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posted ago by happybillmoney (edited) +74 / -0

Hello fellow consumers,

Thank you to everyone that participated in the last weekly whether starting discussions, voting on polls, or just lurking:

u/deAccount u/wiwemof882 u/AssadElSahra u/DonCardenio u/TheodoreJKaczynski u/zzbg u/Andrew_JackedSon u/KarenSlayer u/rawsaw u/Rimeofthemariner u/Xedoua u/Muh6Gorillian u/salazam u/DenKon_Zenith


This Weeks Discussion Theme: Make something

The top response for this week’s theme is “Make something (with your hands)”!

Here are some discussion points to think about:

  • Do you consider yourself a maker?
  • What do you make? / What have you made?
  • Is there anything you’ve been considering making but haven’t yet?

Last Week’s Poll Results:

Top three responses

  • “Home cooked meal at least one day this week”,
  • “Exercised at least one day this week”, and
  • “No fast food this week”.

Great job everyone! Way more challenges have been done this past week compared to previous weeks. Keep it up!

NOTE: Challenge success threads are always welcome!

There was a small response, but it was a “YES”. Only one user signed up for an AMA and they have been messaged.


Weekly Polls:

NOTE: New challenges!

NOTE: Thank you for suggestions.


Consume Product Book of the month: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1932, 300 pp)

Next book club thread is currently scheduled for November 6th. A poll for the next book of the month will open on November 1st. This way our book of the month will no longer overlap.


Previous Weeklies:

Hello fellow consumers, Thank you to everyone that participated in the last weekly whether starting discussions, voting on polls, or just lurking: u/deAccount u/wiwemof882 u/AssadElSahra u/DonCardenio u/TheodoreJKaczynski u/zzbg u/Andrew_JackedSon u/KarenSlayer u/rawsaw u/Rimeofthemariner u/Xedoua u/Muh6Gorillian u/salazam u/DenKon_Zenith *** #This Weeks Discussion Theme: Make something The [top response](https://www.strawpoll.me/21074846/r) for this week’s theme is “Make something (with your hands)”! Here are some discussion points to think about: * Do you consider yourself a maker? * What do you make? / What have you made? * Is there anything you’ve been considering making but haven’t yet? *** #Last Week’s Poll Results: * [Which Challenge Did You Do This Past Week (10-9 to 10-16)?]( https://www.strawpoll.me/21074821/r). Top three responses * “Home cooked meal at least one day this week”, * “Exercised at least one day this week”, and * “No fast food this week”. Great job everyone! Way more challenges have been done this past week compared to previous weeks. Keep it up! NOTE: Challenge success threads are always welcome! * [Do you want Consume Product to run official AMA threads?]( https://www.strawpoll.me/21074857/r) There was a small response, but it was a “YES”. Only one user signed up for an AMA and they have been messaged. *** #Weekly Polls: * What do you want next week’s theme to be? (10-23) https://www.strawpoll.me/21108844 * Which Challenge Did You Do This Past Week (10-9 to 10-16)? https://www.strawpoll.me/21108926 NOTE: New challenges! * Open Response: Suggest weekly themes or provide some other suggestion (continued) https://poll.ly/#/2qBn6OWB NOTE: Thank you for suggestions. * If you want to sign up for an AMA do so here (continued): https://poll.ly/#/Glb5qvJB *** # Consume Product Book of the month: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1932, 300 pp) Next book club thread is currently scheduled for November 6th. A poll for the next book of the month will open on November 1st. This way our book of the month will no longer overlap. *** #Previous Weeklies: * [Weekly 13]( https://consumeproduct.win/p/HrApkCBR/consumeproduct-weekly-13-winter) * [Weekly 12]( https://consumeproduct.win/p/HYGmJMMY/consumeproduct-weekly-12-fall-ac/) * [Weekly 11]( https://consumeproduct.win/p/HXy0XLhz/consumeproduct-weekly-11-hobby-s/)
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DIESEL_SHUNTER 7 points ago +7 / -0 (edited)

do you consider urself a maker?

No, I am probably 1/4th the way there. I start something and lose motivation halfway. I like working on anything, from gardening to cooking to working on cars/bikes to manual labor of shoving sand into buckets. It keeps me happy. I don't know what happens in the middle, but I just abandon it.

what?

One of the projects that I actually completed was putting an LED strip in my car to illuminate the foot well. I had to run wires from the dome light to the footwell. The actual makers among you will find this to be absolutely trivial but it was invaluable experience for me. Not so easy in this country to get electrical parts, wish we had a 'home depo" or radioshack kinda things, but this project taught me a few things about where to get parts for this project, as well as soldering etc.

future

With how I give up on things halfway, it seems like a distant reality but I want to make a good sofa. The one we currently have very very bad, fucked in all dimensions. First thing that happens after you sit is something pricks your ass, next you realize every single tendon, muscle and joint in your upper body is in pain due to being stretched at uncomfortable angles. So presently I sit on the floor Indian style.

A little bit into the future I want to convert some dead old piece of crap car into an electric one. I hate electric cars but only because they are being pushed so hard and all the stupid "connected" features. The car is one place where I am left alone by technology with just 2 monochrome displays and nothing else and I will never let that change. Otherwise I have nothing against the electric powertrain. It seems to be a fun project but a bit in the more expensive side, so in the future it goes.

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dudeofea 2 points ago +2 / -0

The actual makers among you will find this to be absolutely trivial

I think you mean the non-makers among you, car wiring is a pain in the ass. This is the best solution I've come across: link

I definitely have the problem of starting things and not finishing them, I can't give you an easy cure, but here are some tips I use:

  • Get more motivation by completing easy things (wash some dishes, find a place for you messy things to live)
  • Figure out the next steps to take for a project, often these are vague
  • Limit your scope to what can be done here and now (thus turning a hard vague goal into something you can actually do)
  • Don't let others tell you your project sucks. In the art world, people often say "I could have done that, what's so special about it?" to which artists reply "But you didn't!". You may sometimes be convinced by others that your projects are useless, but those people don't know shit because they haven't tried it.
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DIESEL_SHUNTER 1 point ago +1 / -0

Fuse taps are very useful. I used one to hardwire my dashcam, though I did not use it for this project. For this project I soldered a small piece of single core wire in series with the dome light switch and in parallel to the actual bulb of the dome light, connected a spade connector to it, connected another spade connector to a long piece of wire and ran it down the A pillar, grounding the whole thing into a small bolt down in the passenger footwell. You see the dome light has this theater dimming effect which I wanted in my footwell lights too lol.

Your tips are absolutely spot on. I feel very motivated after completing a task, any task.

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Lichtenfeld 5 points ago +5 / -0

“Maker” is a douchey hipster word, used by the kind of flannel-wearing nitwits who are amazed that you can do things and have them actually affect the physical world.

But I’m weighing the merits of getting carpentry equipment, all the same. Not to make furniture, since teak and mahogany are price-competitive with Ikea these days; but, if I get into beekeeping, there’s plenty of money to be saved by assembling my own boxes, frames, and stands. And what I’m reading about beekeeping suggests that this really is something to get into!

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HingusTheBungus 1 point ago +1 / -0

'Crafter' would be a better word in my opinion.

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Workingdays 2 points ago +2 / -0

Hacker used to be respected in this context.

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Lichtenfeld 5 points ago +5 / -0

If only one user signed up for an AMA, please tell me that it was u/ValuesLiberty !

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happybillmoney [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

It was. I messaged u/ValuesLiberty to work out a date. No response yet.

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Lichtenfeld 3 points ago +3 / -0

That’s wonderful! And I’m sure you’ll hear back soon.

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Rimeofthemariner 3 points ago +3 / -0

I've been getting into making sauces and such. I made a fermented chilli sauce the other week. Been looking at other ways to make it.

I'm moving into a new place where I can grow things and I'll have a shed to brew beer as well. Could even get into some woodworking again there.

Last woodwork project I did was make a kayak.

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Stanczyk 2 points ago +2 / -0

I would love to see that kayak sometime. That sounds like a great project.

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Rimeofthemariner 1 point ago +1 / -0

It's at my parents on the other side of the country. But I'm either going to drive and get it or they're going to drive it down. I'll probably share some photos when I get my hands on it.

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weizkangz 2 points ago +2 / -0

I'm not a maker, can you guys recommend me projects that are easy to start with?

It can be anything useful for general living in western Europe, chances are that i can organize all the tools i need.

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DenKon_Zenith 1 point ago +1 / -0

Being a maker has a surprisingly low barrier to entry. Make anything out of anything, and you can call yourself a maker. i got my start making randomly useful things out of cardboard. Mini storage shelving for various things, for example. I've even made furniture out of cardboard, as bizarre as that sounds. Found a gigantic inch thick sheet of structural cardboard from a TV box, and built an end-table out of it and a couple of cardboard tubes from engineering rolls.

Even doing something as simple as getting a cheap plastic pen and wrapping it in art wire to make something longer lasting and more valuable would qualify as a maker. Small scale woodworking is a fairly cheap way to start too, few days work worth of tools will have you equipped to replace shitty store-bought shelving with something custom fitted and hand-made.

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Kapral_Wojtek 2 points ago +2 / -0

Does an Eagle Scout Service Project currently in the planning stage count?

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salazam 2 points ago +2 / -0

I make whoopie with your mom.

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CoomCrab 2 points ago +2 / -0

I do a bunch of beading and leatherwork cause muh pache helicopter so yeah I think so. I make my own shoes, belt, satchel, gun equipment, not yet made my own shirt or pants considering a coat maybe. Considering making a bow but my dads old one works just fine for the moment its very well made only needing to replace the draw string now and then.

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fisherofmen 2 points ago +2 / -0

I've wanted to apply my time to doing some carpentry. Also working on finishing a podcast, so I can hold myself accountable for both physical work and critical thinking. Rote labor gives me a lot of time to think, channeling that into something that I can use as outreach I feel is a positive.

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Akorgre 1 point ago +1 / -0

Do you consider yourself a maker? Nope not at all, couldn’t even make an origami without ripping the paper into shreds.

Is there anything you’ve been considering making but haven’t yet? I’m considering making some kind of artwork, like a sculpture perhaps.