At last! A sonic screwdriver attainable by the general public that actually does something useful! Released just in time for Season 7 (dinosaurs on a spaceship, anyone?), the Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote ($100) is a fully functioning programmable infrared remote control that uses your gestures to do all sorts of clever things. The remote even makes the appropriate sound effects, although you can run it in stealth mode if that drives your roommates nuts. This may possibly be the most awesome officially-licensed Doctor Who paraphernalia we’ve ever seen, so don’t even think about making us wait until Christmas.
Price: $100 (Buy Now)
We love it when nerdy meets stylish. For the (slightly) nerdy pastry chef in your life, Haute Mess Threads offers this splendid Star Wars-inspired R2-D2 Apron ($75). The aprons are made to order from 100% white cotton, and the design features black bows, royal blue accents, and adjustable halter straps.
Price: $75 (Buy Now)
If you’re confused, sorry. In English it means, “There’s no place like localhost.” See, if you’re using a loopback interface… ah, nevermind. Measuring 2′ x 3′, this door/floor mat with the phrase “There’s No Place Like 127.0.0.1″ ($40) is perfect for use either indoors or out. Just be careful, because if you put this outside your apartment door, your neighbors might start coming to you with all of their computer questions. And then you’ll have to get a new one that says: “RTFM, dudes.”
Price: $40 (Buy Now)
We at She Likes Brains believe that all couches become more awesome with Pacman pillow cushions. Even a hand-me-down couch whose teal corduroy upholstery is disguised by an awkwardly draped bed sheet. An Etsy shop called Star Gallery offers the pair: Pacman ($80; pictured here) and Ghost ($80). These hand-crafted pillows are made from synthetic velvet fabric and are stuffed with polyester filling. Pacman and Ghost are sold separately, although they belong together on your couch.
Price: $80 each (Buy Now)
And here’s another gift for the (slightly) nerdy lover of literary nonsense. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Friends t-shirt ($24) takes a more fiendish approach to the Mad Hatter and company. This t-shirt design is from the delightful illustrator Jesse E. Larson, whose playfully dark work is hopefully the sign of wonderful things to come, and not merely a case of sheer madness.
Price: $24 (Buy Now)
Edward Lear, a contemporary of Lewis Carroll, helped pave the way for the popularity of literary nonsense. We remember him for such works as Book of Nonsense, Nonsense Alphabets, and Nonsense Botany. He is also said to have doted on his cat. So it’s no surprise that Edward Gorey was a fan. This edition of Mr. Lear’s The Jumblies ($15) is illustrated by Mr. Gorey himself. It was one of Gorey’s favorites, and he dedicated his drawings to Lear’s cat.
Price: $15 (Buy Now)
What in the wide, wide world of sports? From L. Delaney Miniatures comes an incredibly detailed, heart-stopping, lust-worthy labor of love: The Miniature Library of Forgotten Books ($975). With over 400 moveable pieces, this one-of-a-kind set is designed to be infinitely rearrange-able. It includes velvet curtains, over 300 books, an antique bust of Queen Victoria, parchments, blueprints, a ladder, wooden crates, and a candelabra. The bookshelf measures 9.5 inches across and 7.5 inches tall.
Price: $975 (Buy Now)
J.R.R. Tolkien reportedly remarked that the octagonal Radcliffe Camera, a famous Oxford landmark and a wondrous library, bears a resemblance to Sauron’s temple to Morgoth on Numenor. Architectural model-maker Timothy Richards used copies of the building’s original plans to create The Radcliffe Camera Bookends ($480). Weighing around 11 pounds and standing nearly a foot tall, this beautiful piece would be an awesome addition to a serious home library. [Via]
Price: $480 (Buy Now)
Source: Artist Website
We rather thought the motion picture Men In Black 3 should have more prominently featured Will Smith’s trademark “ha-ha, ha-ha” music, but Josh Brolin’s deadpan Tommy Lee Jones impression was a pretty cool trade-off. Filed under Entertainment Earth’s “Really Cool Expensive Stuff” collection, the Men in Black 3 Standard Issue Sidearm Replica ($599) is a must-have for the die-hard MIB fan. This full-scale reproduction is tooled from the original machining files used to create the props in the movie, and it features metal construction and LED lighting effects. A limited edition run of 1,000 pieces is scheduled for release in December of 2012, and each replica will include a display stand, numbered plaque, prop story, and certificate of authenticity.
Price: $599 (Buy Now)
Source: Entertainment Earth
There are three secrets to the perfect after-work soak. First, someone else should draw the bath for you – someone who has the capacity to balance the temperature just so. Second, you must be able to enter the tub without getting your hands wet. And third, you must have the essentials on-hand and dry: a book, a cup of tea or glass of wine, and perhaps a candle. For the third part, a custom-made Wood Bath Caddy ($125 CAD; Approximately $125 USD) from Etsy store Blisscraft & Blazen will do the job with class. The woodworker will discuss reclaimed wood options and how to measure your tub for the perfect fit. Now go and enjoy – it’s okay to be selfish for a little while each day.
Price: $125 (Buy Now)