The ultimate ipad dock

A while ago, I posted my idea of the ultimate iPhone dock. and it seem only fitting that I also post the ultimate iPad dock. Honestly, I’m not nearly the first person to come up with the idea of pairing the iPad with the old-school Star Trek PADD, but I felt it needed to be done. And, for the love of all that’s good and holy, be sure it’s got blinkin’ lights, after all, I still gotta dream!

The ultimate iphone dock

I had an idea for the ultimate iphone dock. To heck with an iPhone pro …

First, get an iPhone and dock. Then go buy an old Apple Newton eMate on eBay. Then, gut the eMate. Yeah, I know I shudder at the thought of murdering such a cute little Newton as well, but … then wire the keyboard from the eMate into the dock, somehow. Embed the dock into the space where the touchscreen of the eMate used to be, such that the iPhone can be docked horizontally inside the clamshell of the eMate.

iPhone Pro Do-It-Yourself

Er, yeah, something like that … just be careful not to obscure the touchscreen with the tape like I did.

You’d probably have to replace the stylus with one with a squishy tip that worked on the touchscreen of the iPod, and I don’t know if there’s a way to actually wire the keyboard or not. Wire the audio out of the dock to the mini jack. Maybe there’s a way to wire the PC Card reader. Ah, it’s a bother, sure … but, you know, a guy’s gotta dream.

Update 1mar09 @ 11:50 pm:

Well, this is an interesting development: iPhone running Mac OS System 7. But, it’s not the Newton OS, which would be even more interesting.

More paper craft: Roman Seas

At the end of Oct, I got an e-mail from the creator of Whitewash City, the paper craft set of buildings available in PDF format for printing and building. I posted about that in relation to gaming in the universe of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.

Apparently, they were doing some search for sites that had mentioned Whitewash City because they rand across my previous posts in the archives of the category. And, just who is “they” anyway? It’s Eric Hotz the designer and either some unnamed cohort or else it’s an organizational, royal we.

Anyhow, Hotz says:

Thought I would also point out that we now product Roman Seas, which is, ancient Roman naval models. We produce over 20 different ships with more on the way, including an entire city, all in 1/300th scale. This took us over 3 years to design. We are also working on a set of game rules (also called, Roman Seas) which should be ready to purchase within the next month or so.

So, you may want to check out the Roman Seas pages, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I was browsing around the site, and stumbled on the news page where there are posted links to gallery images and even a video of gameplay from Enfilade 2006, a convention of the Northwest Historical Miniture Gaming Society that was held right here in Olympia. And, no one invited me to come play. Obviously someone knew that was going on, but clearly I didn’t. That would have been fun to attend, I think, in a geeky kind of way. Well, there’s plenty of time to plan ahead for Enfilade 2007 which will be in Olympia again next May.

Yeah, I know, I just became a tool of advertizing. The least I could have gotten out of it was some freebies in exchange for my soul. But, no. All I got for a slice of my soul was an e-mail. I feel so dirty.

But, you know for all the work they’ve done, I just think I’ll have to wait until the greek fire expansion set is available.

Whitewash City

Last night, I ran across this papercraft model of a wild west city, which can be used for multiple games. Whitewash City looks pretty wild, and sounds interesting. There is a game by the maker of the model city called Gold Town which is a non-violent game set in the wild west. Looking at this, I feel a big desire to get them all. I’ve always had a thing for little villages.

There’s a good gallery picture which shows the whole city laid out for a game.

I was doing some additional searching an ran across a pretty awesome and complex model of a sailing ship and a model of a tropical island. These two remind me of World of Warcraft, in style, color and theme.

Apparently, there a papercraft theme going on right now for me.

Via Drawn! The Illustration Blog, this morning there’s some funky cubist robot papercraft things: “Readymech Flatpack Toys

I get the feeling that this papercraft model stuff is a bit like the model chic surrounding Games Workshop games, but blissfully cheaper to do.