Sep 22, 2010

Massive Super Mario Bros. Pushpin Mosaic

created at: 09/22/2010

Students from the CIS Student Association of the University of the Fraser Valley created this enormous mosaic, using more than 17,000 pushpins as pixels to create the Super Mario Bros.-themed artwork.  

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Sep 17, 2010

Giant Animated Human Pac-Man Game

created at: 09/17/2010

While we're certain this isn't the first time that someone's re-created a game of Pac-Man using stop motion animation, but we're pretty sure it's the best.

French-Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond, the same guy that did the human Tetris game a few years ago (see below), is back with his most ambitious project to date: a two-minute full level of Pac-Man created with 111 human pixels, lots of colored t-shirts, and a really, really tall tripos at the Trafo cinema in Baden, Switzerland.

created at: 09/17/2010  

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Sep 14, 2010

We Want: Atari Wall Decals!

retro gaming stickers

For those who can't just get enough of retro video games and don't mind geeking up your decor, ThinkGeek offers these Atari Wall Decals. "$35-45 will let you create a scene from Asteroids, Centipede or Pong on the large, flat surface of your choice." Can't beat that.


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Sep 02, 2010

File Under Awesome: Super Mario Bros. Office Cabinets

Super Mario Filing Cabinet Filing Cabinet 2   Super Mario Bros

I was gonna start this post with an "If I had filing cabinets like these, maybe I wouldn't let the piles on my desk get so high..." but I won't. Cause it's not true, and that's a dumb thing to say, anyway.    

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Jul 19, 2010

How To: Make a Retro-Inspired, 8-bit Cork Board

created at: 07/19/2010

We're so over drab bulletin boards and memo keepers. There are simply too many cool DIY options that a simple natural cork in a blonde wood frame simply won't do anymore - try  this for a double duty dry erase board, or this for the standard cork and pushpin combo.

Or, perhaps you'd like a bit of a narrative in your reminder and inspiration substrate. If so, we recommend this Pac-Man cork board project by Dominator 24. He used the free, open source photo software GIMP to create the templates, then transferred the image onto cork tiles, and cut them out with scissors.

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Jul 16, 2010

Spudnik: A Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

Spudnik by saritamarianyc.

Sarah received a challenge at her local design/craft swap - "old toy" as a material, and "steampunk" as a theme. So, she snagged a used, old-school Mr. Potato Head and created Spudnik using found materials from around her house. Wanted Poster by saritamarianyc.

Then, Sarah created an attached 'telescope' to house a series of clever, original documents that tell the story of Comrade Spudnik.  

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Jul 15, 2010

Jun 28, 2010

'Mad Men' Series Designer Dan Bishop Discusses How He Gets the Sets So Right


"Anyone can go to Design Within Reach and buy some stuff and say: 'Look! It looks like "Mad Men." But if you actually watch the show, you'll realize you've never actually seen anything sold at DWR. The set dressers purposely avoid iconic mid-century pieces by outfits such as Herman Miller and Knoll, opting for timely pieces, not design classics. [I did spot a few Saarinen womb and office chairs when Don went to Calfornia, but they filmed it in the famous Case Study House #22, so in every way appropriate.]


"In keeping with the producers' gag order on details about the upcoming season -- even the exact year in which it's set -- he declined to talk about how the residential scenes, including Don and Betty Draper's home (or homes, should she go through with the divorce threatened in Season 3), might evolve this season. But he did share a few hints about how interior design changed going into the mid-'60s. "Part of it is a color thing," he said. The show is moving more toward primary colors, and away from the muted tones of the '50s. During that time, people moved more toward more curvilinear, shapes -- wilder shapes and colors. In one sense, I'd say it's less sophisticated, the '60s," he said. "We are moving toward that to a degree."   

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Jun 24, 2010

The Original 1979 Pac-Man Drawings Unveiled

"Secret" Pac-Man DrawingsToru Iwatani created the original Pac-Man for Naamco in 1979, and recently shared his original sketches at the Festival of Games in Utrecht, Netherlands."Secret" Pac-Man Drawings

The "秘" means the documents are top secret, apparently.  

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Jun 16, 2010

Stop-Motion Super Mario Made from Sticky Notes

created at: 06/16/2010

The advent of digital cameras and animation software has put stop-motion in the hands of the masses, and we couldn't be more thankful. Folks will keep on making great stop-motion, and we'll keep watching them.

created at: 06/16/2010

This Super Mario Brothers recreation was made for bunkasai, the Japanese cultural festival held at most schools to display the students' achievements. By the looks of this thing, this school has plenty to be proud of...    

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May 28, 2010

Chewed to Bits by Giant Turtles! Vintage Men's Adventure Magazines

Before Maxim and Esquire, there was a previous generation of men's magazines. Pulpy, violent, and equally sex-obsessed as the current publications, these men's adventure magazines feature fantastic headlines like: "Why Foreign Girls Make Better Wives and Lovers," "Cannibal Crabs Craw to Kill," and "I'm Teaching My Kid to Fight Dirty."  

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May 26, 2010

Eye Candy: The Pacific Pinball Museum



The Pacific Pinball Machine Museum just openned in Alameda, California. The museum is a non-profit organization that features 90 fully playable historic pinball machines, hosts the world's largest pinball gathering (the Pacific Pinball Expo), and creates travelling exhibits featuring the games and the science behind them.


The space has an awesome, classic Coney Island feel, and once you're in, you can play all day for free. "Our new front entrance at 1510 Webster Street, Alameda, CA is open 6 days a week with extended hours on weekends. We now offer 15 woodrails and 20 wedgeheads from Larry Zartarian’s collection and additional

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May 18, 2010

Crazy Vintage Men's Knits

I can always count on my friend Gina from Doe-C-Doe to come up with the choicest vintage patterns and retro-crafts from the depths of the secondhand shops.

She's come through again with "Sweaters for Men," featuring pleather pants, a banjo, and plenty of patterns named after car models from the 1970s.

Thanks, Gina. Keep up the great work.

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May 18, 2010

Teenage Mutant Venn-ja Diagram

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VhdC-5Gg7Ok/S_DIfpdBpbI/AAAAAAAAADs/llWoPG8L7uU/s1600/VENNWORLDS.pngYesterday's choice find from Nathan Pyle  inspired me to check out more of the artist's clever work, and I just had to share this one. Though they've become a bit retro-cliche, Ninja Turtles still warm the heart of anyone near my generation.

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May 10, 2010

The iRetrofone

iRetrofone Base-Black

The iRetrofone is a functioning iPhone dock with a working handset receiver. It's quite fun, and I think I'd actually use it, though it costs twice as much as an 8GB iPhone 3G itself at $195.

Does anyone know if picking up the reciever answers the phone, or do you still have to do the finger slide?

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May 06, 2010

8-Bit End-Grain Cutting Boards


At ManMade, we love a nice big end-grain hardwood butcher block. In fact, we love 'em so much that we've made our own and use it three meals a day. It took me about 12 hours of work, so there's no way I'd ever replace it.

Until I saw these guy. Playing off the pixel-like qualities of glued-up butcher blocks, Etsy artist 1337Motif has created retro electronic inspired cutting boards, like PacMan (above) and Space Invaders (below).


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Apr 26, 2010

What Stormtroopers Do in Their Downtime

created at: 04/26/2010

As the personal army of Emperor Palpatine, Stromtroopers have plenty on their plates: attacking Jedi generals, keeping the Death Star secure, and wearing white, functionally ineffective armor. But even the most devoted soldiers can't be on duty twentyfour hours a day.

So, Stefan took on a year long project: StormTroopers365, which catalogs all the things a Stormtrooper might do in a year, one photo a day. The project began in April 2009, and the final photo posted on April 4, 2010.

created at: 04/26/2010  

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Apr 08, 2010

8-Bit Pink Floyd: "The Dark Side of the Moon" in Chiptune

created at: 04/08/2010

"Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for [Nintendo] instead of for a rock band?" Of course you haven't, but Brad Smith did.

So, he created "Moon8," which is the entire album sequenced, arranged, and then played on the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  I've never been much into Dark Side of the Moon, and don't know much about chiptune music, but I've got heaps of respect for this one.

But props aside, I have no idea what I'm talking about, so I'll leave the proper critique to G4's Rick Damigella. "Not only does MOON8 sound good, it transcends sounding like music done for a video game. Sure, the tones are undeniably old-school NES, but nothing has been done to tweak the music to sound like it actually came from a game. This is a chiptunes recreation in its purest sense...

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Feb 11, 2010

ManMaker Profile: Steve Harrington - Psychedelic Tepees and a Studio Tour

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 2010/02/11

Steve Harrington is an L.A.-based illustrator and graphic artist whose works are inspired by the shaggy late 60s, and all the moustaches and geometry of that era.created at: 2010/02/11

In particular, I'm digging on these paper tepees, with each facade featuring a different trippy take.

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Jan 13, 2010

Felted Nintendo Nostalgia

There's all sorts of geek crafts floating around the blogosphere, but for some reason, these by Sehr Patola stand out amongst 'em. Perhaps it's that the gray matches 1980s Japanese plastic perfectly. Perhaps its the perfectly resourced buttons that make the scale spot-on. But, I'm pretty sure it's that tiny little LED bead on the Gameboy.


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