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Apparently, I'm a hipster heathen for breathing new life into old videogames/accessories... Answered

So, a few "purists/elitists", have decided I'm a "hipster heathen", solely for the Advantage Clocks and Lamps I create. (My first Instructible provides tech on how to create the original lamp.)

I'm destroying a "limited" number of these things. I wonder if they really understand how many of these there really are. I consider it a rescue, and re-purpose, honestly. I gather these from numerous dusty places, and I've even found some of the broken ones in a dumpster one time. I always go for broken before working, but do they seriously think all of these would be hooked up to working systems and being used?

How many would be in a landfill? My original is still alive and kicking. I wonder about theirs. 

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neuropol (author)2011-06-22

There are plenty NES Advantages about. It was hugely popular back in the day, and Nintendo produced them in huge quantities. Those complaining were likely those that collect sealed games only, and have everything slabbed by VAG. Feel free to ignore them.

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crapflinger (author)2011-06-14

dirty hipsters....the lot o' ya!

the biggest problem with hipsters is they co-opt things that are actually awesome (crazy bikes, awesome facial hair, irony)....they just do it for the wrong reason.

cassette tapes are freakin awesome to make stuff out of....if you were around in the 80s when they existed and you understand the nostalgai and you do things with them because of that (and the need to not throw things in the trash), then that's great!

now, if you were born in the 90s, and you never actually knew what cassette tape was untill they became "cliche" and "ironic"....well then you're a hipster d-bag.

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I remember busting my arse all summer for the Master of Puppets cassette...

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AndyGadget (author)RecycledRetro2011-06-17

 
My main memory of them is unwinding the tape from the innards of the car cassette player.  MP3 players - PAH!  These youngsters don't know what they're missing out on.

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:( now you're making me remember when metallica didn't suck

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RecycledRetro (author)2011-06-16

I'm never going to stop...I have way too much fun. If I am ever forced to stop, my brain will atrophy. It is constantly active on what I can do next.

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gmoon (author)2011-06-14

If you fancy yourself a "creator," I read that as "artist."

So if you have anything at all to say with your art, get used to criticism...

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Nostalgic Guy (author)2011-06-13

Pretty much everything I make is recycled, reused & salvaged.
Our home & garden are full of shelves, clocks, computer desks, planters, & yes even lights that started life as something completely different & were destined for a landfill until I got my hands on them.
We have a huge decked area in our back garden that is entirely made from timber taken from broken pallets stripped down cleaned up & reused.
We have a beautiful double sized six position reclining lounger in the garden that started life as a futon sofa & a storage/coffee table made from a blanket box & salvaged floorboards.
Twenty odd years ago when I got my first flat I built a great stereo from a really good turntable donated by a musician cousin, translucent shelves salvaged from an old refrigerator & a string of Christmas tree lights, people thought it looked great all lit up & asked me where I bought it!!!!
I once made a telephone from a cheap wall mounted handset a cigar box & a couple of old Zippo lighters, some people didn't like it others must have because I ended up making four more of them.
I make things that I LIKE for my family home if other people think that makes me odd then that's their problem; I have always done it & always will.
Personally I think your lamp is great in fact it has given me an idea for something similar involving an old Amiga CD32.
Keep up the good work my friend I for one look forward to seeing what you come up with next as you will see by the addition of a new name in your followes list.

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caitlinsdad (author)2011-06-13

Sounds good for a name change. Do it and make some more.

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DJ Radio (author)2011-06-13

Why do you let this bother you? What in the world is wrong with that?

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RecycledRetro (author)DJ Radio2011-06-13

I don't really...I find it funny more than anyhing.

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RecycledRetro (author)2011-06-13

I don't think I'll ever stop doing what I do. All in all, I found it hilarious. Hipster is not what someone would use to describe me. I was trying to find logic in why they were upset, but it doesn't exist.

Thanks, guys...it really just goes to prove that my hipster heathen ways have value!

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Goodhart (author)2011-06-13

The repurpose-ers, the hackers, the recyclers as Kiteman and others have indicated, are some of the most USEFUL makers in the world.

Best to ignore those that have a self-centered opinion that one can only create "something out of nothing" and continue do what you do best.

I, myself LOVE to repurpose things (I have used old walkie talkies for a joke, for remote activation of security systems, etc. even when there may be a better way to do something, it is always to one's advantage to keep one's mental juices alive and cooking by doing it "differently".

So, sail on, and keep the projects coming....

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jeff-o (author)2011-06-13

Ignore them and go about your business as usual.

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gmjhowe (author)2011-06-13

People like to be opinionated and put others down.

Ignore them. Enjoy what you do. As long as you aint breaking no laws, you are doing nothing wrong.

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Kiteman (author)2011-06-13

Nonsense!

You're not a "heathen", you're a Maker of the purest kind - why else do you think your lamp got featured?

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