Saturday, January 2, 2010

That's It

Yeah, so I got really behind after being sick, slammed by end-of-the-semester work in college, and then hit holidays... I had to reevaluate how I was spending my time and what I was getting for it.

This whole project was founded on a sort of silly basis - making shivs recreationally and posting pictures - so I never had spectacularly high hopes for it. But after pulling in only five people to follow the blog after more than two months of dedicated shiv making, and absolutely no more in this interim where I've been swamped or had more important (or interesting) things to do, I feel like I've reaped very little for the sowing.

Again, silly basis and all notwithstanding, this is a very time-consuming thing to do. Even that silly Cereal Killer shiv, made of cardboard from a cereal box, took two attempts to plot and cut it correctly and a well over half an hour to get it decent and reinforced - now think about how much it takes for something that's actually involved, with hammered metal, or needing an edge ground for the blade. This doesn't even touch scavenging materials, cleaning up after working (though I admittedly do a half-assed job of that) or the cost of materials or tools that had to be purchased (such as the grinding wheels my Dremel has burned through). For all this, I really expected, and I thought conservatively, to have a good fifteen followers by now that I did not know personally and IM one day to say "hay plz follow mai blog okay?"

In short; I'm pulling a very poor return for my efforts.

I can't keep up with it, there's not enough reason to keep up with it, and by now I would have to back-date more than two months' worth of shivs, which is downright unreasonable. I am tentatively going to continue working on this, but I am no longer going to slave over doing this as a daily venture. I could have rebooted it all and started reposting/redating the previous 80 shivs for this year - and this was an attractive option, since I had only 5 followers that could be remotely bothered by it. I settled on just shrugging off this sense of obligation to post daily, instead, and now I am just going to post them when I've made some or feel like it. I'm still going to shoot for that 365 shivs, and if this is ever published (I dunno, like a silly calendar or something?) there'll still be a year's worth of shivs.

But this, again, is tentative. I'm right now feeling pretty fortunate that this doesn't feel like massive bellyaching or some luggage that's been weighing me down, just a matter-of-fact evaluation and acceptance that the format wasn't working as it was. Realistically, if I had been able to keep up with this as originally planned to this point, I am confident I would still be arriving at the conclusion that the pace is not as sustainable as it seemed. This way, however, I have a clear exit strategy that doesn't feel like a burden.

I'll see some of you later.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Got behind again, sorry.

The semester is starting to close in around me and I've been severely fatigued the past week and some change. I've been feeling pretty rotten or genuinely sick with something for close to two months now.

In other news, the roof is leaking!

Expect a deluge of shivs by the end of this weekend as I am getting caught up, and thank you for your patience. In the meantime, feel free to look over the older shivs, and maybe leave some comments. :D

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shiv #80 of 365 - Copper Knife #1

Shiv #80 - Copper Knife #1

I do make an honest effort to better vary the materials used in these shivs, which, believe you me, is no easy feat with another 285 left to make. To that end, I looked for some copper to make into blades and, upon finding nothing simple to use, bought a few copper pipe joiners to open up and flatten.

It worked well enough for me to do at least a few more like this. I can't say I'm ecstatic enough about turning pipes into plates to do these more regularly, though.
Bonus: Shiv made with a Lincoln Log.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Shiv #79 of 365 - Jugular Key

Shiv #79 - Jugular Key

For opening the jugular.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shiv #78 of 365 - CD ROM Drive Door

Shiv #78 - CD ROM Drive Door

I was overwhelmed by a sense of perfect solace as I dismantled the damnable disc drive this door came from, as the drive had made a terrible hell of using my old desktop computer.

It was a Windows ME machine ... (this is where I wait for everyone to stop groaning) ... and was a pain to use every day after the first year I owned it. Replacing or upgrading hardware was particularly painful, as when this disc drive died on me, repacement drives would not take to the computer at all. This effectively stranded all my data, since I could not install a new OS on top of the resident Windows ME so that the computer could recognize the thumb drives or removable hard drives or even burn it all onto discs to shuffle along to a new computer.

It is now nearing the end of 2009 and I am still e-mailing myself my MP3s and pictures off the old computer, as frequently as I can stomach using the frickin' thing.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shiv #77 of 365 - Shivswagen

Shiv #77 - Shivswagen

Vee Dub, y'all.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shiv #76 of 365 - Pain' Brush

Shiv #76 - Pain' Brush

Because like omission?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Shiv #75 of 365 - Hello Kitty Cutter

Shiv #75 - Hello Kitty Cutter

Because the other one was a poker.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shiv #74 of 365 - Remember, Remember!

Shiv #74 - Remember, Remember!

Remember, remember, the Shivth of November!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shiv #73 of 365 - Dental Hooligan

Shiv #73 - Dental Hooligan

Yeah, look, see? Sharpening toothbrushes is just fun, alright?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shiv #72 of 365 - Sponge Brush

Shiv #72 - Sponge Brush

Comes in packs of like eleventy for just a couple bucks or something. Because they're awful.