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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.12
    Originally posted by rinberg
      Originally posted by ekedolphin
      VHS tapes also make lousy building blocks, because you can only stack so many of them before they tumble. If you absolutely must build a house out of VHS tapes, I'd use some kind of adhesive to keep them stuck together.


    To make your stack of VHS tapes higher without adhesives, alternate the direction they are facing so that the stack will remain even.


And just like that, I've learned my fact for the day and am that much smarter. What in the world do you make out of them?



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
    Originally posted by DrDirt
    And just like that, I've learned my fact for the day and am that much smarter. What in the world do you make out of them?


The easiest way to find out is to get two or three kids in a house without electricity (temporarily in our case) and a large collection of videotapes to show you....

Ok, mostly they just tried to see how high they could stack 'em, but they made some pretty cool walls out of about 30 of 'em.-- And they were occupied enough that they didn't try to kill each other! THAT was the important thing.

*edit: My kids weren't old enough to sit still long enough to play Uno!

(edited by rinberg on 18.5.06 1749)

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
    Originally posted by rinberg
      Originally posted by DrDirt
      And just like that, I've learned my fact for the day and am that much smarter. What in the world do you make out of them?


    The easiest way to find out is to get two or three kids in a house without electricity (temporarily in our case) and a large collection of videotapes to show you....

    Ok, mostly they just tried to see how high they could stack 'em, but they made some pretty cool walls out of about 30 of 'em.-- And they were occupied enough that they didn't try to kill each other! THAT was the important thing.


Oh! And here I was, just trying to be funny with my earlier comment. Hahahaha...

I've never been in that particular no-electricity-and-nothing-to-do but cause VHS avalanches situation, as fortunately my family seemed to always have something like a deck of Uno cards lying around somewhere.

(edited by ekedolphin on 18.5.06 1447)


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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.95
One word: Betamax.

Case in point.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.36
    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
      I don't think we're far enough away from the VHS era to say that they won't be valuable, but I do feel comfortable in saying that I highly doubt it. The only way I see VHS tapes becoming valuable are those for films that are out-of-print and aren't and/or won't be made available on DVD.

      One of the appeal of vinyl records is that they were around for so long and created a nostalgic cult following even after the introduction of the compact disc, which I don't see as being the case with VHS.


    As someone who owns several thousand vinyl records, I agree. I would add that if I listen to the CD and then the vinyl (without knowing) I can spot the vinyl and prefer it. Not as clean but I still think the sound is warmer. I know I am an old curmudgeon but hey, what can I say. And the feeling of holding the vinyl in its box with the large artwork etc. beats the jewel case all to hell.

    I thought I read that CDs life expectancy wasn't as long as thought and they are subject to many things that can deteriorate their condition. Is that true or not?


I did read about a study done recently that said Cd's made in the plant that you buy at the store still have a very long expected life, but those that you burn at home are good for only about five years max, which is not what they used to tell us so yeah you're right.
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