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.

Tron Hockey Puck

Tron hockey puck by davesgeekyideas

I used to make fun of the absurd Fox Puck, but a part of me thinks it would look cool if the hockey puck had LED lights embedded within. It would look remarkably different for starters, the Fox Puck relied on graphics applied in the TV broadcast (much like the line of scrimmage in football); whereas the lights would emit from the actual puck and be cast onto the nearby ice surface, boards, skates, hockey sticks, etc.

The puck would be more apparent in scrums in the corner and in the crease. I don’t know if it would look like a blur of light from a slap-shot, but I’d like to think there would be some tracer effect.

UPDATE: since I posted this 4 years ago I’ve received many inquiries for such a puck. A few products have come and gone, and there might even be a new one now, but there’s nothing I can personally recommend.

Grand Theft Auto GPS Device

GTA GPS Device

Again this is one of those ‘no-brainer’ gadgets, so why doesn’t this exist? Is it the stigma of the Grand Theft Auto franchise? Or does Rockstar refuse to merchandise the brand? Either way, I think this is one of those Art-imitates-life devices that gamers would enjoy.