Atari TV Design

Atari TV design by Dave Delisle

Another 4:3 gaming TV design, this one Atari-themed. I thought about designing TV’s with consoles built-in, but then I remembered those awful TV/VCR (or DVD) combos from over a decade ago, so for now I think it’s best to just stick to vanilla TVs that require separate consoles.

Retro Gaming TV Design

Retro Gaming 4:3 LED screen design by Dave Delisle

Thought I’d make a TV design for what I was describing a few posts back. I’m sure 70’s and 80’s kids will recognize what’s going on here, so I won’t blab on and on. I call it the “Game TV”, a 4:3 display for old video game systems. The big switch in the base is decorative.

A Modern 4:3 Display For Game Consoles of Yesterday

4:3 LED flatscreen retrogaming by Dave Delisle

In my opinion there’s a potentially big market for a modern flat panel display that comes in a 4:3 aspect ratio. A display which is specifically intended to be used with retro gaming consoles or arcade cabinets.

Homer Simpson Desk

Homer Simpson office desk by Dave's Geeky Ideas

An office desk that looks like Homer Simpson’s control panel which looks like a partially-eaten donut. Not quite an Inception level of deep, but close enough for me. With this desk, you’d be able to “work” like Homer, which is essentially leaning back and putting your feet up to relax on the job.

The panels, which are adorned with numerous gauges and buttons (not unlike a flight cockpit), slide out of the way to reveal a flat desk surface:

Homer Simpson office desk by Dave's Geeky Ideas

All of the electronic lights and displays could function, but that would be a wiring nightmare. I’d settle for a few functional knobs for things like a volume control or PC power switch. Not shown: embedded speakers, a few drawers and cubby holes for storing junk, and grommets for wiring.

Charles Mulligan’s Steak House Poster

Charles Mulligan's Steak House by Dave's Geeky Ideas

You can grab a high-res poster here.

I haven’t done a new poster in a long time, so I thought I’d tackle the Steak House print seen in Ron Swanson’s office. I’m not the first to make this poster, but I wanted to create a larger and more show-accurate version.

For other Ron Swanson posts click here.

Adventure Time Syrup, Independent Thought Alarm Button

Simpsons and Adventure Time by Dave's Geeky Ideas

A few weeks ago Adventure Time featured some “Canadian Maple Syrup” guards (they hail from the Breakfast Kingdom), and as a Canadian I thought they were hilarious. I mean, they were standing on guard fer crêpes sake.

Anyways I think it would be awesome if a maple syrup company produced a collectors bottle to look like this character. Granted, the dude is a throwaway gag, but I still want one.

 

I was in my neighborhood Staples recently (What? Even us lowly bloggers need practical office solutions), when I saw their famous Easy Button gag gift, which is a button that serves no function. So I thought if I wanted a geeky non-functioning button on my desk, it would be the Independent Thought Alarm from The Simpsons.

Sure it could be wired up to something or make a buzz sound when pressed, but I’d be happy with a plain trinket that I’d park on my desk. I feel it would be a hit with teachers and other people in positions of authority (bosses or supervisors).

Use Batman And Robin To Conceal Loose TV Wires

Batclimb Batman 60's

UPDATE: My bad, there are already products on the market like this! They’re from NECA, and you can buy one now. Original post as follows:

When you go the extra mile to conceal the wires stemming from a wall-mounted TV, it looks great. Sometimes concealing wires is not an option, so here’s an idea: have Batman and Robin scale the wires like they are climbing up a building (a “Batclimb“, as it was known in the 60’s series).

I used over-sized Lego Minifigures here to demonstrate the idea, but you’ll probably be better-served by something like these.

Batman and Robin work great here because there are usually two cables hanging from the TV (the power cord and HDMI cable), so they’d cling to one cable each. If additional cables are present you could use Batgirl and Nightwing too.

There are other approaches too (such as Luke Skywalker heading up to an AT-AT), however the dynamic duo look at home climbing up the wall.