When I was tasked with promoting Hackaday.com I came up with some crazy ideas for videos that actually did pretty well. The Portal gun that actually levitates a companion cube got over 1.6 million views. The 80,000 volt Mjolnir was shown all around the world and the TazerDrone video sucked but earned me my first cease and desist!
I had this idea to do something BIG that would pull people in and make a regular series out of it. I had to come up with some crazy things that a normal sane person would never actually build. My idea was Hackers Vs Zombies.
I’d buy an old van (I had my heart set on a 60’s vw bus because I’m obsessed). I would then start hacking on it to turn it into an ultimate zombie vehicle. It would be important to mix practical with absolutely insanely impractical. Things like “how to keep from freezing to death in winter” To “how to mount fully automatic rifles to your roof on a home made turret” would be featured. The premise is silly, using a VW an is silly, but I think it would have been amusing enough to be watchable.
Here’s the super quick ridiculous promo I tossed together as a pitch.
(thanks Hackaday for keeping this video up and letting me share a lost moment from your past!)
I came up with 4 rediculous and dangerous hacks that I knew I could deliver.
Then I brainstormed a quick list of actual practical things to sprinkle in
● covert gas pump to pull fuel from gas station reservoirs.
● drone from roof for scoping out new areas/ distractions
● building a small wood stove
● constructing a battery bank trailer
● rigging a toilet
● electronics workstation
● rainwater collection/filtration
● small forge for melting metal
● solar panel system?
● Desulfation for harvesting old batteries.
● water wheel powered battery charging system
Sadly, this project was not meant to be. I left Hackaday pretty much immediately after I came up with this plan. I think there’s real potential here but I’ve had videos that completely flopped before, so who knows. It would take a considerable amount of time and effort on my part and most likely a generous sponsor to make it happen.