Of all of the characters in the Super Mario games, I think the Goombas are some of the most innocuous and easy to deal with. But in the hands of toy customizer KodyKoala, one particular Goomba is a serious badass.
Something is appealing to me about the aesthetics of old personal computers from the ’80s and ’90s. I know they’re not streamlined or sleek like the stuff that Apple is churning out these days, but I liked that those old machines felt more purposeful in their design.
Out of all of the power-ups in video game history, the mushrooms in the Super Mario Bros. series are among the most iconic. I always liked to think that they taste more like marshmallow fluff than mushrooms, but that’s just because that’s what the mushrooms in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory looked like they were made from when Mike Teavee’s mom takes a bite of one.
For those of us growing a veggie garden or feeding birds in our yards, we typically think of squirrels as pests. But they’re living creatures too, and would simply prefer that we fed them nuts if we could.
These days, it’s impossible to look back at the movies of the great Mel Brooks without somebody getting their panties in a bunch about their lack of political correctness. To that, I say, “lighten up.” Comedy is supposed to push boundaries, and poke fun at people’s sensitivities and societal norms.
If you like to read, you probably have at least a few books lying around and not neatly placed on bookshelves. There are lots and lots of choices for bookends to keep them tidy, but I really like the idea of these bookends that look like books.
Growing up, I was always more of a LEGO kid than a Playmobil kid. I always liked how LEGO bricks and minifigs left more to the imagination than Playmobil, so I felt I could be more creative with their toys.
If you like to cook, it’s important that you measure your ingredients properly. It’s especially critical for baking. That said, every kitchen needs a set of measuring spoons and cups. Here’s a cool design for a kitchen gadget which combines a variety of measurement sizes into a single cube.
It’s hard not to love Baby Yoda aka The Child from The Mandalorian. How can you not be gaga about this adorable and precocious little dude that also possesses the power of the Force? Just one look at those big eyes staring up at you, and your heart will melt.
When it comes to robots, most of them are powered by batteries or plug-in electricity, which in turn drive servos or other motors. But if you’re trying to build insect-sized robots, it’s tough for them to get around them without an external power source.
Those familiar red 7-segment LEDs are designed to each display an individual digit, or if you’re 8-year-old me, maybe to string together some letters, like “8008135” that I used to think was me being clever with my old Texas Instruments calculator.
Those of us who grew up playing video games back in the 1980s have a special place in our hearts for the pixel art characters from the 8-bit arcade and home console world. From Pac-Man to Dig Dug to Donkey Kong to Galaga, game artists had to really stretch their creativity and imagination to give us memorable and identifiable characters using the most primitive of blocks and limited color schemes.
Sometimes things are just a little too far away for you to reach with your monkey paws. While you could just move your lazy butt off of the couch, you could also just use one of those reacher claws you sometimes see old people using.
Since the advent of e-mail, the internet, and text messaging, the need for amateur radio communication has definitely diminished. But there’s still a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts out there who enjoy communicating via amateur radio, also known as “Ham radio.”
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.