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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2011 edited
    re: hickeys, some of you might remember this from a SPIT over a year back. Makeup helped to lighten them, but I still ended up needing to where scarves for a few days to hide them. My mother saw them, asked if I had been hanging out with this boy I sort of seeing not too long before this happened bc she thought I had fallen off his motorcycle. When I told her that they were in fact hickies from another guy, all she said was "well, at least you had fun when it happened" in this kind of stern voice, and life moved on. Heh.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2011
    Your mom is way cooler than mine. And all those hickeys are way worse than the one I have, so that's good, I guess.

    I've still no clue how I'm going to model newly gifted clothes on Christmas day or hide it when I'm in pajamas in the morning, but I'm entertained enough by this conversation that I almost don't even care.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2011

    When I was a wee lass, I had Dermablend to try and hide my horrible knee keloid. I would use it on hickies as well.

    As a quick fix, I just layer on thick liquid foundation. Pat it on, don't rub it in, with your fingers, then let dry for a minute or two. After which, do a second or even third layer. Seal with a translucent powder on top, which should blend it in well enough. And then DON'T TOUCH IT.
    I've been doing this to cover some scars on my face for the past month after I carved into myself in a fit of anxiety. Works pretty well.
    You can also use the green cream stuff that some people use to minimize acne appearance (the green on top of the red cancels out the colour, in theory) and then put on a good foundation on top for extra hiding power.
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    Oh yeh. Someone had to mention exotic pets. Way to get me to creep out of the woodwork. *cough* anyhow. For cage stimulation, you might want to add more places for the little fellow to crawl and climb and cling. I'd suggest keeping away from the small animal section of the pet store, and walking over to the parrot section, and looking there, for the non-cement based/non scratchy perches that come with a variety of widths, colors, and shapes and sizes. Back in the small pets area they might also have a small soft tent/hiding spot made out of fabric that it might like to hide in. As far as toys for it to interact with/ 'play' with, I'm a bit stumped, as most people I've known who had gliders tended to just keep the pair in a rather tall cage, with a wide variety of perches/clinging/gliding spaces. Don't make the cage too crowded, and don't forget that 'gliding' space.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2011
    #Hickies: stick a band-aid over it and say it's an infected insect bite - spider, tick, mosquito depending on where you are.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2011

    thanks, Roo! That's pretty much the only thing I could think to do, so I'll just go ahead and do that. His cage is pretty tall, it's a parrot cage. I'll definitely check out the parrot section of a pet store :)
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2011 edited

    Posted some of this earlier but must have navigated away without saving or somethimg.

    Sugar gliders are nocturnal and mostly live in tropical or subtropical environments. Even in the subtropics they tend to go into torpor in winter, sleeping for up to 23 hours a day.

    So I'd give your glider a dark place like a shoe-box to retreat into during the day and make sure his cage is warm during the coller months.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2011

    Luckily it doesnt get cold much in San Diego for the winter, and we've been running the heater when it does get chilly. He has a couple different fleece pouches he sleeps in during the day, but I do want to hunt down a plastic nesting box for him since sometimes he does like to be on the floor of the cage instead of in the hanging pouch (though usually he's in there).
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    @Argos- it looks like you got mauled! nice... ;)

    Vitamin K (topical is best) and ice- will help then go away faster The only other way is cover up until they heal- best stuff to use is "Cover FX" with a dusted coat of powder to set
    (for really dark ones- use off white eye liner to cover then go over with the cover up)
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011 edited

    We used to call them love-bites as a kid in England.I once had a bad infection of them in a hot summer and had to attend a mask making workshop.I reckon i must have looked pretty weird with a black wool scarf on.

    @Argos:I think mine may have been worse than the ones in that photo.I'm not bragging.Far from it.I was freaking out with embarrassment.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
    @Flecky, so was I, especially since the morning I found out about it I was spending the day with my mother at a fair with lots of people, so I had to wear clothing that covered it up well, and it was a HOT day. I was definitely freaking out with embarrassment.
  3.  (10398.52)

    This is why I never bite my lovers where it shows...

    (...that often)
  4.  (10398.53)

    Some time back I was doing a bit of sculpting and managed to produce one half of a dragon's head (about 7cm long) that I was really happy with. Unfortunately this sudden attack of competence passed as quickly as it arrived and left me completely unable to sculpt the other side of it's head to anywhere near the same standard. It has been sitting on a shelf ever since, glaring accusingly at me as if to say "fix my face you bastard!".

    Thanks to the influence of the virtual world where duplicating, reflecting and mirroring 3D objects is as simple as clicking a button I've got a pervasive, nagging feeling in my gut that there should be some easy way to produce a mirrored copy of the head - but I can't for the life of me figure out how. The best idea I could come up with would be to somehow scan the sculpt as a 3D model, do all the reversing work digitally and send the result off to somewhere like Shapeways - but I have no idea how much that'd cost and don't know how I'd get access to a 3D scanner to begin with.

    So, can any of the brilliant and creative folk here point me in the direction of some easy, simple solution well known to sculptors but obscure to the rest of us? Or will I just have to spend the next three years practicing my sculpting until I get good enough to do the job properly without shortcuts? ;D
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2011

    Shouldn't you just be able to take a picture of the head in a mirror, a picture of the head directly and merge the two?
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    To make an image, sure. But I'm wanting to create a mirrored, 3D physical object.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
    So do a 3D scan of the image in the mirror and use one of the 3d printing services.
  6.  (10398.57)
    Kosmopolit -- "...don't know how I'd get access to a 3D scanner to begin with."

    #mirroringRealObjects -- Can you post a picture of what you have so far? I can ask a couple of people I know.
    Or you may want to send an e-mail off to Shapeways and see what it would cost / how you would go about scanning it. You're asking for help with something that you'll have to pay for, you know of a company that will do it, but you don't know what it costs and you haven't asked them yet? Assuming you can find someone that will do it for you, don't you think it would be a good idea to shop around a little so you know if you're getting ripped off or not?
  7.  (10398.58)

    3D scanning/printing is the obvious solution, but I was asking if anyone has any other suggestions - ideally ones that won't require a wadload of cash. My thinking is that there might be some other technique for this kind of thing, familiar to sculptors/artists but obscure to poor plebs like me that doesn't involve lasers and reprap machines - after all, people have been sculpting things for thousands of years without rapid prototyping to assist them.

    If no one can suggest such a thing, well I'll have to bite the bullet and start contacting Shapeways and others :)

    (I'll post a photo tonight - at work at the moment).
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011 edited

    @Purple Wyrm - I really don't think there is a way to mirror copy a physical object without going the 3D scan route. The only way to copy a physical object without scanning it to make a mold and cast a copy, but that is also expensive, messy, takes time and skill to do well, and in the end only produces an exact copy... so if you have only a left side, and you do a mold, you can only cast a second left side, not a mirror image right.

    Something has to translate your half into it's mirror image. It's either going to be your brain and hands (sculpting the other half) or a computer doing math (3D Scan).
  8.  (10398.60)

    @oddbill - Unfortunately that's what I suspected. Oh well, time to brush up on those sculpting skills (or start looking at 3D scanning tech). Thanks all!

    And for anyone whose interest has been piqued here's the sculpt. Two inches from horn tips to nostrils.