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Mario Gets the Halloween Treatment

Mario Gets the Halloween Treatment
With Halloween just days away, it’s only appropriate that we share in the holiday festivities. So without further adieu, I present the Mario Jack-O-Lantern. The cool thing about this pumpkin is that you can grab the pattern from Seed of the Zombie Pumpkins!

O Mighty Isis, This is One Tough Puzzle

O Mighty Isis, This is One Tough Puzzle
Let me start by saying this — the glorious ISIS puzzle was designed with one mission in mind — to be the most difficult puzzle ever made. Handmade in England using aluminum alloy, the puzzle not only is insanely challenging, it looks really, really cool sitting on your table. Each spherical puzzle has a set of movable bands, covered with hieroglyphic images.
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Voodoo Glow Skull Arrives Just in Time for Halloween

Voodoo Glow Skull Arrives Just in Time for Halloween
I’m thinking that this Halloween, I’d like to scare all the neighborhood kids out of their wits with a bunch of these disembodied robo-heads sitting in my front windows. The brilliantly named “Glowing Scary Deaths-Head Toy” looks like your average, everyday metal-headed, Skeletor-robot-zombie until you flip the switch.

Giant LED Lamps Made From Leds

Giant LED Lamps Made From Leds
Designer Kei Yamamoto created these lighting fixtures that look like giant LEDs. Made from acrylic, aluminum and a dozen LED light sources each, they’re each about 20-times the size of a normal light-emitting diode. The fixtures’ clear acrylic shell and arrangement of LEDs create a beautiful visual effect on the wall above the lamps. Yamamoto’s LED of LED lamps were one of the shortlisted entries in the Gwangju Biennale Foundation’s bright LED competition which recently wrapped up in Korea.

Boing Balls Change Color When You Squeeze Them

Boing Balls Change Color When You Squeeze Them
Boy, does that sound painful, or what? Actually, it’s fun. These colorful rubber BOING Balls (not to be confused with the classic Amiga orb of the same name) have a set of tri-colored LEDs inside of them, and change hues when you apply pressure to them. The rubber balls can cycle between 7 different shades in three modes: constant color, slow cycle and quick cycle.

USB Whac-a-Mole: Whack It at Your Desk

USB Whac-a-Mole: Whack It at Your Desk
Bring a little bit of that carnival feel to your cubicle with this mini Whac-a-Mole desktop game. The dreadfully named “Whack It” game connects to your USB port and lets you play with yourself at your desk.

Homer Simpson USB Lamp Isn’t Very Bright

Homer Simpson USB Lamp Isn’t Very Bright
Now you can have the dumb but lovable dad from The Simpsons take up residence on your desk with this fun Homer Simpson USB Lamp. But just like its namesake, the light is a bit of a dim bulb, so don’t expect to light up an entire room with it.

Annoying Neighbors? Take ‘Em Out With This Paintball Tank

Annoying Neighbors? Take ‘Em Out With This Paintball Tank
(Sub)urban warfare has a new face, and it goes by the name of Paintball Panzer. The pint-sized tank has a turret-mounted paintball gun which lets you fire rounds of paint ammo while keeping you safe and sound from the tomatoes and eggs which may be thrown at you in return. The Funtrak Mini Paintball Tank is a scaled down version of a real tank, featuring a motorized drive system, and a tread drive that lets you maneuver through the roughest backyard obstacles.

Dig Dug Theme on the Piano

Dig Dug Theme on the Piano
Remember all those quarters you dumped into classic 80s arcade game Dig Dug? Apparently, you’re not the only one. A talented piano player going by the name arix001 has recorded a pretty darned accurate rendition of the frenetic music from the game.

R2-D2 Grinds Out Fresh-a Pepp-a

R2-D2 Grinds Out Fresh-a Pepp-a
Star Wars may be over 30 years old, but that hasn’t stopped those LucasFilm merchandising folks from cranking out fresh ideas. That’s why I’m absolutely loving these R2 unit pepper mills. Imagine having the boss over for dinner, asking if he’d like some pepper on his salad, then whipping out one of these little droids.

Sound Activated Mini Dancing Monkeys

Sound Activated Mini Dancing Monkeys
The title speaks for itself. Sound Activated Mini Dancing Monkeys has to be the best product name I’ve heard in a long time. What more can you ask for than mini monkeys that dance along to sounds?

They’ve Got the iPod, We’Ve Got the Ibird

They’ve Got the iPod, We’Ve Got the Ibird
Your fancy new iPod might have a touchscreen and Wi-fi, but I’m pretty sure it can’t do this. Not only does the iBird-1000 MP3 Player look like a bowtied penguin wearing headphones (I couldn’t make this stuff up), it can move its mouth and “sing” along with your music. In addition to flapping its yellow beak, the bird has blinking light-up eyeballs and an OLED belly that displays track and lyric information.

Adobe Photoshop Cs3 for iPhone

Adobe Photoshop Cs3 for iPhone
So now that you’ve snapped a few photos with your iPhone’s super-duper camera, where do you turn to edit your pix? Do you dock your iPhone with your computer, sync up with iTunes, then open the photos in your desktop image editing software?

Look Mr. Bubbles, We’ve Been Etch-a-Sketched

Look Mr. Bubbles, We’ve Been Etch-a-Sketched
Given the fact that for my entire life, I’ve been completely incapable of drawing anything but some straight lines and the occasional stair step on an Etch-A-Sketch, this image simply blew my head off. I was already duly impressed with the detail that artist the Etch-A-Sketchist has been able to squeak out of the little red and white drawing toy.

Domo-Kun Mimobot Drives Set to Bare Their Teeth

Domo-Kun Mimobot Drives Set to Bare Their Teeth
Already insanely popular with hipster-doofuses and the artsy-fartsy set around the globe, Domo-kun (aka “Domo”) is a strange little character that’s been seen on Japanese television screens for about ten years. Whether you think he’s cute, weird or disturbing, there’s something for everyone when it comes to the little brown guy. Now it turns out that the wacky characters will be hitting U.S.

Pac-Man and His Namco Pals in Pillow Form

Pac-Man and His Namco Pals in Pillow Form
Did you cut your teeth dropping every last quarter of your allowance into arcade machines back in the 80s? Here’s a little something to bring back those memories whenever parked on your couch or reclining in your La-Z-Boy.
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