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Jen's Gems 9/11/12

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I thought the Robot who uses your cup as a hot tub was the best tea infuser ever, but that was before Kelly S. sent me a link to THIS:

I am now deeply, deeply in love with the "Deep Tea Diver." [gigglesnort] And the handle looks like an oxygen tank!! Of course, I'd have to get a clear mug to go with him, so I could watch him bobbing along. Not to mention start drinking tea... [plotting]

You can buy him for $14.95 now at Amazon, or Perpetual Kid has one with orange accents (!!) coming in October for only $9.95.


Think you've seen every geeky nursery theme imaginable? Think again. And get LOST:

WHOAH.

The numbered bunny, the polar bear, and the vines are my favorites - but there's also an airplane mobile over the crib made up of all Oceanic planes, a custom baby station sign, and lots, LOTS more. (!!)  Check out all of the mind-blowing details posted by the mom here! (via NerdApproved)


I had a total squee attack when I spotted this mind-blowing, handmade, poseable (!!) plush Raz from Psychonauts over on SuperPunch yesterday:


Anna made this as a gift for game creator Tim Schafer. (Lucky man!) It blows my mind that she started with nothing more than a sketch and some wire. There are lots of process pics over on her blog - go see! If you're like me, you'll be adding "make a poseable plush" to your craft bucket list.

(What? You don't know Psychonauts?? Seriously, you guys should play this game! I have it on Xbox, but it's also available on the PC.)



Mashable featured a new phone today that makes me seriously consider re-installing a land line at our house:

AHHHH ORANGEY GOODNESS!!! This retro-styled "rotary" phone has a wireless handset and digital center readout. And it's awesome. If that rotary dial actually turned, I'd be about $150 poorer right now. (Am I the only one who wants a rotary phone just so I can play with the dial? I love spinning them!)

I only found these on ebay here in the US, but you UK folk can get one on Amazon for about 68 pounds. (I tried to make the pound sign - I really did. But I failed.)

And finally, Donald of KodyKoala did something I never thought possible: he gave a Hungry Hungry Hippos game a Mario "Koopa Kids" makeover. AND IT IS SO COOL:

(via Geekologie)

Look at this! Donald added sculpted heads and shells, carved bricks into the base with an Exacto knife, and then custom painted and clear-coated everything so it's still playable! He even printed custom name stickers for each marble base:

If you're going to the El Paso Comic Con this weekend, and you're quick, you can buy this from Donald there - although he doesn't mention the price. Personally I'm thinking he needs to make a lot more of these, and in all different themes. Think about it: Hungry Hungry Cthulhus?  Hungry Hungry My Little Ponies? Hungry Hungry Demon Dogs from Ghostbusters?? (You're welcome, Donald - and let me know if you do a StayPuft version, k?)


Seen something cool and geeky this week? Then link me up in the comments, or over on Facebook!

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24 comments:

  1. Look, it's creepy robot salt and pepper shakers!

    http://www.amazon.com/Silver-ROBOT-Pepper-Shakers-Magnetic/dp/B002L2SU0C/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_43

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  2. I still have an old rotary phone with my childhood phone number typed on a card in the middle. It still works, though it's currently sitting in the garage.
    I remember we had 4; black, white, light blue, and yellow. Since the parts are interchangeable, they all ended up multi-colored. Though I've ended up with just black and white for mine.
    Rotary's are sooo cool. and using the wall as a phone book ;)
    -babs

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  3. This summer, my 11 year old son had a tutor that had a working rotary phone. He was very interested in it - had never seen anything like it! LOL

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  4. You can get Psychonauts on your PS3 now as well! I've been waiting for it forever and they just put it on a week or so ago ^.^

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  5. I admire the creativity of the Lost nursery, but am I the only one creeped out by the Oceanic plane mobile? That was in the Dharma nursery, which was set up to house Claire's kidnapped baby. o.O

    Lostpedia Plane Mobile

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  6. Great looking phone. Maybe I can convince my folks to get one so I can use it sometimes.

    For non-obvious symbols on a US keyboard, this is my go-to site.

    http://www.friedeggsdesign.com/mac/
    If I didn't do that html right... http://www.friedeggsdesign.com/mac/

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  7. I love the diver but my favourite tea dunker would have to be the yellow submarine one. Not sure where it's from but I've seen it around a few times in posts. That phone is awesome! We've just had a land line reinstalled at our place ... I may just have to look into this ...

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  8. my house came with a working pink-ish rotary phone hanging on the hall wall. it still works great, and we use it when all the cordless handsets are missing, lol!

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  9. I have a clear glass coffee cup that a friend gave me. I never use it because I prefer larger coffees, but I couldn't just throw it away because it's interesting. I'd be willing to send it to you if you'd use it.
    Also, according to the Macintosh Accent Codes Webpage to get a £, press option and 3.

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  10. I have that phone (but in black) - it may not be actual rotary but it does make the noise when you press the buttons! Just a shame that only my parents ever call me on it...

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  11. I actually have a real, working rotary phone in my house in Ohio. It's black and hangs on the wall.

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  12. Great to see some Lost love! I miss that show. All the little references in the nursery room are so subtle and sweet :)

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  13. Speaking of demon dogs from Ghostbusters, my husband and I recently adopted a shelter dog. Her name is Zuul, which is fitting because our other dog didn't want her at first. Now they're best buds (TG!)

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  14. In the car today the subject of pay phones came up, and my six-year-old daughter said, "What's a pay phone?" We are old.

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  15. You know what Jen? EFF Psychonauts! That games made me want to throw my Xbox out of the window. The only reason I didn't was because it's a translucent Halo version plus my only DVD player.
    That game made me SO mad and I even had a step by step here's how to play this dummy guide.

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  16. Oh my gosh, Psychonauts! That's the only video game I have ever beat (I'm more of a spectator when it comes to video games). No one ever knows what I'm talking about when I mention it!

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  17. @ Zombie Edward - Bwahaha! I am SO right there with you, man. To this day I've never finished the game - BECAUSE I CAN'T. It's...impossible. But I'm not bitter. NoooOOooo.

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  18. The pound sign is encoded as £ or £ in HTML, though whether the blog software will accept it is another matter...

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  19. The best punny tea infuser I've com across is the Tea-Rex one: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed28/?rkgid=275668648&cpg=ogpla&source=google_pla&gclid=CLPq-KKTtbICFQjc4AodB0YAfQ

    Makes me giggle a little every time I think about it.

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  20. We had two actual rotary phones when I was a kid (I swear I'm not that old!) that could actually be used to answer incoming calls. But even after we got, y'know, real phones I loved to just spin and spin those dials. And one of them was the old-timey "candlestick" design, which was just double the fun! I can't believe we ever got rid of those.

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  21. My father still uses a rotary phone... and not because it's come back into fashion for geeky people, only because he has had the same phone for a long time, and because the phone bill is lower with that kind of phone!

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  22. You can enter the UK pound symbol with Alt+0163 or & pound (without the space.

    HOWEVER - for it to display correctly in the browser, you'd need to change your pages meta charset from UTF-8 to ISO-8859-1. I don't know if you can do this with Blogger.

    If you can't (or don't want to), you can use the abbreviation GBP, or just stick to "pounds"!

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  23. Go to ebay. Those Deep Tea Divers are available in 3 other colours! I'm going to need to order one to add to my tea infuser collection :)

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