Who’s Your Lifeline?

If I ever ended up on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I know that I would want one of two people to be my phone-a-friend. Jesse Collier or Matt Lundstrom. They’re my go-to guys when I have a question about damn near anything. Both are well-versed in computers and technology, while Jesse seems to have a slight lead with pop culture. Having them as friends is like having my own custom wikipedia.

The other day at work I was asked to design a graphic that was to be printed and affixed to a small trashcan. The prop was going to be used as an over-sized cup of soda for a shoot that we had coming up. After measuring the circumference of the base and rim of the trashcan as well as the height, I thought I had figured out everything I needed to know. I created a design in photoshop that was 36″ on top, 30″ on bottom and connected the ends of the two lines that were separated at the right distance forming a trapezoid. After printing up a small scale model I found the one major flaw in my design; it needed to be designed in an arc in order for it to wrap around the trashcan neatly.

Big Cup and Big Popcorn

After scratching my head for a few minutes I decided I wasn’t clever enough to figure out how to calculate the angle of the arc. I saw that Matt was online so I asked him if he could help. I gave him the dimensions of the can and a description of what I needed to accomplish. In about 5 minutes, he came back and IM’d me this file. Ridiculous.

Cup Diagram

5 Comments on "Who’s Your Lifeline?"

  1. Morgan Ahlborn says:

    hahahahhaha Seriously?!? That is so funny. I am cracking up right now. Thats so Matt. I would be the WORST lifeline of all time. Unless it was about Project Runway or baby pandas or something. Those props are awesome by the way. Nice job babe.

  2. Jesse says:

    Well thanks buddy. But I would end up choking for sure.

    “What is the most common element of our sun?”
    “Uhhh, yellow? No, wait- Heat!”

  3. Rose says:

    Wow, that’s incredible. Some people have said I’d be their lifeline, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the angle for diddly poo.

    p.s. you don’t know how fantastic it is to check your blog and not see “Crab vs Pom” at the top, yayyyyy!!!

  4. Rose says:

    p.p.s. So far I am the only one who responded “Not close enough” to your poll question, “Where are your friends tonight?” :/ I miss you guys!

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