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A Budget Nintendo Switch For Couch Gamers

Nintendo Switch by Dave Delisle

The Nintendo Switch was unveiled today, and it’s an impressive console that captures the best of both worlds: console and handheld gaming. There’s a lot to like here, I personally think the controller configurations have a lot of potential. Read the rest of this entry


A Few Small Ideas

Zelda Gravestone Graveyard Cemetery

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.

Balrog Street Fighter in Punch-Out!!

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.

Borg Charging Station iPhone Dave Delisle Star Trek

3. Borg Wireless Charging Station. This is an old post, but I remade the art and I think it looks coo. I’ve been redoing art for a bunch of older stuff lately. Here is another example.

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.

Maintenance Mode

Fraggle Rock Doozers Building

Just a note to say I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth! I’ve been doing a lot of work on this blog the last few weeks, it’s just not very apparent. I have been:

– Migrating images from Photobucket. I don’t know what I was thinking, but the vast majority of my images were hosted there. I’m NOT paying them bandwidth fees this year, nossir.

– New art. Some posts had hastily-thrown together vector art, so I made all-new art for them. Here is one example.

– Cleaning up existing art. I’m re-labeling images with smaller credits (for many images my name and website were writ large), consolidating multiple images, and removing dark backgrounds (wherever possible) for a more uniform look.

Enlarging old images. When I first started my blog was 430 pixels wide (!) so I have a lot of smaller images in the archive. I’m striving to bring images up to 650 – 700 pixels wide across the board.

– Nixing weird posts. This blog had some 775 posts but I trimmed it down to about 500. I removed posts that were critical of other people’s work; several unnecessary ‘update’ posts; stuff that wasn’t relevant to design (like me rambling on about music or movies); or just plain weird ideas that would alienate people in general.

Editing my written work. Some posts were too long-winded, others had typos or were unclear, so I did my best to keep it short and simple. A lot of the art can do the talking.

I’ve been chipping away at it, and I still have some work to do. That said it’s a worthwhile investment for the long-term operation of this blog.

When I first started this blog I was honestly just goofing around. But having built a small audience these past few years I’ve come to realize that there is quite a bit of longevity to these posts after all.

Once I am done the repairs I have some big plans for this blog, in terms of layout and content (ever heard of Sketchfab?). The future is bright!

In the meantime I will still post new content (both here and at Geeky Hockey — I’m also doing some repairs there too), so please stay tuned.


Bunch Of Small Ideas

I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I would like the past few months, as other projects have been consuming my time. So in no particular order:

Zelda Candle Holder 2013 Dave Delisle

1. Zelda Candle Holders. For the romantic geek! This would hold those little disc-shaped candles. Read the rest of this entry

Audio Controls For Internet Browser Tabs

Chrome Audio Tabs

UPDATE (Feb 11/2014): Looks like Chrome now has this feature. Not sure about other browsers though. Original post as follows:

It happens to everyone. You’re surfing the web and you have several pages open when SUDDENLY a loud autoplay ad starts up; it’s invasive and you’re scrambling to find it and shut it down. Another scenario is when you accidentally hover over an ad and you are bombarded with sound, and you cannot mute or lower the volume. Drives me crazy.

I propose that all browsers incorporate a feature that will detect audio in each page and allow Users the ability to shut it off. How it would work:

When you have a page open and audio is detected this icon appears in the page’s tab:

Chrome Firefix Audio Controls Autoplay Stopping Browser Tab Buttons Audio

You then click on it to mute, simple as that (see 1. in the image above). This would mute all audio coming from the offending page.

Perfect for autoplay ads, audio ads you accidentally trigger, pages with ambient audio, or times you need a quick mute for YouTube or Soundcloud.

To take it a step further you could include play/pause and volume controls in the tab as well, should you need to pause playback or adjust the volume on the fly (see 2. in image above). For sites with playlists the skip forward and back buttons could also be added.

Here’s hoping the overlords at Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, etc. decide to incorporate something like this in their browsers going forward.

NOTE: When the audio is no longer detected the audio icon would disappear, so you could wait out an autoplay ad prior to playing a video or audio clip in the same page. Starting a video or audio clip would override an active mute setting. However it would be nice if the browser was able to smartly isolate different audio sources, killing unwanted audio ads and permitting what the User wants (like a Youtube video).

Shark Laser Pointer

Shark with frikkin' laser beam on top of its head

This is another instance of when I was shopping for a particular item only to discover it did not exist. Much to my surprise shark-themed laser pointers aren’t available. Now I only have one simple request; and that is to have laser pointers that look like sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!

To be clear this would be for a small handheld laser pointer used for highlighting stuff on the chalkboard or terrorizing your pet cat (and NOT for pointing at flying aircraft). This gadget would fit onto your keychain, and would be operated with a push button. To make it friendly for placing in your pocket I’d make all the fins (or the whole body) out of a flexible rubber.

Another way to go is to have a normal laser pointer that can attach to a plastic toy shark. It would be a decorative item for the desk.

Relevant scene for the youngsters who might not get the joke. Can you believe the film is 16 years old??

Geeky Media Centers Part 1: Theater Marquee


Themed Media Players

As I much as I enjoy designing Blu-Ray cases, the reality is physical media is on its last legs. Soon everyone will have a Media Center beside (or within) their TVs that will contain all their movies, TV shows, books, and music.

Currently PVRs, TiVos, and Web Media Centers (like Boxee and Apple TV) are becoming more and more commonplace. And while these are all well and good, I believe a new trend will succeed them in the not-too-distant future: Designer Media Centers.

These Designer models would be available in a wide range of styles to reflect many different personal tastes, and packed to the brim with bells and whistles. They will become the centerpiece of the entertainment center, possibly the entire household. In many ways, this will be like placing a jukebox in every living room – a showy piece of hardware that contains all of your media.

I base this prediction on this: currently people surround themselves with physical media, usually arranged in a proud display. Books, music, video games, and films help define our individuality. We like to see our personal tastes and lifestyle manifest in all this media. It says who we are and what we love – both past and present. Simply put – we like to show-off our physical media.

So with physical media on the decline, it will eventually fall on the Media Center to make a personal statement about who we are and what we like. And because we like so many different things, these Designer Media Centers will be grandiose in their appearance and operation.  Make no mistake, they will be expensive – a carefully measured investment for many – but they will cost nowhere near as much as assembling large libraries of physical media as we do now. Somewhere along the lines of buying two game consoles, methinks.

A few examples of Designer Media Centers: a Harryhausen fan will buy a Media Center that is adorned with several sculptures reenacting a scene from Jason and the Argonauts. A Disney fan will grab a Media Center in the shape of the Cinderella castle from Disneyland. A U2 fan will grab a Media Center that looks like one of their tour stages, with the band included (lights and pyrotechnics as well -maybe).

The logistics of these DMC’s could take the form of many scenarios: they could be aligned to a few platforms (Google TV, Windows TV), could have upgradeable/interchangeable hardware, or the external cases could be partitioned from the hardware – meaning you buy the media center and the designer exterior case separately.

I will be designing many geeky/fancy Media Centers going forward. How about I finally talk about the one shown above?

This Media Center is for film buffs, and is a small scale movie theater. As you can see it features a detailed marquee with many LED lights. The sign board is customizable, and there are few poster frames to place your favorite movie posters (you print them out yourself). It could also feature swiveling spot lights for a more authentic look. The light show is entirely on-demand.

This would go nicely with this IKEA entertainment unit I designed. If you like this concept check out this Talisman media center from a while back.

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