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March 26, 2004

Hi There!

Another month, another newsletter from the droids here at ThinkGeek. This month the droids are working on a film called 'Timmy Hacks The Palantir - Lightsaber Edition'. It's an ambitious project featuring exotic simulated locations, plenty of cheese, & a three-legged nymph as the protagonist. It's one of those 'you have to see it to get it' films. In between working on the film the droids have amassed the following bunch of utterly geeky goodies and information for your amusement...

Cold Heat

Cold Heat Soldering Tool

Cools Fast, Heats Faster

The Cold Heat Soldering Tool is not an oxymoron, it's a cordless soldering iron that uses a special material that heats quickly and cools down nearly as fast. It uses energy only at the tip, where the special material is located, making it 40 percent more efficient. It heats up to a whopping 800 degrees F in less than one second and back to touch-safe temperature in approximately two seconds. Wowzers! Ergonomic pen-like shape and cordless operation. Replaceable bevel tip included. Affordably priced at $20, the Cold Heat Soldering Tool is great for electrical, hobbies, and light PCB work (case modding, repairing droids & motherboards, etc.). Tinker here:


http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/69d3/


Plus Deck

Plusdeck PC Cassette Deck

Rip Old Cassettes To MP3

Like most of us, you probably have a box in your basement filled with old cassette tapes of 80s hair bands, experimental garage music, and prank calls. Not sure what a cassette is? You are officially too young to continue reading this description, please move to the next item. The PlusDeck 2 is a full-logic cassette deck for your PC that you can use to archive all those cassettes into digital media files for playback on your PC. Or more amazing yet, archive your favorite audio files or internet radio streams onto cassette for remote playback! Get your hands on the ultimate in retro-cool PC mods with utilitarian appeal right here:


http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/6908/



What's New @ ThinkGeek !!

ThinkGeek Launches Affiliate Program. Riot Ensues.

ThinkGeek Launches Affiliate Program. Riot Ensues.

Ok, you asked for it, we now have an affiliate program! After years of countless requests, we are happy as monkeys on a cheese farm to announce the birth of the ThinkGeek Affiliate program. What could be better than earning money by sending your friends, family, and random folks to ThinkGeek for their geeky shopping needs? Perhaps a trip to Alpha Centauri, but not much else. How do you get started? Just join the program, put links on your site, and once people start buying from those links, you start earning commissions. And don't forget to sit back and bask in your own brilliance:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/affiliates/

Data Bank Watch - A Handy Wrist PDA

Feeling overloaded by too many gadgets? Only use that bulky PDA for its contact list and for the occasional game of snake? Perhaps this ultra portable PDA watch is what you need. The Data Bank Watch can store up to 500 phonebook entries (10 character name, two telephone numbers, and 30 character e-mail address/personal memo field). It can hold up to 50 schedule entries, each entry including month, date, hour, minute and memo (15 characters maximum). The alarm will beep for 20 seconds at the time of the scheduled event as a reminder. Use the included cradle to upload your entries directly from your PC!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/68c1/

Data Bank Watch - A Handy Wrist PDA

There's No Place Like 127.0.0.1 Floor Mats

There's No Place Like 127.0.0.1 Floor Mats

We have to be honest, when we started ThinkGeek we never thought we would be selling door or floor mats. But times change and people demand new experiences. So we brainstormed and had an epiphany that most of our customers live in some sort of physical dwelling type thing that has one of those front doors. The rest of our customers probably live in a cube. So then we figured we could make one of those flattish foot craving welcome mats that would work either outside a home or inside an office. Of course we would have to add some sort of techie slant...
http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/6806/

SqueezeBox - Streaming Audio Player With Wireless Capability

Wanna listen to the MP3s from the PC in the den on your living room stereo without physically dragging that PC over? The Squeezebox streams your music from your computer to your digital stereo over your wireless or ethernet network - without any loss of sound quality. You will have lightning-fast access to any song in your digital music collection, thanks to its easy setup and user-friendly interface. Wireless remote also included! Listen:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/audio/69b4/

SqueezeBox - Streaming Audio Player With Wireless Capability

Two New Work Style Shirts + Binary Finger Tshirt

Two New Work Style Shirts + Binary Finger Tshirt

We're sure the last thing you want to be reminded of is work. That's why we've got two new work shirts for you. See how that works? This isn't a dialog here, it's a soapbox. All tomfoolery aside, you asked for them so here they are! Industrial strength button up collared work shirts with embroidered patches allow you to get filthy and not feel guilty. Now available in 'Tux' and 'Gamer' models! Also available is our new favorite t-shirt, lovingly titled 'binary finger'. I suppose you'll just have to see it to fully understand it. Even then it's not exactly what it seems...
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=0325

Silent Detective - Calls You When There's A Problem

Worried somebody might be in your network server room when they're not supposed to be? The Silent Detective is an alarm system that can auto-dial a cell phone, pager or telephone when the sensor detects any motion. It consists of a sensor, speaker, keypad and siren in a compact unit that is easy to install and program. The unit can send an alert message to two devices (cell phone, pager or telephone1, telephone2, etc.) and can also optionally sound a siren. Get stealthy here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/69a5/

Silent Detective - Calls You When There's A Problem

Tux Crossing - Street Sign Poster

Tux Crossing - Street Sign Poster

If you are a fan of operating systems that don't suck, you'll be a fan of this poster. It depicts the jovial Tux positioned on a street crossing sign amidst a familiar landscape of rolling green hills and a cloudy blue sky. Just the perfect amount of beauty and truth. What's that corny joke? In a world without windows, who needs gates? Folks who don't know any better (and folks without options), that's who. Decorate your cube or server room here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/posters/techie/6979/

Etymotic Earphones - Hi-End In-Ear Audio Sensation

Enjoying music begins quite simply with accurate sound. Etymotic earphones are designed to match the acoustic response of the open ear, and are developed to reproduce the flat frequency response found in hi-end speaker systems. Better still, Etymotic's ER-4 and ER-6 earphones provide two to three times the sound isolation of active noise-canceling headphones, without the added weight, bulk, or external power supply required for active noise-canceling. Get serious about your personal audio here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/audio/69b9/

Etymotic Earphones - Hi-End In-Ear Audio Sensation

VEG-N - Turn Your Laptop/Notebook Into A DTV or PVR

VEG-N - Turn Your Laptop/Notebook Into A DTV or PVR

No, the VEG-N isn't a PC for Vegans, it's a device for everybody that allows you to use the LCD display of your notebook for something more than filling out dreaded spreadsheets. The VEG-N turns your notebook into a display for your favorite gaming console (Game Cube, PS2, etc), or allows you to use your laptop as a portable digital TV with PVR functionality! Nift'o'rama!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/video/65ee/

Hardware Hacking Projects For Geeks - The Book

Do you regularly come home from work or school and feel the need to do something productive? Neither do we. But occasionally we do like to get away from the mindlessness of most TV and tinker with some interesting projects. This book will more than get you started on such entertaining but edgy activities as: building your own arcade cabinet, installing a cubicle intrusion detection system, building a web-enabled coffee machine, hacking an 802.11b antenna and much more! Stimulate those synapses here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/nonfiction/6864/

Hardware Hacking Projects For Geeks - The Book

Nostromo N52 Gaming Controller - Increase That Frag Count

Nostromo N52 Gaming Controller - Increase That Frag Count

In the competitive realm of the cyberathlete, you need all the edge you can get from your equipment. The newest edition of the Nostromo FPS controller can help, putting keyboard and gamepad functionality into one small and easy-to-use device. The N52 delivers more tools for customizing your game than ever, allowing you to program up to 104 functions to improve your madly 31337 skillz. Snipe that annoying camper right here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/gaming/68a2/

Black/Black Caffeinated Gum From Nippon

By popular demand, we are giddy with glee to bring you the caffeinated gum sensation Black Black from Japan. Featuring such benefits as 'Hi-Technical Taste' and 'Yes, Chewing!' - there's simply no way you can turn down these intensely minty and stimulating black sticks of paradise. Use them when you need a pick-me up or when you just need to get rid of that foul breath. Or better yet just keep them on your desk and wait for your co-workers to curiously pick up a pack, then scream with your loudest samurai voice, 'Hey! Stay Off My Hi Technical Taste!'. Get stimulated here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/candy/68ad/

Black/Black Caffeinated Gum From Nippon

Re-inventing Science Kits - Light Bulb and Telegraph

Re-inventing Science Kits - Light Bulb and Telegraph

Retrace the steps of Edison and other inventors as you build a working light bulb using various filament materials. Learn about electricity, light, properties of matter, energy, and the scientific method. Test the effects of vacuum on the life of your bulb. Follow Morse and other inventors as you build a device that works as a telegraph (sounder), a buzzer, and an electrical relay. Learn about electromagnetism, electricity, forces, energy, the scientific method, and principles of communication as you experiment with this kit.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/69aa/

Executive Sea-Monkeys Set - The Ultimate Office Pet

Has your imagination been staggered recently? If not consider getting your own desktop executive set of Sea-Monkeys. The perfect office pet that allows you to be the boss (err, we mean King) for once. Guaranteed to hatch and grow for 2 years, these instantly activated monkeys of the sea will delight, soothe and perplex. Kit includes everything needed to hatch and raise your kingdom of Sea-Monkeys, including an LED lit Squeegee! So go ahead and pretend all over again you're that 8 year old kid who saves up enough nickels and dimes to order your first set of ocean-bound simians from the back of your pop's Popular Science:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/6913/

Executive Sea-Monkeys Set - The Ultimate Office Pet

2-Line Bluetooth Data Phone

2-Line Bluetooth Data Phone

This 2-line phone offers 2.4Ghz spread spectrum technology for static free conversations, and a speakerphone for hands-free operation. Its Bluetooth functionality provides an easy way to access the contact info stored in your PC, and gives you the option of bluetooth wireless connectivity to your dial-up internet connection.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/phones/69ae/

Quick Blurbs !!

Plush Microbes

New Plush Microbe - Epstein Barr Virus (Mono)
http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/6708/

USB Memory Watch

USB Memory Watch - Now Available In Half-Gig Size
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/5eec/

Levitron - Anti-Gravity Top

Levitron Now Available In Sleek Cherry Wood Version
http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/5bb6/

FlexiGlow FX Illuminated Mouse Pad

FlexiGlo Mouse Pad - 7 Different Colors Per Mousepad
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/keyboards/6945/

Iron-on Patches

Iron On Patches With Techie Blurbs On 'Em
http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/generic/6972/

The Best Of The Joy Of Tech

The Best Of 'The Joy Of Tech' By Nitrozac & Snaggy
http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/humor/6859/

Even Grues Get Full

Latest User Friendly Book - Even Grues Get Full
http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/humor/6846/

Liquid Neons

Liquid Neon PC Mod Lights - Waving, Rippling Effect
http://www.thinkgeek.com/pcmods/lighting/6930/

DocuPen Handheld Scanner

DocuPen Handheld Scanner
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/69cf/

Jo Mints w/Guarana

New Citrus Flavored Jo Mints
http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/candy/5f3c/

Cuboro Marble Tracks

Cuboro Marble Track - Back In Stock After Hiatus
http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/63b8/

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