LeBlanc staff construction progress: 08

This particular progress update isn’t anything that spectacular when it comes to any fascinating build processes or anything, but at the same time I’m very happy with this particular update, because it pretty much marks the end of the core shape making and Shell Shocking. At the very end of it, I have a pretty good baseline of what most of the staff is going to look like towards the end, and if I had to put a number on top of it, I would say that I am around 80% complete.

But since I’m trying to do my best to be dutiful and show as much of the process as possible, it still constitutes as an update that shows how we came to be at this current stage of the construction process.

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At least Paula Deen is honest

In short:

According to a transcript of the deposition, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, an attorney for Jackson asked Deen if she has ever used the N-word.

“Yes, of course,” Deen replied…

Personally, I think everyone’s a racist in some way, shape or form. To me, being racist doesn’t mean that you have to go burn crosses in the yards of black people, vandalize mosques or break into Korean-run dry cleaners and liquor stores. I think there are many, many more forms of less abrasive and subtle racism that exists out there, but is still racism nonetheless.

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Grant Hill probably wants to kill Jason Kidd

No seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised that behind that cool, calm and collected demeanor that Grant Hill always displays to the public, that there is a demon inside of him.  And that’s not a reference to his fancy white-collar Duke education and that he was also a Blue Devil back in those days, but more of a metaphorical devil of jealousy or resentment – towards the existence of Jason Kidd.

From the day they broke into the NBA in the same year, to just weeks ago when both had declared their retirement after 18 seasons, so often was the case was whenever Grant Hill’s name was mentioned, it wasn’t long afterward that Jason Kidd was brought up.  It’s fun for me to theorize by claiming it, and it’s most certainly realistically not deliberate, but as far as I see it, Jason Kidd has spent his entire career essentially, ruining Grant Hill’s career.

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My headphones are useless now

For whatever reason, Big Brother has decided to start blocking a lot of websites that I frequently visit during my downtime at work.  Most of them are LoL-related sites, and even sites like Buzzfeed and Know Your Meme have gotten the big virtual c-block, but it is safe to say that I do not visit any websites that contain any pornographic or vulgar materials.  Come on now, it takes a complete retard to do such things on an obvious monitored network.  I don’t hide the fact that I surf on my down-time, but at the same time I also feel that my track record and work management can justify the capability to surf occasionally.

But the biggest blow to this unprovoked crackdown is that now I’m no longer able to access Pandora anymore.  This upsets me more than any other site getting blocked.

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LeBlanc staff construction progress: 07

So with the crown of the staff just about finished, it’s time to get to work on making the other components of the staff. At this point, what is left is the, what I’d call the neck, as well as the base of the staff, and their corresponding components.

My plan of execution was just like everything else I’ve made thus far – create the shape in foam and then Shell Shock it. Fortunately for me, these shapes are a little more straight forward, and not nearly as complex, so the sanding process, I don’t anticipate being as big of a bitch.

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LeBlanc staff construction progress: 06

Today, we dive into the wonderful adventures of sanding things that have been Shell Shocked. I would also like to point out that if you could hear me saying that phrase, it would be dripping in sarcasm and with facetiousness, because it is fact that sanding things, especially with complex curves and intricate patterns, absolutely blows.

But it is also an integral part of the construction process, and as much as I’d like to avoid it, it really cannot be. At least not without having an end product that I would probably classify as sub-standard.

So, due to a lot of the complex nature of the design of the staff, I knew that I would be a whole lot of hand sanding, to get into the little cracks and crevices of some of the parts of the crown. And when I hand sand things, I like to do it in parts, as in using a very high-grit paper to really smooth things down, and then gradually working down from 60 grade to 320 grade. I’ll confess that I grew so tired of sanding, that I eventually skipped using 120 grade altogether, except in troublesome spots that refused to smooth down.

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LeBlanc staff construction progress: 05

Well, that didn’t take as long as I had anticipated, I suppose. I guess when I actually convince myself that I certainly do have the time to apply more Shell Shock, or that the fast formula really only takes about an hour to cure, then I can be tenacious and push forward. Needless to say, as of now, it’s turned out about to what I had expected it to turn out like, and there’s still a lot of work to be done.

The optimistic side of things is that once this part is done, the remainder of the actual staff part doesn’t seem at all that difficult, as I have been thinking about the next steps as well.

But here’s where we stand currently.

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