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There's a Hole in the Bucket!

I just read that last night while I was sleeping there was a rather famous artist whose tablet broke, and they panicked because art is their livelihood.  It's understandable really, but instead of panicking just buy a new tablet.  Oh, you don't have any money to buy a new tablet?

The above problem was resolved before I woke up, but people... these are things for which a fur needs to prepare themselves.  If your most important tool is a bucket: have two buckets, or more sensibly an emergency fund that can be used to buy another bucket if the need arises.  If you live paycheck to paycheck and choose to not put anything away, then you are very likely to find yourself in need of a bucket to fix the hole you just found in yours.
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Added: 5 years, 9 months ago
5 years, 9 months ago
Great now I have to sing that for a few days till it leaves my head.
5 years, 9 months ago
Tablets are pretty expensive ($150 used to $350 new). If a person is paying only half the rent with a roomie, that's a month's rent or a food bill for them just to have a backup tablet that they "might" need. I've had my Intuos2 since 2004 and it still works great. Even after the pen broke, I used epoxy to fix it. Buying a "new" after market pen was $75 and it still didn't work with my tablet, so I ended up having to send it back.

So, my point is, these things are expensive and hellish to fix. Once you buy one, you expect it to work for a loooong time. The only reason I have a spare is because I wanted an upgrade and I wasn't struggling to buy food or pay rent.  So having a spare is kind of a luxury and I'll bet it's mostly for either artists that aren't struggling or artists that have another job.
5 years, 9 months ago
If art is your livelihood, you have to have the tools of the trade to do your job.  It is no fun fearing that your most needed tool will break on you, but a professional has to be prepared for that possibility.

Buying a new tablet is not the only option, for example: an artist can work with another local artist and their tablet until they have enough to buy a new tablet, they can sell actual paper commissions, or kickstart by promising art for money to buy the tablet in advance.  

This last option was probably what the famous artist mentioned above did, but considering how much they had coming in from their art, they shouldn't have needed to go this route, hence my disappointment.

My point is not to harp on the artist, but to remind everyone to be prepared regardless of profession.  That's the point of the song by the way: the couple had no extra: cut straw, sharp knives, water, nor bucket; they only did something when it was needed, so their failure to prepare cost them dearly.
5 years, 9 months ago
" This last option was probably what the famous artist mentioned above did, but considering how much they had coming in from their art, they shouldn't have needed to go this route, hence my disappointment.

Heh, well that's the thing about living "hand to mouth". They probably spend the money they get rather quickly on living expenses. During the time when no commissions are being taken and only being worked on is no income time. So they either had to take on more comishes or ask for donations.

I understand the merits of being prepared, but I believe most people think of it in terms of having extra cash on hand or plenty of food in the pantry. Having an extra chunk of electronics is nice, but not immediately useful if you already have a working one. So it tends to sit there until the other one finally breaks. So an extra tablet (depending on the size of your living space) could be rather cumbersome to keep around just for a spare. When artists upgrade, I often hear of them giving away their old tablet to a friend, or maybe raffling it off to someone.  Since electronics aren't 'consumable' like food is, those things can spend a lot of time just sitting there not helping anyone ^///^
5 years, 9 months ago
Reminds me at what happened to Karno on FA, scanner broke and he had no spare. I borrowed him 200$ for a new one.
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