The 2017 MarbleLympics

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I stumbled on the qualification round for the 2017 MarbleLympics last night.  I proceeded to watch the first 4 events before I realized the time.  This morning I finished the entire games.  What a rush of excitement it was.  I won’t give many spoilers, except to say that there were plenty of upsets and new … Continued

LEGO Jakku

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This is a pretty neat diorama of a mix of LEGO scenes from the sequel trilogy.  What you can’t see from the photo is the moving ships that go around the perimeter.  Reddit video doesn’t let me embed it for some reason, so you’ll have to venture over there. {reddit}

Rt. 1

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An intrepid designer built Route 1 from the original Pokemon games (possibly from Gold/Silver, not Red/Blue).  I like the various touches of trainers, and “wild” Pokemon that appear throughout the level. Pokemon was something of a revolution back in the day.  I remember my first time I beat the Elite Four.  I was so nervous … Continued

This House is Ace

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Look at this nice unassuming cardboard house.  It looks like something a middle schooler would build for an art project doesn’t it?  Well, hopefully it is, because when you turn it around, you’ll notice that the inside of this house is actually a fully functional PC. It’s neat, but it looks like a pretty crappy … Continued

Rocket Engine Underwater

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When I was a kid I loved launching model rockets.  I spent many hours building them from kits, and wrapping paper tubes, and newspaper, and one even from a cardboard tube that a rug was in.  That was a fun one, we put an “F” type engine in it, there was so much black smoke … Continued

Wood burning

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This is a pretty neat way to make wood burning by painting, instead of using the difficult to use tips on a traditional wood burning iron. {reddit}

Shoelaces

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Who would have thought that tying your shoes would be this interesting to watch, or more importantly, that there would be a different way to do it instead of the same way I’ve been doing it for 30ish years.

Woodworking!

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The Japanese are pretty crazy when it comes to their wood working joinery skills.  I remember reading somewhere that it’s all due to the lack of raw materials on the islands.  That meant that they couldn’t use nails, or forge large iron plates to connect timber together, instead they had to come up with these … Continued

The Things you can do with a GoPro

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For real, who would have thought years ago that we would be spending time watching animals drink water from a bucket on a farm?  This is the type of nature show you want to watch.  Except, maybe in the wild, not on a farm, with picturesque farm animals. It is neat though seeing how the … Continued

Compressed Water Rocket

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Often called a Pop bottle rocket, or something similar.  This is something else entirely.  This is a true multi-stage rocket powered by water and air that reaches up to 800 feet in altitude.  I particularly like the Red, White, and Blue “exhaust” I remember spending Saturday afternoons with the car compressor and a cork launching … Continued