I mentioned on Twitter that I was surprised that no one opened a real-life Mos Eisley Cantina for geeks like me. In fact there seems to be a complete absence of geeky bars and pubs, which is an untapped market in my opinion.
One thing bars could do is hang a geeky sign like this No Droids Allowed notice at their entrance to greet customers. Nothing like a display of intolerance towards robots to endear your establishment to customers.
Notes: It could also say “We don’t serve their kind here!”, which was the phrase spoken in the film; I just wanted to be direct to those no-good robots. There is the Storm Crow Tavern in Vancouver BC that is very geeky, which is why I gave them a shout-out here.
1. Cartridge Tombstones. I thought this was too macabre to post here, but it’s been popular on Tumblr so it can’t be all bad. Sure it’s a fun spin on tombstones, but I doubt any cemetery would permit them. However that will change when we geeks complete our world takeover in 2019. I said too much.
2. Modding Punch-Out!! If I had the technical know-how, I would love to edit the game sprites to include some pop culture boxers: Balrog from Street Fighter (above); Rocky, Ivan Drogo, Appolo Creed, and Mr. T from the Rocky movies; Honey Roy Palmer (what? I like Diggstown); the Kangaroo from Looney Tunes; and I know I’m forgetting a few. As for real boxers like Tyson and Ali, I feel they are best left to EA’s Fight Night sim.
And that’s all for this roundup. If this were a YouTube video I’d be begging you to subscribe about now (though I’ll settle for being bookmarked). Have a nice Tuesday.
I came across this old idea where I mentioned the landing pad from Return of the Jedi would make for a cool desk. I thought I’d put together a basic concept.
Not only would you have a nice big surface area for your computer, but you’d have several fancy lights, a couple of neat desk grommets, and a system for organizing cables in the “walkways” below.
But wait, there’s more!
You could turn this desk into a playset, I mean, interactive diorama, for your Star Wars figures. The design above is roughly in scale with the 3.75″ line of figures (about 25.5″ tall).
I’m sure most folks would use this as a desk, with the odd Star Wars item for decoration (much like geeks already do).
One thing I’d incorporate should this become a reality: I would make all the elevated walkways telescoping, just like a jet bridge. That way you can collapse them to get more legroom under the desk (the walkways are extended in the second image).
If you’re interested in this or any other of my furniture designs, please contact my pals at Tom Spina Designs, they can provide a quote to build it for you (they are based in New York City fyi).
A few months ago I felt a near-death Jabba The Hutt would make for a cool necklace. Jenn from Firefly Photographics liked the idea so much she asked her talented friend fromRude and Reckless to sculpt her one. As you can see it looks awesome! You can check out more pics here.
Who would’ve thought that an ugly giant worm in the throes of death would look so cute?
Special thanks to Jenn for commissioning this tiny doomed Jabba and snapping some great pics of him. And of course muchos kudos to Rude and Reckless for making this awesome piece.
UPDATE: Etsy’s Rude and Reckless made one, please check it out here. Original post as follows:
Happy May The Fourth!
This is technically a choke chain (oh I slay me) that features a Jabba The Hutt pendant. There are a few Jabba necklaces out there — much to my surprise — but all lacking the dark humor seen in the design above.
Such a necklace is destined to be worn by geeky girls you do not trifle with. Or worn by those who are a slave to fashion (okay okay I’ll stop).
For other Geek Bling designs click here.
I’ll start things off with a bonus design I’ve been sitting on for a while: A Death Star-themed slurpee (slushee?) cup. It just has a single normal green straw that is held in place by the ‘green blast’ (from a fully-operational Death Star). It’s pretty much your normal dome-covered fountain cup. And now for some other news:
- ES Robbins made a prototype chair mat for that NHL ’94 design I made a few weeks back. It looks amazing! The post was updated with the picture. Still trying to figure out the logistics of making it available (requires custom art).
- Ubisoft is offering a Sam Fisher digital watch (as a Collector’s Edition bonus item for Splinter Cell: Blacklist) which looks similar to one I designed a few years back. Very cool. European customers only (sadly).
- 80′s Tees is now offering T-Shirts based on my Direwolves hockey logo design. You can grab one here. Look for more of my T-Shirt designs from them in the near future.
And that concludes an interesting few weeks!
We switched to wireless internet recently, so I got one of these Wireless Adapters (the D-Link DWA-130, pictured) that came with a USB cradle for my workstation. Its blinking light and leaning stance reminded me of a certain Star Wars character, so of course I thought wouldn’t it be neat…
R2 used this antennae at the beginning of Empire, as he searched for signs of Luke. The antennae continuously spun in the film, but for this gadget it would need to be static (who wants to hear a little motor non-stop?). A USB would plug in the front of the droid. He’d also tilt to help get a better signal.
It would be nice if Belkin and D-Link made some fun accessories like this (also see this wireless router I designed a while back), but for now their lines of vanilla-yet-functional products will suffice, I suppose.