Apparently there is a whole armada of Spongebob Squarepants alarm clocks, but none of them are a replica of the one used by Spongebob himself on the show; and I’m really surprised by that. Statistically speaking there are “morning people” who want to emulate the sponge’s wake-up routine.
The only reason I can think of as to why this doesn’t exist yet, is that it would be too expensive to have a 3-foot tall foghorn alarm clock parked by your bed. That said it could be smaller (maybe 8 – 12 inches tall) which you could call “life size”, given how small the characters are in relation to us humans.
It must be equipped with the option for the radio or other beeping sounds for the alarm sound; a horn blaring in the morning isn’t for everyone. The face could also be backlit, it has that eye-pleasing aqua color in the show.
If you like this check out the Spongebob lamp.
This is one of those no-brainer ideas that I’m surprised doesn’t exist: you take the classic Mickey Mouse phone and use that as the basis for a cradle/dock for modern smartphones or tablets.
At a fraction the size of the original phone, this is essentially a figurine on a stand. The phone would be held in place by the base/dock, so Mickey wouldn’t have to do any heavy lifting. It would just appear that he is propping up the phone.
This cradle would be a great accessory for viewing or charging your device. I certainly would love one on my desk.
There are a few homages to the classic phone on the market currently, but nothing quite like this. Also I have to say I’m surprised that this didn’t already happen, mostly because Steve Jobs was heavily involved with Disney/Pixar in addition to overseeing Apple.
Here’s hoping this becomes a reality one day.
I just started watching Supernatural these past few months. Previously I didn’t give the show a chance because I thought it was just another Smallville (which I got tired of and quit after 3 or 4 seasons). I have to say Supernatural holds up to Buffy and Angel very well, and is pretty much a love letter to geeks in my opinion. I’m hooked!
For a blu-ray case design I thought I’d use the Devil’s Gate, a crypt seen at the end of Season 2. Unfortunately there are too many seasons of Supernatural (9 and counting) to make a replica crypt case; it would be the size of a bird feeder or a small doghouse. Instead I decided to make a simple box that can fit within your movie library, one that still has the unique doors and lock of the crypt.
The case features a latch that can be turned with a small replica “Magic Colt”, a demon-killing gun that also doubled as a key to the Devil’s Gate in the show. Just to make the case user-friendly it can remain unlocked, with the doors held in place by magnets or tabs.
Yes I am tempting fate that the show will have 10 seasons. I’m 99.99% sure a 10th season will happen. Here is why: 1.) Smallville did it 2.) They can have a bunch of crossovers with the new spin-off show, and 3.) it’s bragging rights for the CW and everyone involved with the show; if this was the final year, they’d be marketing it as such to drive up ratings.
Other things from the show like the car could make for a cool case, again it’s just that there are too many seasons (some 50 – 60 blu-ray discs in total), a tall order for any complete set.
Some notes: I made the interior orange to represent “Hell”. I was tempted to add some orange LED’s at the mouth of the case but opted to keep it simple. I also added some dividers to make it easier to grab a box set and remove it from the case; this was because I saw this Charmed box set, which looks really tough to grab a season case from. When Warner Brothers does release a complete collection, I hope they offer a case with just the final season, so fans can add the seasons they already bought (one with every season could be offered to latecomers like myself).
Also if you’re interested I posted a hockey jersey design on my other blog.
I’ve had such a blast playing GTA V, a title that continues to surprise me even when I’m exploring Los Santos on foot. The game has so much already, what more can be added? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Bait Cars. These are cars used by the police to trap unsuspecting car thieves (you might have seen the videos). The cars are monitored and when stolen, the doors lock and the engine is killed as the police swoop in for the arrest. In a GTA game bait cars would offer some paranoia to the fairly routine exercise of stealing cars, but I think it would be a fun minigame: destroy all the bait cars! Normally bait cars stick out like a sore thumb, so if a car seems to good to be true that should raise a red flag.
2. Walking Music. When you’re not in a vehicle it would be nice to listen to the radio. I think this can be done through the phone easily enough. If you look at the phones that Michael, Franklin, and Trevor use in GTA V, there is a space for another app…maybe this was omitted from the game?
3. A Cave That Moves.* Trevor’s mobile home/trailer got me thinking about how cool it would be to have a camper or RV that you can use as a homebase anywhere you want. Other vehicles could double as homes, like a personal jetliner, tour buses (the ones rock groups like to use), or a huge helipad-equipped yacht anchored out at sea.
4. Instigate A Race. Pull up alongside a car stopped at a light, rev your engines a few times, and goad the guy into a race. I’d like to see the finish line be a fixed point on the map with no set route, freeing you to get there any way you want.
5. Smalltime Heists. I think it would be fun to smash into an ATM and steal the money, or use a hydraulic lift to put one in the back of your truck. Also it would be great to knock off an armored car seen driving about, similar to what you can do in Sleeping Dogs. Both of these heists would bring police heat, of course.
I’m also hoping for the return of older GTA features, like gang territories from San Andreas. But overall I have zero complaints with GTA V, a game that is not lacking in any way.
*Last Starfighter reference!
UPDATE: This is not explicitly for Grand Theft Auto, but recently I’ve played Red Dead Redemption and State of Decay (got open-world gaming fever?), and they both shared a trait that I’d like to see addressed:
6. Need a Ride? In both RDR and SOD, the landscape is littered with nasty creatures. And quite often I’d see an NPC (either someone I just saved or they just happen to be on foot) run into some nasty trouble. I would definitely like the option to offer the NPC(s) a lift to the nearest town or safe zone. Sure karma or bonus points would be nice, but it’s for my own peace of mind, as weird as that sounds (maybe it’s my Canadianism?). Plus it would be nice to voluntarily pickup someone in an open-world game that is not a hooker.
Happy Halloween! Today I bring you a not-so-spooky coffee table and carpet design based on the ol’ Ouija Board. These are for geeks who enjoy occult-themed fare like Supernatural and Buffy, and can also afford to shop at fancy furniture joints (none of that IKEA stuff).
The wooden coffee table features a glass fixture and wheels, of course. The carpet would ideally be as big as possible to help sell the illusion of an oversize game board. The one thing about the Ouija Board is that it’s a very nice design, and looks at home on the floor. You couldn’t say for that Monopoly or Sorry.
I was perusing some earbuds recently when I made the observation that the Skull Candy logo seemed reminiscent of the skull seen on the Bullet Bill cannon. And eureka, a geeky design was born. This earbud design features a Bullet Bill character on each earpiece, and a Bullet Bill cannon as a fastener/clip.
I’m 99.99% certain that there are earbuds shaped like Bullet Bill currently on the market; it’s just a matter of adding his face and arms to complete the look.
I’ve been sitting on this update for awhile because I’m waiting for Translink to figure out the new Evergreen route west of Lougheed station*. Due to a lack of activity here lately I thought I’d share it now.
Just for fun I thought I’d make a version with some animation. If you need accompanying music look no further.
I won’t be offering any posters until the new route is sorted out. I’d also like to announce all Vancouver posters have been retired.
*Both the Millenium and Evergreen line could share the line between Lougheed and VCC-Clark, or that section could be exclusive to one of those aforementioned lines. I’m betting that both lines will share the route, with the Evergreen line only using it during peak times.
I found this really cool LED pixel clock, and it struck me as something that would be ideal for 8-bit or 16-bit video game clocks. The first thing that came to mind was the POW block from Mario Bros, which has a really simple look and would be ideal as a way to tell time. This device would be great as a desk or alarm clock.
The clock could cycle through the POW text until tapped (or hit) to display the current time, or it could just be a full-time clock with POW appearing on demand or on the hour or when an alarm sounds.
As you know I like to advocate violence towards alarm clocks, and the POW block is meant to take abuse! The POW text would appear when the alarm sounds, and it won’t go away until you hit snooze or shut off the alarm.
Another way to go would be to suspend the clock (just like this neat Mario Question Block lamp) and you’d hit it underneath to silence the alarm:
It doesn’t even have to be a clock, it could be a decorative night light, or a replica you can park on your desk.