March 3

Tutorial: Glowing USB Magic Potion

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You know those glowing potions you pick up in many fantasy video games (hopefully right before a boss fight)? This is a quick project that makes a glowing, USB-powered potion that looks great at your cubicle/desk/office and shows off your geekiness. Unfortunately, no matter what I tried, I could not take a picture that does this justice. It looks amazing in person though, trust me – it’s very blue and bright.

Backstory: when I first got my blue Scion xA, one of the first things I did was swapped out all the dash lights for blue LEDs and installed blue LEDs under the cupholders so it would make any translucent beverage container glow bright blue. When I saw these mana potions at ThinkGeek, I immediately thought those would look cool if they similarly glowed blue. So, this is how I did it…

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October 21

This scrapbook is bigger on the inside…

Dr. Who digital scrapbook kit by RetroDiva

Tracy Scherrer, aka RetroDiva, created this digital homage to Dr. Who. It includes digital scrapbook papers and elements to create all sorts of groovy Who-friendly paper crafts – don’t let the “scrapbooking” angle scare you away.

Perhaps this is just the kick in the pants you needed to host a Who-a-thon, so you can use this kit to create the invites? Or maybe you could use it to decoupage-decorate some canvas sneakers? Or maybe you know a big Who fan who needs a birthday card? What would you make with this kit?

August 27

Insta-cookie

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I’m such a sucker for iPhone App crafts. There is just something so sweet and loving about replicating those little icons that are the backdrop of my hectic everyday. I have to admire the fact that someone paused to take the time to recompose the colors, the shapes, and remind me of the art behind some of these icons.

I hate to do this, but I don’t know the reference for this cookie! I happened upon it from Pinterest, which lead me to a really funny tumblr called Epic Ponyz, who in turn got it from We Heart it, thought I don’t know if that was another re-blog or the original artist.

Anyway, if anyone knows the origin of the instagram cookie, leave it in the comments and I will update the post. Otherwise, I’ve just given you an additional tumblr or two that will suck your time away. You’re welcome!

May 19

Just a little Link

Who isn’t addicted to the Legend of Zelda? It has worked its way into the ranks of Best Video Game Ever list. Link has slashed his way through countless enemies and into the hearts of many of us. While doing a bit of geeky research earlier today, I found an etsy shop that is sure to please any Zelda lover.

Grandma Thunderpants! has an amazing collection of poly clay creations including this Link necklace. Give her etsy shop a look for some incredible creations!

May 19

Keeping Geeks Warm!

Keeping Geeks Warm! It’s not hard to realize that no matter what kind of geek you are, whatever you do involves using your hands and fingers at some point.  Whether it’s typing away on a keyboard, working a game controller, or creating something in craft or art, use of the hands and fingers ends up being involved.  That’s why it’s important to take good care of your hands and keep them warm.

Gayla Oglesby has come up with the perfect pair of mittens for your geek of the binary nature.  While designed to appeal to the programmer and Linux lover, these Geek Mittens are geeky enough for anyone to want to wear.  She even provides the chart for them here.