“Right now we’re in absolute renovation mode, the building was ruined,” Kastner said. “We’re doing it all ourselves. Our office upstairs is wrapped up and the rest of the renovations should be finished in two months. We’ll have two buildings, and the field behind will eventually be set up for community events.”
The first floor of the building will be a machine shop for each business to utilize for prototype models, small-scale manufacturing and repairs. The second story of the building is multi-use office space with hardwood floors, couches and computer tables.
A screen printing station is sectioned off in one corner of the office space, which is made distinct by flooring made of recycled and plastered real estate signs. A full-use kitchen will eventually be installed to be used for Emily’s food blog.
Connected to the building is the shell of what will be a finished warehouse, intended to store some 3,100 retail parts sold at 1977 Mopeds and possibly as a moped showroom, that will be accessible through a garage door.
The crew decided to call the incubator "The Reality Factory," Kastner said, after finding another site perfect for the incubating business environment they envisioned, which they coined "The Fantasy Factory." However, the site was entirely out of their financial reach.
“We had to settle for reality,” said Kastner, with a laugh.
Though I haven't seen it, I hear from my readers that this season's penultimate episode of Doctor Who, written by Neil Gaiman, features a chess-playing cyberman with a secret inside. Maybe this will be my excuse to finally get into the series.
Larime Taylor is a disabled artist and writer living in California. He’s an award winning playwright and director of the stage, a graphic novelist (he draws with his mouth) and now, serial fiction novelist. Most of what he writes falls somewhere between urban fantasy and horror, or dark urban fairytale, as he likes to call it. While his stories do not focus solely or specifically on matters of disability, disabled characters do feature in many of them. He basically writes the kinds of things that he would like to read, but with characters that he can relate to as a disabled person.
I had a sweet little beginner DIY moment yesterday. The USB port in my car's dashboard stopped working, and I was bummed that I couldn't play my iphone through the radio any more. A bit of internet searching turned up a quick fix: check one specific fuse. If it's burned out, replace it; if it looks good, remove and re-insert it to reset the system. I'd never poked around in a car's fusebox before, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Ten minutes later, I'd learned how to read a fuse diagram, used my first fuse-puller, and fixed my car without a trip to the shop. Yay, internet! Thanks for providing me with one of Life's little victories.
The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Record Store Day! April 20th is a national holiday to celebrate independent music shops. Go on out and support your local record store -- if you're in Kalamazoo, you can swing by Green Light Music -- they have a great selection, and Paul did their RSD poster for the second year in a row!
And speaking of First Second, Jim Ottaviani has just announced the tour dates for his new book, Primates. If you're nearby any of Jim's stops, you should really think about dropping in to see him (and maybe Maris Wicks, too!). Despite what he'll tell you himself, he's a really smart guy, and quite a good speaker.
Mark's got several sensors planned for the unit, and if everything goes right, it'll collect all sorts of data, including pressure, temperature, altitude, and positioning and export them to an SD card for later use. Can you say best science-fair project ever? I'm getting all giddy just thinking how pretty the graphs are going to be. Data is so beautiful, you guys.
I even get to be a member of the mission team -- in the event that the unit hits a lake on its return to Earth, Mark's asked me and my kayak to be the water rescue patrol. I'm so geeked to be part of this project -- especially since it teaches a kid something from every single STEM field. Stay tuned to the Mark of Quality blog for more updates!
Paul was also lucky enough to design some of the premiums, so if you're able to donate, you might get one of his tee-shirts or some digital wallpapers. What an amazing project, and what an amazing opportunity for Paul! Hooray for turning swords into plowshares. And music.
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Jess Fink who has a new book, We Can Fix It!, out from Top Shelf. I loved Jess' wonderfully NSFW Chester 5000 XYV (no seriously, Chester is NSFW, not even a little bit) and so I'm eager to see this new release from her. Top Shelf has kindly provided a preview here, so you can check it out.
I've said it many times before, but it bears repeating: Dan and Katie are two of the kindest, most generous folks in the business, and they run an outstanding store with one of the best selections of comics I've ever seen. If you're in the Dearborn area, please consider heading down there to make some purchases as soon as they're able to get the register running. If there's a fundraiser to help cover expenses, I'll be sure to post about it, as well.
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Art Baltazar, who is Kickstarting a gorgeous-looking new all-ages series, Aw Yeah Comics! I love all of Art's stuff, from his self-published Patrick the Wolf Boy to his more mainstream work on DC's Tiny Titans, and I'm way excited to see this new, creator-owned work. It's already super-funded, but go support Art anyway. He's such a great guy.