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Howl’s Moving Castle Deadbolt And Doorbell

Howl's Moving Castle Door

Here are some ideas that would bring some personality to your home’s front door: a deadbolt and doorbell fashioned after the ones seen on the “magic teleportation door” from Howl’s Moving Castle. Now you can exit the house in style!

To make both of these items feasible for the real world there are some compromises: the doorbell would be static, because the rotational movement would be too hard to implement; and the deadbolt would only feature two colors instead of four, with red and green being used to show the door as locked and unlocked respectively.

Howl's Moving Castle Door

Because the handle on the deadbolt is square-shaped, it would be hard to tell if the door is locked at a glance. Limiting the display to two colors to show locked/unlocked is ideal for this setup.

All that’s left is making sure the doorbell has that familiar chime heard in the film. To me it sounds more like a typewriter bell than your typical doorbell.

NOTES: I’m sure people much smarter than me could rig a 4-color deadbolt with a doorbell that can rotate (to match the deadbolt), but for everyday use and long-term durability the above setup would be more viable in my opinion.

Like just about everything else I post here these don’t exist, so your only option is the DIY route. The doorbell is easy, just a matter of painting an old bell and adding a pointer (installation might be a headache). As for the deadbolt there are similar items on the market but there are no indicators for the handle side of the door. As of this writing I could not find a custom deadbolt maker.

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Wile E. Coyote Blueprint Posters Now Available

Wile E Coyote Blueprints

You can buy a poster of this image here. You can find wallpapers here.

As you can see I updated the art substantially since I released the wallpaper this past spring. I missed a few details, the largest being the whole box and its contents were tilted.

Wile E Coyote Blueprints

You can buy a poster of this image here. You can find wallpapers here.

Another mistake I made in the original wallpaper was placing a pile of birdseed rather than an ‘X’. I must have been thinking of another failed Wile E. Coyote plan.

For both I would like to add a grid to the background, but these are how they appeared in the cartoon.

TMNT Blu-Ray Case

TMNT Party Wagon Blu-Ray Case

This is my least original creation! And for a few reasons: there has already been a pizza-themed box set for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and this is a shameless rip-off of the excellent Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine DVD box set. However this being a design I would want to buy, I may as well throw it out there. Plus it was fun to make, so why not.

To be honest this started out as a slipcase, much like the View Askew design I did recently. I just decided to go full-bore and make the vehicle. It really could work as a simple box with the vehicle plastered all over the sides. I might still do that eventually.

TMNT Party Wagon Blu-Ray Case

In my estimation this would be close in size to the original TMNT van toy. As a result it could easily accommodate a few figures in the front cabin, much like the previously-mentioned Scooby-Doo design. If going with the slipcase alternate, then it would just hold normal Blu-Ray cases alone, nothing else.

I decided to go with the late 80’s/early 90’s cartoon era of TMNT for this design, though different styles could be issued for the films and the late 90’s/early 00’s version of the cartoon.

UPDATE (Aug 27/2012): There is now an official release of a TMNT collection in  a turtles van. Below is a pic, more details can be found here.

TMNT Party Wagon Blu-Ray Case

Pinky And The Brain Flag Wallpaper

Pinky and The Brain Wallpaper

Here are some wallpapers depicting the official flag of Brain from Pinky and the Brain. At least, that’s what I remember it looking like from memory – can’t find any online reference. If anyone has a screen capture of this flag, please send it to me.

If I recall correctly, this is a flag Brain had used in one of his many schemes for world domination. And if I am wrong, it probably would’ve looked like this anyways. Just a name and portrait, the mark of a narcissist. All hail Brain.

Didn’t set out to do wallpapers, this was for a desktop flag idea. I will post that eventually.

EDIT: updated the images so they aren’t as noisy as the top image

In the meantime one giant widescreen 2560×1600 image, a large 1600×1200 standard-def image, and an iPhone 960×640 image. Click to enlarge:

I really need to grab the DVDs of this show pronto. It featured, among other things, my all-time favorite sound effect: whenever Pinky or Brain got hit (or belted each other), the sound effect was like two phone books being slammed together (or one being slammed closed). Hilarious Foley work.

If I Had A Lawn I’d Rent It Out To Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny Home In The Ground

If I did have a lawn of any kind, I’d set this up. None of that Gnome or Flamingo business! This lawn ornament idea will give neighbors the impression that a certain silly wabbit has taken up residence on your property. For those who do have a lawn of some kind, they could probably get all this at Home Depot today. The mailbox, decal letters, and a wooden post.

Ideally it would be a smaller mailbox, I just used this size so you can see it in the picture! As for the hole, I recommend burying two small stacked black potting plants, so you can remove the top-most one and empty it if need be. A round black stone could also do the trick. I’d also make the mailbox removable for easier mowing. If you want to mess with the mailman once in awhile you could leave half-eaten carrots strewn about near the hole.

Sorry for all the Looney Tunes posts as of late. I guess when I work on one idea featuring LT, they all sort of creep into my head.

Pepé Le Pew Fragrance Bottle

Pepe Le Pew Cologne Perfume

I mentioned this in the earlier Penelopé Pussycat post, but I’ve been meaning to use Pepé for a long time. It seems fitting he should be placed on a fragrance bottle of some sort. Read the rest of this entry

Wile E. Coyote Blueprints Wallpaper Part 2: Anvil Drop

 

Wile E Coyote Blueprint

UPDATE: This is now available as a poster you can buy. Check it out here.

I was about half-finished this one when I released the first one a few days ago – thought I’d go ahead and complete it for a post. I still intend to post many more of these, and probably ones featured in Pinky and the Brain as well.

Here are the wallpapers, two large ones and one for the iPhone, click to enlarge:

I’m going to have a few of these printed as actual blueprints to use as posters. I will give away a few to readers of this site, just trying to figure out how. In a way that benefits a charity, methinks. If you have any suggestions on how to do a freebie giveaway, let me know.

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