PARKS: The Board game

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I might be alittle behind on this (the Kickstarter has ended, but was funded to over 2000%), but this looks like a pretty ace game.

There have been a few more additions to the National Parks since this was conceived and produced, but that’s the nature of the world, things are constantly changing.  I’m bummed that I missed out on this Kickstarter, but I think it would be neat to have in general.

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Happy Birthday Grand Canyon

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Today the Grand Canyon turns 100 years old.  Well, it’s actually several million years old, but the protections put in place by the great President Teddy Roosevelt are celebrated.

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon 3 different times in my life.  Nothing quite prepares you for a helicopter ride over and below the rim though.  Seriously, do it.

Rim View
The edge of the canyon approaches. It’s really something that you will never forget.

 

Let’s celebrate the nation’s 2nd most popular national park with a toast to another 100 years of service.

Today is Important

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Do you know what today is?  It’s an important day.  It comes once a year and people all over the world have wondered why.

No, it’s not The Super Bowl, it’s The Day the Music Died.  Made famous by Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, the world of music forever changed when Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash in Iowa on a cold morning in 1959.  Sixty years ago today the world of music was broken.

McLean would go on to write the song that generations of Americans have spent trying to figure out, yet there is still a healthy debate as to what every line means.

One thing is certain though, the song is a masterpiece, but so were those who died in the plane crash.

Listen to the song, and remember the good times of the late 1950s.

Deter Package Theives

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I like Mark Rober, some of his videos are cool, some are awkward, most are enjoyable.  This one is really interesting he goes into how he stalked his package thieves, then how he enlisted the help of his friend to design and build a glitter+fart bombing dummy package.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but the best part is the ending.  You can trust me and him when he says that it’s over-engineered and just get to the goods.

He clearly built a few of these, if he were smart next year he will start offering them for sale for people.  Though I do wonder how cost-effective it actually is given the 4 phones he might have lost forever and the LTE data plans he paid for them.  Granted, I’m sure they were burners, but still.

Server Issues

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I thought that I had everything worked out, but it seems like there are still issues with the new server.  There was a power blip this morning.  For realz, half a second of no power to restart everything (apparently the server is not plugged into the UPS, I should fix that).  The server started up perfectly fine, but the shared folders within the VMs didn’t mount properly.  I thought it was something I could remote into and fix but there was something else wrong and I needed to wait until I got home from work to fix it.

Ugh, never a dull moment here.

Super cool Toy Car Tracks

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It’s Christmas time and little kids all over the world are worrying about what Santa is going to give them more than what the spirit of the season is all about.  Well in order to bring their hopes and dreams down, I’m going to show them a set of insane Hot Wheels tracks that they wish they could build and they wish Santa would bring them.

It’s too late now mommy and daddy, you can’t get this stuff anymore.

I like the first one in the skate park, that was pretty ace.

Here’s a better view of #6, it’s not a track it’s an art installation.  Boring.  I do like the speed scale though, that’s ridiculous.  It goes to show that you would never withstand the G-Forces of it.

Number 4 is ridiculous.  There are wooden loops, it’s reminiscence of Action Park in it’s high qualityness.

Number 2 is pretty awesome, from it’s humble beginnings.  It looks simple but then you see how gar along the house and the yard that it goes.  I do like #1 with the PVC pipes holding the track for parts of it.  Pretty neat.

Anyway Enjoy Children.  And if you’ve managed to build a track of equal or better value, let me know.

What happens when you Breath In Noble Gas

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Crazy things.  Of course you know that helium gives you chipmunk voice. The others get surprising.  I think my favorite is Xenon, “It almost feels like it’s attracted to the ground”.

It should be noted that this is something you should never do as they very likely can kill you if done in excess and done without any thought to safety.  This guy seems like he should not be doing them.  Especially not with anyone around to help him.  But hey, he good for him.

Rollercoaster Tycoon – Unreal Style

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It’s no secret (or it shouldn’t be anyway), that I love Rollercoaster Tycoon.  I spent many hours of my youth building parks.  Sometimes playing the scenarios, oftentimes just screwing around trying to build giant parks.  My favorites were building multiple mile long coasters with dozens of inversions, yet still trying to keep the ratings down to levels to get peeps to ride it.  In my later years, I got into some more advanced coasters with scenery and interaction between racing or dueling coasters.

My most recent favorites are The Dark Masters, 4 dueling coasters named of course after the Dark Masters in Digimon.

Anyway, imagine what RCT would be like with the above.  It’d be pretty neat wouldn’t it?

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