Yvonne & I played a game of Yahtzee with Caleb this afternoon. That was the first time I’d played a non-computer game of Yahtzee in years, and its funny how different the experience was. With the digitized versions it seems that the roll of the dice isn’t as random as it should be — some numbers tend to come up as multiples more often than they should. Not so with the “analog” game!
The Yahtzee game we have was picked up at a rummage sale a while back, and had a limited number of score sheets in it. Heck, the dice don’t even match each other. I guess you get what you pay for!. While we were playing I got to wondering if anybody had a downloadable file containing the score card. If there is, I sure couldn’t find it. So I made my own. Amazing what you can do with a little time and a copy of Illustrator!
So here is a pdf file of my Yahtzee score card. Not sure what the Milton Bradley people would think of this, but I figure if I’m not making money off of it and not broadcasting its availability hither & yon they shouldn’t have too much to say about it. It’s set up to print on a half sheet of letter-sized paper. If you download it & want to print it, set up the print layout to print two pages per sheet. Should work like a champ.
Here’s a link to a Car & Driver article about a one-off hand-built beauty of a car based on a BMW 850CSi, built buy the Russian firm A:Level.
I find this thing really interesting for a couple of reasons; first, because the guy who commissioned it wanted it to look like an old-style Gaz Volga, which was the sub-par commodity vehicle of the 1960′s USSR. It was the car driven by the few Russians who could afford to drive. So apparently, the guy who designed it had a special place in his heart for those vehicles.
Secondly, I find this interesting because the car’s body is hand built, using little more than hammers & anvils to shape the parts. It’s a far cry from mass production, but it seems to me that the skills required to do this sort of work are pretty uncommon these days. The C&D article says it took 17 months to build the car; two weeks to shape a fender, and a month for a door skin. I find it a bit hard to relate to a job that takes that long to see results, but fascinating that someone can actually take a flat piece of steel and shape it into what we see in this car.
The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia, has got to be the mac-daddy of micro cars. Some of these things are so cool, like this 1960 Isetta.
I’d love to have one of these things, or better yet, I’d love to build one. Or something like it.
The microcar concept is pretty simple; getting people from point A to point B in a city shouldn’t require two tons of machinery that gets 10-20 mpg. Motorcycles would be a good alternative, mileage-wise, but that wouldn’t work around here in the winter. So what about taking one of those crazy 4-wheelers that zip around on the street, tear it apart & put it back together so that it doesn’t ride like a motorcycle and has some protection from the elements?
Something to think about.
You can carve your own pumpkin! Just click here!
I submitted a Google Maps link to Google Sightseeing for the Heartland Country Corn Maze, and a-MAZE-ingly they put it up!
Jack-O-Lantern.com has a boatload of free pumpkin carving patterns in pdf format. Some are very cool!
FindSounds – Search the Web for Sounds, “a free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples.”
Wubba Wubba Wubba is a web presence run by Pat Rooney, first cousin o’ mine.
Pat is a graphics guy, living in Hawaii (I guess somebody’s gotta live there!) and does a fair bit of photography on the side. Lots of nice photos.
Pat also hosts a page for Tim. Tim is the host of an African music show that is broadcast on NPR in Colorado, and has mp3 files of his show stored there. Neat stuff!
ESPAR HEATER SYSTEMS builds gasoline and diesel fired heaters for water cooled vehicles.
It sounds like a great deal; teamed up with a timer, you can set it up to warm things up for you on cold mornings without having to run the motor. It uses only a fraction of the fuel an idling engine would, not to mention that a warm engine uses less fuel in cold weather.
Looks like the price is around $1000, so regardless of how nice it is it would be a long ROI.
But just think of how nice it would be to have the Suzuki nice & warm every time I got into it.