Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Pi Day!

π is an irrational number, which means that its value cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction. Consequently, its decimal representation never ends or repeats. It is also a transcendental number, which implies, among other things, that no finite sequence of algebraic operations on integers (powers, roots, sums, etc.) can be equal to its value; proving this was a late achievement in mathematical history and a significant result of 19th century German mathematics. 

Throughout the history of mathematics, there has been much effort to determine π more accurately and to understand its nature; fascination with the number has even carried over into non-mathematical culture (as with this fashionable t-shirt, for example).


Monday, February 21, 2011

Product of the Week #1 - Keep Calm and It's a Trap!

Keep calm and It’s a Trap!
Even the mighty power of a fully functioning death star could not escape the power of this deal! Because we love you almost as much as money we are offering our exclusive Admiral Ackbar print for 10% off! This sale will only last for the week of Feb 21st, so get yours now!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thirteen Thirty-seven

No, I did not just spend the last 10 minutes obsessively refreshing our Etsy page just to get this screencap WHY WOULD YOU EVEN ASK ME SOMETHING LIKE THAT

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Love-day!

It's two days late, but that's how we roll when it comes to Valentine's Day. Please follow the Romance Safety Compliance Guide from our friends at Aperture Laboratories for maximum romance enjoyment:

Team Bublitz, out!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Geek Girl Con Exclusive Original Prints!

I've been on board with the idea of Geek Girl Con since it's inception nearly a year ago, and I've been rarin' to do my small part in helping these guys get the monies they need to make this thing happen. We need more women in scientific and mathematical fields of work, and I believe that getting young girls (and kids in general, really) involved with the science fiction community helps foster that goal. Cue Geek Girl Con:

"Geek Girl Con is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of science fiction, comics, gaming and related Geek culture through conventions and events that emphasize both historic and ongoing contribution and influence of women in this culture."

In order to help, Brent and I are contributing to the periodic art-and-object auctions they hold to finance the con with a series of limited edition screen prints. Modified from our "Han Shot First" pinup print, the limited edition screen prints announce their support for the con with a simple "Geek Girl Con 2011" beneath the larger text. There are seven signed and numbered production prints, and we've destroyed the screens so there won't be any more of them. Ever.

Furthermore, we are sending these prints out in the mail this weekend, so the auctions are NIGH UPON YOU, GOOD CITIZENS.

Be sure to follow @GeekGirlCon for updates regarding all things GGC, and give them some love. They are swell people.

Team Bublitz, out!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Adventures in Sewing

I've been feeling the itch to sew pretty hardcore lately, so I decided to embark on a journey to make a sleeve for Brent's Nook Color.

"Sweet!" I say after finding plenty of tutorials on the web to follow, "This'll take two hours, tops!"

Now, there are two facts that must be kept in mind here:

1- I am a total n00b at sewing. I've completed maybe two or three projects (with countless unfinished pieces littering some forgotten corner of the studio), and my ability to EpicFail during projects is pretty astounding.

2- My sewing machine is a spiteful asshole. People who are actually good at sewing have used that machine and have put this fact in writing for me.

Despite these two bulletpoints, Brent and I cheerfully went to purchase some fabric and other small what nots to begin. I initially began with this tutorial at Amy a la Mode, changing up my measurements to match the Nook and charging blindly into the fray. This is what I came up with:

This tutorial had me trying a few techniques I had never done before (quilting batting onto fabric, for example). It turned out a bit bulkier than I would like, probably because the tutorial was originally designed with a larger laptop in mind, and I didn't quite get step number 9 without the aid of a photo. This particular Nook sleeve felt a little too "homemade" for my taste due to the excess bulkiness, so I think I'll try making a laptop sleeve with that tutorial later on.

The second tutorial I found was over at Ars Technica, and seemed to be written for the craftily-challenged such as myself. Making this bag was significantly more simple and yielded tighter results:

Still, this particular sleeve didn't have that "substantial" feel that I wanted in the design. It looks like I'll need to combine the two into a Tutorial Voltron so I can get something that's just right for the Nook.

Total time: 2 days (I was only 46 hours off...)

Once I (we) get this right, we'll maybe offer sleeves for various electronics in the shop! We still have a long way to go til that happens, however, so stay tuned...

Team Bublitz, out!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rear Differential Sale Ending

Thanks to the items we sold in the Rear Differential Sale (along with the great traffic we've been experiencing in the shop this month) we were able to make a significant dent in that craaazy car repair bill that happened upon us in January! Our rear differential is now differentiating properly with your help! Thanks so much for the support :D