Monday, June 30, 2008

The Second of Three Sagas (The Ball Pit)

This is epic. A month or so ago, I came across a webcomic named XKCD.com. I was taken away by the empathy I felt with Randall Munroe's stick-figured characters and reluctant-grown-up mentality. One such connection came when I read a particular comic about a girl that filled her apartment with playpen balls, because she was "grown-up now, and its our turn to decide what that means." It got me thinking. I did some research and discovered that several people, including Munroe himself, had gone through with the idea of a home-made ball pit. So, I decided to construct my own ball pit. With the help of my roommates, I got started.

Step one was to figure out just what it was going to take. Using an online ball pit calculator from chiliahedron.com, I estimated that filling my space (36 squared feet, three feet high) would take about 1000 balls. I hit the internets and looked for deals on balls, found said deal, and placed the order.

Then, I needed a frame. This took a bit more work. I went to Home Depot and picked up 43 feet of 2x4's and did work. After some trial and error, here's how it looked:



Once the frame was set, I put down two matresses on the floor, and stapled plastic poultry fencing to the wood.





Then came the balls. It turned out that 1000 wasn't nearly enough. I went out and found another 1100 and added them. Here's me and my roomates.





There are, of course, several rules about what is or isn't allowed in the ball pit, for sanitary reasons. For example, no food, no open containers of drink, everyone must be wearing boxer shorts, at least, and anyone in the ball pit must be at least 14 years of age (set low because Fred and I do Young Life.)

We've since had all sorts of friends come over and enjoy the ball pit. As Mr. Munroe said,
"it has the slightly unnerving effect that we now have no idea how many people are in the apartment at any given time."


More pictures at Flickr.com
More Ball pits:
Mike Machenry's
Last.fm's
XKCD.com's
EA Tiburon's
MIT's

Mmmmullet


Evans, GA. June 28th.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The other day, I straight threw a knife through a water bottle. This is what it looked like:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Quote of the Week



"Why don't they have 'Chicken Noodle Soup for the Chiken Noodle Soup Lover's Soul?'"

- Lee Davis

Monday, June 23, 2008

Major League Baseball Urns and Caskets


I was watching Sports Center on ESPN this morning, and they had a special report that caught my eye. The reporter was talking about European soccer fans, and services that some teams offer that allow said fans to be buried in or near their favorite team's field when they die. More and more teams, such as Hamburg SV in Hamburg or Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, are begining to construct stadium-adjacent cemetaries where the most die-hard of fans can be buried for $5000-15000 USD. On top of that, there are now companies that are offering Soccer team-themed caskets for those fans cam be buried in.
OK, so that's kind of ridiculous. But even more ridiculous is the fact that Eternal Image is now offering a similar service for Major League Baseball fans. For $799 you can have your ashes kept in an Urn that is designed with the logos of your favorite MLB team (if that team is the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, or St. Louis Cardinals.) And coming soon, Major League Baseball™ Caskets. This getting ridiculous.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The First of Three Sagas

Big things popping this month so far, so to speak.
Saga Numba One; The Tree. Lauren and I went the Columbia, SC for a day trip and found a tree to climb. It was awesome.


Lauren said, "Can you climb that?" I said, "Psscchh," and climbed the tree.


Lauren said, "Can I get up there?" But, her sandals made it difficult to get a foothold.


Lauren said, "Toss me down your shoes." I did, but it didn't help.


Lauren gave up, and gave me my shoes back.


She was sad, what we learned:

Mondo is a better tree climber than Lauren.




Up next: The Pool

Thursday, June 12, 2008

This is getting Ridiculous.



Can't we seriously just send a letter to our congressmen and tell them to get their heads out of their asses? Sometimes, I hate the government.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Milestones

Go buy John Foreman's "Summer EP". More on the way...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Anniversary

Today marks the 4-year anniversary of my being sworn into the US Navy. At this point in my life and enlistment, it's not really a celebration-worthy milestone except for the fact that it means that I have a short two years remaining. I look forward to the end of those two years. That is all.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Kid on a Leash


This one's for Marta, just a family out on a walk with their pet kid on a leash.