5 Gifts for People Who Love Their Pets More Than People

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

We all know at least one pet-obsessed person we plan on buying a Christmas gift for this year. That’s where Etsy comes in, offering amazing, custom gifts that your pet-loving friends and family will simply love.

Custom Pet Ornament


This product may be sold as a hanging display sculpture but even the quickest glance can reveal why it would also double as an amazing custom Christmas pet ornament.

Pet Portraits


There are hundreds of Etsy sellers offering pet portraits in all different styles and color schemes. A quick search is sure to help you find the perfect one for the pet-lover you love.

Pet Nose Jewelry


Did you know the nose prints of cats and dogs are as unique as the fingerprints of a human? Here’s your chance to immortalize a critter companion for the person you care about.

Fiber Animal Sculpture


It’s one thing to have a portrait of a pet, but with a fiber animal sculpture, that image is never going to look more realistic.

Pet Pillows


Finally pet owners can maximize their cuddle time with their pet even when the critter doesn’t want to be handled. With these pet pillows, no cuddle time is off limits.

If you’re trying to find something a little different for a special someone on your list, head to Etsy, where their holiday guide can help you find something for everyone.

Win Christmas This Year With This Stormtrooper Sled

Saturday, November 21st, 2015


It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but experts are already arguing over what will be the hottest toys of the holiday season. Many have their money on the remote-controlled BB-8 that can be controlled with a smartphone. All experts agree that anything Star Wars is a pretty safe bet when it comes to the most popular toys of the season. That being said, if I was a kid, I’d be all about this amazing Star Wars sled for sale on Bonanza.com. It not only looks cool, but it can also be controlled with handlebars, making it a lot easier to operate than classic sleds. The fact that it’s only $100 also makes it a much more practical toy than many of the other options out there.

Heck, I only wish it had a higher carrying capacity than 150 pounds so I could use it even now as an adult. If I could just lose a few dozen pounds I’d be good to go.

(This post has been sponsored by Bonanza.com, though I really do endorse this awesome product)

How does the 3D Printed OctaWorm actually work?

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Rescue workers have been faced with many challenges when it comes to rescuing people who have been draped under collapsed buildings. In this regard, such workers often find it difficult to locate and reach people who have been draped under collapsed buildings. Additionally, the traditional rescue robots cannot traverse some spaces in the quest to rescue survivors. However, these challenges presented to the rescue workers and traditional rescue robots have been solved by the use of the OctaWorm. This is deformable, small robot that is capable of negotiating and exploring all kinds of spaces. This robot can traverse all kinds of spaces that have been challenging most of the traditional rescue robots. The OctaWorm was developed through the project by the University of Akron and the University of Chile. Juan Cristóbal Zagal is a person who is credited for designing the OctaWorm itself. The joinery parts of the robot that facilitates the connection of the electric linear actuators were developed by the use of 3D printing. Additionally, the 3D printing was also used in producing ball joints of the robot.


The Working Mechanism of the 3D Printed OctaWorm

The 3D printed OctaWorm’s ball joints were created by the use of Stratasys Objet 3D printer while the rest of the printed 3D printed parts were developed by the use of the FDM 3D printer. The robot consists or rubbery balls located at the end of its legs. Such rubbery balls which provide it with the ability to traverse through and grip onto various materials and terrains. This is achieved by OctaWorm’s 3D printed ball joints which facilitate and controls the deformation motion, making it possible for the robot to assume various configurations and shapes. The robot’s basic structure consists of 3D printed parts with aluminum rods that make its legs durable.

3d print foam

The OctaWorm is a small robot that is capable of squeezing it into cracks, crevices and gaps of piles debris that have been formed due to structural damage. This is achieved through changing its real size in order to fit the situation required. It can expand when necessary and also constrict when entering into small cracks, crevices, and gaps. It is worth noting that the main aim of developing the OctaWorm was the need to navigate and access confined spaces ire voids and cracks within disaster environments, air ducts, and pipes. In addition to traversing inside pipes with small diameters, the OctaWorm can also able to deal with the changes within the pipe’s internal diameter. This means that the robot can change its shape and size in accordance to the pipe’s internal diameter.


The robot’s functional symmetry facilitates it to negotiate as well as travel along Y, T and L joints within pipelines. This has been hitherto a problem for the traditional rescue robots as well as rescue workers. Particularly, the conventional in-pipe robots were incapable of traversing through such kinds of junctions. On the contrary, the deformable OctaWorm robot could simply squeeze into a variety of junctions. There are three prototypes of the OctaWorm. The deformable robot’s third prototype has been undergoing various modifications since it was designed by Juan Cristóbal Zagal.


The initial two models of the robot used syringes in order to move its joints accordingly and it was run by small hydraulics whereas the second prototype’s joints were run utilized electronic actuators. Further, the joints of the modern version of the robot use pneumatic-driven servo motors that are more reliable than electronic actuators. Despite the fact that the robot is currently operated by a wired controller, there is a possibility that future prototypes will be operated wirelessly.


Eat Your Way Into Restaurant Ownership

Thursday, October 15th, 2015


Are you a big eater? Well here’s you chance to put your money where your mouth is and eat your way into posession of a new business. All you have to do is eat a 30 pound burrito and then drink a ghost pepper margarita and you’ll take on a 10% ownership from New York restaurant Don Chingon.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy and you have to make an investment to participate. Entry is $150 and you have 1 hour to eat a three and a half foot tortilla filled with  chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, cheese, rice, beans and salsa. I can’t wait until John gets to New York because he’s ate at least twice that much during every Neatorama Christmas party.

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The Last (and Probably First) Unicorn Burger

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

rainbow unicorn cheeseburger

In history, there has never ever been a burger that has been so fit for a pretty, pretty princess as this magnificent unicorn burger. This brilliant creation is brought to you by the creative baking company,Lou Lou P’s Delights.

Via That’s Nerdalicious

Great Online Gaming for Geeks

Sunday, July 19th, 2015


You don’t need to love games to be a geek, but there sure are a lot of nerds out there that just can’t get enough gaming time. Personally, I tend to feel awkward around people (even friends) unless we’re playing a game and then I feel entirely too comfortable. Gaming is also a great way to pass the time when you’re alone (or trying to pass time at work), but you can’t always sit down to play World of Warcraft, Minecraft or some other immersive, system-hogging game. For those times, I suggest trying one of these fun online games.

Adult Swim -It’s kind of amazing (and almost sickening) how many great games you can play for free on Adult Swim’s website. It’s almost like they don’t want you to do anything else with your life but waste time on their site -actually, I have the feeling that’s exactly what they want. I recommend starting with a game from one of your favorite shows like Rick and Morty, but don’t be surprised if you get stuck on a maddeningly simple game that just goes on forever (like Rainbow Unicorn Attack).

HearthStone – Made by Blizzard, the same company responsible for World of Warcraft, this easy-to-learn card game is entirely addicting. Best of all, it’s totally free to download and play -though you do have to download it, so you might try playing HearthStone on your phone if you want to play at work (unless you work somewhere that they just don’t care if you download stuff). If you get into it, be sure to add me, my account name is whysteria#1254.

Mansion Casino – Looking to play games with slightly higher stakes? Then check out this online casino where you can play all your favorite casino games, including great geeky ones like Marvel and DC slots and scratchers. You can play for free just for fun or bet and win real money.

Have any favorite online games of your own? Share them in the comments! I know I could always use a few extra distractions (even if my sense of time management disagrees with me on this point).

Creative Commons Image by Robert Couse-Baker

The Only Bar I Want to Visit

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Yes, tiny critters at a tiki bar. That is all.

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These Cats Can’t Get Enough Pizza

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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Someone’s got the munchies and for once, it isn’t me or John. These silly felines know the value of a great pizza pie and they aren’t about to sit back and wait their turn to get a slice. And who can blame them? Pizza is just one of those perfect foods that everyone enjoys.

Via That’s Nerdalicious

Easy to Make Geek Crafts Using Recyclable Materials

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

If you have an interest you’re passionate about such as a favorite video game or TV show, it’s great to show off this part of your personality through crafts or homewares which reflect this.

Of course buying things related to this can often be quite expensive, especially if it’s official merchandise. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of easy to make crafts which can unleash your inner geek whilst also saving the planet by using recyclable materials! Whether a crafting novice or expert, you should be able to create a few of these DIY creative ideas yourself in no time.

1. Cushion/Pillow Covers


These are easy to make whether or not you own a sewing machine (that just makes it slightly quicker), and are a great way of reusing the clothes and fabrics you would otherwise throw away. If you have some old t-shirts you no longer wear, or perhaps a pair of curtains which have frayed at the bottom or have acquired an irreversible stain, then don’t just throw them out! Instead, create your own cushion covers out of the salvageable material, taking care to correctly measure the size on your existing cushions or pillows. Then once you’ve cut and stitched, take (or create) a stencil of your favorite character or logo, such as the bat symbol, and paint on to give it that finishing touch.

Image via Our Nerd Home

2. Ice Bucket


Did someone give you a plant for a housewarming? Perhaps that was a while ago and your plant hasn’t quite survived as long as you planned. Instead of throwing out the metal container, why not keep it and reuse as an ice bucket? Simply give it a rinse to make sure all the compost is gone, and once it’s dry you can start decorating with some comic or graphic novel pages, like you did with your project book in school. Then all that’s left to do is add ice and voila, you’ll have a fun, geeky way of storing your cold beverages.

Image via Our Nerd Home

3. Snow Globes


Let’s face it, we’ve all broken a glass or two from time to time, particularly a wine glass with a weak stem. Instead of recycling the broken glass, if the bowl is still intact, why not keep it to make a snow globe? A great alternative to this is of course a glass jam jar or similar which you’d ordinarily throw out. Fix a mini comic or action hero figurine to the jar lid, fill the jar with liquid (remembering to leave space for the figurine and a small bubble for the water to circulate) and add in some fake snow.

Image via Country Living

4. Ironing Board Cover


Has your Star Wars bedspread seen better days? Rather than throw it out, why not repurpose it by turning it into a fab ironing board cover? Simply cut the bedspread to shape, leaving a couple of extra inches to seam it. Additionally you’ll need some foam lining to place underneath to ensure you don’t end up with any lines in your clothing! As an alternative to a bedspread, why not sew together a few old t-shirts with your favorite logos or characters on, to create a patchwork ironing board cover.

Image via Geek Forge

Of course there are many more ways in which you can create your own DIY geek crafts by repurposing things which you might otherwise trash or take to the recycling centre. These can be anything from seasonally themed decorations, ornaments and gifts to homewares you can use all year round, so keep your eyes peeled for more amazing crafts out there!