Thursday, January 29, 2009

Forbidden goodies

I collect a lot of things, videogames not the least among them. I have a specific interest in non-retail items, or things that generally cannot or should not be bought. This includes unreleased games or code, development hardware, store demo items, "reviewer" or press items, et cetera. I think I like them because they're so hard to get, you can't just walk into Gamestop with a wad of money and buy a PS2 Debug station or something similar.

The two DS carts shown below are "Download Station" carts. When you go to a videogame store and download demos onto your DS, it's because they have a DS in the back with one of these carts in it, "serving" the demos wirelessly. Nintendo makes the stores return these when they're done and they aren't supposed to fall into public hands, but like anything else, a few slip through the cracks.

I'll feature some other dev/proto/demo stuff as time goes on. I've got loads of it.

Anyone potentially interested in this stuff should read THIS.

Fun with Ovens

I headed up to a friend's place in PA this past weekend to get some powdercoating done for the Ruckus. Just a bar and stem, as I was too lazy to pull the wheels off. I'll do them the next time when I also do the wheels on the Roadster.

Here's Pete sandblasting:




Here are the parts, freshly powdercoated, curing in his new oven. We both think I can probably stack 2 15x8 wheels in here at a time.




Here is Pete's awesome and very VW-centric garage. These are two of his SIX cars. The MkII Jetta on the left is obnoxiously clean.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

ObamaDrama 2009

In 7 days, Barack Obama will appear in this grandstand shortly after having been sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I really, sincerely wish I could moon Dick Cheney on his last drive out of the Naval Observatory residence. EPIC TUESDAY.
























In preparation for this incredible event, the DC Mall has been littered with what seems like fifty million Porta-Poopers. They just go as far as the eye can see, and this is literally only about five percent of what is down there. It's absurd.


More bikes, more problems



How do these things keep finding their way into my garage? I picked up this 2008 Ninja 250R awhile back and finally taught myself to ride (sort of) on it last weekend. Fun like whoa.

I got an offer I can't refuse on it, so it'll be gone soon, but I have another 2003 Ninja 250EX I may turn into a streetfighter project. I'll throw up pics of that eventually, but it's an ugly bitch right now.

I'll never sell the Ruckus though. I can't slalom hot dog carts in DC on the sidewalk on a sportbike. It'll be getting a serious makeover in the next couple months.

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