Do you have what it takes to be the hero of Mordor? Zeke Mahogany examines this question.
Let’s face it: if a zombie plague were to arise, and one probably will in the near future, we’d all be screwed. Think about it: an outbreak of reanimated corpses would spread throughout the nation like wildfire, with the infected slaughtering millions and turning the bitten into their own: the walking dead, fond of the taste of flesh and always, relentlessly hungry. Never mind how many baseball bats or sawn-off boomsticks are in your possession, nor if the zombies are the moaning shufflers of George A. Romero’s “Dead” trilogy or the snarling Olympians of Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later” and Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” remake: they’ll find you, they’ll get you and, if you’re lucky, they’ll eat you dead.
That is, if you’re not the proud owner of this zombie-proof abode, ingeniously designed by Polish architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes. Built specifically to withstand an unwanted horde of braindead brain-nibblers, “The Safe House” stands in a small village located on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland. It is an awesome piece of architecture and, more importantly, looks super-effective. It has a draw bridge, concrete window shutters, movable walls, only one entrance (on the second floor, accessible through the bridge), and a retractable metal gate. Upon closing up, the house looks like nothing more than a concrete box – unsightly perhaps, but completely protective.
All its lucky occupant needs is a shotgun and a flamethrower, and a fridge full of food, and they’re set to survive the zombie apocalypse. Well, unless the zombies outside work out how to operate a bulldozer: zombie smash! [Read more...]
Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the most useful belt in the history of humankind! You can always count on Zeke Mahogany for a mid-afternoon chuckle.
Well, it was fun: Draw Something, an interactive mobile application that gained developers Omgpop a Flurry App Spotlight Award this year, took over the lives of our tech-savvy society for a couple short months and then, like so many App Store fads before it (I’m looking at you, Words with Friends), slowly but surely faded away.
The game was simple: pick a friend, pick a word, draw that word, send your drawing and hope its recipient is able to guess the answer. With few of us gifted with the abilities of Da Vinci, Monet or Picasso (okay, maybe Picasso), many users’ drawings were overly simplistic, crudely drawn stick-figure sketches, the kind of stuff a non-prodigious four-year-old scribbles with crayons at kindergarten.
But some artistic souls out there took full advantage of their Draw Something canvas, and crafted technological masterpieces on the touch-screens of their iPods and iPhones, all for the sake of three measly points (or sometimes just one or two). With the game’s popularity now having all but dried up, I think it’s time to take a look back at the best examples of drawings created in Draw Something’s history. Some of them are mighty impressive. But what’s your favourite? [Read more...]
Last month, ThisBlogRules brought you the coffee table that doubles up as a fully-functional Nintendo controller. Now we have another coffee table that doubles up as another gizmo, although this time it’s a slightly more primitive, possibly more nostalgic piece of technology. Designed by Seattle-based artist Jeff Skierka, this table has a distinct resemblance to an audio cassette tape, albeit a massively oversized one that will make its owner feel like a Borrower.
Now, I’m aware some of our younger readers may be confused as to what a cassette tape actually is: to put it basically, a cassette tape is a CD that’s rectangular and not circular, bulky and not slim, lame and not not-so-lame. It also sometimes benefits from the use of a pencil – you figure out how.
Here are the technical details on Skierka’s one-of-a-kind mixtape table. Sized at 47.25″ x 30″ x 5″, it is twelve times the size of a regular cassette tape. It is made of reclaimed maple, walnut and lucite, and is fitted with a glass top. It’s also completely reversible, with a side A and a side B (just like the real thing!), although sadly it does not actually play any music – well, not until someone designs a cassette tape player the size of a bungalow, that is.
Check out more pics of the table below.