A bucket list is a record of things that you want to accomplish before you kick the bucket. It’s great to have one as it gives you something to work towards, and avoids you getting caught up in day-to-day activities and letting your life pass you by. Plenty of people have them, so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if you did too. You may think that your bucket list is looking great and pretty full, but I’m afraid you’re going to have to make some room for some fresh (and incredibly geeky) ideas. Some of these you may have thought of already, but most of them probably haven’t even crossed your mind, but they are all essentials for a true geek and are experiences that you shouldn’t have to go without.
- Make Spy Glasses
While some people might find this idea a little bit weird, if you fancy yourself as somewhat of a James Bond, then I doubt you can pass up the opportunity to make your own spy glasses. Obviously this is going to take a little time and planning, and you’re going to need to be a bit of a tech geek to be able to actually make them work, but in general, this is fairly cheap and easy. In fact, your only main ingredients are the camera and some black solar shield sunglasses, which you can buy for under $50.
- Build A Tardis
I for one absolutely love Doctor Who, so the idea of having a Tardis in my home is pretty amazing. It’s going to be a huge project and will take you at least a day, but it isn’t really that difficult and doesn’t require much skill or knowledge (except on the Tardis, of course). You will have to cut up some boards and bits of wood, but you can do this with just a few handheld power tools, rather than anything big and scary. Once it’s completed, you just need to create yourself a timelord outfit, dig out your sonic screwdriver, and take some awesome pictures.
- Host A Hogwarts Feast
The Harry Potter films may have finished nearly a decade ago, but don’t be fooled into thinking that there aren’t still grown adults sat drawing scars on their foreheads with magic markers while donning their house robes. If this sounds like you, and you have some friends just as fantastic, then why not host a Hogwarts feast for everyone. You can drink butterbeer, eat pumpkin pasties, and have a chocolate frog or two for dessert while watching The Deathly Hallows. You might even want to have a game of wizard chess afterwards or a round of Quidditch in the garden.
- Build A Robot
Building your own robot is not going to be an easy task, but it is going to be awesome. You’ll need to do a lot of learning on how to build robots, and of course, are going to have to buy a lot of tools, equipment, and materials for the job. These will include things like pliers, a few of MOONS’ servo motors, a small screwdriver set, some thin metal sheets, and so much more. It’s always best to start with a small, fairly simple robot to begin with, and then get bigger and more extravagant the more knowledge and experience you have.
- Make A Pinhole Camera
Besides perhaps the northern lights or a meteor shower, a solar eclipse is the coolest show that the sky has to offer. Unfortunately, you can’t actually watch an eclipse without a load of expensive tools and equipment, right? Well, that’s not actually true, because you can with a pinhole camera. This type of pinhole camera takes minutes to make, only uses some card, tape, foil, and a pin, and can be used anywhere to safely watch a solar eclipse. Alternatively, you could make a pinhole projector, which does require a little more equipment but is just as simple, and easy to make.
- Create A Laser-Guided Slingshot
You may not think that you need a laser-guided slingshot, and you may be right, but, if you think about it, you don’t really need half of the geeky stuff that you own, so there really is no harm in adding another piece of tech to your collection. Trust me, as soon as you get your hands on it you’ll feel like your twelve-year-old self again, and will get yourself into a whole world of mischief; The only difference is, this time, you won’t miss your targets. If you have children, make them one too, and you can have a slingshot battle with the entire family.
- Make A Batarang
If you’re a bit of a comic book nerd, then why not live in your own superhero fantasy and create your own Batarang? You will need to double check your local laws and make sure that you are allowed throwing knives and stars in your area before starting this project, and, obviously, you should never throw your Batarang at anyone or anyone else’s property but your own. It’ll take a little work to turn a random piece of metal into one of Batman’s weapons, but it will all be worth it when you have the coolest darts on Earth.
- Have A Geeky Wedding
Your wedding day is supposed to be all about you and your partner, so, if you both identify as huge nerds, then why wouldn’t you want to incorporate some geeky ideas into your wedding day? Rather than regular wedding invitations, you could send your guests tickets for the Hogwarts Express. Your bride could carry a lego flower bouquet, rather than regular flowers, while you wear superhero cufflinks. You could put your favourite board games on tables at the reception, or even assign specific movies, books, tv shows, or games to individual tables and have them decorated around these themes. The possibilities really are endless.
You only get to live for a short amount of time, so don’t waste it; Get out there and do something fun and geeky.