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    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2009
    robotbuilder:So who can fix / modify messenger bags & fanny packs?

    Im sure someone will come through on the board here, but if they dont there is a place downtown @ 101 federal st called Davids Instant shoe repair that has taken care of me a couple times. I have had straps sewn back on and seam rips mended. He has a heavy duty sewing machine that is normally used for shoes but works really well on heavy fabrics. His pricing is pretty reasonable.

    What kind of material is your bag made of and what do you need done?
    If i get a sewing machine in the near future ill see what i can do to help you.
      CommentAuthorRob Gigantic
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2009 edited
    Somebody teach me how to do this sewing business. I have a project that will benefit humanity! (Well, a small subset of humanity, at least.)

    Also, speaking of the word "business," who can teach me the basics of entrepreneurship?Word nerd
    • CommentAuthorDana
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2009
    ^sewing is easy, you just need the right equipment or else you'll make your life miserable. don't expect to sew bag material with a domestic machine in other words.Recluse Designs (constantly under construction)
    • CommentAuthorbrittle
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2009
    chr|s sedition:I can't do much, but I can...

    ...make a mean caipirinha.

    with real cachaca?? ah best drink!
    disco visp
    I can
    Run high throughput screens
    MolecularBio/Biochem analysis/expression/purification of your proteiinnnzz
    Teach you: Bio/Chem/Phys/Math/Biophys/etc
    Work on/Build your/Find you a bike
    Stitch/Sew and do simple needlework
    Help you with any craft if the tools are handy
    Complex Excel projects/functions
    Layout/Design work in Publisher
    Speak to you in Polish
    Find you anything* on the intrawebs (read: anything useless)
    Do simple websites
    Tell you why your resume sucks
    Hold bbqs/ board game/movie nights
    Ride 50+ mi w/ you
    Cook some good mealzz
    Show you my musik list
    Dyyyyyyyyyyyrty dance
    Make good cat sounds
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2009
's some of the more useful stuff:

    food related:
    smoke meats, etc.
    roast coffee
    grind meat
    stuff sausages
    compile/grind spices/rubs
    set/make jams/jellys
    make butter/compound butters
    ice creams/sorbets

    currently learning:
    charcuterie (salting, smoking, curing or meats etc...forcemeats, terrines, etc.)
    sous vide

    engineering/design related:
    solidworks 2009 professional
    3d scanning
    sheetmetal design
    weldments design
    standard machined part design
    laser/waterjet/cnc mill (wood, metal, plastic, etc.) design
    plastics design (injection molding, rapid)
    machine/systems design
    mechanical engineering
    electrical engineering
    plastics/thin-feature design
    3d rendering
    documentation (geometric dimensioning and tolerancing per asme)
    documentation (illustrator, inkscape, gimp, photoshop, etc.)

    basic-intermediate machining with mill, lathe, handtools, and basic cnc operation
    sewing leather
    woodworking (hand tools and machines)
    wood finishing (basic)
    basic bike maintenance (ha!)
    handyman work
    urban foraging (not for food)
    audio set-up/interest
    sewing (hand/machine)
    basic upholstery
    shotty household electrical
    glass bottle cutting
    basic gardening
    basic digital photography/editing

    i'm a pretty busy guy, so i'm not sure any of these services are actually up for grabs...

    i'm looking for someone who can screen print a nice pattern onto my ortlieb bag...i guess.(moscow)
    ^Umm. . . wow. Did I mention that I make robots?
    Yikes! Y'all got so many skillz.

    We should open our own school.[all your base are belong to us]
    if you read each header as a skill, then the lists following are only measurements of the quality of that skill. he's less impressive that way.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    Well, Aaron can impress me with his cooking anytime he wants.[all your base are belong to us]
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2009
    Tell me how to finish my ma thesis. I'm sick of paying for a degree I never completed.e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    I can teach you how to throw a frisbee.Fuck yeah.
    • CommentAuthorcdk
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    I know:
    sewing (hand and machine)
    spinning and dyeing yarn
    book binding
    grant writing and administration
    copy editing academic manuscripts
    prepping academic manuscripts for submission to journals
    yogurt making

    Interested in knowing more about:
    welding/metal working
    building your (my) own bike
    picking out appropriate bike parts
    alley cat racing
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    ^ do you use a drop spindle? i really want to learn to spin, i've only tried it for 5 minutes.
    my goal for the summer is to make a quilt!
    • CommentAuthorcdk
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    I have a drop spindle and I'm getting a spinning wheel in a few weeks! We should do some group crafts!
    • CommentAuthorcorter
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    i'll trade some leatherwork skills for some sewing machine skills!
    • CommentAuthorDana
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    ^ do you want to sew leather?Recluse Designs (constantly under construction)
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    cdk:I have a drop spindle and I'm getting a spinning wheel in a few weeks! We should do some group crafts!
    yes!! this needs to happen
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    Need done:
    piece machined for a seatpost. ask if you can do this for cheapish.

    want to learn:
    race bikes
    sow (with a machine)

    i can:
    make beer
    write perl and c++
    teach you how to drive a stick
    format a computer
    build a computer
    debug EMC servers
    solder really small things (0402 and larger)

    soon to be skills:
    LEDs (advanced)boooyah
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    I am planning a "crafternoon" sometime in the next couple weeks, basically we all get together at my house, and do crafts, and we can teach each other to do them as well...more details soon.this wont hurt a bit...
    ^Yeeess! Do it![all your base are belong to us]
    • CommentAuthorcdk
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2009
    That sounds awesome! I've taught crochet for 4 or so years at Brookline Adult & Community Ed, so I have a pretty good set of teaching materials put together if anyone wants to learn. Just let me know beforehand so I can bring some print-outs and stuff along.
    • CommentAuthorcorter
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2009
    Dana:^ do you want to sew leather?

    i allready hand sew leather. i dont have a machine for it, i'd really like to learn how to machine sew soon, as in the fall we're moving to a new place with lots of room for a machine.
    • CommentAuthorslowski
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
    need: someone to help our business get stimulus/grant/minority aid money

    have: welding/fabrication/bicycle repair shop, delivery service.If at first you don't succeed... you fail.
    • CommentAuthorboundgear
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2009
    Anyone has access to laser engraver? One that takes simple adobe illustrator images? And can spend a morning burning images into various flat things with me?
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2009
    okay so i thought about it and i suppose i do actually have a few skills i could share

    I CAN:
    - balance your checkbook (or teach you how to do it on your own)
    - open a free account for you.. hey some people still need accounts, right??
    - offer banking advice in general/answer questions you might have about policies/procedures
    - teach you Saxophone
    - clean your place (i fucking love cleaning. seriously. i'm serious about trading skills for this.)
    - paint/draw you something nice
    - cut your hair

    I WANT:
    - to learn how to use a sewing machine PLEEEEASE
    - also i'd like a personal trainer/jogging partner in lower Allston (AM only)
    and that's really itMattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
    want to learn:
    sow (with a machine)

    you can borrow mine.

    but for realz, i'd like to learn about industrial design. clothing, furniture, housewares, electronics... everything really should do exactly what you want/expect it to, and nothing more, be well made, and look halfway decent. paying for quality shouldn't be a problem, except that most expensive stuff just seems to look good and doesn't do any of that other stuff on the "should" list.
    anyway, i'm rather tired of dealing with consumer goods that are poorly engineered, and would like to take matters into my own hands.

    in exchange i can tell you all i know about chemistry, crunch numbers, and analyze data for you. so i guess i can run your drug cartel.
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2009

    Okay, so this project is still a long way off from being ready to wire up, but I'm gonna need help with rigging up a shit ton of LEDs. My goal is to make Daft Punk helmets. I don't know the first thing about LEDs, sauding, or sequencing the lights with boards. I'm gonna start reading some intro stuff on it soon so I'm not a complete retard when it comes to doing it, and I'm totally down to hang out and work on it with you to help/learn. Not sure how much money/skill trade/beer this is worth to anyone, but broke as I am hopefully we can work something out. I'm not expecting to be ready to light the helmets up for about a month from now.

    An example of how they light up

    Also, I realize that there's a shit ton going on there and accept that I won't be including ALL of the lights they use, but I'd definitely like to get as many as I can in.

    My AIM is plytheman if anyone wants to talk logistics there. Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorMike Steve
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2009
    I can
    swim quite well (yea HS swim team!)
    body surf very well
    Ride a motorcycle
    eat blueberry pie
    open/maintain a pool
    drive a boat
    watch old movies
    hang duct work (can also wrap it in insulation)
    help you with your standup comedy routine
    I'm good at hiding (you know if anyone wants to play hide and seek)
    I can throw a frisbee and football pretty well
    is patience a skill?I don't play with muthafuckas cuz this shit be real
    it is a virtue.
    • CommentAuthorendurance
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    I have what should be a simple excel/gis/google earth question that I can't figure out on my own. I have a large excel column of zip codes and want to overlay this on a map and shade the zip codes based on the number of responses with that zip code. Make sense? Anybody able to do this?

    Will gladly pay some $$$
    ^Ohh. . . that is a cool / interesting problem. Sadly, I'm not hip to that kind of programming.[all your base are belong to us]
    ^^i might be able to help you with the excel zip code events. but the map shading i have no clue.

    in excel you want to use the =countif(range,criteria) function. in your case, the range will be your large column of zip codes, and the criteria will be a zip code you are interested in. your cell formula will look something like =countif(a1:a5,02445). the result is a number based on how many times 02445 is in the column. so you'll want to make one for each of your zip codes. hope that helps.
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    ^^^ Looks like this guy can help you. He's the first link.We are the small axe.
    • CommentAuthorendurance
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009 edited
    hmm, still not quite what i'm looking for. yeti, i can definitely get the counts and figure out which ones are the most popular zip codes, but i need a way to show it visually/convincingly. i've found a few links that are the right idea, but i either don't have the software or can't understand the instructions.

    any other ideas?
    ^"bar graph with all your favorite pies. or a pie chart of your favorite bars!"
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    ^^ You've probably already seen thisWe are the small axe.
    ^^^Endo, what about paying somebody to just create a hand-colored map? By hand-colored, I mean hand-photoshopped.Word nerd
    • CommentAuthorendurance
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
    i think somebody more computer savvy than i might be on the case. thanks all.
    ... ridiculous expectations ....

    No offense dude, but you do realize that's an absolute shitload of custom sequencing, custom circuit boards for the amount of LED's, fabrication for the helmets themselves so they don't look like a pile of garbage, and you're "broke as hell" AND you want them going by next month? The best you're going to get is one of those LED belt buckles attached to a bicycle helmet with some paper mache.

    You might as well throw in a chance to bone Greta Garbo or Audrey Hepburn.

    To put it in perspective here's a link:

    65,000 USD. Look at the work they put in these bad boys.But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!

    Good 'ol Octo's suggestion is a rather good one. Find an LED display (such as a scrolling sign) that does what you want, and adapt that to your application. I'd be happy to explain how to wire a custom LED array that would work with the control electronics of the display, but you're on your own otherwise.

    - RObot[all your base are belong to us]
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2009
    I'm not too worried about the fabrication of the helmets themselves, I've found plenty online on how to do that. I also didn't mean that I wanted/needed/intended them to be done in a month, just expecting to be done fabricating by then. If the helmet ends up looking like a pile of garbage then I guess I'll try doing it again but better. Most of the fabrication isn't going to be too expensive, so I'm not too worried about that. Costs are gonna be just for some fiber glass, bondo, and various plastic bits. Not sure about painting it yet. As for the LEDs though, like I said, I realize its a shit ton of LEDs, sequencing, and other work that I know nothing about... and it will be pricey. So as much as I'd love to fill these up with all the lights in the video, I realize that's a really high and mostly impossible expectation but omitting all the middle lights on the domed helmet would leave just some simpler sequenced lights on the sides. (like here

    Would something like this work for controlling the LEDs? (don't want to fill the thread up with embedded youtubes) From the description he's using an Arduino Diecimila microcontroller. Like I said, I'm definitely going to keep researching how other people have made theirs and reading up on it, and I totally realize how lofty my goals are, esp with my limited (re: zero) experience with electronics and programming them, but it'll be a learning experience if nothing else. Thanks for reading and the suggestions, Octo and Robot.
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2009
    In order to make it have the curved array of LEDs you're going to have to learn a significant amount about how creating LED arrays works and how you will assign addresses in the controller to specific LEDs. You'll probably have to make your own PCBs to make it not a horrible ugly mess on the inside, too.
    one simple question really.

    i mean like.
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2009 edited
    I dunno, last year for Halloween I made a paper mache mask, this year I wanna do something better. And if I actually can do it it will blow everyone else's Halloween costume out of the water (be fun for Burning Man if I ever make it down there too!) That and I usually have some ridiculous project going for myself to A) keep me occupied and B) learn some new skills.

    Also, as far as help goes, if I can manage to get all the lights in place and wired up, would someone at least be able to help me on the programming end? Wiring up the lights shouldn't be too hard after looking into it, but from what I've seen most of the programming is done in a variety of languages I don't know (Java, Ruby, etc). Also I don't want to hijack this thread anymore so I guess after this I'll just keep to whispers if anyone does want to keep talking about it.
    • CommentAuthorknapkin
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2009
    I can DJ a party for you
    I can Program Synths for you
    I can teach you about synths
    I can teach you rudimentary scratching on TT's (turntables, i should specify, since this is a bike related forum :))
    I can record a mix for you
    I can play trumpet for you

    Thats about all I am capable of doing. Well, at least.Western Mass Bikin
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
    ^do you know much about the MFOS Weird Sound Generator?

    I bought the PCB and need to source the rest of it then I plan on building it. I also want to build the MFOS sequencer at some point.

    Also I just bought MicroKorg that I know almost nothing about. We should have a synth jam sometime. or you can play synth and i can play bass or guitar or drums or whatever.There's always money in The Banana Stand
    i had a microkorg; sold it 'cause could never bother to learn it. :\You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorhannaelise
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
    I can be a huge bitch.
    I'll break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend for you, etc.
    I have other skills but they aren't nearly as important.
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009 edited
    I can sort of make a website which only works in firefox


    I could actually use some help with the css so it renders well in Safari. he;lp
    • CommentAuthorgemathy
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2009
    ^ 'buyer's remorse' tag makes me lol. sometimes I think I love blog tags more than the actual entry.