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Author Archive: Paul Strauss

Gremlins Gizmo Chia Pet: Should I Water This or Not?

Gremlins Gizmo Chia Pet: Should I Water This or Not?
As we learned from the movie Gremlins, if you’re going to bring a mogwai into your house, there are three simple care instructions you must follow: “First of all, keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill him.

This NASA Flight Suit Backpack Is out of this World

This NASA Flight Suit Backpack Is out of this World
This officially-licensed backpack is inspired by the design of NASA astronauts’ classic orange flight suits, complete with mission patches. You’ll look like a member of the flight crew walking around with one of these – especially if you wear it with a helmet and some moon boots.
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Googly Eye Push Pins Have Got Their Eyes on You

Googly Eye Push Pins Have Got Their Eyes on You
Do you know what makes everything better? Googly eyes, that’s what. Simply slap some of these puppies onto any item, and it gives them instant personality. While you could just buy a bunch of sticky googly eyes and start gluing them to things, I think these push pins are a better idea.

Stationery Crustaceans: You’ve Got Crabs

Stationery Crustaceans: You’ve Got Crabs
Every desktop could use a little help to keep organized. You could go with a traditional pencil caddy or you could go ahead and get yourself a case of crabs. Stationery Crustaceans are little plastic crabs that are designed to hold small objects in their mighty pincers.

Pac-Man Goes for the Gold with This Connect-and-Play Special Edition

Pac-Man Goes for the Gold with This Connect-and-Play Special Edition
Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug are three of my all-time favorite 8-bit arcade games. There are lots of ways to play Namco’s classic game at home these days, but how many of them are shiny and gold?

Rats Have Learned to Drive Tiny Cars

Rats Have Learned to Drive Tiny Cars
Apparently, because we don’t already have enough problem with scooters weaving in and out of traffic, scientists are working on a way for rats to drive around in miniature cars. Yes, these rodents can now literally join the rat race.

This Clock Draws the Time Using Sequins

This Clock Draws the Time Using Sequins
There are lots of different ways to tell the time. You can use an old school analog clock with hands, a segmented digital display, or even a sundial. But I can say with 100% certainty that this is the first clock I’ve ever seen that tells time with sequins.

Formula 1 and NASCAR Look Out, It’s Time for Racing Tardigrades

Formula 1 and NASCAR Look Out, It’s Time for Racing Tardigrades
I’ve watched lots of car races over the years. I’ve driven on race tracks and dragstrips, and have even been in a stock car at about 170 mph. But you know what I haven’t experienced yet?

Mount a Life-size T-Rex Head Trophy on Your Wall

Mount a Life-size T-Rex Head Trophy on Your Wall
Are you one of those people who loves to mount animal trophies on your wall, regardless of whether or not you actually were the one who slew the beast? Then have I got a prize for your collection!

Atari Rainbow Logo Art Brings Back Eighties Memories

Atari Rainbow Logo Art Brings Back Eighties Memories
Back in the 1980s, I was a serious Atari kid. I had an Atari 2600, an Atari 800, an Atari 7800, an Atari Lynx, and an Atari 520ST along the way. I was even president of an Atari Users Group.

Helm Audio DB12 AAAMP Review: This THX-Certified Mobile Amp Brings the Power

Helm Audio DB12 AAAMP Review: This THX-Certified Mobile Amp Brings the Power
When it comes to the headphone audio that comes out of mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, the sound quality is generally decent, but rarely what I would call “audiophile-grade” or particularly loud. Using an external amplifier can help improve overall sound quality and volume, and HELM Audio’s DB12 AAAMP aims to do just that.

Vizio Elevate Soundbar Review: Thumbs Up for This High-end Atmos Sound Bar

Vizio Elevate Soundbar Review: Thumbs Up for This High-end Atmos Sound Bar
I’ve had a number of different home theater audio systems in my living room over the years, from component receiver/amp/speaker setups to one-piece soundbars. Each kind of sound system has its pros and cons, but my general feeling is that the best-of-all-worlds systems include a multi-channel soundbar with surround speakers and an external subwoofer.

Super Mario Bob-omb Toilet Paper Holder Is Ready to Blow

Super Mario Bob-omb Toilet Paper Holder Is Ready to Blow
If there’s something you never want to happen in your bathroom, it’s an explosion, except maybe one of those fizzy bath bombs in the tub. But if you’ve played enough Super Mario games, you know how to deal with a bomb, as long as it’s Bob-omb.

Dragon’s Lair RepliCade Review: Tiny, Accurate, and Still Tough to Beat

Dragon’s Lair RepliCade Review: Tiny, Accurate, and Still Tough to Beat
I basically grew up in video game arcades back in the 1980s. So it goes without saying that I have a place in my heart for classic arcade games. Among my proudest possessions is a full-size custom arcade machine that can play all kinds of retro games from the 1970s until the early 2000s.

PowerUp 4.0 Is a Remote-controlled Paper Airplane on Steroids

PowerUp 4.0 Is a Remote-controlled Paper Airplane on Steroids
When it comes to paper airplanes, they usually don’t stay airborne for more than a few seconds. The guys at PowerUp weren’t satisfied with that, so they set their sights on making motorized paper airplanes. We’re now on the fourth-generation of the PowerUp, and it’s the most capable version yet, enabling paper airplanes to fly better and further than ever.

This Meat Puzzle Is Made of Literal Butcher Blocks

This Meat Puzzle Is Made of Literal Butcher Blocks
Thanksgiving is over, so I’ve officially had my fill of turkey for the year. Next time I have meat, I want it to be a nice hearty steak. Perhaps a rib eye or a New York strip.
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