Egg Knog wrote:Thank you so much, Dan.ta Claus. Now I know why you suddenly started following me on my twitter account that I hardly use.
I'd already sorted your presents by then! I went through some of your post history instead The Twitter follow was just because I thought you were posting some decent stuff! Glad you liked your gifts. Merry Christmas!
Yeah after opening my highly disappointing work secret Santa, it's made me realise how much effort goes into this one. Charmers did a great job co-ordinating, thank you! And it's wonderful to see not only the extravagant expense that's gone into presents, but how personal they are for Internet strangers browsing a post history.
Omg I have to be the latest opening, spent all day with my granny who has dementia and had a lovely time, my family didn't do presents as we're basically modest (got a copy of my cousin's EP, chocolate etc).
But this has to be one of the most thoughtful gifts of all time. I thought my dad (who I saw separately) guessing what I might like based on stalking my business pages was intuitive as he's usually clueless but this took a long look back at my art school days at least 4 years ago and things I really should do more. Creative gifts are the best as I'll make so much more with these things.
Anyway, onto the dark room in the middle of an Essex cottage near a reservoir after everyone has gone to bed and literally had to sneak upstairs. No, I don't live in total darkness...
Sequential opening is new to me. But my girlfriend said this was probably wrapped by a man. None the less
It's a USB microcontroller turn things into doey thing thing, which you can carry around on your key chain so you always have something to programme to turn random objects into switches, synthesisers, etc. My santee probably knew I made art installations using similar things, and I'm probably going to make a banana synth tomorrow. I literally spent 2 years of my life going things like this, and somehow got a 2:1 degree in it, but haven't done anything since then. Because jobs and blah. I deeply regret this
The package explains it better
I've never heard of this chip, but have wanted to try one with integrated buttons for ages. It seems to work with a phone somehow too, I'm sure I'll try that. Touchscreen plus programmable thing plus inputs = basically anything. Well good.
Now the tiny one
Some excellent film stock. ALL of my ISO400 film and B&W film is gone since my brother stole all of it for his a level, and my girlfriend is a photographer/tech. I have a vintage 1960s SLR that belonged to my late granddad as my only heirloom, that I learnt manual film photography on in 2008. But I've barely done film, or photography in general, because I can't really afford film and never remember it. My partner however can process film at work. So this will be great to be able to go on a photo trip together again where you have to be a decent photographer and squeeze the best shots out of just 36 exposures. Such a great gift in such a small box.
I was a bit at a loss what the larger gift could be. It rattled around so I thought maybe lego or miniatures/model (I even brought a scalpel, pot of paint and files to prep and prime pieces while here) but the box didn't feel right. Instead it'd quite a logical progression, and I was part right (the blade and files will help me construct this with the tight tolerances needed).
It's a build your own SLR film camera kit from Lomography! Basically lofi, back to basics photography. This was a massive movement/craze while I was at art uni and it was always a bit pricey; I bought my partner a comparable Olympus XA1 compact but I've never had my own arty camera which is all about the film effect (none of this instagram filter stuff that this inspired). Not only that but it's a kit and I can build it! The old SLR weighs about 1.5KG so is too heavy to really take anywhere. My other brother took the lightweight one I had in 2011 leaving me with no practical film cameras.
With my CNC machine, I'll probably be able to build my own lenses (they're interchangle!) and upgrade to some metal parts. The great thing about doing kits like these, like my cnc, is you learn how everything actually works. I have a rough idea, but it's hard to explain how educational this process is. I'm really looking forward to what comes out of it, and with the film I can make it tomorrow and get some unique snaps of my family, instead of the same old ones from my digital compact I've had for ages. It may even be the last time I can capture my grandma, and we were looking at old square photos from the 60s only yesterday. I can get similar effects.
A really lovely selection that already gave me ideas and I'm very grateful to my Santee.
I'm only bummed out my gift for my santee was 4 days or longer late. Cheers RM. I posted it before my own customers who have received their items next day. I really hope it isn't lost, thankfully I can make a claim if so as I got a certificate. And I can redo some of them. When I get back from the family next Wednesday hopefully we can sync up. Sorry man.
Edit: Dan just saw your post, no worries man it just makes Xmas last longer and it's still the season.
dude thanks so much! I'm going to be tinkering all Xmas.
Now to read the thread which is half the fun and happies.
JChristmas wrote:With the loss of Buff...RIP...it's time for someone to take over and save GRcade Christmas this year and I thought why the hell not return and be that angel sat at the top of the Christmas tree for the festive season.
JChristmas. You did become the angel. Thank you so very much for taking the time to organise and coordinate Secret Santa for the GRcade team. I know I sent you quite a few emails so multiplied by X participants I know you would have been very busy. Secret Santa is always fun and it has become an important part of Christmas for me! Buffalo did some good work and now you saved the day this year I think you did a great job. Cheers man!