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Empty guest bedroom [Jul. 9th, 2007|09:32 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
My guest bedroom has been empty for awhile, but I never really noticed because repairs had been going on to fix the upstairs patio (from underneath, through the guest bedroom ceiling).

Anyway, it's now completely empty... not a single piece of furniture.

I'm thinking ball pit. But I think jwz looked into this and found it prohibitively expensive. (but I think that was for the entirety of the DNA Lounge, a bit more square footage...)
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From: evan
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?
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[User Picture]From: henry
2007-07-09 04:49 pm (UTC)
a cheaper alternative might be a foam block pit, there's probably dumpsters full of that stuff somewhere. it'd be bouncier anyway.
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[User Picture]From: detritus
2007-07-09 05:04 pm (UTC)
I think it was the ball washer that was prohibitive.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2007-07-10 09:38 pm (UTC)
Especially the way getting "foreign labor" is looking these days...
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From: dan_erat
2007-07-09 05:08 pm (UTC)
Start a family and put the kid in there.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-07-09 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'll get right on that.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-07-09 06:57 pm (UTC)

:)

I second Dan's suggestion. Or, alternatively, make the guest room into a playroom for Major.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-07-09 07:23 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

Major hasn't lived with me for almost 6 months now.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-07-09 07:32 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

Well, scratch that idea, then. But Dan's idea of starting a family is good.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-07-09 07:34 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

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.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-07-09 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

Yeah, he does. But not regularly enough to warrant his own playroom. :)
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-07-09 09:18 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

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. :)
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[User Picture]From: kuteluvr
2007-07-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
I was gonna say that sounded really kinky...

...then I read the cartoon. lol... :)

...sometimes ideas just make sense. ;)
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[User Picture]From: majestros
2007-07-09 05:23 pm (UTC)
How about make it a bedroom for guests ;)
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[User Picture]From: darksoul
2007-07-09 05:26 pm (UTC)
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."
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[User Picture]From: dan_lane
2007-07-09 05:39 pm (UTC)
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 ;)
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[User Picture]From: deflatermouse
2007-07-09 06:06 pm (UTC)
Sensory deprivation room.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-07-09 06:11 pm (UTC)
Padded room for destructo-girl!
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2007-07-09 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured I'd need around 300,000 balls.

On the plus side, it can end this way.
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[User Picture]From: lisa
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.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2007-07-09 06:38 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: krow
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.
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[User Picture]From: daberna
2007-07-09 07:08 pm (UTC)
Where am I supposed to crash when I potentially move there in a few months?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-07-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
I could put a futon in there as well.
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[User Picture]From: daberna
2007-07-09 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ball pit or futon... tough choice...
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From: cjensen
2007-07-10 12:28 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: imgreen
2007-07-10 12:02 am (UTC)
make the entire floor of the room out of some gigantic custom made waterbed :)
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From: retrogradeheart
2007-07-10 12:05 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: brad
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?)
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[User Picture]From: daberna
2007-07-10 02:25 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2007-07-10 05:50 am (UTC)
Me too!
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[User Picture]From: erik
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.
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[User Picture]From: foobarbazbax
2007-07-10 06:16 am (UTC)

Put up guests

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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2007-07-10 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ideas:
Rock climbing walls
Photography studio. (female models)
Game room (pinball, etc)
Poker room
Music studio (you may have yet another talent)
Hot tub room (ha)




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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2007-07-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
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.)
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