Mar 19, 2012

Photo of the video scoreboard at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City

Daktronics LED scoreboard, installed in 2008.

  • From TV Technology: At almost 9,000 square feet (85-by-105), the giant Daktronix screen is powered by a Ross Switcher and a couple of EVS replays, Deko 3000s for graphics and Pro-Bel routing gear. The towering board—the nation’s largest, according to Daktronix—debuted at the Royals’ home opener against the Yankees Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium ... The screen, at 1584x1980, amounts to about two 16:9 screens on top of each other ... The $8 million-plus system board replaced a 17-year-old Sony.

  • From Business Wire: Daktronics HD-X LED technology will be installed in a huge outfield structure behind center field measuring more than 100 feet high by 85 feet wide, topped with the familiar Royals’ iconic golden crown. The LED display will contain more than 1800 full-color lines of resolution with lines on 16 millimeter (.63”) spacing. The display will be the largest HD LED board in the world, surpassing the former record holders designed and manufactured by Daktronics for Dolphin Stadium in Miami and Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

Mar 18, 2012

Items Photographed At The Nostalgia and Collectible Show

Photos taken at the Nostalgia and Collectible Show at the Nepean Sportsplex on March 18, 2012.

It was eBay, in real life!

Or like a more-organized and commercialized version of Hoarders.

Shows like this encourage people to fill up their basements with stuff because "maybe it'll be worth something some day".

But that's too cynical.  Most of the vendors were passionate about their collections, and told interesting stories about the items for sale.

And it's far more interesting to collect old stuff than to just chuck it in the garbage.

Here are some photos I took.

A Colonel Saunders piggy bank. You put the coins in his back.

Classic collectors item: buttons.

I think these were sold at Burger King.

Unopened cans of Coca-Cola.  Saw a lot of Coke memorabilia, not much Pepsi.

Besides cans of Coke, cans of oil are also popular collectors items.  

I've probably read every one of these.

Included here in the interest of balance.  I haven't read any of these.

Nothing makes you feel old like seeing toys you played with as a kid labeled as "collectible". (And the barn doors still moo.)

Finally figured out why they're called "Matchbox Cars".  Because they originally came in match boxes.

Early, clumsy attempts at artificial intelligence.

Just some hints, he's not giving everything away.

Creepy trolls.

People will try to sell anything.

People will collect anything.

Not a real ray gun.

From a binder full of old Valentine's cards.  Don't you love vegetable puns?

Theory: Given enough time, every doll will eventually look really, really creepy.

These ones are approaching the creepy stage much faster than the typical doll.

The cutest robots are always the deadliest.