If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Buzzfeed)   A last minute entry for Dad of the Year, Geek division   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 61
    More: Cool, TV station Dumpster, toy store  
•       •       •

18353 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 Dec 2012 at 1:13 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



61 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-12-26 09:41:27 PM
The control board came from a TV station Dumpster.

s3-ec.buzzfed.com

Who the HELL would throw something like that away??
Going to have to start haunting KATU's back alley, I guess.
 
2012-12-26 09:48:54 PM
OUTSTANDING!
 
2012-12-26 10:17:54 PM
He'll either be an astronaut or the next Gerry Todd.
 
2012-12-27 01:08:16 AM
So what does it do?
 
2012-12-27 01:16:42 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


Generates ad revenue for websites like Fark.
 
2012-12-27 01:17:58 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


They look at it like 'normal' men look at earthmoving equipment: Who gives a crap what it does, it has lots of buttons and nobs, and a really cool throttle thingy.
 
2012-12-27 01:20:21 AM
i.imgur.com

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


Whatever your imagination thinks it does.
 
2012-12-27 01:27:16 AM
So it takes up space and sends kids to the emergency room for tetanus shots.

I guess that's cool if it's your cup of tea.
 
2012-12-27 01:29:04 AM

fusillade762: The control board came from a TV station Dumpster.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x469]

Who the HELL would throw something like that away??
Going to have to start haunting KATU's back alley, I guess.


That is a vintage video switcher and special effects board, made by Grass Valley Group. Absolutely first class stuff, but it only works on analog, so I imagine it doesn't have much value now. >$250K in the early '80s.
 
2012-12-27 01:30:31 AM
Well, now I feel like a really crappy dad. Like I didn't feel bad enough for filing to divorce my kids' mother. Thanks a lot, submitter! =P

(Seriously, it's epically cool, but it's making me feel kinda inferior...)
 
2012-12-27 01:31:28 AM
First read that as Greek division. Damn glad I got that one wrong.
 
2012-12-27 01:34:15 AM
From zero to warp 6 in 4.5 seconds while firing photon torpedoes. Woo Hoo!!!
 
2012-12-27 01:35:06 AM

fusillade762: The control board came from a TV station Dumpster.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x469]

Who the HELL would throw something like that away??
Going to have to start haunting KATU's back alley, I guess.


That looks like a Grass Valley switcher. They were the latest greatest $100K thing back in the '80s. Probably done by iPhone today for the price of a plummeting Chinese factory worker.

The metal alone under that alu plate is worth a great deal of money.
 
2012-12-27 01:40:11 AM

Ivo Shandor: [i.imgur.com image 556x413]

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?

Whatever your imagination thinks it does.


But I'm a pervert....
 
2012-12-27 01:42:02 AM
To really look like the control panels in the shuttle, all it needs are a few fire extinguisher holes already poked through with astronaut fingers and a couple of velcro straps.

/seriously cool
//really really want
 
2012-12-27 01:44:38 AM
it sucks buzzfeed stole the content about this awesome dad from Reddit and pawned it off for a few clicks. These aggregate websites are starting to really annoying me when they do crap like this. All of the websites tied into the gawker world do that crap time and time again.
 
2012-12-27 01:53:27 AM

otiosa: To really look like the control panels in the shuttle, all it needs are a few fire extinguisher holes already poked through with astronaut fingers and a couple of velcro straps.

/seriously cool
//really really want


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-27 01:54:22 AM
www.milesteves.com
Impressed.
 
2012-12-27 01:55:25 AM

TheGhostofFarkPast: it sucks buzzfeed stole the content about this awesome dad from Reddit and pawned it off for a few clicks. These aggregate websites are starting to really annoying me when they do crap like this. All of the websites tied into the gawker world do that crap time and time again.


BAN AGGREGATE SITES!!!
 
2012-12-27 01:56:47 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


Well....

When I was that kids' age, that particular contraption would have "done" any number of assorted things, from "flying" the house, to "launching" space capsules/ICBM's, or maybe serve as the tractor beam control center I would have disabled so Luke and Han could escape.

There's all kinds of shiat that thing can "do".
 
2012-12-27 02:01:37 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


4.bp.blogspot.com

Kills planets.
 
2012-12-27 02:02:42 AM
That is cool!  Hell, I'm a 40 something year old woman and I want that! I have a full size bed, so we could even get a chair and everything under there! I bet there's even a way to make lights flash in time to my music, since we already did that  with our Yule lights this year.
 
2012-12-27 02:04:51 AM
Personally, I'd rather build something like this and spend the rest of my day playing with my kid in it. But that's cool too.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-27 02:10:43 AM
fake.
 
2012-12-27 02:19:55 AM

Begoggle: fake.


Actually it's quite real. the guy posted this on Reddit about a week ago and Buzzfeed (and now Fark) just now got wind of it.
 
2012-12-27 02:34:43 AM
So he gets credit for finding something in a dumpster that already kind of looks like a NASA control panel, and giving it to his kid to play with?  That's better than it going to waste, but it's not like he made it from scratch.

Unless he actually rewired it and connected it to a wraparound monitor simulation that he programmed.
 
2012-12-27 02:39:01 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


Ya gotta read how the buttons are labeled to know what they

Krieghund: Personally, I'd rather build something like this and spend the rest of my day playing with my kid in it. But that's cool too.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]


See, kids today have X-box.  We just had box.

CSB:

I did build something like this for myself at about 9 or 10, which included two of those old Radio Shack 500-in-one electronic kits as part of the board.  So I could actually wire up the controls to display alphanumeric information, make noises (like rayguns or sirens or motorcycles), Detect sound, amplify, create listening devices, and a lot of other things.  I spent more time rewiring the thing than I did playing on it, which I think is why it was encouraged play.  A great toy for the late '70s, which lead to my first computer in 1981 (An Apple ][ clone that I self-assembled from a kit).

Maybe this kid will be inspired to do the same thing.  Although, with today's technology, I'd make something that looks more Star Trek than Apollo 13.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-12-27 02:40:19 AM

Otto_E_Rodika: AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 655x480]

Kills planets.


BEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo.......
 
2012-12-27 03:05:36 AM

Begoggle: fake.


Well of course it's fake. You didn't think he really built his kid a spaceship, did you?
 
2012-12-27 03:16:18 AM
It only lacks one thing - a big red button, preferably one that flashes. It could be Abort or Self-Destruct.
 
2012-12-27 03:45:06 AM

Ivo Shandor: your imagination


LOL OK grandpa.

It's 2012. Kids don't need imaginations any more.

So, what does it do?
 
2012-12-27 03:45:53 AM

meatofmystery: Begoggle: fake.

Actually it's quite real. the guy posted this on Reddit about a week ago and Buzzfeed (and now Fark) just now got wind of it.


OMG, all the sites you lurk on aren't hip to everything within nanoseconds? say it isn't so, Joe!

/ make me puke
 
2012-12-27 04:20:28 AM

LDM90: It only lacks one thing - a big red button, preferably one that flashes. It could be Abort or Self-Destruct.


mlkshk.com
 
2012-12-27 06:10:04 AM

Begoggle: fake.


There has to be one in every thread.

***sigh***
 
2012-12-27 06:18:56 AM
Heh. An old Grass Valley switcher. Used one of those at KCAU-TV in Sioux City back in the late 70's. Very cool.

At the time, people in the movie theater watching Star Wars had no idea why I started hooting, laughing, and pointing when a Grass Valley switcher was used to activate the main weapon of the Death Star.

Of course, things like this have already been pointed out in this thread. But I still wanted to share my personal memories ;)
 
2012-12-27 06:40:59 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


What doesn't it do!

/built a cardboard Space Shuttle flight deck when I was a kid. Used it and the Space Shuttle Handbook to follow along with the first couple of launches.
 
2012-12-27 07:08:12 AM
That is all kinds of awesome. My grandsquidlet would love that, and would spend hours going on adventures.

/like the big, red button idea, too.
 
2012-12-27 07:47:14 AM
www.data-backup-and-storage.com
 
2012-12-27 07:51:55 AM
http://cinemahd76.ru/analiz/viewsonic-pro-9000

Ceiling mounted Lamp free laser DLP hybrid.
 
2012-12-27 07:56:34 AM
Picture of really dedicated dad getting ready to make himself a one-eyed pirate for Halloween.

s3-ec.buzzfed.com

/notice the lack of safety glasses
//and practicing the pirate scowl
 
2012-12-27 08:18:12 AM
I expected this to be a bad story - you know, about how a dad neglected his kid to rot in its own filth while he played WoW or something. But this was cool.
 
2012-12-27 08:41:14 AM

TheGhostofFarkPast: it sucks buzzfeed stole the content about this awesome dad from Reddit and pawned it off for a few clicks. These aggregate websites are starting to really annoying me when they do crap like this. All of the websites tied into the gawker world do that crap time and time again.


...he posted on Fark.com.

That thing is farking awesome. Be cool if the "port holes" on the top bunk were recessed a little to add depth. Maybe rig them to a space screen saver somehow.
 
2012-12-27 08:53:50 AM
As awesome as it is, frankly it's too much. The kid will get bored with it after a few days plus it will screw up their expectations because they will not understand the amount of work that goes in to something like this. Especially for a 5-year-old, they can't possibly appreciate something like this or build on it to create something useful.

Better would be for an older kid (say 14 or 15) and a less massive but more sophisticated panel, integrated computer, display, etc. Built as a desk so the computer can be used as a computer. For playing flight simulators, games, etc.

Meh, new parent syndrome me thinks. Then again, it might make sense to build something like this then take it out and use it yourself after the kid gets bored.

Besides that it's a cool project, I just don't think appropriate for a 5-year-old.
 
2012-12-27 08:56:46 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So what does it do?


stsrs.webs.com

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-27 08:58:38 AM
Overachiever.
 
2012-12-27 09:15:16 AM

Alleyoop: Picture of really dedicated dad getting ready to make himself a one-eyed pirate for Halloween.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x469]

/notice the lack of safety glasses
//and practicing the pirate scowl


What genius uses an angle grinder inside?
 
2012-12-27 09:21:46 AM

HotWingAgenda: So he gets credit for finding something in a dumpster that already kind of looks like a NASA control panel, and giving it to his kid to play with?  That's better than it going to waste, but it's not like he made it from scratch.

Unless he actually rewired it and connected it to a wraparound monitor simulation that he programmed.


As an adult you would be correct, but from the view of the kid you are wrong. It can destroy whole armies of bad aliens and find gold mines on Saturn. Now if it could have one button that really did work it should be a fart sound. That alone would crack the kid up for hours and make mom's eyes roll.
 
2012-12-27 09:29:53 AM
Back in my youth in the 80s a friend of the family that had some connetions with NASA gave me and my brother a panel that we were told was used in the Apollo program. It had all kinds of great knobs, switches and buttons on it. IIRC it had something to do with a cooling system. We had it mounted in our treehouse and it turned it into a rocket. Over the years it lost its buttons and stuff and fell into disrepair and dad got rid of it. Looking back at it know it think "I had that and I did what with it!?!?" But it was still fun to play with. CSB
 
2012-12-27 09:37:55 AM

YodaBlues: Alleyoop: Picture of really dedicated dad getting ready to make himself a one-eyed pirate for Halloween.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x469]

/notice the lack of safety glasses
//and practicing the pirate scowl

What genius uses an angle grinder inside?


I'm going with Dremel tool. Doesn't look like it's putting off enough spark to be from an angle grinder.

/Still idiotic to be doing such things without safety glasses.
//...Yes, I've done it too when it's just a little bit with the Dremel...
 
2012-12-27 09:45:46 AM
Well, I guess five years of age is old enough to learn about inequalities:

time dad spent building it > time junior spent playing with it

Trouble is, dad is way older than five years and hasn't figured it out yet.
 
Displayed 50 of 61 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report