[Video Link] Chris Robinson produced a short documentary about his family's "sordid past with beanie babies." The tulipomania-like obsession started when Chris' brother wanted to get a Beanie Baby when he was four, and his father got hooked. He spent $100,000 on 15,000 to 20,000 Beanie Babies and Beanie Buddies, and they now sit on shelves and in boxes, nearly worthless.
(Ty Warner, the inventor of Beanie Babies, has a net worth of $2.5 billion, according to Forbes.)
A 72-year-old gent has been fascinated with marbles for 60 years. Each of the 1500 marbles he owns has a label and a place to keep it. (Thanks, Mathhew!)
The other day, someone asked me what the most surprising thing was that I learned while writing Before the Lights Go Out, my book about America’s electric infrastructure and the future of energy. That’s easy. The most surprising thing was definitely my realization of just how precarious our all-important grid system actually is. There are […]
For those of us who saw Mark’s post on the train simulator game and thought, “Man, I want that,” here’s a couple more bits of train-related goodness. First, back in February, I rode Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Seattle to Minneapolis and did my best to live-tweet the whole, multi-day adventure. It’s an amazing route, full […]
Remember back to the time when people thought java was just a hip way to talk about coffee? Or you vaguely remembered from geography class that it’s an island in the South Pacific? We’ve come a long way since then and now that we’ve rocket blasted into the tech future, you’re going to need to […]
Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]
Real engineers build things. Super cool engineers build things with their hands and fingers, like our engineering forefathers did. No idea where to even begin to do that? This step by step Arduino course is now 92% off and is going to get you up and running, from zero to hero, in no time. So […]