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Steve Tsuida
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I help people tell their own stories. I'm a graphic designer, videographer, photographer, animator, illustrator, and maker of things, because that's what it takes.
I help people tell their own stories. I'm a graphic designer, videographer, photographer, animator, illustrator, and maker of things, because that's what it takes.

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The difference between science and screwing around is taking notes. Spent most of my Sunday using an image accumulator app to shoot light trails of the projectile and the weight in my shoulder-mountable trebuchet for Calgary Maker Faire.

Made at Protospace, a #makerspace in Calgary.
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9/17/17
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It lives! Here are few shots of the development, making, and re-making of the shoulder mounted trebuchet I'll be bringing to Calgary Maker Faire. Lots of work to do, yet. Handles, a trigger mechanism, and paint. But it flings wooden blocks nicely.

Made at Protospace, a makerspace here in Calgary, Alberta.
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Some People: $10 for an entire month of unlimited access to 40 million songs, plus playlists curated to my personal taste, plus exclusive access to deep dive documentaries about the music I love is a total ripoff!

Also Some People: $12 for a trendy burger which will serve as just one of the 90 or so meals I will eat this month, and which my body will convert into dadbod or a gigantic percussive crap is an amazing deal!
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There's an old Stuart MacLean joke that to get in the Christmas Spirit, Calgarians go to Banff, and it goes a long way to explain why the Flames and the NHL hit a wall this week.

Part of the "make 'em buy us a stadium" strategy seemed to be to evoke Battle of Alberta sentiment. Edmonton has a new arena, aren't you jealous?

No. We aren't. Perhaps largely because Calgarians identify more regionally than locally. We have a lot of awesome "get out of town" options in every direction, and we jump on those. Need proof? Watch our highway cameras going in and out of town on any weekend and many weeknights. We're from here, but not as from here as they are in Edmonton.

We're hockey fans and football fans, for sure, but the teams aren't as integral to our sense of self and place, because our place is about 400 km wider in radius, and our selves are tied to places and things scattered across that wider range.
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It's 2017, UPS. Come join us here.

Shapeways received a file from my Mac, and converted it from bits to atoms, and packed it all up and shipped it on time, because it's 2017.

Via my ATB MasterCard, I paid you, UPS, a brokerage fee days in advance, and you got that money on time, because it's 2017.

But for some reason, you couldn't get that news to your driver on time, and now I have to wait a whole bloody weekend for you to take that paid-for box off the van, put it on a shelf for two days, then put the same paid-for box on the same van, now with the days-late message that the brokerage fee was paid days in advance, so I can get Shapeways finished product days late, because it's still 1973, in the space between your office and your vans, and you can't turn a driver around to right your mistake, but you can expect me to sit on the phone for 10+ minutes to insist I don't owe you the same brokerage fee twice (for your convenience, I guess).

And that's why, whenever I have the option, I choose DHL. (It's 2030 at DHL.)
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Unspoken Slogans:

Coming eventually to Android.

“Is Pepsi okay?”

“UPS: Sorry™ we Missed® you.”
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Been working on a shoulder mounted trebuchet, because I can. I'll bring it to Calgary #Maker Faire 2017, if you want to try it out. This is the wooden prototype, I've got half of the parts for building the final aluminum copy, with the other half somewhere in the US postal system.
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9/7/17
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Productive day. Finished up the revised version of my lunch kit Bluetooth speaker (milled all the holes for the speaker grill and the switches, jacks & lights). Done. Love it.

Then built a scale model of a trebuchet, to see if I understood their geometry correctly. It did. It worked brilliantly, and repeatedly flung wooden blocks about 15 metres. In the process, realized I had the makings of a fun Calgary Maker Faire project: a Shoulder Mounted Trebuchet!

Probably going to rebuilt the trebuchet out of a mix of steel and hardwood, with proper shoulder brace, a face protector, grip, and firing mechanisms. Maybe an obnoxious siren to warn people downrange. Fun times! I have a lot of +Adafruit Industries hardware to put to good use.
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5,000 people 👎’d this video.

Some of them may just dislike companies talking about accessibility, because it feels too close to exploitation or bragging. Fine.

Others just reflexively ran up the Apple playlist and disapproved of everything, because they like Samsung, or something. Fine.

But, given the resurgence of fascism, we can assume that a few of that 5,000 disapproved of the video because they didn't like the idea of giving Dillan a voice, because that breaks their rules. Boo.
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Extensibility. Just a fancy way of saying features like the power to mark stuff up should be able to travel from app to app, but still feel the same. If you know how to share from one iOS app, you know how to share from another. Now that'll be true for marking things up.
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