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Hidden Treasure of the Modern World

I can’t help but think of Rat Race, sure there’s no betting going on here, and no one knows for sure where the treasure is, but there’s still an excitation millionaire’s ploy to put the common person on a field day.

This is a literal treasure chest, gold coins, gold bars, gold nuggets, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, ancient artifacts, all the things one would associate with a hidden treasure chest.  The man who hid it, Forrest Fenn, has spent a lifetime collecting these priceless things and exploring nature and everything involved in it.  He thinks that whoever ultimately finds the treasure will find 2 things, physical wealth, but also hopefully a new love of the outdoors, nature, and the world in general.  I can’t say I blame him, that sounds like a great way to get people interested.

Here’s a nice montage of local news stories and interviews that give an overview of it:

He hasn’t just buried it in the middle of nowhere, he’s left 9 clues in a poem in his book: The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir.  He also claims that people have come within 200 feet of the location of where he buried it.  Sure you have to take his word for it, but why not?  There are worse things to spend your life searching after than hidden treasure in nature.

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computer electronic news

DIY Smart Blinds

Reddit user yavin427 has hooked up an Amazon Echo to his living room blinds so that he can say “Alexa turn off blinds” and they close, or vice versa.  He has a not too detailed, but pretty detailed imgur album you can look through where he shows the process.  I may be a programmer, but I don’t know the first thing about using Arduinos, so all of that part is magic to me.  The Amazon Echo part is a pretty basic API from what I can assume, that code I could probably write no problem.

I’m not quite sure why there’s a delay.  It looks good actually, maybe if it were alittle faster it would be a cooler delay.

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DIY science

Survival Fire Piston

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Instructables user wartellc made his own Fire piston in about 4 hours.  I had never heard of one of these before, but the concept is pretty basic, I like it.  I don’t have any of the tools necessary to make my own, so I’ll probably just buy one, it’s only $25 on Amazon.  However, the char cloth that is necessary to really use it, that I can make according to this instructable.

Char Cloth is dead simple to make, take an old, 100% cotton t-shirt, cut it up into small pieces and put it in a sealble tin container.  Punch a small hole in the tin, and place it on a fire/ember.  When no more smoke comes out of the tin, you’re finished.

chared cloth

Now you’re ready to use your fire piston to make some fire!

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awesome video

Insane Domino Rally

I remember when I was little I would constantly make a mess of my basement setting up Domino Rally runs.  They always ended up going off prematurely and ruining hours of setup time, but it was still fun.  YouTube user FlippyCat seems to have collected 30 or 40 of every individual Domino Rally set ever made.  He doesn’t say how long it took to setup, or how much space it takes up, or how many dominoes it actually uses, but it’s still awesome nonetheless.

I remember those bridges, and rocket launchers, and bike launcher, and plane launcher, and stair cases.  Man, those were fun times…

It looks like you can still order the sets on Amazon, but the packaging changed, and that means that the molds are probably different, they probably don’t launch things like the used to, nothing is as good as it once was…

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awesome

Tetris JENGA

Tetris Jenga Box

For $26 on Amazon you can get this pretty unique game that takes Tetris into the our dimensions.  On the surface it’s regular Jenga, but the pieces aren’t straight blocks, they are the familiar pieces from Tetris.  As you can see, you can get some pretty incredibly impossible structures here.  The only question I have is how would you pull some of the pieces out because of the angles?

Tetris Jenga played

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Star Wars Again

Yes I’m posting some more Star Wars stuff, deal with it.  The internet has an unhealthy obsession with Nicolas Cage.  I’ll be the first to admit, I like him.  But like all things on the internet, it’s not an entireally respectful love.

Nicolas Cage Star Wars

I wouldn’t see this movie, but I do think it would be just stupid fun.  I will still contest that National Treasure was the most fun I had ever had in a movie theater, it’s just an unashamed fun film.  I’m not sure what casting Nicolas Cage as every character in Star Wars would do, and I’m not sure where the Deceleration of Independence falls into it, but I think it could be a fun cross-over movie.

Next up is this heat activated mug.

If you believe the Amazon Reviews, it’s not great, but come on, it’s a gimmick mug, don’t ask for too much.  I wouldn’t buy it though, that heat activated paint can’t be good for you and I wouldn’t trust it to stay on there by itself, repeated washings would cause it to flake off and enter the coffee.  No thank you, I’ve had enough dangerous chemicals enter my body over the years.

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The Man in the High Castle

I don’t remember what I was watching when this trailer came out.  Maybe it was The Great War, maybe it was something else, either way, I’m glad I didn’t skip the ad.  In a bit to combat Netflix, which is trying to combat big Cable, which, in turn, is combating the major networks, Amazon has started their own original content video series.  To be honest, I never cared for any of these streaming services except House of Cards.  But this show, this one looks right up my ally.

The Man in the High Castle the show is based off of the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name.  In it, the United States of America, and the allied powers have lost World War 2, and America is under Axis control.  I’m not so sure what time frame the show is set in, I could look it up, and read the book, but I don’t want to.  I want to be surprised when I watch this show, because since it’s streaming, I’ll be able to watch it all on one long weekend.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until November 20th to watch this show.  Not to fear, it will give you plenty of time to watch Person of Interest.

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DIY photo science

Puzzle Blueprints

You’ve all seen these classic puzzles.  They have a objective, disassemble the locked rings, or make a shape using only 3 of the 4 pieces.  Well, have you ever wondered how they are made?  You’re in luck, William L. Hunter drew up some blueprints for a dozen or so of these different mind puzzles.  You can print them out and follow them to make your own puzzle, or just frame them yourself.

wiggly block

square block

Take a look at the full imgur album to get some ideas.  It looks and sounds like these images came from this book: Wood-turning problems in blueprint form.  Sadly, Amazon doesn’t list it in stock, nor is another of William L. Hunter’s books available.

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awesome strange

The Money Pit

Riptide was an interesting book, it engaged you and kept you guessing, I won’t spoil the book’s ending for you,  but below you can listen to a podcast about the actual pit that inspired the book.  Yes, the story I’m about to tell you is based on true events, but Futility Closet seems to take some of the magic away from it.

Oak Island is located in Nova Scotia, on it is a pit that dozens of people have sunk money into over the years looking for buried treasure.  What makes this pit special is that at periodic intervals, wooden planks were found.  On top of that, at certain depths, water rushed in seemingly from nowhere.  It all goes back to legends of pirates and buried treasure.

The history of the island is pretty interesting, but as I said before, the podcast below kind of takes away some of the charm of it.  There’s also a television show on The History Channel called The Curse of Oak Island.  I haven’t seen it yet, but it seems like two brothers have conned The History Channel into being the latest people to sunk money into the pit.

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From My Cold Dead Paws: Cats and the Guns They Love (Paperback)

I don’t know where this book came from, or how it got published, but suffice to say, James Bennett is a genius.  He has taken two of my favorite things, and somehow managed to find a portal to another universe where cats have opposable thumbs, and can not only hold these firearms, but use them.  Use them with deadly force I might add.

Feline Power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Meow Zedong

That is a factual quote that Bennett has been able to dig up from the many archives of world history.  The book itself seems exciting.  I don’t have it myself, but I can see from the pictures that these images are not photoshopped.  I have seen a few shops in my days, and these pictures are pixel perfect.  If you haven’t already bought it, now would be the time, also, my birthday is coming up, and this is an acceptable gift. {Amazon}