Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Procrastination Station

Need to kill some time shoppin', playin', and droolin' over fun stuff?

Then, my friend, you've come to the right place.

First, if you have a cat, then you *need* one of the cat-nip filled geek toys from GEEKitty Gear:

Other designs include Guitar Hero guitars, dice, Mario coin blocks, golden snitches, and much more. Ha! Now our cats can be geek cats. (Just as soon as I figure out which ones to buy, of course.)

I've already featured lots of vintage photos from Star Trek: The Original Series. Well, thanks to a tweet from Great White Snark, I found a lots (and lots) of TNG ones:

Awww. Lookit young Wil Wheaton!

Marina's overalls are hilariously cute.

There must be well over a hundred candid and behind-the-scenes shots from the series and also the movies. Fun! Check 'em out here.

I've recently become enamored with found-object robots, and Brian Marshall makes some of the most adorable ones I've seen:

He has an Etsy shop, but since there are only a few bots listed there I also recommend checking out his Flickr albums of previous work. With over 300 photos, there's plenty to keep you smiling (and drooling) for some time.

I almost hate to feature this next artist because I want the luxury of convincing myself to buy all my favorites of his stuff in the future, but...well....here:

Maybe more sculpture than robot, but is this not the cutest puppy dog ever?

This 'bot's a jewelry box!

And my favorite:

I will not spend all my money on cute robots. I will not spend all my money on cute robots. I will not...

[sigh] So cute! I'm just amazed at how much personality Will Wagenaar, the artist, is able to infuse into these little guys. Plus, most of his robots are functioning trinket/jewelry boxes! You can see lots more at Will's shop Reclaim2Fame.

And finally, here's another puzzle game courtesy of Super Punch, only this one involves actual jigsaw puzzles. Digital ones. Of Star Wars characters. Need I say more? Yes? Ok, it's fun, fast, and surprisingly satisfying seeing the pieces meld together. Get addicted here.

So, where's your time going online this week, guys? Share your favorite links in the comments!


  1. Oh my goodness!!! Your fave is now my fave! Too adorable!

    I was already mad at you for introducing me to Etsy, steampunk and awesome DIY projects; NOW I have to be mad at you for this! Stop showing awesome things! (kidding. DON'T stop. I love it all!)

    *sigh* Happy is the day I stumbled across your blogs. hehehe

  2. Love, love, love these!

    Have to say though, some of them remind me of the robots that used to advertise Smash -



  3. Oh, some of those TNG behind-the-scenes shots were great! And those little robot creations are so adorable (like real versions of the CGI movie Robots).

    Thanks again for sharing such neat-o-riffic finds!

  4. Ok so its not a time wasting link but you gotta admit the phone is way to cute!
    <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5534&capId=&phoneTopRated=> R2D2 Phone </a>

  5. I was planning on just checking my facebook then getting some housework done... now I'm going to be looking at Star Trek pics for at least the next few hours :)

  6. I love the Next Generation. I spent my pre-adolescent summers during the mid to late 90's discovering the series via re-runs.

    Patrick Stewart, oo-la-la.

    I was in high school before I saw Michael Dorn (Worf) without his Klingon gear - good looking man. But these days? More mature and minus hair? He's even more handsome. Annnnd, resistance is futile. Make it so.

  7. You have inspired me!! I am a true crafter at heart---why buy when you can make it yourself (aanndd....that explains why I have so many craft gadgets!). My fav site is craftgawker. I go there, drool over what others are doing, and then remake some of the things that I like best.

    BTW....your penny desk is tops of my list of "things to make". I have been saving my pennies for 2 months now, my jar is about half full. Maybe I'll have enough by Christmas and can start it. heh. I've shown the pic to my friends on FB and on my blog (Wendi's Ark) and everyone in enamored by it. I heart it!!!

  8. You can tell it's November because my first thought at looking at that Wil Wheaton photo was to admire the sweater the girl on his lap is wearing.

    How am I spending my time? Are you kidding? It's NOVEMBER! I'm knitting, what ELSE would I be doing?!

    I used to work in a mall. I CANNOT stand to walk into one of those place anymore. I make all my gifts.

    'Course I knit while watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 so that makes it all right.

  9. Those adorable robots reminded me of Florence Avenue in Sebastopol, a little hippie town near where I live. When you came to Petaluma, California for your book tour I am sure no one told you about Florence Ave, and that is a CRIME as you would have just loved it. Check out this video and see the Found Objects Art joy!!

    (the video really pales in comparison to the real thing. So you'll just have to release another book, go on tour, and make time for it when you get back to California. ^_~)

  10. awe - geeky kitty toys! - Thanks!

  11. I spend a ridiculous amount of time at RinkWorks and have for years. :D There's a little bit of everything for the geek in everybody. I'm sure in particular you'll enjoy Computer Stupidities, Things People Said, and the quick reads of Book-a-Minute.

    Have fun!

  12. Zomg, Wagenaar's dogs are the cutest! Since things have been pretty busy, my internet time is mostly spent on cute animals on the internet (icanhascheezburger), Food on the Food (my favorite food blog) and a couple other vegan recipe blogs for inspiration, here and Cakewrecks, Bad Rap's blog (pit rescue group), and LikeCook (a link I got from this blog).

  13. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing the catnip toy link! I just found christmas gifts for my friend and her two kittens! You make shopping so much easier.

  14. Soooo cute! I've been loving pretty much everything in the Cyanide Stitches shop, especially after reading her amazing story on the Quit Your Day job blog feature on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/CyanideStitches

  15. D'oh! I don't have any links to share. In fact, I come here to find out where I should be going. Cuz Jen knows alllll the cool geek stuff. I'd be lost without this blog!! :D

    EPBOT has inspired me to a non-internet based time-waster however: Armed with 6 empty large white tubs (serious addiction to protein shakes) and a large box of assorted stuff from the garage, I'm working on steampunk kitchen cannisters!! I know, random, but it's a stepping stone to way cooler stuff. :)

  16. Those robots are SO CUTE!

    Your site had inspired me to steampunk my husband's man cave--I just have to start finding supplies!

  17. Thanks for featuring Will Wagenaar's creations! The mister just gave me one for my birthday, and in addition to being outrageously cute, it holds a bowl of popcorn very nicely. I've been telling everyone who will listen about the shop, and now I can point them to this post. :)

  18. tiny purple elephantNovember 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Jen!!!!! you totally made my day.

    Im a new-ish fan to Next Generation. What a great find! Thanks! Im off to carfully examine each one now!!!!

    tiny purple elephant

  19. Doh! On second look, I realize the 'girl' on Wil's lap is Marina Sirtis.

    See! I told you! All I could see was the sweater.

    Knitting fever! Get it now!

  20. I love found object robots too! Check out Fobots

    We have several of their pieces on top of our kitchen cabinets. We saw them at the Winter Park Art Festival last summer.

  21. TNG is my favorite show of all time (X-Files being a close second). I miss the days of TV shows where you didn't have to watch every single episode and know the back story to understand the show. I sit down and watch various TNG eps that are in no particular order on BBCAmerica, and it's great to just sit down with an hour of entertainment where the story stands alone and I don't have to know the code or whether or not John has told anyone he used to be handicapped. *SIGH* Memories.

    For more TNG hilarity, check out Wil Wheaton's blog. Look in the archives for TNG posts. My favorite quote: "The Ferengi are so f**king lame if they were horses we'd have to put them down."

    I actually spent a poopload of time on Pogo/Fagottron's website after you posted that. Downloaded several pieces by him and spent 30 minutes arranging them in my new Pogo PLaylist on my iPod to make sure they flowed well when I listen to them.

    I've been spending time on Esty and eBay looking for cross stitch patterns and various trinkets for decorating my office. We are in a rent-to-own house right now. Once we buy it I have a Tim Burton design I've come up with to redo my office, so I'm looking for a cool chandelier and various other eclectic, Burton-eske stuff for decorating.

  22. So cute! I want a robot dog.

    I've been trying to start a geeky blog at Cool Science Things Any thoughts / suggestions appreciated!

  23. That last robot looked like my history teacher!

  24. This weekend is the Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney (one of my favorite local fall time things)...anyway, there's an artist there every year, his booth is usually in the grassy area between the HOB and the back parking lot...and he makes found object bots - so amazingly cute! I'll be there Sunday (that's the best day to go, because you can usually get the best deals)

  25. Thanks for the recommendation, Kari! We're planning on going Friday afternoon, so I'll definitely look for him. Can't wait!

  26. Thank you so much for all the fun links! I usually look at them, surf for several hours, see some cool things, get some cool ideas, and find lots of stuff that I can't afford! LOL. This time I found the perfect Christmas gift for my (very hard to shop for) aunt!. I bought her the bumble bee robot/pot. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!


  27. Just came back to drool over the pics again and gosh darn it but I keep getting distracted by Patrick's arms. *swoon*

    *heart flutters* What was I doing? No clue. *wanders off*

  28. Thanks a lot for the Star Trek link!
    TNG is my favorit!

    I'm a huge fan of Star Trek and even dressed as a vulcan for Halloween, I as thinking about sending you the photos...

  29. Hey Jen, more adorable bots you might like...

  30. Thanks for the TNG link! I needed some cheering up today!

  31. Jen, I saw this little tidbit on yahoo...it struck me as a very steampunk aesthetic...thought you would like it if you hadn't seen it already:

  32. I am going to form my own robot army. Those are adorable! (There is no rule that an army cannot be adorable.) Thanks for the links!

  33. I'm sure you've seen this, but just in case, it's Back to the Future and Cake in one. Thanks for the cheat sheet. :)

    Completely unrelated, but would you consider submitting one of your rooms or projects to the Nate Berkus show? He shows a lot of creative and DIY stuff, and your rooms and tables, and curtains, and smashed penny jewelry are just amazing.

  34. You know, I just saw a little do it yourself robot thingie in the AVON magazine, of all places! It's so cute, and actually moves (you need to have batteries).

    I immediately thought of you. I live in Canada, but I figure it's also available in the States. And if it's going for $15 CDN, then it's bound to be equal to or cheaper than that in the US.

    If you can snag an Avon magazine (as current as possible; there were 2 at work- one for Christmas and one regular, both equally as thick), you might see it! :)

  35. These little robots are too cute! They remind me of "Batteries Not Included". Very sweet =]

  36. I've been hanging out a bit at Domestic Geeks. They had a wickedly cool group of cake pics that satisfied my inner geek today.

  37. thanks for the links, and since you did ask - I waste my time with a little steampunky minigame to be found here: http://www.coolbuddy.com/games/game.asp?gid=2291


  38. Dear Jen,
    Thanks so much for all you do...I never even looked at a robot until today, and ended up spending 1 dollar for every day of the year!!!!! Adorable, beautiful.
    Between Epbot and Cake Wrecks, I start everyday with laughter. I love you guys!!!!!

  39. Oh my Gosh - Hi! I'm GEEKitty! I LOVE your blog and am a HUGE Wrecks fan. I'm so delighted to be featured, you have no idea. Thank you so much!

  40. Don't tell my husband, but one of those little robots is about to become his birthday present. :D Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for giving me the perfect present for my wonderfully geeky husband.



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