clever. Ben and Joyce worked at the other location--Strange II?
Spencer and I went looking for thin solder and tiny LED's. We had Mexican food and bought rubber rats.
One could, possibly, own too many rubber rats. I haven't truly tested that theory yet. Then again, two of the rubber rats I purchased were for other people.
We've begun to put up art in the ebay store for Halloween. It is indeed the beginning of a sale to which more things will be added until Poppets decide Halloween is over, or we all run out of energy.
But for now, we are making.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
There seems to be about a million details that need my attention right now, so while I get to those, and while I upload the photographs from the convention, you can take a look at the visuals for my artist's program. I wanted to make something a bit more fun than a traditional slide show. David Kirkpatrick, who donated the laboratory glassware we used to create the program book cover, helped me create
POPPET'S VISION It's mostly the kinds of images I post here, but I did some sequencing, David and I both did some stop motion and he did a good job of putting it all together. (Lots of the images are Mimi Ko photographs---thanks to her.)
I wish you could have been there for VCon. It was a good convention on many levels and I met talented, smart people and came away with new friendships.