So, I didn’t set out to create a “Nerd Alert” consumer guide of sorts, but that’s kind of how this week’s post turned out since all of the links below are to things that I cannot wait to buy! Some of them are related to successful Kickstarter projects, while others are products that are currently on the market or will be soon. Thankfully, those release delays should mean that this will all be a little easier on my wallet! Enjoy!
1. One of the geekier things about me, which I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before, is that I absolutely love metro maps! While my passion for them really started when I was studying abroad (the transit maps for London, Paris, and Madrid are just so colorful!), my interest in them hasn’t really waned. Anytime I’m taking public transportation, I scope out the map of the system and see how it compares to others I’ve experienced. I’ve even owned my fair share of metro map-themed products, including a poster and mousepad of the London Tube and a shower curtain featuring Washington’s Metro system. Yet as much as I love these maps, I don’t really have the wall space to feature all of them. Luckily, ArtCodeData’s “World Metro Map” Kickstarter means I don’t have to!
Their project, which has been fully funded several times over, was inspired by Constant Nieuwenhuys “New Babylon,” a 1959 map that created an interconnected city covering the entire planet. In their reimagining of that map, ArtCodeData has taken 214 metro/subway systems to create a digital collage of a worldwide network. There are a total of 791 lines and 11,924 stations, which enable you to create routes from Times Square in New York City to the Beijing National Library. It. Is. Awesome!!
While I am still trying to figure out which poster size to get, I am so, so excited to have this be a centerpiece on the geekynerdy gallery wall that I envision for our next apartment (more on that in a later post). Also, if you love these things as much as I do, there are four days left in the Kickstarter, so you still have time to get your own!
2. Another Kickstarter project that I can totally get behind are the Galaxy Bats by BeeZeeArts, which I think would look adorable on a bookshelf next to all of my vampire books! According to Brittany’s page, she first created the bats in October 2014 and demand has completely outmatched her ability to supply them. As such, she’s turned to Shinedown Productions – a company that has worked with other plushie creators – to help her mass-produce the bats, ensuring that everyone who wants one can get one!
Like the “World Metro Map,” this project has already blown past its initial goal, but there are 24 days left in the Kickstarter, should you want to add a Galaxy Bat to your collection as well! (Oh, and if bats aren’t quite your thing, you should totally check out Brittany’s Etsy page, which is where I also fell love with this tie-dyed narwhal!)
3/4. For several months now, I have been mentioning to the Mysterious Mr. C that I want some noise-canceling headphones for my morning and evening commutes, so I can listen to all of my geekynerdy podcasts without being interrupted by the chimes of the closing doors or the rumble of the train moving along the tracks. While I think he has some basic black Bose headphones somewhere that I could use, I am drooling over these SMS/Marvel Avengers designs, which are set to come out this spring. Though I was initially looking for Captain America headphone options, I’m finding myself increasingly torn between the Black Widow and Iron Man ones, which are just amazing!!
Like the headphones, I’ve also been looking for some Captain America iPhone cases since my old phone “bricked” this week and I have to get a replacement. While I still wish I could find the Funko Pop!-inspired case that I saw last year on RedBubble, I find this Captain America/Game of Thrones mash-up particularly amusing. I also really enjoy these stylized takes on his initial shield and the vibranium upgrade.
5. If you’ve been to a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the last year or so, you’ve likely seen that coloring books for adults are taking over the world! While I am totally onboard with this trend and have several of Johanna Basford’s exquisite books myself, I love that we are also starting to get geekynerdy options too. In particular, Harry Potter-related coloring books are hitting shelves in a big way with two currently out for sale and three others set for release between now and June. I’m most intrigued by the Artifacts option, but let’s be serious, I’ll likely get all of them!
6. As a huge diary writer, I am always on the lookout for unique covers and designs. However, since I’m left-handed, I often have trouble when it comes to writing on the lines near the bottom of a page, especially if the journal is one of those fancy book-size ones with a leather cover. Enter the Rekonect notebook, which C found for me and which comes with magnetic pages that you can move! As you will see in the video, there are lots of benefits to having a journal with these kinds of removable and re-attachable pages, but I am most excited by the fact that this should totally take care of my bottom-of-the-page issue!