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Bohemian Coaster

I love me Rollercoaster Tycoon. It’s next there with Halo as the game I’ve sunk more hours of my life into (and I’ve sunk months of time into Halo). That being said, with the exception of the stupid object limit, I’ve perfered the original unaltered version of the game over the Open RCT alternative where you can add all sorts of weird things such as the switches and track merging things in this coaster.

Anyway, those things make this coaster pretty awesome. There’s no way it’s realistic, look at some of the G-Forces it’s pulling in the curves when the music starts up. Still, pretty ace if you ask me.

I didn’t realize it until almost the end, but the coaster even travels over a virtual set of piano keys. Very detailed work on this masterpiece, very detailed indeed.


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It’s Happened

It’s no secret that I am a great Jake and Amir fan. It might be immature of me but it’s one of those things that has stuck with me for many years. Every so often I go back and watch videos of them at random and I still crack up. It’s hard to choose a favorite from among their hundreds of videos, each one has great lines and moments. They’ve had many recurring jokes over the years, but one that was small (pun intended) and used a few of times has an unnaturally large following. I’m talking about going dickless for Chiklis. That’s right it’s an unexplainable phrase that made it’s debut in “Reddit” was followed up a year and a half later in “Reddit 2” until it was referenced a third and final time in Part 6 of the Finale.

It got to a point where people would @MichaelChiklis on Twitter the joke.  Eventually he found out and enjoyed it enough to stick with it.  Well this past weekend the joke has reached it’s conclusion.  Michael Chiklis himself went dickless:



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What happens when you Breath In Noble Gas

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.

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Are perpetually done.

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I cannot view photos of real life hipsters without being reminded of Hipster Hitler.  Since it’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a post about Hitler, I feel this mention of him will do.


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Army of One

Nicholas Cage is back in what could be his return to greatness.  He stars in this true story of a guy from Colorado on who was tasked by divine intervention to find and capture Osama Bin Laden.  Seriously, it’s hilarious, you should watch the trailer.  It’s called Army of One.

Unfortunately, it’s not being released in theaters, only On Demand this coming November.  I think you should still watch it.  I might, it looks fantastic!

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Waterfall Skiing

Yes, this is as stupid as it sounds.  No, he is not successful.  No you should not try this ever.  Yes, he should rethink his life choices.

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you have to try and get 100% usage out of your winter equipment.  It’s perfectly reasonable to leave them sitting in a closet or a basement for the 6 months of the year that you can’t use them.  I’m pretty sure you did way more damage to them by trying to ski down a rocky waterfall then if you had just left them in a bag in your basement.  But hey, someone’s gotta win the Darwin Award, unfortunately, he survived.


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Super Slow Model Airplanes

Watch this video, it’s pretty cool, and shows you some of the niches that hobbies have

Joshua Finn makes F1D model airplanes.  These planes can fly for up to 30 minutes on the winding of a single rubber band.  You know the these guys are serious when they start to describe the uniqueness of different vintages of rubber bands.  Specifically rubber from May of 1999.  I’m sure someone with an engineering degree could provide some verification to that, but I’ll believe them.  I’m not making fun of these people at all.  It’s a really interesting hobby, and if I had time, I’d get into it, but with all the other things that I spend my time doing, I don’t think I’d ever be able to dedicate enough time to do it correctly.

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12k Time-Lapse of LA

This 12k time-lapse video is scary impressive.  Monster levels of zoom are possible from the 100MP images that each frame of the video below is made of.  Seriously, what used to take complicated setups of rails and dollies now only needs this one 100MP medium format camera and some creativity in directing.  I’m sure combining it all together was hell on whatever computer he used.  My favorite part is the zoom and close ups of the Airport.  You can see the people inside the terminal.  The planes look like models.  It’s crazy!

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Alternate History Thursday: Thursday

Like last month, I’m going to dump some raw history on you.  Be forewarned.

  • The month of June used to have 32 days.  It wasn’t until the Battle of the Bulge in 1649 that we lost 2 days.  We literally lost two days of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.  So much firepower, and so many explosions increased the earth’s orbital velocity just enough to remove 2 days from existence.  Let that sink in why don’t you
  • Don’t confuse the 1649 date, that is the one that caused the time loss.  The Sceptres materialized along the coast of present day Nebraska.  Slowly they moved eastward toward the primitive American settlements.  Americans back then were just like they are now, trigger happy.  Unfortunately, they were no match for the Sceptres and destruction ensued
  • The Americans soon came to trust and love their new overlord allies.  It was through the Sceptres that the idea of independence came about.  For the years between 1707 and 1777, Americans, supplied by the Sceptres, battled the British.  They wanted out.  The British didn’t know what they were up against, the Sceptres were ruthless in their march across the continent
  • On July 02 (previously June 32), 1791, the Sceptres accepted the surrender of the British.  They then left the planet as peacefully as they came from the shoreline of Nebraska.  All people who had direct contact with them were invited (forced) to come along.  By 1792 the Sceptres were all forgotten. It wasn’t until I uncovered old Revolutionary War memorabilia in my great-cousin’s attic that I came across a map.  The map opened my eyes to the great conspiracy that has plagued this nation since our founding
  • I brought you this information on the Sceptres so that you could let your friends and colleagues know.  Tell your teachers, you read it on the internet, when has that (or I), ever lied to you?