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. And if there were a videogame church, it would feature stained glass images like this one surrounding the house of worship.
This fun and artful 12″ x 6″ stained glass mosaic features a scene of Yoshi going for a ride in his Super Mario Kart racer, with Toad hanging out in the back. They’d better watch out though, because somebody has tossed one of those spiny Koopa shells onto the road to pop their tires and spin their kart.
This neat piece of original fan art was created by Wildnine Studios, who makes all kinds of cool and geeky stained glass mosaics, like this awesome Mario Power-up tissue box. The Yoshi and Toad scene is going for $295 over on Etsy.
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. They’ve done all of the hard work, installing and configuring dozens of emulators, and thousands of games so you don’t have to. Currently, the systems come with 37 emulators, and over 12,000 games.
Best of all, these systems look cool, packed into miniature versions of NES, Super Nintendo, and N64 cases. They can even play games from the system that they look like.
The systems plug right into any display via HDMI, and have USB ports for connecting controllers. They can be optioned out with either the classic system’s controllers, or more modern PS3 controllers at no extra charge too. The systems sell for $249.99 in in classic console guise, or $299.99 in a more modern, custom built case. Check them all out in the NewAgeRetro Etsy shop.
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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. If his arms had lamps at the ends of them instead of giant mallets, they would have looked exactly like this.
Madrid, Spain based designer Alex Fraile of OmuLamp loves to create twisty, turny lamps. Among his collection is this series of Beetlejuice inspired table lamps, which would look great if you’re going for that Tim Burton goth-with-a-touch-of-whimsy look in any of your rooms.
There are several different designs available, each made from a resin- and foam-filled paper structure with a wooden base. Prices range from about $105 to $675 for the lamps depending on the size and complexity of the design, and they’re available from the Omulamp Etsy shop now.
If more serious horror is your cup of tea, be sure to check out Omulamp’s super creepy Hellraiser lamp.
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. 2 wall art has a wide open spot in the middle of its canvas, allowing you to select the character you want to play with, just like the original game. Each character is handmade using fused perler beads and has a magnet on the back.
The set includes all four playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad – and a backdrop populated with other objects from the classic 1988 NES game. It measures in at 16″ x 20″ so it should fill out that big blank spot on your wall nicely. It’s $160 over on The Pixel Art Shop’s Etsy page, where you can find all sorts of other cool perler bead creations.
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. When illuminated, the Death Star casts cool splashes of light and dark across your walls, much like the Light and Dark sides of The Force battle it out on a daily basis. When turned off, it’s an equally cool art object, waiting to be activated and ready to blow up Alderaan.
The lamp measures about 7″ across, and is made completely from white clay, though they can also tint one into a dark grey if you prefer a more accurate representation of the Ultimate Weapon in the Universe. If you’d like one for your room, head over to Light Gallery Réka’s Etsy shop, where you can order one for about $136.
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. But as awesome as that is, sometimes it would be nice to play the classics on the road. Fortunately, thanks to Jason Fernandez and his JFCADE arcade briefcases, it’s totally possible.
Jason takes old-school hard-sided briefcases, and kits them out with a full arcade emulator system. Each one is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3B processor and has a built-in arcade joystick (with a removable handle for travel), arcade quality backlit buttons, and an LCD screen built into the lid. There are also speakers inside, as well as a rechargeable battery pack, so you can really play anywhere without wires.
Since each system is made from a recycled briefcase, complete with dents, dings, and scratches, they’re all one-of-a-kind and have unique character. I know I’d love to have one of these, so I can get my Donkey Kong on before sitting down to work for the day. I also like the idea of showing up to a business meeting with one of these, and setting up at the end of the conference table to play some Dig-Dug or Bubble Bobble.
If you like these as much as I do, you can buy your very own over at JFCADE’s Etsy shop for $1300.
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 want to brush up your Pi knowledge on a daily basis, you might want to consider adding this neat piece of art to your wall.
The lauan wood print measures 30 x 40 cm – or approximately 11.8 x 15.75 inches, so it’s a nice size to fill in that empty spot you have on the wall over your desk. If you look at it up close, you can see that each digit has a little bit of depth and texture to it too, since it’s engraved rather than just printed on the wood.
The poster is just $49 over on Etsy, which is a totally rational number if you ask me.
Do you or someone you know love to read books? Then check out these sweet book bags which are inspired by popular books. Each bag features artwork from a famous literary work, and is sure to be a great conversation starter.
Moscow-based Krukru Studio recently launched their new Book Bags shop, which is loaded with cool designs based on everything from The Little Prince, to Harry Potter, to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Because of their boxy design, the bags are spacious inside too, and each one features the title of the book on its spine as well.
The bags are available in a variety of colors of faux and real leather depending on the book. Krukru can also embellish the inside of your bag with the first page from the book for a small additional cost.
Krukru’s Book Bags range from $90 to $245, depending on size and material, and it’s another $20 if you want the interior page art. There are more than 100 book designs available in their shop, so head over to Etsy now and check them all out.
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. It also had terrible, tinny sound, but that’s no longer a problem thanks to HiFi Luggage.
These guys mod everything from suitcases to lunchboxes with high quality amplifiers and speakers, and for this build, they pimped out one of the aforementioned Fisher-Price cassette players and turned it into a boombox.
It’s now got 20 watts of digital amplification, a rechargeable 8 hour battery, and packs a two 3″ woofers, two 1.5″ passive radiators, and two 1.5″ speakers up front. The whole case has been sealed for optimal acoustics, and it’s been designed to kick out some serious volume for its size. Simply connect your device via Bluetooth, and you’ll be rocking today’s tunes on this classic ’80s relic.
Sadly, it no longer plays cassette tapes, which is a bit of a bummer, but as you can see, there really wasn’t any room inside to keep the mechanism. The LED-illuminated Bell Biv Devoe cassette has been permanently sealed inside. Still, it’s a pretty awesome build, but also quite pricey at $595. Check it out over on Etsy.