Category Archives: House
Yesterday the special edition Blu-Ray case for Breaking Bad was announced, and I really dig the barrel design, almost as much as my design (which could also work as a slipcase, now that I think of it). That said I think the many barrels seen in the show would make for a cool set of drinking cups.
The larger barrels that would double as mugs and the smaller barrels would function as shot glasses. Completing the set are drinking coasters in the shape of wood pallets (the kind you’d find in a warehouse).
I coined the idea for the coasters on my own, but I’m happy to say many others have beaten me to it — you can buy them from several places right now. One difference is my coasters have no gaps on the top where the drink sits, to help prevent fluids from getting to the surface you’re trying to protect; the ones currently on the market don’t appear to be effective in that regard! Those other coasters don’t respect the wood, if you get my reference.
So there are many names for this container: military footlocker, chest, trunk, tool case, storage container, and on and on. They all serve the same purpose: storage! But for this post I’ll refer to this box as a footlocker, which is appropriate given its usage here.
This footlocker design is based on the ammo supply crates from Half Life 2. There are many other games that have similar supply/ammo crates like Red Faction and Borderlands, but Half Life 2 would be my personal choice for a footlocker.
In theory such a footlocker would be a life-size replica of its video game counterpart, give or take a few inches.
I actually spent a lot of time over the last few months attempting to make this very footlocker for myself. My hope was to find a similar-looking storage case and just paint it, but I had zero luck finding anything comparable.*
What I would love about having such a footlocker is that it can be placed anywhere, just like in a video game. Regardless of the surrounding decor, this footlocker would seem purposeful and important in any location.
I just worry that gamer folks might instinctively approach the footlocker without thinking! I’m kidding, gamers aren’t that habitual. However this footlocker will call attention to itself, a trait that carries over from the game.
Alas there are no geeky storage containers like this in existence. I hope that can rectified in the near future.
*I even went to an Army Surplus store looking for a military footlocker but had no luck. There are lots of cool military cases available online (like this), but nothing I could affix all the labels and stripes to. The closest I saw were antique army footlockers but those were in rough shape. In the end I opted to grab a few Rubbermaid containers for all my junk.
A couple of posts ago I threw out the idea of a Zelda Candle Holder (based on the dungeon torches from Ocarina of Time), and Rachel Holden decided to make it! And she did a bang-up job as you can see above.
It’s just a fake candle for now – she didn’t want to burn her house down, which is completely understandable. She explains how it was made (and what those GoT sigils are in the background) in this Reddit post.
So why can’t I just make these things myself? I’m an ideas man. I leave the implementation to others!
I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I would like the past few months, as other projects have been consuming my time. So in no particular order:
1. Zelda Candle Holders. For the romantic geek! This would hold those little disc-shaped candles.
2. Gag envelopes that tell the recipient what kind of electronic device you have, because that is important. I tweeted about this a few weeks back, saying it would be a fun way to mess with the recipient. All you have to do is print the text “Sent from my iPhone/Blackberry/Android” onto some envelopes, a fun DIY project. Would be interesting if anyone asked what app was used to make the envelope.
3. A way to retweet and tack on your own text in one step. I think it would be convenient to add your commentary to a retweet. Clicking this option would bring up a tweet dialogue box with the person’s tweet you’d like to retweet already pasted. You can then type in your reply or commentary and post it. If the person’s original tweet is left intact, a RT abbreviation (retweet) is present. If you edit or delete some of their tweet then it automatically changes to MT (modified tweet).
4. Can’t-Miss counters for Twitter. Another idea for Twitter: little counters that indicate how many tweets you missed from people since you last logged-on. You click on the counter and all those missed tweets would be expanded below. For this feature it would be best to designate which people are “can’t miss”; you wouldn’t want a counter for everyone I imagine.
5. Milestone funding for Kickstarter/Indiegogo. This is something that happens in the video game industry, usually between a publisher and an external game studio: instead of the publisher paying 100% of the game budget right off the bat, they pay in installments and only when certain milestones in the game are achieved. Once you achieve your milestone, you get another percentage of the budget to keep production going.
Having already made pledges to a few lame-duck Kickstarters, I think the milestone approach would be ideal. The person who landed funding on Kickstarter would have demonstrate progress to unlock further funding. For instance: your Kickstarter is successful for $100,000. You get 20% of the total to get started. Once you demonstrate progress your funders can green-light the next 20% of the funding, and so on. BUT if you are a lame-duck project then the rest of your funding could be pulled, so backers can withdraw support and get back the remaining percentage of their contribution. Backers would vote on green-lighting additional funds or killing support.
This keeps project organizers honest and eliminates some of the risk for backers. This also adds more incentive for project organizers to maintain communication (many go radio silent as things go sour), and above all ensures they carry the project to completion.
The project organizer would have to spell out milestone goals in their pitch (most do anyway), and during key updates would ask their backers to vote on green-lighting more funds. The milestone percentages could be set by the organizer, so if their Kickstarter needs 100% of funding right away they have to ask for it and say why.
6. Cumulative YouTube ads: I will watch a bunch of ads in a row on YouTube if it will buy me a reprieve for a few months. Stop the madness.
7. FREE Ad-sponsored YouTube movies. If YouTube ran FREE full-length movies with the cost of admission being a bunch of ads, I would be there. We already watch 20+ minutes of ads in movie theaters prior to films starting! I could endure several ads to see The Last Starfighter on YouTube, how about you? UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, there is a section in YouTube that provides this very service called Crackle. The main website for Crackle is here. Thanks to Niraj!
Bonus Idea: The “Barrel-Roller”, a vehicle I’d like to see in Mario Kart 8.
I suppose it’s a little weird to have a ‘dream garage’, seeing as I don’t own a car. But being such a rebel I will not only hold onto that dream, I’ll just go ahead and share it here. Haters gonna hate.
I’m sure most of you Trekkies will recognize the design of this garage: it’s based on the hangar that the Enterprise was parked in at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I’m pretty sure the film opened with Kirk and Scotty flying around this hangar for 36 minutes before finally boarding their ship, but it’s been awhile since I saw it.
In addition to the steel structure and array of LED lights the garage is lined with glass, making it a greenhouse-like structure to protect your vehicle against the elements.
There is also a door in the front that opens like your typical garage door:
You’ll have to excuse my use of the Tumbler Batmobile for this post, it was either that or the Ecto-1 (I need more 3D model cars at my disposal). I believe this garage would be ideal for a luxury car, preferably one that is white or silver to echo the Enterprise. Whatever vehicle you park inside, this garage was made to show off your ride — it’s essentially a big display case.
The Tumbler is a pretty big vehicle, so it’s difficult to get a sense of scale here, but essentially the current design is a wide-bay single car garage. This design can be scaled up to accommodate more cars.
This structure could also be used as the entrance for an underground car elevator, a car wash bay, or another fancy sign for a dealership.
So that’s my dream garage (and greenhouse I suppose!). I should do a series of dream houses/rooms sometime down the road. That said I did make a dream hockey pad on the other blog which can you check out here.
As for other Star Trek posts please click here.
Now you can shower just like a champion! Except on a more daily basis. And with regular water, not Gatorade. (EDIT: You also could embed an LED in there to make the water change colors. Thanks to Ryan M. for the idea!).
On a lighter note this blog is now 3 years old! Thanks for stopping by and putting up with my weird ideas, much like the one you see above.