Star Trek Enterprise Blu-Ray Case

Star Trek blu-ray case by Dave Delisle

Here I was thinking I was so clever about this Star Trek blu-ray case design, but then it turned out it was already made as an actual product (see below). Not sure how I arrived at something so similar. Usually I do some checking to see if it exists or not, and the official product didn’t show up on my radar.

It was made as an exclusive for fans in Germany, Japan, and Australia, according to this article. Here it is:

USS Enterprise Replica Blu-Ray Case 2010

 

There appears to be two different versions: the top one almost looks diecast, the lower one looks plastic. Both do the job, and I wouldn’t mind owning one myself. Too bad it wasn’t released for North American fans.

The LEGO Soda Cans

Cola Lego Can Soda Pop Pepsi Coke six-pack

The first of a few beverage-related ideas (other promised projects are still on the way!), this is the ‘Lego soda can’ (or pop can we call it Canada).

Quite simply this removes the plastic rings needed to hold a six/eight-pack of cans together, and in place there is an interlocking design which allows the cans to snap together. I’m sure ducks would approve.

Dr. Pepper Mountain Dew Crush Root Beer

As you can see there would be a ‘slope’ for the opening to help direct the drinker away from the tabs.

Also (not pictured), a six-pack could snap into another six-pack below, eliminating the need for a cardboard box.Probably won’t hold together all that well, admittedly.

No plastic rings needed! Ducks approve!

I only made one type of can here, a ‘jigsaw’ piece with 2 plugs and 2 ports. In reality, there would be a few different types of cans to help avoid extraneous plugs in the perimeter of the six-pack.

The plugs are held in place by an overlapping seal that can bend away with enough force to remove the can.

My design look was influenced by Harc Lee’s ingenious idea of making soda cans with no paint or dye:

Except I decided to preserve some color for display. However Harc’s design looks so amazing – it should be the industry standard. Check out his site here.

Batman: The Animated Series Blu-Ray Case

Batman The Animated Series blu-ray case design by Dave Delisle

This design is a canister based on the cylinder-shaped parking spot in the Batcave seen in Batman: The Animated Series. A cover slides out of the way, allowing access to trays that swing out for accessing the discs. There is probably enough room for the complete series and the related films.

A Relegation System Would Improve The NHL

I’ve mentioned this as a quickie suggestion in my “Messing With Pro Sports” post, but I would like to elaborate this further.

NHL 94 GIF

As you may or may not know, the NHL has ruled-out expansion, and is currently pulling out all the stops to keep teams in their current markets. I can’t say I blame them on expansion – 30 teams is enough. I am more divided on the relocation issue – I think many teams in the southern USA are not working, despite recent Stanley Cup wins in Tampa Bay, Raleigh, and Anaheim.

So with that, I think the NHL should create a second-tier league comprised of 10-12 teams. The top 2 teams in this new “NHL2” league could then graduate to the NHL every year, while the NHL’s bottom 2 teams would get demoted. If this had been in place after this season, the Oilers and Maple Leafs would have been demoted to the NHL2. The universe would have imploded in Toronto.

The English Premiere Soccer League has this excellent system in place. It keeps the EP from being over-saturated with teams, and really helps to shake up the League dynamic every year.

NHL2 would not only land the NHL a ton of expansion money, but would create more jobs for the NHLPA. It also creates more drama at the end of the season, as teams fight to stay in the NHL or move up to the NHL. Markets that have been pining for an NHL team would at long last get one, albeit with a tough route to gain entry into the main NHL league.

Cities I would award NHL2 franchises to : Houston, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Winnipeg, Quebec, Hartford, Hamilton, San Diego, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Las Vegas.

The only drawbacks I can foresee, is some possible friction between the NHL and AHL. The AHL is another pro hockey league that serves as a major affiliate for the NHL. AHL teams serve as NHL farm teams. The creation of another NHL may harm the AHL considerably. Also, the talent pool may be diluted to keep 40+ teams going. Re-aligning the NHL every year may also prove to be tricky.

I doubt fans would have complaints about the ever-changing slate of NHL teams. Eventually, they will take umbrage with their team being demoted. What do you think?

Transformers: The Move Blu-Ray Case

Transformers Blu-Ray Case DVD

(Note: this was updated April 12, 2014). This was my first-ever Blu-Ray case design, and the idea was to incorporate a Soundwave cassette tray and cassette toy into the front of a standard jewel case. I thought it would be fun to combine a toy and a movie, something that I’m starting to see more of nowadays (like Lego and DVD combos).

When I originally posted this in 2010, I was hoping to see something cool for the film’s 25th anniversary in 2011, and that didn’t happen! Maybe in 2016? I asked Shout Factory why they didn’t do a cool reissue of the film, and apparently that’s because Paramount owns the rights to all the Transformers films, and that includes the 1986 classic.

Transformers Blu-Ray Case DVD

I’m very happy to revisit this post, and to also condense what was previously a few dozen images spread over several posts! I had no sense of brevity four years ago.

Fireworks For All

I live in Vancouver, and we are currently enjoying our annual ‘Festival of Light’, 4 nights of fireworks every July. These fireworks take place in English Bay, which is a picturesque location. However it is somewhat secluded in my opinion, and the festival could be better enjoyed by many more people.

I’ve often asked this growing up: why don’t they just set the fireworks off the tallest building or landmark in the city? That way, the entire surrounding city could enjoy it, instead of being crammed into one area.

In Vancouver, that would mean setting the fireworks off at the Shang-Ri-La Hotel downtown. In the GVRD, perhaps one of the buildings near Metrotown. Maybe Grousse Mountain on the north shore would benefit everyone?

I believe Paris does this appropriately – igniting fireworks off of the Eiffel Tower so all of Paris can enjoy the show.

Geeky Gadget Wish List #16: Autobot Matrix Light Switch

Autobot Matrix light switch by davesgeekyideas

A Transformers-themed switch to light your darkest room. It features an LED bulb when activated. To make it user-friendly, the Matrix is tilted 90 degrees. The LED could also function as a nightlight, something kids would appreciate.