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Sparkleball
posted by Blazecock Pileon (58 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
hurrah! the seventies are back.
posted by francesca too at 12:06 PM on January 11, 2009


I love you, sparkleball.

good use of the sparkleball tag
posted by leotrotsky at 12:14 PM on January 11, 2009


These balls, they sparkle?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:17 PM on January 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


What will they think of next?
posted by netbros at 12:18 PM on January 11, 2009


Very very good. Me make sparkleball.
posted by gcbv at 12:19 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkleball, The Movie.
posted by terranova at 12:22 PM on January 11, 2009


We made some of those a few years ago. Most viewers were stunned by the plastic-ness, rather than by any sparkly beauty. "Are those plastic cups?" was a frequent comment. We found out that they do not withstand weather well and also do not ship well.
posted by Cranberry at 12:23 PM on January 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion ball.

I am totally going to make one of these and put it out on the terrace.
posted by exlotuseater at 12:23 PM on January 11, 2009 [4 favorites]


To make a Sparkleball you need lights, plastic cups, and a little patience... and some dank bud.
posted by LordSludge at 12:28 PM on January 11, 2009


So it's not as simple as:
SPARKLE + BALLS = SPARKLEBALLS?

/me places glitter back in draw, put on pants.
posted by not_on_display at 12:28 PM on January 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Sparkleball boner
posted by pianomover at 12:28 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkleball, the breakfast cereal.
posted by nitsuj at 12:29 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkleball, the movie.
posted by fixedgear at 12:33 PM on January 11, 2009


Web 1.0

Web 0.5
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 12:33 PM on January 11, 2009 [4 favorites]


You know, sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkleball, Metafilter.
posted by odinsdream at 12:35 PM on January 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


I see your sparkle is as big as mine!
posted by chillmost at 12:40 PM on January 11, 2009


not? on display!
posted by Jikido at 12:41 PM on January 11, 2009


Do not taunt Sparkleball.
posted by weezy at 12:50 PM on January 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


I've seen sparklier.
posted by MrVisible at 12:53 PM on January 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sparklehorse.
posted by Johnny Porno at 1:14 PM on January 11, 2009


So, I clicked the link, saw what I thought was a page with just a single image, then thought, "worst FPP ever."

Then, I notice the link to instructions, etc. WOW!

I'm totally making one next year.

Favorited. Double Plus Good.
posted by oddman at 1:19 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkles, Professional Male Model
posted by gcbv at 1:20 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkler Bomb!
posted by bonobothegreat at 1:32 PM on January 11, 2009


Some posts list their source. How did you come across this, bp?
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 1:38 PM on January 11, 2009


The more I look at that page, the more I like it.
posted by box at 1:40 PM on January 11, 2009


How did you come across this, bp?

I have an artist friend in Tacoma who made one and has it in her living room. I asked her about it and she pointed me there.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:44 PM on January 11, 2009


Not enough things in this world sparkle. Sparkle on, you crazy ball.
posted by brundlefly at 1:45 PM on January 11, 2009


It looks like a bunch of Xmas lights inside some plastic cups. Am I supposed to be post-ironic and pretend this is good?

Because it's fucking redneck.
posted by autodidact at 1:47 PM on January 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


Autodidact:

Why do you hate joy?
posted by The Whelk at 1:55 PM on January 11, 2009 [8 favorites]


The first rule of Sparkleball...
posted by fixedgear at 1:56 PM on January 11, 2009


At Christmas time, these are all over my neighborhood, where we, in our mid-forties, are the youngsters. Apparently, if you only bring them out for a few weeks a year, they last forever.

And autodidact, I'll have you know that this was a very classy neighborhood, once.
posted by zinfandel at 1:57 PM on January 11, 2009


I'm not sure that I have enough patience to make one but the images on that site made me smile.
posted by overglow at 2:08 PM on January 11, 2009


Metafilter: combine your trash to make more trash.
posted by Zambrano at 2:19 PM on January 11, 2009


Because it's fucking redneck.

It'd be a depressing universe indeed if "redneck" actually precluded "good".
posted by brennen at 2:29 PM on January 11, 2009 [5 favorites]


(Jeff Foxworthy et al. notwithstanding.)
posted by brennen at 2:30 PM on January 11, 2009


Perhaps I'm a little depressed from the "Obama sells out before even getting into office" thread but what do I see here? A few moments' entertainment and then a complex, broke construction of plastics, glass and metal thrown into a landfill, to stay there for years before being extracted out as clothing or building materials by our stunted, chemically-poisoned, bestial descendents desperate for any fabricated things at all....
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 2:44 PM on January 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm disappointed. I was hoping this was something more like polo played with ponycorns.
posted by Tesseractive at 3:01 PM on January 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Blazecock Pileon, my life is enormously improved having you and posts like this in it.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:03 PM on January 11, 2009


My sister had these at her wedding reception several years back.
Everyone oohed and ahhhed....
posted by newpotato at 3:27 PM on January 11, 2009


My opinions on these are unformed, if anyone wants to bribe me to weigh in on one side or the other.
posted by maxwelton at 4:03 PM on January 11, 2009


This guy keeps his sparkleballs in his silver lame shorts -- and it's art! [And I don't mean "lame" shorts -- I just don't know how to do the accent thing.]
posted by binturong at 4:36 PM on January 11, 2009


Is calling things 'redneck' classist or racist or both or neither or what?
posted by box at 4:37 PM on January 11, 2009


I who labor in the outdoors all day have a red neck. You who slave under the fluorescent light are known to us "rednecks" as the "Pasty dumpling people."

Is that racist?
posted by pianomover at 4:54 PM on January 11, 2009


box, it is redneck.

This things are so tacky and ugly I will have to make one.
posted by dirty lies at 4:56 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkleball, Neely! Sparkleball!
posted by miss lynnster at 5:57 PM on January 11, 2009


I officially love anyone who gets that joke.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:58 PM on January 11, 2009


The perfect addition to a white trash burning man camp
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 6:05 PM on January 11, 2009


Do not taunt Sparkleball.

It's sparkly! It's fun!
posted by evilcolonel at 6:08 PM on January 11, 2009


awww...i thought it would be some sort of gayme...
posted by sexyrobot at 8:15 PM on January 11, 2009


miss lynnster: I officially love anyone who gets that joke.

I don't get that joke, but does it come from here? I figure if I read up on it, someday you will love me. Alas, that love will be unrequited because, by then, I'll have forgotten you'd said that and I'll just think you're wierd.

Pass the sparkleballs, please!
posted by not_on_display at 8:33 PM on January 11, 2009


Sparkleball, don't leave home without it!
posted by Upon Further Review at 9:16 PM on January 11, 2009


the flying spaghetti sparkleball was amusing.
posted by lapolla at 10:34 PM on January 11, 2009


not_on_display... nope.* Behold the glorious dramatics at 1:15. And might I add this blanket statement:  if you have never viewed this film yet, your life is simply not complete. It is entirely made up of AWESOME. Yeah, that little whore of a movie makes me feel nine feet tall.

*Oh whyyyyy ohhh whyyyy can't I ever find someone to looovvvvvveeee? *SOOBBBBB!*
posted by miss lynnster at 11:11 PM on January 11, 2009


I don't know how I feel about having my own ball, since it's not a debutante one.
posted by sparkletone at 11:47 PM on January 11, 2009


Shiny, sparkly, goodness. At least for awhile. Something to enjoy making with the kids, of any age. Not expensive, either. Clue: cheap no longer = redneck.
posted by Goofyy at 1:32 AM on January 12, 2009


i thought this was going to be about mormon vampires playing baseball.
posted by apostrophe at 7:05 AM on January 12, 2009


I'm surprised a Twilight reference took that long, & that it involved baseball.
posted by Pronoiac at 7:44 PM on January 12, 2009


Fantastic! I saw a couple of these in different neighborhoods when looking at Christmas lights this year and wondered what they were, whether commercially bought or made or what.

They really are more special in person though. Nice post.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:45 PM on January 12, 2009


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