Well, not quite infinity or beyond, but still pretty fucking awesome. This video of a dad sending his son's Stanley train 18 miles up with a weather balloon, then recovering it with GPS whilst filming the whole thing hits so many positive buttons for me: science & technology, being a dad, and most of all, doing something for the pure whimsical fun of it.
From the YouTube description:
On Aug 24th 2012 we sent my son's favorite train "Stanley" to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and we got some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing.The animation of Stanley's face is really the crowning touch.
My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He's been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together. I animated Stanley's face with After Effects and Photoshop to bring him to life how I imagine my son sees him.