A pat on the back
April 17, 2020 6:26 PM   Subscribe

Simone Giertz built herself a proud parent.
posted by sevenyearlurk (28 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
 
I thought "the c-word" was cancer.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:53 PM on April 17


what is that iris-ing circle drawing thing at ~1:54 called? that looks neat.
posted by juv3nal at 7:00 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]


I thought "the c-word" was cancer.

It was until VB (Victory over Brian) day.

Honestly, the thing that impressed me the most was how, in the middle of some trademark self-deprecation, she just sort of knocks out this great design for the parquetry of the box, including making the dots in the tie speaker holes. It's a really neat piece of work.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:08 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


what is that iris-ing circle drawing thing

It's this, which I've seen ads for on Instagram; there was something at the beginning of this video about paid content, could be related.
posted by curious nu at 7:09 PM on April 17 [6 favorites]


what is that iris-ing circle drawing thing at ~1:54 called? that looks neat.

Yeah, I don't have any use for such a thing but I totally want one anyway!

I though including her parents' well wishes at the end was neat. Or darkly hilarious, I can't decide.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:12 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


I thought "the c-word" was cancer.

Canovidunt
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:17 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


That was wonderful! An excellent way to take my mind elsewhere for a little while. Thanks for sharing that.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:29 PM on April 17


I loved this! And it was funny. Funny and touching and a bit dark, but sweet and warm. Thanks so much for posting it.

And ouch, poor asavage's finger! Get well soon.
posted by theatro at 7:40 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Paid content? The kiwico in-video promo? I actually forgot about that, I skip over those parts.

I guessed it was all the Makita cordless tools in the video. I think that's fine if so. But they weren't obviously on display, perhaps just the color is enough to ID them? But it's probably just tools she uses.

I have their drill and driver set, and their really nice LED floodlight that uses the same batteries. Oh, she used a Makita dustbuster vac? I might get one.


I thought it was like Laura Kampf's video, making a tabletop workbench. Her Rockler clamps and vise promos are fairly subtle, just making sure the name is in focus. (Can't easily do in-video promos if there's no narration in the whole video!) After watching, I saw she mentions them in the comments; good.
posted by jjj606 at 8:09 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


That was absolutely delightful. I loved Adam's genuine reaction when she asked him to be the voice. And I've been following his finger saga on the podcast and the Tested videos and I would LOVE to see a picture but I respect that he's not going to make them public.

Simone is so great. She just seems to be genuinely amused at her own creations. I'm glad she's around.
posted by bondcliff at 8:16 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


That was lovely. I especially liked the bits at the end when her own parents talked about how much they are genuinely proud of her.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:45 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Simone's face at the beginning of this video is all of us.

"Isn't it exciting, she says to a completely empty room while she builds a machine that will show her affection." Folks, someone's finally figured out a solution to the no-touching-while-alone issue.

So glad she censored that finger photo.

Adam's glee at being asked is a delight. "I would take a shoulder pat from you any day."

Her parents are very far away, "so this is what I got."
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:18 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


The iris is 90 bucks and I want one.
posted by M. at 9:28 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


I love Simone Giertz and have taken to heart her comment about if you want to be at the top of your field, choose a very small field. It has made things achievable for me.
posted by HypotheticalWoman at 1:05 AM on April 18 [17 favorites]


Even when she was still "Queen of Shitty Robots" there has always been something about her that is irresistable: her joy at doing what she does.
posted by tommasz at 4:27 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


Love this so much!
posted by ellieBOA at 5:33 AM on April 18


I want this to be my next life. She is fire.
posted by allthinky at 6:32 AM on April 18 [2 favorites]


Cool! Reminds me of Tim Hunkin’s (who Mefites of a certain age might remember from The Secret Life of Machines) coin-op automata and would fit right in at his Novelty Automation arcade in London (that I badly want to visit someday).

Simone’s parents are like, the most Swedish. And adorable.
posted by rodlymight at 8:34 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


I find Simone endlessly charming, and her videos have helped me to get clarity on my projects; even simple outcomes can take a lot of time and effort if you're working from scratch, and that's just fine.
posted by microscone at 8:44 AM on April 18 [2 favorites]


I'm proud of you, son.
posted by ckape at 9:12 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


This is maybe the most wholesome video I've ever seen that involves the now-second-string c-word.

Certified not-shitty robot!
posted by chrominance at 9:23 AM on April 18


Does anyone have any suggestions for Simone videos I could share with my 7 year old niece? She has some that are kid-friendly that she made with Goldiblox, but they don't seem to show how she actually builds things. I'm not worried so much about the swearing in the non-adult ones but just looking for ones where she builds things a kid would think is cool.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:33 AM on April 18


Does anyone have any suggestions for Simone videos I could share with my 7 year old niece? She has some that are kid-friendly that she made with Goldiblox, but they don't seem to show how she actually builds things. I'm not worried so much about the swearing in the non-adult ones but just looking for ones where she builds things a kid would think is cool.

The Wake-Up Machine
Gigantic Scissors
Toothbrush

I actually think the Toothbrush is best but I only found the end result not how she made it.
posted by M. at 11:27 AM on April 18


As one who has never heard those words from his father, and never will, I found it affirming rather than mocking.
It's a demonstration that sometimes you need to create for yourself the things withheld from you while growing up. And, in the end, it only costs a quarter.
posted by Floydd at 2:26 PM on April 18 [15 favorites]


I dunno, I think it took on a whole new tone in an era where we're not even allowed to have contact with our parents, and hers are very far away. It sounds like it started out as a joke idea before the virus hit and then, well... has other connotations. And well, parents who won't approve of you is a trope as old as time.
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:29 PM on April 18 [2 favorites]


There's a $16 version of the Iris if you want to try one without sinking $90 into it.

I'm a mentor for our high school FRC team, and Simone is pretty much a hero. Watching the "Queen of Shitty Robots" and just how much she enjoys making her "shitty" creations, has led many of the students to try their own hand at shitty robots. With access to the school's laser cutter, 3D printers, and a little Arduino stuff, they've come up with some interesting (and often delightfully absurd) ideas. I love that Simone just puts herself and her shitty robots out there; it is very liberating for the kids, who see that it's okay if you make something that is kind of shitty. You still made a thing! And it does a thing! Usually! Enabling kids to feel free to just create, even if the results aren't perfect or even what they had in mind, is just so wonderful.
posted by xedrik at 7:47 AM on April 19 [6 favorites]


There's a $16 version of the Iris if you want to try one without sinking $90 into it.

Yeah, but a quick look at the reviews say it breaks upon using as little as one (1) time. I'm content to admire it from afar given that I have zero actual use for one.
posted by juv3nal at 7:11 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


This was utterly charming and super entertaining! What a great post!

PS: the combination of "proud of you SON" and "straight enough!" is making me wonder if there's a reason why the proud parent doesn't say daughter?
posted by MiraK at 8:22 AM on May 13


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