Super Mario Bros Speed Run

Back in the day I was really good at Super Mario Bros on the NES,  I reckon I’d even still be quite good today if you found a working console to sit me down in front of, blew the dust out the game cartridge and handed me a hard-wired controller.

However, my humble memories of jumping on Goombas, collecting coins and sliding down pipes to secret worlds is nothing compared to this.

Though I never actually attempted a speed run, I am certain I’d fall woefully short of Mario Speed Runner Blubbler who completes the entire game (yes, the entire game!) in under five minutes.  Four minutes and 57.69 seconds to be exact.

Every jump he or she makes is pixel perfect, superbly judged even whilst holding down the B button to ensure Mario is running (always a downfall of mine when getting over confident).  As is the ability to avoid the time-consuming end of level fireworks (which only appear if you finish a level with a time ending 1, 3, or 6).

Super Mario, super skills.

Mayamada Kickstarter

Japanese-inspired clothing brand Mayamada is back!

Not that they ever actually went away, quite the opposite in fact.  They’ve been nose to the grindstone working on new items (Samurai snapback anyone?) and this time they’ve brought the offering of Samurai Chef Volume 2!


If you recall Volume 1Samurai Chef is an action comedy story set around the premise of Iron Chef but with special ingredients that turn the dishes into battle ready opponents.  The Kickstarter campaign for Volume 1 was a smash hit and this aims to pick up right where that one left off but with a bigger (and therefore better!) 150+ page graphic novel.

Action and comedy baked into one delicious comic. The dramatic conclusion of the Samurai Chef: The toughest cooking show around!

Here is their Kickstarter video explaining it all

If you read Volume 1 then you’ll definitely be wanting to know how the kitchen battle ends and, well, if you didn’t here’s your chance to find to discover dramatic food battles and more crazy cooking antics with “the toughest judge since Gordon Ramsey”.

As before, you can pledge from £1 so there’s no reason you can’t be a part of it.


Volume 1 was fantastic so to help finish the food fight and make Volume 2 a reality by heading over to Kickstarter and pledging your donation.

Lego World Cup Final

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably noticed that the Fifa World Cup final was on last weekend with Mario Götze grabbing the winner in extra time for the Germans.  With the hype and celebrations slowly fading I’ve got just one more World Cup related post to round it all off.

Following the final it took barely 48 hours for the brick-by-brick team at the Guardian to output this wonderful Lego recreation of the highlights of the match.

Granted I’m a bit slow off the mark (I’ve been out enjoying the sunshine!) but it’s still worth a watch and great attention to detail as ever.  Lego plus football, what’s not to like?


Via Kayleigh on Twitter.

Happy Birthday Inspirational Geek!

Happy birthday Inspirational Geek – 5 years old today!

I’m not really sure where to begin with this, the time has gone so quickly and is quite a milestone of achievement when I look back.

vintage 5 year old

This blog started way back in 2009 as a way to formalise some of my online bookmarks that I wanted to share with people and would otherwise have got saved in a folder and quickly forgotten about.  Scroll forward through the years and it’s become so much more than that.  Yes I still share the inspirational and creative things I find, but I also squeeze in the odd product review, work projects, personal musings, and more.

This blog started out as something, broadly speaking, for me.  But in short it has become something for other people too.  I still write for me as often as I can, time permitting, but it is now something that other people (you!) actually read as well.

The number of subscribers and readers still amazes me, so a huge thank you to everyone that has ever read any of my posts, commented, subscribed, shared links, opinions, and even submitted content for me to write about.

My very first post was about a giant robot, so naturally I’m going to celebrate with these robot cupcakes.

robot cupcakes

If you don’t already you can subscribe on the top right hand side of the page, like Inspirational Geek on Facebook, or follow @inspirationalgk and @gthornton101 on Twitter.  If you come across anything you think I would like or just want to say hi then get in touch through one of those channels, or leave a comment below.

Here’s to another five years!


After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign I got my hands on a pair of the new Dewerstone Stratos sunglasses.

It’s been a little while since I last reviewed a product in much detail, but these came just in time for the past couple of week’s glorious sunny weather to put them through their paces.

Dewerstone Stratos

The first thing that I noticed is that they are incredibly light when you pick them up so you soon forget that you are wearing them.  The lightweight nature is probably due to the manufacturing process where the frames are hand-laid to create a monocoque structure (the same method carbon fibre is built up on F1 cars they boast!).

Every Stratos is unique, the layers of painted Maple are sanded down by hand allowing the flashes of colour to creep through.

What I really like about the Dewerstone eyewear range in general is that each pair is unique.  Made from sandwiched layers of coloured maple wood each pair is then sanded down by hand so all the tiny differences show through when you compare them side by side.


The other really great touch is in the hinges – they allow you to open the arms out beyond the 90 degree mark without fear of damaging them.  Not only does that help out those with, ahem, slightly larger heads it also means I can clumsily take them on and off without fear of snapping them.


The brand ethos revolves around the idea of ‘Smart Technical‘ and the key to fulfilling that here is with the lenses.  Many purely “fashionable” pairs of high street sunglasses look great but are often let down with the lenses, which is a real kicker as that’s the practical side of why you buy sunglasses!  Not with these though.

Polarised and 100% UV the lenses provide excellent protection from the sun and give you real clarity of vision in bright light.  I took them for a couple of long hikes in the Peak District at the weekend and they were superb in broad, open areas of sunshine as well as giving excellent visual relief in areas of high contrast such as the more covered woodland areas.

The only slight downside I have come across so far is that the lenses pick up finger smudges quite easily.  Not discernible when wearing them, but they were obvious when looking at them front on.  They come with the usual carry bag and cleaning cloth and polish back up nicely so it’s only a minor qualm from me.


Overall they feel equally at home on my face whether I’m at the beach, walking through the Derbyshire Dales, or cruising round town on my fixie.  Definitely would recommend whether you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses or not!

Now then, which pair of their shorts do I fancy..?


The Putter

In the modern age of mass manufacture Shaun Bloodworth has eloquently put together a short film of the work at Ernest Wright & Son Ltd.

Specifically of Cliff Denton, The Putter.

 the Putter

(vb) a putter-togetherer of scissors

The company has been making scissors and shears by hand for over 100 years and you can bet that they’ll be the best pair of scissors you’ve ever owned.  And they’d probably last several generations too.

Who knew such beauty and perfection existed crafting a pair of scissors?

Via The Kid Should See This.

Coca-Cola 2nd Lives

Global super brand Coca-Cola has recently joined forces with advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather in China and launched 2nd Lives as a campaign to form part of their global sustainability programme.

All of the 16 components represent brilliant creativity to use, re-use, and extend the life of the iconic plastic bottle that is often otherwise discarded.

Yes, some people do re-use them occasionally (I remember trying to fashion my own version of a Super Soaker out of one when I was younger, never with the success of the add-on they’ve come up with now though!), but largely the bottles are thrown away or recycled where possible.

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I especially like the transformation into a felt tip marker and a pencil sharpener, who doesn’t love cool stationery?

Coca cola4

The product roll out seems to be constrained only to Asia, but I’m hoping if it is a success we may see it in Europe before long.

Given that there are 1.7 billion servings of Coca-Cola sold everyday the company does have at least a moral obligation to consider the materials and the full life cycle of their product package.  In 2009 they launched the PlantBottle made from 30% renewable materials as step towards the Cradle to Cradle approach, and by 2020 all of Coca-Cola’s PET bottles will be replaced by the PlantBottle.

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