Category Archives: House
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.
Once in a while I like to make things people can print, and today I am offering this geek version of a standard “Beware Of Dog” sign. Perfect for the office or home habitat, or anywhere you might feel jokingly territorial.
You can find a few sized for an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
The first chair mat I designed was very well-received – one was actually made! While I’m still trying to sort out how more can be made available, I thought I’d offer up another design: StarCraft 2. This one is just the Terran highlight circle and health meter for a ground unit, but you could make it a base building (with a production meter) or a flying unit. The highlight circles for Protoss and Zerg are even fancier, but what can I say? I’m a Terran fan.
Speaking of which, you should check out this Terran hockey jersey I have on my other blog.
As part of my quest to turn anything and everything into some sort of geeky design, I present this central fireplace based on Darth Vader’s meditation chamber. Yes, a fireplace, and yes this is a weird blog.
It seems central fireplaces come in many styles, as they are usually the focal point of the room the are stationed. With their chimneys jutting straight into the ceiling, they appeared similar to Vader’s ‘Man Cave‘, and voila, a geeky fireplace design was born.
This fireplace would be able to open and close (be it manually or mechanically), to help adjust the room temperature, or to simply denote there is no fire currently.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have a hankering for some hot cocoa.
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I usually design Blu-Ray cases here, but for fun I thought I’d design a Blu-Ray player. The best theme for a player in my opinion is the Criterion Collection, something I’m sure many Cinephiles would agree with.
Criterion would look minimalistic and somewhat luxurious, so I enlisted wood paneling and aluminum for the main body. Gone are the electronic LCD panels, instead are a few printed card displays that are illuminated with bulb or LED lights. Buttons are also scarce here, only the power and eject buttons are on the face (the rest could be buried behind a panel elsewhere, I didn’t include it here).
One cosmetic feature is a single-hand clock that would display the progress of the film in lieu of a quartz timer. I personally think it looks really classy, especially with the Criterion ‘C’ on the face. For those who want to see specific time information, that could be displayed onscreen (via remote press – remote not shown).
There are two individual disc trays; for loading the feature disc and special features disc, or two completely different movies. I think this would be better than those 3 or 5 disc trays, allowing you to replace discs without interrupting one that is currently playing. Also you can quickly toggle between the two discs, because they would be loaded simultaneously.
And one feature that I think is really neat is a perch for parking your (empty) movie case. This perch has dramatic lighting to illuminate the case, showing off the case art and making this a theater marquee of sorts. The lights dim when the films plays, and come back on when the film is stopped.
This was just a fun exercise. In all likelihood such a player would look very conventional (cobalt black, LED display, single disc tray). Personally I’d like to see a flat design, something I pitched a long time ago.
I really dig these Whiskey Stones, which are small cubes of soapstone which can be frozen and submerged in your Mad Men alcoholic beverage of choice (whatever beverage really). They don’t dilute your drink as melted ice cubes would. They also seem to be impermeable to water, as you only need to rinse them when you are done with them, so I am assuming they don’t retain flavors from previous soaks.
Thought it would be interesting if you could apply Whiskey Stones in a fashion similar to an ice pack, specifically for a lunch box. It would be a brick (or a bunch of conjoined cubes) that can be frozen and then inserted into a tray at the bottom of a Thermos lunch box. It would then keep your sandwiches crisp and your beverage cold. No need to park your stuff in the communal fridge at work!* Read the rest of this entry
So that last post got me thinking about how great it would be for a city park to adopt a Zelda layout, enough to get me thinking about doing a crowdfunding project (still mulling it over). My thoughts then migrated to something a little closer to home – the backyard to be exact. How cool would it be decorate the yard with Zelda-themed lawn ornaments in the style of item pickups? This is a million times better than gnomes!*
These would be ornaments with a little peg underneath that you’d plug into the lawn anywhere you want. It would look like Link invaded your property and struck down all the shrubs (he has issues).
I think this would be a fun DIY project for lawn-loving geeks. I have no idea how you’d make such large Rupees though (any thoughts out there?). For safety reasons I’d want the arrows made out of rubber (or something not stabby in general, as we’ve learned from lawn darts).
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