Crafting: Custom DS Boxes. Again!!

“Seriously, what’s wrong with this guy, all he ever does is showing all those custom DS boxes he makes, what’s with that?”

‘Cause they’re AWESOME. That’s why! And this time I finished 13 of them, leaving 7 empty cases to fill up. And this time I have a neat little trick to show you! They say necessity is the mother of invention… nay, I say. NAY!!

LAZINESS is the mother of invention! CONVENIENCE or FEAR even!! Let’s explain this to you with an example of mine.

2015-12-17 15.13.24Earlier they told you to use hobby knives, cardboard cutters or an electric angled saw, but all of those can cut your fingers up. Knives and blades take strength and patience when you cut through those plastic tabs too. This looks risky, right? Well, don’t fret! Here’s the perfect solution for you!

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This little bugger is all you need to easily remove those tabs! Just get a firm hold and twist those tabs clean off! If there’s anything left you can use those knives to shave off  what little imperfection and bump that might be left. This takes half the time needed and gives the same result with less risk of cutting your fingers.

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My Messi workspace (pun intended)

 

Alright, I wanted a case for this bootleg Game Boy cart, 82 in 1,  that I got in Spain for more than 10 years ago. I chose this one amongst the stack of bootlegs they had, and it turns out I did good. The glossy box was thrown away a long time ago though. The cart doesn’t contain 82 games at all, but rather about 10 or so with alternating titles, and even though you can use it on the GBC and GBA it’s full of original GB titles. You get to play Othello (which isn’t an awesome RPG as they want to lead you to believe on the cover, but rather the game with the same name), Castlevania Adventure, Spiderman 2, Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle, Tetris, Battletanks and Bomb Jack to just name a few. A solid selection of games, and Tetris works with Link Cable support too! 2015-12-17 15.12.54

Here’s the cart itself. But I wanted the cover to be different! Unique!! So this below is what we got. If I make a cover by scratch I add symbols and such but leave the barcodes be. In this one I went to great length to remove the “Original” and “Official” texts on the Nintendo Seal and the Game Boy Game Pak Seal. Hah! That was amusing to me.

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I decided against better judgement to make a cover for Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway for the Game Boy Advance. The game is pretty much crud and a blatant Mario Kart Super Circuit knockoff with half the framerate. Stay away! For me it’s worth to own as a novelty item and to show off to people who can’t believe this kind of game was made in the ’00’s…

So I took the opportunity to mock the game! The blurb is authentic and all, but the rest of the text, layout and images are custom made by yours truly.2015-12-17 15.12.15

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T’was a good day, sirs and madams! A good day indeed!

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Tingle Bells, Tingle Bells

Here comes the mandatory Christmas song re-write, this time a re-write of the instant classic Jingle Bells.

Happy Holidays!

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Tingle Smells

Floating ‘gainst the flow,
On a red balloon each day
Over the fields he go
Laughing all the way.
Maps and items brings
Imitating fairies bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
On a red balloon tonight.

chorus:
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride
a red balloon each day, O
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride

A red balloon each day

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Mr. Tinkle, right
Was seated by my side;
The man was ugly and stank
Misfortune seemed his lot,
He tries to fill up his rupee bank
He thinks he’s a fairy and I will tell you what:

chorus:

Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride
a red balloon each day, O
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride

A red balloon each day

A day or two ago
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow
And on my back I fell;
Tingle was riding by
With a red balloon that day
He laughed as there I sprawling lie
But I quickly dashed away.

chorus:

Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride
a red balloon each day, O
Tingle smells, Tingle smells
30 all the way,
Oh what fun he has to ride

A red balloon each day

Now the ground is white,
Use Potions while you’re young,
Take the Ocarina tonight
And sing this Tingle song.
Just get a sharp nice Sword,
The steel light without lead,
Then lure him to you with a clever word
And slash! You’ll take his head!

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Images from, in order:

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The Luigi that Wanted to be a Mario

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This plushie is supposed to be a Mario one, but you can’t fool me. This is the Luigi that wanted to be a Mario. This is Luigi, no doubt. He’s thinner and has a longer face. He’s curled his mustache up and dressed up in Mario gear. Can this be a Halloween get-up?

I can tell you that of all the Mario plushies, this was is the only one looking off. So is this off-looking Mario actually Luigi in disguise?

Sonic & Tails – Pixel Bricks!

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I got these tiny Pixel Bricks (mini-Lego, but not officially) from my brother last birthday. I assembled them a while ago, but since my finger’s been dislocated (the right dominant F-U finger, or the proximal interphalangeal joint of digit III of the right hand) I haven’t been able to update much at all. Since then I’ve become proficient in writing with the index finger of the right hand and also flip people off with the left hand, so everything has been working out well. These very delicate Pixel Bricks were assembled before this accident, mind you, and all ten fingers were needed as the pieces did tend to get wrecked whenever I held to them too hard.

Each one took me about an hour or so, Tails being a bit trickier because of his tails and I’m actually not sure if I attached them exactly as instructed, but I’m not spatially gifted enough to see the difference which in this case is a blessing. I didn’t want to disassemble all of my work with great effort and reassemble everything so I just went with this. It was a very rewarding experience, and I was able to watch the first 2-3 episodes of Myth Busters to this task. While Sonic had many more pieces to assemble Tails showed to be trickier because of his design.

A note about the first episodes though… They showed waaaay to much of the process of how they’d acquire the material needed to conduct their experiments, which was such a bore to watch. I get it, it was much bigger of a deal when they were new on air and not as well known, but it felt like watching how, let’s say, Bruce Wayne is struggling to find his car keys on his way to a gala or something. That’s no fun at all. But since I had this crafting to do, that became bearable to watch, so 10 points to Pixel Bricks.2015-10-13 21.02.56

Aren’t they pretty? Gives me such pleasure and joy watching these pixelated beings. Thank you, dear brother! These are AWESOME!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stickers Album

 Lately the image quality has been abysmally poor at times. I know what’s caused the problem and now it’s fixed, but I can’t be bothered to take new pictures all over again.

tmnt1I bought this 1992’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sticker Album for nostalgia’s sake for a symbolic sum. Some girl named Matilda has filled up with many of the stickers already- it isn’t complete though.

tmnt2Turning the first page I saw a classic Yapon ad that they used in most comic books back then. The first is an ad for the NES and the Game Boy which you could rent for 40 SEK/24 hrs and a NES for 30 SEK/24 hrs. A Game Boy Game Pak was 25 SEK/ 24 hrs and the unit itself for the same price. Mind that with inflation taken into account that it’s much more expensive today- know your economics! If anyone is interested I’ll be able to scan it for you, though it always takes a long time for me to actually get to it. I always follow through though.

tmnt3Then we have that classic Konami LCD game ad where the Turtles fool you into buying those handhelds. I have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one at home, and it still has that sticker on the screen. I never had one as a kid but I used to play my friend’s LCD games. They aren’t that good really, at least when you compare them to the Game Boy. But if you never had a Game Boy then this was as good as it would get. I really do like these hand-drawn ads though, it looks like someone random dude drew them- the quality isn’t that great. I can understand why they look angry though as they have to make ads to afford Pizza. There’s no welfare for mutant turtles.

tmnt4Lastly we have the album itself and it isn’t that spectacular, aside from nostalgia, in itself. But there is something amusing about it- the sticker they use to show that the turtles are shocked to know that they were created due to an accident is very ill fitting as it looks like Raphael is just sitting there chilling. And that’s after just having received those shocking news according to the text underneath. Matilda might’ve put the sticker in the wrong place but the rest are correctly inserted. Other than that it contains screenshots from the movie and promotional images (like this one where Raph is chillin’ in the couch). One of the words in this picture is spelled wrong too- and here I thought bad spelling was something of the 21st century. They wrote “dom”, which means “judgement”, when they’re meaning to write “dem”, or “them”. This is a very common misspelling in Swedish as the way “dem” is pronounced sounds like it should be spelled “dom”, though the pronounciation of the two words is different when it comes to the “o” and how it’s said. Anyhow, spelling nerdery aside I always find it amazing how errors like these are able to find their way into proper printed material- though I can see how it doesn’t matter in a product like this one it’s still targeted towards kids who should learn correctly from the beginning.

I Spy With My Little Eye…

… various weird things scattered in and around Alicante, Spain. We visited this city in the South of Spain which, luckily, is close to the sea.

unnamedFirst I’d like to introduce you to this creepy clown. This clown can take all the trash you could throw at him, and as a matter of fact, is one of the trash bins in Alicante along the harbor. He’s not even funny, though, but fits in the same slot as clowns like the one on the cover of Twisted Metal; they’re evil, they want your blood and they make you feel uneasy to the max. This one would surely have scared me as a kid, and I also suspect lots of other kids of newer generations getting nightmares from this. Those empty eyes and that huge gaping smile is horrid to look at.
TL;DR: High Octane Nightmare Fuel.

apa2I spotted this one awesome gorilla sports jock that just doesn’t give a crap. He’s on the top of a fairly old ride that empties the rider’s stomachs to make room for more popcorn. In other words: Katching!!
Anyhow, I never noticed this before, but this gorilla, that apa1incidentally listens to music or maybe some podcast of some sort, is rich.
Yeah, dirt rich! He has ordered a custom made Armani baseball jacket. You heard me! Just “ook” at that jacket! (Heh, ape puns are just too funny). Enlarge the image to take a good look at it.

docThey had some street art and such, as in most other cities, and they’d commissioned street artists to make glass disposal bins into something more desirable to use and look at (Vidrio, si!). One of them had this magnificent Doc Brown (I won’t say what movie he is from if you don’t know it already, heathen) stressed out while trying to fire up the DeLorean Time Machine. As a big fan of that movie (just Google it) I just loved this one immensely. This is a good way to turn trigger happy graffiti artists into something better for the community. Just let all of them make Back to the Future art (damn it, that was a mistake) all over the place.

censoredLet’s move on to something else that was eerie. I don’t know why they’d censor (with some kind of smudge tool?) the faces of this man and that baby. Are they fugitives of the law? Will their true faces suck your soul out? Or were they too cheap to pay royalties to the models and their agencies? I guess we’ll never know. But one thing is for sure, censored faces for no reason are sure unsettling. Or maybe those poor souls do actually look like that, and that’d mean that they’re related. Like father like kid it seems. Study this, Gregor Mendel.

angry planesThen there was this plane. Oh, my Lord, this plane. They’re supposedly riding on the Cars and Planes craze to cash in on it, but my, I have to say, I really dig how pissed off they look. That angry face is delightful, and I was really close buying these smiling airplanes that doted a shit-eating grin of high class. They’re the anti-Planes- this is the toy the cool kids get when they’re too old for Planes. Or they just could be poor or something like that, which would explain why they have a need to bully their classmates.

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Alicante was filled with a lot of pixelated people, or at least, depictions of them. First we saw these pixelated Atari 2600 citizens in this one alley, observing their neighborhood in a true nosy neigbour manner. verdadNeat.
Then we saw these pixelated journalists (?) from the local newspaper of Murcia called  “La Verdad” (the truth… or is it?). Well, ain’t that nice, they look like being taken from Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis. The one to the left looks like a pixelated happy version of the Crown Princess of Sweden Her Majesty Victoria, the one in the middle like a neutral and relaxed Dr. House (M.D.!) and the one to the right like some incognito insecure person that I can’t really place. Sigourney Weaver, is that you? I’d guess that H.M. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the best paid one, judging by that smile. Dr. House is paid adequately while Sigourney Weaver is the one with the worst salary amongst the editorial staff of “La Verdad”.

Glitchin’!

My NES started to act up, having a new connector and all, last time I played on it with my brother. It probably got some dust in the connector, but I was smart enough to not blow it. Learn from history, and your and others’ past mistakes, and don’t blow into the cartridges. They do remove the dust but the humid exhaled air will slowly corrode the contacts.IMG_6733

Anyhow, it seems as if the games started to glitch, and I suspect there was a glitch gremlin in there messing everything around. One could’ve said “Son of a Glitch” but instead I was amused. Seeing a glitchy version of Mario Bros. was glitchin’ and it was all fun and dandy until the game crashed. Sure, this is Nintendo we’re talking about so there was no blood, but watching a Koopa and a Crab and poor ole Luigi exploded in a whole lot of pieces was a bit weird, but still amusing. Rest in Pieces, Luigi.

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So we inserted Blue Shadow (Shadow of the Ninja in the US) instead and lo and behold: a glitchy title screen that we couldn’t get past and which read BLHAI” SHAD6”’ TM TM.
You could choose to play SPTAMER or APTAMERS, and I never knew Vatsuue published the game! I always thought it was Natsume (Serious Fun!)
Also, this game is Licevced by Vintendg CG. Sc vhat’s vvhy it’z gvichy!