You can purchase a high-res poster here.
The latest city to get a SMB3-themed transit map is Ottawa, where they are currently building the new Confederation Line that is due to open in 2018. I’m surprised by how small the O-Train system is, given the age and size of the city.
Looks like Edmonton is the last Canadian city I need to do. Remember that scene where Pee-wee Herman rescued a bunch of snakes from the burning pet shop? That’s what it’s like for me to do do anything related to Edmonton, that no-good city of chumps.
Here is another design from the cutting room floor, a couch and chair based on the first level from Super Mario 3. I put this together a few years ago, but it struck me as Pee-Wee’s Playhouse-ish in appearance so I shelved it.
When I came across it again during my recent cleanup*, it struck me as something fun to look at, so why not share it? Not shown: the walls would be painted sky blue and adorned with shrubs and clouds and other Mario scenery.
*And my cleanup is done! I migrated hundreds of images and edited as many posts. I also remade art and wrote new write-ups for dozens of posts, so it feels like I’ve been blogging like a madman for the past few months! It feels good to get that out of the way, I can now move on to more new stuff.
A high-res poster is available here. Evergreen Line beyond Lougheed station is subject to change*.
Just for fun I thought I’d make a version with some animation. If you need accompanying music look no further.
*Both the Millenium and Evergreen Line could share the line between Lougheed and VCC-Clark, or that section could be exclusive to one of those aforementioned lines. I’m betting that both lines will share the route, with the Evergreen Line only using it during peak times.
I found this really cool LED pixel clock, and it struck me as something that would be ideal for 8-bit or 16-bit video game clocks. The first thing that came to mind was the POW block from Mario Bros, which has a really simple look and would be ideal as a way to tell time. This device would be great as a desk or alarm clock.
The clock could cycle through the POW text until tapped (or hit) to display the current time, or it could just be a full-time clock with POW appearing on demand or on the hour or when an alarm sounds.
As you know I like to advocate violence towards alarm clocks, and the POW block is meant to take abuse! The POW text would appear when the alarm sounds, and it won’t go away until you hit snooze or shut off the alarm.
Another way to go would be to suspend the clock (just like this neat Mario Question Block lamp) and you’d hit it underneath to silence the alarm.
You can purchase a high-res poster of this map here.
(UPDATE July 2015): I’ve updated the map to reflect the final state of the Orange Line which opened recently. A few fixes were made for the Orange Line: the route extends into the downtown core, and a stop was removed.
If you’re wondering why there are power switches, it’s because the Orange Line changes into the Yellow Line and vice versa.
You can buy a high-res poster of this image here.
(UPDATE – August 6th 2014): The first leg of the Silver Line opened recently, and I had to make one correction (no rush service for the Silver Line east of Stadium-Armory), so I fixed that and also went ahead and gave the map a makeover. I wanted something a little less cluttered, with more emphasis on the station names.
The previous 2013 and 2018 maps have been retired, and going forward I’m just going to feature one version of the map (that features the completed Silver Line circa 2018) to keep things simple. 2018 will be here before you know it!