By Cory Doctorow at 1:00 pm Fri, Jul 6, 2012
Ernie made us a Jackhammer Jill automata from pinewood and paint: "She bounces up and down like the animated GIF." Ernie wins the whole goddamned Internet.
MAKER SHED KIT!
What a cute idea!
It’s good that it’s hand cranked, because if it had an electric motor on it I’d be unable to resist the urge to dump as much power into as I could in attempt to bounce her to pieces.
Wow. Really wonderful. We’re touched, Ernie! Thank you!
Wonderful Things, now in analog!
AniGif at https://dl.dropbox.com/u/567076/jackhammer-jill_a_GIFSoup.com.gif
The circle is now complete.
I see a whole new line of vibrators in the making: The Jackhammer Jill Bobble-Head vibe.
Automata is plural. Automaton is the singular form.
It appears that in the realm of modern automata (as opposed to “cellular automata” or other uses), the accepted term-of-art is “automata” for singular, presumably to distinguish hand-cranked, mechanism-over-a-box automata from other forms. IOW, “automata” is a coinage to describe a specific kind of automaton. This is definitely the usage internally in the community of automata makers.
I’m not buying it. I’ve definitely heard people referring to them in the singular as “an automaton”. My internal grammar nazi sends everyone except two guys out of the room, blows up at them, and then weeps.
C’mon Ernie, Outstanding use of imagination.
We all realize, of course, that she is an automaton, not an ‘automata’.
Why can’t there be a feminine form of the word?
Because such usage would imply there is a masculine form. There isn’t.
automata IS the feminine form: automato fell out of usage due to its fruit/vegetable associations.
… and in my previous comment, my ‘end pedantry’ close tag didn’t work :)
It’s a jackhammer? D: What with the title “boing boing”, I always assumed it was a pogo stick… My world is changed forever o_o
Then the site would be called “Poing Poing”.
She’s moving in a lewd & lascivious manner.
Jackhammer Jill is just her porn name.
Thanks for the nice comments folks. I enjoyed making it and watching it bounce around. 8^)
Hats off to you, good sir!
It’s so lovely! Might you be offering plans in the future?
Wait . . . Ernie Fossilius?
Never mind, there’s a post by Ernie Reynolds right up there.
I love it but I’d like to suggest a small improvement – make the ponytails hinged so that they bounce like in the GIF (the bouncing boobs might pose a bigger challenge).
I want the Coop version.
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