Here’s an interesting way to kill an afternoon. Apparently a couple of guys hooked up two Wii Fit balance boards to LEGO Mindstorms…something, and made them move in sync with leaning and jumping motions. While I don’t think this game is going to get you fit, it’s a clever hack. Maybe Nintendo can change the Lego things into battle bots and market the whole deal as some sort of Ultimate robot fighter game for the those who don’t mind obesity all that much. Hacking Wii-Fit isn’t new, but this one puts a whole new spin on things.
There’s always room for dessert and nothing beats a fresh and cleverly made geek cake. In recent years “Geek cakes” have become an art form, hopefully not your pet name used by your significant other. One thing is certain, if geeks love a thing, chances are it will become a cake. So, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite geek desserts and celebrate the clever bakers and icing artists that make geek birthdays and weddings just a bit more fun. Click through for cake and prepare to get hungry.
Jedi can bowl a perfect game every time by using the force, no balls are necessary. But since you haven’t apprenticed under Yoda, you could use some help. These Brunswick Star Wars Viz-a-Ball bowling balls may be just what you need to give your game a boost while simultaneously getting laughed at by those around you.
Or maybe not. You may just be trading a plain gutter ball for a fancy gutter ball. They’ll cost you between $92-$120 each. There’s Yoda, C-3PO, Darth Vader and even a Darth Maul ball. Who knows, before you know it you may be joining the Bespin Bowling League and low-fiving Ugnaughts. (I apologize for that nerd joke and regret that I even know what an Ugnaut is)
Over at Walyou they’ve compiled a list of 34 geek pumpkins. Some of them are pretty awesome works of art, while others make us realize that nerds have far too much time on their hands. I mean, who the hell thinks to themselves, “Today I’m going to carve Say Anything’s famous boombox scene into a Pumpkin”? Yeah I know. Not a thought I’m familiar with. Surely it’s the product of a demented mind. Anyway hit the link to check them all out.
Looks like the folks over at Electronics Weekly have launched a search for the best Electronics blogs, with their first ever Electronics Blog Awards and they were kind enough to mention us by name. Now normally we don’t pay much attention to politics. For instance we won’t ask you to Rock The Vote, and we don’t care if you vote for the young hip guy whose face adorns the DS above or the old guy trying so hard to be hip with his corded phone. But when it comes to tech and assorted geekery, we want your vote.
So if you’re a fan of the ‘Brick just hit the link below and follow the instructions to get us nominated. We can’t say we stand for change and we have no Moose-shooting VP, we just really really love gadgets!
Here’s something for old school Mac fans who need a little geek chic. The kind of geek chic that will throw your back out. Someone over at Instructables converted a 1988 Macintosh SE into a chiropractor’s dream. A chunky, spine dislodging MacPack. Basically you just hollow out a Mac and attach some straps. I’m sure you won’t stand out at all. And I can’t see anyone throwing rocks at you, trying to break the screen…
Let’s say you’re in charge of Cyberdyne systems. That means that you’re responsible for the killing of almost the entire human race by cyborgs. There’s no good way to spin that. Not really. That’s a hell of a tough job. And thankfully, someone has risen to the challenge. Ad firm Giant Ideas has created ads for Cyberdyne and a bunch of other fictional entities that nerds will recognize. Like the Tyrell Corporation, the Dharma Initiative, Yoyodyne Propulsion systems and more. It’s part of their Flicker account in a set called Geek Ad Wednesdays. Quite entertaining.
So on the rare occasions when you venture out and get away from your mom’s attic, how do you geeks recognize each other? I’m guessing that one big giveaway would be this animated T-Shirt that plays old school Pong. It’s battery powered and it plays pong right on your chest.
Just make sure that you remove the battery before washing! Venture forth my geek friend and as you journey out into the world, you and your shirt will collect fellow nerds as if you were the Pied piper of Pong.
I wondered where all the geeks had gone. Now I know. The exhibit started on Saturday at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Needless to say this event is a geek magnet as they will showcase all kinds of Trek ships, technology, aliens, sets, costumes and props. You’ll be able to sit in a recreation of the original Enterprise bridge, experience motion simulators, and quote lines from all your favorite moments. In other words, it’s kinda like a typical day in the life for some of you, just held somewhere other then your mom’s living room. Chances are some of you won’t even know the event is happening, as you’re too busy arguing about whether Comic con or Dragon con was more kick-ass, but I wanted to mention it.
If you happen to be in Las Vegas this weekend, you might want to check out the 2008 USA Rock Paper Scissors League Championship on June 20 in Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Champion with the best hand skills will win a $50,000 prize and a ticket to compete in Beijing,China during the Summer Olympics, where they will represent the U.S. in the inaugural International Rock Paper Scissors Federation Championship.
I’ve never been entirely clear on the official rules. It always gets tricky with rock against paper. Paper can wrap around a rock and strangle it, but on the other hand, rock can beat paper to a pulp. Check out the video below. It’s strangely mesmerizing.
It’s that time of the week again, which means a look back at the week that was in our network of blogs. It’s been a busy week all around and as usual Poptherapy kept you abreast on all the latest geek news and popculture, while over at Wealthyreader it was all about ways to get wealthy or stay wealthy. Our health blog, Healthyreader focused on ways to stay healthy and enjoy it all. Health, wealth and geekiness is a great combination. Here’s some of what you may have missed.
The Souped Up John is the ultimate in geek bathroom luxury. The designer certainly wasn’t constipated when it came to throwing ideas into this john, but was certainly counting on your constipation to keep you in place long enough to use all of the various gadgetry.
It sports a television, TiVo, DVD, XBox, laptop, fridge and of course the toilet paper holder comes standard. Plus an iPod docking station. You also get some exercise pedals in front for when you really need to shake those bowels loose. The megaphone is there so others can cater to any needs not already provided for.
We’ve seen Sci-Fi and gadget inspired cakes before. But a star Trek cake? That’s a new one to us. Check out this awesome cake replica of the original enterprise bridge, complete with crew. The creator runs a bakery in Baltimore and of course, is a Star Trek fan. He’s obviously good since the Food Network airs a reality show called “The Ace of Cakes” that focused on his bakery.
The show sometimes shows off specialty cakes and this one will be featured in an upcoming episode. It’s got Spock, Uhura, Chekov,Kirk and a thin looking Scotty not at his post. That is some amazing detail. It would be a pleasure to eat. As far as nerd cake goes, this is pretty awesome.
Well, it’s Friday. Another week has come and gone. As usual we’ve covered a fair amount of geek related freakiness at Poptherapy. Below you’ll find a small sampling of what we’ve been up to this week, none of it good for society in general, but an awesome way to waste time.
How about using a large digging machine to undress a pretty woman? Kinda like using a back-hoe to undress a real ho.(I kid…I kid. She was a very nice lady.) What about a half-baked smurf? If it’s gaming and apparel you’re interested in
Sometimes the coolest gadgets in Sci-Fi are not gadgets at all. But robots. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable robots from sci-fi in no particular order. It’s not a complete list. Think of it more as a walk down memory lane. Because geeks love Sci-Fi and Sci-Fi has a long history of loving robots.