If this was a podcast, I’d be squealing like a little schoolgirl. To say I loves me some Mars Attacks is like saying Rebel Wilson prefers a gunny sack of Krispy Kreme donuts to a bean sprout salad with a light vinaigrette. It’s an understatement. And before anyone accuses me of hating on the fat people, I’d be right there with Rebel choking down chocolate covered creme-filleds and slamming a 2 liter Mountain Dew.
Here’s a project I’ve been working on for about three months now. Back when I first set up the Nerd Cave, I bought a large black, plastic storage bin to use as a coffee table/ottoman. My plan was to spray paint it O.D. Green and add some stenciling to make it look like a cargo container off the U.S.S. Sulaco (from the film Aliens). I may still do something like that down the road, but ended up scrapping the idea for now because the storage bin I chose was too tall. It worked great as a coffee table, but as an ottoman, the height tended to hyper-extend my knees. If there’s one thing my knees don’t need, it’s hyper-extension. I couldn’t find another bin that fit what I needed so I back-burnered the whole thing.
You know me…always on the lookout for something different and/or funky to hang on the wall. And for some reason, I just love the Roswell alien look. I’m not all Fox Mulder about it, but I do like them.
I don’t think you can get too much more out there in terms of art for your wall than the “Roswell the Alien Plaque” from Design Toscano. I’ve talked about D.T. before in my post about accessorizing your nerd cave. One of my favorite things in the cave is still Roswell, the Alien Butler, or as we named him, “Paul.” So, it was only natural that our new acquisition was quickly dubbed “Paul on the Wall.”
I hung him off to the left side of the sofa/hide-a-bed. My mother-in-law recently spent a week with us and I think it was one of her favorite things in the cave. The night light just below adds the perfect amount of creepiness to the whole effect. Get one before they phone home.
I’ve been buildling models since about the age of ten and I’ve had a model workbench everywhere I’ve lived since 1989. I’m a huge military history buff and I used to build 1/35 scale armor models almost exclusively. However, in the years since my kids were born, I’d gotten bored with them, had less time and all but lost interest. They tended to be massive dust collectors and I had pretty much maxed out my skills on them.
In the years before our house fire, I’d started dabbling in Warhammer, 40K, Lord of the Rings miniatures, spacecraft and large scale figures. I actually had a pretty nice Warhammer Vampire Counts army progressing. Key word: had.
Welcome to the first installment of It Came From the Nerd Cave. If Seinfeld was the “show about nothing,” then this will be the “blog about a whole bunch.” If it falls into the realm of nerd culture, then I’m likely heavily into it, have dabbled in it at some point, or have it sitting in my Amazon.com shopping cart ready to be dabbled in. I’m new to blogging but I’ve been living the nerd dream since the early 1980s when I discovered comics, Frank Frazetta, Dungeons & Dragons, and a ton of other really cool stuff.