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Working iPod Halloween Costume

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the and-what-were-you-this-year dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 313

Jrod1080 writes "I decided to be an iPod for Halloween this year. I didn't just want to be walking around in a box, so I made it a fully functional costume. I finally found a good use for a tablet PC, and used that for the display. A rewired USB mouse served as the 'Forward,' 'Reverse,' 'Play/Pause' buttons, and a bit of Java code played and displayed the MP3s. Some battery powered speakers provided the sound. It all worked out well, and I even won the costume contest!"

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Idea for Apple? (5, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681532)

Maybe Apple can place a couple of these iPod "kiosks" in shopping malls, what's the better way to experience iPod mini with a giant iPod?

On a more serious note though, a real scary Halloween custume is Death framed inside a blue-tinted Window.

With so many images on one page, this guy obviously didn't read the Do-Not-Slashdot ACT 1996 [interneh.com] , here's a coral link [nyud.net] just in case.

Re:Idea for Apple? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681559)

coral sucksw .. coral links suck .. for example i just clicked it .. nothing .. long delay and .. nothing

Whats the deal with tghe fake ass coral technology? bittorrent is better unless they fix coral.

Re:Idea for Apple? (-1, Redundant)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681621)

Good thing, because that site is serverely slowed.

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What would happen if /. felt the /. effect?

Re:Idea for Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681660)

here's a coral link [nyud.net] just in case.

Has anyone else noticed that Coral never works?

Re:Idea for Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681717)

Worked for me.

Of course if the site is already Slashdotted, it is impossible for Coral to cache the site any faster than anyone else is able to view it.

coralized link is working (5, Informative)

blackburnrovers (798608) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681747)

coralized link to eecs server is working [nyud.net] .

i am amazed that the umich server went down. i was in ann arbor from 1996-2002, and the worst outage i ever saw was when the main data center caught on fire. university-wide, e-mail was down for about 15 minutes when the backup unix boxes kicked in and everyone began to breathe easy again. i would bet the eecs server will be back up shortly. they use the real-deal unix boxes, not linux on intel's.

Re:Idea for Apple? (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681835)

the coral link is fine, but each image is about 1MB, so if you're on a slow connection, you thought that coral is slashdotted too.

Well, shove my penis in a clamp and call me Sarah (1)

(TK11)Dessimat0r (672416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681536)

http://www.dremel.com/productdisplay/tool_template 2.asp?SKU=764-01

I'll be the first to say it... (4, Funny)

Electroly (708000) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681539)

NERD ALERT!

I like this one better... (5, Interesting)

unwiredmatt (780760) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681548)

nice costume, but (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681551)

it seems to me you went as "Guy with Giant iPod around his neck.".

Re:nice costume, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681652)

Insightful? Oooookey. :P

Not only (4, Funny)

computerme (655703) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681552)

Not only is this a surprisingly cool costume that uses technology in innvative ways...

But it still looks better any model from creative, virgin, ogg vorbis player, out there!

why iPod costume? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681553)

Ever wondered why that chick in the picture has her legs on the other dude, and not you????

Re:why iPod costume? (5, Funny)

therevolution (525890) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681692)

Ever wondered why that chick in the picture has her legs on the other dude, and not you????

I pity the fool.

Re:why iPod costume? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681756)

It's simple. Hot women are into guys who like to work out, spend their money on a hot car and spend their time in meat-market bars. Girls are not into you just because you can manage to get out of your cubicle once a year and wear a fancy GEEKY costume to a halloween party.

Think whatever you want, women are into money, power and well-shaped, attractive, confidant men. They don't want you just because you have a brain and have memorized your AD&D manual. Sorry, boys. That's just like. Mod me down all you want, but it only illustrates your own self delusion.

Re:why iPod costume? (5, Funny)

ender1598 (266355) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681779)

Mod me down all you want, but it only illustrates your own self delusion.
Wouldn't you need to be modded up first?? :-)

Re:why iPod costume? (5, Funny)

bool morpheus() (689231) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681874)

Shouldn't you be moving your cubicle down to Storage B about now? We have some new people coming in, and we need all the space we can get. So if you could go ahead and pack up your stuff and move it down there, that would be terrific, OK? Thanks Milt.

Re:why iPod costume? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681854)

It's Mr T. Who's gonna pass him up for an iPod?

Corporate shill (0, Troll)

blether (817276) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681562)

I hope the money Apple are paying him covers his bandwidth bill.

Re:Corporate shill (2, Funny)

2MuchC0ffeeMan (201987) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681580)

apparently not, considering how the site is down.

it is now safe to take off your tin foil hat.

Re:Corporate shill (1)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681644)

It was working about 5 minutes ago. One more slashdotted, by the way, your school's admins might be kinda pissed in the morning, try bringing them something to make up.

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Re:Corporate shill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681598)

And I hope that your grade 4 teacher is writing all your emails

Re:Corporate shill (1, Informative)

belg4mit (152620) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681654)

Hey numbnutz, there's nothing with his sentence.
They conjugate funny on the other side of the pond
is all.

Re:Corporate shill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681693)

Unfortunately, us dirty Americans have bastardized your language, and made references to an entity consisting of more than one person use the SINGLUAR form, even though... Fuck it...

Pay Attention to Me!!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681569)

Lah-Lah-Lah. Look at me. Lah-Lah-Lah. Neglected as a child.

The RIAA wants royalties (5, Funny)

jlefeld (814985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681572)

They want royalties for playing their songs out in public. Oh sweet costume by the way.

Here comes the Apple... (5, Funny)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681776)

lawyers in 3...2...1...

I guess it's not like he could get caught infringing on Apple's trademark. The only way he could get caught would be to post a description and links to pictures on a well known website. He shouldn't get in any troub...oh, nevermind. Good luck.

just bad (4, Insightful)

Hellasboy (120979) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681574)

how does this get on slashdot?

"I didn't just want to be walking around in a box, so I made it a fully functional costume"
great, so instead of making something that represents an ipod, you strapped a facsimile of an ipod as a necklace. big whoop

Re:just bad (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681821)

well. at least he slapped a computer in there to make it output sound and show a display.

Down (0, Troll)

One of the abnormals (817423) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681582)

Holy crap. We killed the server already.

Re:Down (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681607)

Yeah, you think for someone who dressed up as a fucking iPod for Halloween he would be geeky enough to have a decent server.

Re:Down (4, Funny)

mrwonton (456172) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681724)

The server actually belongs to the EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) department at the University of Michigan [umich.edu] . You would definitely think they'd be geeky enough to have a decent server. I'm actually a student there and rely on that server for school. I actually ended up on Slashdot when I couldn't get the spec on a project because the server was down.

Yep, Slashdot is destroying productivity as never before.

Re:Down (1)

dont_think_twice (731805) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681843)

Considering that about half the replies to this thread are from Univ of Michigan Electrical Engineering students, it appears that most Michigan students (at least the EECS) have nothing better to do then read slashdot on the biggest college party night of the year.

It sure is a good thing that I stayed in to read slashdot, so that I could bring the rest of you this insightful comment. Anyone in bursley up for a game of UT2003?

Hey baby... (4, Funny)

Bite-lover (826567) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681584)

I could imagine someone saying: 'Hey baby, I can show you how to REALLY use the scroll wheel' Pretty cool idea though.

Extended Warranty (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681588)

I hope he has an extended warranty, because he is going to get the crap beaten out of him going out like that.

Mirror (5, Informative)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681591)

As the site's dead and mirrordot hasn't pulled a copy of it, I managed to mirror it:
http://rufus.hackish.org/~rufus/www.eecs.umich.edu /~jwinick/Halloween2004/ [hackish.org]

Re:Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681634)

And now your mirror is dead.

Re:Mirror (4, Informative)

Monkeyman334 (205694) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681669)

I put up a tiny resized version of the finished project, since that was really all I wanted to see (and all I can afford to host). HERE [oswd.org]

Re:Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681702)

OMG. There's a hot girl with pigtails in that picture and these Slashdot geeks are still looking at the guys iPod. I'm obviously in the right place...

Re:Mirror (1)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681696)

I think I'm seeing some strange combination of KeepAlive and MaxClients. I jumped MaxClients to 1000, I'm pushing a good 1.1Mbytes/sec out, my server's at a load average of ~10 (but 90% idle), and I'm still seeing people getting locked out.

Re:Mirror (4, Funny)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681728)

Well that would do it. The morron put up full-sized 4megapixel images then used "img size=" to resize it. Just resized the images down so I should be able to survive now.

Re:Mirror (1)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681761)

My current server-status:
Current Time: Sunday, 31-Oct-2004 19:12:20 EST
Restart Time: Sunday, 31-Oct-2004 19:05:03 EST
Parent Server Generation: 4
Server uptime: 7 minutes 17 seconds
Total accesses: 2552 - Total Traffic: 218.1 MB
CPU Usage: u4.66 s2.99 cu.02 cs.01 - 1.76% CPU load
5.84 requests/sec - 511.0 kB/second - 87.5 kB/request
892 requests currently being processed, 14 idle servers

Clue Phone Is Ringing For You (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681883)

No one actually cares.

I decided to be a web server this year (5, Funny)

The Wing Lover (106357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681595)

I decided to be a web server at University of Michigan for Hallowe'en this year. I didn't want to walk around in a cardboard box, so I used some smouldering rags to provide the smoke and flames effect.

Re:I decided to be a web server this year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681680)

That is the funniest thing I have ever read on this site. It deserves some kind of trophy or something...

Re:I decided to be a web server this year (4, Funny)

taped2thedesk (614051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681785)

I was just trying to get to some project specs on www.eecs.umich.edu, and couldn't figure out why the server was down. Thanks Slashdot community - maybe this will give me a good reason to request an extension on our latest project.

I don't know why this guy didn't put this on his personal web space instead of the department's web space.

In other news... (5, Funny)

cuteseal (794590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681612)

"In other news, local man dressed as an iPod was found inebriated and trying to hump a boombox speaker, after a wild night at a halloween party. The man has been referred for counselling."

Here's a tip. . . . (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681620)

Don't submit a Slashdot story that points to your home run web server. It just makes you look like an idiot when your site is down before the comments start. At least we now know you're a tool.

Re:Here's a tip. . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681672)

as we speak, his I.E. history is amassing hundreds of google urls containing the terms "hack", "slashdot", and "metallica"

Sad. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681661)

Is Slashdot nothing but an advertisement for Apple products now? The editors have obviously sold out.

I didn't want my homework anyway (5, Funny)

thedillybar (677116) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681664)

Way to slashdot www.eecs.umich.edu...

I didn't want to do my homework today anyway. :-)

Pictures? Same guy? (1)

DoorFrame (22108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681668)

The actual link is badly dead. Are these pictures [mac.com] from this guy's costume, or is this someone else?

Re:Pictures? Same guy? (4, Funny)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681689)

No, the guy in the article strapped a cardboard box around his neck, wrote 'ipod' on it plus some silver foil to represent the buttons, then proceeded to get his server slashdotted :)

*really* slow news day today... They don't come lamer than this.

Re:Pictures? Same guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681690)

no, no... that's a different costume. you can tell, because it is actually good.

Re:Pictures? Same guy? (3, Funny)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681775)

Damn, do they have the movie clip of where he fell over, struggled for a good five minutes trying to get up, then gave a fervent cry about why he could not have come as a walkman?

Next year... (0, Redundant)

Powercntrl (458442) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681688)

...if I'm not spending halloween reading Slashdot (read: this won't actually happen), I'm going to dress up as a Slashdotted website.

Hey wait a second, there's still time... I'll go get a T-Shirt and write "Server too busy" on it.

For my woman (0)

rosewood (99925) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681718)

Id get her this costume if she lets me play with her scroll wheel...

Re:For my woman (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681768)

...and if she existed.

Working Slashdotted Server Costume... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681721)

...Might be dangerous. How often can you 'demonstrate' your costume after appearing to fall foward and burst into flames after a slashdotting?

"Finally" found a good use for a tablet PC (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681723)

..he made it into the 'display' of a costume. Of an Apple product. Finally, someone comes out and says that the Emperor has no clothes, that Microsoft's FUD machine can't spin something out of nothing, and that the tablet-PC-using-dork in Starbucks really is just that, a dork. Thank you, for pointing out the retardation of Tablet PCs.

Needlessly Slashdotted (2, Informative)

ZackSchil (560462) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681750)

The server may have survived longer if the images had been actually resized. Many are 500KB - 1MB each, html resized to 800x600. I'm trying to make a mirror of the mirror and use true resized images but I'm getting about 500 bytes/sec.

Just Make Sure You Watch Out For... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681788)

THE IPOD KILLERS!!

Next Hallowe'en... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681791)

...I'm going as the iPod Killer [slashdot.org] . And I KNOW YOUR IP ADDRESS!

whats so scary about an ipod? (1)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681806)

I mean its haloween so somehow arn't the costumes supposed to represent something scary?

Or am I missing something and lots of people in this persons neighborhood work for the RIAA?

The best part about the costume (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681817)

No camel toe!

I haven't (1)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681819)

I haven't been keeping up with Foxtrot lately, is this what Jason is going as for Halloween this year?

Off Topic but..... (0, Offtopic)

sacmog (779672) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681838)

I have a lot of free time on my hands this week, and part of what I've been doing with it is house cleaning.

And Slashdot.

I have been following links to this mod and that mod all week long, and I come to the conclusion that there is something completely and significantly wrong with all these pictures I've been looking at.

Without exception, every living room/kitchen/garage has been neat. orderly, and perfectly free of clutter.

And that ain't right.

It can't be real.

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