The Donkey Kong-Inspired Shelving Unit

In the coin-operated, joystick-tugging, button-bashing gaming craze of the 1980s, one particular Nintendo release quickly became a bare necessity in any self-respecting amusement arcade. One of the earliest products of the platform genre, the influential and instantly popular Donkey Kong flaunted a simple concept: Jumpman, later known as Mario, must rescue a damsel in distress from the clutches of a giant ape, all while avoiding the paths of tumbling barrels and flaming fireballs.

Its setting was memorable: rows of rickety steel platforms made accessible through ladders, with villainous primate Donkey Kong always pounding away at the top of the screen. See:

This setting is the inspiration for an uber-nerdy yet super-cool shelving unit created and built by LA-based designer Igor Chak. Suitably entitled ‘Donkey Kong Wall,’ this ingeniously retro design is made of carbon fibre, anodized aluminum pixels, stainless steel rods and toughened glass tops. It is capable of supporting up to 60lbs, meaning the streams can be crossed and the more advanced games of today – or yesteryear, if you like – can be played on its sturdy surface.

A piece of interior decor like this, it’s guaranteed to induce sweet, merciful nostalgia in any hardcore frequenter of ‘80s arcades. Try your hand at Donkey Kong over at Best Online Games [Read more...]

The Dog Rider Costume: Give Your Mutt a Rider

Those long-standing boundaries between cool and cute, they’ve just been demolished. The Dog Rider Costume, manufactured by the Paper Magic Group, is a dog harness specially designed to mount your canine companion with a saddle and a rider figurine, giving your furry friend the appearance of a noble steed. The result is as adorable as it is totally awesome. There are six options for riders, as you’ll see above and below: there’s a jockey, a monkey, a cowboy, a mailman, a Lord of the Rings-esque goblin and, for Halloween, the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

The harness is adjustable and fits dogs of medium to large size, with a neck that measures 17-20”. It allows you to dress up your dog all nice and pretty without getting into any trouble with the RSPCA. Handily, all Dog Rider Costumes are available on Amazon if you wish to buy one for your beloved mutt, and why wouldn’t you? It’s so cute/cool.

Here’s a tricky question: which rider is your favourite? [Read more...]

The World According to Americans

An American’s perception of the rest of the world, and indeed their own mighty nation, is a naive thing indeed. So says The World According to Americans, a comically altered map of the globe. On the evidence presented here, every country and every sea and every continent on the face of this here Earth can best be summed up with a simple cultural stereotype, vague and harsh and uninformed as it may be. The U.S. lives in the civilised world, of course. Their upstairs neighbours, they’re vegetarians. Those folks over there in Eastern Europe, they’re all commies. Africa? They’ve got AIDS. Oh, and above them? Fucking desert, dude!

The World According to Americans is designed by Bulgarian artist Yanko Tsvetkov, aka the alphadesigner. It is part of his satirical Mapping Stereotypes project, which sees him mapping out the globe with side-splitting cultural stereotypes taken from the perspectives of various different nations. You can see the rest of Mapping Stereotypes here, but I think most will agree this is the best, and funniest, entry in a tremendously hilarious project.

Check out more images from The World According to Americans below. [Read more...]

Top 5 Things To Do At Work

Bored at workIn true Thursday procrastination (not yet T.G.I.F) fashion, we have a list of five things you can do at work without actually working.  Most of these require open internet access, so if you happen to be on a restricted work site, you are outta luck.

1.  Facebook.

Seriously, it’s a massive time suck.  But can be really entertaining.  Especially if you like to instigate others and watch the drama unfold.  In that case, be sure to post relationship advice, random old photos of friends, political commentary, or something offensive to atleast one group of people, once every 24 hours.  To make it look like you are actually doing work, use this plug in: http://hardlywork.in/

2. Reddit.com

Great content that changes quickly on every topic.  As clean/dirty/smart/dumb/general/specific as you want, and on every topic imaginable.  This feature allows your reddit feed to look like MS Outlook.  http://msworddit.com/

3. Playtruckgames.net

Flash games to play on your computer.  Playtruckgames.net doesn’t look anything like work, but it’s hours of fun on pretty much any vehicular topic.  Mute your computer, as it definitely doesn’t sound like work!  Parking games, batman games, monster truck games and more.

4.  Read all of the past archives of Thisblogrules.com

Including our perfect for “back to school post”, Bully Beatdown, and one about Sex and the City quotes that never gets old.

5. Read and try to beat, the “Best of Craigslist” quotes as voted by users.

Why? The same reason you watch Jersey Shore or Bachelor Pad. It makes you feel so much better about yourself.

Sailing Commentating…As It Should Be

If you’ve never seen a Women’s Olympic Sailing Event, Francis Higgins is here to teach you the in’s and out’s of it. The funny man from Ireland actually knows just as much about sailing as the average American, which is zilch. His hilarious audio was dubbed over the actual Olympic broadcast, but the IOC was still somehow able to take it down from Vimeo after it went viral and hit 500,000 views. Well now it has resurfaced and you can check it out above. Just to be sure, this is only satire. But you may learn a thing or two about sailing anyway (e.g.  the boats are called Lasers- obviously having no resemblance to the “la-ser” /?l?z?r/:  an intense ray of light that’s traveling- well at the speed of light”).