Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Finally a real workout on the NES...

An article on Crave yesterday really got me thinking about possible furniture schemes for my future house......ok, so right now maybe I only have room in my tiny apartment for a pole lamp at best, but who knows what could happen in the future.....
They were showing off a huge classic NES controller. The article also contains a video showing it all in action, and yes it does actually work. This guy apparently had some extra time on his hands and needed a coffee table/storage trunk. That's one way to fill out your living space. You can check out his blog and see the process in some more detail. It seems he was inspired by these guys at Attach of the Show and their giant controller. I'm no hard core gamer by any means, but I think if I had to rely on someone else to be doing the jumping and fireball shooting for me things would not go so well....
What I really want to see is them playing this with their feet. Kind of a DDR classic Mario style. And that track and field game where you had to push the A and B buttons as fast as possible would be a much better workout if you were actually running on the buttons....better exercise than the Wii....
The real question I have though, is does it come with matching Zapper gun end tables??

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In the Days of the Republic.....

In my reading of many online articles and blogs I came across an interesting entry with the headline "Ancient Weapons and Hokey Religions..." If you're a Star Wars fan then you have to know that there is no other possible place this could have come from. So being a Star Wars fan, I naturally had to check it out. What I found was something absolutely amazing! The blog was writing about something called Steampunk Star Wars figurines.
I had no idea what steampunk was at the time, but was interested to find out what it had to do with my beloved Star Wars. While the article doesn't go into to much detail about it, a few internet searches told me what I needed to know. Steampunk is basically high tech stuff using (who would have guessed) steam power and other mechanics of its time. Think of Wild Wild West with Will Smith and you probably have an idea what we're talking about. So what does this have to do with Star Wars? Well nothing really....unless you are an artist who has lots of time on his hands and an interest in the fantasy world of steampunk. Then you get something like this:


Now you probably can't see to much detail in this picture, but luckily this guy has a website with some nice pictures of each individual figurine. I especially like the C-3PO and R2-D2, because of course what has the most technology to steampunk other than robots (or droids as we like to call them). And just in case you aren't too into the steampunk scene, you can always check out some of his other collections. They include some remarkable 1942 style Star Wars figures, as well as some of the Avengers, the Justice League, and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen just to name a few. Now I'm a huge fan of modern technology (I am blogging after all), but I always find it fascinating when you take some technology and make it look like its ancient (or fantasy) forerunner.

If you check out the info on his website, Sillof says he is no artist and this isn't at all his job or career. This is disappointing maybe in that you probably won't be finding these at your local department store, but it is encouraging to know that sometimes the little hobbies you started as a kid can really turn into something everyone can enjoy. Thanks Sillof, and keep up the great work!