I don’t spend much time in church, but if they had videogames there, I might show up more often. I like to think that if religious institutions had an arcade, we’d all be spending more time bending the knee to the gods of gaming.
Do you love to play classic arcade games? Don’t have the space for a big arcade cabinet, or the time to futz about installing and configuring emulators along with all of their convoluted config files? Then check out NewAgeRetro, who makes cool Raspberry Pi-based game emulator systems, built into 3D-printed shells that look like classic Nintendo game consoles.
They build RetroPie-based systems, running on a Raspberry Pi 3 board, and come pre-loaded and ready to play.
One of the most iconic things in Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice is Michael Keaton’s referee-striped suit. Later in the film, Beetlejuice spawns an insane merry-go-round hat and grows creepy long arms as he ups his maniacal taunting of the Deetz household.
Every geeky room needs some pixel art on the wall. But rather than just have some static image, why not go with something a bit more interactive? The Pixel Art Shop has got you covered.
This Super Mario Bros.
The original Death Star may have had a fatal flaw, but it was still one of the most important and iconic symbols of the Star Wars universe. If you prefer to remember the Death Star as it was before it was blown to smithereens by Luke Skywalker, then check out this cool lighting fixture.
This sweet ceramic lamp comes from Budapest, Hungary ceramic artist Light Gallery Réka, and it looks fantastic.
For those of you who have been following Technabob over the years, you know I love classic arcade games. I’ve even go so far as to have a custom-fabricated “Basement Invaders” arcade machine built for my man cave.
3.141592653589793… etcetera, etcetera. Math nerds love to geek out about how many digits of Pi they’ve memorized. 15 digits is about where my brain gives out, but there are folks out there who know hundreds or even thousands of digits.
If you grew up in the ’80s, you might remember this classic Fisher-Price toy – a cassette player designed for just for kids. It was build from chunky, nearly indestructible plastic, and had big buttons on top for its basic functions.
One of the greatest incarnations of Rick Sanchez in the multiverse has to be Pickle Rick, who appeared for the first time this past August on season 3, episode 3. While he starts off completely ineffective, Pickle Rick quickly becomes a vicious killing machine thanks the suit he cobbles together from cockroach and rat parts.
The first time I saw the episode, I immediately thought about how it’s a common holiday tradition to hang a pickle on Christmas trees, and how a Pickle Rick Christmas ornament would be a great addition to our tree this year.
Do you have a toddler in your house? Are you a Back to the Future fan? Then you’ve gotta get your kid a pair of these amusing baby booties made to look like Marty McFly’s famed Nike Air Mag shoes.
These handmade Air Mag booties are available from FifthAvenue5, and crocheted from organic yarn.
If you’re a fan of classic computer systems from the 1980s, then check this out. These custom-made cases let you build a working Raspberry Pi computer system that looks like a mini version of iconic retro systems.
RetroPiCases makes miniature cases based on the Commodore 64, VIC-20, Amiga 500, BBC Model B, and my personal favorite, the Atari ST – which was the last great computer system that didn’t run either Windows or Mac OS if you ask me.
Each 3D-printed case perfectly fits a Raspberry Pi board (be sure to read the descriptions on Etsy to see which board it requires), and provides proper access to its ports, and some cases include an LED power light as well.
The cases sell for about $20 to $35 (USD) each, not including the cost of the Raspberry Pi board itself.
I’ve yet to see the Blade Runner 2049, but everyone is saying it’s a pretty incredible movie. Given the fact that the original Blade Runner is one of my favorite films of all time (despite its flaws), I can’t want to see how Denis Villenueve’s long-awaited sequel turned out.
Fans of the original Blade Runner know that Gaff (Edward James Olmos) liked to make little origami animals, most significantly, the unicorn that is representative of Rick Deckard’s mysterious past.
Looking for a truly unique accent light? I don’t think you can do much better than one of these sweet handmade lamps that’s designed to look like a flashlight floating in mid-air.
Beaverton, Oregon artist Bob Peterson of ThisCarUp has made a limited run of just 24 of these neat desk lamps, each of which features an actual vintage flashlight, set atop a handblown glass shade that forms its beam.
Before you enter the great wasteland to do battle, you’ll want to check in with Vault Boy and your Pip-Boy 3000 to make sure your stats are up to snuff. This Vault Boy stained glass window is there to offer an additional affirmation.
This handmade window is the ultimate bit of home decor for any serious Fallout fan, and features a bold and bright image of the Vault-Tec Corporation’s overwhelmingly positive mascot.
I like to think by the time we make it to the 23rd century, we won’t be using wall plugs, and all power will be completely wireless. But Trekkies living in today’s world must suffer through the act of connecting their electrical devices to a wall outlet.