Category: Out & About

May 10 2010

Confuzzled 2010: Achievements Unlocked

  • He’s dead jim. – Get con-crud on the first day.
  • Lanyard farmer – Earn enough to order new lanyards.
  • Totally bass-ackwards – Start dancing like you don’t care before having any alcohol.
  • Accountancy 102 – Count in every note and coin, but still have £25 more at the end of the day than you should.

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May 10 2010

Back from Confuzzled 2010

Back from the con, alive. Have almost totally lost my voice though. Manchester devoid of cash points, so no change to buy lozenges until I hit London again where people can purchase medicines in exchange for currency.

Made enough money to repay money borrowed for new stock. Sales weren’t as high as expected though (particularly on the T-shirt front). Also; everyone does not save money for the second day of the dealers den (no matter how much you repeat it to yourself). I’d like to dig up some other dealers figures, but my own were only 60% of Day 1. Just a note for future research.

Journey up went exceptionally smoothly, with me even getting an earlier train! Journey back, not so much with someone laying on train-tracks, delays and being yelled at by an angry guard. So my immediate mood is a bit sour, but by and large it was a very enjoyable con, and the addition of swimming pool is much appreciated.

More later. Have sums to do, stock to check, food to eat, and that motorised bed is still up the road.

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Apr 28 2010

The Answer is 42

42 new shirts arrived today in record time (just 2 working days after I ordered them!). That gives me 4 of each size of both the UKFur Classic/Wolf shirts, and the colour “Union” design. There’s been little interest in the dragon shirts, so haven’t picked up any more of them for the moment.

If I run out of any at the con I’ll take pre-orders for the next batch.

Okay, now back to the workshop!

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Apr 28 2010

Sorting out

Reprap
Thanks to friend , the stepper driver circuit is now working!
Think I’ve currently got a pair of phases crossed though, as it jerks quite badly every so often. The motor also gets hot very fast, so I think I’ll have to get some current limiting on the go as well.

Casting
The moulds are cleaned up from the last bad casting and sitting overnight to let any acetone residue evaporate. Fresh casting in the morning.

Will also tidy up the feline nose with some sandpaper and get it ready for a proper production. Same with trying adding a vent to the Razor claws. Going to aim to have some completed demonstration paws at Confuzzled, as well as new display stands for a number of items.

Also aiming to have the commissions book totally clear before the con.

Heard back from Cosmo very quickly, so now I’m just gonna be ticking boxes. :)

Also, I’m amazed that some of my YouTube videos have now been viewed hundreds of times. One even over a thousand. There’s nothing even very good on there yet!

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Apr 27 2010

Confuzzled prep

Paperworking my tushy off. Trying to get things absolutely in line and ready for Confuzzled in two weeks.

T-shirts are apparently already done (!!!) and on their way to me. That’s some amazing service there.

Got a quote back on more UKFur lanyards, and the price will be around the £220 mark. There’s a long lead-time on them too, so while they won’t be ready for Confuzzled, they should be in stock for June, so definitely around for RBW.

Some last-minute questions have been sent to Cosmo at CF about the dealers table arrangements, so I know precisely what I’m working with in regard to a few options.

Also have salvaged a pushchair, which looks like will be ideal for hauling this lot on the train to Manchester, with some small modifications.

Need to confirm with someone about the role of den assistant. Also got a long list of changes, printing, POS (point-of-sale) and displays to work on.

Also expecting something in the post. If it arrives in time and works, should provide a fun new product to the line-up!

Off to do some more casting, and get the commission book completely clear before the con.

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