Sunday, February 27, 2011

How to build your own Stargate.

Here is an IKEA instruction manual on how to build a Stargate.

This has been around since 2007 and created by Wellington Grey. The site to which is was originally linked is MIA but I was lucky to find the complete image after some Google-fu.

Click on the image for a larger and more legible version. How much do you love that the power source is a toaster?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Further adventures of IKEA in SPAAAACCCEE!

Yesterday we revisted Battlestar Galactica and today we move onto another SyFy channel (hate that name) property.

I recently had a marathon "catch-up because it has been canceled and they're burning off the episodes starting next month" viewing session of Stargate: Universe. The series is set in present day but takes place on an Ancient spaceship on the other side of the universe. I wasn't really expecting to see IKEA but after sightings in Battlestar Galatcia and Firefly I wasn't all that surprised.

The first spotting is technically on Earth at Stargate Command. Black SPONTAN magazine racks can be seen in a few episodes of seasons 1 and 2.

In the first episode a few of our main characters are transported from Earth to a foreign planet on a spaceship. In the quarters of Eli, the resident slacker genius, we get a glimpse of a MALM two-drawer chest:

See it? Look to the left of his shins. I might miss a clock staring me in the face but I see that.

There is also a VIKA LAURI (discontinued) glass top table.

On the Ancient spaceship we see a couple of EXPEDIT units. For budgetary reasons it could very well be the same unit re-purposed from episode to episode. You may have read my previous theory regarding this practice.

Here it is in the armory, season 2 episode 8. (Top of the frame.)

Close up image:

And in Chloe's quarters in several episodes.

SGU likes its dark shadows so I may have missed something. The final 10 episodes air starting  March 7th so I will be on the look out for anything new.

Here is something just for fun - On the official Stargate website the cast answered some viewers questions. Actor Peter Kelamis had a sense of humor when asked about the interface chair :

"It is real...we found it on a planet called 'IKEA' took Rush and the science team days to put it together. I will send on through the gate for you."

Clearly the chair is not an IKEA product, it isn't even a hack of one. The comment made me laugh none-the-less.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

How the frack did I miss that?

I received a comment on a previous Battlestar Galactica post from jestercap72:

"There is Rusch in the Colonial One (in 1x01 "33") and a I-don't-remember-the name khaki towel at the beginning of 1x02 "Water"."

Intrigued by the prospect of finding something new I went back through the first episode. While I had hoped it would be an easy spotting I was a little disappointed - with myself. How exactly did I miss it the first time around? They deliberately showed the clock several times throughout the episode and still it failed to register in my brain.
For those who aren't familiar with a RUSCH it looks like this:

In the episode it looks like this:

And to further rub it in:

It isn't hacked, hidden in shadow or buried deep in the background. Yes, I know I am being hard on myself but have you seen some of the things I've found hidden?

As for the second part of jestercap's comment this is the khaki towel from episode 2 - "Water"

I haven't been able to come up with a name for it either. However, I did find something else I missed the first time. Two additional ATTITYID drawer units. The previous one, in episode 6, I noted in the first BSG post.

Check out jestercap72 's blog post on the same theme (in Italian).
I thank you for the comments! I welcome any and all feedback. So little time, so much IKEA.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chuck - packed with even more awesome

I was behind on Chuck but now I am caught up and I have a couple of spottings for you. If you are a regular reader then you know how frequently Chuck offers up IKEA goodness. If you aren't then use the search bar and kill an hour or so. They love IKEA.

In episode 15 of season 4 we see Morgan's room, for what I believe to be the first time. In it there is a red/white LAMPAN lamp up on top of the TV and a mammoth 5X5 EXPEDIT for A pair in each cubby? Really Morgan? Really set decorators? Isn't that a bit over the top? Are the GRUNDTAL spotlights necessary as well?

Here's a (blurry) close up so you can see the spotlights in the cubbies.

For something a little more practical, during episode 16 in Chuck's kitchen we see an ORDNING dish drainer. It blends a bit too well with the back ground but if you look at the larger picture you can see it.

Don't forget - Chuck got a full season pick-up so there are still 8 episodes left! Undoubtedly NBC will keep us hanging to the bitter end waiting for news of renewal but until then keep watching Monday nights @ 8pm.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mythbusters - revisted

Revisting an old myth is something we often see on Mythbusters. Usually they do it to placate the irate viewers who flood the messages boards with arguments for why they are wrong. Like Mythbusters, I have gone back and updated a blog post based on information given by a reader. Thankfully my readers aren't as contentious as their viewers.

Check of the solved puzzle from the Confirmed, Plausible, Busted  post from last month.

If you ever see anything thing I have mis-identified or if you have had a spotting of your own let me know. You can leave me a comment or send me an email at ikeaspotter [at] gmail [dot] com. The more eyes the better.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Druids, Giants and Lager

Long has the mystery of Stonehenge enthralled historians, travelers and dreamers. Who was responsible for its design? Why was is constructed? What amount of labor must it have taken to erect the massive pillars of stone? Finally the mystery of the Stongenge is revealed! (click to enlarge)

Even long, long ago inebriation became the only solution when the IKEA instructions were deemed too difficult to read. Perhaps they should have read the fine print?

Much thanks to Christina for sending me the link.

While not IKEA related, I would be remiss if I did not share with you my favorite Stonehenge theory. (Mild language)

Friday, February 18, 2011

IKEA Spotting for 50¢ please.

I was watching the Jeopardy! IBM challenge Wednesday night. If you don't know it was a mini-tournament pitting man (winning-est champs Ken Jennings & Brad Rutter) against an IBM designed computer named Watson to see if they could develop a computer that can....well Google is your friend :) Basically, what it comes down to is regardless of processing speed, the years of development and fancy technical terms the game belongs to whoever can hit the buzzer first. Considering that machine will always be able to react faster
I wasn't expecting too many surprises but found myself delighted over one of the questions.

Watson chose the category "One buck or less for 800".

The answer was:

Surprisingly Brad was the one to answer correctly. Of all the questions Watson nailed throughout the game he didn't know this? Take a look at probabilities...not confident at all.

Maybe the fact that they appear to be discontinued in the US was a factor?

Despite the outcome and all the comments regarding artificial intelligence being only a hair's breadth away from overtaking humanity I think we will be okay. As long as we are able to retain our sense of humor. Love Ken Jennings!

If you want to watch the episode for yourself it can be found here and here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

When does procrastination become work?

Yesterday I was procrastinating in the worst way. When I procrastinate I tend to resort to following random links on the internet. Sometimes you uncover really amazing things which you must share with the world. (Then all your friends know you are trying to avoid work).

One of my chains started off on Geekologie which took me to one of their sister sites and there I saw a link for "26 People You Probably Didn’t Know Were Scientologists" on BuzzFeed. Oh, why not? So I clicked, scrolled and spotted.

In this screencap, from some movie with Ethan Suplee, I spotted an IKEA cd cabinet. What is the name of the movie? And the cabinet? I consider this a good test of my deductive skills, solving puzzles keeping my brain sharp. Some people like their Sudoku others IKEA spot. I may not have been doing the work I was supposed to but I spotted something for my blog which means I swung back into productivity, right? Sure.

I used my Google skills to find the name of the cd cabinet. It is the discontinued BLISTA.

Then, I moseyed on over to IMDB to cross reference the information I had based on the photo and came up with  The Butterfly Effect. There you go. In a bedroom in the movie The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher & Ethan Suplee is a BLISTA cd cabinet (discontinued) from IKEA.

Now that I had all the information for a blog post I still managed to put off writing it up until this morning! Super double procrastination.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reuse, reduce, NCIS

Have you noticed how TV shows often reuse guest actors? They bring them back over the course of a series to play different roles. Law & Order was famous for this. I once worked with an actor who appeared on L&O five times over 15 years playing a different character each time. It is always fun to watch classic series' and play "hey, it's that guy!" Even more entertaining is when a guest star later comes back as a different recurring character. Do they think we wouldn't notice?

NCIS is guilty of recycling as well. However, with NCIS I was playing a game of "hey, it's that chair!" Appearing in at least 3 episodes is a red POÄNG chair.

The red POÄNG was originally seen in season 3 episode 3. I can't identify the end table. Does anyone know it? There is also a MAGASIN dish drainer on the counter.

In season 4, episode 3 we see an ANEBODA dresser (discontinued) and the red POÄNG chair. There are also BRANÄS baskets on the shelves.

In season 6, episode 6 it is cunningly disguised by the removal of the head cushion.

But the chair isn't the only thing that gets reused. The apartment in the second picture is actually the set for McGee's apartment redressed. I probably wouldn't have noticed if they didn't use a bookshelf to divide the room in half on both sets. The wall treatment and furniture are different but look at the placement of the windows, the door on the left towards the far wall and the molding in the upper right hand corner.

A desk is even in the same location. In the redressed apartment it is pushed further into the nook but you can see it.

Thanks to ncis.caff-pow for the wealth of screencaps.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yesterday was the Super Bowl. Whether you are a sports fan or not doesn't really matter, people all over the country gather together for the food and the commercials. No matter what teams are playing, let alone winning, almost everyone can agree that the most highly anticipated thing of the night are the commercials. (Although the potential for disaster halt-time show is a good runner up.)

Big money is spent on the commercials and we've come to expect several things over the years: Top car makers rolling out their new wheels. Coca-Cola will do something positive and whimsical. Pepsi will promote itself as the cool and sexy alternative. Doritos will be unpredictable. There will be talking babies, hot girls, plenty of cute animals and of course, the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Speaking of beer, Bud Light gave us a commercial which showed us how sweet life would be if dogs could walk on their hinds legs and serve us ice cold beer. Shortly before we got the inevitable dogs playing poker gag we got a quick shot of a LYKTA lamp.

Thanks Bud Light but you can keep the beer and the waiter dogs. I want the sweet mid-century ranch seen in the commercial.

You can watch the full commercial, catch others you may have missed and vote for your favorites at AdZone 2011 on

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Scream 4 - part 2

I was watching another Scream 4 trailer yesterday and I found something else. In addition to the HEMNES I highlighted previously I spotted an UNG DRILL frame. The edits are really quick but I managed to grab a shot.

I've seen this frame featured in a few things recently so it was pretty easy for me to spot. I have a feeling there is more hiding in this movie but I will just have to wait until the release to find them. This would probably be one of the very few horrors movies I see despite my aversion to scary movies.