Coin Rings

Coin Ring

At first glance this seems pretty cool doesn’t it.  A nice ring made of an old Quarter, or Half Dollar, or even Dollar.  But, after watching a demonstration video, and reading up on it.  It seems like a huge amount of time and effort for something that you can only see when you’re not wearing it.

Don’t get me wrong, the DIYer in me wants to do this, but knowing I spent upwards of $30 for an ounce of silver, and now I’m drilling and filing out the inside of it, potentially wasting thousands of milligrams of silver to dust, and it just doesn’t seem right to me.

I still want to make one though.

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Tetris: Film

Alright, I’m not so sure I think that looks awesome, but I haven’t seen Battleship, so I don’t know how much it sucks, and how much this could be better.

Regardless, the most time consuming video game should not have a movie made out of it, ever.

Now, besides that, I do agree with Tony Ponce, the ending needs to have that special awesome music from the end, you know the kind, this kind.

I also agree with him in that there should be some subtle Commie undertones to it, because let’s be honest, when’s the last time you saw a good movie with Commies in it?  You could throw in a love story if you really wanted, but you don’t have to.  Straight up Commie Block Killing fun is good enough for me.

Anyway, did you see some of the related videos in that music one?  Specifically this one:

Crazy in my nazy.

999,999 points.  Thats alot.  The most I’ve ever been able to get is around 250,000ish.  I might have gotten to 300,000 before, I can’t remember, I play so much, it’s all just a blur.  I was pretty impressed that his first 40 something lines were all Tetrises, that’s an easy way to start off the game with a boat load of points.

Jurassic Park Posters

That is the original theatrical poster for the film Jurassic Park.  It’s simple, classic really, perhaps one of the greatest film posters ever made.  There’s not much to it:

  • Film Name – check
  • Tagline – check
  • Some way to ascertain what the film might be about – check
  • Famous person in/director – check

The Short List (besides having a fucking terrible site to navigate (I already accidentally clicked on your FULL SITE MEN IN BLACK III ad, please let me read the article now)), put together a list of a bunch of alternative views of that iconic poster.

I’ll save you some trouble of going to that site and trying to read anything, and tell you that they are all minimalist, “retro”, modern, bull shit versions of that iconic poster.

Perhaps it’s because most all of them make heavy use of vector art, which I absolutely hate.  It just looks too clean, too perfect, to unnatural.  Vector art has it’s uses, when it’s done correctly it looks (and more importantly scales) great.  But most all the vector artwork I’ve ever seen by people online is crap, and 2 of the following 3 posters fall into that category:

I picked a few that I thought were worth a closer look, I’ll start in no particular order with This one means nothing.

Go through the original check list I had above, this fulfills two things, and that’s it.  Yes, I’ll give you that it’s a pretty clever design, but it’s only clever to someone who’s seen the film.  The point of a movie poster is to get people interested in a film they have yet to see.  The above poster, not interested at all.

This one is the closest to the original poster, and perhaps why I like it best.  In fact, of all the ones they choose, this is the most true to the original, and the least retro.  There’s no perfect vector lines, it’s dirty, and choppy, and let’s you know that this isn’t going to be a clean kids movie.  Granted, it could very well be all done in vector, but the artist spent time to make it look good, he “aged” it so to speak.  It’s a good forgery.  Where as all these other ones are giveaways.

This one wins the WTF award:

Seriously, I have no idea what’s going on there.  None.

  • Film name – MISSING
  • Tag line – MISSING
  • Some sort of plot – MISSING
  • Famous people – MISSING

Can someone look at this and not think of children’s coloring book, or something similar?

Anyway, in closing I’d like to say stop trying to reinvent something perfect, I bet all the people who made these/like these posters are people who hate The Special Editions of Star Wars, these are no different.

DIY Meteorite Ring

Finished Meteorite ring

That right there is a ring made from a meteorite that reddit user laporkenstein made himself.  Yes, you read that correctly, a ring made from a meteorite, by himself.  Hand forged, and formed with some nickel and steel.

Hot ring

Look at that hot steel and meteorite right there, dangerously cool, that is.

Pollished Ring

Personally, I don’t really like this polished steel look, I like the grain of the top photo better, much better.

And, this is how it all started:

starting the process

He uploaded an album to Imgur, if it’s stats are to be believed, it’s currently up to over 5TB of bandwidth, damn.  Anyway, you should really take alook through that album, since it’s pretty well worth it because there’s alot of effort that went into it.

I never realized how much actual metal went into it.  It looks like there’s enough there for like 3 rings, (so either he made one and has extra, or I have no idea how much volume is needed for a piece of jewelry like this)  Most likely it’s a combination of both of those.

If you read through the comments on reddit you see he got his meteorite from an Australian site, rocks on fire.  Which, is a pretty classy website circa 1999.  Complete with open every link in a new window/tab functionality.  Sweet.

Human Expansion

Arizona over time

I mentioned before about the rapid spread, and decline of the Las Vegas area, well here are some more, (with cool side by side slider comparer), that show some other major areas of civilization.

I find the natural color comparisions easier to see then the false color vegitation/building ones, but that’s just me.

I also find that it’s easiest to see the human expansion in the desert as opposed to anywhere else, simply because the contrast is so much easier to see.

And nowhere else is this evident then in Dubai:

Dubai

Seriously Dubai? Seriously?

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