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.
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.
Seeing as Adventure Time’s Jake The Dog is a shapeshifter, I feel he would make an excellent bed frame. In actuality you could turn him into all kinds of furniture: a couch, dresser, dinner table, and so on. I could literally do a whole series of Jake The Dog furniture but I think you get the idea. (Edit: here he is in table form:)
Some might get creeped-out by Jake’s stare. Maybe include swappable eyes a la Mr. Potato Head?
I think kids would dig this bed. Probably not as much as this bed, which I am emailed about almost daily.
If you like this please check out this Beemo Blu-Ray case I designed.
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!
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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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).
*The opinions expressed by this blogger do reflect those of this blog, and should be completely embraced by you without hesitation.
I’ve always found real estate signs to be so unsightly and devoid of personality, quite the feat considering they are big bloated business cards for Realtors. You’d think the Realtor was on sale, with their name, picture, and slogan so prominent.*
Anyways, I am seeing these signs just about everywhere within a stone’s throw from my house (I’m scaring away the neighbors with my Farscape references), and I think they could be a bit more fun and a little less heavy on information. So I came up with this Monopoly design, which is quite appropriate if I may say so.
It’s all you need really: “For Sale” and a number. Additional information can be found on the pamphlet (which would look like a Monopoly property card). The familiar Monopoly imagery mixed with the all-too-familiar real estate sign scream hey this house is for sale!
Check out this other sign I designed for Hot Wheels fans.
*Realtors bug me to no end. Once in junior high school we had a Realtor talk to us for an hour. At the end she gave us a packet full of business cards, fridge magnets, pamphlets, etc. It wasn’t a lecture, she was networking! Ugh.