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Shutdown: Desktop

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It’s an Agat! Agat 9, to be precise.

Image via yandex.ru.

Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: For Sell

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Yard sales are always entertaining for me, and better even are the ones that have some sort of random mystery object. This, well, these, thingys that you see hear, came from the yard sale I mentioned last Quandary time, nearly a month ago. I was too busy haggling over that possibly overpriced Q-Jet to ask what these are, but I did manage to snap a few pictures!

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Idiotic or Inspired?

Doing Anything Next Weekend?

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I have a bit of an odd interest in the E.T. Atari game, especially that whole urban legend thousands of cartridges buried in the desert thing. We have previously discussed it in a post of the 1981 Atari catalog, as well as when the Internet Archive came out with a vintage video game database. As it turns out, I am not the only one, and someone is doing something about it!

“Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave.” (XboxWire.)

Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios have managed to wrangle the rights to do a pseudo-archeological expedition and try to find the lost games, and it is happening next Saturday! And you can play a part! They are inviting any interested parties to come out and play, and who knows, yours could be the shovel that unearths the truth!

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Covet Thy Neighbours' Swag

Sometimes Free Stuff Isn’t Worth It

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It’s Easter Sunday today, and I hope everyone is having a glorious morning! Perhaps you have been up since before dawn, trying to catch that rascally rabbit before he eggs up your lawn. Perhaps you are simply looking forward to buying cut rate Cadbury eggs tomorrow morning at the grocery store. Either way, why not have a little Easter egg hunt here with us? The prize isn’t the fleeting internet glory and fame, although you will certainly get that! The prize is the ovoid (or not) nugget of free that you can find and retrieve! Get out there and show us the coolest bit of retro tech that some yokel wants to part with gratis, and as always, bonus points for bringing that goody home!

Our big winner from last time was mdharrell! Nice job! He found a whole boat for free! The ad mentions the need for a trailer, but Señor Harrell wisely points out that some may simply view that as a challenge to be met!

Shutdown

Shutdown: Ripples on the Pond

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Actually, they are convectively-generated mesospheric airglow waves. But whatever.

Image via The Atlantic, where you can find all sorts of facts about such waves.

Nerd Artists

Daleggs

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Have a happy Easter weekend!

Shutdown

Shutdown: X-15

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Putting the X in space way before SpaceX put it after.

Image via sci-fi-o-rama.com.

Spaceheads

A Launchpad Gets A New Owner

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Above, Columbia sits atop Launch Pad 39A in preparation for STS-1, the first space shuttle mission. This wasn’t the first time LC-39A would see the flames of rocket motors. It has been around since the Apollo days. In fact, the first unmanned, manned, and Saturn V launches of the Apollo program left earth from LC-39A.

Today, according to Click Orlando, LC-39A has a new owner. Well, technically NASA still owns LC-39A, but SpaceX has signed a 20-year lease with the government for the rights to LC-39A. SpaceX plans to launch it’s first Falcon Heavy rocket from the historic launch pad next year. If they are granted a NASA contract to provide manned flights to the ISS they plan on launching those flights, with their Dragon crew module riding atop their Falcon rocket. This would mark another first for the pad — the first time a private company has launched a manned mission to ISS.

It’s a changing world we live in. A world where private enterprise is rising up to a challenge and showing that man does still yearn for the boundlessness of space.

Bizarre Powerplants

Sit Down and Drive

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A radio controlled toilet–Japanese style. After all, it’s Saturday! “It’s actually designed for fun, and probably would not be a very ideal place for you to do your business. Just a thought.”

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Covet Thy Neighbours' Swag

Sometimes Free Stuff Isn’t Worth It

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Spring seems to be in the full swing of all its springy goodness, swinging from nice warm sunny days to storms and snow (not where I live, but I mean, so I hear). It also brings with it the joys of being motivated to clean out such fun locations as the garage, and perhaps unload some stuff you haven’t used in awhile. For us here at SFSIWI, that mean prime time to get a hold of some of that free stuff, courtesy of the internets! Last week, $kaycog showed us a highly customized mattress, such a find it couldn’t be topped! Nice job! There is a picture even, so check it out if you missed it, and let us see in the comments what you find this week!