One Hobby I Don’t Have
First watch, 1 bell (8:37 pm)

If you know me, you know I have a lot of hobbies. One hobby I'm glad I don't have is making giant Darth Vader balloons to fly around in.

Oh, wait. Maybe I just don't have the disposable income some people have…

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The Real Mii for $50
Morning watch, 6 bells (7:19 am)

Did you know you can get your Wii Mii made into a real 3D sculpture? Also works for Second Life and SketchUp.

And you thought you had everything

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Lego Car Factory
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:25 pm)

I am speechless. This makes me cry. Not the overall technical aspect, which is in itself astounding, but for the sheer amount of someone's spare time that must have gone into this project. You must watch the Lego Car Factory in action.

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Laser Tag
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:40 pm)

And I'm not talking about your normal go-rent-your-gun and play in a modded warehouse game, I'm talking Mil-Spec laser tag.

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Extreme Shirt Folding
Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:10 pm)

If you're tired of folding shirts, check this out. It's in Japanese, but you don't need to understand it to see what's going on. This reminds me of the shoelace site I posted about earlier this year.

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More Costumes
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:07 am)

While we're getting closer to Halloween, it seems more interesting costumes are being posted on the net. This one is a Home-made Mr. T costume.

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Anti-Piracy Merit Badge
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:39 pm)

I just can't believe this. Loyal readers know that I'm a volunteer Assistant Scoutmaster. I want to know when the Pro-Piracy Merit Badge comes out. In case anybody decides on one, here are my suggestions:

  1. Identify and explain the differences between different types of piracy (music, video, miscellaneous copyright violation, robbing on the high seas, etc).
  2. Explain how piracy has affected our modern culture (eg. Russian software pirates make lots of money)
  3. Practice piratical tendencies for one week. Keep a diary of what you've done. Post it on the internet and try to stop people from stealing it.
  4. Wear an eyepatch and say Yarrr and growl at people a lot.

It disturbs me that the MPAA would take the time to work with the BSA and develop such a curriculum. I guess they figure the best way to avoid future pirates is to nip them in the bud while they're young. Problem is, I bet half of the kids in my troop have pirated more music and movies than I ever have or even ever will.

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Well Enough Is Never Left Alone
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:02 am)

You'd think the Gas Powered Blender would have been enough, right?

Not according to these guys who made a v8 blender—and no, I don't mean the juice.

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For The Guy That Has Everything
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:53 am)

Well, except for a Gas Powered Blender.

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The 12 Mile Ferrari
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:04 pm)

Unbelievable as it may seem, some woman knitted a Ferrari out of 12 miles of yarn.

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An Unhealthy Fixation
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:51 pm)

I know a few people that would really go for something like this, and it scares me every time I think about it. Yes, Vader was cool. And yes, the Empire was where it was at (they had all the good equipment). But no, I don't plan on spending my nights putting together a Darth Vader mosaic out of Legos.

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1,000,000x Normal Size*
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:43 am)

Here's how to make your own balloon molecule models. Just in case you have nothing to do.

* I'm totally guessing here

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Lego Vending Machine
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:29 pm)

No, it's not a vending machine that sells Legos, it's a vending machine made out of Legos.

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It’s Always The Quiet Neighbors
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:41 pm)

...that fill their houses with 70,000 beer cans. You'd think there would be a point where one would realize one's habit was out of control. It is estimated that this Utard consumed 24 cans a day for 8 years to make such a big pile in his house. My question is this—where did he get the money? It sure wasn't from recycling old beer cans.

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Recycled Animation
First watch, 2 bells (9:18 pm)

I ran across this quite by accident, and the site is entirely in Russian, which just looks like backwards letters to me, but it's quite uncanny. Here's how Disney recycles its animation sequences. How they found these images and realized what was happening is a mystery.

Of course, they could just have a couple of kids that watch the movies over and over.

And over.
And over.
And over.

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