Model Railroad Hobbyist Creates Working Model Train Set Small Enough To Be A Model In A Model Train Set

Imagine a model train set, with a model building of a model train hobbyist at work — on a working model model-train set in that little model building. David Smith created a 1:35,200-scale train set (no wider in total width of the set, than your pinky fingernail).

World’s Smallest Working Model Train Set Unveiled

The preview screen shows how small it is, by holding a ball-point pen next to it. It cost about 6 British Pounds (or USD $9.84) to make, and is fully working, with a little car that makes a journey around an elliptical track complete with mountain pass and painted backdrop.

This detailed photo gallery shows a few steps of the process the hobbyist went through to create the eensy set.

Dear Grammar Nazis: Kindly Shutter Thine Yapper

There’s a roundabout \m/. awesome .\m/ review at Salon.com, of an upcoming book about how most grammar police who correct you for improperly using “there” when it should be “they’re” get their own earful of whats-it-to-ya.

The Lexicographer’s Dilemma addresses how the idea that language, as a set and proper form in dire need of enforcement to ensure the greatest literacy quotient among the populace, is just a bunch of ballyhoo. People who think this are prescriptivists while those who believe dictionaries to be newspapers of how language has been used in the past (instead of how words must be spelled in the future) are descriptivists and how the latter bunch have the right idea for the most part.

As lovely as it would be, I doubt the author included my word for indirectly divulging one’s school of thought on this issue, to squiptipadoogleboinkaflop. I’m just glad the book is out and lays it straight ^_^

Timewaster Flash Game: Small Worlds

It’s been a while since I posted a timewaster flash game to play, and I’m starting to think that less is really more. Much like my previous post, the music really adds an awesome dimension to this next incredibly simple game. You’re a little pixel man and move with the arrow keys and jump with the spacebar. There’s no dying or lives, no health, no enemies, and no actual instructions. You just figure it out, and it’s incredible.

Without giving any spoilers, what I was expecting at the end was at least a percent-completed score of some kind, similar to how one or two of Gameboy Advance’s Castlevania games give you a percentage of the total overhead map you’ve been able to discover. But, there’s no scoring, no speed-run stats, etc. Just a lovely conclusion to a game that lets your imagination fill in the details.

Timewaster Flash Game: Small Worlds

Become Instantly Famous With Consumerist.com

Now you, too, can become instantly famous for how retarded you are, by putting items in the wrong place in a retail chain (bonus points for Target or Starbucks) and taking a snapshot and sending it into consumer watchblog Consumerist.com. Be an heroic whistle-blower for nonsensical whining. Such legends, as you will one day be, include:

1. $15 iTunes gift cards found on a $30 shelf peg, even though the label itself describes a different card design than the one hanging there.
2. Remove the removable sale flags and put it next to something vaguely similar as if it were the actual product on sale. But don’t bother to scan anything.
3. Take a picture of obviously out-of-order in-store phones but conveniently don’t include the out-of-order signs in the frame.
4. You might even submit photographs of signs that clearly and correctly describe why they were placed there, but you simply didn’t bother to investigate further. Also handy for sales pricing flags!
5. Demonstrate how bad at math you are, even when the math is done for you, and still be famous. It’s just that easy.

Halo ODST: Speedrun Tips @ Uplift Reserve, Vidmaster Classic

One of the achievements is to complete an entire level on Legendary without throwing a grenade or firing a single weapon. It’s pretty easy, if you do it on Uplift Reserve where you pretty much drive through the entire thing but for walking a few steps at the beginning.

The following video is a speedrun done on Easy to show where to go and a few alternate paths to take.