Saturday, September 24, 2016

DIYHans Solo Frozen in Carbonite Fridge

This was posted on Facebook by Art Gallery and a guy in sharing his new shop fridge, which would be fun for many Star Wars fan Man Cave, playroom or garage (and perhaps a DIY for the freezer in my garage, if my son ever gets the monster tires off of his big truck moved out),

As it looked like it was a DIY I went in search of more information and found the following video on Youtube that explains how to make this:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

1972 Weltron 8 Track Player

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If you are under 40 you may never have seen or been aware 8 track tape players ever existed.

Above is one model that looked "futuristic" at the time made in 1972 by Weltron and it also had an AM/FM radio.

There were songs recorded magnetic tape on each track on the tape that looped inside the machine.  The change of tracks from one to the next was abrupt.   I had a Styx "Pieces of Eight" 1978 8 track tape where the track changed in the middle of "Blue Collar Man".   You would be jamming and then it stopped for a second or so, there was an audible "Click" and it jumped right back into the song.  

You could change the tracks, but if there was more than one song on the track you could not fast forward, you had to wait until the machine got to the song you wanted to hear.

8 Track tapes were originally invented for use in jets How To Geek Triva reported that Bill Lear, founder of the Lear Jet Company was looking for an alternative to the vinyl records, which were the standard at the time, to provide passengers with skip-free music during flights.   One of Lear's Designers, Richard Kraus, built the first 8 track player based on a design by George Eash for a lesser known 4 track cartridge.

In 1964 the Lear Corporation building and distributed 100 demo models to recording and auto execs to get them interested in the project and by the 1970's 8 track players were introduced not only jets and autos, but in homes across America with players like the above.

Around the same time though, cassette tapes, which actually pre-dated the invention of 8 tracks, were becoming popular because they were smaller, had better sound and you could fast forward and reverse and they began to overtake the market by the mid-1970's.  By the time CDs appeared in 1982 they had pretty much vanished from the scene, but the last 8 track by a popular band was in 1988, which was Fleetwood Mac's "Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits".

Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy Dogs and Cat in Australia

A friend posted this on Facebook and it is probably the most fun version of any video mashed up to the tune of Pharrell Williams "Happy"

It features oodles of dogs playing at the beach along with "DIDGA" aka 'Worlds BEST Skateboarding Cat', but you won't see DIDGA skateboarding here, but is does sit on a tiny surfboard and swims.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Would anyone be surprised that the oldest video one on Youtube is a cat video? The above was filmed in 1894 by Thomas Edison and purportedly is the oldest one on Youtube.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful 21,000 sq. ft. Bookstore in Brazil

El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore - Buenos Aires, Argentina - 5 Jan. 2015

By Nan Palmero from San Antonio, TX, USA (El Ateneo Book Store) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Via Twisted Sifter

One look and it is easy to see why this bookstore was named by The Guardian as the 2nd most beautiful in the world in 2008.

It is called El Ateneo Grand Splendid and located in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Brazil.   It built around 100 years ago and opened in 1919 as a grand theater with a seating capacity of 1,050.

In the 1920's it was converted into a movie theater and was destined for demolition until Grupo Ilhsa leased it and turned it into the bookstore in 2000.

The building was designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol.   It has frescos on the ceiling painted by frescoed ceilings by Nazareno Orlandi, lovely sculpted columns,  theater boxes and rounded balconies with ornate details and an elegant red stage curtain.

For more information, visit the  official website

Buenos Aires - El Ateneo 164

By Stanley Wood (originally posted to Flickr as Buenos Aires - 164) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, July 22, 2016

Not Your Typical Lounge Act

My cousin posted this on Facebook and it leaves me at loss for words.  I can't say I have ever seen anything quite like this (nor do I want to again).

How in the heck do you describe this video with half naked guys with pans strapped over their privates and a spoon between their knees in bathrobes and cowboy hat with a girl dressed as a clown singing a Country song in German?

"Cowboy Bucket Bongo with a Dame Singing Ditty in Deutsche."?
           "German Brokeback Mountain, the Musical"?
            "Tears of a Clown with 4 Dudes a Drummin"

           "Singin and a Dingin"?

            "The Gong Show:  Hamburg & Lexington Style"?

I don't know if I can ever look at a metal bucket the same way again.

What are your thoughts?   Please feel free to post them in the Comments section.