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January 2013 Archives

TARDIS Dress

The definitive TARDIS dress by Sasha Trabane & Andy Coyle.

He's going to ask for MOAR. Here's our roundup of awesome links this week. After clicking through, you will automatically become more awesome. Yay!

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

Do you know your Marvel ABCs? (Deviant Art)

We're hosting another Knit & Crochet Night! Come be craftsy with us. (ThinkGeek)

Create your own Doctor Who crack in the universe. Wait... should we really be making these?! (Geek Native)

A familiar bedtime routine. (Chewing Fat)

A familiar bedtime routine

This Doctor Who wedding cake is fantastic. (That's Nerdalicious)

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na DIY Batgirl tiiights! (My Geekilicious)

Geeky Valentine's Day PDF Cards <3 (ThinkGeek)

"The Time Job," a shiny timey-wimey mash-up. (Tumblr)

May the street art be with you. (Imgur)

Anybody want a shot of Patronum? (Pleated Jeans)

The 10th Doctor & Rose: tablets apart. (Cheezburger)

Spider-Man and Venom: web designers. (I Heart Chaos)

A Little Tolkien Book series: "The Hobbit," an unexpectedly adorable kid's book. (Rosemary Travale)

Nervous about your blind date? Don't worry, we're sure this book will show you a good time! (Storytime with Miss Mollie)

Tauntauns provide both lodging and meals! (Clutzy Cooking)

Legend of Zelda Triforce Lamp would go perfectly next to our Tetris lamp. (Deviant Art)

So... this is a Scottie pinwheel. (YouTube)

Geek parenting FTW

Octopizza. We call a tentacle slice! (Instructables)

Amazing Dr. Seuss cake! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. (Between the Pages)

Forget what page you left off on? Don't worry, the Doctor will help you! (Etsy)

In case you missed it, J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars Episode VII. (LA Times)

Mario cake is maaarvelous. (Between the Pages)

Geek parenting FTW. (io9)

Doctor Who becomes legal tender. Say whaaat? (Stuff)

Nerd base is the best base. (Loldwell)

SHETLAND PONIES IN CARDIGANS. 'Nuff said. (Huffington Post)

Hand-carved newel post modeled after a tropical strangler fig tree; we hope they make a tentacle one next! (Tywkiwdbi)

The Princess Bride pregnancy test. (Geekosystem)

Dwarven Helm

Dwarven Helm by SadDaysCrochet

Get your hooks & needles ready!

Knit & Crochet Night has returned! Last time was such a hit that we couldn't wait to host it again. We cordially invite 25 crafty geeks to join us on Thursday, February 21st for an evening of knitting & crocheting fun; food & beverages will be joining in on the festivities as well!

We've also got quite the special project for our crafters. We hope our randomly selected attendees will be up for making some 5x5' squares! Each crafter will receive a piece of the project to work on in advance, which will then be put together at the event. We're so excited to work together with you on this! (The rest of the details will remain a secret... for now. Dun dun dunnn.) If this project is successful, we're considering expanding it and creating a virtual Knit & Crochet event to allow for more of our geeky crafters to participate next time!

The Knitty Gritty:

  • Knit & Crochet Night will be held at ThinkGeek HQ in Fairfax, VA.
  • Due to the limited amount of space, we will randomly select our 25 attendees from those who sign up via the form below. This includes +1 companions. (We hope they're into the crafts as well!) If your +1 is a geekling, we request that he/she be age 12 and up.
  • The sign up form will close 11:59pm ET Sunday, February 3rd. We will notify the selectees that following Monday, February 4th. If you find out later that you cannot make it, please notify us ASAP.
  • Doors open at 5:45pm ET; please make sure to bring your confirmation email ticket at check-in, which will be followed by tours & introductions. Food & beverages will be served around 6:30pm. We've planned several activities for the rest of the night, including handing out some goodies and prizes! We'll wrap things up at 8pm.
  • Please bring any WIPs or finished products to share with the class! (The geekier the better!) We'd love to see what everyone's been working on.
  • Got a bit too much yarn on your hands? Bring that along, too! You can swap yarn with your fellow crafters and find inspiration for your next project. Any leftover yarn will be donated to the Mother Bear Project, a charity that helps children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations by providing them with the comfort and love of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.

Well, that's it for now. Feel free to shoot us any questions in the comments. Can't wait to see 25 of you on the 21st!


UPDATE: The sign up period has closed, and we have emailed our 25 randomly selected attendees! If you didn't receive an email from us, you're on the wait list and we'll be in touch if a spot opens up :)

Tetris cookies

If you stack them in your tummy, do you disappear?

42 of them, to be exact. (Yes, 42.) Don't worry, though, we've rounded up these wild links, so they shouldn't be a threat now. Hey, maybe they'll even give you the answer to life; who knows!

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

This is a cake. (Between the Pages)

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. (Extra Fabulous Comics)

BMO is cake. Adventure Time BMO cake is totally mathematical. (Imgur)

 Who doesn't love a good ol' PSA? "Retro" smartphone etiquette posters. (Art of Manliness)

BMO Cake

Bite my tiny metal ass! (Imgur)

Legend of Zelda nail art how-to. (Lost in Lacquer)

Do you dare enter the Institut Oceanographique!? Best doorway ever. (Daily Photostream)

His & hers Star War rings. You love it; we know. (Etsy)

Three secret science superheroes revealed! Dr. E, Madame Radiation, High Voltage -- who should we add next? (ThinkGeek)

Go little octopus, go! (YouTube)

Commenting on the internet. (Daily of the Day)

Introducing: Laundry Cat. (YouTube)

Cuddle up with this DIY Totoro bed set. (Cutout and Keep)

Star Wars Taxidermy

Wanna be a part of the WoAH Winners Circle? Send us a postcard! (ThinkGeek)

Nailed it. (Twitter)

So many of our favorite things all in one: Bacon. Apple. Pie. (Loveless Café)

RIP Aaron Swartz; you will be missed. (ThinkGeek)

Iron Grapefruit Cat. (Pinterest)

You've been doing ponytails wrong all your life. (YouTube)

Go home, bookshelf. You're drunk. (Etsy)

Is Middle-earth in danger? --> Yes --> Can someone else deal with it? --> No --> What about Hobbits? (LOTR Project)

Poke Ball Pizza. Mmm. (Tumblr)

Pi Receipt

Beware the Kraken watch! (Watch Buys)

Star Wars taxidermy. (Yes, it's photoshopped.) (Tauntr)

So simple, it's sublime--just like the game. Tetris bookshelves how-to. (Instructables)

TMNT crochet hat and mask. Need this in adult sizes, pls. (Etsy)

To the adorable Batmobile! Modded "Bat Boo" play car. (Instructables)

Essential to any wardrobe: steampunk heels. (Fashionably Geek)

This DeLorean stretch limo can take you & your friends back to the future. (Helen of Destroy)

White House responds to Death Star petition: "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For." (Whitehouse Petitions)

Want: Custom Elvish script beerstein. (Etsy)

Adorable Police Box ring. (Artfire)

Piano & Tetris Shelf

Best window washer ever. (Tampa Bay)

Hobbit-inspired wedding cake is fanstical. (When Geeks Wed)

Genius ruler tattoo for makers. (F Yeah Tattoos)

Famous Star Wars quotes meet typography. (Etsy)

7 sleeping hammies. (Cute Overload)

Piano bookshelf: where music & literature meet. (Entero)

Simplified movie plots. So that's how Frodo did it... (Nerd Approved)

This geekling is one intense xylophone player. (YouTube)

How well do you know your Marvel alphabet? (DeviantArt)

Jan
22
2013

CES 2013 Report!

CES

CES 2013! So much to do! So much to see!

On January 8-11, 2013, we had the opportunity to go to CES - the International Consumer Electronics Show. Our Vice President of Geek Labs, Ty, and Undersecretary for the Ministry of Misinformation (a.k.a. PR guy), Steve, were in attendance. Needless to say, there was A LOT of incredible stuff to see!

Mike Tyson

Like, uh... Mike Tyson?!

We could try to write about our time there, but Steve raps it up best:

"So there we are kicking in CES, don't you know it ain't about how you dress?
Booths as far as the eye can see and just a pair of all-star chucks and me.
Headphones are all the rage, can't get nowhere without seeing them on stage.
Marketing man telling me they're for fashion, man, whatever we listen to music for the passion.

Push past the gadgets and iPhone cases, don't they understand I carry an Android most places?
Cell signal goes up and comes crashing down, it's like a Faraday Cage in this little Vegas Town.

So then I peep this little bit of robot action, two of 'em about to throw down for their faction.
The music is bumping out of the oddly placed speaker, the dance battle ends when one is weaker.
Crowd going nuts, everyone yelling out a question, I just need to find something to aid with buffet indigestion.

ROBOT DANCE BATTLE!

Yep, that's right; it's a ROBOT DANCE BATTLE!!

Pass on by this man with a rope, jumping around on the floor seems kinda dope.
Fitness they say is the only way. Right later ok, I'll take up jogging another day.
'Cause there was this one fork that paces how you eat for when I get that mad ramen in the street.

Intense jump roping

Intense jump roping.

I think it's time to stop, the boss is looking at me funny, thankfully you can't buy at this show or I'd be out of money."

Wicka, wicka, ow! Mad props to Steve for throwing it down, CES style.

(That's probably the last time we'll ever use "mad props" - sorry.)

The highlight of the show had to be Ty's interview with Engadget! He showcased and demonstrated many of our products and looked awesome while doing it. Check it out in the video below!

Got a great idea & wish it was showcased at CES? If you're a fan of all the things we make and would like to submit your own idea or invention for us to consider turning into a reality, feel free to submit it to our Idea Factory! We are always accepting submissions.

Timmy needs moar postcards

Om nom nom nom; moar, please!

Congratulations to Emma F. of Fremont, CA and Baron C. of Des Moines, IA on being the first two winners for our Wall of Awesome Happiness! Thank you for helping the cause and sending in your postcards! You've each won yourselves a $50 gift certificate, and your postcard will forever have a place on our wall.

Wall of Awesome Happiness

Your postcards have joined the ranks of postcards on our Wall of Awesome Happiness; w00t!

That's not the last of it, though! Every week, we will continue to randomly select a winning postcard, as we still have A LOT of wall space left to fill.

Insert postcards here

See what we mean? These walls are dying to be covered by postcards!

So what do you need to do? Just send in the niftiest, most interesting postcard you've ever laid eyes upon to the address below, and you'll automatically be entered to win!

Now, GOGOGO! Fire in the hole! Hurry to your nearest post office and mail a postcard to:

WALL OF AWESOME HAPPINESS!!!
c/o ThinkGeek
11216 Waples Mill Rd, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030

Please remember to include your email address on the postcard as well! It will allow us to contact you if you've won.

See you in the WoAH Winners Circle!


Terms, Conditions, and Legalese:

  • By submitting your postcard to ThinkGeek, you assert that the postcard is your original material. You will indemnify ThinkGeek should you submit the copyrighted material of others without permission.
  • Only those winners located inside the United States will receive a $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate via email. Winners from outside the US will win our love, but not a gift certificate. We apologize for the complicated nature of international prize laws, but there it is.
  • Your submitted postcard will become the property of ThinkGeek, Inc.
  • ThinkGeek reserves the right to change the terms of this contest at any time, and we may terminate the contest at any time, at our discretion.
  • Any postcard mailed to the ThinkGeek Wall of Awesome Happiness consititutes agreement with these terms.
  • ThinkGeek is not evil, never has been, nor will ever be. Period.
Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, courtesy of ragesoss.

The geek community lost an important young member this weekend when Aaron Swartz took his own life on Friday, January 11.

Aaron founded Demand Progress, was instrumental in the creation of Reddit, and when he was only 14 years old, co-authored the RSS 1.0 standard. However, despite his enormous talent and passionate pursuit of freedom, depression did not spare Aaron Swartz. He was just 26.

Life is filled with so many incredible moments, but for many the pain of living outweighs all of the beauty. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, over 350 million people around the globe suffer from depression. Depression does not discriminate on the basis of age, intellect, or socio-economic status. Effective treatment is often available, and yet for some the darkness closes in too quickly.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

For this reason, we are making a $1,000 donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is the leading national non-profit exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy.

Our thoughts go out to Aaron's family, friends, and all those touched by Aaron's work--which, given the scope of his work, means we're basically talking about the entire Internet.

And we encourage everyone to show kindness to those who are in need.

Tentacle Wall Decal

OH NO! BEWARE THE BATH KRAKEN!!

Fret not, the week is almost over, friends! In the meantime, though, use these links to help pass the time.

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

Snow Tauntaun

Star Trek character names & roles chart; please study this for the quiz next week. (Tumblr)

Star Wars Taxidermy! (Tauntr)

Professor X visits Xavier High School. (Twitter)

He was made of snow but little Luke knows how he saved his life one day! (Imgur)

Father hires hitmen to assassinate son. (In game.) (Kotaku)

The history of Nintendo consoles. (Vimeo)

Celestarium shawl is also a star chart! (Twist Collective)

The world before the internet. (Mashable)

WHY. (YouTube)

TARDIS jewelry box to store all your Whovian trinkets. (Etsy)

Congratulations to the winners of our Instructables Sci-Fi Contest! (Instructables)

The heels of the future! Sooo, where does your foot go? (Cloggs)

Double helix cloud over Moscow... what could it mean?! (Twisted Sifter)

Baconsaurus is our favorite dinosaur. (Obvious Winner)

Star Wars baby shower cake

Want: Star Wars "vintage" poster illustrations. (Steve Thomas Art)

The cake is not a lie. (The Meta Picture)

Giant NES Controller made of LEGO bricks and actually WORKS! Amazing. (Nerd Approved)

So, this happened. (Twitter)

The entire journey of Bilbo Baggins depicted in this artwork by breathing2004. (Deviant Art)

Exterminate this cake before it exterminates you. (Between the Pages)

Star Wars baby shower cake is waaay too cute. (Sweet Fix)

This tree house Hamlet in Vermont is lovely <3 (Neatorama)

3D Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Street Art! (Examiner)

MAGFest away team

We only send the A team, folks. Left to right: Erin, Kochis, Steve.

Are you at MAGFest*, like free stuff, and a have torso? Find our away team for free shirts and maybe even hugs if you ask really nicely (or are really good at surprise attack hugs).

The away team will change over the weekend--more red shirts, then less red shirts, which is how it always goes--but the three ThinkGeekers pictured above should be out and looking for trouble. Find them for freebies and photos with Timmy!

How to stalk ThinkGeek at MAGFest

  • From time to time, there will be a free t-shirt distribution point just past registration. If you see a ThinkGeek staffer there, they'll have things for you!
  • There will be roving away teams carrying loot and waiting in line for panels just like you, so if they've got a Timmy clone or are wearing a ThinkGeek staff shirt, stop them and say hello. They're fully prepared for your ninja sneak attacks. (Update! We may have been not so prepared with the loot. We're running low going into the weekend, but do stop to say hello and see what we have left!)
  • All throughout the expo floor are hidden 5 treasure chests. As is the MAGFest way, if you find one of these chests you are encouraged to take the booty from inside--as long as you replace it with something for the next person. ThinkGeek will be participating, too, so look out for ThinkGeek goodies. Beware the dragon.
  • If you're into Minecraft, would like an iCade cabinet and really like helping out a charity that contributes to Child's Play, then be sure to attend the Charity Auction on Sunday at 11am and bid on all kinds of wonderful things to help a good cause.
  • Basically, if you see us, stop us. We hope to see you there today or this weekend!

UPDATE! Proof we've given out lots of freebies: Mt. Boxmore as of 1:20pm ET on Friday.

MAGFest boxes

UPDATE! Aaaaand yes, this is Steve's normal face (photo by @WesJohnsonVoice):

MAGFest Steve and Erin

* What is MAGFest? Briefly, it's the 11th annual music and gaming festival at Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Maryland. It's basically four days of non-stop games and concerts. So yes, we're there.

Jan
03
2013

Happy New Links!

Batman Shelf

How about starting the new year off with a little redecorating? This Batman shelf should do the trick!

HAPPY 2013! The new year brings new opportunities, goals, resolutions, and... links, links, linksss!

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

Riddle me this, riddle me that, how many symbols are there of the Bat? (Tumblr)

Pop Culture House Flags

Grumpy Cat's rendition of "Grandma got run over by a reindeer". (Tumblr)

It's about time we got to exterminate some Daleks. (Technabob)

How to cut a pizza. (Nedroid)

In case you missed "A Christmas Droid Story" reruns over the holidays. (Flickr)

It's the furniture you deserve, but not the one you need right now. (Etsy and Generate)

Humble Indie Bundle 7 is now available for download! (Humble Bundle)

Facebook in Hyrule. (Tumblr)

Game of Thrones beer. It exists. (EW)

First official trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's new film, Pacific Rim. Wait, GLaDOS... is that you?! (YouTube)

We hope you welcomed the new year with these confetti clock cakes!

TARDIS Bookcase

Be prepared to take on Voldemort at any time with this necklace. (Etsy)

Snowy suggestions: Snowtoro, snow Dalek, snowdecahedron, and LEGO minisnowfig. (Nerd Approved, Deviant Art, Flickr, and Unique Daily)

Pop Culture House Flags -- which House do you belong to? (Deviant Art)

The Augmented Reality TARDIS: It's Bigger On The Inside. (YouTube)

Make your own real rainbow roses. (Design Boom)

Hobbit houses aren't just in the movies. (Yahoo News)

These TARDIS are definitely smaller on the outside. (Tumblr and Paul Pape Designs)

Pretend like you're dining underwater with these Jellyfish pendant lamps. (Off Beat Home)