Collecting can get out of hand

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There is something about watching other people collect things that is both irresistible and repellant. American Pickers, the TV show in which antique hunters scour garages, basements and barns for cool finds, can be an enjoyable watch. Hoarders, on the other hand, is a cautionary tale about collecting getting way out of control.

A Vancouver man cleared out a major stockpile of all sorts of stuff recently. Wayne Learie is an antique dealer known as “The Mad Picker.” He is in the business of buying and selling stuff. Apparently he recently decided he should clear some space and so he held an auction. He assembled 550 lots for sale, featuring telephones, gramophones, Victorian furniture, pinball machines, silverware, taxidermy, statuary and plenty more.

His reason for divesting himself of inventory? To get more stuff. (more…)

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Hidden Atari games prove urban reality

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There was an urban myth that Atari’s early-‘80s video game E.T., based on the blockbusting movie many grew up with, was so bad that the company ditched copies of it in a New Mexico landfill.

Unable to resist a challenge, apparently, some entreprenerds started digging. Not only did they find copies of the E.T. game, but plenty more to boot, including Centipede and Missile Command. Atari (and some others) may have thought they were worthless back then, but some nostalgic gamers disagreed.

At an auction recently, the uncovered, umm, treasures pulled in $37,000, with some games going for $1,500 a pop. Additional games will go up for sale on eBay. (more…)

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A British group is crowdfunding a trip to the moon.

Well, it’s more than a trip. The initiators of Lunar Mission One are plotting a massive scientific undertaking culminating in a moon excursion a decade from now to research whether human beings could make a life there.

In the meantime, they are offering reservations for a time capsule to be buried on the moon, which would include “digital memory boxes” that could contain written material, photos, even locks of hair which, presumably, would store your DNA at a safe distance.

Organizers call it the “most inspirational lunar mission since the Apollo landings.”

They are not only crowdfunding, but crowdsourcing. (more…)

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