Travis Paul

Stuff in the physical world.


I make some effort to do things AFK. Every once in a while, the output is worth mentioning here.


In 2021 we moved into a place where I could finally try to make things out of cement. I made a dozen or so different video game-inspired bricks by reusing some of my previous soap molds and creating a couple of new ones.

A small variety of GameBricks
These had more air bubbles than I would have liked, and some details didn't come through too well. But overall, a success.

These were also shared with friends, and found new homes in gardens, terrariums, and flower pots. We're moving again soon, and I intend to make a whole path out of similar bricks at our new home.

GameBricks in the garden
The plants surrounding the bricks have now entirely taken over, and hidden them, but I intend to leave them as a surprise for the next occupant.


In early 2020 I was mostly stuck indoors (just like everyone else) and wanted to try my hand at making some Gameboy bricks but I had neither a Gameboy nor any place to let portland cement cure without possibly getting evicted. So I improvised and made something worthwhile for these unprecedented times: VMU soap!

VMU Edition
The buttons are missing because the silicone aggressively adhered to them and ripped them off. I resolved this issue later by lightly applying oil to any buttons before pouring the silicone mold.

After finding a non-working Gameboy pocket on eBay, I scaled up my operation. I also experimented with mixing scents, dyes, and soap bases, and I even took special requests for various combinations from a few friends.

Gameboy Pocket Edition
Washing your hands with one of these soap bars is really fun, and it fits in your hand perfectly.