George and I had a few games of pool and beers after a difficult day at work. Unfortunately he won 5-4.
We followed this with a visit to the Hungry Horse at Middle Green.
We both had a large main followed by the Ultimate Candymania pudding. This is usually a desert to be shared but we had one each in a man vs food challenge and we both finished
Thursday was bowling night at Maidenhead 10 pin bowling. We were the only people there most of the evening and enjoyed two games of bowling, food and a drink for £10 each (Paul won).
Luke, Rachel, Anita, George, Eileen, Paul, Debbie attended and Chris (aka Lord Long) never quite made it although he scored quite well on the bowling whilst not even there.
After this we battled it out on the air hockey (Luke was the winner), arcade machines and then 6 of us played Laserquest (Luke won). Can’t believe how much we were all sweating at the end.
Nerf wars has begun at work. First was an Nerf n’strike Elite and now its the Nerf Rival MXVI-4000 Khaos
40 bullet hopper battery operated rapid fire up to 27 meters and 30mps firing rate
Takes 6 D Cell batteries – not included!
Cant wait to get to the office tomorrow and retaliate against my bully of a colleague who keeps attacking me with her Nerf gun!
Parents evening at the College
Gakken World Eye, the Pi Fighter and robot all out to play
About three weeks ago I bought a log flume from a seller on Ebay. It was definitely an impulse buy. The auction was due to end one evening and I put in a cheeky bid expecting it to be declined and woke up the next day to find I was the new owner of a used log flume for £120.
When I told my colleague at work he also temporarily lost his sanity and bought a roller coaster car from the same seller based in Margate. These things really don’t come up for sale very often and we both felt we could create some crazy projects around VR using these.
After some difficult communication with the seller, we finally departed Slough on Sunday at 8.00am to drive the 100+ miles to Margate to collect both items.
It was a cold day with snow on the ground but we made good time and arrived around 10.30am in my colleagues van. The seller was still on holiday in the U.S but his colleagues were on hand to show us the items. It immediately became clear these were very large and very heavy requiring 4 or more people to lift and there were two of us. After an hour and half of lifting, winches, ratchet straps and to be honest Chris’s lifting ability more than mine, we managed to get the rollercoaster in the back of the van and turned our attention to the log flume. It was quickly obvious the log flume was too big and heavy to fit in the van with the rollercoaster. I remembered the seller was also offering some smaller log flumes for the same value and after a quick discussion it was agreed we would take one of these instead and again loaded in the van after some time and effort.
By this point it was early afternoon. Chris’s van has no heating and after loading these items we were cold and thirsty. We were told of an indoor market called the Old Kent Market where we could get some refreshments and walked around the corner to see what they had to offer. Its a fantastic little indoor market with lots of character offering food and beverages and some small indoor market stalls. We had a lovely coffee and warmed up then visited a couple of the antique shops nearby before making the 2 hour journey home in the fresh snow.
The last picture shows my log flume hidden in our server room at work after loading into the lift and taking it up to the first floor.
This is the start of another arcade machine project inspired by something similar I saw being sold on Ebay. It was an arcade system using Jamma or Raspberry Pi made using recycled wood.
I found someone selling old pallets on Ebay for a £1 in Slough and bought 3 thinking this should be more than enough wood for the job. The intention is to break up the pallets into strips of wood, remove any nails and then sand and varnish. I will then cut the wood to make a table top arcade machine big enough for a at least a 19″ TFT monitor or whatever else I can scrounge. I will buy some arcade joystick, buttons, speakers and then I haven’t yet decided whether I go down the usual Raspberry Pi route or with some sort of Jamma/MAME system, perhaps even one of the Pandora boxes that come with hundreds of game ROM’s already built in and can be bought cheaply from Ebay sellers?
Total cost to date £3 for pallets
More to follow…
Bought this a few weeks ago from Argos for about £15. A Nerf gun with battery operated firing that can fire up to 10 rounds in quick succession from its revolving chamber. Works up to about 20M and can be fairly accurate. Certainly accurate enough to annoy some of my colleagues although everyone has fired it in anger at some point.