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Author Archive: Paul Strauss

BTTF Time Machine Bass Guitar: Bass to the Future

BTTF Time Machine Bass Guitar: Bass to the Future
In Back to the Future, Marty loved to play the guitar. I’m thinking if he ever asked Doc Brown to make him a musical instrument, it might have looked like this. Sure, he’d have to learn to play the bass, but I’m sure he’d be fine with that.

Need to Adjust Something? Put a Knob on It!

Need to Adjust Something? Put a Knob on It!
Does your office mate talk too loud on the phone? Is your dog barking too much when the doorbell rings? Or do you have a kid that just won’t stop whining about some toy they want you to buy them?

Someone Built the Death Star II from Cardboard: That’s No Amazon Box!

Someone Built the Death Star II from Cardboard: That’s No Amazon Box!
If there’s one thing you can count on in the Star Wars universe, it’s that if you build a big round killer space station, it’s sure to have some kind of major weakness that can be exploited to blow it to smithereens.

Termitat is an Ant Farm for Termites

Termitat is an Ant Farm for Termites
If you live in a house constructed with a wood frame or wooden siding, this is the last thing you ever want to buy. But if your dwelling is made from brick, concrete, stone, metal, or glass, read on… Do you want to see what termites can do to a piece of wood?

This McDonald’s in China Has Exercise Bike Dining Tables

This McDonald’s in China Has Exercise Bike Dining Tables
When it comes to healthy living, McDonald’s is one of the last places that comes to mind. I mean, did you ever see the movie Super Size Me? Well, at one McDonald’s location in China, you can work off a little of your high-fat and high-carb lunch while you eat.

Millennium Falcon Cutting Board: Punch (and Chop) It Chewie!

Millennium Falcon Cutting Board: Punch (and Chop) It Chewie!
The Millennium Falcon is best known for its ability to do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. But did you know it’s also suitable for cutting parsnips? Or chopping onions? Or julienning carrots? Well, it is if you pick up this Millennium Falcon cutting board from Promi Design.

Have Your Own Nightmare Before Christmas with this Cthulhu Ornament

Have Your Own Nightmare Before Christmas with this Cthulhu Ornament
It’s that time of year. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. It’s time to set up the Christmas tree, string the lights, and hang the ornaments. But if you’re tired of all the jolly and festive holiday traditions, maybe you need to go with something a little darker for your decorations this year.

This Keycap Looks Like a Teensy Nintendo Game Boy

This Keycap Looks Like a Teensy Nintendo Game Boy
Recently, I wrote about the Thumby, a teensy Game Boy-inspired gaming system that you basically need to be Ant-Man to play. If you like the idea of a miniature Game Boy, but your thumbs aren’t small enough to play that thing, you might want to consider the ZMKC Pocket Game Console Artisan Keycap instead.

Dress Your Wounds with Pepperoni Pizza

Dress Your Wounds with Pepperoni Pizza
Did you get a boo-boo on your finger? Don’t be normal and wrap it in an ordinary Band-Aid. Instead, be a surrealist and protect your cuts and scrapes with a slice of pizza. No silly, not actual searing hot pizza.

Store Your Floppy Disk Coasters in a Wooden Floppy Drive

Store Your Floppy Disk Coasters in a Wooden Floppy Drive
Do you long for the days when software shipped on a bunch of floppy disks? Yeah, me either. But I do have a soft spot in my heart for collecting retro technology and art that celebrates it out of a sense of nostalgia.

These R2-D2 Leggings Are a Good Motivator

These R2-D2 Leggings Are a Good Motivator
It’s been a few months since I’ve seen R2-D2 rolling around, but the last thing I remember, he was still shaped like a garbage can on wheels. Well, I guess our little Astromech droid has been hitting the gym because he’s looking quite slim and leggy these days.

Turkey Dinner Candy Corn Is Like Willy Wonka’s 3-Course Dinner Gum

Turkey Dinner Candy Corn Is Like Willy Wonka’s 3-Course Dinner Gum
Remember that scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when Violet Beauregard chomps down on the 3-course dinner chewing gum? Well, this is kind of like that, though it’s not going to turn you blue when you get to dessert.

Darth Vader Chrome Ceramic Mug: The Shiny Side of the Dark Side of the Force

Darth Vader Chrome Ceramic Mug: The Shiny Side of the Dark Side of the Force
Star Wars fans, what’s better than sipping coffee from a Darth Vader helmet mug? Sipping coffee from a chrome-finish Darth Vader helmet mug. The Sith Lord’s black outfit is so shiny you could comb your hair in its reflection, but this mug is even more reflective thanks to its mirrored ceramic finish.

This Creepy LEGO Spider Mech is Made from Minifig Bodies

This Creepy LEGO Spider Mech is Made from Minifig Bodies
Do you like creepy, crawly stuff? Then this LEGO construction should give you quite the thrill, as it’s about as gnarly looking as anything we’ve ever seen built from bricks. This awesomely creepy black widow mech was created by LEGO artist Markus Rollbühler, who put it together for Creations for Charity, a non-profit organization that raises funds for underprivileged children during the holidays by selling LEGO builds donated by its community.

Excel at Sipping Coffee with the Spreadsheet Shortcut Mug

Excel at Sipping Coffee with the Spreadsheet Shortcut Mug
I like to think I’m pretty adept at Microsoft Excel.  Whenever I show some neophyte how to use a Pivot Table, I feel like a spreadsheet god. Despite my skills at manipulating rows, columns, formulas, and macros, I don’t have all the Excel keyboard shortcuts memorized.

The Thumby Is the World’s Smallest Game Boy

The Thumby Is the World’s Smallest Game Boy
The whole point of game systems like the Nintendo Game Boy was to make them small enough to carry in your pocket and play on the go. But what if you’ve got really tiny pockets?.. or really tiny fingers?