It’s a hat! Yes, Nimcraft has created a free pattern for a knitted Portal Cake Hat that is absolutely adorkable. This hat, a recreation of the chocolate cake in Portal 1 and 2, is also a quite delectable head warmer during cold months. Knitted in worsted weight yarn, Nimcraft gives suggestions for making it in other weight yarns as well. Not familiar or a fan of the game portal? That’s okay, I don’t think there’s too many people that don’t like chocolate cake anyway!
My husband and daughter recently returned from their annual sojourn to a local anime convention, so I thought it might be nice to introduce you to it as well. Dubbed Naka-kon, this convention is held annually in Overland Park, Kansas, to “celebrate Japanese animation and the influence anime has in the Midwest and around the globe by educating people from all walks of life in many diverse facets of popular and traditional Japanese culture.”
No matter whether promoting Japanese anime, video games, or the otaku lifestyle in general, these Kon-goers love to cosplay! The following are but a few examples that my husband took over the weekend.
I spy cosplayers as No Face from Spirited Away (or what I call “that freaky ghosty thing”), Mojo JoJo from Powerpuff Girls, a Stormtrooper, Mario & Princess Peach, and GLaDOS from Portal, but I don’t recognize the others. Do you?
With Valentine’s Day mere days away, you may be wracking your brain for ideas for that perfect way to share how you feel with that special person(s) in your life. Well, who can say it better than you? Why not make your own Valentine? And since we’re of the geeky sort, why don’t we dial up some digital goodness in Photoshop, hmmm?
HowtoGeek.com offers a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own customized geek valentine in Photoshop. They also have very thoughtfully put together 11 geeky valentine images, all zipped together and ready for you to download. Pictured above are my two favorites from the set, but other images include references to the video game Portal, Star Wars, multi-sided dice, and Futurama.
Which one do you like best? Or what custom Valentine would you like to make?
This picture does not do this epic project any justice!
The Internet better be all over this soon! Hear that Pinterest?! I want to see Aperture Labs living rooms, kitchens and nurseries before Easter!
Telnets.org give you a whole bucket of tutorials to get you started on your Portal office project:
via Sprite Stitch
If you have these on your wall, what does it say to people who walk into your house?
“I have a PHD in horribleness.”
“You’re driving a spork into your leg.”
“I don’t go to the gym, I’m just naturally like this.”
on Etsy has made these beautiful canvas paintings of your favorite Dr. Horrible character
s. They’re definitely unique and will certainly liven up the place when Dr. Horrible gives you the keys to a shiny new Australia.
Also in her shop you’ll find a Boba Fett canvas painting, Ghostbusters painting, and even a GLaDOS painting.
I mentioned in a recent post that my daughter is very in to Gir these days. She’s also very in to the video game Portal – Portal 2 to be specific. If she sees any expanse of flat white wall, she remarks, “that would be a good place for a portal.” Very observant and strategic, my last-born.
So again, in honor of her, I bring you another Halloween costume idea. Via GeeksAreSexy.net, here’s an interesting manga/anime-esque interpretation of GLaDOS.
Per Wikipedia, GLaDOS is “short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, a fictional artificially intelligent computer system in Valve Software’s Half-Life video game series and the main antagonist in the video games Portal and Portal 2...She is responsible for testing and maintenance in Aperture Science research facility in both video games.” Some call her “a narcissist, passive-aggressive, sinister, and witty. She has been considered one of the greatest video game characters ever created, particularly from 2000 to 2009.” “A number of websites and magazines listed her as one of the greatest video game villains including IGN, which ranked her the all-time greatest.”
Here’s what GLaDOS really looks like in the game, as well as a shot of the voice actress Ellen McLain. (via ThePlayVault.com).
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