Geek Cake

We love cake like fat kids love cake. Seriously. And since we also love video games, our slightly-improved waistline (thanks, New Year’s resolutions!) is giving us the evil eye for checking out these geeky cakes and cupcakes compiled by Larissa Meek. Now, while we may manage to not devour an entire NES system on our own (though we’d be tempted), we do appreciate the hard work that went into recreating these retro masterpieces that showcase such classic games as Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. as well as newer titles like Rayman Raving Rabbids and Guitar Hero.

Nollywood Babylon

One of the most compelling projects at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Nollywood Babylon, a movie about Nigeria’s film industry (after Hollywood and Mumbai-based Bollywood, it’s the third largest in the world but has the highest volume). With Lagos as the backdrop and against a soundtrack of ’70s African underground music, the documentary highlights passionate producers and directors (with Lancelot “Da Guvernor” Imasuen as a special treat) as they put together popular low-budget stories that frequently include drama and voodoo. Written and directed by Montreal’s AM Pictures partners Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, the team behind the documentaries Discordia and Bombay Calling, the movie does a fantastic job of making viewers feel like they’re on site at the colorful sets. Showing an industry that creates 50 films a week is no small feat and well worth a watch.

Hoverit

In 2003 the Japanese utilized magnetic levitation for their 361 mph train, and in 2008 a British company utilized it to levitate a chair eight inches off the ground. The Hoverit uses a series of powerful magnets that repel each-other (like in grade school science class) to create a “magic carpet” like experience. This clear acrylic marvel is also the world’s most comfortable credit card eraser. Each chair is handmade and can be customized to support the weight of most people. At a price of £5,875 it costs a little more than an IKEA lounger, but the Hoverit is a lot more interesting.

Twestival

Millions of people are talking all day, every day on twitter. But what if all those people came together and actually did something? Enter Twestival, a global event organized through twitter taking place on February 12th. Over 100 cities have signed up for events, rounded up sponsors and put together guest lists. The goal of the event is to raise money and awareness to combat the 1.1 billion people who don’t tweet have clean water to drink. To find out more about the cause visit the charity: water group. Each city is asked to set a goal of at least $4,000 (the price to sponsor a water well in a development area). Check out this page to find out more information.

JimmyJane x Form 6

When it comes to vibrators, there’s only really one thing we need: functionality. This is not to say we don’t appreciate intricate, laser-etched designs or fanciful colors — as they cater to our non-primal urges — but a personal massager should be at least able to fulfill its basic task. JimmyJane’s products do both. For Valentine’s Day, they’re releasing version 2.0 of the waterproof, phthalate-free Form 6. And for those who are looking for sensuality but a different kind of stimulation, they also offer massage candles made from natural products, the porcelain containers of which feature line drawings, each of which is unique.

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