2007-07-09 04:41 pm (UTC)
Noam built one of these for Burning Man a few years ago (it's now at work
). I seem to recall it was under 10 cents per ball, maybe more like 5 cents?
a cheaper alternative might be a foam block pit, there's probably dumpsters full of that stuff somewhere. it'd be bouncier anyway.
I think it was the ball washer that was prohibitive.
Especially the way getting "foreign labor" is looking these days...
Start a family and put the kid in there.
2007-07-09 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'll get right on that.
I second Dan's suggestion. Or, alternatively, make the guest room into a playroom for Major.
2007-07-09 07:23 pm (UTC)
Major hasn't lived with me for almost 6 months now.
Well, scratch that idea, then. But Dan's idea of starting a family is good.
Your mention of Major and spending time with him at Dolores Park in your July 1st post made me think that he came for visits. Sorry.
2007-07-09 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he does. But not regularly enough to warrant his own playroom. :)
Well, I think the ever-adorable Major deserves his own playroom anyway. That is my vote, anyway. :) When he is not there, you could use his playroom, if you are good. :)
I was gonna say that sounded really kinky...
...then I read the cartoon. lol... :)
...sometimes ideas just make sense. ;)
How about make it a bedroom for guests ;)
Why not both?
"Uh, yeah, so you can stay over, but the guest room is full of balls. If you're comfortable sleeping with balls, you're more than welcome to stay."
I always said if I buy my own house I'd HAVE to have a ball pit... so ball pit all the way!
...just be careful who
you invite over ;)
Sensory deprivation room.
Padded room for destructo-girl!
2007-07-09 06:18 pm (UTC)
2007-07-09 06:27 pm (UTC)
there is no end to the jokes
I guess you'd never have someone question your balls again.
2007-07-09 06:38 pm (UTC)
2007-07-09 07:03 pm (UTC)
If you go with the balls, make sure to invest in live ferrets for the room.
And then on the other side of the wall, away from the door... install RAID array.
Where am I supposed to crash when I potentially move there in a few months?
2007-07-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
I could put a futon in there as well.
Ball pit or futon... tough choice...
BOTH. You just have to wade through the ball pit to get to the futon. And remember where the futon is when playing with your balls. Um.
At the very least, rolling out of bed in the morning would be a lot more fun.
make the entire floor of the room out of some gigantic custom made waterbed :)
It's actually really deceivingly expensive. I looked into doing it in my cubicle at work and ran a cost analysis on getting ball pit balls from a bunch of different sources (Vendors online, ebay, wholesale). It turned out the cheapest I could get was paying ~$10 for a pack of (slightly smaller) 100 at Toys' R Us. Even wholesale ended up a lot more expensive (~31 cents per ball) than I imagined. I figured just to coat the floor of my cubicle I would need at least 1000 balls (let alone to knee or waist height), so you'd probably be thinking at least 10K balls to fill a small room to any reasonable height. I can post the full cost analysis I did if people are interested.
2007-07-10 12:32 am (UTC)
I'm interested in at least the list of suppliers, and a function for the number of balls needed for a given volume. (and ball size... is that a standard?)
If you asked a materials scientist, he'd tell you a bunch of balls will never fill more than 74%
of the volume you put them in. But that's for a crystal, so it's probably much less in a ball pit. Say 50-60%.
I knew that high education was going to pay off some day.
2007-07-10 05:50 am (UTC)
2007-07-10 06:07 am (UTC)
The thing I always wanted was a swirly slide (like at a playground) from my bedroom down into my kitchen. I'd get up and slide down every morning for breakfast.
Rock climbing walls
Photography studio. (female models)
Game room (pinball, etc)
Music studio (you may have yet another talent)
Hot tub room (ha)
Velcro. Everywhere. With velcro objects inside. And velcro suits. And a few springboards to jump up on the walls.
(This is something I've wanted ever since seeing it when I was around six years old in some science museum, I think in Chicago. It was also a night club fad not too long ago, from Japan, probably.)