Thursday

Criticism is a lot Funnier with Robots



For those of you who don't know, DudeCraft got kind of slammed by the apartment therapy blog yesterday. I thought it was kind of funny, but it did sting a bit. The supremely talented Penny Nickels gave me the idea to animate the article in question and therefore feel better about it. I must say she was 100% right. It's much funnier when robots are saying it. Thanks Penny!

35 comments:

  1. Apartment Therapy can suck it. I find your blog an amazing resource for inspiration and imagery I would not see otherwise. And I'm a woman.

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  2. I really don't know why some think it's ok to actively announce their disapproval of something not connected to them. is it important for a writer of another website/brand to show their readers what they don't approve of?

    we're all reading your blog and getting something out of it and not taking direction from whoever that was. if that's what they think their readers want, let 'em have it.

    I once had one of my products get a stinging review from many on a not so well known website. months later, let's just say a well known person passed through my site and with probably only 37 seconds to look, they chose that same product to rave about to me in an email.

    now, if I don't get some disapproval from someone for something I've put out there in the public realm, I assume I did something wrong in the process and it's still not posted.

    post away, Paul! I say, Doily 'em!

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  3. You still got me/us! Screw 'em at AT.

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  4. Looks like they pulled it? I can't find it now.
    But yeah, you keep doing your thing. I love it!!!!

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  5. So perfect! I'm addicted to xtranormal. I'm glad it helped. There's nothing more satisfying than revealing the absurd in someone's lame criticism.
    Keep up the great work Paul! I love your blog and your spirt!
    XXOO
    Penny

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  6. The only reason I recognize the name 'Apartment Therapy' (which I still don't read) is because of your blog (which I do read).
    Keep it up, Paul!
    --Jan

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  7. Dudecraft I read daily. Apartment Therapy I read occasionally, usually when some other website points me to something on their site. 'Nuff said.

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  8. I've never even heard of Apartment Therapy. Hm. Maybe they should get out more.

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  9. Yeah, they've pulled it. It used to be here:

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/inspiration/dude-craft-fresh-handmade-content-142263

    Did you manage to save a copy of it before it went down? Google doesn't seem to have had time to cache it. I think I'd repost it, personally, and maybe e-mail the author who wrote it and ask for an apology. I'm betting he or she got nuked by an editor. Trash-talking the competition is so unprofessional.

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  10. How can you even tell what's on ApartmentTherapy? They post like 150 articles a day. It became a fkkking burden. I don't need that kind of flood in my rss feed.

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  11. All - Thanks for the support, but I bear them no ill will. It is odd that they pulled it and nobody has emailed me, bet what the hey. They don't have to apologize. Getting to make the robot video made it all worthwhile. Now we can go back to making stuff. :-)

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  12. Screamingly good. Animated robots response. Arr!!!!

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  13. Wow, can you robot animate my job rejection letters? Those would be WAY better if they came from a robot.

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  14. Hm... Not sure if those Apartment Therapy comments about Dude Craft were meant to call you misogynistic, but I'm a (feminist, Barnard grad) woman and I LOVE your blog. I read it daily -- and regularly share posts with my husband and our child (who is a 7 y.o. girl!). Sounds like Apartment Therapy (which I had never heard of until your post today) needs some Human Being Therapy!

    Keep up the awesome work, Mr. Overton!

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  15. what ever happened to "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all?"

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  16. I love this blog, and I'm a (pretty feminine) lady! I love that the things you post have a tendency to be quirky - i'm sorry, a ballerina made out of carpet pieces is infinitely more interesting than a regular painting of one.

    That's also precisely the reason I don't frequent the apartment therapy blog. There are only so many times I can read about how to repaint a shelf without feeling inane.

    Keep up the good work on appealing to humans everywhere who aren't falling into the standard female home decorating trap :)

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  17. I'm the first to admit I don't always agree with your opinion pieces or your philosophy however I still come by everyday because you curate a really interesting blog. I'm a 24 year old female printmaker and embroiderer and the work you feature is as inspiring and interesting as anything else on the web. I didn't see the original comments but the robots seem to be complaining about the 'dude' part in dude craft, which is odd to me since there's nothing overly macho that you say/post/insinuate. You as a dude are posting crafts and art you think are cool. What did they want more crochet? You have plenty of fabric art and textile craft and other stereotypically 'girly' stuff. Whiny 'feminists' who are anti-male drive me crazier than the fact that you wax poetic about bikes all the time and I can't ride one. Anyway you're dealing with the drama just fine and I hope you continue in the same spirit.

    mary frances

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  18. So, while AT's post was bizarre (and they probably pulled it in part because of all the negative comments they got), it did introduce me to your blog!

    Crazy that I found it infinitely more interesting than AT even though I'm female...

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  19. I'm female, and I love this blog! Ballerina made of carpet pieces? Damn, I missed that one! And the robots? Love! Perfect for fake laughter.

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  20. Thanks again, everybody, for the comments.

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  21. Mary Frances - Thanks for your honesty. Much appreciated.

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  22. I stick up for my friends!
    All the projects at the Apartment Therapy look like the swell funny.
    That velvet couch?!?!? Peeee..YEWWWW!!!

    Wasssa matter Apt Therapy?!?!? ... got as problem with clean, uncluttered, honest, joyful, sincere blogging??!?!?
    Just like "pseudobunny" said... Apartment Therapy can suck it!

    Oh... incidentally I just bookmarked them too...
    I needed to soundproof my studio and now I can do it with old parachute pants....
    I'm so torn!

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  23. That's ME in the above comment... I have no idea what "Where we meet" means or where it came from... sometime (MOST times) I don't know what I'm doing online.... uhhhg...

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  24. Sounds like they are jealous. They may also be afraid. I went over to AT to write a comment on their post, and it seems to have been taken down. I searched their site for the article and the link leads to a 404. Keep doing what you are doing, Paul. You do it so well.

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  25. Paul, sounds like you are over it. Which is awesome. I was curious so I had to track it down. For anyone who is curious here is the cache. It's pretty short and pointless.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PLfmVdKRFa8J:www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/inspiration/dude-craft-fresh-handmade-content-142263+apartment+therapy+dudecraft&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com

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  26. What a great example from Apartment Therapy about what NOT to do (and an equally great example from you about what TO do)! Raves for this blog, your nicely mature reactions to their weirdly uninformed post, and the funny robots. And again, this one's from a woman who'd never heard of Apartment Therapy before reading about it on this blog.

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  27. I like Dude Craft, and I'm not a dude.

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  28. I absolutely HATE the commercials I've seen using these generic text to video generators... However, with something like that... it's awesome.

    AP just doesn't get it. DudeCrafters are awesome. Keep up the great sharing and inspiration!

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  29. I'm one of those women that would just rather hang with the dudes! Your blog is one of my favorites because of the unique inspiration and the mostly visual representation. Love your work Paul!

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  30. I'm a woman who also checks your blog daily. At various times I have shared things from Dudecraft with my husband, my 19yo son, my 14 yo daughter, and my 11yo son. You have had something of interest to each of us (sometimes all of us), on numerous occasions. I'd say that's a pretty broad appeal!

    Thank you for keeping your blog fresh and interesting.

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  31. Wow, I missed it. I have the both of you in my rss but hearing that AT could do such a thing and influence their readers against other blogs makes me sick. I don't know that I'll view them the same & I'm already tired of the bazillion posts by them daily. I wish I could read the article...but that's just wanting to drive slowly by the crash site! I enjoy your blog & their opinion wouldn't have influenced me unless they had proof that you were hurting puppies or something. Love your eye for the unique & unusual...always inspired. -Sarah D.

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  32. The Velvet BulldogMarch 25, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Let me put it this way:

    Last year for Valentine's Day, my BF presented me with the project of the two of us doing a papercut portrait of ourselves, using your technique, which we watched on this blog. (We subsequently photographed and emailed it to you.) It now hangs in my bedroom.

    I've never heard of "Apartment Therapy".

    YOU are the one with the positive influence on people's lives here.

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  33. I'm not a Dude. I love this site. I can't stand unfounded snarkiness. Keep doing what you're doing, Dude.

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  34. Bwhahahaha......ha.ha.

    Love the robots! LOL! Awesome response to a condescending write-up.

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  35. I read both sites. I get a lot more inspiration from DudeCraft.
    Of course, my house looks more like a wood shop than it probably should.

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