One of the downsides of the neighborhood where I live is that around here, we don’t have mailboxes that sit along the street like many places do.  Many houses just have a box next to their front door for the mail or others are like me and just have a slot in the front door itself.  It makes me really jealous of people that do really cool things with their mailbox.

In the past, I have featured a really silly Futurama Bender mailbox, a Boba Fett mailbox, a rather clever Darth Vader mailbox and even a solar powered Star Trek mailbox but I think this Tie Bomber mailbox below is my favorite.

Sadly, I don’t know who this awesome Tie Bomber mailbox belongs to so if you know who the owners of this are, please let me know in the comments below so we can give them the credit they deserve!

If I ever move somewhere that I can have a real mailbox, I definitely want one like this.  Or maybe a TARDIS mailbox.  Hmm, that is a tough decision.

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Tie Bomber Mailbox

Star Wars Tie Bomber Mailbox

[via Nerds do it better]

One of my favorite things to check out at my local state fair the giant sand sculptures that they often have (I don’t think they have had them the last couple of years for some reason).  Each year there is a different theme and they work on it throughout the fair so you can see them create this amazingly detailed sand sculpture that is easily over ten feet tall.  Unfortunately, while they have done everything from dinosaurs to sports, they have never done a Doctor Who sand sculpture and after seeing the one below, I really hope they do someday.

This fantastic 50th anniversary Doctor Who sand sculpture featuring the 11th Doctor, some Daleks, the TARDIS, a couple of Cybermen and a couple of Weeping Angels can be seen at the Sandworld sand sculpture festival in the UK.  The festival runs until November 3rd so you still have some time to go check this out in person if you happen to be in the UK between now and then.

I wish they would have sand sculpting festivals around here because sand sculptures are cool!

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Doctor Who Sand Sculpture

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Sand Sculpture

[Source:  Sandworld]

Even if you aren’t a complete space geek like I am, I would be absolutely shocked if you didn’t enjoy the occasional meteor shower.  Well, the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend and if you can’t get out to see it in person (I think it will probably be too cloudy where I am), then NASA has just the alternative for you!

NASA is going to be streaming the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight from 11PM EST until 3AM EST and you can watch it right here on Global Geek News with the ustream video player below!

They will be streaming the skies above the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. and they will have astronomer Bill Cooke as well as Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw from the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office on hand to answer any meteor shower questions you might have!   Up to 100 meteors per hour are expected so it should be a rather spectacular show!

Whether it is too cloudy where you are, too much light pollution from whatever city you live in or you just don’t feel like going outside, just come back later tonight and you can catch all of the action and learn a few things too!

Note:  Until the show actually starts, you will either see a grey box or pre-recorded footage in the video player below.

It amazes me that in around 2,800 posts I have written on Global Geek News over the past half dozen years or so, only once have I featured a Stargate cake.  I’ve posted hundreds of other cakes ranging from Star Trek and Star Wars to Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda but I’ve only posted one really cool Stargate cake in the past.  Well, it is time that changes and I share another incredible Stargate cake I have stumbled across.

This incredible Stargate birthday cake features a very realistic looking Stargate that even has all of the symbols on it.  It appears to have been created by a Lina DeMorais and I’d say she did one heck of a job!  Something tells me that Samantha’s birthday was quite epic.

I am curious to know how long it took to get that level of detail on the Stargate and most importantly, I wonder if the cake tasted as good as it looks?  I wish somebody would make cakes like these for my friends because I would love to have a piece of Stargate.

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Stargate SG-1 Cake

Stargate Birthday Cake

[via Nergasmic and Dorktastic]

Those who know me best know that the music I love most involves some sort of orchestra.  Symphonic metal is my favorite but really any symphony music will put a smile on my face.

Over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to get to see the official Legend of Zelda symphony that has been traveling the world the past couple of years and as a huge Zelda music fan, I found it to be incredible.  I am still kicking myself for not getting a t-shirt and poster while I was there.

Well, the one thing that I was surprised by to an extent was that the sound of the music in the show stayed very true to the music in the game.  I had honestly expected a little of that and more of the music below.

Walt Ribeiro has been a great friend of Global Geek News for many years (he was the most frequent guest on the Global Geek News Podcast years ago) and these days he takes popular songs and arranges them for orchestra.  Recently, he did one of his For Orchestra pieces from the classic Legend of Zelda ‘Overworld’ music.  I thought it turned out to be something really amazing so I knew I just had to post it.

If you are interested in buying this awesome version of For Orchestra’s Legend of Zelda ‘Overworld’ song, you can get it on iTunes as well as on Amazon and I really suggest you should!  If you love stuff like this, support Walt’s efforts by buying his music!

If you want to hear a couple other of his geekier orchestrations, I posted about his Doctor Who theme orchestration and his Pokemon theme song orchestration in the past which are both worth checking out.

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[Source: For Orchestra]

I’ve heard of scarecrows before but a scaredalek just seems a bit absurd, especially when it is 35 foot tall and made out of straw!

This monumental 35′ tall straw Dalek was designed by Mike Harper and built with the help of a team of volunteers.  It took them around 700 man hours to build this colossal Doctor Who monument but not only does it look amazing, but the head and weapons move and it even has audio!  Apparently, it required around 6 tons of straw and 5 tons of steel to build.

An ice cream shop called Snugbury’s near Nantwich in Cheshire has apparently been doing giant straw builds like this every year for over a decade and with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who just a couple months away, they decided to do a giant straw Dalek.

Not only did they make this incredible straw sculpture, but they also created a ‘DaLICK’ cone and part of the money it brings in is being donated to Cancer Research UK.  Sadly, there is no mention of what the ingredients to the DaLICK cone are but if you are in the area, I’d still recommend stopping in to get one since the proceeds are going toward a good cause and when else are you going to have the chance to see a talking 35 foot tall Dalek made out of straw?

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Doctor Who Straw Dalek

35 Foot Tall Straw Dalek

Doctor Who Straw Dalek Close Up

Straw Dalek Close Up

[Source:  Snugbury's via Nerd Approved]