The ThinkGeek Newsletter!
July 23, 2004
It's late summer and you know what that means? Doom III is right around
the corner. So naturally most folks here at the ThinkGeek offices are
frantically upgrading their PCs in an attempt to ensure FPS dominance. We
hope the same thing is happening across the cube farms in America and
beyond as Carmack delivers us another round of gamecrack. After all, one
of the definitions of a geek is somebody with an insatiable need to
constantly upgrade, tweak, outperform and acquire. We wouldn't have it any
other way, which is why we've assembled the following cluster of
The World's First Consumer Biomorphic Robot
As consummate fans of robots, ThinkGeek is as gleeful as the RIAA suing teens to offer up the Robosapien. Sure we love Robby the Robot, Gort, AstroyBoy, and of course R2D2 - but we also have a tendency to prefer robots we can actually get our hands on. Enter the Robosapien designed by Nasa Scientist Mark Tilden; it's a remote controlled biomorphic robot which means he has the ability to move and act in humanoid ways. His
advanced interactive reflex system even allows Robosapien to respond to touch, sound and obstacles. The Robosapien knows Kung Fu moves, can dance, belch, even pick-up and throw! You can even program your own sequence of dynamic moves!
Check out the future now:
PvP Store Launches!
Geeks everywhere rejoice
Player vs Player is the name, and gaming is their... well, game. Set at
a fictitious gaming magazine called 'Player vs Player', PvP is one of
the funniest comics that the monkeys at ThinkGeek have read in a while.
You'll laugh with Robbie and Jase as they go for another marathon
session of pizza, beer, and Madden. You'll cry at poor Brent's obsession
with his Mac and his love life, you'll look confused as you watch Skull
the Troll look silly while trying to be the center of attention.
From retro games to D&D to console gaming, you'll find some PvP swag
to make you laugh till you pee. We'll be introducing more PVP stuff in
the coming months so check back often!
Get your PvP gear right here:
What's New @ ThinkGeek !!
Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers - At A Galaxy Near You
Whether you are like most of the ThinkGeek staff that grew up in awe of
the original Star Wars saga back in the late seventies and early eighties
or one of the newbies that mistakenly enjoys Jar Jar Binks - you'll
relish these masterful Lightsabers just as much as Jawas rejoice over
scrap metal. These fully licensed, sturdy and strong in the hand
Lightsaber replicas feature advanced LED lighting and digital sound
effects to bring you as close to the force as you'll every be. An
internal gyroscope (with some microprocessor controls) even senses your
lightsaber movement so that as you move your saber from side to side it
makes that peerless deep whooshing sound that sabers make. Also if you
'clash' your saber, the also familiar 'clashing' saber sound is made. You
simply have no idea how amazing these things are until you have one:
International Sysadmin Day, July 31st - Set Phasers To Stun
ThinkGeek feels compelled to remind you that next Friday, July 31st, is
International System Administrator Appreciation day. If you don't know
what a Sysadmin is or does - then please go to the bottom of this email
and unsubscribe from our newsletter! Immediately! Whew. Close call. All
hail Sysadmins! Hooray! Hooray! And hey, if you spend over $50 with us
before the end of the month, make sure to pick up a free 'Have You Grokked
Your Sysadmin Shirt'. Also be sure to nominate your favorite Sysadmin in
our first ever ThinkGeek Sysadmin Pageant. Great prizes await the winning
sysadmin and nominator! Plus we've got some great gift ideas for that
special sysadmin in your life. Get all the bits and bytes here:
New from Sonic Impact - SoundPads and the T-Amp
Sound Pads are unique self-adhesive speakers which transmit sound to any
thin-walled surface that you attach them to. Use them to turn a bookshelf
or framed picture into a stealthy speaker in places where full-sized
speakers just will not fit. Sound quality varies depending on the surface
you peel and stick them to, so be creative! The T-amp is a
battery-powered portable amplifier that uses Class-T amplification to
provide 15 watts of efficient, high-quality audio power. Combined with a
portable audio player and a pair of speakers, you can crank up the tunes
wherever you might be and create an instant party!
Keep your mug warm with some USB juice - The USB Cup Warmer
Most of the time you want your Bawls cold and your chai or coffee nice and
hot. Mugs do a decent job of keeping your warm beverage at a suitable
temperature, but adding a little technology never hurts. This USB-Powered
heating sleeve will warm a beverage for an additional 30-minutes, giving
you plenty of time to enjoy your well-deserved drink and still explain to
the suits why their latest plans for global domination will go down in a
blaze of gory confusion. Of course they won't listen, but at least your
drink will stay warm. Get cozy here:
FrogPad - Full Function One Handed Keyboard
Sometimes your data entry needs just cannot wait until you have access to
a desktop and a full-sized keyboard. Enter the FrogPad, providing a
one-handed, portable keyboarding solution that can allow for typing at up
to 40 words per minute with just hours of practice. USB
connectivity and support for multiple operating systems allows for a
wide-range of uses with your portable goodies. Get nimble here:
Wil Wheaton's New Book - Just a Geek
For those who need a whack on the head with a clue stick, Wil Wheaton is
so much more than the actor who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek, the
Next Generation. Wil is a writer, HTML coder, poker junkie, and a true and
hard-core geek. He even shops at ThinkGeek, as all true geeks do. In Wil's
newest book, Just a Geek, he explores the journey he has taken to grow
from child actor to author, with discussions of his successful
wilwheaton.net blog site, his supportive family life, geeking out in the
Linux and Opensource world, and more. Buy this book and we'll even send
you a free 'Geek.' bumper sticker. Click below for all the details:
Homer Simpson Cubicle Signs - Doh!
Homer, besides being one of the most enigmatically funny characters of
modern times (right behind Mr. Who), is now available twenty-four hours in
a cube near you. How is that possible? Via the magic of two dimensions
and some tin! Each 8.5 x 6.5 inch cubicle sign comes complete with four
magnetic pegs so you can convert your sign into a memo board! Choose from
the following designs: Facts Are Meaningless - They Can Be Used To Prove
Anything, Just Because I Don't Care Doesn't Mean I Don't Understand, and
Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure. Get your Homerisms here:
Netgear Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge and Wireless Travel Router
The folks at Netgear have some handy networking gizmos for those at home,
or on the road. The Wall-Plugged Ethernet bridge allows you to easily
create a network using your home's electrical wiring, providing data
transfer rates up to 14kbps. Instantly share your hi-speed internet across
your home using 2 or 3-prong standard 110 volt electrical outlets. The
pocket sized Wireless Travel Router allows you to instantly turn a wired
ethernet connection into a 802.11 b/g wireless access point, whether you
are at home, or on the road - perfect for hotel use when matched with your
wireless-capable laptop. Not much larger than a deck of cards, it is
configurable for one or multiple users, and provides firewall security:
X-Ray Thunder 8 Gaming Pad
The Thunder 8 Gaming Pad was clearly designed with LAN partygoers in mind.
With dual surfaces for superior compatibility with your favorite mouse, and
a convenient cord-clip to prevent mouse-cord mishaps, gamers are sure to
appreciate this one. With Doom III coming soon, you simply have to make
sure you are prepared. This highly rated gaming mousepad even complete
with its own carrying tin! Let your mice roam here:
Pak-Lite LED Flashlight
Well, if you are in need of a flashlight that can run continuously on
high-power for over a week, you are in the right place. And even if you
don't need such a device you surely "need" one. This tiny LED flashlight
takes a single 9-volt battery and features two LEDs and two power settings
(high and low). Designed to be extremely lightweight with a long
run-time, this is a terrific easy carry flashlight and emergency light.
10-year shelf life when used with a 9-volt lithium battery.
Walk away and your PC is locked - USB Wireless Security System
Recent research has shown that geeks sometimes leave their computers.
Although we find this somewhat hard to believe, we are willing to at least
entertain the idea. So, if you are inclined to actually leave your PC on
occasion we offer this gadget. It is a simple receiver that plugs into a
USB port and a small RF transmitter that can be attached to your keyring.
Walk more than 6 feet away from the receiver and the PC is automatically
locked down. When you return within 6 feet the computer is unlocked.
Perfect for geeks who need to roam the office landscape in search of
GeekMan Action Figure - That's Not A Bug, It's A Feature
GeekMan is perhaps the only 6" tall plastic superhero ever to sport a
pocket protector. Put GeekMan next to your computer to gain bonus points,
or take him into the board room to gain the upper hand. The bottom line is
that you can take GeekMan anywhere you want because, despite GeekMans
power, he's still a plastic superhero. And since he's devoid of a
digestive tract, he doesn't require any direct carbon-based feed. Woohoo!
Instead, GeekMan acquires energy from his owner. To help GeekMan thrive,
be sure to include copious amounts of pizza, sushi, junk food, and sugary
caffeinated drinks in your diet. Checkout the Super-Alpha-Uber-Geek here:
Enigma 1 Digital Camera
It's not too often we find an ultra-portable digital camera that boasts a
preview screen that allows you to better frame your shots. This
pocket-sized beauty captures images up to 1.3 MP in resolution, and can
even be used as a webcam when you're not taking pics on the go. Lite-sync
technology allows for indoor photos with fluorescent lighting, even though
it has no flash!
A tiny tool that folds up like a key
If you feel nearly naked without a clicking keyboard beneath your fingers
or a trusty knife at your side, we can help. This tiny multi-tool,
weighing only a half ounce, folds up into the shape of a key and is
Self-locking to any keyring for convenient carrying. It features six
tools in one, including: Micro Flat and Phillips screwdriver,
semi-serrated knife blade and a bottle opener. Made from 420 stainless
steel with a Lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
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Snuck Into Redmond
Throwing Stars At Mr. Gates
Ninja. I am one.
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