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    Fat, joules and iPhones oh my!

    So my iPhone 5 has a 5.45Wh battery, 1 watt is 1 joule a second. So the iPhone 5 battery has a potential of 19,620 joules (new)... a kcal (big C calorie, what you see on a food label) is 4184 joules. A pound of fat has around 17,080 joules based on my math (joules per gram of fat sourced from google search, 37.656J per gram of fat)... Quick, convince my body to grow an electrical outlet!!!

    Atari 410 Data Cassette Drive: more Atari treasure!


    Yay, my Atari 410 Data Cassette Drive came today, this thing is PRISTINE. It still has the original inner-box, plastic bag & styrofoam, I'm not certain it's seen much use (possibly none!). Yay, my collection grows.


    Skynet lives!!!

    So I went to buy a soda at work today and I had visual confirmation Skynet is active.

    Getting my Atari on

    While not the best way to play right now (the couch sits considerably lower than the table but hey it works for now) I got up and running last night... profanities and screaming "no no no no no no get away get away get away from me you stupid asteroid GET AWAY NO NO NO DON'T KILL ME" etc occurred. This weekend I'll be getting into some text-based games like Zork, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zork 2, Zork 3, Enchanter, Sorcerer and Spellbreaker.


    Who know a Doctor Who game existed for the 8-bit Atari line?!?! I didn't! Awesome...

    The following picture is my SIO2PC unit, which allows me to emulate hardware via the SIO port and an attached modern computer.


    Fake silver

    So I was given some fake ASE about 6 weeks ago to see how they compared to the real thing as ASE are the bulk of what I tend to buy, I normally stick to current year from well-known companies but I do occasionally like to buy from their circulated/random year inventory.

    All of these photos have been enhanced to help with less than ideal lighting, clicking each image will take you to the full (enhanced) photo ( 3027 x 2048 pixels) on Google+ (as well as the full photo edited album HERE ON GOOGLE+) Google+ has a pretty awesome photo viewer and will let you zoom in a good amount for examining in rather good detail without having to download the photos. You can find the unedited full photos HERE ON GOOGLE+

    PLEASE be vigilant when buying precious metals if you are buying from individuals or sources you haven't fully checked out. Your best bet is to stick to trusted merchants and mints, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL buying from individuals on eBay/Craigslist or even from local coin dealers/pawnshops/antique stores.


    Obvious issues I immediately see... fonts, lines on the shields, the fact the obverse and reverse both have the same 'north', the tilde is wrong, detail in face/dress/hair/eagle wings/eagle neck, he size of the bullet points.

    All of the following are counterfeit, from this point on there are no more authentic coins.


    I happen to have some liver of sulfur at home from 'antiquing' a sterling silver ring a few years ago to try and match the patina in the knotwork of an identical ring I had been wearing for a decade so lets see what it does to three counterfeit coins.

    The following image is after five minutes of exposure to the liver of sulfur:

    It's hard to see what it really did in the enhanced photo, so here is the unenhanced photo:

    Kreyos smart watch, getting it to work on iOS

    Managed to get mine working on iOS.
    Delete the app, factory reset the watch if you aren't on the setup screen still.
    Turn bluetooth on your phone, go to settings, select ONLY the one that does NOT have LE.
    Install app, sign in, go to setup via the watch icon (upper right hand corner). 
    Pair with LE.
    Bam. Operational, although not very well

    Managed to get mine working on iOS.

    Delete the app, factory reset the watch if you aren't on the setup screen still.

    Turn bluetooth on your phone, go to settings, select ONLY the one that does NOT have LE.

    Install app, sign in, go to setup via the watch icon (upper right hand corner). 


    Pair with LE.

    Bam. Operational, although not very well




    The watch is still a steaming pile of garbage... I helped fund it over a YEAR ago and they shipped almost a year late... it's garbage, absolute garbage.




    • It tells time and has some digital and analog faces
    • I can hold a button for voice control/Siri
    • It will control music via the iOS music app only, only controls via buttons (was promised we could use gestures)
    • Step counter registers movement, is WILDLY inaccurate. I moved my arm 1 foot and it counted it as 17 steps. Rotating my wrist once registers as 14 steps.


    • No gesture control
    • Does not display text notifications
    • Does not display incoming call, does however show a missed call from SIX MONTHS AGO every few minutes and will not clear
    • Watch band pin keeps popping out, because watch band is flexible rubber with no rigid piece where pin is meaning any torsion/flexing results in the pin popping out of plastic.
    • No way to make watch display nothing, doesn't appear to timeout and go back to watch face on it's own either.
    • Buttons only work 80-85% of the time.

    Guide: how to identify a one who squats


    Atari CX77 Touch Tablet

    Legit never been opened. 1983. I actually don't want to open it, now I have to find and buy an unopened one ha! I'll probably open it in a week or two and check it out on one of my Atari 800XL's or a 2600. For those of you wanting to see an unboxing and don't want to wait for mine, check out technologizer's from 2009

    Know what bothers me though? Look at the back of the box (bottom image)... that Atari isn't hooked up to the television...

    Legit never been opened. 1983. I actually don't want to open it, now I have to find and buy an unopened one ha! I'll probably open it in a week or two and check it out on one of my Atari 800XL's or a 2600. For those of you wanting to see an unboxing and don't want to wait for mine, check out technologizer's from 2009

    Know what bothers me though? Look at the back of the box (bottom image)... that Atari isn't hooked up to the television...

    Bulk Lego

     So here is an idea of how much Lego I'm going through (this is about 420lbs, there's another 80ish not pictured that's I've already gone through).This was about... $2600 or so once you add it all up.



    I've found a LOT of great stuff, including these two nice finds:


    Ancient Aliens Lego style 

    Too funny, sorting one of the boxes of almost 500 pounds of used Lego I bought and have Ancient Aliens playing, look what I found...

    Buy bulk used Lego $18 a pound shipped!

    buy bulk lego

    Check it out, bulk used Lego (cleaned) for $18.50 a pound shipped!


    Asked the moderators of /r/lego to talk to someone about excessive cursing (they dropped the f-bomb and referred to an individual as a retard several times in sevarel replies), one of the moderator's decision... talk down to me by showing their wonderful skill as a grammar Nazi. Great community over there!


    Click the thumbnail for a larger version of their reply.


    Or, here is the text.


    to /r/lego/ sent 22 hours ago

    You may want to talk to xamthe3rd based on his/her replies in this thread nearly every third word is 'fuck' with at least one 'retard' as well.

    [–] from key95[M] via /r/lego/ sent 21 hours ago

    I've reviewed your request, and have decided to not act.

    We're no kindergarten cops, and only step in when needed according to our discretion.

    I believe you'll be fine, as you've not complained about the physical violence threat, just the fuck and retard words. Besides, you made inflammatory statements, so I'm sure you were conscious of the possiblity of such repercussions.

    And xamthe3rd just needs a hot shower, and take a brake from all that research into anime.

    Hope you continue to enjoy /r/lego.

    Bright Regards


    [–] to key95 sent 14 hours ago

    I could care less about what he said to me, I just think in Lego (a family friendly building set) he shouldn't be firing off "fuck fuck fucking retard fuck mother fuck fuck fuck fucking fuck fuckitty fuck fuck fuck"

    [–] to key95 sent 14 hours ago

    But I mean I guess

    "Foul language, while not banned, is discouraged. Please follow redditquette." stands for nothing. I didn't say ban him, I said talk to him in regards to YOUR rule.

    [–] from key95[M] via /r/lego/ sent 2 hours ago

    I could care less about...

    I couldn't care less about... FTFY

    Besides, exaggerating a bit aren't we? There are about 4 fucks, and one fucking, two retarded, no mother fuck. But your forgot the

    Now you're just being an asshole.

    Your reason for complaining:

    family friendly

    This is, home of /r/spacedicks, I'm sure our users can handle a few swearwords.

    [–] from key95[M] via /r/lego/ sent 2 hours ago

    "Discouraged" != "forbidden", that formulation was on purpose, exactly for these kind of cases.

    Sometimes people feel the need to express themselves using foul language. In this case you provoked a user by consciously pissing on something that is dear to them, and others as the votes show.

    Yes, OUR rules, at our DISCRETION.

    Thanks for participating here on /r/lego. Please feel free if you run into a situation you feel violates our rules. We will try and react promptly, though probably not always to your liking.

    Bright Regards




    And by the way. I COULD care less.

    Lego: DeLorean

    So my latest build is Lego's Back to the Future DeLorean. You first build it as the 80's version, then you can convert it tot he 2015 version by deconstructing it a little and using the remaining parts, I'm leaving it as the 80's version for now (as it stores back in the box assembled and I just don't have the space for it sitting out right now... I bought 440 POUNDS of Lego bricks so space is limited right now, I'll post about those once they all arrive). 


    Also, remember when Doc pours the beer into the Mr. Fusion, well a few years ago I did some math to figure out how many jigawatts were in that beer after reading that electric DeLoreans were going to be made from largely original parts go check the post out if you haven't!


    Lego:Millennium Falcon


    So last Sunday (July 13th, 2014) I had a nice lunch date for a second date with a pretty cool girl. We had lunch for about an hour then decided to go browse Lego products at toy store down the road. They had several themes buy-1-get-1 40% off so I picked up 180$ of Star Wars sets and she picked up 60$ or so worth of various sets, the bulk of my purchase was the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965. I had a really bad headache that afternoon and evening so it took me about 4 hours to get through the #1 and #2 bags (6 sets of bags total, 2 books). I worked on it throughout the week and just finished it a few minutes ago. Do note, I do not do the stickers! I have never been able to get the stickers to go on even remotely the way they were meant to so I just leave them in the box.



    This week in space: Siberian and other cavern craters 

    So this mysterious Siberian Crater has people throwing out all kinds of theories... 

    It reminds me of the one on Mars

    It also reminds me of the one on the moon


    Now, I have a really good theory on what has caused these... one I've not seen mentioned yet. You see my friends, I whole-heartedly believe these are caused by one thing. A terrible menace. GRABOIDS.


    My genetic ancestry

    My genetic ancestry as per

    Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

    Northern European 38.5%
    British & Irish 9.5%
    French & German 7.7%
    Scandinavian 34.0%
    Southern European 1.0%
    Balkan 0.7%
    Iberian 0.3%
    Italian 0.2%
    Sardinian 3.3%
    Broadly Southern European 4.9%
    Broadly European 0.1%
    West African 0.1%



    My genetic ancestry as per


    Asia South <1%
    Europe West 75% (Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein)
    Great Britain 7%
    Ireland 5%
    Iberian Peninsula 4%
    Scandinavia 3%
    Italy/Greece 3%
    Europe East 1%
    Pacific Islander <1%
    Trace Regions <1%
    Polynesia <1%




    Coworker found this in a magazine and put it on my desk. Holy crap I have a wife and kids!!!

    OneFitWonder Sandbag System review

    I recently came into the possession of a OneFitWonder Sandbag System and have had a week to play with it. Upon opening the box it came in I quickly saw it was very sturdy construction, I mean... it has to hold 100lbs of sand AND get moved around a LOT.

    Each of the carriers have a thick hook and loop fastener strip on the outside AND another hidden on the inside to make sure the sand stays in.

    The bag that the carriers go in has a military grade zipper and a flap outside of the zipper that is again a generous width of hook and loop fastener.

    I chose to leave some extra room in the filler bags to ensure the sand would shift around making any exercises attempted that much more difficult, three carriers are included with the 100lb system which you fill with sand and then place inside the duffle.

    It was easy getting the three filler bags into the duffle but it took a good minute of messing with it to actually be able to zip it up, the sand really didn't want to work with me, once I got it zipped though the bags move around good inside the duffle and the sand moves around well inside the filler bags.

    Above I look pretty grumpy, it was just one of those days (and hey, the sun is in my eyes for crying out loud). Getting it to one's shoulder at about 80-85lbs is actually relatively easy (for me anyway) but once it's up on your shoulder you certainly feel it pulling that side of you toward the ground, the first day I walked around with it on each shoulder for several minutes and the following day my core was screaming at me "ermagerd we sore, y u do that 2 us?!"

    Lunges are already difficult for me, my rather generous gut tends to make me a bit unstable, add one of these sandbags to a shoulder and it's a chore to stay upright.

    Above I TRIED to press it, it didn't work. In fact I'm doing my best just to hold it up there. It's not that the weight is hard to get above my head, it's the simple fact I'm holding the handles for dear life and it STILL is sliding all over the place, ahh the joy of sand.


    Once you get it over your shoulders you quickly find gravity is a harsh mistress, she's pulling you down with a vengeance. This is on my way down in a squat, I can get hips below parallel easily (I can without the weight too, I'm oddly flexible for a fat man) but keeping a good form with the sandbag on your shoulders isn't very easy, you tend to pull your chest in and push your back out, no bueno. I probably should do that with less sand in until I get used to the weight shifting but eh I was only squatting with the sandbag system for the photo, I get enough weighted squats in at CrossFit317.


    Counterfeit junk silver. 

    So lately it's been brought to my attention there are a lot of counterfeit precious metal coins/rounds/bars floating around out there...

    The coin on the right is counterfeit and was presumably manufactured in China. It eels right buuutttt the dead give away is the ping when you drop it, also the shield dots are too close together and you can see the mechanical wear on it. Whatever they used left stripes not unlike tree rings as well as an odd discoloration spo that makes the eagle look like he's passing gas.


    Scary. Think it's time to stop buying junk and older bullion (online anyway) and only buy current year government minted from big name dealers (online anyway). You can hop on to several sites selling goods from China and order this crap all day long... junk silver, slabbed coins and rounds, ASE, Maples, big name mint rounds and bars etc.

    I plan to cut or drill into it this weekend to see exactly what's in it, just trying to figure out which method will give me the cleanest look at the innards.

    CrossFit: in which I attempt Annie

    Today's WOD was Annie...

    Double Under’s
    (Advanced: GHD sit-ups)

    Well, I can't do double unders so I subbed 3x the number in single's... my previous consecutive record of rope jumps was FOUR, tonight I hammered out the first 37 without a fumble, go me! Sadly it was down hill from there but hey that's ok, I'd only jumped rope for the first time EVER 2 Mondays ago!!!

    It took be about 8 minutes to knock out that first 150 single unders, the most I've ever done by a factor of almost FOUR. I then paused momentarily to catch some of my breath and hit the mat for the sit-ups. I could do 2-3 sit-ups at a time before I'd have to stop to catch my wind, I mean I'm still over 300lbs and sitting up takes a LOT of effort for me still. By the time most of the folks were DONE with Annie I was still in my 40's on the FIRST round of sit-ups, coach walks over on my 49th time up and asks me how many left "huw huw huwon left fo fo for firrssssssttt round" and I go right back down on the mat and rocket back up, he squats low to give me a high five and tells me he's proud of me. Hell, I'm proud of me too... when I read the WOD on the site this morning I was like "feck, I can't do that, their bleeding mad!" and was 100% convinced I wouldn't even get 10 single unders done. Wow, I did 150 single unders and 50 sit ups. It's something, and in my opinion a damn good attempt. I look forward to the next time Annie comes around, I can't wait to see how much better I do!

    I did buy a Valeo Deluxe Speed Rope 2 weeks ago but haven't even adjusted it yet, that 150 I did tonight is all the motivation I need to get that thing sized and start using it on days I don't go to the box for a WOD. Now, time to ice and roll my shins! Catch you guys next time.