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Happy MAR10 Day!

10 Mar
Mario World by Orioto

Mario World by Orioto

Break out your fake moustaches and warm up the Wii, because today is Mario Day! Because it’s Mar 10. Get it? I’m not sure when this holiday came about, but the Mario Bros are certainly worthy of celebrating!

Mario has appeared in over 200 video games, first appearing in Donkey Kong in 1981, where he was known as Jumpman.  His name was later changed to Mario in Donkey Kong Jr., named after Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord. His twin brother, Luigi (named after a Seattle pizza joint called “Mario & Luigi’s”), was introduced in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. 

The Mario brothers have had many professions including: carpenter, plumber, doctor, tennis player, ghost buster, and race car driver, and have had their images portrayed on everything from cereal boxes to the big screen. I think everyone has a soft spot for the Mario Bros. whether their first introduction to them was Donkey Kong or Super Mario Galaxy. They are universally recognized by gamers and non-gamers alike and the love of these icons shows no sign of slowing down.

I’ve rounded up some amazing Mario-related Etsy crafts for your enjoyment. Have a great Mario Day!


Mario Pendant 8-bit Silver

$33

NES Nintendo Game Brooch Pin

$15.74

Mustache Mario T Shirt Ninte…

$21

Sterling Silver Super Mario …

$48

Mario Two Levels Full Skirt

$45.99

Super Mario “King Koopa…

$22

Mario and Yoshi Print – Nint…

$16

Wall Art, Video game, Mario …

$16

Sunglasses – Custom Wayfarer…

$37

Novelty Plush Mustache, Funn…

$15

Mario Brothers Art – The Roa…

$35

Super Mario Goomba Wooden Pi…

$60

Set of 4 Super Mario Bros. 2…

$50

Colorful Mario Question Mark…

$89.95

Super Mario Pixel Necklace 8…

$15

Super Mario Brothers Two Key…

$15

Go Bold

30 Jan

You can tell by my hair that I don’t like to be subtle in my appearance. This sometimes applies to the jewelry I wear as well. I like all kinds of jewelry, but occasionally, I want something that makes a statement. Fortunately, if you feel the same way, there are many artists out there that create such pieces. Prepare to be noticed!

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven  Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

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Melvin’s Geek Song of the Week 6-18-12

18 Jun

I was riding along in a car with my companion last year during a very heavy rain storm.  He exclaimed, “Oh, gross, look out the window!”  The road was covered in frogs.  There seemed to be a layer of already-squished frogs under the layer that was hopping about wildly.  There was no way to dodge these frogs, as they literally coated the entire road.  It was a terrible frogpocalypse.  I assume that a similar experience inspired the game that is the subject of this week’s song.

The Song: “Froggy’s Lament” by Buckner and Garcia

buckner and garcia

Buy the mp3 here!

The Lyrics:

Go, Froggy, go!
Ya gotta keep on hoppin’ ’till you get to the top
Go, Froggy, go!
Ya gotta keep on hoppin’; you can never stop!
Go, go, Froggy, go!

The Artist:  Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia first started writing silly songs back in the 60s.  Though only a small amount of their music is gaming-related, it’s what theyre best known for.  They wrote an entire album entitled Pac-man Fever that contained nothing but arcade game-inspired songs (this week’s song being one of the works on said album).

Due to the album’s incredible popularity, it was re-released on CD in 1999.  Because Sony Music Entertainment is made up of a bunch of giant tools, they refused to allow Buckner and Garcia access to their original recordings.  The re-release therefore contains modern recordings of the songs.  Unfortunately, the duo couldn’t find a Mousetrap machine, so that song sounds quite different on the re-release than on the original recording.  Screw you, Sony!

Rate your opinion of this song with the stars at the bottom of this post!

You can suggest geek songs to us via the comments below, or go check out Melvin’s Grooveshark profile for more songs.

Back from the Dead: Yume at MAGfest!

15 Jan

Hey there Basement Dwellers! Yume here. I know it’s been awhile, but the holiday season hit me hard! I could barely keep up with Etsy orders and the whole time I was prepping for my first convention: MAGfest! MAGfest is a gaming and music convention outside Washington D.C. in National Harbor, Maryland.

This was the convention’s first year in National Harbor and was at a Gaylord Hotel. A super swanky, expensive hotel with a convention center attached. SUPER SWANKY. This was the lobby/dining area. Absolutely breathtaking.

Now, inside the convention hall…it wasn’t as swanky. The convention truly reflected it’s attendees. A mess of video games…everywhere…some tables thrown about…a bit of disorganized chaos…and a lot of camaraderie. I really loved how the Melvins of the world felt so comfortable and open. They were my favorite people to talk to. In another world, they might cry about stolen staplers and set a building on fire, but in this world, they were completely accepted and loved talking, no mumbling, about the wonders of Chrono Trigger, XBox achievements, and even one guy playing Zelda theme music all day on a recorder. Not all of them were awkward Melvins…a good majority were awesome gamers, cosplayers, and kick ass people. I hearted them all.

Team Fortress Cosplayers

Zora from Legend of Zelda

So, that gives you an idea of the clientele. Knowing that it was right after Christmas, I wanted to give people lots of things to spend their Christmas money on, so I brought a LOT of product. And I sold over half of what I brought, which is a lot more than I expected. Interesting thing about this Dealer Room…it was 24 hour. Literally 24 hours a day. The longest day I spent there was a 16 hour day, ran to the hotel and slept, and then back early to sell more. I think tearing down and setting up every day was the worst thing about the weekend. Ugh. But being able to sell until midnight was cool…when a lot of other vendors left by 8pm, we were one of the few booths still open and I made a lot of sales those nights. Lesson learned: When there’s no competition, sales are easy!

Auron from FFX

One thing I realized is that being over prepared isn’t silly. Luckily, being a stage manager in theatre, I understand the value of being 100% prepared for anything. So when I was packing my toolbox and randomly threw in sticky-tack…something I NEVER use…I was glad that I did because I used it to make a lot of my sprites stay on my gridwalls! Or when I made sure to buy a hand truck even though they said the storage room wasn’t too far…I had 4 big boxes and the room was over 300 feet away. Thank you hand truck.

The most valuable thing I took away from this convention (besides a mortgage payment, BAM!) is that I’m really proud of my craft. I’m a perler bead artist. Lots of perler artists are out there and I respect them all, but I got a LOT of compliments saying that my stuff was the best they had seen. Aside from just an ego boost, this taught me another valuable lesson. If you’re going to do something, be the best at it. Don’t half ass to make a buck. Take ownership of your craft and make it ART. People loved hearing about how I fuse my products…how I come up with the ideas…people love a story. They’re not just buying another Mario. They’re buying art from an artist inspired by Mario. After this convention, I truly believe this…I finally feel like an ARTIST.

I leave you with the image of this man. He was epic. Baby Superman with a Santa Beard who was very upset that I pronounced the name Celes (from FFVI) as “cell-ES” as opposed to “CELL-es.”

Melvin’s Geek Song of the Day 10-10-11

10 Oct

Everybody knows someone who’s a little too into gaming…

The Song: “Arcade” by Machinae Supremacy

The Lyrics:

I’ve been around, I’ve been a player
I’ve seen the world
Through the eyes of a slayer
So many lives, so many places
I have been since the first time I tasted

True dreams of fiction
Pure rush and adrenal addiction
But now I fear
That the magic was killed by corruption

I wanna feel like that again
I wanna be a hero all over again
You’re on my side or in my way
I’ll blast you all to nothing anyway

The Artist: Machinae Supremacy is a heavy metal/alternative rock band from Sweden.  They’ve incorporated Commodore 64 sounds into their music.  They are one of the many modern bands who got their start not by sending demos to record companies, but instead by offering some of their songs for free download online.  They were able to greatly expand their fanbase by pushing their music on Commodore 64 fan sites.  Clever band!

Rate your opinion of this song with the stars at the bottom of this post!

You can suggest geek songs to us via the comments below, or go check out Melvin’s Grooveshark profile for more songs.

Melvin’s Geek Song of the Day 9-27-11

27 Sep

Melvin dreams of one day meeting a woman like this.

The Song: “Nerdy Boys” by Candypants

nerdy boysThe Lyrics:

Just four little eyes and I’m weak in the knees
I want to live his junior high fantasies
Just one giant brain and I’m his unopened toy
I’m just a sucker for a nerdy boy

The Artist: Lisa Jenio is the voice behind the pop band Candypants.  Apparently their song “Dishy” was in some movie called “Ratz.”  Theres unfortunately very little information about the band online, but if this song is representative of their music, they’re worth giving a listen!

Rate your opinion of this song with the stars at the bottom of this post!

You can suggest geek songs to us via the comments below, or go check out Melvin’s Grooveshark profile for more songs.

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