When it comes to the holidays, what better to give than a gift that reminds loved ones just how much of a geek you are (trust me, you’re not alone). We found 25 cool-yet-random gift ideas based on of one of our favorite inspiring items: the Tardis. Uh, random might be an understatement for some of these bad boys.
Ice bucket from Neatorama.com.
Tardis Dress by Tara Reich.
Mug with lid from DrWhoGear.co.uk.
Soap from Luxury Lane Soap.
Necklace by LiiLii.
Wallet by Coolbeans 717.
Earrings by LampshadesnLollipops.
Cuff links by BlinkPhoto.
USB hub at Target.
Scarf by Rebecca Roach.
iPad sleeve by MyFunkyCamelot.
Macbook decals by Robot1001001.
Glasses case by SlippedSketch.
Ring by TheClayPony.
eReader sleeve by fourcorners.
Paperclip by bohemianstorm.
Collar by UlZaorith.
Vinyl Satchel by Mibolsa.
Floating pen at Amazon.com.
Phone on victormorris.com.
Air Freshener from DrWhoGear.co.uk.
Tardis Christmas ornament by Pixelated Mushroom.
Rucksack on DrWhoGear.co.uk.
I’d not consider this next one a gift, but it’s apparently very popular in the UK (and quite a unique use of the famous blue box).
Last but not least, though we’ve been told it isn’t what we think it is, this shack does look like a Whovian outhouse! Or you can buy a regular outhouse and play pretend in your back yard.
Photo by Sandra Whiteway.
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Calling all Texans! From October 9 through November 28th, you can venture back to the 16th century at one of the largest Renaissance festivals this side of the Mississippi: the Texas Renaissance Festival. Though I wasn’t able to attend this event, my good pals at GeektGear.com sent me their lovely photos and gave us an inside peek.
“The Texas Renaissance Fair is an amazing experience. I still remember the first time I went, which was about 12 years ago… it was magical! We camped on site for a couple of days and spent the whole weekend exploring the GINORMOUS outdoor geek extravaganza that is the Texas Renn Fest – thousands of people in elaborate costumes walking around in character, incredible shows, amazing food from all across the globe, scantily clad wenches eager and willing to plant a big wet kiss on your cheek, and all kinds of music that hearken you back to days when pirates, Vikings, Romans, and ninja’s ruled the world. Ahhh… those were the good ol’ days!”
~ Michael A. Walker, Co-Owner of GeektGear.com
“As an artist and designer, I always love attending the Texas Renaissance Festival to re-charge my creative spirit. Inspiration surrounds you—the music, the elaborate costumes, the intricate handcrafted works of other artisans. It also offers a nice reprieve from the fast-paced, tech-focused mindset that defines society today.”
~ Alisha K. Ard, Co-Owner, GeektGear.com
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I’m a huge fantasy fan, and though I must commend many series writers for their attempt at adapting some of our favorite novels into episodic television, the end result (for most) is generally, well, cheesy. They err on the side of good prevailing (in every episode), yet they fail to venture into the depths of pain, suffering, violence and seeming hopelessness in story lines. Often the dialogue doesn’t come close to matching the original writer’s brilliance. (Then there are the special effects… sigh).
Late last year when I found out that HBO, the television network that gave us True Blood, Rome and many other sagas filled with blood, murder, deception and betrayal, was about to embark on bringing George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones (the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire series) to television, I couldn’t be happier. Will they finally get it right?
With production announcements pouring in daily, the new series creeps closer into our purview and spring 2011 can’t come soon enough. Here are some highlights so far, starting with our favorite topic: Art!
Costumes & Set (new!)
Costume designer Michele Clapton shares the process of creating Westeros garb.
Artisan Gemma Jackson on the Castle Black Lift
Some oldies but goodies (if you haven’t seen them):
Behind The Scenes Featurette
George R.R. Martin (the author of “A Game Of Thrones”), the executive producers and the cast talk about what to expect in HBO’s new dramatic series.
Game of Thrones teasers
True, they don’t show much!