⚙️🦑Giant Mechanical Squid 🦑⚙️
Mechateuthis is a mechanical giant squid named after “megateuthis”, the largest squid species. It’s arms, tentacles, beak, eye pupils, and mantle fins are driven by 8 hand cranks. Each crank controls a different motion. This imaginative use of steel was made possible by mechanical artist Barry Crawford with the help of a grant from Burning Man Arts & a successful GoFundMe campaign. Barry’s mechanical squid premiered at Burning Man 2015 and now part of Bay Area Maker Faire 2016. What do you think Nation??? 🥇❤️⚙️

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Morning long run (11 miles) through the towns around our hotel, featuring lots of hills and a teeny tiny frogger.
Walking with Dad and Alexandra after delicious breakfast
The Unisphere, more Maker Faire adventures (R2D2 replicas, 3D printers, Heavy Meta Dragon, and so many other things!), and the NY Hall of Science
Thai food truck lunch, and dinner with the crew at The 9W Market restaurant
We walked around all day and had SUCH a great time! I’m still playing it all over in my mind

Look at that, I’ve been accepted to Maker Faire KC for the second year in a row! Black Feather Studios is going to be out in full swing with Sarabi and a few other puppets I’m working on! 

 Namely, a six foot chameleon and hopefully also a ten foot Taun Taun (say that ten times fast!) I hope you come visit my booth!

I have complained before that modern lingerie often lacks the artistry, flamboyance and intrigue that vintage lingerie sometimes has, particularly when I think about the wild and colorful patterns that makers like Vanity Fair had back in the late 1960s.  But this modern pair of Jockey panties really knocked my socks off with its vivid dark floral pattern.  Comfortable as hell too. 


Wonder not, sovran Mistress, if perhaps
Thou canst, who art sole wonder! much less arm
Thy looks, the Heaven of mildness, with disdain,
Displeased that I approach thee thus, and gaze
Insatiate; I thus single; nor have feared
Thy awful brow, more awful thus retired.
Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair,
Thee all things living gaze on, all things thine
By gift, and thy celestial beauty adore
With ravishment beheld! there best beheld,
Where universally admired; but here
In this enclosure wild, these beasts among,
Beholders rude, and shallow to discern
Half what in thee is fair, one man except,
Who sees thee? and what is one? who should be seen
A Goddess among Gods, adored and served
By Angels numberless, thy daily train.

BOOK IX.Milton: Paradise Lost

Satan flattering Eve to tempt her to eat the apple.

Sometimes we go through a great deal of tribulation in life, or look at other people’s life with plenty of money in the bank and see how easy they have it and it’s only normal to wonder: “is God fair?”

Proverbs 22:2
The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both.

It’s hard to accept some people will go through life struggling for money and health, while others might be extremely rich and healthy. But the truth is that God has a plan for them.

1 Samuel 2:7
The LORD brings poverty and gives wealth; He humbles and He exalts.

God alone is responsible for the good and even allowing what we perceive as bad. He can use certain situations to humble and others to exalt. If you were to win one billion dollars, would you exalt Him or exalt yourself? Would you be humble and help others or would you only help yourself and your friends and family?

Last year I remember hearing the testimony of a pastor who used to be homeless for several years back on his atheist days. God used that pastor’s life at that time to exalt Him by bringing that pastor to his knees and only when he humbled himself before God he finally started to get his life together.

We might not enjoy how He deals with us at times, but the truth is that “The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently” as Proverbs 13:24 tells us. The Lord will discipline us if that’s what we need to get that fire going.

Just think of Esau and Jacob for a second. The Bible tells us that God said, “I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau” which is written in Malachi 1:3 and then later mentioned by Paul in Romans 9:3. I remember a sermon by pastor Paul Washer where he said Esau was allowed to run freely and do whatever he wanted and had much success in life, yet Jacob had a rough life with God always riding him and shaping him into a godly man and barely having any rest. As pastor Paul Washer said the truth is being left to do whatever we want is a curse. We are like kids always seeking to do what pleases us not Him. We need God in our lives because we are prone to do stupid things if left by ourselves and if we are left alone we will never go to Heaven, so we got to thank Him for He is always there to discipline us.

To be left to do whatever you want is to be abandoned by God. It’s sad that most people think they’ll be satisfied if they chase after their own heart’s desires. The apostle Paul so perfectly described what it is like to be “abandoned by God” in Romans 1:24-32:

So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

That right there is the human heart if left unchecked to do what it wants. What we see as freedom is the most horrific and disgusting thing there is in the eyes of God. We are sinful creatures, and without God correcting us through His Word we are abandoned to seek the pleasures of the heart even though the Bible tells us, “The heart is more deceitful than anything else” in Jeremiah 17:9.

So, how is that fair that God allows some to be rich, some to be poor, some to be sick, some to be healthy? It’s not fair from a mere human standpoint, but it is fair from a Christian standpoint. God can use these circumstances for humbling and exaltation. Do you remember what Jesus told His apostles regarding a certain blind man?

John 9:1-7
As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples questioned Him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him. We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After He said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing.

God used that man’s circumstance to heal him and with it perform a miracle that would bring many to believe in Christ. That might seem extremely unfair to us, to allow a man to be born blind and go through decades as a blind man and having to beg for money, only to be used by Jesus for that healing, but the truth is that we exist only to bring glory to His name and through that man God glorified His name. Through Lazarus many came to the belief after He allowed His friend to die just to resurrect His dead friend. And by the way, Lazarus’ resurrection showed all Jews that Jesus was more than just a prophet, for it was believed back then that not even a prophet could resurrect someone past the 3rd day.

Bad things happen because we still live in the echo of the fall from Eden when humanity chose to listen to the devil rather than to obey God. Bad things happen because “There is certainly no righteous man on the earth who does good and never sins” as it is written in both Old and New Testaments alike. Things aren’t perfect yet, but there will be a time when everything will be perfect once again.

No matter whether our problems are a natural result of a sinful world, from God, or from the devil, we can rest assured that God will use us to achieve His perfect purposes for our lives. As Romans 5:3-5 tells us, “And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

You might be called to show God’s grace through sickness and poverty, while others might be called to show God’s grace through health and wealth. You might be called to have a long life, while others might be lucky enough to be called to go home to be with Him sooner than others. Be content with YOUR gift, a gift of grace. Don’t be jealous. Don’t be covetous. Have JOY (Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last) in your life.

Find your gift, the gift that God has given you in life, and be content with it. Don’t try to compare your gift to someone else’s. Whether you are called to praise Him in resilience through many adversities in your life, or generous giving to the needy through the abundance He has blessed you with, always praise Him no matter what.

Also, how is that we, who are but dust who were formed in His image, get to argue with the Maker? Fair would be if He sent us to Hell for all our sins we commit against Him. As pastor John MacArthur said, “You don’t want fair, you want mercy.”

God can, and must, sometimes allow hardships to call us to go to where He wants us to be. We must never resent it, because it was the hardness of our hearts that demanded it. As Psalm 119:67 tells us, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.”

anonymous asked:

Hi! I want to start getting into artist alleys, but I want to start with a small local convention, except I don't know how to find those. I've looked through your resources on finding conventions but they're all larger scale. Do you have any tips for finding local conventions?

Kiriska: Tips for finding smaller and more local shows!

  • Find or create a local vendor Facebook group. Tap into your local community of independent artist vendors. Often, small events rely heavily on vendor and repeat customer word-of-mouth, so connecting with that local community is critical and invaluable. 
  • Connect with local vendors in person at a larger event. If you’re able to attend bigger events as an attendee, talk to vendors there and ask if they’re local to the area, and if so, ask what other events they do in the area.
  • Pay attention to local community boards. Is there a flyer board at your favourite cafe? The nearest Starbucks? Your comic book store? Lots of small local events advertise in these spaces and even if a certain event doesn’t seem quite your thing (different genre or whatever), consider checking them out anyway and again, chatting up those local vendors.
  • Check the library. It’s another public space that usually has an advertising board for local events, but libraries themselves often organise small events related to the arts and may sometimes ask artists to set up shop.
  • Widen your search by considering other genres. Many small local shows are in the vein of maker faires, craft shows, and flea markets – not really your convention crowd, but there can still be some overlap. Many art fairs are explicitly advertised as being nerdy. If you think you can adapt to adjacent genres, you’ll have a lot more options.

Good luck!

Nattosoup:  Check out Convention Scene and apps like Conasaurus for shows in your local area.  Ask around- other artists usually have the scoop, and check EventBrite and MeetUp.  And keep an eye on what local friends are up ton Facebook- many will offhandedly mention attending small shows like indie comic cons held in libraries or Free Comic Book Day.  You’ll have to do your re-CON-naissance a year out, but it will help you plan for next year.