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Hula Sue's South Seas Hideaway
Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1268
From: Calgary
Posted: 2011-04-26 2:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-04-25 02:30, Mr. Pupu Pants wrote:
Hi Guys, as I look for things to do until I am physically able to get back to work on Hula Sue's,
I've most recently bored you with home movies and waxed poetic on how to burn bamboo.

Here's an idea I've been planning to do for a long time and thought I'd mock up for my TC pals
(aaaaaaand make myself feel like I've made an honest to goodness creative contribution in a while).

Over the years, I've collected several of the old motion lamps that have fish
and other creatures of the sea swimming in circles -- just like in your finer aquariums.

The illustrations below are just quick Photoshop mock-ups but the actual effect does work pretty nicely
to combine the spinner mechanism and spinner (and even the outer shell of the motion lamp as in the first
example), to create a nice (if kitschy) tropical themed lamp.



In the Glass float, you can also use some 'actual fake' undersea foliage to camouflage the physical base of the motion lamp
which also helps add to the 3D feel of the scene.

Just in case there is anyone unfamiliar with these cool old lamps, they basically work by using the air movement
generated by the the heat disappation of a light bulb to turn a vented 'spinner' --helping create (sometimes with
multiple juxtaposing patterns) all kinds of fun animated scenes.

Hope you like them and hope you all had a great weekend,
John





Cool idea John! I actually have one of those fish motion lamps set up in my tiki lounge (as you can see in the lower mid-right hand side of this photo...it looks bright white):


But I really like your idea! I may have to use that one.

Always a pleasure to peruse this thread. It's so awesome.


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DawnTiki
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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
Posts: 1675
From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2011-04-26 6:39 pm   Permalink

Brilliant! I love this idea! Such fun!

 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 2994
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2011-04-29 5:03 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-04-25 02:30, Mr. Pupu Pants wrote:
Hi Guys, as I look for things to do until I am physically able to get back to work on Hula Sue's,
I've most recently bored you with home movies and waxed poetic on how to burn bamboo.

Here's an idea I've been planning to do for a long time and thought I'd mock up for my TC pals
(aaaaaaand make myself feel like I've made an honest to goodness creative contribution in a while).

Over the years, I've collected several of the old motion lamps that have fish
and other creatures of the sea swimming in circles -- just like in your finer aquariums.

The illustrations below are just quick Photoshop mock-ups but the actual effect does work pretty nicely
to combine the spinner mechanism and spinner (and even the outer shell of the motion lamp as in the first
example), to create a nice (if kitschy) tropical themed lamp.



In the Glass float, you can also use some 'actual fake' undersea foliage to camouflage the physical base of the motion lamp
which also helps add to the 3D feel of the scene.

Just in case there is anyone unfamiliar with these cool old lamps, they basically work by using the air movement
generated by the the heat disappation of a light bulb to turn a vented 'spinner' --helping create (sometimes with
multiple juxtaposing patterns) all kinds of fun animated scenes.

Hope you like them and hope you all had a great weekend,
John

I really like the idea and how it looks in the mock-up of the fishing float, but I can think of one major stumbling block to it working in a fishing float: you need an air inlet at the bottom for cool air to come in & be heated by the lamp, and an outlet at the top to let out hot air. I think turning speed is affected by the amount of airflow, too, so the inlet & outlet holes can't be too small.

Thinking out loud, a possible way to disguise these needed holes (besides using the aforementioned real fake undersea foliage at top & bottom) could be to make the fishing float/motion fish lamp the central float in a vertical trio of fish floats, with the needed air holes camouflaged by the knot work securing the three floats in line.

Taking this direction in disguising the air holes for the lamp also affords you the possibility of using red & green "floats" above & below the motion lamp and putting flicker lamps in them for added atmosphere, or using frosted "floats" and putting an RGB LED, a randomizing driver, & a battery in each to make a color changing light,
like the new Mickey Balloons at Disneyland (only slower in their color changing I'd think).

[EDIT]I distracted myself too much there and forgot that I wanted to say I hope you're making great strides in getting better! PT can be a bear, and improvements can be small in the short term, but keep working at it and you'll continue to get better in the long run.
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2011-04-30 01:35 am   Permalink

Thanks Freddie
Or I could just cheat and use one of those small Christmas ornament rotators as a motor and move the spinners inside the glass floats that way.


 
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freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2011-05-02 08:58 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-04-30 01:35, Mr. Pupu Pants wrote:
Thanks Freddie
Or I could just cheat and use one of those small Christmas ornament rotators as a motor and move the spinners inside the glass floats that way.

Those little ones that plug into the Christmas light sockets? I think the lamps that rotate on heat from the lamp need at least a Nightlight lamp to generate enough heat, but with a plug in rotator you could use a smaller, cooler light, like a 1-3 LED lamp; more mood, less lighting. Less heat from the lamp means smaller access holes and less possibility of damage to the rotating shade. Smart!
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ESP182
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
Posts: 51
From: Orange, CA
Posted: 2011-07-07 1:53 pm   Permalink

Hey Mr Pants -

Any updates on the bar?


 
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Pele Paul
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Joined: Aug 26, 2008
Posts: 606
From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2011-07-08 08:41 am   Permalink

wow sooo so cool!!!! I love the booth and the relief map of Hawaii behind it!! You've given me some great ideas!!! keep up the great work

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tiki-riviera
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Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 661
From: Long Beach
Posted: 2011-07-08 4:00 pm   Permalink

Wow! Your bar is truly amazing and you are an excellent craftsman. Are you available for hire:)

Perhaps sometime this summer some of the Seattle TC'ers could make a pilgrimage up to view the bar? If you would be open to the idea let me know and I'll try to organize a few of us coming up. I promise I'll bring some good rum to leave behind!

Cheers!


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 334
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2011-07-30 02:53 am   Permalink

Hello my friends, thanks so much for the kinds words. I appreciate them more than you know.
Here's an update on my lack of updates (and my current condition).

Mr. Pupu's Surgical Adventure:
In an attempt at a little escape from the excruciating pain and cervical nerve damage of my car accident earlier this year,
I recently enjoyed a one week stay at the lavishly pain-inducing NW Hospital Surgical Spa and Resort.
I originally booked the 'Cut and Run Getaway' to remove and replace some spinal disc (with cadaver bone
from a previous resort visitor) and fuse three of the cervical vertebrae in my neck. I was told I would return home the next day.

I jumped right into the scheduled activities.
Following the first session of 'Spinal Arts and Crafts', I was gently awakened to refreshingly agonizing pain,
an energizing blood pressure of 220/117 and a partied out right shoulder and arm (impaired and mostly immobile).

Two days later, I was invited by the Surgical Activities Director to take a second ride on the romantic
gurney for one -- and additional cervical fun and relaxation.

Unfortunately, no improvement to the shoulder or arm was had. I'm glad I didn't take any video of the trip.
It would only have been a very bad scene on the cutting room floor.

Even though I'm home now, I'm still taking additional 'trips' and the Oxycocktails they serve are great -- if a bit strong.

I just look forward to letting go of all the baggage and seeing some (or maybe even all) of the function return to
my shoulder and arm. I have to remember that getting there is supposed to be half the fun.
The problem is that the other half of the fun could be delayed by weeks, months or ... longer.


Whatever happened to those good, old-fashioned 'weekend getaways' to be bled by leeches?



Thanks again for the encouragement. I'll still be working on the little stuff until I can work on the big stuff.



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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Joined: May 12, 2011
Posts: 1674
From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2011-07-30 03:20 am   Permalink

Oh Man, not great news, but you hang in there, get better
Take care, I have been there too.

CTiT


 
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jokeiii
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Joined: Sep 18, 2010
Posts: 359
From: Miami
Posted: 2011-07-30 04:18 am   Permalink

Hang in there, man.

 
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WestADad
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
Posts: 745
From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2011-07-30 08:18 am   Permalink

Get better soon Pupu, I miss seing updates to your cool space.

Mahalo!

Chris


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ErkNoLikeFire
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Joined: Aug 07, 2010
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2011-07-30 7:37 pm   Permalink

Whoa, that's rough. The psychical therapy is gonna be harsh, but keep at it sir! The end will definitely justify the means.
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harro
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Posts: 681
From: Australia / Argentina
Posted: 2011-07-30 8:08 pm   Permalink

whoa, that sounds like a bad trip, here's hoping your adventures take a turn for the better soon. We're all eagerly awaiting our next virtual tour through your wild imagination / home bar. but for now just take it easy.


 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-07-30 8:28 pm   Permalink

Well John, at least you haven't lost your sense of humor or your writing ability! Keep a stiff upper lip, thus too shall pass - hope you recover rapidly and completely.
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