Graphic Science

Tips and Tutorials about Figures and Printed Media
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Here is a Video of my Presentation at Sector67 about traveling first aid kits.
Here is the Prezi Presentation: Travel and Hiking Kits

Item Purchasing Links
CPR instruction Card
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I was one of the 100,000 people to sign up for the new 3D modeling clothing system by Zozo.  As a result, I got to try the service for free and got a pair of jeans and T-Shirt at no charge.
The polka dot suit and app worked well and it was fairly easy to place my order.

It took over 8 weeks for the clothes to arrive, and the tracking number never worked.  Even now it says the package is "in transit" even though I've had it for 2 weeks.
While I was waiting the 8 weeks, I emailed Zozo 3 times.  I also tried online chat during their open hours, but they are not always available.  I did finally hear back from one of my emails, and they said the package still hadn't shipped.  But that was wrong and it was really in my mailbox that day.
The fit is terrible.  They are not cut like women's jeans at all.

Not only do they seem like mens pants, but they are also too big in the waist and way to short for my legs.
I emailed these pictures to Zozo, and they wrote back that I could exchange them for a slightly modified version of the same clothes.  But the fit is so bad that I need more than just a smaller size.

The promise of custom clothing is a great idea, but the software has to be extremely sophisticated.  Not only does it have to translate our measurements into sewing patterns, but it need to make some spots tighter and some spots looser in order to give a flattering fit.  The pants should not merely skim your body (although these fail to do even that!), they also should nip you in some places and extenuate you other places.

The pants are unwearable in my opinion.  I could exchange them for a size 1.25 inches smaller, but I think they would still fit terrible, and I don't want to waste the companies shipping money.

The T-Shirt is fine.  It's just an over-sized, plain rectangular shirt.  I have a busty figure, but my shape is not taken into account because the T-shirt is still rectangular.  If you are MALE, and want plain baggy clothes, then Zozo might work for you.  For the rest of us, you'll get a better fit by trying on just a few non-custom jeans at your local store.
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My facebook feed advertisements have recently been taken over by ads for electric surfboards. Boy, they look like a lot of fun, and they only cost $199!

I immediately saw that this was “too good to be true” and looked into what the scam was. I was seeing ads for the same surfboard from at least 3 different companies including, Yaever, 2sBest, Bingodone, Fansunit, and Gifteduct. All three have terrible reviews around the web. Apparently, the jist of the scam is quite simple: They charge your credit card and never send you anything, or if they do send you something, it’s nothing at all like you ordered.

I made a spreadsheet of these websites and review links.

These Fraudsters are ripping off the eFoil Lift, which can be legitimately purchased here. The real product is $12,000 and they include a helpful safety video. When you compare the bogus website’s images to the real manufacture, you can even see how they photoshoped out the ‘wing’ logo.

It's a real shame this sort of crime goes on with apparently little consequences for the international fraudsters. I hope this post can help potential victims from falling for this scam.

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Write your Valentine a secret message on the hidden inside of a hexaflexagon.

The Template
Kissing Bunnies Hexaflexagon

Here is a great video from Mathematician, Vi Hart, showing what hexaflexagons are, how much fun they are to fold and play with!
I made a valentine's day template with kissing bunnies and lotus flowers.  One side is left blank for you to write your special message.  Click Here to Download my Rabbit Kissing Template.

How to Assemble
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I was recently asked to read a scientific paper (Survival and Movement of Rehabilitated White-Tailed Deer Fawns in Connecticut by Scott Williams and Michael Gregonis, 2015) that is actively being used to make policy decisions across the country regarding the rehabilitation of orphaned deer. I found that this paper is being unjustly applied to very different situations than those researched in the paper. I have written a detailed review/critique of the paper, here.

Nursing Deer
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Tonight I am presenting at the Sector67 Monthly Meeting a little project I made this summer to hold my phone properly aligned on it's wireless charger.  Here is a link to my presentation.

Kate's Laser-Cut Charging Cradle
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Brennan Nardi wrote an article about Sector67 in this month's Madison Magazine, and mentioned how I helped her daughter with a school project. Thank you Brennan!

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Once again, Brian Vesperman and I partnered to make awards for an Isthmus event, The Beer and Cheese Fest. We were given access to the lovely artwork of Tommy Washbush, which we used to make laser engraved wood and acrylic wall plaques for Best Beer, Best Cheese, and Best Booth awards.

We used Chicago Screws and laser cut washers to off-set the acrylic from the wood.

On the back, we gave credit to the illustrator (Tommy Washbush), and our makerspace, Sector67.
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My friend, Brian Vesperman, and I were asked to make a 3D-printed trophy for the cask ale winner at the 2016 OktoBEERfest in Madison.

Kate and Brian

We were asked to incorporate a firkin, (a small steel cask) into the design.
The Trophy

At the event, Brian and I manned a tent where we demonstrated 3D printing.
Sector67 tent at OktoBEERfest
The Trophy and my Husband, Jeremy

I designed the firkin and wine stem in OpenSCAD, and Brian designed the hops handles in MeshMixer.
Partial Design

The parts of the Trophy

Using the logo from the event, I designed an acrylic label to go on the firkin.  A spot for the label was embedded in to the firkin design.  Brian used a rub-on paint to blacken the engraved letters.

Brian printed the trophy parts on a Lulzbot TAZ 4.  We painted them with metallic paints, including brass paint to which we applied a patina.

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