Monthly Archives: July 2010

Discussion post for Darkened Heart, July 30th

30 July 2010

I screwed up the update while trying to make the system run it’s updates automatically. Yes, that’s right, I broke things by trying to make them run smoother.

But at least it’s properly updated now. The root fragments in this bottle are actually just left over herbs from my kitchen. I can’t tell you the name of the herb, because it’s written in an Asian script. A friend of mine bought me a bag of them when I was in California.

They look fantastic when added to a vial like this, very authentic. The only problem is, they apparently ferment. I had two bottles blow their caps about a month after making them, because of the growing pressure from the slowly fermenting roots.

So let that be a lesson to fellow prop-makers. Always check your found parts for sugar before using them.

What I’ve been up to, Last weekend of May edition

26 July 2010

I do a lot of modding and hacking on my weekends, but I hardly ever talk about it. I figured it’s high time I got some of this stuff documented. Let’s start with the weekend of May 29th. I needed a table router, and only had a freestanding unit. So I ordered a few parts.

Problem 1: The router plate doesn’t have any holes.

Solution 1: I have a drill press. What now, aluminum plate? What? Now?
Drill Press (more…)

Discussion Post for Darkened Heart, July 23rd

22 July 2010

Back to another text update. I like these scan-based updates. I get to do a lot of infodumping while displaying some of the better work from the boxes.

Discussion post for Darkened Heart, July 16th

15 July 2010

Absinthe is fascinating stuff. I once went on a multi-week research bender about the drink and how it rose to popularity only to be banned. At the time, I was looking for a suitably dramatic drink to celebrate the anniversary of getting dumped. Instead I blew past said anniversary completely, because I was so buried in research.

I can’t imagine why such behavior might have had a negative impact on my ability to keep a relationship. Nope must be that my significant other was “crazy”. Yeah. No blame here.

The photo is of an actual bottle of Absinthe Montmartre 65, I completely redid the label however. I’ll get a transcript of the label itself at some point in the nearish future, since I don’t recall what I wrote on it.

Discussion post for Darkened Heart, July 9th

9 July 2010

Feel free to post any out-of-universe observations here. Critiques welcome.

I dropped a bit of a hint with this page. Namely, I foreshadowed the presence of Lee’s missing documents. That’ll be important in a few months.

Discussion post for Darkened Heart, July 2nd

2 July 2010

Another post, and a shiny new thread in which to discuss it and/or pick it apart.

I’ll start the commentary myself by admitting that I’m a little disappointed with this one. In the future, I think I’ll put in a lot more content with the posts of individual bottles. Some of the bottles are interesting enough to stand on their own, but these smaller sample sets need something more. Maybe an inset scan of the label, and/or some close up shots of the interior of the bottle.

Unfortunately, I’ve already finished principle photography on this box, so there’s not a lot I can do at this point. When we get on to the next box, I’ll do some work to spruce these types of posts up.