ForeverGeek Nerds are for Dorks Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free Games That Are Keeping People From Living in the Real World Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:22 +0000 Not that I am against the whole thing – iOS games, people not living in the real world, calculating the time it will take to train x number of soldiers so they’re ready when you wake up, and so on. It’s just that I suddenly, just recently (which is weird) realized that there are some games that have really gotten people in – hook, line, and sinker; and probably even more if that’s possible.

You may have a particular game in mind right now, especially if you are spending most of your waking hours (and supposedly sleeping hours) playing that game, but here are some free games this year (so far) that are truly amazing as to how popular they have become.

Free games that will make you forget real life

Clash of Clans

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I suppose it is no surprise that Clash of Clans is the first game on the list. It seems everyone is playing it, with real-life clans banding together online to go to war. You see Clash of Clans posts all over Facebook, and it is amazing how it brings out passion, strategic thinking, and cooperation among clans. I suppose that the game taps into the primal instincts of surviving and dominating as a group. And that makes players come together online for longer than they spend time together in real life.

Truth be told, my own extended family has been very active in this game, creating a dedicated Facebook chat for strategy, tips, and making sure their clan stays on top. And as a testament to how the game is making them forget real life, I heard our grandmother say the other day that the kids have been staying up too late and forgetting homework. Tsk, tsk?

Get Clash of Clans for iPhone and iPad.

Game of War – Fire Age

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Game of War – Fire Age is very similar to Clash of Clans, and I have also seen just how much it can make people forget the real world first hand. This online global game unites people from all walks of life, giving them the chance to create alliances and climb their way up to the top of the kingdom. Just like with similar games, Game of War brings out the best and worst in people, with the strategists usually getting the better end of the deal. Politics also come into play – a lot. It’s basically a mirror of the real world, except that you get to kill monsters and all that exciting stuff.

It’s amazing how people can spend hours on end talking about the game, their allies, irritating people in the chat room, how long it will take to get to the next level, and how much resources they need. (Well, not really, as I can relate.) What is truly interesting is how players share their jobs and that they are playing while on the job…

Another anecdote: I have been invited to play and join a rather strong alliance several times, and it has taken all my willpower to say no, simply because I know I will get addicted to it just like all the other players. It’s not like I don’t have a game that takes up all my spare time as it is…

Get Game of War – Fire Age for iOS.
Get Game of War – Fire Age for Android.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

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…and that brings us to the game that always gets mentioned (lately) when I write about games: Injustice: Gods Among Us. What’s a better way to forget real life than pit superhero against superhero, all the while leveling them up so that they get stronger and stronger?

As if that weren’t enough, the developers had to make the game more challenging by adding online battles, gear (that adds special powers to your heroes), upping the ante, and making challenges and online battles more difficult.

I’m not competitive (that’s a lie) at all, but I just can’t bear to be in the lower percentile of the online players. So yeah, I pretty much work, play the game, and sometimes go to the grocery store for food. ;)

Get Injustice: Gods Among Us for iOS.
Get Injustice: Gods Among Us for Android.

I am not sure if the part of the success of these games is the fact that they’re free, but if you look at the charts of top grossing apps, these free games do rather well. Free games they may be, but they have in-app purchases that people actually spend real money for.

Do you play any of these games? Why do you think they’re so addictive?

Games, games, games:

Don’t Let Your Old Games Gather Dust!
5 Ultra Entertaining Games You Want on Your Tablet
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This Chia Zombie Collection Is What You Need for Halloween Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:51 +0000 Who’s ready for Halloween? We’re still some weeks away, but it’s never too early to get ready for one of the funnest holidays of the year, isn’t it?

You may or may not have Halloween party plans yet, but this Chia Zombie Collection will make sure that you get into the Halloween spirit, not to mention The Walking Dead.

Each of the items in the collection includes a handmade pottery planter and a chia seed packet for 3 plantings. It also has a convenient plastic drip tray, with planting and care instruction sheet included. The great thing is that it grows to full coat in 1-2 weeks, right about the time ghouls walk the earth.

Chia Zombie Collection

Here are the variations to choose from.

Chia Zombie Hand

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This is unfortunately out of stock on Amazon at the moment, but you can always check back or ask for an alert when it becomes available.

Chia Zombie Lifeless Lisa

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Lifeless Lisa is also out of stock but will be available on the 23rd, so mark your calendar!

Chia Zombie Creepy Holden

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Just like Lifeless Lisa, Creepy Holden will be available on the 23rd.

More brainzzz…

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7 Incredible Superhero Tattoos Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:00:07 +0000 Some years back, I wrote about cool superhero tattoos that would tempt even the faint-hearted comic fan to go to a tattoo studio and brave the needle. Since then, I have been seeing newer photos of tattoos of our favorite (and maybe not-so-favorite) superheroes, so I decided to do a quick follow up on that post.

There is a LOT to wade through, to be honest, but I think these 7 can aptly be dubbed as incredible superhero tattoos, not only because I think well of the superheroes involved, but also because of the design and the skill of the artists.

7 Incredible Superhero Tattoos

1. Batman

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How can you not think “incredible” is not an appropriate adjective for this Batman tattoo? He looks beat up, but he still reeks of “I’m going to kick your butt” that you wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley.

2. The Joker

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I find this Joker tattoo to be poignant somehow. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like it gives a totally different meaning to “Why so serious?”. So, is it just me, or is there something to it?

3. Batman Meets van Gogh

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This might very well be the best of this list of incredible superhero tattoos, if only because of the juxtaposition of Batman and well, one of Vincent van Gogh’s greatest works. Who doesn’t recognize Batman? Who doesn’t recognize The Starry Night? Seriously, how awesome is this combination?

4. DC Tramp Stamp

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For lack of a better term, I label this superhero tattoo the DC Tramp Stamp. As you can see, the logos of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in one. If anyone would ever have a reason to get a tramp stamp, why not this?

5. Batman and Catwoman

I’m starting to realize that this list is almost all about Batman, so pardon me if you wanted more of other superheroes. You can’t deny, though, that this Batman-Catwoman combination tattoo is something special. Unless you absolutely hate Selina Kyle.

6. The Flash

The Flash TV series is coming out soon (October 7), and everyone’s excited to see how it will turn out. In the meantime, this tattoo captures the essence of the fastest man alive, don’t you think?

7. The Joker and Harley

Last, we have two of my favorite crazy supervillains. I think this superhero tattoo does not need any explanation, does it?

So what do you think of these superhero tattoos? Do you have one of your own? Why not share them with us in the comments?

Because we know you can’t get enough of superheroes, here’s more:

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Car Lovers Need This Filmography of Cars Poster on Their Walls Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:02 +0000 It’s no secret that we at ForeverGeek love our cars. Whether they’re LEGO cars or animated cars, it doesn’t matter. We just love looking at nice-looking automobiles.

If you feel the same way, then this Filmography of Cars poster should be hanging on your walls.

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We understand that the image is not large enough for you to see the details, so here are some close ups.

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The Filmography of Cars poster covers 71 iconic cars seen in movies dating back to 1929, so expect intricately detailed renditions of cars. From the item description:

Whether they were notable for their superior performance or the superior performers who drove them, this print pays homage to all the truly iconic automobiles that have graced our screens over the years. From the early 1900s Duesenberg to the time-travelling DeLorean to the portable meth lab within the Fleetwood Bounder, we have it all covered.

Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Using 100 lb. archival recycled thick stock paper, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press in Brooklyn.

You can get the Filmography of Cars, which measures 24″ x 36″, for $54 here.

On another note, what do you think of the new Batmobile?

Want to drool over more cars? Here:

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Star Trek Level Home Automation Through Your iPhone Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:18 +0000 First beamed into people’s living room in 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek has continued to attract and inspire generations to this day. Aside from boldly going where no man has gone before, Star Trek’s appeal also relies heavily on the futuristic tech used by the crew of Starship Enterprise.

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In an era when many families didn’t have a color television set yet, Roddenberry’s saga introduced us to communicators, replicators, tricorders and much more awe-inspiring technology – not to mention voice command operated computer interfaces.

Thanks to the now ubiquitous smartphones, we are edging closer to Starship Bridge-like automated setups in our homes. Ever dreamed of controlling your heating’s thermostat with your phone? Have a passionate dislike for the antiquated technology that are keys? Wonder why we can land a rover on Mars but you still have to get up to switch on/off your lights? You are not alone.

All this time, Kirk and Spock have been enjoying their Holodeck for almost 3 decades.

Luckily much of Star Trek’s technology has made it into our lives, too.

And in recent years, the connected Internet has slowly but surely made its way into our homes as well and home automation, like Fluent Home, is becoming ever more present across the world.

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Gary Arnold, a Fluent Home representative shares his excitement about being part of making Star Trek technology come to life in a way. He says:

Star Trek and other sci-fi franchises helped to inspire innovation and make future technology a reality. Cell phones and advanced microprocessors are an excellent example of that. We very much enjoy the Star Trek comparison because we feel that when our homes, like the Enterprise, learn to anticipate our needs and provide convenient solutions, our lives will improve and our happiness and efficiency will increase.

At the very basic level, we have connected babycams, NFC door locks, connected lightbulbs, and ACs in more and more homes today. These are often combined with a plethora of necessary mobile apps to control all devices from your phone – the one remote to rule them all.

Where Scotty could use voice commands to be transported from the engine room to the bridge, soon you can use Siri to turn on your lights thanks to Apple’s soon to be released iOS 8 Home Kit or you could just operate most platforms with one central control hub such as Fluent Home, as Gary Arnold explains:

Imagine having a home that is smart enough to know when you are not there and adjusting your thermostat accordingly. Thats the power of home automation.

The Fluent Home system is unique in its ability to connect to nearly any kind of automation device even those not offered by Fluent. Our control panel can serve as a central hub to the technology devices in your home, allowing you to monitor and control them from anywhere.

We may still be years away of being able to order our drinks from our home replicator, like Picard with his iconic “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” (One does not simply drink iced Earl Grey) – although even that is coming closer, and we can safely say that we will still be able to enjoy this pleasure in our lifetime, thanks to the nascent introduction of 3D food printing.

Of course this tech, just like Star Trek often wasn’t the first to actually show futuristic technology, has already existed for some time, and Fluent Home has been offering a connected central home hub for a while now, the much dreamed of one remote to rule them all.

On another practical note, one that may not be highlighted much on Star Trek, is the impact of these technologies on energy consumption. Home automation certainly lowers one’s carbon footprint. To quote Gary Arnold:

Fluent Home systems help create efficiency in two main ways. One is by saving energy through complete HVAC control and scheduling. The other is by letting you access your homes security and technology from anywhere in the world using your smart device. This saves you time and affords peace of mind knowing you can keep a close eye on your home no matter what the circumstance.

And who wouldn’t want these advantages? Although to be honest, they already got me at “Star Trek”.

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Are You a Technology Zombie? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:32 +0000 Zombies are in, no matter how gross and disgusting they may be. The ratings of zombie TV shows and movies are off the charts. Artists are creating zombie mashups left and right – and for good reason: there is a market for them, and that includes us!

But, in theory being a zombie is not a good thing. Technically, a zombie is “a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.” (Definition from Oxford Dictionaries)

Of course, if you want a more in-depth, modern definition of a zombie, Urban Dictionary is the way to go. A short snippet:

The Walking Dead. Scientific name Homo Coprophagus Somnambulus.

A deceased human being who has partially returned to life due to undeterminable causes. The brain retains base facilities, namely gross motor function. In its near-mindless state, it grasps no remains of emotion, personality, or sensation of pain. In rare cases, some of the reanimated have reflexively preformed routine activities from their past lives.

Unrelated: TIL, there is a scientific name for zombies.

In any case, there are many kinds of zombies, which you really should know about just in case the zombiecalypse happend in our lifetime.

One kind of zombie, which many of us may not be aware of, is the technology zombie.

A technology zombie does not really have the condition like those of the Walkers/Biters seen in The Walking Dead, but for all intents and purposes, this kind of zombie exhibits a near-mindless state due to – you guessed it – technology, gadgets in particular.

Look around you, and then take a look at this infographic. I am pretty sure that you will be able to relate to how people seem to move around without being aware of their surroundings or what they’re doing, instead glued to a screen of some sort.

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Sad, but true, no?

Still, we love zombies as much as you do, so here’s more:

How Many Zombie Types Do You Know? (One Poster Has 350!)

10 Classic Logos Zombified

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9 Horror Sequels And Remakes That Might Have Been Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:06 +0000 Horror Sequels And Remakes That Never Got Off The Ground 470x286 9 Horror Sequels And Remakes That Might Have Been

Horror movies easily rank among our favorite kind here at ForeverGeek, and they don’t even have to be good to win our hearts. Some are so bad they’re laughable. Some have plenty of blood and gore but not much in way of story. Others are pointless horror sequels and remakes that we love if for nothing more than the fact that they give some of our favorite horror movies of all time another chance to shine under the spotlight.

Horror is easy to make, and doesn’t require a heck of a lot of thought; even so, there are some attempts that never got off the ground. Hat tip to for its “dead projects” database, which was utilized in compiling this list of the 9 Horror Movies That Might Have Been.

9. House Of Re-Animator

Re-Animator fans shouldn’t be too upset on this one. They’ve gotten three films out of the H.P. Lovecraft tale in Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, and Beyond Re-Animator. Still, it would have been nice to see part four. Jeffrey Combs would definitely be up for it. That guy will act in anything. House of Re-Animator would have pitted Dr. Herbert West (Combs) against a “Bush-like” President, who dies in office and is then brought back from the dead with disastrous results.

8. Candyman 4

In Candyman 4, a female college professor teaching at an all-girls school begins to feel the effects of her kinsman. Not sure how heavily Clive Barker would be involved in this, but if it’s half as good as part one, we’d be on board.

7. I Am Legend 2

Um, how, short of [SPOILER ALERT] casting a completely new actor in an unrelated role within the same universe? Personally, we’re sick of that technique. Continue the original story unless there is nothing left to tell. In that case, make something new, for Pete’s sake.

6. Motel Hell

The original Motel Hell is a bit of a camp classic and a Joe Bob Briggs favorite. For my horror tastes, it’s a little hammy to be true horror. Nevertheless, fans would have been excited were this project not stuck in Development Hell.

5. Race With The Devil

A group of friends on vacation and traveling from Texas to Colorado in an RV run afoul of a Satanic cult resulting in an intense and scary chase across the western landscape. The original starred Peter Fonda and Warren Oates. We wouldn’t mind seeing a new crop of actors take a stab at this. Just don’t try to modernize it.

4. Strangeland: Disciple

Anyone remember Dee Snider from Twisted Sister? He had marginal success with the horror film Strangeland in the late ’90s. Strangeland tells the story of Internet chat room schizophrenic Captain Howdy, who likes to torture women and stitch their mouths shut. The sequel would have followed the further adventures of Captain Howdy and the surviving members of the first. This sequel is one we wouldn’t have minded.

3. The Bad Seed

Don’t need any more remakes of The Bad Seed. We’ve got Orphan! This remake would have been helmed by Eli Roth of Hostel fame.

2. The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Rumors have persisted of a Creature remake since the early ‘90s. To date, nothing has happened. Names like Breck Eisner, Guillermo Del Toro, and, going way back, John Carpenter have been rumored. Still nothing. If you do want to see a more modern take on the Gill-Man, though, we recommend checking out the original version of our next entry.

1. The Monster Squad

It’s Goonies with Monsters! Universal was behind the original, and so they were able to use the classic incarnations of each monster: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and Gill-Man. We’d love to see this get another trip.

Which horror movies that might have been would you like to see? Sound off in the comments. And for more horror movie fun, check out our salute to ’80s horror FX guys.

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Robbie Lakeman Ousts Hank Chien As Donkey Kong King Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:35:23 +0000 Yes. The battle for Donkey Kong King (say that five times as fast as you can, now) has been going on, and will probably go on for quite some time yet. The arcade game is one of the most popular games ever, and aficionados continue vying for the highest score they can get.

For four years, Hank Chien has reigned supreme, leaving Donkey Kong King wannabes in tears of frustration as Chien kept beating his own record time and time again. But all good things must come to an end, and we have a new sovereign in Robbie Lakeman.

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If you have aspirations to topple Robbie Lakeman as Donkey Kong King, then you’ll have to forget your life. Seriously, though, this thing is nothing to joke about. Here is a video showing tips from Lakeman himself. Watch and learn.

Learn more about Lakeman’s rise to the top here.

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Don’t Let Your Old Games Gather Dust! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:30:10 +0000 It happens to every gamer: video games eventually are left alone, only to serve as dust collectors. It’s not that those games lose value to the gamer; it’s just that after you finish a game, or it proves to be too difficult (or too boring, as the case may be), you tend to lose interest.

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When this happens, the usual course of things is that games are left on the shelf, put in a box, or just left lying around.

But why allow this to happen if you can actually use those games for better purposes? Here are some practical things you can do with your old games.

Make money out of those old games!

The most obvious option is to sell your unused games. There is a huge market for used games, with sites such as offering decent prices for old games. Depending on the site, you can ship your game to them for free and receive cash as payment via various methods (check or PayPal, for example). The cash you receive also depends on the state and original price of the video game, of course.

You can also go to sites such as eBay to put your ols games up for sale, or even easier, ask your friends if they want to buy your games. I’ve gotten rid of a bunch of games this way, and it has proven effective and hassle-free.

Give your unused games as gifts to other gamers.

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If you don’t want the “hassle” of haggling and selling and dealing with money, then why not simply give away your unused games? There are countless people who will love to have your games, even though they are second hand.

Again, you can ask your friends if anyone wants a free game (see how many replies you’ll get on Facebook if you do this). You can post your offer on your gaming forums.

You can even donate your games to charity. If there is a youth center near you that has an entertainment room, they will probably be grateful for your donation. Your local library may even accept your old games.

Use them to “gamer-fy” your kids.

If you’ve got kids and/or nephews/nieces, the chances are that you want them to grow up appreciating gaming. If your old games are appropriate for the age of the kids, don’t get rid of the games. Instead, use them as springboards to “gamer-fy” the kids. And yes, I think I invented a word again.

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If some of your games are a tad too advanced or not appropriate for the age of the kids in the house, you may want to store them properly so that they can be used in the future.

Take them to a recycling center.

Last, if your old games don’t work or you just don’t want to find someone to give them away to, there is always the recycling center. While there are people who just don’t care and merely throw video games – discs, packaging, and all – into the trash bin, why not be a little more responsible and pay your recycling center a visit instead?

To make it worth your time, take stock of other things you are not using at home and take them in one trip to the recycling center. Consider it your good deed for the [INSERT TIME PERIOD HERE].

What do you do with your old games that you don’t use?

Want more gaming? Here you go:

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Support the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette LEGO Project Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:50:37 +0000 This is where car lovers and LEGO enthusiasts come together: the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette LEGO Project. What more can you really want?

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The thing is, you have to help to make it a reality, as it is only a concept for now, and the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette LEGO Project needs support for it to become official. Here’s a closer look at the inside of this iconic car in its LEGO form.

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If that doesn’t make you want to support the project, then you’re probably not into cars, but that’s all right. If you want to make have a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette LEGO some time in the future, visit its LEGO ideas, and show your enthusiasm for the project.

There’s still 351 days left, and the more supporters the project gets, the more chances of it getting it produced. So, what are you waiting for?

Cars, cars, and more cars!

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King Down Hits Funding Target In Under 24 Hours Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:39:41 +0000  

Blood. Greed. Glory. Honor. A game of Kings…and a prequel to chess?

This is how Saar Shai leading the team behind the game pitches ‘King Down’ anyway and it looks like his pitch has impressed some people as they have just raced past their funding target of $50,000 USD in less than 24 hours! 

From the four corners of the land come four pretenders to the throne, each claiming to be the rightful heir. As the four would-be Kings march towards the capitol, they gather their armies, preparing for battle.

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The Four Kings

King Down is a fantasy table-top strategy game where each player chooses a king, hand picks their army and then goes into battle against the other King players and their armies. The game is described as a prequel to chess and just like in chess you have the usual pieces of a King, Queen, Knight, Rook, Bishop and pawns but instead of mundane traditional playing pieces you use highly detailed fantasy miniatures. The game is played using not just the pieces but also spell and tactic cards including a special type of playing mechanic invented by Saar called ‘double-edged cards’. 

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The full box set in all its glory

The playing pieces have been created in conjunction with experienced 3D animators Dream Catcher and Saar already has established relationships with four manufacturers as well as having two other successful Kickstarter campaigns under his belts so pledges are all in safe hands.

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Saar at work with Dream Catcher with the prototype pieces

The starting pledge for the full game is $63 but that has already sold out, the next one starts at $65 but already 396 have been taken so if you want to get in on this game you had better be quick!

King Down will be running on Kickstarter until Ocotber 12th

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On Fire in The Valley: Why Halt and Catch Fire, Is the Strongest of the Nerd Shows Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:03:42 +0000 Editor’s note: This post was written by Ohad Mark Stoller of Fueled, the premier agency for iPhone app design and Android app development in New York City.

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Taking iphone-glued Millennials back three decades, ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ is AMC’s response to the recent TV tech craze.  The period drama features three driven characters, Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) at Cardiff Electric, a tech startup in the early 80’s racing against IBM to engineer the first portable PC.

With plenty of music to draw from, beautiful cinematography, strong acting, and ample sex, the show gives HBO’s hit-comedy Silicon Valley a run for its money. But, we at Fueled wanted to take a closer look – will  it hold up in terms of social realism and substance?

While Silicon Valley is set in the well-known California tech hub, Halt and Catch Fire takes place in ‘Silicon Prairie,’ the lesser known Texas tech hub surrounding Dallas.  The show focuses on the interrelationships between the characters, and the intense drama that comes from competition. According to Co-Creator Christopher Cantwell, “This is the story you don’t know. People in Texas were basically drafting of off the innovations happening in Silicon Valley and in New York. This is sort of an unexplored avenue of the tech story that we’ve all become very interested in through the lens of the Steve Jobs’s and Bill Gates’ of the world. These are sort of the unsung heroes, that made sure that every computer on the desk wasn’t an IBM PC.” Furthermore, Cantwell’s personal experience in an edgy young tech startup gives the show realism as opposed to Silicon Valley’s more clichéd spiel.

The title itself, taken from an allegorical self-destruct code, has just the sort of jargon that gives the show that geeky edge, and a metaphor that can carry meaning as the series develops. Unlike Silicon Valley, a half-hour satire spawned by Office Space creator, Mike Judge, Halt and Catch Fire ignites the intrigue and fierce drama behind what many believed would be a purely technical and geeky story.

While Silicon Valley (perhaps unintentionally) reflects our current brogramming age, one devoid of encouragement or incentives for brainy females, Halt and Catch Fire features Mackenzie Davis as a sexy, confident programmer named Cameron who takes risks and knows what she wants. She also can be a little chaotic at times, which makes her an even more interesting and complex character.

Silicon Valley, focuses simply on how a group of nerdy guys (the brogrammers) try and make it big in the industry.  Instead of exploring tech, the show lampoons it, and those who work within the industry.  In fairness this can often be quite funny, but not exploring the industry feels like a missed opportunity.

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Having just recently finished its first season, Halt and Catch Fire promises to eclipse the other tech shows through sheer grit and period accuracy, complete with the obligatory Corvette, music by the likes of The Cars, and arcade malls.

The acting on Halt and Catch Fire is top-notch. In one scene, business visionary Joe ignites his technical partner, Gordon who blows up. Joe matches his aggression, exclaiming. “GOOD! Get Angry! Feel something. Because that’s the only way we’ll get what we want.

This is what Halt and Catch Fire gets right as opposed to Silicon Valley.  Halt and Catch Fire is intoxicating in ways that no one thought a show about computer programmers could be.  Despite some of Silicon Valley’s funniest moments (Peter Gregory’s sesame seeds) it feels like the easy path to take.  Halt and Catch Fire came out of seemingly nowhere, but despite this we are glad we watched, and are already itching for next season.

Have you seen both TV shows? Do you agree with our opinions? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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Do You Know the 10 Urban Myths of Gaming? Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:38:31 +0000 Urban myths come aplenty, from crocodiles living in the sewer to human meat found in a McDonald’s meat factory, but did you know that there are also urban myths of gaming?

I suppose we were all told at some point in our lives about certain “facts” about some of our favorite games and characters. Some may be true, some may merely be myths. Here’s a cool infographic highlighting 10 urban myths of gaming.

From Luigi is dead in his mansion to The Legend of Zelda having a swastika in the third dungeon map, you might just learn a thing or two from this infographic.
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10 Urban Myths Of Gaming [Infographic] by the team at Majestic Leisure Ltd

What do you think? Are they really just myths, or is there some truth to them?


Have some more gaming reading:

Putting Meta in Gaming: Mobile Games for Those Who Can’t Do Just One Thing at a Time
Top 5 Games to Rock Your Gaming PC
The Greatest Gamer Fears
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Book Giveaway: The Darkest Minds Series + $50 Visa Gift Card Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:41 +0000 darkestminds 930x1393 Book Giveaway: The Darkest Minds Series + $50 Visa Gift Card

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

So, thanks to the generosity of Disney-Hyperion, we’re going to help add a few more books to your collection this week. We’re giving away “The Darkest Minds Series” by author Alexandra Bracken, born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

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The latest – and last – book in “The Darkest Minds Series” is titled “In the After Light”, and is set to be released on October 8, but we’re giving ForeverGeek readers the chance to win ALL of the books. In addition to the books, we’re throwing in a $50 Visa gift card, so you can do a little shopping of your own.

To get a better idea of what “The Darkest Minds Series” is all about:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader.

But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

The Darkest Minds Giveaway

Again, we’re giving away the complete set of the trilogy plus a $50 Visa gift card. Follow the instructions below to join!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  • The giveaway is open to US residents only.
  • You can tweet once a day to gain more entries.
  • The giveaway starts today, Monday (September 8) and ends Friday (September 12).
  • The winner will be announced on Monday (September 15)
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Give Your Dog the Ultimate Geeky Present: the Dog Space Suit Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:14:25 +0000 It really can’t get any geekier than this for dog lovers. Forget those cutesy superhero dog outfits that you can buy anywhere online and from brick-and-mortar pet stores. They have nothing – absolutely nothing – on this dog space suit.

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For one, it is a space suit. For dogs. What else can you say about that?

Second, this dog space suit is the real deal. It was worn by a real dog who went to space. For real.

The story is that in the 1950s, the Russians sent out two canines into space. We all know that the Russians were racing with the other superpowers to get out their, but I honestly didn’t know that dogs were part of the missions. I always thought that was monkey territory!

But no, dogs were their choice of animals, because they were able to sit still for longer periods of time – as opposed to chimpanzees, which the Americans preferred. Who would have thunk?

So yes, this dog space suit was used by a canine during the Sputnik 5 mission, and it is being auctioned on the 13th of September in Berlin.

The starting price is 4,000 euros, although the estimated value is double that at 8,000 euros. You can even place an absentee bid online in case you’re located somewhere else.

Now I’m normally not a fan of dressing up pets. I think it’s ridiculous, but if I had the money, I’d buy this dog space suit in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t you?

Love pets? So do we.

You Complete Me: The Best Pets in Comics
Keep Your Pets Safe With HALO MINI Illuminated Pet Collars
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My Favorite Video Games of All Time Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:45:22 +0000 Video games have come a long way since the 70s. Today, life-like graphics and soundtracks keep gamers mesmerized in virtual worlds for hours. Game-playing enthusiasts choose from hundreds of titles spanning numerous genres. Companies continually introduce new and improved consoles and platforms on which one can play. Of all the games created in the previous decades, many titles continue making the top lists of favorites. Consider one of these when looking for discounted video games.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Originally developed in Japan, Ocarina of Time was the fifth title in the Zelda series and is currently available in 3D. Rated as one of the highest-selling games of all time, the game sold more than one million copies in Japan and nearly eight million copies worldwide. The storyline precedes all other versions and explains Link’s life and trials. The young Kokiri lad must help defend Hyrule and the precious Triforce from the evil King Ganondorf by venturing back and forth through time and altering history.

Halo: Combat Evolved

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Touted as being one of the most important games of all time, by the end of 2005, more than five million copies of Halo sold worldwide. Taking place in the futuristic 26th century, gamers play the role of a genetically enhanced super-soldier named John. Also known as Spartan-117, the United Nations Space Corp. officer battles with aliens while on a mission to expose the secrets of the ring-shaped world of Halo.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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Modern Warfare is the fourth game in the Call of Duty series and the first in the Modern Warfare storyline. The game was also the first in the series to require the rating of M for Mature audiences. The story unfolds in 2011 as civil unrest breaks out in Russia between the government and a group of nationalists. Simultaneously, a revolution rages on in the Middle East. Allied forces fear that leaders of both uprisings will join forces and wage nuclear war against the United Nations. The United States and the United Kingdom band together to quell the problems in both areas.

Super Mario 64

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This version of Super Mario represented one of the earliest games created in a 3D platform. The popularity of the cartoon-like adventure sold more than 11 million copies. The story takes place in the castle of Princess Peach, which includes a basement, a moat and a courtyard. Mario receives an invitation to the castle. However, soon after arriving, he learns that Bowser got there before him, imprisoned the princess and her court using the power of the 120 stars. Mario must journey through all of the castle’s passageways, defeat Bowser and rescue the princess.

Final Fantasy VII

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The game was the first in the Final Fantasy series to incorporate 3D graphics and the first to enjoy a European release. The combination of gameplay, graphics, soundtrack and storyline made Final Fantasy VII the best-selling in the series with ten million copies having been sold by 2010. The story revolves around the environmental and social hazards created by ShinRa that threaten the planet. A mercenary accompanied by the Avalanche organization must overthrow the company and restore order.


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Rambo 5 Is Coming! What We’d Like To See Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:00:57 +0000 Rambo 5 Coming Soon 470x286 Rambo 5 Is Coming! What Wed Like To See

News has been going around that Rambo 5 is Sylvester Stallone’s next project, and as such, the man himself is already getting into shape for a return to the Icon of Action Cinema. While part of us should be excited about this — after all, the fourth entry of Rambo is one of the greatest action films ever made — The Expendables has us a little on-edge.

None of those films ever hit the mark, and Stallone has proven once before that he can screw up a winning formula. (See Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III.)

Still, there is a chance this could still be a major critical and audience success. Here’s how:

Rambo Takes On ISIS.

While the rumors are that Rambo will be going after a Mexican drug cartel, the Islamic State is probably the most feared terrorist faction in the world today. The two (thus far) beheadings of American journalists demonstrate in no uncertain terms how ruthless these people can be, as well as how badly they’re in need of a killing.

Naturally, Rambo is the guy to give it to them.

While it may seem a bit opportunistic for Stallone to cash in on these heart-wrenching and disturbing news items, it’s certainly in keeping with the spirit of John Rambo. Stallone has always tried to insert his alter-ego into a situation that was relatable to current events, while also tapping in to the desire for justice that we all need right now.

If Washington doesn’t have a strategy, and we can’t escape these maniacs on our news feed, we can at least step away from them for 90 or 120 minutes and enter a world where they get their just desserts.

Rambo Gets Back With The Mercenaries, And No, Not ‘The Expendables.’

Adding the team of mercenaries to the fourth Rambo film was a nice touch. Stallone actually created some characters we grew to like OTHER than Rambo, and it created a genuine sense of tension that was lacking in The Expendables franchise.

In the world of John Rambo, you need to feel like the violence is real and not some crapfest filled with aging action stars, played mostly for some very lame laughs.

Rambo is dark and brooding and he doesn’t need Stallone’s weak attempts at humor polluting his stories. We’ve seen it happen in The Expendables 1, 2, and 3. Stallone should never try to be funny again.

Rambo Brings The Pain, And It’s R-Rated.

Final point. If you can’t do it in a vicious, visceral, R-rated manner — see what made the fourth Rambo great — then don’t bother. The franchise doesn’t need a Rambo PG-13. It needs body-melting violence with buckets of bad guy blood.

By sticking to these simple guidelines, Rambo 5 should be a heck of a ride. But what say you, readers? Is this a good idea for Sly Stallone’s next project? Share your thoughts in our comments section.

And for more Stallone movie fun, be sure to check out the 5 Things That Irked Us About Rocky Balboa.

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Dress Up With Designer Star Wars Clothing Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:45:54 +0000 We’ve seen Star Wars clothing before, specifically Star Wars swimsuits, but Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy designer Star Wars clothing just might make your jaw drop.

Paper Magazine recently held a photoshoot of the designers’ (obviously hardcore Star Wars fans) new clothing line at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, no less; and the photos are nothing short of astounding.

Even if you are not the type to dress up, the designer Star Wars clothing from Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Fall 2014 collection just might change your mind. Take a look.

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Aren’t those dresses gorgeous? (Not to mention the scenery.)

The designers give a little insight as to how they came up with this collection.

Our Fall 2014 collection was inspired by our nostalgia for our childhood, delving into the ephemeral space of our imagination, highlighting our fascination with storytelling and cinema, which culminated with the inclusion of artwork from Star Wars in the five couture gowns ending the collection. More than anything, this collection is about the limitless possibilities of youth and how our imagination transformed our backyard into a great adventure. In the end, the dresses represent something intangible — the instantaneous and overwhelming moment of impact that changes the way you see the world. They represent the instant where you learn to keep your eyes wide-open to the vast potentiality of everything.

The results of their passion are kind of hard to match, yeah? But you can still wear these dresses. Just don’t ask me about the price tag…

Because we want Star Wars fans to be happy, here’s more:

Wednesday Wolf’s Star Wars Art Will Creep You Out
The Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block Is the Only Thing You Need in the Kitchen
These Incredibly Detailed Star Wars Dioramas Are Amazing
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SyFy to Show Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End as a Miniseries Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:00:25 +0000 Science fiction fans, rejoice! It’s finally happening!

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The SyFy channel has announced some time ago that a miniseries rendition of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End is going to happen.

According to Syfy president Dave Howe:

As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present. The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.

People involved in the production include Akiva Goldsman and Mike De Luca as executive producers. Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) will adapt the book for TV, while Nick Hurran (Sherlock) is the director.

Clarke’s classic novel was first published in 1953 and appeals to alien-loving readers of all ages, and the miniseries is certainly something to look forward to. Syfy, please don’t mess it up.

Here’s more science fiction for you:

Three Tips for Writing Science Fiction
Accessorize This: Six Way Cool Wearable Gadgets from Sci-Fi TV
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10 Zombie Mashups to Get You Ready for The Walking Dead Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:00:27 +0000 The Walking Dead Returns on October 12, Sunday, and I’m pretty sure you’re all looking forward to that. While you may be gearing up for the season premiere by rewatching the first four seasons (it’s too much for me, so I’m not doing that), you can also choose to enjoy some zombie mashups that are not necessarily Walking Dead-related.

There is a ton – no, there are tons and tons – of zombie art and mashups online, and it was rather time-consuming to go through them, but there are some that are so bad/good that I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

Here you go, 10 zombie mashups that will fill up your zombie meter today.

1. Zombie Princess Peach

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This Princess Peach is not made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. She’s eating poor Toad’s brain after all! I wonder what Mario would think of this?

2. Zombiecalypse in LEGO

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Created by Dunechaser, this awesome LEGO rendition of the zombiecalypse will make any AFOL envious.

3. Zombie Spiderman

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While I’ve never been a fan of Spiderman, this zombie version is amazingly funny. Yeah, I find it so funny that I keep imagining zombie Spidey trying to swing from one building to another with a detached arm. Art by CyberMonkeytron3000.

4. Zombie Ang

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Who didn’t fall in love with mischievous Avatar Ang? But what about zombie Avatar Ang? He’s still looking pretty mischievous to me. Artist Acaciathorn apologizes if people “find it disturbing”, but I don’t find it to be so. Do you?

5. Zombie Spongebob

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Now this, maybe I find a little disturbing. It’s probably just that Spongebob is already disturbing in some ways…Poor Patrick.

6. Zombie Kirk

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We’ve already seen Spock zombified, but I found that the artist has done Kirk as well. So who wins as a zombie, Kirk or Spock?

7. Shakespeare Undead

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“Zombies have invaded 1592 London and it’s up to William Shakespeare, whose genius with a quill comes from his extended life as a vampire, to stop them.”

So Shakespeare isn’t a zombie in this mashup, but he does fight the undead uprising as a vampire. I wonder how that went for him?

8. Zombie Batman and Zombie Iron Man

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Nothing more needs to be said except this: Zombie Batman vs. Zombie Iron Man. Who wins?

9. Zombie at Tiffany’s

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I totally fell in love with Audrey Hepburn in the movie (as so did everyone else, I assume), and when I saw this t-shirt on Threadless, it just had to be added to the list. It may seem a travesty, considering how beautiful Audrey Hepburn is, but…

10. The Jedi Michonne

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Of course, we have to end this list of zombie mashups with Michonne. Imagine how bada$$ she’d be as a Jedi…

Want more zombies? Okay, I’ll humor you.

Zombies and the Empire. Get Your Imperial Star Wars Undead T-Shirt!
We’re Dying To Try ‘Death Scented’!
Zombified Kids TV Characters
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This Is Your Brain on Coffee [WATCH] Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:00:55 +0000 Coffee runs in my veins, and I am pretty sure that many of you will say the same thing. Unless you prefer wine or something else, that is.

Admittedly, we at ForeverGeek love our coffee, and when science comes into the picture, we love it even more!

Have you ever wondered about your brain on coffee, that is, what actually happens in that gray mass? Wonder no more, as AsapSCIENCE has created a short animated video about your brain on coffee.

Note: You may or may not rethink your coffee consumption after watching the video.

As I said, we love coffee, and if you do, too, here’s more:

The perfect pour: An infographic for any coffee lover
Cylon Coffee Pot
Geeky Coffee Art to Wake You Up With a Smile
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Wear This Dark Knight Hoodie If You Want to Look Ridiculous Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:01:51 +0000 While we all know that you should always be yourself, the exception is when you can be Batman. And we’ve seen some pretty awesome people who’ve pulled off the Batman look: like this Japanese Batfan who’s got everything down to the Batcycle.

Understandably, not everyone has the resources to go the extra mile, so sometimes, an accessory here or there has to do. But if that accessory is this Dark Knight Hoodie, please, for the love of all things Batman, think twice. And then think again.

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Okay, some of you might disagree and say I am overreacting, but here’s the full look – hood up.

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Seriously??? Those ears!!!

If you want to make people do a double take, sure why not? It’s probably not because you look awesome, though. I’m sorry, but I have to label this Dark Knight Hoodie a fail.

Violent reactions? Passionate agreement? Let me know in the comments.

Oh, and if you vehemently disagree with my opinion, you can get the Dark Knight Hoodie here. Let me know how that goes.

Here are hoodies that are worth your while:

These Superhero Hoodies Will Make You a Hoodie Convert
Marc Ecko Star Wars Hoodies
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GI Joe Toy Posters Hit 300% Of Funding Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:00:02 +0000 A Kickstarter campaign for posters of  the GI Joe 1986-87 carded figures, 1982-83 vehicles and 1982-85 file cards is coming into the last 3 days of the campaign and has already reached 300% of it’s funding target.

Robert Carson Mataxis has been building his GI Joe fan site for the last two years, the site is the ultimate fan site and the only one with an interactive 3D museum of GI Joe toys and collectible and he is now running a Kickstarter campaign so you can get your hands on his cutsom posters.

To help pay for the site, I’ve created three awesome posters. I’ve taken a HUGE gamble each time I’ve printed one of these posters. The last couple posters have gone on a credit card and they have each taken over four months to break even. I simply cannot put another poster on credit, but that won’t stop me!

Pledge levels include other posters and post cards and even 3DJoe baseball hats.

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These high end embroidered hats are built to last!

3 test posters have already been printed you can check out this photo gallery of the production on his Facebook page

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“Yo Joe!” postcard – toys form the cover of the 1985 catalog on one of the posters

3D Joes is currently on Kickstarter with 58 hours to go.

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The Spaceship Music Machine 2 Will Take You Where You’ve Never Gone Before Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:23:58 +0000 If you have $23, 500, that is. HODINKEE have created the spaceship Music Machine 2 (I added the spaceship, because, well, it is a spaceship), and it’s one of the most beautiful things you’ll see this week.

According to the guys at HODINKEE:

“…it’s arguably the most advanced, most technically impressive, and detail obsessed mechanical music box in the world, and ours, in gunmetal grey, is the most limited in production.”

Looking at the Music Machine 2, well, one can’t argue.

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 The Spaceship Music Machine 2 Will Take You Where Youve Never Gone Before

Watch it in more detail.

Introducing The MB&F MusicMachine 2 Limited Edition In Gunmetal, Exclusively For HODINKEE from HODINKEE on Vimeo.

Aside from being an impressive-looking thing, the spaceship Music Machine 2 actually is a music machine, and it plays songs!

It plays six songs, three on each of two cylinders: On one we have Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Empire Strikes Back. On the other, we have Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, The Rolling Stones’ Angie, and the Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

It may only be six songs, but those six should be enough to get you going any time. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed, heartbreak, job loss – not a problem. This playlist will improve your mood any time.

The bad thing: I think they’ve sold out, but one can drool from a distance, can one not?


Because spaceships:

The Alphabet in LEGO – and They’re Spaceships, too!
Millenium Falcon bed. It’s really a bed. For realz!
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Mark Your Territory With the Batlighter Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:19 +0000 But don’t be over enthusiastic, as you might be arrested for vandalism.

It’s technically called a Batman Branding Iron, because that’s what it does: burn Batman’s logo (or brand) onto wood.

 Mark Your Territory With the Batlighter

The lighter part comes into the picture, because you need some heat to get that Batlighter going and leave your Batman’s logo behind. It clips right onto the top of a Bic lighter, which you can find anywhere.

How to use it?

Just connect the Batlighter to your Bic, and then light it for 60-90 seconds, and press the stamp into the surface you want to brand.

 Mark Your Territory With the Batlighter

Now, children, this is NOT a toy, although I have to admit I can’t help of think of it as such. As our parent always told us, don’t play with fire. But this is technically not direct fire, right?

You can get the Batlighter at niquegeek for $30.60.

Pair the Batlighter with these Batman collectibles, and you’ll feel awesomer than awesome.

A Batman Bookshelf For Every Bat-fan!
Batman Batarang Money Clip
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