G+ Shenanigans and the "Call Me Maybe"-singing IKEA Teddy Bear, Stuffed with Chocolate
Back in April of 2014, Sherri Griffin, Carrie Canup, Sandy B, Mz Maau, Scott Cramer, and I were goofing around about David Hasselhoff in the comments of a random Google+ post (now seemingly deleted) and somehow Carrie ended up writing the following words: "I want a singing animal filled with chocolate."
- Carrie Canup, April 11, 2014
At the time, I said I would see what I could do "one of the next days," but I never got around to doing anything... until late August.
On 23 August, 2014, I went to IKEA to buy some new bed sheets and I stumbled upon a teddy bear, which immediately made me think of the 4 month old conversation. I bought the teddy bear and the day after I gave it a pocket in the back, to in the future be filled with chocolates and send to a still-to-be-determined victim (spoiler: of course that would be Carrie - but she didn't know that yet). Before sending sending it out, I also made an attempt at making the teddy bear sing; something which I, at the time, wasn't sure how to make happen.
Here are two photos of the supplies I used to make this weird wish come true.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZeVGdf5vtgCDa_nDj4D9rHI_o6nZFh_YTJW9Upucwubo8b5sNbE9QLh9Vc9ZPxr9frgYu8EWQ-FX-DK6vCFkb9jfVGlx66xLZ2_KHmsDJCoxC3oCjtEFp-CZkGTPMVexbp_-q4qSLUc=w700https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--leopLTctXFKtIfl-k6qQ1X-7hgTQvldjYyntSuFiF-uRHEVmGocbBNBQepUSbm9Fdhvln7rbi16tZuSuhsUNNU92VFJVNCSGVYEKpPQcrSSgYACGlhNNv5e0zwjQQafkHMuhZdN7Q=w700Adding a Secret Pocket to Teddy Bear Back
After giving the IKEA teddy bear a back pocket (heh), I wanted to test it out - so I thought my older, smaller, homemade teddy bear could come in handy. Here's a GIF of it.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bL0aAsQuDvzxSPKDg2aZ5Jr3BbszdNiQsvzXOlIDBfNnAU96VXJJbqxPJZXTIjptbngnAHO-6BGRYwNOzbNz0fbpVY4C_w6iv0Z17kzVFx67OPNNSErS49sPltp_96_PJvwAZ3yBPH8=w800Adding Music Box to Teddy Bear Foot
When I added the secret pocket to the back of the IKEA teddy bear, I at the same also asked for suggestions for how to make the bear sing, in order to fulfill the 4-months-old wish - and Sandy B suggested that I use a Build-a-Bear song chip. So, I did just that.
Here are a few photos of the operation of adding a music box to an IKEA teddy bear's foot.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bKM9NJ2SXscKJIP35llONLsas_IrCL-zJ0t7kichQfBA4OEeI325d6VE3TUjOUvRdkuO5Q94SBTJ6rdRcPdHbhb0IFbDaU-KL2nPpftHQGOVw5eWs2HNgGkC1eINPaLUY75FcfCzfAU=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/7cqHPfh35-Urn7GRevjSUCok_eUym-herGbeovr2BbxxnbnIi0ngWjdHzZcjOfAzj85IMZ9goWJN5Dt9sGWxQ393bc7rUyq2gNLzxDvIe9g4MZo9f2Ra1cG4xJyLp3R6zdLo5zbYoys=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HKRh9Hys-77Pn9H-OrusFaCR-28sW7KO5Jfin5UyEYH8zTiHPSLGFrQbSlzEfsVClcR_EiIWCK8Ym__T09tpbF24G_6qAA3HnVdHB_pGKVExWC5q1J3cc_kMVaXo314h9AWiyFiWbn4=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/p8rKZQQ6iBzX-FFp88muA5ULUSAbnwXQUqlegK4iMYJLvyK_2Qaq3xYCgqQ8Zwu-9nJnt_rIpeYiyRjCO-v_InAjkwuCIQNTYetuCLWwvGc5x_TMZq9xgbqh6dseGvfVAYtwFWtPOHM=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dApSeal4b5gYZAVqKUNeGJ31QMKf8o6bTlAQV7w4ZATXOsMUQohDDRpHEM20pm807Q6qscfaI_-XLoG3DNvTJ5UzY5LsWmmTzOlrYBHgR41hWGM2ps2HitACJInCNN_L2XdLGMNFBbM=w800"Singing" IKEA Teddy Bear
Here is a video demonstration of the IKEA teddy bear that I added a Build-a-Bear music box to.
At this point the only part left were to find some good chocolates to put in the secret back pocket, and then send it to an unsuspecting victim (again, of course that would be Carrie - which I didn't let anyone know at the time, to have it be a surprise).
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf3GzpMK6kMTeddy Bear from Denmark to USA
Here are the photos from the day I packed in into a box and (a week later) sent it to the US to Carrie Canup.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/tZ3flIERxBBl44O_PZfH1hp3hjVpo7cAxwZBBEWhtsVshkaxvAPEePELNjZJ6ExbtmzoHDLm-VAQ8g-3qgeMRq1KANpDPNPi5km0WQxzm_ni0VvoEapd93axE26uwO-x3Rvp9fiqKGE=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/R8RJYO4nt-1eetiAT-sglkIMywfjCCOGbdeR1Qn3wnQXyLSpJ9Fp6k6aupR0MlavlWDwUYV5X0Umh7EKW_8tK3MA4lVzbn2uSTvRY_vdR4zoAP0h0IehWcLGjcoXuhUpFh4LSUE_Tno=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/d-zZcBdxuUH1tAMw7cLWNTFQqk2T81LbYIW5n3c8vl-fHPXp1x1ELUPSkIT9yzYmTXXjIgouFdj8znbT-WKpEDeCadDgA6_a6rhzmzntmkxqth6GxlTjRJ0chmDnAz_1a8NxztwHnbM=w800https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TBFxNTLs39w-KyCKMlndpfByZRGIZWBryuYPsHNQ2c9VSyp_CL6Lfublc1g6pdnkc5EDmG6w9k34IOHXLi_G15MwINc1GJ-tDq6dVB7UzYl5gihIgZf9cge19eTwgXbj6YimpgCpXoY=w800
... and then... it arrived!Carrie's post, 2014-09-26:Singing Chocolate Stuffed BearMonths ago, there was a meandering post that included discussion of stuffing a singing animal with chocolate. I do not recall how it happened, it's the Internet, these things occur.
But my batty suggestion, including a pastime of knitting, was delivered to my door this morning.
Thank you +Halfdan Reschat for this! It truly brightened my day and had me giggling. And the chocolate is tasty.
Edit : Måske is his name http://translate.google.com/m/translate#en/da/Maybe
Tagging +Sandy B +Charlie Hoover +Dirk Reul +Capin Chip +Kyla Myers +Nikki C+Keith Cramer for starters
Recreating Saturn Devouring His Son - or trying to
Francisco Goya's painting of Saturn Devouring His Son, that he possibly never intended for anyone to see, has haunted me for weeks or months every time I've ever encountered it.
The evening of 2018-04-09, after a failed attempt at "art" (encouraged by Bruce Shark and Sandy B), I decided to at least try
to recreate the single most haunting painting in history. Well, this is how it turned out.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/hPGHMmkAGjBo4GnWE3oDUD2r46PJHReeaGw3I-zxRCQtn-Zkxe39LqeO-vT9ox5Dvq6CWl_CROD6JNbNsIxr4SdaCABdfiRKFsw5pe_XZar_SNnCColMtEiMjexNpT8fQnkqEwL3tXs=w720
To be honest I'm relieved that I shouldn't recreate the emotional expression that Goya managed to give Saturn. It somehow makes me feel more sane to not be able to recreate that
part of the original painting.
Side note: This is a kinda horrifying thing to own now. Before, I knew Goya's painting existed - but now I'm reminded of it every time I notice the painting on my wall; I don't like that feeling. I guess I just have to get used to this - which I can do, heck, I literally have a floating pink cloud in my kitchen, and I haven't even noticed it in almost a year, even though it freaked me up at first.(Originally shared on Google+, 2018-04-09)
Ron Weasley's Big Chess Game
This afternoon I noticed that I still had my old glass chess set and my very first thought was to make a dramatic checkmate scene using fake blood. Now came the question of which game to reenact the final position of.
I began wondering if the chess game in the Chessboard Chamber from the first Harry Potter book was possible to recreate. As it turns out the final chess position was not described in the book; though for the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(2001), chessmaster Jeremy Silman got the task of writing the chess game. Through a blog post from Jemery Silman about the chess game (https://goo.gl/dZ6M83
) I was able to recreate the finale scene of this game. Here it is.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/PaKT-hDRGNJ6ZLj5DnXo1XAjK4AMSyNzpIoQ61M-lx3w-uoW0e5m-n4qJCsnNqcHyfmgB586cPNIJVGB8sG4Uw-tKTkPCFafszLKkLlyQ6rVTg5u2sDjZFTxVtdXwfRAbmjtG1H9B_o=w2400(Originally shared on Google+, 2014-04-13)
Hula Hoop+ Chrome Extension
Circles are too mainstream for today's hipsters. The Hula Hoop+ Chrome extension renames "circle" on Google+ to "hula hoop."Inspiration
The wish to rename "circle" to "hula hoop" was originally expressed almost two years ago by Victoria Strother and brought to my attention by Carolyn Lopez on Tumblr. A wish that came true in June of 2012 in the form of a Chrome extension.First version:https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Y7UFKvpu1U7AzbuJLA7bEELiuthXPwrXVJkwUXKt6QV-I7dpmOVFmGHO9PwRkzd5nW1Na_byMqS9R3g=w800Updated version (to the G+ design rolled out in May of 2013):https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/A6cebVRgUR83i01NAs6vyABa_lCR4qlyrw7cH7_vAMh17MFK5odInTBY2lzIK3WfCOruUiOV4MwjQa55ZJ0rMCWmAVvyT50J0G4Omp8=w800Testimonies"You consider yourself a hipster? One of the cool kids? King of the In Crowd?
Not without the Hula Hoop+ Chrome Extension for Google+!
This little gem has magically improved my sex life, social status and financial situation!
Thank you so much for making this possible, Halfdan!"
- Kent Oldhøj, 2012-12-10"I'd love to see almost 5,000 people in hula hoops in real life."
- Liz Krane, 2012-06-21"You, Sir. Are silly.
And your silliness is highly appreciated, Your Silliness."
- Lise Bjerregaard Nielsen, 2012-09-27https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/afCL0ExWhuFklskfA13rPXAnWeeTVlH9sPB2fzfLRMCawzbqNgGj1Ed5lRedeJ5ExKhoox0V4whTE0kIzhPCq5GBIK-vPX5jPkNVzA=w800
- Kimberly Chapman (and The Churuhc of Palindrome), 2012-12-10(Note: The Hula Hoop+ Chrome extension doesn't exist anymore due to the ever-changing G+ design - and the fact that G+ is getting shut down soon.)
Deep Pink is neither innovative nor especially impressive, but I had fun making it, so I am sharing it with you: http://deeppink.reschat.dk
Press spacebar to start/restart the game and then simply press the key of the letter shown. A new letter is shown when you press a key or wait too long. The time you have to press the correct key decreases as you make progress. If the speed is too low or high, you can change the difficulty in the bottom. That's it. Enjoy.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/hN-rruvOBfETS6PPXNPVZ-i_nv1yZsa7wdO-meHx_ijQmhgC8TutZjJ3aJXhoabPbuhYpwVubLhZlH8=w600(Originally shared on Google+, 2014-08-10)
2819 Digits of Pi in Honor of Pi Day
On Pi Day in 2015 I made a thing in honor of the day - which made my hand hurts.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/5qVN659MSEgZ-m3yMT3zySG_fkZ6GJI_P7iliB4FjdjxhNAEp21GV5YSCaiWrVgHSnAL7Tq15ULSeoRQ7itYfk0cncecsjkMHl9k22mBW535Zw0bu6FVGvQCMBCN-aV7rSRxeEgPdoo=w2400Behind the Pi
I made the Pi Day creation by writing down 2819 digits of pi with a pencil with certain digits written in bold to form the pi symbol.
The way I did this was not by having 2819 digits of pi memorized and simply writing them down. Nor was it by looking at a list of digits, writing down a few, looking at the list again, writing down a few more, and doing so over and over for all 2819 digits. The method I chose was one where I could read the digits without having to look up from the paper and where I could keep rows and columns of digits perfectly straight.
I simply opened a text document with digits of pi full screen on my Chromebook, rotated the screen, taped a piece of paper to it, turned up the brightness to full, and then wrote down each digit where I could see it through the paper. This I did for all 2819 digits - and the decimal point, making it 2820 characters in total. Afterwards I opened a full screen pi symbol and bolded the overlapping digits. The process took a while - but I'm quite pleased with the result, which now graces my kitchen wall.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/k5xWwZg4QvjoCqT6_XtE4bN9jbK_jJnL0WaBiUJfTAScRSodrVdWjPvvyQ02zV3fXGvJRYQ7dpIVbjCOjifjhvhs_CVpk-5dpij-4ILyVJeA0sgr-gw8g_gR1N4RW__VBiU9Q6tQD0E=w2400(Originally shared on Google+, 2015-03-14)
The Very First Movie I Produced
More than half my life ago I co-wrote and produced a short film with a couple of my friends. The movie was about an assassin and a mafia boss with an identical twin brother. The rest of the plot was as predictable as it could be (or was it?).
The movie was buried for more than a decade for the simple reason that we used unlicensed music and got caught. However, tonight I noticed that Google lifted the 10+ year ban, which means all of you can "enjoy" the "work of art" I took part in creating when I was a kid. I've even captioned the whole thing, so you can "understand" it without understanding the teenage south-Jutland Danish dialect.
Enjoy this little homemade movie about murder and revenge.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfXqIdXiqPs
- - -
Here's what a few people thought of the movie:"B movie genre, done very well. :)"
- Terry McNeil"LOL!! Killed them all!"
- Gizmo the Sane"Hmmmmmmm"
- Blaine Hall"Definitely watching later!"
- Scott Cramer
- - -CreditsCast (in order of appearance):
Hitman: Halfdan Reschat
Mafia boss: Martin Seider
Mafia guy 1: Jonas Reschat
Mafia guy 2: Mads Dirksen
Terrorist 1: Martin Seider
Terrorist 2: Jonas Reschat
Terrorist 3: Jesper Seider
Terrorist 4: Martin Seider
Terrorist 5: Jonas Reschat
The Twin: Martin Seider
Terrorist guard: Mattias Petersen
Terrorist 6: Halfdan Reschat
Terrorist 7: Jesper Seider
Terrorist 8: Mattias Petersen
Police officer 1: Halfdan Reschat
Police officer 2: Jonas ReschatDirected by:
I'm not really sure it was "directed".Written by:
Mattias PetersenEditing by:
Mattias PetersenMusic by:
Getting Started with Ingress
Back in late december of 2016, I went to New Orleans to celebrate New Year's Eve with a couple of friends from Google+. One these friends were Amy Porter - who, during my stay in New Orleans, introduced me to the GPS augmented reality game Ingress - and I decided to give it a shot. It didn't take long before I was hooking.
Within 24 hours of starting playing I was level 4 and when I got back to Denmark a couple of days later I decided to give my local area a look in regards to Ingress portals. I ended up creating my first big-ish control field at 881 MUs and take over a handful of green/frog portals (I am blue/smurf). Interesting game - and a good excuse to go exploring.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/l2ucPteab1YJcYe39-U7mSZS53mz9ZHFavQJuSRMBujhmhkx3UVeLHmJ7ys1nbHFtdk5W_lEbWN2w1sMcaEkLMG9JYPLYhghz7SKKFY=w350https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/hTSb1HFRu1SAANJruMIIIrAx7We1dAes1VXmb8C7dmqatdvI1JCrTTiuQ2hHf-OYFags0v3x6Zuou6-_1k3fB4o3ebJUIFw3gUiMnjQ=w8001 Friday, 2 Beers, 6 Fields
Over the first week, after starting playing Ingress, I spent 15-30 minutes a couple of evenings, walking around my local area hacking, capturing, linking, and fielding portals. Though on a Friday evening (2016-01-08), I decided to spend a bit more time and with a bit more planning. So I had two beers and then took my bike out in the snow to capture portal and make links and fields. I ended up creating two layered fields right where I live, three layered fields 15 minutes from my place, and single field next to that. Take that, frogs (who have dominated the area all week - and, sigh, still kinda do).
At the time Ingress was really a fitting game for me - getting to explore places outside while still achieving something in-game. Thank you, Amy Porter, for introducing me to Ingresshttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/hTfA6QJZOBMsfn_7uwZ6IwgQA_aeDuHu29GAEWOMZJzoMapxSMdOcFta27_R-Iwtvm-bNgeWQX8NEkQp2W1sOI6lwaYOrUijFl-Dew=w750Operation Rainy Saturday
The afternoon of 2016-01-29, while looking at the Ingress Intel map, I noticed the possibility for making a decent sized multi layer field in biking distance from where I live - and this without having to take down any severely protected (L8, AXA, etc.) green portals (it was still my first month of Ingress and I couldn't really handle those on my own). After a beer I went out to collect the necessary portal keys for the two anchor portals, which surprisingly took less than an hour. I didn't want to do the actual OP in the dark, as getting to the necessary portals involved too much dirt road and forest, so I decided to wait until the day after.
The next morning the rain was coming down hard - which I took as a good sign as it hopefully would discourage some frogs from coming out and taking down my work before it was finished. Maybe I was right, because not a single one of my portals/links/fields went down... until 8 minutes after I was finished with the whole thing. Then a few of my fields were taken down and the green fields came up again. Still, I'm glad I managed to complete my small Rainy Saturday OP.
I had originally hoped that I also would be able to take the viking village and thereby add 3 more layers, but it turned out that thing was one tough green fielded L8 AXA viking village, that simply wouldn't budge. I might need to revisit it with a group another time.
- Preparation: 1 hour and 1 beer
- Execution: 2½ hours and 1 energy drink
- Blue MUs captured: 4,874
- Green MUs taken down: ~15,000
- Fields: 9
- Layers: 4https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/FwdJyCM8cwp_V3Z9eNPHdNQ9lK1mLNBOov033HHntKPGmG_X_7K__9NLf3ePVpC4e1-LQubkvZfdmEyPJhqD298I8YPxZ6RlUAfQHw=w700Battlefield Motions During 4 Hour Bike Ride
On 2016-02-06 I decided to head out on a bike ride to play some Ingress. I ended up spending almost 4 hours biking around the area, taking down green links+fields and putting up blue ones (though not exactly some well-coordinated ones, I have to admit). At one point I realized that one of the portal keys I gave Torben Nikolajsen the evening before might suddenly be usable, so I dropped Torben a message and he happened to be in the exact right spot to use it - creating a nicely looking field. :-)
Here is a GIF showing all the stuff going on in the area during my 4-ish hour Ingress bike ride during the day.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bDJaLzINNuG0ccAgIEFnJEpRegvzmS3uk9aR6Bmi7TzR7qEyzhsOvIlC9Icy_VpLHfh_390X3QaLe2UnI_HiYNImyLZtKTdf84xFsA=w750Morning Fields and Evening Fields
The morning of 2016-02-27 I decided to take a bike ride in the morning fog to make some big beautiful blue fields. It went pretty well - until I got a flat tire right after I finished the bigger fields. I went home, walked to the store to get a new tire (the old one was torn in multiple places), walked home, and fixed my bike (not only the tire - also a few other preexisting problems).
Then in the late afternoon, with my bike standing there ready to go again, I decided to create a blue sky over a frog from the neighborhood (Dr. Dolk). So I went out and created as many layered fields as I could over my neighborhood - which turned out to be a quicker task than expected.
Here are the results of these two bike rides.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/oXNY6GXRl962TcPVNuVa9eaNqA_V38btVjrXkT6VV5rojZ7kiLcl4l9qcgqobsTdbxylFSKTj3F4bX3gMNFOm1efBNLTj-KJl89xM5c=w750https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lRqEZRTI9rip6yXGU41Ofcg5Qxj2yP-UnsIE4y51qsgsNBMI4I_eS_bp3UcwHCjojx2kY-1C3Eb-kyTyF1Yb57b9mrksI2UReD6ctuE=w750Early Bird Reaches Their 4 Planned Goals
Early morning 2016-03-05 I decided on 4 goals in Ingress that I wanted to achieve during the day. I made a plan for how to do so and then headed out for a bike ride as soon as the sun had come up.
I ended up on an almost 4 hour bike ride, going to a whole bunch of portals, both near and far away. The bike ride ended up being longer than planned due to my original plan, to make overlapping fields to the East, getting shot down by frogs before I could finish. Instead I decided to use my gathered keys to field towards West instead - which was a success.
After almost 4 hours out, my phone was about to die, so I went home and made lunch while my phone was charging. Then I went out again for an additional 30 minutes of Ingress to hit the last few of my goals for the day.
All in all, I removed the long green links, made some beautiful blue fields, and achieved all the 4 goals I sat for myself. :-)
- MU captured: 9008
- Fields created: 55
- Links created: 79
- Portals captured: 27https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Wgh1FkLrLKyh680wXgA-2wXMyDFni8Do5KNVLqCssy4PPBwUeY91SJHlNidmhioba2cixinLQotrt3yEfFyt6TFipvMp8qnpRR64pcA=w750https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/UnoodcwTq0_e3wRbQZhg0p4zbZbwBTswU9-YM8JlASQDl3gNGJ5akK5ZAlIOlKNlsPa4MPkf4_wOesO1T8m-AFu1CA_9ZiTLXeX2ZT4=w500Obsidian Copenhagen
On 2016-04-02 a giant Ingress Anomaly event took place in Copenhagen, with people flying in from all over the world. The event was named Obsidian Copenhagen and I was on team Alpha, fighting bravely for the Resistance the whole day - and having a great time doing so.
Here's my team:https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QAG2tHBvHsXINt8tkPGfNw6p0G4AZ9CHfkTuG19wPsOSHVtxrI8nwJCgI5nVid8JL-zmHR478A3PodQ=w850
And here's a video form the event:https://youtube.com/watch?v=U0f0kE_2dRcOperation Arrowhead
The weekend of week 16, 2016, I took part in an Ingress Resistance operation in Denmark - with great success. The operation was called Operation Arrowhead and it was lead by fellow smurf Vestegnen. It was an interesting, fun, and exciting experience.
Thank you to all my great fellow teammates - both for the main operation Saturday evening/night and for the small spur-of-the-moment repeat operation Sunday afternoon that I happened to be one of the instigators of.
- CP Sunday 02:00 = 5.289.546 MU (main operation - 74 people)
- CP Sunday 07:00 = 2.134.916 MU (leftovers, still standing)
- CP Sunday 17:00 = 993.699 MU (spontaneous repeat operation - 5 people)https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/4qnkgmvgBXpv7NW_z95ZAXsTum00iIEcAuSvdg6lXUC-_S5meILxFjdTumXsIIctDHRamF53XM28Uw=w850https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BS4cO3EieRtZTAgHqrGEWnIIeHdaUkZaqWB1Zi7pA5ahZirMuYMzJAFeicIlKITxJdPJKGuHVwVLXg=w850And that was that?
At some point during 2016 I began playing Ingress less and less, until I apparently completely stopped. And then, when I got a new phone, I didn't reinstall the Ingress app and I haven't touched it since.
It was fun while it lasted, but the high expectations from team members and the focus on giant OPs, with significant dismissive responses to small links/fields, got the better of me and I stopped enjoying the experience. So while the game was for me, the community wasn't - and that was that.