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Archive for December 2009

Star Trek Stockings for All the Good Federation Girls and Boys

Star Trek Stockings for All the Good Federation Girls and Boys
Not only is this one of the more creative Christmas projects we’ve seen around here, it’s one of the cheapest–something that may very well appeal to those of us saving up for new (electronic!) toys. Also?

Harry Potter Clock Shows Family’S Whereabouts Through the Magic of Twitter

Harry Potter Clock Shows Family’S Whereabouts Through the Magic of Twitter
Harry Potter fans will no doubt remember the Weasley’s strange but practical clock. Instead of telling the time, the clock showed the location or status of each Weasley, including “mortal peril” at the 12 o’clock position.

Simple but Effective: Bloody Xbox Faceplate

Simple but Effective: Bloody Xbox Faceplate
This Xbox 360 faceplate isn’t actually bloody (I hope!), but it is certainly evocative of the horror of a zombie apocalypse–something that is becoming a more and more common experience with Xbox games every day. Seems like zombies are everywhere lately, bursting out of zombie games and invading everything else.

Raiders of the Lost Desk: the Ark of the Cubicle

Raiders of the Lost Desk: the Ark of the Cubicle
I still vividly remember the first time I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s nothing like a good Karen-Allen-broken-bottle-a-wieldin’-Harrison-Ford-snake-a-fearin’-Nazi-face-a-meltin’-Ark-in-a-government-storage-facility-a-hidin’ romp for a good time. So when I saw these fun Indiana Jones-inspired desk accessories, it put a big smile on my face.

Apple-Apple Pie: Eat Different.

Apple-Apple Pie: Eat Different.
Full disclosure: apple pie is one of my personal favorites–for holiday time, or really, any time, so as a Mac-head, I think I can say with some conviction that I may have never seen anything as beautiful as this Apple apple pie.

Lab Chops: Scientists Create Artificial Pork

Lab Chops: Scientists Create Artificial Pork
Scientists in the Netherlands managed to create artificial meat using muscle cells extracted from a live pig combined with “a broth of other animal products”, which allowed the muscle cells to multiply and form muscle tissue.

Taskwatch Magnetic White Board With Clock: Write on Time

Taskwatch Magnetic White Board With Clock: Write on Time
When I first saw this gadget’s name I instantly wished that it referred to an industrious monster instead. Wouldn’t you rather hire a hardworking Yeti than buy a magnetic board with a clock on it? But actually the TaskWatch isn’t so bad.

Left 4 Dead 2 Update Fixes a Few Essential Problems

Left 4 Dead 2 Update Fixes a Few Essential Problems
Okay, I know. Bug fixes aren’t the most exciting thing in the world, but bear with me on this one. There are a few essential updates to Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam, and if you’ve been victim to one of these glitches, you’re probably jumping for joy.

Newman Newsmy A18hd Media Player Looks Mighty Slim

Newman Newsmy A18hd Media Player Looks Mighty Slim
I must start out this post by saying that I rarely trust artist’s renderings of gadgets before they’re released, as they’re almost never what the real thing looks like. That said, this new media player LOOKS pretty slick from the concept renders, but I haven’t found any photos of the real thing.

Merry 8-Bit Christmas

Merry 8-Bit Christmas
Retro gamers, If you’re looking for some nice background music for your holiday parties, you might want to check this out. Chiptune musician Rush Coil has put together this full-length digital album of classic Christmas tunes, rearranged with the inimitable sounds of classic 8-bit sounds of 1980s video games.

Mega Man + Doom = Adorable Deathmatch

Mega Man + Doom = Adorable Deathmatch
At least, the Mega Man mod for Doom 2–yes, Doom 2–is adorable in theory. The little blue guy himself is pretty adorable, sure, and the color palette we’re treated to here certainly makes this the most cheerful death match.

Pac-Man Tv Game Gets Another Update From Jakks

Pac-Man Tv Game Gets Another Update From Jakks
Now I’m not really sure how many times Jakks Pacific can go back to the well on this one, but they’ve recently released yet another update to their popular Namco Pac-Man TV Plug-and-Play games. The latest (fifth) revision to the system could be the best design yet, inspired by retro arcade cabinets, complete with a mock coin slot that lights up, and arcade-style buttons and joystick.

The Crunchpad Project is Dead… or is It?

The Crunchpad Project is Dead… or is It?
Unless something awesome happens, this will be our first and last post about the CrunchPad, TechCrunch head Michael Arrington’s nearly-there web tablet. Yesterday, Arrington announced on TechCrunch that the project “self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication.”

Surveillance 100 Lamp Won’T Record, but Does Illuminate

Surveillance 100 Lamp Won’T Record, but Does Illuminate
How’d you like three giant surveillance cameras staring your down in the face every time you walk into your living room? Well, here ya go. Designed by Sweden’s Humans Since 1982, the Surveillance 100 doesn’t capture video at all.

Penny-Dispensing Machine: an Interactive Representation of the Daily Grind

Penny-Dispensing Machine: an Interactive Representation of the Daily Grind
…or the daily crank, as the machine puts it. Says maker Blake Fall-Conroy, “Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (NY state minimum wage).” Obviously the machine stops doling out money as soon as you stop turning the crank. 

A True Gentleman Tucks His Nintendo Ds Into Classy Accesories

A True Gentleman Tucks His Nintendo Ds Into Classy Accesories
The Professor Layton series may not be quite as big in the western world as it is in Japan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good puzzle–or a cracking good Nintendo DS case. This booklike case not only offers protection for your handheld… it intellectualizes it, too!