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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At Friday, September 02, 2011 , Blogger Thatsaabguy said...

Because someone asked: total combined mileage, including air, road and ferry, from our house to our house in 25 days: 14,394 miles.

So, yeah. That's an epic road trip by any measure :-)

At Saturday, September 03, 2011 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

You attended GenCon... but neglected to mention that you finally got to MEET Cartophiliac in person as well!

At Saturday, September 03, 2011 , Blogger paintandink said...

Cool idea! I'm sorry I didn't have time to watch the whole thing, so I skipped through a few parts, but I totally enjoyed it - Loved driving into the sunset - but my favorite part, funny enough, was watching the clouds reflected on the hood when you stopped at the beginning for the AC.

At Friday, September 30, 2011 , Blogger bagchucker said...

my favorite part was Birdshit, South Dakota! but the whole thing was great. word to the wise: if the traffic gives you a seizure, watch the clouds.

At Friday, September 30, 2011 , Blogger bagchucker said...

my favorite part was Birdshit, South Dakota! but i loved the whole thing. word to the wise: if you are about to get a seizure, watch the clouds not the traffic


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