Category: Craft

30C3 Impressions


Hacker Jeopardy with Cocktails


3D printing demonstration at Assembly Hall


Oh noes weapons were produced with 3 D printers. I’m trembling with fear.


3D printed objects


Lounge decor


Lounge decor


Thias trying out Oculus Rift




My busy schedule

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I leave you with the visuals for now. Text will follow.

We are proud to announce that there will be a third Waldeck-Freakquenz festival this year on 13th-14th september 2013. I think we fairly established the awesomeness of this festival by now. 2012 was the best party yet. 


We need more visitors to get out of this alive, though. Last time, we had a little over 100 paying happy visitors and we barely made it out in the black. If you would like Waldeck-Freakquenz to continue, bring more friends and family into the enchanted forest with you next time. Tell everyone you know about us. This way, more people will have a great weekend and the team of volunteers will be able to keep on organizing this little festival in the future.


As always, ten spots for bands are open. This stage could be yours for an hour.


Which genres do you want?

Basically we had a pretty weird mix last time; indie, stoner rock, ska core, drone, electro and what have you. We are not set in any ‘genre bounds’ – if your band is deemed awesome by our jury, you will play.

How do we apply?

Contact us at with a link to your album or song material.

When will we know?

The jury will convene sometime in March. We will tell you as soon as we know who will get to play.

How do we get there?

You’ll need a car and some directions. If you google Burg Waldeck, you will get wrong hits. The address is Waldeck Weg 1, Dorweiler. But it is sort of in the middle of nowhere.

Is there a reason not to apply?

Absolutely not!


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Crafting in “The Secret World”

I am just starting to wrap my head around the intricate crafting system in the MMO we just started playing, “The Secret World”. You get to pick up various items as loot, which you can deconstruct by pressing y and dropping them into the item slot in the crafting window.

The crafting system is not unlike “Minecraft“; you lay out shapes with basic materials like fire, dust, water or metal, and what you shaped is what you get. The side mission you can find in Roget’s den (“The Occultist’s Cookbook”) will get you schematics to the basic weapon shapes:

Quality level is also important. You have to use a tool kit for constructing an item (talismans, weapons, glyphs) and the materials you use have to approximately match the QL of the tool kit. That’s about the basic approach.

Items can be boosted with a glyph, which is constructed out of offensive or defensive runes you can also find as loot in the game. Any glyphs an item as equipped with when you deconstruct it will be destroyed in the process, though, so think about what you might need first. In order to upgrade an item with a glyph, it has to have an empty glyph slot. For example, my char is equipped with a shotgun and a glyph on it that maximizes critical chance. For the construction of this “Brutal Glyph”, you’ll need four “Lu” Runes and a glyph toolkit of the same QL.

Here’s an example with a Fist Weapon and an accurate glyph:

Right now, I just keep collecting whatever I find, but at this point in the game I have not been able to make better items than the ones you get as missions rewards etc.

Here are some good crafting guides to get you started:

Guide 1 text-based

Guide 2 (lots of helpful pics)

Enjoy your crafting!

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Steven from traveled to some godforsaken desert in Tunisia to visit the remnants of the set of Mos Espa. Eery ghost town pictures, but also someone ‘occupied’ the space (perhaps with a start-up falconry?). Even though I don’t approve the new movies, this still looks pretty far-out.

From Steven’s article:

Four of the Star Wars movies were partially filmed in southern Tunisia and many of the sets and landscapes are still preserved today.

We recently visited Tunisia where we booked a landspeeder (rented a car), Jedi mind-tricked our way out of security (paid the locals to show us around) and made our way to (the set of) Tatooine, the iconic homeplanet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker.

If you do want to try making it on your own, the easiest way to get in is by renting a quad or 4WD car in Tozeur, which is about 40km away, and driving out early in the morning to escape the heat and crowds.

In addition to Mos Espa, there are many other Star Wars set pieces scattered around Tunisia. In Tatouine, the town where George Lucas got the inspiration for his fictional planet’s name, you can find some of the background for the slave quarters shots in Episode 1. Travel to Medenine and you can find Anakin Skywalker’s home and in Matmata you can actually walk around and sleep in Luke Skywalker’s home.

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Just a little something…

Hello, I know I have not been posting at my usual rate. Maybe it has something to do with work and the end of the semester… just maybe. Time to think about things non-study related will be had in mid-july. But meanwhile, here are some cheesy comics I made while messing around with It lets you put together a comic without any art skills at all (sign-up via mail).



Game over, man.

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Large Hadron Collider Ikea-style

Maggie Koerth-Baker found this science joke at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

I just remembered the name of a fascinating artist I have been meaning to look up: 19th century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. His works were influenced “by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic.” (wiki) He is also known for his Poe illustrations, but I’m going to show you some of his works for ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ by Thomas Mallory, which is a compilation of tales of the Knights of the Round Table, first published in 1485.

How Sir Bedivere cast the sword Excalibur into the water

Pictures courtesy of Le Savoy.

How to make a dress (preferably with owls)

I promised you some walkthroughs, right? I had to review a sewing book for a magazine I’m writing for. I tried the pattern of a dress without sleeves. Since it is measured to my body exactly, it would not help to upload a pdf. So get a pattern (there are lots of free patterns) and I will tell you how to sew those together. I used a pattern with several parts; front, front side, back, back side. Also, I chose a different printed cloth for the front. You can decide if you want to have the zipper in front or in back.

Here is what you’ll need.

  • a pattern
  • glue
  • a sewing machine
  • thread
  • a pair of scissors
  • some kind of cloth (2m at least, depending on your size)
  • tailor’s chalk or white kajal
  • pins
  • a zipper ~40cm
  • optional: a flat iron

You may want to try on what you so far made during the process (pins), so that you won’t make the dress to small or too big.

Print the pdf out on several sheets, tape or glue them together in the designated order, then cut along the lines (leaving no space).
Then pin the pattern onto the cloth so that it will not move. Draw along the sides with tailor’s chalk (I used a chalk pencil; you can get those at any good tailor shop.)

Cut out the cloth along the lines, leaving at least 1cm space (you’ll need that for mending later).

You can also draw and cut out two side pieces seperately. If you did it my way, you save one time of cutting. But you also have to transfer the pattern one more time, this time on the other side. So in the end you need to have two side pieces, one reversed, looking like this:

First pin, then sew the pieces together on the left side, using a straight stitch ———— . Follow the chalk markings. Note that it is important to sew on the left side (the side where your cloth looks more crappy) so the good side is turned outwards in the end and you won’t see the threading.

Leave ca. 20 cm in open the back or the front, this is were the zipper will be. If you want to, you can also mend the seams; it increases durability. For that, use a a zigzag-stitch /\/\/\/\ on the 1-2cm fringe you left before. Cut the rest off.

It helps a great deal to have a flat iron ready. You can smooth anything before and after you sew it together, avoiding creases which will screw up your seams.

I used a different printed cloth for the front piece. My zipper went in at the back, so I transfered the pattern one time, flipped it over symmetrically, transfered it again. You can do that with the back piece as well, if your zipper goes in the front.

Same procedure, sew together on left side.

Again: Left side!

Don’t sew everything together at once, leave one side open for one last try-out. If you can, get someone to help you. You can’t see if something fits if you don’t stand up straight. If it does not fit, you can still make adjustments at this stage. I also recommend waiting with mending the seams until everything is how you want it, it saves you a lot of trouble unraveling seams.

That slit you left open at back or in front needs to get a zipper now. Some machines have a special zipper stitch, where the needle is on the right side; I’d advise you to use that.

Now your dress is almost done! Sew together the side, and hem everything that still sticks out (skirt line, sleeves). For that, fold over once and use straight stitch all around. Adjust if necessary.

Et voilá, your dress is done.

Kleines Fest im großen Park

Last weekend, the headbugz-team participated in an artsy feast. It is called “Das kleine Fest im großen Park” (The little feast in the big park) and it is so popular with locals and non-locals that tickets are sold only via a lottery, because many people would love to go. A lot of different artists perform every year. Our highlights this year were a human clockwork theatre from Spain and a very large dragon.

You can view some more pics taken by visitors here.

Below are our crappy pictures. The thing with the bikes are “the Sewing Sisters” from the Netherlands. You can “upcycle” your clothes by treading on a holland bikes which powers an old Pfaff sewing machine. I did this for almost 20 minutes and got my shirt a proper upcyclin. Nice idea!

While thiasbugz got upcycled in another way – a makeup artist had her pick on him and made him a dark elf prince with blue hair. Watching was very exciting!

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We won’t be around due to work for a few weeks, but after the festivals we will report in length. Have a good one!

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” special edition was bound in asbestos. How cool is that? Progressive thinking, people… I found this among a few other scifi vintage rarities up for auction via Boingboing. If you haven’t read the book and you do not really get what I am all amazed about, here’s the wiki.

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