More GI Joe stuffs.. Pictures of toys this time!

So I do have more Blueprints to scan in yet, but I’ve taken a bunch of pictures of the actual toys I have as well…

(all thumbnails open to large hi-res pictures)

so here we have the FLAK or Field Light Attack Cannon:



Next up we’ve got the G.I Joe SHARC Flying Submarine


and here we’ve got the Sky Hawk


That’s it for today.. I’ve got tons more to come, including play sets, accessories and more…

The Very Hungary Caterpillar

Yes I know it’s ‘hungry’ and not ‘hungary’

If you have children, then you are very familiar with the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ , I’ve got three kids and have read it so many times I’ve lost count…

anyway, my middle child, Nick, is in kindergarten and today he came home with this little book that they made in school… It’s a variation on the original story where in the end he says his stomach hurts and from now on he’ll only eat good food instead of junk.. but anyway, here’s a picture of the cover:

Notice anything wrong there?

I’m guessing he’s a very Hungarian caterpillar?!?  as opposed to be a plain Hungarian caterpillar…

The best part is that this little booklet thing is actually to help them learn to spell!!!!

Amazing isn’t it?!

Oh, well…

Bodies the Exhibit

So, my wife and I went to see Bodies the Exhibit yesterday (Friday) at the Carnegie Science Center and it was interesting from what I saw… but the overall experience sucked.

Apparently they had several high schools there and many, many people also. I bought the tickets at the beginning of the month actually hoping we could avoid the crowds, they mention if you buy your tickets before you get there you won’t have to wait and you can avoid the crowds. Now I understand that they need money etc, but it seemed to me that they were just letting as many people as possible in there at the same time.

Each exhibit has a display card telling you what’s going on, and some have a few of them, it was pretty much impossible to read the cards with people standing in the way, literally pushing you out of the way and being generally ignorant. It was so crowded that when you moved you bumped into someone or they bumped into you, and of course no one said excuse me, they basically gave me a dirty look like I was in their way and how dare I try and even look at something they are looking at.

And of course the high school kids that were there were all immature, laughing, giggling and of course pointing out the male and female reproductive systems. One guy was going along and actually fingering the vaginas when he could get to them, and pointing out how great of a job they did at shaving the pubic areas of the women on display… mind you you’re not supposed to touch the displays at all, there are signs all over the place regarding this.

The entire thing took us less than an hour to get through and the experience was not worth the $47 for the tickets and parking on top of that.

I really couldn’t get to see much of what I wanted to see, it was just the most miserable experience I’ve been through regarding the Carnegie….  I can recommend NOT going to see bodies unless you know there won’t be lots of people there, it’s just not worth the money you’ll pay to deal with that…

I was very disappointed at how unprofessional the entire thing was, the Carnegie is usually much better about there exhibits and such.

Giveaway of the Day

So a couple weeks ago I ran across a site called Giveaway of the Day, and it’s web address is  imagine that right?!

Anyway, the site is actually cool and useful, everyday they feature a new free version of a software product, Today, March 28th they are giving away StarBurn v.10, which is a basic CD/DVD burning suite, but it also supports HD and Blu-Ray as well.

The only catch is that with the free software there is no technical support and no updates, but eh free is free right? Also you have to install and activate/register the software the same day.

They give away some good stuff actually, usually it’s a very useful program like StarBurn today, Driver Magician on the 26th, Partition Table Doctor on the 25th. It’s not just utility software either, there are even games and things like the Easter ScreenSaver as well.   I’ve got it bookmarked and check it now everyday, so drop on by and check it out, you never know what you’ll find…

G.I.Joe and Cobra Blueprints batch 2

So here we go with batch number 2.. and I found some more while I was scrounging around that need to be scanned in yet.. and I found a bunch of toys as well and figures intact with all parts… well not the figures, not sure if I have all the accessories with them but at least they’re still together..

but here’s batch 2, starting with Cobra this time, and they open to large images as well…



Cobra Hydrafoil and Water Moccasin


and now for a bunch more G.I. Joe ones:

Bivouac Battlestation and Bomb Disposal Vehicle


Falcon Glider and SHARC


Headquarters and Polar Battle Bear


Sky Hawk and Tactical Battle Platform


More later…

G.I.Joe and Cobra Blueprints batch 1

Now that we’re adults and the nearest thing we come to “playing” is when we play poker with our buddies some nights, it’s easy to forget the toys that helped shaped our childhood. I had a rude awakening on this.

So having kids I decided to go down my Moms house and raid the attic to see what toys I might have that they’d like to play with, my Mom kept quite a bit of my stuff down there, she’s the type of person who thinks it that sort of stuff might be worth something someday or if I have kids they might like it…

I found a whole bunch of my old G.I. Joe stuff,  I had forgotten that I used to have my Moms boyfriend laminate the blueprints that came with each toy for me, so they are in excellent shape, so I figured why not scan them in and share them..

Here’s the first batch of them, I’ve got a whole lot more to scan in yet though:

(you can click the pics for hi-res versions, and they’re big average 4000+ x 6000+ resolution is size!)

First is G.I. Joe scans then a few Cobra afterwards…

Ammo Dump and Wolverine

FLAK Attack Cannon and Checkpoint

Forward Observer and HAL

Machine Gun Defense Unit and MANTA

MMS and Mortar Defense Unit


SLUGGER and Whirlwind

Weapons transport vehicle

and here’s a few Cobra Scans:

landing craft and rifle range


as I said I’ve got a while bunch more yet to scan,  some are really big so I’m not quite sure how to scan them in yet….

Windows Vista- 1yr later

Well I’ve been using Vista Ultimate for about a year now, off and on, I have it installed on a second hard drive in my system so I can switch them when I want to use either WinXP or Vista. I’m using mobile racks with power switches on them so I can just turn one off and the other on to use the different operating systems.

So far I’ve ran into no real problems with Vista, and I just can’t figure out  why everyone is constantly bitching about using Vista?!

I remember when Windows XP came out, I got it two days after it came out and it was a nightmare…  I couldn’t use my scanner for about 8 months until they came out with a patch for XP, my printer at the time was a new Hp Photosmart brand, I had just got it about two months before XP came out, it was newly released so I figured there shouldn’t be a problem, well I was wrong, I lost most of the functionality I liked about the printer. Yes of course about two months later HP came out with a workaround for using the printer with XP, but still I didn’t have the functionality I wanted, I could use it as a basic printer but that’s not why I bought it, it cost me a little over $200 (after rebate of course) for this photo quality printer that became a standard inkjet printer under Windows XP.

of course there were many, many, many other problems  I ran into as well with numerous other compatibility issues with software, games and other hardware, with Vista I have no real problems like I did when I installed XP. Sure there are a couple goofy things but hardware wise everything I have worked as soon as I installed Vista.

I just can’t figure out why everyone bitches about Vista, as I said I did not have any of the problems I had when I upgraded to XP. My Vista installation was smooth and basically problem free overall.

All of those people out there complaining about Vista are the same ones that complained about XP when it came out, but now they’ve just changed their tune to Vista. They were saying the exact same things about XP when it came out, but yet I can’t see a basis for their complaints, at least from my stand point that is…

I think those bitching just don’t like change, or maybe they can’t handle it?!