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25 Halloweens 25!

October 9th, 2015 (05:30 am)

1973 2nd grade, Clown (Outfit sewed by my sister).

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My Quest for the Seven Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor

September 12th, 2015 (10:28 am)

I decided to hunt down the Seven Fairy Doors of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan (Wikipedia).

#1 Fairy Door inside the Ann Arbor library:

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My Futuro House count is now 2...

September 2nd, 2015 (09:32 pm)

So, there's these Futuro Houses, late 1960s/early 1970s, flying saucer-shaped houses (thefuturohouse.com, or Wikipedia). There's probably less than a hundred of them still intact, all around the world.

I visited two of them in Carlisle, Ohio. Private property, so I just took a picture from the end of their driveway.

These 2 linked together makes me think of the bit in Fredrick Pohl's novel Gateway where they connect 2 "Fives", that is, alien Heechee ships that can carry 5 people.

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August 23rd, 2015 (07:01 am)

The movie STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON has a web-toy where you can add your own photo and be STRAIGHT OUTTA SOMEWHERE: http://www.straightouttasomewhere.com/

The Interwebs of course did some great parodies with it. STRAIGHT OUTTA HOGWARTS , etc.

So I made a few:

for Kerbal Space Program:

and one for Narnia:

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Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, Ann Arbor, Michigan

July 28th, 2015 (08:43 am)

In downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, there's this toy robot store,
Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. http://onwardrobots.com/

but it's sort of a front for a non-profit writing lab for kids 6-18.

826 National has differently-themed stores in different cities.
* The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute
* Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (Chicago)
* The Museum of Unnatural History Gift Shop (Washington DC)
* The Time Travel Mart (Los Angeles, two locations)
* Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (Brooklyn NY)
* 826 Valencia Pirate Store (San Francisco)
* Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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Get Your Ass To Mars

May 24th, 2015 (10:29 pm)

I enjoy armchair space geocaching. Finding weird things people have found in NASA photos of Mars, and then trying to locate precise longitude/latitude for them in Google Earth (Mars).

It can be difficult because the tinfoil hat Mars buffs tend to rotate photos 180 or 90 degrees from Martian north without explanation, almost as if they don't want anyone duplicating their findings.

But anyway, there's this photo taken in 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter:

The Jet Propulsion Lab has these images as JPEGs, but they have much more detailed photos in .JP2 format, several hundred megabytes large.

It took me awhile to figure out how to view .JP2 files (Thanks, Steve and Jeff!). And the folks on the CosmoQuest forum.
IrfanView: http://www.irfanview.com/ Plugin for JP2: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/IrfanView-PlugIns/1099412658/1
allowed me to zoom in on the .JP2 files.

There's a monolith on Mars (Yes, I know, it's a natural formation, but it's still cool)!

Posts on the web about it like this one:

I finally figured out it's in Google Earth (Mars) at roughly 7.233 S, 267.365 E. Or maybe just a little south of there.


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Wheel of Thunderdome HTML5

May 13th, 2015 (09:29 am)
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7 years ago I made a Flash version of the Wheel of Thunderdome from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome .

Now, in honor of Friday's premiere of Mad Mad: Fury Road,

A new Wheel of Thunderdome in HTML5 Canvas!

Should work in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Android, iPad, etc.

Bust a Deal, Face the Wheel!

Roulette Wheel code based on "Creating a Roulette Wheel Using HTML5 Canvas" by Charlie Key on the tech.pro website.

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Archie vs. Predator #1

April 17th, 2015 (10:57 am)

Dark Horse comics

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Interstellar the movie text adventure game

March 18th, 2015 (09:27 am)


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Halloween 2014: Kerbal Space Program

October 31st, 2014 (07:20 am)

I went to the Casa Wilson Halloween party last weekend as a Kerbal from the computer game Kerbal Space Program.

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