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Kids today are very lucky.  They seem to be getting these awesome and geeky cakes that I definitely never had as a kid.  The closest thing to a cool cake I ever remember having was one with a plastic Garfield figure playing golf on the cake.  I certainly was never lucky enough to get the multiple tier cakes that many kids seem to be getting lately.

Well, now I have another cake to be jealous of because this Angry Birds Star Wars cake is really awesome!

Cake Central member Sasquatch made this really cool Angry Birds Star Wars cake for her son Max’s 6th birthday.  Something tells me he had a very happy birthday!

The only thing that would have made this cake cooler was if it was playable like the one playable Angry Birds cake I posted a long time ago.

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Angry Birds Star Wars Birthday Cake

Angry Birds Star Wars Cake

[via Between the Pages]

I have to confess, I still have not seen the movie Avatar.  Its not that I don’t want to see it because I really do, its just that when it was in movie theaters, I don’t like paying the inflated prices for 3D movies (regular movies are expensive enough).  I wouldn’t mind getting it on blu-ray as I do have a 3D TV in my bedroom but paying $20 for a movie that I may or may not like gives me pause.

However, I figured those who have seen and loved the movie would be blown away by this spectacular Avatar cake!

This extremely well done Avatar cake was made by Cake Central Member Verina.  This Neytiri cake (I guess that is the name of this character) was created out of a chocolate cake (yum!) covered in fondant (insert my usual fondant is disgusting comment here).  The hair was created out of chocolate gum paste that was sent to the spaghetti attachment on a pasta machine.

Even if I am not a fondant fan, I can’t deny that it makes for some spectacular cakes like this one.  Well done Verina!

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Avatar Cake

Avatar Neytiri Cake

Avatar Neytiri Cake Side

Avatar Cake

[Via Between the Pages]

One of my favorite parts about LAN parties are the case mod competitions that are known to take place.  I’ve seen everything from computers made to look like treasure chests to computers that are built into the tank of toilets.  However, out of all of the case mods I have seen, this Millennium Falcon computer mod has to be one of the coolest.

Kenbots and built this awesome Millennium Falcon computer which won the ‘Deconstruct for GOOD‘ competition by VISIO.  Apparently they took a Millennium Falcon Legacy stuffed it with the components for both a PC and a Mac.  Seems like a pretty clever idea to me!

You can check out some video of this build in action below and if you are really impressed, you can own it!  That’s right, they are selling this Millennium Falcon dual PC/Mac case mod on Etsy for $2,800.  As cool as this is, the price seems a bit crazy to me considering the Mac side is an old G4 with OS X 10.5.  I’m sure somebody will decide they have to have it an pay that much though as there are some rich Star Wars fans out there.  At least it still has the Millennium Falcon sounds!

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon PC and Mac Case Mod

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Dual PC/Mac Case Mod

[Source:  Etsy via Obvious Winner]

If there are two things that I really love, they would have to be Doctor Who and geeky cakes.  In the past, I have posted a ton of awesome Doctor Who inspired cakes ranging from the extremely realistic Dalek cake to Matt Smith’s 30th birthday TARDIS cake, but I am pretty sure this is the first time I have posted a Doctor Who cake with a Weeping Angel on it.

This awesome Doctor Who birthday cake which features the TARDIS that lights up and a Weeping Angel was created by Cake Central Member Yumei.  As for the delicious details of this cool Doctor Who birthday cake, it is a chocolate cake with whipping cream and chocolate ganache filling.  Sounds yummy to me!

If you have a geeky cake you would like to see us feature, hit us up through the contact us page linked to above!  We love to see (and taste) geeky cakes!

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Doctor Who Weeping Angel Cake

Doctor Who Weeping Angel and TARDIS Cake

[Source:  Cake Central Member Yumei via Between the Pages]

Real Life Mario Kart

Real Life Mario Kart

It wasn’t until Mario Kart 64 that I ever had the pleasure of playing a Mario Kart game.  However once I got it, I was hooked and have loved all of the Mario Kart games since (and I went back and played the older ones).  However, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that somebody would turn Mario Kart into reality.

Back in early 2011, I posted an absolutely hilarious video of Rémi Gaillard’s real life Mario Kart adventure (seriously, if you haven’t seen it, take a minute and go watch it because you deserve to be on the floor laughing) but it didn’t quite replicate the experience of the game like the a team of engineers at Waterloo Labs have done with the video below.

This team of engineers went to a real go-kart track and modified some go-karts to use a system of RFIDs that would allow them to use items just like you would find in the game.  Below is a description of how part of the system works but I suggest watching the video below as it will walk you through their creation as well as you can see the test they did trying it out (it is hilarious!).  Also, if you want to recreate this for yourself and have some real life Mario Kart fun, you can download the project over at Waterloo Labs.

The go-karts behave normally until an item is detected. RFID tags embedded into each item transmit signals to the readers located on each kart. The compact RIO (cRIO) processes these signals and outputs the signals to control the corresponding pneumatic valves and servo motors that control the movement of the go kart. Steering is controlled with two pneumatic cylinders and the brake with one cylinder. The governor, or speed limiter, is controlled with two servo motors.

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[Source:  Waterloo Labs via Nerd Approved]

Apparently I never went to the right parties as a kid because I think I have only gotten to take two swings at pinatas in my life.  I guess they just aren’t that popular around here although I can’t understand why they wouldn’t be.  Whats not to love about beating something to pieces with a stick until a bunch of candy falls out?

Anyway, speaking of pinatas, if you are planning a Star Wars themed party and happen to be looking for a pinata, I think I have found the one for you!

Etsy seller Outofthisworldpinata is selling this awesome Death Star pinata for $50.  Unfortunately, you have to supply the candy for this Death Star pinata yourself, but it does have some really cool Star Wars micro machines flying around it that apparently they don’t make anymore so it might be worth buying just for that!

Remember to use the Force when you are looking to destroy this Death Star pinata!

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Death Star Pinata

Death Star Pinata with Micro Machine Space Ships

[Source:  Etsy via So Geek Chic]