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Author Archive: Paul Strauss

Return of the Jedi See-Through Ships: Clear Wars

Return of the Jedi See-Through Ships: Clear Wars
The spaceships and starbases in Star Wars are some of the most iconic and recognizable in the history of moviemaking. There are lots of ways that collectors can enjoy these ships at home, from LEGO Imperial Star Destroyers to drones that look like the X-Wing fighters.

Pac-Man and Ghost Planters Gobble Up Dirt and Power Pills

Pac-Man and Ghost Planters Gobble Up Dirt and Power Pills
If you’re trying to grow plants, you’ll need seeds, dirt, water, and sunlight if you hope to keep them alive. But did you know that plants grow extra strong when you feed them power pills? At least that’s what Pac-Man told me.

We Found Nemo… and He’s a Purse

We Found Nemo… and He’s a Purse
When is a fish not a fish? When it’s a clown! Okay, a clownfish is still a fish, but I just thought that sounded good. For those of you living under a rock or who haven’t visited an aquarium or watched a Pixar movie, clownfish are those colorful little fish that are orange with white stripes and black accents.

These Colorful Keyboards Add Pizzazz to Your Desktop

These Colorful Keyboards Add Pizzazz to Your Desktop
When it comes to computer keyboards, they usually come in boring colors like black, white, or grey. And their keys are almost always square. If you’re looking for something a little more vibrant, then you might want to grab one of these colorful keyboards I spotted on Amazon (affiliate link).

Dock Your Keys in This Star Trek Federation Key Holder

Dock Your Keys in This Star Trek Federation Key Holder
Are you always leaving the keys to your starship sitting around? The last thing you need is some rogue Ferengi getting their hands on them and trading your ship for a bunch of gold-pressed latinum. What you need is an official Starfleet key rack to keep your key ring from getting lost.

Oddbody Furbies Are Either Adorably Weird or Straight-up Nightmare Fuel

Oddbody Furbies Are Either Adorably Weird or Straight-up Nightmare Fuel
Furbies have always been a little creepy to me – perhaps it’s that I’ve seen what they look like on the inside that did it, or maybe it’s just their hypnotic eyeballs. Either way, they’re already pretty weird looking straight from the toy factory.

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.

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.

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