I love a good pizza, especially if its baked in a proper oven since it gives the crust a very unique texture. A friend of mine, Nasser Al Sulaihim, is so passionate about the art of pizza making that recently he actually made his own pizza oven. The oven is similar to the one I’d posted about in my Pizza Connection post but while that one was flown in from Italy, Nasser made his own oven himself!
I’ve made a collage of the oven in its various stages of design and production and its really impressive. He’s a really talented guy and you can follow him on Instagram to see how good he is at building stuff.
My wife and I were decorating our new apartment this month and we wanted a large picture as a focus point on the living room wall. I wasn’t too keen on getting one of those generic photos from IKEA or Banta so we decided to use one of my own photos.
I had two options, either get a framed canvas print or get it printed on foam-core and then make the frame myself. I’m always on the lookout for DIY projects so the latter sounded more interesting to me. I found this neat tutorial online on how to make one of these large sized pictures and mount it on a wooden frame. If you’re interested in doing something similar I’ve listed the steps on how to go about it;
1. Choose an original file. You can use a photograph you’ve taken yourself or any other source but its important that you use the original file in maximum resolution and at least 300 dpi, this will reduce the amount of pixelation in the final print. I was blowing up a picture (taken on my 5 year old Nikon D60) to 90×60 cms and and I was happy to see that there wasn’t much degradation in quality.
2. Once you’ve got the file for printing you can select between Canvas prints or Foam-core backed prints. I was already getting some prints from Artech so I preferred to let them do all the print work since I’ve dealt with them before.
3. According to the tutorial in the link you can use wood strips to give the foam-core extra strength and rigidity. I didn’t want my frame to protrude too much from the wall so I went with a thinner wooden frame. I bought all the supplies from ACE Hardware; wood rafters/strips, sandpaper and caulk.
4. Measure, cut and sand the wood frame to the size of your foam-core. I know a V-joint looks prettier than a simple butt-joint but it would not be visible anyway so I chose the latter method. Apply a layer of caulk to the strips and press them into place on the frame. They should set in about 30 minutes. Once the frame had bonded with the foam, I applied double-sided tape to 8 points on the frame and fixed it to the wall. I didn’t use nails or screws since the entire thing is very lightweight and I didn’t want to mess up the wall with more holes than necessary.
Including materials, this picture cost me less than 8 KD so this I guess this is a fun and cheap way to decorate your home with your very own artwork.
This weekend I need to get some work done on setting up my home entertainment systems and this involved extending some cables across the room. I asked some friends about places to get electronics supplies and one friend pointed me towards RTC in Hawally.
The shop is marked in Google maps so it wasn’t too difficult to locate it. The shop entrance isn’t too impressive when you walk in but the surprise is when you walk down the stairs to the lower level. This place is every electronic geeks wet dream as you’ll find almost anything you’re looking for.
I was mainly looking for speaker wires, connectors and cable ducts. I bought all this and more during my shopping trip there. While my bill was being prepared I took a walk around the shop and noted that they’ve got everything from DJ lighting equipment, circuit boards, hobby kits, cables etc to all the tools you’d ever want to do you own DIY projects. The only thing I didn’t get though was a flexible cable sleeve that could accomodate the thick bundle of wires that exit my entertainment cabinet. I ended up using the IKEA RABALDER that I had left from previous cleanups.
RTC is the place to go if you’re looking for electronics supplies and I’ll surely be making a few more trips there in the next few days.
This evening I swung by ACK in Mishref to get a peek at the Japanese Hobby Festival organized by PlamoQ8. The place was packed to full capacity and I was only there for about half an hour but it was a good place to be in if you’re into Japanese pop culture. The show is running today and tomorrow so don’t miss it.
I took some pictures at the event and if I get time tomorrow I might drop in to see the winners of the modelling contests.
You can view all the pictures on my Flickr set [here]
I got mine delivered last month and I must say that it has far exceeded my expectations. The regular SOC Grendizer retails for about 60 KD but this one was a much more reasonable 12 KD. The figure is a combination of die cast metal and high quality plastic. It stands about 140mm tall and feels solid in your hands.
Whats in the box: The box is compact compared to the SOC line as it doesn’t have any of the spacers but it still has enough accessories to satisfy all your posing requirements.
6 extra hands
2 Rocket Fists
2 Rocket punch effect parts
2 Chrome effect Harikens with handles
1 Lighting beam effect part
1 action base connector
This little figure is amazing in its color reproduction and proportions and is a neat addition to your anime collection. Unfortunately it has finished it production run and now the only option is to buy it from re-sellers and you might have to pay a premium to get them.
PlamoQ8 Club is organizing a hobby festival and expo on October 5th at ACK and they’ve got a variety of categories to please most Otakus in Kuwait. Events include scale model displays, Cosplay, video games and table top games.
If you’d like to enroll for any of the events you can get in touch with them through Whatsap or call 65566046.
One of my colleagues is an avid Numismatist and recently I was surprised to see him receive a package from a website for 10 Billion Dollars…Zimbabwe Dollars to be precise. Then I remembered an old post from fellow blogger Kuwaitiful about how he wasn’t able to collect his currency as the courier company had classified it as a ‘restricted item’ and I wanted to know more about how he was able to score 10 Billion.
He had ordered his currency from a European website called “Monnaies Du Monde”, roughly translated; Currencies of the World. You can buy select currency from various countries and its all part of a private collection. As of now the stockist has about 2407 bank notes from 230 countries. The best part about the website is that they send the currency to you by regular mail and it gets delivered to your location in about a week. All notes come packed in a protective plastic sleeve and since then he has ordered a lot more notes from other countries.
Syd, over at Gaijin Gunpla has posted a ton of pictures of the latest release Master Grade and Real Grade kits for this summer. I was surprised to hear of the RX 78-2 Ver. 3.0 and it looks like they’ve introduced some new innovations in frame design and engineering.
I went by this exhibition called ‘Mawahib’ at the ACK campus this evening. My reason for dropping by was to check out the stall by a hobbyist group called PlamoQ8. I didn’t know that we had a plamo club in Kuwait and thought it would be interesting to see the level of work that’s been done here.
There were a lot of great kits and painted resin models that were really great to see up close. For more pictures in higher resolution you can visit my post on Figure.fm [here]
Our college alumni association recently organized a workshop on caricature drawing by Mr. John of John Arts. I used to draw and paint many years ago and it was great to have an opportunity to pick up pointers from a professional.
The workshop lasted 2 hours and we completed a whole sketch book in that time. Each caricature was carefully explained and he gave us tips on how to create a sketch in just a few pencil strokes. We sketched Indian politicians and celebrities and finally ended with some fun drawings based on number figures.
If you have the opportunity I’d highly recommend attending his classes. Here’s his professional profile.