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What a crazy, science-filled two days of bachelor party “action” that was. I thought I’d share some images of my trip to the USSRC that began my “research” for my thesis. Anyone reading this in the Book Arts program, you’ve probably seen these pictures in one of my many presentations, and you’ll probably see them again at my thesis presentation. Just letting you know.

Here we are in real space suits.

Leaning up against an F-1 engine. The same type that took man to the moon. The engine makes us look slightly cooler.

Leaning up against an F-1 engine. The same type that took man to the moon. The engine makes us look slightly cooler.

In the rocket park.

In the rocket park.

More rocket park.

More rocket park.

The majestic Saturn V.

The majestic Saturn V.

The majestic Saturn V at NIGHT!

The majestic Saturn V at NIGHT!

And again.

And again.

Us waving to the crowds as we board the Space Shot.

Us waving to the crowds as we board the Space Shot. Four seconds after this photo was taken I would begin screaming my lungs out like a dying rabbit.

Us actually on the Space Shot."There are no atheists on the Space Shot" I quipped, seconds before we were dropped three stories.

Us actually on the Space Shot.
“There are no atheists on the Space Shot” I quipped, seconds before we were dropped three stories.

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Self-explanatory.

Me with John Young's space suit.

Me with John Young’s space suit.

 

The Apollo 16 Command Module.

The Apollo 16 Command Module.

Me inside the Command Module. (Not Really).

Me inside the Command Module. (Not Really).

A picture of me having my picture taken with some kind of proposed rover.

A picture of me having my picture taken with some kind of proposed rover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I believe I mentioned that my thesis exhibition will be held in University of Alabama’s observatory, right? Well just in case I didn’t, now you know for sure just exactly how “cool” I am. Anyway, I went to meet with the observatory director the other day so I could take some measurements and get an idea of how I’m going to hang and light my work. I think I’ve got it all figured out. And how else would you expect me to do this other than by using a lot of colorful charts and graphs? You know me. Come on.

hanging options

This is how I think I’m going to hang my work. With a lot of clamps and fishing line.

Below are diagrams I drew of the observatory. The first one is in pencil and the second one is in colored pens. Just LOOK at the difference. The first one: YAWN! The second one: WOW!

YAWN

WHAT?! HOW DID HE EVEN DO THAT! NO WAY!!!

 

 

 

And here’s a picture of the observatory. The reception (read: food) is going to be on the roof. Unless it rains. Then it will be in the control room below the observatory.

observe THIS!

observe THIS!

 

So anyway, I’m trying to get Neil deGrasse Tyson to come to my show opening since it has to do with space and he seems to be into that. So if anyone knows him, just drop him a line. He can always crash on my couch.

NDT

 

 

ALSO, I finally finished my first LEGIT mockup complete with slipcase and adhered mission patch. Here’s a picture of it. Pez John Adams makes the whole thing look VERY presidential.

Pez John Adams and book in background

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This is what happens when I don’t put a cap on my sticker budget.

 

Why don’t you just fold the papers? Why do you need a folding jig at all? Since when did folding paper become soooo complicated that you need a “jig” to do it?

These are all fair questions.

Well, what happened was that I didn’t exactly center my text or images on the paper while I was printing.  As a result, both sides of each page have a slightly different center-line, which I’ve labeled “B” and “F” for “Back” and “Front”.

image (1) folding jigIt’s made out of .059 binder’s board. There are two lines in the center marked “F” and “B”. These are the center-lines for the two types of pages. The page is placed on the jig and butted up against a second layer of binder’s board running along the bottom and right edge. The two lines on the right side are also marked “F” and “B” and indicate where each page should be folded to.

first folded signaturesHere are the first signatures I folded using this complicated jig. I quickly decided to simply use the jig for marking the top and bottom, or head and tail, of each page and  just folding to those lines since the whole thing is going to be trimmed anyway. Oh well. The jig will still look good in the display case at my exhibition, which is in 38 days.

Less making basically useless jigs. More book binding.

But wait! One more thing before you go. Just so you don’t think all my jig ideas are crap, I want to show you one that I made that was actually extremely useful.

mylar jigThis is my Mylar alignment jig, and, as far as I’m concerned, the BEST use of Mylar ever invented.

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mylar 3I would use it by placing it on top of prints to make sure everything lined up. As you can see, all the text pages had at least two colors, the main black text and the red side text. It was very important that these be consistently placed. Also, a couple of the pages didn’t have any text at all , only images, but still needed to line up with the rest of the text in the book. This helped me to judge where to place those images.

Saturday was my final day of thesis printing. (Whatevs.) ((No bigs.))

Don’t worry. I kept track of ALL KINDS of “interesting” statistics, such as: number of press cranks, average precipitation, miles driven, $ spent on ga$oline, temperature on my most efficient day, and MANY MORE! I won’t put those statistics on here until after my public presentation on April 8th. I want everyone to be “surprised”.

ally cleaning my press out of the kindness of her heartMy girlfriend got to fly down here from Texas and hang out with me during my final eight print runs. I was so happy to have her there and she even cleaned the press for me a few times because she is so amazing. She also read my thesis text, which is kind of a big deal since it’s partially about her. She was going to wait to read it until I was completely finished printing and binding, but she decided she couldn’t wait anymore.

final print

Here’s me casually posing before printing the very last page of the last print run.

And here's me celebrating finishing the printing of my thesis with a Cadbury Cream Egg. Delicious.

And here’s me celebrating finishing the printing of my thesis with a Cadbury Cream Egg. Delicious.

 

Well, you know it's true. Even Pez John Adams thinks so. Roll Tide.

Well, you know it’s true. Even Pez John Adams thinks so. Roll Tide.

Alan Shepard with the fourth and final color layer.

Alan Shepard with the fourth and final color layer.