Here’s an awesome way to express your love of classic pinball and arcade games without shelling out hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on the actual machines. Preston, England-based craftsman Andrew Lack hand-builds beautifully detailed Miniature Pinball Tables and Miniature Arcade Machines, which he sells through his Pinball Arcade Etsy shop.

Both the pinball tables and arcade games are 1/12th scale models which stand 6" tall, so you could easily set up a complete miniature arcade featuring your all-time favorite games. Each machine is made of wood and features finely detailed gloss decals. The pinball tables stand in metallic finish legs and feature simulated playfield glass, lockbars and miniature plungers and buttons. The arcade games feature 3D screens, joysticks and buttons.

Lack makes an impressive variety of miniature games as well as game-themed arcade artwork to hang on your walls. Head over to Pinball Arcade to check out more of these geektastic gaming models.

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(via IKEA Hackers: Standing Workplace - Triple Lack side-table - Rolling - Dirt cheap)

This is a GREAT idea and I would love to do it except I think the directions are really unclear.  The writer is from the Netherlands so I’m not criticizing his grasp of the English language, I just find certain sections totally confusing:  “Using the predrilled holes in the underside of the table-top, I screwed each table-top to the legs of the table that is seated on top of the table.”

I want to do this (w/o the wheels on the bottom) and re-write it with clearer, more simple directions.  I don’t have a drill and I’m not terribly handy so I probably won’t do this any time soon, but it would transform my bedside table into a much more groovy storage space.


DIY chalkboard coffee table
we have a lot of game nights at my place that usually consist of a few close friends, dominoes, skipbo, and take out. this table is awesome for that, you can doodle on it, keep score in it, easily wipe up spills on it, etc. [1] get an inexpensive table with a smooth surface, this is the ikea lack table. [2] pick up some chalkboard paint at a hardware store, this is valspar. [3] mask off the edges of the table to prevent drips down the sides [4] use a paint roller (not a brush) and do three coats allowing each to dry fully before adding another. [5] allow to dry over night before removing tape, store chalk in a jar on the table and enjoy!

Book Review: Investigating Sherlock – The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

Reviewed by Maria

Nikki Stafford’s book is a little treasure chest filled with bits of information which will make any Sherlock BBC fan smile.

Since the airing of Sherlock BBC, Tumblr and other internet platforms have been rife with discussions about the actors, characters, Canon- and pop-culture references, artistic and directorial choices as well as interpretations and predictions concerning future episodes. Nikki Stafford’s Investigating Sherlock comprises all of these elements. A veteran unofficial guide writer (Stafford wrote extensively about Lost, Buffy and Xena and more), the author takes on Sherlock an episode at the time. The first part of the book consist of short biographies and background info on the careers of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes Canon.

Each episode of Sherlock (including a short discussion of Many Happy Returns) is quickly summarised, ending with a personal HIGHLIGHT of Stafford’s – a quote or moment from the episode – followed by a section called: DID YOU NOTICE?, which draws attention to trivia, amusing titbits and intertextual references to other literary works and pop culture.

The next part of each chapter, FROM ACD TO BBC, which is my favourite, painstakingly lists the references to the Canon and explains the context in the original Sherlock Holmes stories. While it might not catch every single hint and reference to Doyle’s work, it brilliantly shows just how closely linked Sherlock and the Canon are.

This section is followed by an INTERESTING FACTS list, which is very similar to the DID YOU NOTICE section, but which reveals more insider information on each episode – although, to be fair, some of the moments pointed out by Stafford are arguably interpretations, not facts. For instance, Stafford claims that John ‘clearly’ mistakes the lady who takes him to Battersea Power Station for Anthea, but there is absolutely no indication for that. We all know that John Watson will always do a double take on a beautiful woman and immediately hit on her – and that’s exactly what he does. He’s used to have ladies pick him up when Mycroft wants to see him, that’s why he’s disappointed and yet willing to get into the car when it drives up to him. However, most of the points made in this section are interesting and show again with how much love for detail the series is made.

The final two parts of each chapter are a NITPICKS and an OOPS. These two sections point out problems with continuity, technical issues or mistakes in the episodes. Again, not all of the ones listed seem to be real mistakes, like the official age of Connie Prince, which Stafford points out, changed from 48 on television to 54 in the morgue. I think it’s rather another hint at the eccentricities of Prince to lie about her age to the public, since she’s also using botox – and therefore a clue rather than a mistake. Stafford also finds it irritating that Sherlock doesn’t immediately figure out that 007 stands for Bond, ignoring that Sherlock’s lack in general (pop)culture knowledge is driving John up the wall and an issue much appreciated and celebrated in fandom. (But again, I am doing the nit-picking here, most of the issues Stafford catches are quite amusing).

Between the chapters we find interviews with Holmes experts Chris Redmond and Charles Prepolec and a short discussion of the issue of Sherlock ‘sociopathy’.

While the internet has offered Sherlock fans a great platform to discuss meta and engage in detailed discussions about the series, Investigating Sherlock is a lovely companion to the show and I enjoyed reading it immensely. Those who already know a lot about Sherlock will enjoy delving back into the episodes and those who have watched but not engaged in meta discussions, will find themselves amazed by the complexity and intertextuality of Sherlock.

Nikki Stafford’s Investigating Sherlock – The Unofficial Guide comes out on September 3 and will is available for pre-order on amazon uk, amazon com, amazon de, book depository and any good book store.

Patient Negative Zero

The windows were grimed with dust and soot, rivulets of sunlight desperately trying to make their way inside. A rancid stench was coming from the kitchen, and I briefly considered getting more food, then dismissed the thought. It was November 7, almost three days since the kitchen tasted fresh food. My husband was overseas. I hadn’t talked to him in ages.

I lay on the bed, a layer of dirt caking the floor around it. My whole house looked haunted, but it was fine. There was a time when I was terrified of ghosts, but no longer. The silver pistol beside my bedside table lacked one round.

It’ll soon be lacking another.

I put the gun to my temple, imagining my blood from the gunshot wound washing away the dirt on my face, the way it did to the makeup on my daughter’s face almost a week ago as she leapt into my room and pretended to be a zombie for Halloween’s.

Again, the Pirates

YanderePlum’s and Shasta’s pretty recolours. I modified Shasta’s countertops a little (I hope she won’t mind ^^;), as I am not a big fan of the wooden frame on the island/bar. And I added a recolour for the tops (pictured). I also discovered a little mistake on the bar mesh, so a fix for that is included in the file.


Stairs and fences from the basegame. Only one of the stairs is pictured (the other is white), since I have something in my game overwriting it. It should, however, show fine in your game, as this is a problem of my own making it seems.


Vampire coffin. I used one of Shasta’s recolours for the wood, so I could leave Keoni’s intact. I used her Yeti recolours of the inlay… for the inlay… ;P


And a default for the Lack end table.


Credits: Shastakiss and Goat; Keoni and YanderePlum.