The Weirdness of Cogent Industries
I originally wrote this a few weeks ago…
BUT, I never sent it for a couple of reasons:
#1 – I’ve had stomach issues for the last three weeks and unable to do much (it’s almost gone now though… hallelujah!)
#2 – My website hosting was so slow that if I sent out an email to customers …the whole thing would crash like Windows Vista! (Which, by the way, is why I’ve been not been able to send out email updates recently – don’t worry, I hadn’t forgotten about you :-D)
Anywhere, where was I?
I’m a severely flawed person. Seriously.
For example… today… it’s 11:34am as I write this. And, so far today I’ve done the following:
- Replied to a load of customer support emails
- Been interviewed for a local magazine
- Organized two phone calls for later this week (one for an interview with a Scottish business interested in my crowdfunding exploits… and the other to try and sort out the nightmare shipping delays I’ve been experiencing — or, should I say, my customers have been experiencing!)
- Had 6 cups of coffee (I really need to stop this!)
- Posted another cool photo to Instagram
- Spent a load of time trying to troubleshoot some website issues
But here’s the thing…
Throughout all of the above I was continuously thinking to myself, “Magnus, what are you doing?”. And I’m not talking about drinking to much coffee… nope. I’m talking about very deep and real philosophical and existential musings.
It started last night…
Instead of working into the evening (which is what I try to do)… I kind of just floundered around and wasted time and had this overall feeling of… um… maybe ‘despondent’ might be the word. Or perhaps ‘pointlessness’ might be the word.
It’s not anything in particular. It’s not Cogent Industries. It’s not my life. It’s not anything really.
But here’s the cool thing about this:
It happens every so often. And I’m so familiar with it now that I know it will pass (usually fairly quickly). Years ago I would have let it stop me dead in my tracks. But not now. When it happens now I do my best to acknowledge it and keep going. And this morning is a good example… I kept doing all the things that needed to be done – even though, underlying it, I had (and actually still have it as I write this) a feeling of “What on earth am I doing?”.
But, tomorrow, I’ll probably (almost certainly) be back to my 110%, full-on, take-no-prisoners hardcore titanium design and make mindset. I’ll know exactly what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and how I’m going to get it done! But right now… there’s just nothing there. Weird.
So, yeah, I’m pretty flawed. 🙂
Okay, let’s end the point-and-laugh-at-Magnus-and-his-major-flaws-and-personality-defects section of this post and move on. Let’s talk about what’s happened the last few weeks:
I bought a new camera and started making videos (click here to check out my YouTube Channel):
The tumbler I use for getting that all-important surface finish on titanium spat a couple of bolts across the workshop at me:
The bolts had sheared:
And the last few days…
I’ve been spending longer-than-usual amounts of time in the workshop cutting titanium like this:
Oh, and, because there is a lot of waiting when waterjet-cutting… I have plenty of time to do computer work while the water-jet cutter is running (who says guys can’t “multi-task”? Hah!). Like this:
I launched my latest product… Mr Pry. You can click here to check it out if you missed it.
I’ve been doing a lot of tumbling too. Here’s some of the media I use in my tumbling processes:
And here’s a photo of one of the new “bottomless extensions” for the PillPots (they’re not ready for sale yet – but will be soon):
And that’s pretty much it.
Oh, actually, one last thing…
Even though it’s the last thing I’m mentioning here – I’ve been giving it top priority for a few weeks now …and been frantically looking for alternative methods to get products to you more reliably (faster shipping, or using a distributor, etc…).
I’ve got to be honest here:
The last 3 months have been absolute hell for both me and, more seriously, for my customers. I’ve been experiencing shipping delays that I’ve never had in the year or two I’ve been doing this. And, frustratingly, I can’t find where the delay is occurring.
So, yeah, I’m going to be changing shipping significantly very soon. Not finalized it yet – but getting close.
Right, that’s me done. Hope that’s given you an insight into the weirdness that is my life and mind. 🙂
I’ve got to head down to the workshop (although I actually call it “The Unit” in real life) and do some more tumbling of titanium.
P.S. Since I wrote the above a few weeks ago there have been a few changes…
#1 – I just spent the entire weekend migrating my website to a new (bigger, better, faster) web-hosting company …it was ugly, messy and frustrating …but, from what I can tell, it’s worked (which, for you, means the website should load lot faster)
#2 – I think I’ve finally solved the shipping issues. Unfortunately I’m going to have to start charging for shipping. The crazy thing is… I won’t be charging the full shipping price of what it costs me …just asking for a percentage towards it (because it’s fairly costly). But the unbelievable thing is that it’s a 3 to 5 day anywhere-in-the-world service. Wow!
#3 – I’ve not had a coffee in 3 weeks (longest I think I’ve ever gone without it in 10 years). This is because of my stomach “issues” …which is a pity because I kind of love the stuff!
#4 – I should have the first prototype of the titanium wallet in the next couple of weeks. I’m debating whether to show you or not …because I’ve put so much thought into it I’m pretty sure the design cannot be improved upon right now (how’s that for arrogance! :-P)