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vicemag:

This Guy Is Trying to Collect Every Single Copy of the Movie ‘Speed’ on VHS

Ryan Beitz owns over 500 copies of the movie Speed on VHS. He also owns 26 laser discs of the film, but those aren’t part of the collection. He just holds onto them so he can use them as bargaining chips to get more on VHS. His goal is a simple one: To collect every copy of Speed on VHS ever made. His other goal? To trick out his 15-passenger van to look just like the bus in the movie.

In order to see the World Speed Project in action, I decided to visit him at his current residence in Moscow, Idaho, where he has scattered all his copies of Speed throughout the van in anticipation of my arrival, and lined the ceiling with them. As we talk, he drives me and a handful of his friends out through the woods via a restricted-access sheep farm on his college campus. As he drives, copies of Speed periodically fall from the ceiling onto the floor.

VICE: Are we allowed to be back here?
Ryan Beitz: Yeah, whatever. The signs just say “No Public Access.” We got official business. I don’t have car insurance now, but that’s OK because I only drive the van around for show. We’re going like 35, and I feel like we’re being respectful. We’re not trying to scare the sheep or like, steal them. Although we could put a sheep in here.

Why don’t you tell me what got you started collecting the Speeds?
I lived in Seattle and was super broke, and I had to come up with Christmas presents for my family. Usually I would just, like, dumpster-dive books or something and give them to them, but when I was at the pawn shop they had six copies of Speed, and I thought it would be really funny to get everybody in my family the same gift, even me. I wanted to watch them open them one at a time and go, “Oh, Speed. Don’t we already have this?” Somebody else would go, “Oh, Speed. Really funny, Ryan.” Then by the time you went around, everybody would have gotten the same gift from me. Then I could tell them that I love them all equally, you know? Just some bullshit.

Then when I bought all six it was, like, way too good. I realized it was really fascinating to have that many, like, same copies of a thing. What really cemented it was when I went to another pawn shop, and they had, like, 30 copies. I said, “I’ll take them all.” They sold them to me for 11 cents a copy.

How many copies do you have right now?
I don’t know, like 550 or something. I haven’t counted in a while ‘cause who really cares?

And you’re going to collect them all.
Yeah. People always go, “Dude how many of these things are you going to get?” And I’m like, “All of them, duh.”

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A True Seeker.  Keep going until the next pop quiz hotshot.

Photos by Roger Cullman

On July 7th 2007, we invited you to join us for a massive renegade parade through Bloor Street, the subway and the waterfront. We were accompanied by marching bands, soundsystem buses, fireworks and a thousand shiny, happy people. This summer, we’re doing it again.

Meet us at a soon-to-be-announced location, with bells on (and wings, and silly hats, and balloons, and noise-makers, and glowing lights, and costumes.) We will guide our roving band of merrymakers through (and below) the streets of Toronto, finally finishing at a mystery location and a new kind of transportation we’ve never partied in before ;)

We will take things over, dance in strange places, make a lot of noise, and have tons of fun.

WHAT TO BRING:

+ Costume or amazing outfit
+ Subway token or MetroPass
+ $7 exact change. (You’ll see why!)

Want to get involved? E-mail love@newmindspace.com

Everybody else, please invite your friends :) ♥

newmindspace is planning a Castles in the Sky 2014 for July 26.  If you’re anywhere near Toronto you just might want to take part in an amazing urban/people/art/parade.

ellerslieave:

dempseypark:

Friends of Dempsey Park Invites you to…
Spring Bike Tune Up & Community Clean up Day
When:                           Saturday, April 26, 2014
11:00 a.m.           Bike Tune up (kids and adults)
12:00 p.m.           Park Clean up
1:00 p.m.             Bike decorating
2:00 p.m.             Family Bike Parade
Bring a picnic and join us for the afternoon! Meet neighbours, enjoy the fresh air, keep Toronto beautiful.
“Like” us on facebook!  fb.com/DempseyPark
Ask us for more information.
Part of Clean Toronto Together.

Join the newly formed “Friends of Dempsey Park" for a community event April 26, 2014 in the park located at Ellerslie Ave & Beecroft Rd.

I’m helping to organize. 

ellerslieave:

dempseypark:

Friends of Dempsey Park Invites you to…

Spring Bike Tune Up & Community Clean up Day

When:                           Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m.           Bike Tune up (kids and adults)
  • 12:00 p.m.           Park Clean up
  • 1:00 p.m.             Bike decorating
  • 2:00 p.m.             Family Bike Parade

Bring a picnic and join us for the afternoon! Meet neighbours, enjoy the fresh air, keep Toronto beautiful.

“Like” us on facebook!  fb.com/DempseyPark

Ask us for more information.

Part of Clean Toronto Together.

Join the newly formed “Friends of Dempsey Park" for a community event April 26, 2014 in the park located at Ellerslie Ave & Beecroft Rd.

I’m helping to organize. 

awkwardsituationist:

"an objective observer, from mars lets say, looking at the human species would conclude that they’re an evolutionary error, that they are designed in such a way that leads them to destroy themselves and probably much else with them." — noam chomsky

though you may find that slightly macabre, we do seem to prefer our own extinction to the loss of our jobs. happy earth day, everyone.

Happy Earth Day indeed.

Please stop being so selfish.

Update 30: Happy Easter & Happy $175,000 Dance Video !! · BESIDE STILL WATERS: A Chris Lowell Film

http://ow.ly/vY6Nl

The BESIDE STILL WATERS update videos alone are worth pledging a few bucks to this kickstarter to get this already made movie seen.

After you pledge, but sure to check back to all the previous ones.

The minds of these folks are strange… in a good way.

romkids:

The Giant Eggs Of The Elephant Bird & Ostrich
The huge egg on the left belongs to the extinct Aepyornis (the legendary elephant bird) and is believed to be the largest ever bird egg. In fact, the egg of an Aepyornis can hold the volume of up to 160 chicken eggs! The smaller, but still sizeable, egg on the right belongs to an ostrich, the living record holder. An ostrich egg can fit the volume of upwards of 24 chicken eggs. In comparison, the smallest bird egg belongs to the bee hummingbird of which 4700 of their eggs would fit into an ostrich’s.
The penny gives you an idea of the size of these huge eggs. Up until the discovery of the eggs of the dinosaur Hypselosaurus (which is still up for debate), Aepyornis eggs were the unchallenged largest eggs ever attributed to a land animal. 
The Aepyornis egg you see above is a reproduction, and while there are a few real specimens in collections around the world they are exceeding rare, and have been sold at auction for over $100,000!
More information
The Telegraph: David Attenborough and the mystery of the elephant bird
Learn more about ornithology from ROM scientist Mark Peck on Twitter!
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: April 19th, 2014.

Just in time Easter… The ROM is still holding out on revealing the mysterious bunny egg though.

romkids:

The Giant Eggs Of The Elephant Bird & Ostrich

The huge egg on the left belongs to the extinct Aepyornis (the legendary elephant bird) and is believed to be the largest ever bird egg. In fact, the egg of an Aepyornis can hold the volume of up to 160 chicken eggs! The smaller, but still sizeable, egg on the right belongs to an ostrich, the living record holder. An ostrich egg can fit the volume of upwards of 24 chicken eggs. In comparison, the smallest bird egg belongs to the bee hummingbird of which 4700 of their eggs would fit into an ostrich’s.

The penny gives you an idea of the size of these huge eggs. Up until the discovery of the eggs of the dinosaur Hypselosaurus (which is still up for debate), Aepyornis eggs were the unchallenged largest eggs ever attributed to a land animal. 

The Aepyornis egg you see above is a reproduction, and while there are a few real specimens in collections around the world they are exceeding rare, and have been sold at auction for over $100,000!

More information

Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: April 19th, 2014.

Just in time Easter… The ROM is still holding out on revealing the mysterious bunny egg though.

Won a game of Hearthstone from fatigue!

My lightwell was keeping me alive while his auctioneer was slowly killing him with his few remaining cards in his hand. I was about to concede when he forgot he had wind furied his 4/4 so I tossed my mind blast and then ended my turn to claim victory.

Weird match.

Won a game of Hearthstone from fatigue!

My lightwell was keeping me alive while his auctioneer was slowly killing him with his few remaining cards in his hand. I was about to concede when he forgot he had wind furied his 4/4 so I tossed my mind blast and then ended my turn to claim victory.

Weird match.

chroniclesofamber:

Cyber-Dys-Punk-Topia

“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.

William Gibson, Idoru

It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….

Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.

And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….

Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.

“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….

Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.

This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….

— from Anywhere But Here: Kowloon “Anarchy” City

(via imaginemusicalcoloursofthewind)