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Homer Simpson Desk

Homer Simpson Desk by davesgeekyideas

A desk that looks like Homer Simpson’s desk which looks like a partially-eaten donut. Not sure I can add any more to that!

The panels slide out of the way to reveal a flat desk surface. You could probably lock this up like an old-fashioned desk hutch too.

The computer monitor(s) would need to be mounted on the wall. All of the electronic lights and displays could function if you can run the electricity through the (upper) track on which the panels slide on.

Charles Mulligan’s Steak House Poster

Charlie Mulligans Steak House Poster by Dave Delisle

You can grab a high-res poster here.

I haven’t done a new poster in a long time, so I thought I’d tackle the Steak House print seen in Ron Swanson’s office. I’m not the first to make this poster, but I wanted to create a larger and more show-accurate version.

For other Ron Swanson posts click here.

Adventure Time Syrup, Independent Thought Alarm Button

Adventure Time Canadian Maple SyrupA few weeks ago Adventure Time featured some “Canadian Maple Syrup” guards (they hail from the Breakfast Kingdom), and as a Canadian I thought they were hilarious. I mean, they were standing on guard fer crêpes sake.

Anyways I think it would be awesome if a maple syrup company produced a collectors bottle to look like this character. Granted, the dude is a throwaway gag, but I still want one.

Independent Thought Alarm Simpsons

I was in my neighborhood Staples recently (What? Even us lowly bloggers need practical office solutions), when I saw their famous Easy Button gag gift, which is a button that serves no function. So I thought if I wanted a geeky non-functioning button on my desk, it would be the Independent Thought Alarm from The Simpsons.

Sure it could be wired up to something or make a buzz sound when pressed, but I’d be happy with a plain trinket that I’d park on my desk. I feel it would be a hit with teachers and other people in positions of authority (bosses or supervisors).

I’ve been looking at electrical switch boxes and press buttons for a DIY version, so stay tuned for news on that.

Use Batman And Robin To Conceal Loose TV Wires

Batclimb Batman 60's

UPDATE: My bad, there are already products on the market like this! They’re from NECA, and you can buy one now. Original post as follows:

When you go the extra mile to conceal the wires stemming from a wall-mounted TV, it looks great. Sometimes concealing wires is not an option, so here’s an idea: have Batman and Robin scale the wires like they are climbing up a building (a “Batclimb“, as it was known in the 60’s series).

I used over-sized Lego Minifigures here to demonstrate the idea, but you’ll probably be better-served by something like these.

Batman and Robin work great here because there are usually two cables hanging from the TV (the power cord and HDMI cable), so they’d cling to one cable each. If additional cables are present you could use Batgirl and Nightwing too.

There are other approaches too (such as Luke Skywalker heading up to an AT-AT), however the dynamic duo look at home climbing up the wall.

Playstation 4 TV

PS4 LCD TV Sony 2013 Dave Delisle

I’ve already gone on record saying TV manufacturers should be more cavalier when it comes to the design of their TVs, and I’m sad to say not much has changed on that front! But what about plain-looking TVs that compliment other products?

And a PS4-themed TV would be a perfect example. This is just a TV with a couple of familiar PS4 design cues and a stand made with the console in mind. It would feature a couple of bells and whistles like additional front-facing USB ports and a perch on top for the PS4 camera.

PS4 LCD TV Sony

The main screen echoes the touch screen on the Dualshock 4. The TV’s power indicator aligns with the one on the console. The stand is really basic in appearance, but I wanted to ensure the console can breathe okay.

Sony came close to this design on two occasions: they released a TV with a built-in PS2 console (in 2010 oddly enough); and a 3DTV for the PS3. Unfortunately both were on the small side (22 – 24″), and the PS3 one didn’t integrate its namesake console in any way.

What I am seeking is a large 40 – 50″ TV with a smart stand, a few extra USB ports, and a place  to clip the PS4 camera; which is pretty basic in my opinion. And with TVs becoming cheaper than ever, I hope Sony can release something along these lines.

Notes: I also made another version with flip-out controller chargers but thought better of using moving parts (and I don’t have a model of a PS4 controller handy!). Heck, Sony could just issue a standalone stand that could plug into some of their existing TVs (I imagine they use many different stand designs), which is another approach.

Supernatural Blu-Ray Case: The Devil’s Gate

Supernatural Collection Blu-Ray DVD Case

I just started watching Supernatural these past few months. Previously I didn’t give the show a chance because I thought it was just another Smallville (which I got tired of and quit after 3 or 4 seasons). I have to say Supernatural holds up to Buffy and Angel very well, and is pretty much a love letter to geeks in my opinion. I’m hooked!

Supernatural Collection Blu-Ray DVD Case

For a blu-ray case design I thought I’d use the Devil’s Gate, a crypt seen at the end of Season 2. Unfortunately there are too many seasons of Supernatural (9 and counting) to make a replica crypt case; it would be the size of a bird feeder or a small doghouse. Instead I decided to make a simple box that can fit within your movie library, one that still has the unique doors and lock of the crypt.

Supernatural Blu-Ray Case: The Devil's Gate

The case features a latch that can be turned with a small replica “Magic Colt”, a demon-killing gun that also doubled as a key to the Devil’s Gate in the show. Just to make the case user-friendly it can remain unlocked, with the doors held in place by magnets or tabs.

Supernatural Collection Blu-Ray DVD Case

 

Yes I am tempting fate that the show will have 10 seasons. I’m 99.99% sure a 10th season will happen. Here is why: 1.) Smallville did it 2.) They can have a bunch of crossovers with the new spin-off show, 3.) 10 seasons would be bragging rights for the CW and everyone involved with the show, and lastly 4.) if this was the final year they’d be marketing it as such to drive up ratings.

Other things from the show like the car could make for a cool case, but again it’s just that there are too many seasons (some 50 – 60 blu-ray discs in total), a tall order for any complete set.

Some notes: I made the interior orange to represent “Hell”. I was tempted to add some orange LED’s at the mouth of the case but opted to keep it simple. I also added some dividers to make it easier to grab a box set and remove it from the case; this was because I saw this Charmed box set, which looks really tough to grab a season case from. When Warner Brothers does release a complete collection, I hope they offer a case with just the final season, so fans can add the seasons they already bought (one with every season could be offered to latecomers like myself).

Also if you’re interested I posted a hockey jersey design on my other blog.

Geeky ATM Machine: The Bluth Banana Stand

Bluth Banana Stand ATM Machine Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas.com

You probably remember the phrase “There is always money in the Banana Stand” from Arrested Development, a reference to the large stash of money hidden in its walls, not the stand’s revenue potential (as initially thought).  So I felt the Banana Stand would make for a neat piggy bank, but alas other geeks have already thought of that.

So I propose an ATM machine design instead! This way it would be close to the size of the actual Banana Stand seen in the show, and would be in keeping with the aforementioned phrase.

It could be a standalone Banana Stand or one that is integrated into a wall (like the one you see above).

Hopefully a major bank with a sense of humor would do something like this. Admittedly it might be too garish for a bank branch but would be cool in a mall or a store.

Also kudos to Netflix for creating a few real Banana Stands to promote the show’s impending 4th season, which I am very much looking forward to. I’d like to think most of Canada is psyched for the show as well, as it was nationally broadcast on CBC for years after its cancellation (it was how I got on the AD bandwagon). I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t seen the show.

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