0152: "Hamster Ball"

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0152: "Hamster Ball"

Postby Shoofle » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:22 am UTC

Regarding the title text: It's true! I saw them at Costco for under $100! Not 100 factorial, it was just an exclamation. They are for use in the water, and have about a six-foot interior (in other words, just right for me!).

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Postby unfuknblvble » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:32 am UTC

This comic reminded me very much of the playpen ball one. In the sense that it's just as fantastic.

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Postby xkcd » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:34 am UTC

unfuknblvble wrote:This comic reminded me very much of the playpen ball one. In the sense that it's just as fantastic.

Well, I guess what I'm getting at is I'm pretty much all about the balls.

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:D

Postby Happler » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:35 am UTC

My wife saw that and agreed with me that it would be the ultimate wish!

(my first post here, I have to admit, love the comic!)

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It's zorb!

Postby Relsqui » Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:48 am UTC

http://www.zorb.com

Not as good as having your own, but it does look like an awful lot of fun.

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Postby Ephphatha » Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:40 am UTC

Dammit, beaten.

Yeah, I was gonna say zzorb. They push you down the hill though.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:13 am UTC

I'm noticing a theme in recent comics.


Anyway, you can practically find these things anywhere there's a hill where I live.

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Postby Tropylium » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:37 am UTC

I think it would be even more awesome if, instead of a sphere, this were a large polyhedron. An icosahedron might still be too angular however; I'd start with 30-ish sides, ie. an icosidodecahedron, a truncated icosahedron, or a rhombic triacontahedron...

And altho I have nigh zero experience with tabletop RPGs, I'd naturally add numbers to the sides in the latter case. D30 cosplay! :D

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Postby Ephphatha » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:14 am UTC

Make it a d100, d64, or d50. Everything else won't roll properly.

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Postby Tropylium » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:40 am UTC

Any symmetry groups smaller than icosahedral are weak. Do you kno' from experience that even 30-40 sides isn't enuff? In that case, I'll raise you a greit rhombicosidodecahedron. Or if you think the die-ness (face equality) is crucial, you could pick one of the Catalan solids - the deltoid hexecontahedron maybe.

Or are you just referring to the fact that my first suggestions cannot be rolled along a single neat "belt" of faces? I think inertia would take care of that. And if not, the GRIDhedron still works - probably better than your feeble-symmetry suggestions, too.

There do not seem to exist any polyhedrons with both face equality and more than one "belt" other than the cube, so an ultimate hamsterball-die sadly does not exist. :( (In euclidian space at least.)

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Postby Ephphatha » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:55 am UTC

A 30ish sided die or less will roll fine, but it will be a bumpy ride and will stop soon. Many also will not roll in a straight line, but will curve toward whatever pole is closer to the ground. (I'm a roleplayer, I don't bother with the theory, just what I see in practice :P)

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Postby Shoofle » Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:33 pm UTC

First: Ha ha ha role player...
Second: You don't need it to keep rolling, that's why you walk.
Third: I think any geodesic sphere would probably be pretty good - I'm sure they could supply the strength needed.

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Postby Cowie » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:23 pm UTC

Inconsiderate bastard.
Could've at least... wished for a hamster with human sized balls.
THAT would be comedy. Let's see one of those fuzzy little fuckers piss on my favorite pair of pants now that he's weighed to the ground by his exceedingly massive testicles =(

Edit: I wanted to be the first person to mention the "Atlaspheres" event from american gladiators. I couldn't find a good image of the event, so instead have a link to some college kids not representing the event very well at all.

http://hitchcock-house.uchicago.edu/pho ... phere1.JPG

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Postby Ephphatha » Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:31 pm UTC

Shoofle wrote:First: Ha ha ha role player...
Second: You don't need it to keep rolling, that's why you walk.
Oh, ok. I'd go for a huge d20 then. It'd bounce around with enough speed.

And I'm willing to forgive you for the roleplayer comment, at least I'm not a LARPer

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Postby Westacular » Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:00 am UTC

unfuknblvble wrote:This comic reminded me very much of the playpen ball one. In the sense that it's just as fantastic.


Yeah, me too. And then I thought "Oh me yarm WHAT IF YOU COMBINED A PLAYPEN BALL PIT WITH A GIANT HAMSTER BALL" and my brain exploded.

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Postby Backlash » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:09 pm UTC

Is it ok that the first thing I thought of when reading this comic was American Gladiators? Ah, the cheesy Saturday morning memories are coming back (I guess this was from my middle school years?)

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Postby Allergic2Umbrellas » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:10 pm UTC

I saw a documentary based in New Zealand that had a contraption for humans that was hamsterball-like but better! It has a large outer-diameter ball , and a smaller, suspended inner diameter ball accessed by a tunnel with tight sphincter-like openings that you squeeze through. Inside is filled with glycerine. It is then rolled down a hill, and you remain in a somewhat upright sitting position while the ball rolls all kinds of crazy! Add more people for more fun!




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Postby zombiereagan » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:31 pm UTC

http://www.bizitairproducts.com/images/ ... sm_000.jpg

Mark Coyne the lead singer of the flaming lips has one that he crowd surfs with cause he is the man.
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Postby DaveFP » Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:08 am UTC

Wow. I mean, I knew he was 'the man' before, but now he's managed to knock himself off the top of the list...
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Postby Shoofle » Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:02 am UTC

Oh, I figured out what to do with the other wishes! Obliterate all raptors! Problem #1: Food chain would break.

Problem #2: Nature finds a way.

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Postby Ephphatha » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:58 am UTC

The clear vinyl, heat sealed, airtight spheres are ultra durable.

Problem, maybe?

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Postby Verysillyman » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:05 pm UTC

Well, my first thought on seeing this was 'zorb' (the ones with a sphincter-like opening and glycerine) but that's not really the same, that's like a water slide wherever you want it.

My second thought was the vergale Avengers movie with Uma Thurman and Ralph Feinnes (whose brother is the greatest explorer alive) walking across a lake in clear hamster ball things. Very cool.

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Postby RealGrouchy » Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:11 pm UTC

My second wish would be to have installed either a door or a washroom.

Maybe a galley.

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Postby Verysillyman » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:30 am UTC

I just kinda presumed that you could open it, like a regular hamster ball.

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Postby kitty_hunter » Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:04 am UTC

Zorbs are a lot like giant hamsterball but you do need to have water in them.
I've been in one and I'm tending to agree with the sentiment of the comic. They are brilliant! I think they had them on the amazing race with people having to do a cross country course in them. The only issue is that after a while they get a bit oxidised and so you can't see out of them so well.

http://www.zorb.co.nz/videos/old_promo.mov - Yay for New Zealand!

http://www.zorb.co.nz/videos/austria.mov - I'm sure this one wouldn't be hilarious if you could speak austrian... luckily for me... I don't. :)

http://www.zorb.co.nz/videos/coke.mov - and this ones just cool :P

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Postby Relsqui » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:30 pm UTC

Screencap from Second Life:

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(Click for full res.)

That would be Relsqui Pascale (i.e. me) in a hollowed-out plastic sphere with a bumpy texture and some transparency applied. I didn't think it was going to work--the physics model in SL is very wonky--but hey, it does! And I met another xkcd fan by rolling around in it.

If you play, toss me an IM and I'll send you one.


P.S. I had to restart my Second Life client because of some problems, and when I came back, someone had sat down on top of the ball. He idled out, still sitting there . . . but because I own the object, I could still move it around (and therefore climb back in). If anything is sillier than rolling around in a giant hamster ball, it's rolling around in a giant hamster ball with some poor bastard stuck to the outside! :P

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Postby MHZmaster » Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:22 am UTC

I saw this on Boing Boing and immediately thought of the comic. In fact, that's the reason I finally got around to registering on the forums.

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What a horribly designed website! Major props to the concept, though!

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Re: "Hamster Ball" Discussion

Postby masher » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:01 am UTC

You can also just enter Gladiators and play Atlasphere!


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