News: Montreal ComicCon

Posted: August 22, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General
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Members from The Dork Cave team should attend this year's edition of the Montreal ComicCon

WHERE?
Place Bonaventure
salle 400-ouest
800, De La Gauchetière Ouest
Montréal (Quebec) H5A 1K6

WHEN?
Saturday September 17
General Admission : 11h00 to 19h30
VIP : 10h00 to 19h30

Sunday September 18
General Admission : 10h30 to 18h30
VIP : 10h00 to 18h30

WHO?

Movies/TV Series

Adam West/Burt Ward (Batman/Robin – The Series)
James Marsters (Spike – Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Mercedes McNab (Mercedes Kendall – Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Clare Kramer (Glory – Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) – CANCELLED
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett – Star Wars)

Plus … 

Comic Books
Stan “The Man” Lee (Do I really need to tell who Stan Lee is?)

Plus …

Anime

Plus …

Bande Dessinée

Plus …

WHAT?

Wrestling

Sergeant Slaughter
Rick Martel

Vehicles
De Lorean (Back to the Future)
Batmobile (The one from the series)
General Lee (Dukes of Hazzard)
Landspeeder (Star Wars)

Robots
R2-D2

Groups
Forteresse Impériale de Québec (From the 501th Legion)

And more …

Plus … A load of activities … events … booths … all of this for 25$ for one day or 45$ for both days (On site). For online rates, visit the official website HERE. If everything goes according to plans, The Dork Cave should attend the event and display, while we’re there and if everything goes according to plans … showcase one of our current project (As a matter of fact, all the credits for this will go to Wil but since he’s part of the team … He he he).

Patrick signing off …

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I was working on my Futuristic Armor project last night when I realized just how much paper each project generates: Sketches, reference pictures, notes, measurements and so on … So I remembered that I had this wonderful application that runs under Windows (Sorry Mac users). Basically, MyInfo is a personal information manager for Windows. It will help you capture, organize, edit and share ideas, documents, tasks, and web pages.


Click on the image to open a link to Milenix’s website

I won’t try to tell you what’s in it … Instead i’ll copy what’s from the website (Yeah I know i’m lazy …):

CAPTURE

Collect Information Easily
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Microsoft Office® Integration
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Capture Entire Web Pages [New]
You can save local copy of a web page, if you want to browse it offline using the builtin web browser.

Drag & Drop Everywhere
You can drag text, pictures, links, files, and mail messages in the MyInfo tree editor, creating new documents on-the-fly. MyInfo will intelligently create document of the appropriate type and import the dragged data.

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File Embedding and Editing
You can insert files from other applications into MyInfo, thus keeping all your information in one place. You can edit embedded files and the changes will be saved back in MyInfo.

USB/Flash Drive Install [New] [Pro Only] (The reason why I took Pro Version)
You can use MyInfo 4, even if you are on the move and would not like to carry a laptop around. Just install MyInfo on a portable drive like (USB flash or thumb drive) and have all your information with you. Anywhere.

ORGANIZE

Tabbed Interface
MyInfo features a tabbed interface, which allows you to work with multiple files in the same application window and switch between them easily. You can rearrange the tabs using the new Organize Topics function and sort them alphabetically.

User Attributes in the Tree
Another unique MyInfo feature is its multi-column tree. Each topic comes with a predefined set of built-in attributes, containing various information about the documents in the topic. You can create your own attributes if you want to assign additional metadata to the documents in the topic. You can filter for documents depending on the attributes they have.

Tasks [New]
MyInfo 4 allows you to easily insert tasks in the tree with priority and due dates. You can see a full list of your tasks with a single click in the Filter View.

Filter Documents [Improved]
Use the Filter pane to collect documents from the tree, depending on their attribute values and other information. Clicking on a document tag will show you all documents with the same tag in the tree.

Group results by attribute value for better navigation.

Document TagsDocument tags (or keywords) are a handy tool for categorizing and finding related documents. They work exactly like tags in the popular social bookmarking web sites such as del.icio.us.

Instant Search Results
MyInfo indexes your information, so when you search in your topics (even these that are not open in MyInfo) you get instant and accurate results.

Document Cloning
If you want the same document to appear in different parts of the topic tree, you will find the MyInfo cloning feature indispensable.

Favorites [New]
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Calendar View
MyInfo calendar view makes it easy to spot upcoming tasks and other important dates.

Sort Documents
Sort documents by up to three document attributes.

EDIT
 
Full-Featured Text Editor
MyInfo text editor has a full range of word-processing features. It offers rich text formatting, hyperlinks, tables, pictures, and OLE objects support.

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You can easily find and replace text within the document.

Spelling [New]
MyInfo 4 has a full-fledged spell checker. It offers spell-as-you-type spelling, additional dictionaries for all major languages and it actually learns from you, so if you make the same mistakes multiple times, it will make more intelligent suggestions.

Formatting in the Tree [New]
In MyInfo 4 you can format the appearance of any single document in the tree. You can change fonts, sizes, colors, font effects (bold, italic, underline), and even their background color.

In addition, the formatting is preserved when you export the topic to a Word file or just want to print it!

SHARE

Link to MyInfo from Anywhere
MyInfo can create links to its topics and document and then you can place these links in any Windows applications or as shortcuts on your desktop. Then clicking on this links, opens MyInfo and the desired item.

Files and Folders Export [New]
Export all documents, web resources and embedded files to a folder, retaining the tree structure.

Export as a Web Page
Export documents as a web page, retaining all text formatting, images and tables.

Export as a Web site [Pro Only]
Export MyInfo topic as a web site and publish it on the Internet.

Print and Print Preview
Print any part of your information in MyInfo.

CSV Export [New] [Pro Only]
Export all documents and their attributes to a Microsoft Excel, where you can analyze them.

Open Architecture
MyInfo does not lock your data. In fact, MyInfo has open import and export architecture, allowing third-party developers to create plugins for importing and exporting information between MyInfo and any third-party application.

Needless to say that this is a very useful tool … There is a Trial Version if you want to try it today. The Standard Version (Which is about 50.00$) is already a wonderful tool. I chose the Profesionnal Version which is almost double the cost but that’s just me … I’m a sucker when it comes to technology.

With that being said … Have a nice Dorky Day …

Patrick

Update: Links Page

Posted: August 21, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General

I know this weekend is kinda slow but believe me … We have loads in the work right now and you should be happy of what’s coming your way soon. In the meantime, here’s a new link that I will have to the Links page:

Paint-Sculpt (Painting & Sculpting/Molding Tutorials)

Very well made Tutorials and loads of interesting Tips/Tricks!

Have a nice Propping Day!

Patrick

News from The Cave …

Posted: August 18, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General, News, Update

Been sick as hell the past 3 days … I could have been the stunt double of Linda Blair in The Exorcist … Anyway …

– Been working last day at adding Tags for each posts on this Blog with impressive results!
– Two new members have joined Team Dork
– Been working on a first “Movie Poster” for our Prop Parties … HINT: Halloween is coming quickly

Also, next week i’m on vacation from work! That means I will have the time to work on my projects … You should have some interesting updates next week about my EVA Foam Armor and The Thing In A Jar!

Anyway, gotta go … Have a nice “Dorky” day and don’t forget: When you think you have worked on your Props too much … Work More!

Patrick

Prop Building Parties (Coming Soon … I Hope)

Posted: August 16, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in News

Just a little post to tell you guys that since the creation of The Dork Cave Team, we’ve been talking about what we call “Prop Parties” which is a 12-24 hours where we gather and build Props together (Did we mention that Dork Cave Team is scattered across Quebec?). This is an occasion to share knowledge, techniques and to have a good time …

The way we want to proceed is to determine a theme for each Prop Parties … The theme will be determined by the team and a movie poster will be modified to fit the event … For example we could hold an event called “Indiana Jones & The Temple of Dork” and the Props would have to be Relics and/or Artifacts from past times.

Stay tuned, the first event will be determined and a date will be announced (Hopefully) …

We first considered the possibility to Live Stream these events but instead, we will film the thing entirely and make a BEST OF out of them.

Stay Tuned!

Patrick

Link: Basic Leather Working

Posted: August 15, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in Links
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Sooner or later, you will have to make something out of leather. We found, on E-How, a serie of leather working videos with some very interesting techniques you might appreciate … Go ahead! Go see them right away and start building that Catwoman suit you always wanted your girlfriend to wear … Meeeowww!

Basic Leatherworking Videos on E-How

Update: Contact and Links page

Posted: August 15, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in Links, News, Update

Good morning from The Dork Cave!

The Contact page was updated and you can now send us emails! Feel free to use the Contact page to send us comments, suggestions, questions and even photos of your work and/or photos with stuff from our page … We will try to answer you as soon as possible but please consider 24-48 hours for an answer.

The links page was updated as well. Here’s a rundown of what you can find there so far:

Independent Film Maker
Maude Michaud (Sebastien Montpetit, our MakeUp Artist has some of his work featured in Maude’s work

Special Effects
Backyard FX (RIP) (Even if BFX is dead, it’s still a gold mine of informations regarding the building of Props on the cheap.

Tools
Obsidian Dawn (Photoshop/GIMP Brushes) (Some wicked brushes can be found there for your scrolls)
Pepakura (Papercraft Designer) (Program to print exploded views of 3D objects)

There … Have a nice day!

Patrick