Wednesday, April 14, 2010

iNerds

I'm married to one of them.

A year and a half ago Harv didn't own a single Apple product.  He was stubbornly clinging to his past as a PC user and refused to give up his brick-like, 8 year old mp3 player (I think it was one of the first ones ever made).  Then I gave him an iPhone for Christmas and a love affair began.  A few months later when his laptop died he made the switch to a MacBook.  Then he finally realized there were mp3 players out there that didn't weigh 5 pounds and he bought an iPod.  His affections quickly snowballed and now he is one half of a little something called the North Hollywood Classic Mac Collectors Club.  I could try to explain what exactly they do but I think this sums it up quite nicely:
"Mission Statement: Collect Macs, Use Macs, Earn Friendships, Go to Thrift Stores, Explore Options"
About once a week, Harv meets up with the club's only other member and they while away the hours cleaning, fixing and playing with old Macintosh computers, most of which have been collected from thrift stores or Craig's List.
Now I love my iPhone and all but I have had no desire to get in on this action.  Until, that is, I came across this great iPad sleeve on Flickr.  I couldn't resist.

I made this as a gift for the club.  The apple is pieced into the background fabric using the 6-minute circle technique, slightly modified.

I traced the letters onto some lightweight fusible interfacing and ironed that to the back of the black fabric, cut them out, then machine appliqued them on.


As you saw yesterday, I made the label by using my laptop as a lightbox.  I swear to you, no harm came to my computer screen!  And even if a little bit of marker did make it onto the screen, a little rubbing alcohol would fix that right up.

And here it is in it's new home, surrounded by Macs of yesteryear.

Just so you fully understand the extent of the nerdiness here are some more shots of the club's collection.
 And some Mac art.

20 comments:

  1. badass! If my husband lived closer, he would totally be on that action.

    It took me three years to get my boss to get rid of her pre 2000 mac collection. If only I had saved them and contributed to this cause :)

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  2. I was so excited when I clicked on that link and my iPad sleeve popped up!

    And as one of those ancient Mac collectors, give your husband a tip. Public universities do surplus auctions open to the public and sell off all their old stuff -- and I get a lot of fun old Apple products for cheap (even a Newton!!) at the university where I teach!

    AND they should watch the documentary: http://www.hulu.com/macheads

    I wish I lived in North Hollywood!

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  3. Sounds just like something my husband would love, except that he is still a die-hard PC user. But the fixing-upping part, he'd be all over. He finally parted with a few old things (no idea what they do) a few weeks ago, and there was some grief involved.

    Love their club shield. Wonderful work.

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  4. ah mac love...i'm so making myself something with that mac apple on it....

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  5. I love the white board comment..."No Girls"...I know for a fact that there are large quantities of female inerds out there. They are just missing out on that vast knowledge base. Their loss.

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  6. I second (or third) what some of the other commentors said, if we lived nearby my husband would love that group! I really like your take on the logo too, it's awesome.

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  7. I heart your quilt. I love the logo. You rock.

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  8. That's some Ipad you made !
    I understand your pain - my BF has a white board in his kitchen, over the computer. He also just switched from PC to Mac (he's a programmer). And I have a friend in Studio City who could contribute quite a lot to your man's club... I'll send him to this post.

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  9. Oh no, DH has bought home a Mac, he is trying to get me to swap it for my PC. I think it could be the start of something bad, cause them I would need and ipad and an iphone, and all sorts of Mac thingy's.

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  10. I found this via Flickr nd it just made me laugh out loud and my (very slightly nerdy) 12 yr old computer nut son thought it was coooooool!

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  11. i can so understand this. haha. did he get an apple tattoo, yet? :-)

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  12. The corner of the sign that says "NO GIRLS" has got to be my favorite part.

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  13. Ha ha! See what you started???

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  14. I love this! It's truly a thing of beauty. :)

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  15. as a mac using nerd/geek/programmer/web developerAND quilter, i am so inspired. the trouble is, by which, the tech is s exciting as the quilting!

    i am making a 256 web safe colour hex chart - of course, in hex squares - as a wall hanging for my apple setup:)

    you have out nerd quilted me. i am not worthy...;)))))

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  16. oh, and over 12 years, my initial collecting got so bad, i helped found a not for profit refurbishing tech and donating it to low income communities, groups, countries, and individuals...

    http://itsharesa.org.au/ is still running, though i limit myself now to my macbook pro. and the 24" screen, of course. oh and my dev box, the 27" imac. naturally, an iphone. ok, i MAY have oreordered the ipad for may (so long to wait in australia!!!)

    what do you guys mean no girls allowed? i will outgeek you in assembly or machine code with both hands tied behind my wheelchair. /me mutters about gopher, bbs, the good old days of cp/m, kids today...

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  17. I am not a nerd, nor is my husband, I don't even own a Mac but I LOVE this little quilt. Just too fabulous!

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  18. OH MY GOSH!! I remember using those computers in elementary school! The ones with the green screen? That don't have a CD drive? Gosh... we didn't even uses mouses back then... or is it mice?

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  19. I dream of owning a tangerine clamshell some day :-)

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