Mustache Bandages

Submitted by on October 7, 2009 Things

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I usually try to avoid posting things that have made it to such big sites as uncrate, but this was too good to pass up on. Urban Outfitters’ Mustache Bandages are exactly what you need to use when you’re in need of that type of thing. Otherwise, just stick them on your upper lip before going out to your next soirée.

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KegWorks – Shuffleboard

Submitted by on October 1, 2009 Things

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I’ve always thought shuffleboard was the most overlooked bar game. Personally, I think it’s one of the best; it’s easy to play, easy to learn, and still provides hours of fun. This shuffleboard was made specifically for home use, at 9ft long you’re still going to need able space to put it, but I think this ones worth it.

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Hi, How Are You

Submitted by on September 29, 2009 Things

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I’m sure many of you have heard of Daniel Johnston, for his music at least. He’s come up with something really interesting and definitely a new way to get his music to the masses. What he’s done is had an iPhone/iPod Touch game made that features his art and his music. Way more interesting than the normal applications that artist put out with tour dates and samples. The application is called Hi, How Are You? (iTunes Link), and is worth a check out for an interesting platformer, with a D.J. soundtrack. Currently at $0.99 but that’s a said “introductory price” so grab it fast…

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Contortionist Bike

Submitted by on September 25, 2009 Things

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Assembles into a full sized bicycle (click photo to see the breakdown). Designed by Victor M. Aleman

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The Sharkproject

Submitted by on September 25, 2009 Things

finning_stop_I’m not normally one to take up the cause, so don’t consider this a political endorsement.  I am, however, a big fan of inventive ways to get your message across.  This envelope invites you to open it with a letter opener, an interesting practice that hasn’t really been in use for… ohmigod there’s so much blood!  Congratulations.  You have just finned a shark.

Well played, German design company.  Well played.

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Eliss

Submitted by on September 24, 2009 Things

Let’s get deep for just a sec:

It’s the rare idea that escapes at least some degree shoehorning during the birthing process. When new avenues for expression arise, people’s imaginations often run wild with possibilities, and they fail to map an internal vision onto the brass-tacks reality of a given medium. What we end up with are comics that should’ve been movies, action figures that should’ve been video games, and shirts that should’ve been tattoos.

Eliss is not one of these creations.

This game is completely in-step with the iphone’s touch interface; no one will be waiting for this to be ported anywhere else. Once you get into it, and get quick, you feel like you’re operating the highly advanced computer interface of some far-off civilization, and I think that’s pretty much the best thing I can say about any piece of software. The best gaming on the iPhone I’ve yet come across also comes with the wickedest, retro-minimalistest presentation and soundtrack I’ve yet come across. Jesus Christ.

Buy this game. Even just to give Steph Thirion some money. When I stop to think about the drinks I’ve bought that cost twice what this game does, it weirds me out.

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Make Your Own Soda

Submitted by on September 23, 2009 Things

Howcast has an interesting project that can not only save you money, but would also be an interesting project to do with any science oriented kid in your life. It seems you should be able to get most of the supplies at your local grocer, but the soda flavoring would need to come from a local you-brew. Check out the humorous video (above) for the full instructions on how to make and a full ingredients list.

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Field Notes

Submitted by on September 23, 2009 Things

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Move over, Moleskine; there’s a new notebook in town.  Field Notes are simple, softcover, 48 page notebooks inspired by “practical, mostly-midwestern, American design.”  It’s hard to go wrong with such a simple aesthetic, but what really wowed me were the coloured versions.  Available seasonally, these limited edition books come with vibrant colour covers printed on rich, 80 lb. French Paper Company paper.

I really like the idea of turning something as simple as a notebook into a collectible.  I really dislike the fact that because of this, I won’t be able to get my hands on the Butcher Orange version.  Pre-releases  are announced through the mailing list, so make sure you sign up if you want to get your hands on them.  Of course, the standard brown cover is always available in blank, ruled, or graph paper.

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Scribblenauts

Submitted by on September 17, 2009 Design Things

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Scribblenauts is a puzzle game for the DS.  Puzzle games are pretty standard fare, right?  Well, Scribblenauts really kicks it up a notch.  The premise is simple: write down something.  Anything.  That thing will then materialize in game, and interact as you would expect it to.  Policemen chase crooks.  God fights the devil.  Lions eat meat.  Zombies turn people into other zombies.  You then use these elements to solve the puzzles in the game.

But what’s really impressive is just how vast the pool of objects is.  I performed a test of ten random nouns, to see how the game would fare.  Here’s the results:

  1. Architect – Out pops a little guy in a hard hat and coveralls.  I suspect this is just a synonym for “construction worker” and try that out.  Much to my surprise, it’s a totally different guy in a hardhat and safety vest.  Impressive.
  2. Crayon – A small, grey, vaguely crayon shaped object appears.  My character picks it up.  It doesn’t seem to do anything.  Then, I click on the architect and the construction worker, and it turns them pink!  I try “green crayon”, but it still turns things pink.
  3. Dolphin – A dolphin shows up.  Unfortunately, I’m on the land, so it just kind of sits there.  If I click on it, a ride option appears.  My character mounts up, and the dolphin actually starts making clicking noises.  I try “shark”, and the two of them battle to the death.  Dolphin wins.
  4. Gauge – A little clock-face or dial appears.  It doesn’t really do anything.  Then again, it’s just a gauge.  it’s not attached to anything.  What were you expecting it to do?  I turn it pink with my green crayon.  The dolphin won’t shut up now.
  5. Grain – A single shaft of wheat appears.  I try “rain” to see if I can make it grow.  I drop a rain cloud overtop, but nothing happens.  I finally draw “‘pool” for the dolphin, and drop him in it.  He stops chattering.
  6. Moustache – A brown, handlebar moustache materializes, and I drag it onto my character.  It adheres itself to his face.  Instant disguise!
  7. Pediatrician – A long haired woman with glasses enters stage right.  I’ve seen her before.  This is the same sprite that’s used for “doctor”.  But that’s not too bad.  How could you really distinguish a pediatrician from a doctor anyways?  On a hunch, I try “engineer”.  Out pops an architect clone.  Engineers everywhere boycott the game.
  8. Moat – I’m running out of room in this level.  You can only have so many items at once.  I get rid of the rain cloud and the gauge.  The engineer runs over and eats the grain off the ground.  Have we no class?  I try “moat”.  It’s basically an island, with water on either side.  It’s pretty small, but it is definitely a moat.  I drown the architect in it.  “Island”, on the other hand, gets me a little mound of sand with a palm tree attached.
  9. Sled – I’ve seen this one before, when a friend asked me to try “bobsled”.  So, bobsled and sled are the same thing.  Right.  Tell that to the cast of Cool Runnings.
  10. Sousaphone – I don’t have much faith in this one.  I type in “sousaphone” and out pops a little tuba.  Is that what a sousaphone is?  I check wikipedia.  Not exactly, but pretty close.  I equip it to the engineer.  He looks confused.  I try “musician”, and a little man in a tuxedo and white bow tie pops up.  Interesting choice of stereotype.  He looks more like a maître d, but I give him the sousaphone.  Nothing happens.  I was really hoping that he’d play it.  I get stuck in the moat, so I try “ufo” to get myself out.  I hop into the flying saucer a zoom off into the sunset.

The breadth of this game is impressive.  The gameplay itself can be a bit confusing at times, but it’s definitely worth picking up if only to get “God” and “Amen Ra” to duke it out in a cage.  Want to try a word out, but don’t have the game?  Leave a comment, and I’ll let you know the results.

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Beryll Holster Wallet

Submitted by on September 16, 2009 Design Things

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In the constant struggle for looking for a place to hold your ID, money and cellphone, but don’t want to ruin the lines of your super slims? Both Adam an I have adoped the “back pocket method” but if you’re worried about sitting on your phone, you might want to opt for this. Beryll‘s Holster Wallet has a side dedicated to your phone/media player and the second is a wallet. Although, this option requires the right style to pull it off, if you can manage you’ll be blazin saddles at the bar in no time.

The only downside to this buffalo leather masterpeice? The $795 price-tag which can be spent by appointment only.

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