Jurassic Park Fridge

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Jurassic Park Games 1

This auction may have just ended, (which is interesting, because it says it ends on June 22, 2015, which is in the future from today) but I’m sure you can contact the winning bidder and try and get some of these cartridges, afterall, what are they going to do with them?

To answer your first question, yes, that is a refrigerator full of Jurassic Park Super Nintendo game cartridges.  But, not only that, there are also some GameBoy games, and various Sega generation games.  There is also a half empty bottle of Rum.  That is not for sale, neither is the firdge, only the games, which number about 300, and have been being collected for about 3 years now.

The seller answers the question of why the best:

There have been a number of questions regarding this posting, and they all tend to revolve around the question “Why?”, besides the members who are punny and saying its cool in the fridge and one fellow telling me he loved me, which I responded telling him that I loved him as well. Regardless, the question of “Why?” is a very legitimate question in almost every way, so I will answer it here and post it on the eBay listing. Why do I have sooo many Jurassic park carts for the Super Nintendo? – Because it’s fun. Because I have fun collecting them and posting random pictures of them in my bathtub or in my fridge.

When I take a look at collecting and ask myself why I collect old video games, I come to the conclusion that the reason we collect at all is because we have fun doing it. Most people try and collect every title for a particular system, or if you want to go hard, multiple systems. And that’s great, if thats what they have fun doing, more power to them. Personally, I got bored collecting with the intention of going for a complete library for a certain system. I wanted to do something different.

Why did this happen (How did it get to this point)? – In 2012 I had an opportunity to buy out a portion of a game store. It was there in the basement of this old store that I had the opportunity to purchase a number of Jurassic Park carts i.e. 120ish. I said, “why not, that could be fun”. I posted the haul on NintendoAge, and goodness, did things escalate quick. Soon I had 200, then 250, and now right around 300. I traded people for them, did some auctions where members bid using jurassic park games as currency, and some kind guys and gals even donated to the cause.

Why sell them now? – There is no reason per say as to why sell them now. I have had a lot of fun with them, and this is an opportunity for me to share the fun I’ve had. It’s also an opportunity for me to possibly pass the torch so another can share the fun and maybe add to it. If any soul dares that is!

Jurassic Park Games up close

This isn’t the first time Jurassic Park has been represented on eBay.  Remember last year the R/V from The Lost World: Jurassic Park was put up on eBay for $15k.

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LEGO Train Coffee Table

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LEGO Table final

Another DIY post courtesy of reddit, this time stubbornmoose has made a coffee table out of maple and walnut, but with LEGO baseplates on the top so that his kids can set up a LEGO town on it.  That is a great idea.

LEGO Table open

Were you aware that you can buy giant LEGO baseplates from slabdreamlab?  Giant ones, with designs on them, normal roads, space, or regular old solid colors, all up to 48″x24″.  That’s gigantic.  I don’t know what I would use them for, maybe that dream of making a scale model of some movie scene, or location.

Here’s one more photo of the build in process but with all the drawers open.  It’s a really nice design, I’m not sure what would go into those vertical slots though, maybe train track pieces?

Table build

Take a look at the full build process over on his blog, or the imgur album he made.

Aviation Desk

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the desk

I have a thing for desks.  I built my own oversized one (now that I think of it, I don’t think I ever posted that DIY, I should get on that), and I’ve wanted to make another one  of a different theme for some time now.  Well, reddit user SirLanceOlong decided to make his own desk based on an airplane wing design.  The design is just about the only thing aviation about it though, there’s far too much heavy wood involved in it.  I’m sure the desk is sturdy enough to put a small car on top of, but it’s grossly over-engineered, just my type of design!

desktop frame

Here’s a closer up view of the table surface as he adds the sheet metal to the frame:

adding metal

desktop view

 

I think my favorite part however is the pin-up girl painted on the side.  That really makes this desk transcend from a regular over thought out airplane wing desk, to a truly dedicated work of Aviation art.

desk pinup girl

He has two large (100 photo) gallery over on imgur and a smaller 50 photo gallery of the more final product.  Feel free to look it over, including the first inspiration photo.  I got to say, he did a good job of coming close to the inspiration.

Speedriding (Parachute Skiing)

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Parachute Ski 1

This really is a crazy thing.  I’ve heard of heliskiing, that in itself isn’t crazy, but being taken to the top of an uncharted mountain in Alaska, and skiing down the impossible face of it with a parachute on your back while you navigate crevasses, 100 foot jumps, and the ever increasing threat of the wind just stopping and causing you to plummet to your death, this is crazy.

Yet, it’s something someone wants to do.  Wants to do so much, that they’ve managed to get a sponsor or two for it and they went up to Alaska to try it out.  I gotta say it again, that’s crazy.  Just look at this photo of them parachuting between towering walls of snow and ice:

Parachute Ski 2

C.R.A.Z.Y.

There’s a whole documentary about it that came out in January, I haven’t watched it yet, but I might.

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the WAREHOUSE

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Hurricane Comic

I don’t often post about the webcomics I follow, mostly it’s because I follow so few of them, or, the better ones have disappeared over the years.  Well, theWAREHOUSE, is one of the better ones I’ve followed for years, and it’s still around.  It doesn’t have long, over-arching story lines like some comics, but it does have recurring characters, my favorite being Charles the Raver.

It’s really one of my favorite comics, it’s one of the only comics that I will totally read, as opposed to look at the title, and see if it’s worth my time.  You should read it, it’s good, trust me.  And while you’re at it, why not enter the contest he’s having for the 1,000 comic.  Free, super easy to enter, and there’s 2, (two) prizes, a free t-shirt.

All you have to do is tweet #WRHScomic, or do the same but on Facebook (however that handles #).  Looking at the current entries on twitter, there aren’t too many, so this could be your chance to score a nice free t-shirt.  Or not, I don’t care.  I do think you should support this artist though, because his stuff is good.

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Crowd-Sourced Time-lapses

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The internet is an amazing place.  Researchers at Google and the University of Washington have come up with a way to analyzes photos taken, and uploaded to the internet and create history with them.

The first thing they did was download 86 million photos from various points of interest around the world.  Then they align the photos, normalize the exposure, sort them chronologically, and in the end, create a time-lapse of the thousands of photos taken from different people, at different time,s showing different things.  It’s really something cool.

For the most part only largely static things are visible in the generated time-lapses, meaning, no moving clouds, or cars, or people.  That is, except for a Swiss Guard at The Vatican, he (or they actually), stand so still, and in the same spot, that he’s a blurred in there.  The process isn’t perfect, (yet), photos with blury shots, or where the focus is on a different point mess up the video, and photos taken at night, or evening cause strange effects when the exposure is normalized.  But all in all, it’s pretty cool, the video above is only 5 minutes long, watch it.

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Alaska Roadtrip

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No, I’m not doing a road trip into eastern Alaska, but reddit user MrDubeGuy097 did a road trip from the Washington/Canadian Border up to the town of Tok Alaska, zip code 99780.  He doesn’t say how long it took, but it’s probably a few dozen hours, clearly it’s spread out over a few different days.

All these time-lapse videos are giving me ideas on what I should, or could end up doing on my Alaska Trip.  I’m somewhat concerned though, about all the photos I’ll eventually end up having to sift through if I did do something like this.  It might be worth it to outsource some of the post processing if need be.

Giant Metal Things

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It doesn’t matter that this video is in German, watch it on mute, it’s pretty enjoyable, well, it is if you have somewhat of an interest in engineering that is.  I used to be a Civil Engineer, remember?  Before this website corrupted me into the technology sector.  Man, what a change that is.

Watching these giant metal things being made is always fun.  It’s amazing that we as humans are able to make things this large, and this is just on our planet, wait until we have to make space ships, those will be big.

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D80 Teardown

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Taking apart electronics is a always a trick subject.  Firstly, why are you taking it apart, is it broken and you’re trying to fix it, or do you want to see the insides of it?  Are you alright not being able to put it back together?  Is it yours?

Well, Jon at Prime Studios recently was hit with a broken Nikon D80 DSLR, and he answers the questions above in the first 30 seconds of the video below.  Yes, it is a long video coming in at over 15 minutes, but if you’re interested in what makes up the camera, then take a gander at the video below.

There are a surprisingly large amount of screws holding the plastic body to the innards.  Also, that fish-eye lens close to the back of the desk bothers me, it should not be there, it should be away.  I do like his carelessness attitude towards taking it apart, it is broken after all.  This isn’t really a video to explain to you how the camera works, it’s more to just show you what’s inside it, and how difficult it is to take it apart.

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Metal Profiles

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coin cut outs

Imgur user pfefferminzetea has cut out the profiles of the presidents for on each of a U.S. Nickel, Penny, and Dime.  It looks like they had to use a laser to cut it out so precise, either that, or this is a great Photoshop job.  Some people might be concerned that this is illegal because it defaces US currency, but those people mis-interpret the law.  It is only illegal to deface US currency with the intent of fraud, that is, turning a penny into a dime, or a $1 bill into a $10.  Otherwise, this is your money, do whatever the hell you want with it, this is America after all.