Mac Mini Cooper
I had an idea a while back to put an Apple logo on my Mini Cooper. A number of things made it seem like a good idea at the time:
- There is a tradition of decorating the roofs of Mini Coopers
- It’s silver and black, like a Mac Mini
- My computer is a Mac Mini
- It’s actually called a Mini
When I thought about it, it felt like I kinda HAD to do it.
The first thing I did was find the mathematical representation of the logo so I could scale it to the two-foot width I was aiming for. That would have been interesting, but the undefined areas bothered me. I figured I would screw it up.
Then I remembered the big logos at the local Apple store. I’d need to know just how big they were to see if that matched the size I wanted. So one day I went there with a tape measure. I walked up to the store (pictured above), measured an apple, and left.
I don’t know how far up on the weird scale that goes for the kind of stuff the employees there have seen, but I’m guessing it’s pretty low-level. The good news is that they are 23 inches wide. Perfect!
I went back a few days later with a sheet of posterboard to which I had applied double-sided tape. I behaved like a proper human being this time and went inside. I told the store’s interceptor what my plan was and could I please trace an apple. She went out back and sent a guy to talk to me. I explained it to him, and he went out back to ask the manager.
Why the first employee didn’t just ask the manager, I don’t know. Anyway, employee #2 came back and expressed trepidation that I might damage it because it’s only held up by wire, and it took them a long time to put up. I was pretty confused by that, but I was in super-understanding-go-along-be-nice mode, so I just nodded and smiled. He asked me how I’m going to trace it, and I told him that the light shines right through the posterboard. Then he went up to one of the cardboard iPhones hanging from the ceiling to show how delicate they were.
OOOHHH! Now I see the issue! I told him that I wanted to trace the big lighted Apple logo that’s embedded in the wall. “Ohhh! I see,” he said. “Hold on. Let me ask the manager.” Ugh! Another trip to the manager. I felt like I was buying a car. He finally came back and said it was OK as long as I don’t draw on the Apple. I agreed, because DUH, I’m going to draw on the posterboard. Sheesh.
The Apple logo juts out from the wall an inch or two, so after I stuck the posterboard to it, I pressed on all the edges to crease it in the exact shape. Then as a failsafe (and to show the employees that I did what we talked about), I traced it with a Sharpie.
After that it was simply a matter of cutting out the posterboard, tracing that onto sheet magnet (a roll of which my girlfriend had bought for her own project), cutting that out, and spray-painting it.
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The wind left the cars clean as a whistle.
Except for filling up my MST3K license plate frame with snow.