Friday, May 29, 2009

Why is the fire so big? Victoria day 2009

I'm not sure why we celebrate it, but Victoria day was fun! It's amazing what you can find at your local Kwick-E Mart in the way of fireworks. Here's a small movie clip at the bonfire. Every time fireworks go off I turn around to film it and when I turn back parts of me are catching on fire. You only get that with GOOD bonfires of adequate size made by city folk who don't know any better!

We went out to my brother's in-laws, made a big bonfire and watched things explode when it got dark! (more photos here!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

GPS system could crash next year


I know I use it for free but REALLY!!!

How will I be able to find tupperware in the woods! How can I find my way back to old toilets and broken monitors and car parts in the middle of nowhere that I've marked?

The US Air Force is warning that the system could fail next year if steps are not taken to correct the situation. I hope it's a ploy for more cash (and I hope it works). We (I) rely way too much on this system to have it go bye bye. No wonder the Europeans are building their own GPS System.

Maybe they'll let me use theirs!

(thanks to Tripper for the news bit via RLSLOG)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I gotta get me one of these #47 - Jason Voorhees action figure

Why don't I have one of these already? (maybe because they're sold out!)

Great for the kids! They got a Freddy Kruger too!

Stupid t-shirts I buy on the Internet

I finally ordered my "MORE COWBELL" t-shirt. It's been a long time coming. You can get this and many more stupid t-shirts at

Including other favorites like..

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Line 6 JM4 Looper - My next toy

Got an email from my freinds at Line6 today. Seems they have a new looper out. The JM4. I've owned at least 3 loopers in the past and I tend to upgrade and jump to the newest thing because I use it so much.

And this one seems to ROCK!!!!! I like that it has Jam tracks built-right in. I'm gonna have to jettison my Boss RC-50!

Any takers! I'll let it go Cheap!(grin).

I also need some new amplification. I'm thinking of going line 6 as well, I love their stuff! I bought a little Spider practice amp and it sounds just as good as my Atomic! But that's for another day!

Check it out!

VS Tanks - I love Shermans!

I love Sherman tanks. I love the shape and cut of them, the mean bull-dog look, the no-nonsense, get things done attitude the tank seems to have.

Sure the 75mm gun sucked a bit near the end of WWII and the Nazis' all had bigger , more cutting edge complicated tanks, but the fact that the Sherman was a simple mass produced standardized platform and you never just saw one of the damned things, always a big pile of them on any battlefield certainly proved that back then, multiple medium heavy tanks would do the job over a few supertanks (which were so fancy they tended to break a lot)

When I was a kid I got this big set of army men, a big plastic Nazi castle with 88mm guns and a whole load of attacking Allied forces with plastic half-tracks and one Sherman tank for Christmas. I'd set all the stuff up and knock them over with whatever projectile was handy. My best friend back in the 70's then was a war buff and had plastic models galore and we'd conduct massive war games in his basement or better yet, extended trench warfare campaigns at his cottage in Nova Scotia!
He also turned me onto war comics, especially "The Haunted Tank" which featured a Sherman tank flying a confederate army flag (long story).

So, fast forward to today. I'm working on the script of the Bigfoot 3 movie and I decided last year that I wanted to have a tank in the story (what better to hunt Bigfoot with, an old WWI Sherman tank!) so I've been scouring the Internet for the right RC model. The best one hands down is the Tamiya 1/16th scale M4 Sherman. Look at the thing (pictured right)! Tell me that's not the real thing! It's also REAL EXPENSIVE! SRP is $899 CDN, you can get it for $447 US on Ebay from Hong Kong with $99 US Shipping but then you gotta buy some custom batteries and a 4 channel RC controller. You're still looking at over a grand for this thing. And you have to completely build and paint it - which is going to be a lot of fun (some day)!

So I had to look around a bit more, and I found a page on these cool VS IR Tanks (pictured top left). They are 1/25th scale, come assembled and painted (awww) with an RC controller (yay!) and the cool thing is, they have Infrared sensors that let you shoot other VS tanks and have tank battles! In the US you can get ones that fire freakin BB's! Imagine the fun you can have with that and the family cat!
These ones look almost as good if you weather them up a bit and cost $109US. Done deal. I bought two so I could play with the kids! A Sherman and a Tiger! The classic confrontation (ok not really, I'd need like 4 Shermans and one Tiger and the Tiger'd get at least 2 of the Shermans before one managed to sneak up behind it and hit it in the ass).

Youtube is full of tank battles with these things, check them out!

I'm looking forward to putting this thing onscreen with us hanging off of it next year!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Rasterbator, you won't go blind!

Thanks to Gwiliker for this link. This is a program that lets you take any image and blow it up for print on 8.5x11 sheets of paper, which you fix together and mount, or whatever.

The Rasterbator creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size.

Check out the Gallery!

Very cool! I see Frame 351 from the Patterson-Gimlin film hanging on my wall real soon!