Machination Log is creating a multimedium.
"Non sum qualis eram." (I am not what I was.) - Horace

The Machination Log is a platform for showing off failure in the making, using whatever media are at our disposal. True to form, the Log was a failure out of the gate, but it wasn't for nothing. You are now reading our half-assed attempt to re-engage that mission, and I think more than a few of you desperately productive types will enjoy it: a newer, more spandrelly platform with places to put things and talk about stuff, particularly stuff that we want to be proud of but can't on account of it being terrible.



Making good things is almost impossible. I should know. For years now, I've maintained a website documenting projects of varied scale and purpose for the internet to feast on vicariously (machinationlog.com). Judged against what I consider to be "good work", just about everything on that site is not good. For reference, that includes:
  1. Sewing
  2. Sculpture
  3. Drawing
  4. Painting
  5. Podcasting
  6. Music
  7. Video
  8. Critique (movies, books, video gaems)
  9. Welding
  10. Carpentry
  11. 3d printing
  12. Athletics
  13. Dieting
  14. Political activism
  15. Gaem design
  16. Construction
  17. Photography
  18. Systematizing
  19. Programming
  20. Other stuff probably that's not coming to mind

There are two silver linings to all this:
  1. Watching someone else bang their head against amateur endeavors gives you the camaraderie needed to try without the demure fear of being outdone.
  2. Every once in a while something cool comes out it.
Here is a time-crunched build of a Toriel costume:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhwcjMSpQvg&

Here is a cross-categorical analysis of Into the Breach:
http://machinationlog.com/podcast/2018-5-3-a-love-letter-to-the-breach?rq=into%20the%20breach

Here's an expose of every fursuit footpaw I could find at Midwest Furfest 2018 (I am furry, by the way, so heads up on that I guess):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8qwZrmzvLA

We also have a podcast that's run for hundreds of episodes now, trying to get to the bottom of nothing with friends and family (located under the name you'd expect anywhere podcasts are stolen; I don't recommend anything prior to 2017 without an express nod).

The Mach Log has, to date, been an aggressively non-profit organization. I work a 9 to 5-ish so I can bankroll this venture. That does not change today. I have no expectation of living off this. It wasn't built for that, and I don't trust the economics of artistry in the sad world we find ourselves in today. This has a perverse upside: any money I receive through this website will combined with my rampant workaholism to promote the aims of the Mach Log itself exclusively. You would become party to this grand chasm--a whirlwind of good times getting up at 4 in the morning to try and cut a piece of wood square over and over again.

Money translates into many things in a venture like this. It becomes automation; it becomes obligation; it becomes ambition (and, with the right intentions in place that ambition doesn't necessarily corrupt); it becomes production.

I also want to start doing a webcomic, but let's hold that thought for a moment.

If you sign on as a Patron, you will receive more bullshit in your feed than you can possibly deal with. Timelapses; works-in-progress (W's-IP); motivational audio clips; demotivational video clips; physical paper airplanes mailed to you with messages on them if so desired (this last one is pending but inevitable). If your creative spirit demands continuous prodding, I promise to provide the prod. Let's make some garbage.
Tiers
The one tier this is starting with
$5 or more per month

Everything will get posted here first, and possibly not posted to the main site. You will see these things. You will also have a semi-legal excuse to yell at me through this channel.

"Non sum qualis eram." (I am not what I was.) - Horace

The Machination Log is a platform for showing off failure in the making, using whatever media are at our disposal. True to form, the Log was a failure out of the gate, but it wasn't for nothing. You are now reading our half-assed attempt to re-engage that mission, and I think more than a few of you desperately productive types will enjoy it: a newer, more spandrelly platform with places to put things and talk about stuff, particularly stuff that we want to be proud of but can't on account of it being terrible.



Making good things is almost impossible. I should know. For years now, I've maintained a website documenting projects of varied scale and purpose for the internet to feast on vicariously (machinationlog.com). Judged against what I consider to be "good work", just about everything on that site is not good. For reference, that includes:
  1. Sewing
  2. Sculpture
  3. Drawing
  4. Painting
  5. Podcasting
  6. Music
  7. Video
  8. Critique (movies, books, video gaems)
  9. Welding
  10. Carpentry
  11. 3d printing
  12. Athletics
  13. Dieting
  14. Political activism
  15. Gaem design
  16. Construction
  17. Photography
  18. Systematizing
  19. Programming
  20. Other stuff probably that's not coming to mind

There are two silver linings to all this:
  1. Watching someone else bang their head against amateur endeavors gives you the camaraderie needed to try without the demure fear of being outdone.
  2. Every once in a while something cool comes out it.
Here is a time-crunched build of a Toriel costume:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhwcjMSpQvg&

Here is a cross-categorical analysis of Into the Breach:
http://machinationlog.com/podcast/2018-5-3-a-love-letter-to-the-breach?rq=into%20the%20breach

Here's an expose of every fursuit footpaw I could find at Midwest Furfest 2018 (I am furry, by the way, so heads up on that I guess):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8qwZrmzvLA

We also have a podcast that's run for hundreds of episodes now, trying to get to the bottom of nothing with friends and family (located under the name you'd expect anywhere podcasts are stolen; I don't recommend anything prior to 2017 without an express nod).

The Mach Log has, to date, been an aggressively non-profit organization. I work a 9 to 5-ish so I can bankroll this venture. That does not change today. I have no expectation of living off this. It wasn't built for that, and I don't trust the economics of artistry in the sad world we find ourselves in today. This has a perverse upside: any money I receive through this website will combined with my rampant workaholism to promote the aims of the Mach Log itself exclusively. You would become party to this grand chasm--a whirlwind of good times getting up at 4 in the morning to try and cut a piece of wood square over and over again.

Money translates into many things in a venture like this. It becomes automation; it becomes obligation; it becomes ambition (and, with the right intentions in place that ambition doesn't necessarily corrupt); it becomes production.

I also want to start doing a webcomic, but let's hold that thought for a moment.

If you sign on as a Patron, you will receive more bullshit in your feed than you can possibly deal with. Timelapses; works-in-progress (W's-IP); motivational audio clips; demotivational video clips; physical paper airplanes mailed to you with messages on them if so desired (this last one is pending but inevitable). If your creative spirit demands continuous prodding, I promise to provide the prod. Let's make some garbage.

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Tiers
The one tier this is starting with
$5 or more per month

Everything will get posted here first, and possibly not posted to the main site. You will see these things. You will also have a semi-legal excuse to yell at me through this channel.