MetaFilter Helped Me Make This. January 15, 2009 2:40 AM   Subscribe

In this thread several total strangers invested considerable time towards providing me with some very creative and useful guidance. Thanks in large part to their efforts, ideas, and encouragement I was able to complete the project. Now, as promised, I return to the community that birthed it The AskMEthod Transformation.

My gratitude goes out to many people -- but I'm especially thankful for the contributions of users qxntpqbbbqxl, equalpants, and muffy, all of whom guided the project considerably.

If you're considering undertaking this or a similar project, I'd like to encourage you to do so. It's pretty fun, cheap [<>, and not nearly as difficult as you'd think. I will provide any advice or assistance that I can to any MeFi member wishing to give it a try. Just mail me... and thanks again.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj to MetaFilter-Related at 2:40 AM (28 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

That's very good, and you're all very clever. Would enhance any shack, be it in Durban or Durham.
posted by Abiezer at 2:45 AM on January 15, 2009


Pics or it didn't happen.
posted by Jofus at 4:06 AM on January 15, 2009


I'm pretty impressed that you managed to accomplish this from what reads to me like pretty rudimentary information. Although if you've been struggling with the problem yourself, even rudimentary information can be very rich.

This seems like the key answer but I don't fully understand it. Oh wait....I think I get everything except the equal size clause of step 4. Is that just saying you need to make sure your squares are all at the same scale?

Anyway, this is exactly what the Internet is for. Pooling knowledge across time and space.
posted by DU at 5:06 AM on January 15, 2009


It's always nice to see qxntpqbbbqxl give jjjjjjjijjjjjjj a hand. I hope we get to hear jessamyn and mathowie talk about this project on the next podcast.
posted by Plutor at 5:41 AM on January 15, 2009 [55 favorites]


Badass.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 7:16 AM on January 15, 2009


Sweet mother of fuck, that is cool.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:18 AM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


I didn't see this AskMe, but I actually had this exact same idea for creating a sculpture of angled CD cases that would form an image if looked at from the correct position. I was planning on printing out blank CD inserts, putting them in the cases, taking a photo, superimposing the image on the photo, warping the case sections back to the correct shapes, and printing out the warped sections as new CD inserts. I'm glad to see that it would actually work if I ever got around to doing it.
posted by burnmp3s at 7:33 AM on January 15, 2009


It's always nice to see qxntpqbbbqxl give jjjjjjjijjjjjjj a hand.

Personally, I think they both could use some vowels. But, yes, other than that, well done.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:34 AM on January 15, 2009


This is a triumph.
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:03 AM on January 15, 2009


I could swear I was able to view all steps on one page on Instructables, before. But now they want me to register. How lame.
posted by paisley henosis at 8:14 AM on January 15, 2009

> I could swear I was able to view all steps on one page on Instructables, before. But now they want me to register. How lame.
I went to go grab a quick BugMeNot login we could use, and got a message saying This site has been barred from the bugmenot system. That is also lame. I wonder what the protocol for "getting barred from the bugmenot system" is. I had always had them pegged, notionally, for "resolute iconoclasts standing on their rights"... but they seem a bit more toothless now. You need someone Swedish administering your "stick it to the man" websites nowadays, it would seem.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 8:26 AM on January 15, 2009


Hey awesome! I just finished reading that instructable after seeing it pop up on my RSS feedreader, then I see this thread!
posted by odinsdream at 8:48 AM on January 15, 2009


You can get barred from bugmenot? Wha???

Yeah, I registered just so I could do the whole-project-on-one-page thing. Why any user would want it otherwise is beyond me. (Why the host would want it is obvious.)
posted by DU at 8:57 AM on January 15, 2009


Yeah, I registered just so I could do the whole-project-on-one-page thing.

Same.... annoying stuff, it is.

I've seen a few sites that blocked bugmenot (though none come to mind right this second). Most of the time that just means I give up on what I was trying to look at, and they lose page views.
posted by inigo2 at 9:09 AM on January 15, 2009


This fucking owns.
posted by Damn That Television at 9:40 AM on January 15, 2009


I think I need a better look at step 16.
posted by yhbc at 9:41 AM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh damn, I just noticed the link to Instructables. How dumb am I?

Great work, I definitely want to try this.
posted by DU at 10:21 AM on January 15, 2009


This is really cool, I've always wanted to do this.
posted by dan g. at 10:39 AM on January 15, 2009


Excellent.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:50 AM on January 15, 2009


Very cool! But, what is Abahlali Basemondelo?
posted by Rumple at 12:07 PM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


It may be barred from BugMeNot, but bugmenot / bugmenot gets you in anyway.
posted by niles at 12:23 PM on January 15, 2009


Lotsa-Jays-and-an-I, I salute your polymath self!


(guy came to a meetup with an awesome homebrew map of the neighborhoods in St. Louis.)
posted by notsnot at 12:39 PM on January 15, 2009


I wanna do this with one of loq's mandalas.
posted by carsonb at 1:07 PM on January 15, 2009


Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) is a shack dwellers' movement in South Africa. ....... The words Abahlali baseMjondolo are isiZulu for people who stay in shacks.
posted by Rumple at 1:45 PM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ok, the graphic was good and all, but personally, I think this picture is most helpful when it comes to illustrating some other aspects of the fine creative intelligence that went into the project.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:38 PM on January 15, 2009


Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) is a shack dwellers' movement in South Africa. ....... The words Abahlali baseMjondolo are isiZulu for people who stay in shacks.
Referred to that in the very first comment! Can I have a biscuit?
posted by Abiezer at 10:33 PM on January 15, 2009


w00t!

Congrats, it look awesome.

This seems like the key answer

Thanks!

I think I get everything except the equal size clause of step 4.

I'd assumed that you wouldn't have a way of knowing the target print size of each face before you started & would be using the grid to tell you (in the graphics program) how big to make each face.

E.g. that you'd be going into the graphics program blind and would figure out the measurements from within the graphics program by using the on-the-wall grid.
posted by Muffy at 10:32 AM on February 6, 2009


Oh I see, yeah the equal size thing in step 4 isn't necessary. Nor, I guess, is the equal size thing in step 1. Also, it looks like qxntpqbbbqxl beat me to it with *very* similar advice.
posted by Muffy at 10:37 AM on February 6, 2009


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