Medievil Doodles Don’t Look That Much Different

midevil doodle

Remember when you were in school and decided to doodle in class while the teacher rambled on about the history of Cambodia? The 15th-century remembers. That’s exactly what bored students did 600 years ago. And honestly these drawings don’t look that much different than todays. Actually, the bird doodles on this page remind me a little of the bird on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill which wasn’t designed until 1957. More of these doodles can be seen here.

Table Tennis Robots!

Table Tennis (ping pong) is fun, but it’s not always easy to find someone to play against. A wall will sometimes fill that void but it aint got nothing on this awesome table tennis robot. Go robot go! Now imagine if all this was accomplished using Lego technic? Bonus video of a robot that can balance a table tennis ball while tapping it in the air.

Uncle Otto’s Truck

Uncle Otto's Truck

I’m a Stephen King fan and I love short stories so I really enjoyed the book Skeleton Crew. My favorite short stories in the book include Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, Word Processor of the Gods and The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands. The one story that really stands out however is Uncle Otto’s Truck.

The story is about Otto Schenck, a wealthy land owner in Maine. He and his partner George McCutcheon drive Otto’s truck around their land until it one day breaks down in a field when the engine blows. Otto murders George by crushing him under the truck and then starts to become obsessed with it. Otto is so interested in the truck that despite being a millionaire, he builds and later moves into a small one-room house with no bathroom a few yards from where the old truck sits. He insists that it’s slowly moving closer to him every day and that it’s going to kill him. The story is told by Otto’s nephew who later describes the day he found his uncle dead in bed with oil and a spark plug inside his mouth.

Overall it is a very well written story. It’s eerie to think that a man can dedicate a large part of his life to observing an old truck that sits in a field. I’d love to see it turned into a short film similar to the shorts you’ll find while watching the Creepshow series of movies.

Map Design Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

Throughout my life I’ve been interested in cartography, the study and practice of making maps. When I was younger I would design these pretend cities using paper and pencil. I would detail the cities highways, streets, parks, rivers, lakes and even label them with names I made up in my head. The typical map although very useful can also use some improvements. Now when you’re just looking for a road on a map you probably don’t want a map that looks like something you’d get after entering an amusement park but it could still be livened up with the use of more exciting colors and icons.

I designed a playful map of a small town a few mile away from where I live. The town is called Laytonsville, MD and there’s not much to it beside two main roads and a couple of strip malls but I was able to live in up with fun icons bright colors and cool patterns. Take a look below and click on it for a larger, more detailed version. If the lightbox looks stretched, right click the lightbox and click ‘open in new window’.

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Star Fox Has Seen Some Shit

Star Fox I've seen some shit

Lately while browsing reddit, I’ve noticed a more common internet meme that has been popping up called “I’ve Seen Some Shit”. It usually includes images featuring a baffled subject with a dumbfounded look on their face staring into the distance. One of my favorites includes Beaker from the Muppets holding an axe. The other day I was doing some research for a game and I came across this image of Slippy from StarFox on 3DS that I thought would be perfect for this meme. Here it is after I edited the image in Photoshop and added the text.

Here are some more examples of the meme on reddit.