Shutdown: Desktop


It’s an Agat! Agat 9, to be precise.

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Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: For Sell



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?



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


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, [...]


Shutdown: Ripples on the Pond


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.


Shutdown: X-15


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

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Bizarre Powerplants

Sit Down and Drive

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


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 [...]

Airborne Awesomosity

The Blimp is Dead: Long Live the Zeppelin!


On March 14, Goodyear announced the completion of its newest “blimp”, and the craft had her maiden flight March 18. To sort of celebrate the occasion, Goodyear has released a time lapse of the ship’s construction, which you can find conveniently located after the jump. But as for the real question, why is “blimp” in quotes, well, let’s have it straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Assembly of the new blimp began in March 2013 at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake hangar. An international team of engineers and technicians from Goodyear and Germany’s ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik worked side by side to complete the build project. Parts such as the tail fins and gondola were built in Germany and shipped to the U.S. for assembly. The balloon-like body of the airship – the “envelope” – is made of polyester with an innovative film from DuPont™ called Tedlar®, surrounding a semi-rigid internal structure, which differentiates this airship from previous Goodyear blimps.” (Goodyear)

Semi-rigid? That’s no blimp! But, well, I don’t suppose it is technically a Zeppelin either, since they are more so full rigid. So, semi-blimp? Bleppelin? Zeppelimp?
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Something Better: Vacuum Cleaners


There has been a mild discussion, perhaps debate even, if you will, in the house of Hyco recently. Our semi-acceptable vacuum divested itself of some plastic bits that turned out to be integral to its successful operation. As such, the question of what sort of new vacuum to try has come up again. [...]