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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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Archive for May 29th, 2008

5-29-08 How To Build A Prop Gun

Posted by Sean on May 29, 2008

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Gee, I really want a Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun prop, but I don’t know how to build one?” If you have, then you may want to up the dosage on your medication.

If, after doing so, you still want to get your sticky little hands on a fairly bitchen gun, like this…

… then gmjhowe is can hook you up.

He/she/it/they have step-by-step instructions at to build your own break-open prop gun, which is reminiscent of Decker’s gun from Blade Runner and comes complete with light effects. I also like the grip – less a modern pistol grip and more the curved handle of a flintlock pistol. Probably makes it harder to aim, but it’s a nice combo of old and new.

As he/she/it/they write on, which may just become my new favoritest site of all time:

This is a project I’ve been working on for a few weeks now. I basically wanted a cool hand gun. I didn’t fancy any replica movie props, and the law makes it hard to buy normal replica guns. so i made my own.

“So I made my own.” Gotta love it. English majors with zero mechanical sense and aptitude (like me) are always fascinated by people who can hack reality in their own image like this – people who can take a seemingly-random pile of parts and a plan and just build something. I’m sorry to say this, Shanoah but… you can buy a ray gun, sure. But going all mad scientist and actually making your own is just so much more impressive. (And it probably won’t cost you $690 like those Dr. Grordbort’s ray guns, either, grumble grumble).

This post is YET ANOTHER fine product of Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing.


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Posted by shanoah on May 29, 2008

Oh well, worth a try. Today, let’s head back to the ’60s again with some music from Donavan.

Sunshine Superman – Donovan

All the pictures on this one are of Sue Lyon, who Donovan was dating in 1965. Apparently, the end of their relationship occurred when he *accidentally* slipped some LSD in one of her drinks. How does one accidentally slip LSD in your drink, anyways?

But, yes, this is a clear LSD-influenced track, as are a lot of his songs.

There is a Mountain – Donovan

The music video created to illustrate this song is rather fun…

Epistle To Dippy – Donovan

This is probably one of my favorite Donovan songs. This film is actually titled “What the Hell is this?”, and is by Robert Steinbrecher, who is also the lurking character in glasses. This film would warrent a WTF all by itself.

And of course, the lyrics are infinitely trippy. “Elevator in the brain hotel”? There are so many chaotic references that I just have to love it, though…

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