20 Year Difference

Legend of Zelda cartridges

On the left is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX for Gameboy/Gameboy Color. On the right is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.

Link’s Awakening weighs in around 1MB(!) and Breath of the Wild weighs in at roughly 13GB(!).

It’s amazing how technology has advanced in the almost 20 years since both games were released from each other, resulting in smaller cartridges being able to hold much, much more data.

I don’t have my original Legend of Zelda cartridge to compare, but at least the Gameboy cartridge helps bring some insight for this comparison.


Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park

I think I’m one of the few people who spends my vacation going to historical sites, especially if I’ve visited them before. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was able to visit a lot of colonial and Civil War-era sites, and so I’ve always been fascinated with those time periods.

It’s no surprise then, that our small vacation a few years ago resulted in us visiting Fort Macon State Park, located along the coast of North Carolina.

Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. The fort—once a project of Robert E. Lee as a young army engineer—has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and handicapped-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.

North Carolina State Parks

We visited the fort around 9am on a Saturday, where there wasn’t anyone else and we could take our time without being interrupted or feel rushed. The air was cool but with the sun out, it felt much warmer than it really was.

There isn’t too much to the fort in terms of ‘hours of entertainment’, but the history behind it is fascinating and well worth the visit. The view of the ocean isn’t bad, either. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever down that way.

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Project: Abandoned

Abandoned Boat by the Lake During Sunset
Abandoned Boat by the Lake During Sunset

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with abandoned stuff. I know I’m not the only one, as I’ve spent countless hours searching online for anything and everything related to the subject.

Just a word of caution: if you start to search, be warned – you will find yourself immersed in endless subjects and images like I was.

The best part is, there’s are countless topics in relation to the subject: anything and everything from cars, buildings, entire towns, and even boats, as seen below for demonstration.

After a few weeks of browsing and reading, I came to the decision that I would dedicate a section of this website to abandoned stuff. I could have created a new website just for that topic, but that’s another hassle that I don’t want now.

It won’t be a constant series or anything, so don’t expect too much at first, but there will be a dedicated category to the subject.

My goal is to just document anything I can find personally here in Ohio, including pics and any information about what I find, if possible. I enjoy a story that goes along with pics as it seems to add to the authenticity of it.

With that said, enjoy the collection of abandoned boats that I found and stay tuned for more on this subject of abandoned stuff.


Disclaimer: Images were found via Google Image search and are in public domain as far as I could tell. If you would like your image removed, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will comply.



7 New Planets Discovered

Planets
In case you missed the big news by NASA yesterday:

Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports.

“Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today,” study co-author Brice-Olivier Demory, a professor at the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern in Switzerland, said in a statement.

Major Discovery! 7 Earth-Size Alien Planets Circle Nearby Star

It would take anywhere from 300,000 years to 1.5 million years to travel there, so don’t expect us to visit any time soon. Still, a very exciting discovery about possible life elsewhere in the universe.


New life for old Taco Bell buildings

TacoBucks

For Taco Bell particularly, empty or re-purposed restaurants are easily recognized in the suburban landscape. Their distinctive architecture (another franchise requirement) of arched “bell” window frames and pitched roofs may spark a craving for Nachos Bell Grande, but they’re also a marker of businesses that couldn’t keep up.

Rian Dundon, Photos: The amusingly sad second lives of former Taco Bells

I came across this article earlier today and wanted to share. While they aren’t abandoned, I do like how they found new life as other business ventures. Humorous? Definitely. Still, it makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t just tear them down. Oh well.

I think there might be a few of these buildings not too far from where I live. I’ll have to go driving and see what I can find.

Here’s a photo group on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing more uses for old Taco Bell buildings.

Image credit: Taco Bucks by vanherdehaage (via Flickr)