Ipod Hybrid Design

IPod hybrid concept design 2010 dave delisle davesgeekyideas

This concept marries the modern touchscreen with the old iPod clickwheel. It would be the best of both of worlds, at least for those of us who like to skip songs without looking.

IPod hybrid concept design 2010 dave delisle davesgeekyideas

The OREO shape would make for a neat way to store earbuds too, almost like a yo-yo. Who doesn’t wrap their earbuds around their iPod?

This would be small enough to clip onto a wristband or a lapel.

Calvin and Hobbes Papercraft: Transmogrifier Diorama

Calvin and Hobbes Papercraft

I’m trying to better my papercraft skills, so I thought I’d start simple by building the Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. Even that was too difficult! Why not something as simple as a cardboard box?      *light-bulb goes off* Calvin and Hobbes Papercraft

That is just the base Companion Cube for comparison. You should see how many pieces are required for the full thing!

I then created this Calvin and Hobbes Transmogrifier diorama. The box is fully Papercraft, the characters are stand-up cut-outs. Right now it’s in black and white (just like the original cartoon), but I may put up a color version later this week if there are requests for it. I thought this would be a very simple Papercraft project for first-timers. Plus it looks great anywhere (even just the box alone). Probably as close as we’ll ever get to Calvin and Hobbes action figures – though I always thought that was an impossibility to begin with, as Calvin’s hairline is just impossible to reproduce in 3D or sculpted form. Here it is (black and white), click to enlarge and then right-click to save: Bill Watterson really made small flaps for this box I noticed. How did it ever keep anything in there? Ah well.

Company of Heroes Papercraft Diagram Part 2: Barracks

 

Company Of Heroes Papercraft

Here is the diagram for it (click to enlarge, then save to your computer):

COHO Barracks Papercraft

It is currently scaled to fit an 8.5″x11″ piece of paper. If you’d like it to retain the video game scale in relation to the HQ building, you’d probably want to reduce the image about 30-40%.

If you’d like the diagram for the original Command HQ (depicted in the background above), you can find it here.

Company of Heroes Papercraft Diagram: HQ Command

Company Of Heroes Papercraft

Forgive the crude picture above, but this looks a lot better in person. I used toothpicks to hold up the door awning, and chopstick for the flag pole. You can find the diagrams after the jump. 

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.

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?