Saturday, September 3, 2011

Human Cannonball

I suppose this is only tangentially about maps... but here goes.

I started the evening last night at Riverscape, Dayton's excellent downtown outdoor music venue. Enjoyed listening to a local band, Human Cannonball. Not only did I enjoy the music, but two other geeky things caught my eye... A map t-shirt:

I'm not sure what the shirt is saying... First Ohio, then the world? Also during the show, this guy played his homemade Theremin!

To give this band an additional plug, here is a video from The Dayton Informer with an excerpt from the show...

... and a classic duck joke. I'm going to be sorry to see this summer end.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Interstate 90 in one shot

Yeah, yeah, I know, it's been a while. Sorry, I've been busy, and we have a baby on the way, and class starts again soon.

Perfect time for an epic road trip!

Mrs. Thatsaabguy and I attend Gen Con every year, the biggest gaming convention in these United States - we did, in fact, get married there in '09, even. This year was no exception, but with a twist. We flew to Indy on 1 August, worked the show until 7 August, then flew to London. There we were tourists for a couple days, rented a car and drove to the far north of Scotland (Ullapool, to be precise), took a 3-hour oceangoing ferry to Stornoway, and spent another week or so with our good friends at their place on the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis. Then we drove back to Glasgow and flew to Newark NJ, there to spend the weekend at the 2011 Saab Owners Conventions (our geekery knows no bounds.)

Here's where this gets REALLY interesting. Our buddy Greg from Minneapolis sold us a 2000 Saab 9-5 Aero and offered to drive it to NJ for us to pick up. Seeing a rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I gathered the gear to make a time-lapse video of the entire length of I-90, the longest interstate highway in the US and, most likely, the world. I set the camera to take one shot every ten seconds, then spend an afternoon stitching it together and giving it subtitles.

Here is that effort.

It is 24 minutes long, and has an amazing kick-ass soundtrack. It was a serious blast to make. Hope you like!

UPDATE 9/3 by Cartophiliac:

To make it even easier to view ThatSaabGuy's video, I have embedded it here:

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