There’s his website. He’s working on more Star Wars in ASCII of all things Check out the ‘jet powered beer cooler’ for a full description for the coolest ‘absolutely pointless’ project I’ve ever seen. Yes, it would have cost far less to buy a fridge.
Oh. My. God. That is BRILLIANT. I only watched up to Luke getting the droids - how far does it go? Surely it can’t go right up to the cheesy awards ceremonies? (It will be no great surprise to hear that I LOVE Star Wars.)
Actually, you’ll find that this sort of thing is his hobby if you read through the rest of his website. As far as I can tell he’s an electrical engineer who works for Intel in NZ. And yes, as has been mentioned, there’s a huge history of wacky and pointless innovation from the land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealanders rock!
This same guy has built a 1:1 scale model of Bender from Futurama, purely as a hobby. But it’s not just a model - it’s got a 6502 processor in its head (same as the Apple II - they joked that Bender’s brain was a 6502 once in the series), AND it has a beer brewing still mounted in its belly.
He’s also built a full-sized external model of the Tardis, and mounted a MAME box with full screen and analogue joysticks in it.
Not to mention the jet engine, and the jet-powered beer cooler.
Truly, this guy doesn’t need a hobby. He has enough already Dude’s a maker.