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Archive for January 2009

Elton John Starburst iPod Nanos Are Nanocrystalchromatic

Elton John Starburst iPod Nanos Are Nanocrystalchromatic
These sparkly limited-edition Elton John iPod Nanos definitely live up to the flamboyant style of their eponymous inspiration. Created by Goldgenie, each Starburst iPod Nano is encrusted with laser-embedded 250 color-coordinated Swarovski crystals, and features Sir Elton John’s signature etched into the back of the case. They’re available in black,…

Photoshop and Illustrator Magnetic Photo Whiteboards

Photoshop and Illustrator Magnetic Photo Whiteboards
Do you spend a good bit of your time in front of your computer monitor engrossed in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator? Now you can break down that pesky divide between the digital and real worlds with this clever magnetic photo board. The designers over at Brazil’s Meninos (the same guys…
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Fullgarbage Alchemist: Japanese Sewage Plant Mines Gold From Sludge

Fullgarbage Alchemist: Japanese Sewage Plant Mines Gold From Sludge
Talk about making something from nothing: a sewage plant in Japan’s Nagano prefecture recently began mining gold from wastewater. The sewage plant is located in the town of Suwa, where there are “numerous precision machining companies, metal plating facilities and hot springs”, which account for the relatively high concentration of…

Everything is Malware: was Google Hacked?

Everything is Malware: was Google Hacked?
It’s 10:54 pm, Saturday, January 31 here in the Philippines as I’m writing this. I noted the time because, right now, Google is going insane. How? I wanted to check out Google’s M-Lab after reading about it in Lifehacker. I clicked the link on the article but for some reason…

Dj Hero Due This Year With Turntable Controller

Dj Hero Due This Year With Turntable Controller
You know, I was just thinking that what I needed was another extra piece of hardware to go with my gaming consoles, because even with Balance Boards and fake plastic instruments, there are still a few square inches of space in my living room. Luckily, Activision is releasing an all-new…

Speech Bubble Speakers for the Very Literal

Speech Bubble Speakers for the Very Literal
If life was like a comic, we would always have really cool t-shirts and witty punchlines (or we would be unchanging dinosaurs) and our conversations would fit into neat little speech bubbles. Real life is messier, but thanks to the forthcoming Speak-er, soon you’ll be able to make the aural…

Robot Plushies: Press Tummy for Cuteness

Robot Plushies: Press Tummy for Cuteness
So maybe you can’t have a real rabbit or hamster, for whatever reason, but like any sane person, you want to have something cute and fuzzy around. Something you can hug and squeeze, or hold in your hand while it wiggles in an adorable way. Luckily, Japanese culture comes once…

Rare Space Invaders Watches Turn Up in Japan

Rare Space Invaders Watches Turn Up in Japan
This highly-collectible Space Invaders LED watch came out a couple of years back in Japan, but I certainly could never find a place to buy one. Until now. I was hunting around looking for something entirely different when I spotted these limited-edition Invaders’ watches over at Japan’s ebten for ¥18,690…

Sansa Clip in the Hole!: Grenade Mp3 Player

Sansa Clip in the Hole!: Grenade Mp3 Player
Explosive modder Matt purchased some decommissioned test grenades and decided that it would make for a great MP3 player shell. So does it?  Yesno. Matt stuffed the innards of a 2GB Sansa Clip into the grenade. This is the original, cute and airport safe Sansa Clip shell: The default shell…

Playpump Helps Quench Thirst the Fun and Simple Way

Playpump Helps Quench Thirst the Fun and Simple Way
According to Playpumps International, more than one billion people in the world do not have access to clean water. Water-related diseases are responsible for 80% of sicknesses and are the leading cause of death worldwide. In response to this urgent problem, Playpumps International are helping many communities in Third World…

3 X 3 X 1 Rubik’S Cube is Just a Wee Bit Too Easy to Solve

3 X 3 X 1 Rubik’S Cube is Just a Wee Bit Too Easy to Solve
If you thought that 7 x 7 x 7 Rubik’s Cube was a little too difficult for your tiny brain, what with its 1.95 * (10^160) permutations, have I got a deal for you. This 3 x 3 x 1 Rubik’s Cube (aka the “Floppy Cube”) is so simple that…

Austin Pranksters Hack Signs, Warn of Zombies

Austin Pranksters Hack Signs, Warn of Zombies
So imagine that you’re just bebopping along down the road, minding your own business, maybe thinking about picking up a mocha or pulling in to get gas, and there are road work signs. Okay, no problem. That’s typical. Road work happens. Except… these aren’t warning of impending construction. No, this…

Giant Remote Control Laughs in the Face of Miniaturization

Giant Remote Control Laughs in the Face of Miniaturization
Sick of losing your remote between the couch cushions? With this bigger-than-a-breadbox remote control, there’s no chance you’ll misplace this one. The Chunghop RM-A4 remote control measures in at a whopping 8.26″ wide x 11.69″ tall x 1.35″ thick. Or in other words, it’s roughly the size of a ream…

Psp Goes Vibrant With Carnival Colors

Psp Goes Vibrant With Carnival Colors
If the current PSPs are just way too dull for your tastes, take heart–brighter, more colorful versions are on the way… in Japan. That means ponying up the import tax if you want one of these, and trust me… if you like pretty gadgets, you’re probably going to want one,…

Creepy-Yet-Cute Amigurumi Bunnies

Creepy-Yet-Cute Amigurumi Bunnies
It’s official: amigurumi can make anything cute, from vomiting zombies to, well, just about everything in Moon Yen’s “Moon Buns” crochet series. The Moon Buns are all bunnies, sure, but not just any bunnies. These little guys have the soft bodies and long ears… as well as pins stuck in…

Iusb: Bone Driver iPhone Flash Disk

Iusb: Bone Driver iPhone Flash Disk
Bone Collection is a Taiwanese brand of gadget accessories and portable storage. It’s also what the Bone Collector does. It might also be one of those processes shown in CSI, the boring ones shortened to a couple of scenes accompanied by savvy and dark background music. Going back to the…
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