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The ThinkGeek Newsletter!
Gather 'round the computer kids, because it's time for another fun-filled
episode of the ThinkGeek Newsletter show! Grab your Little Richard
Stallman decoder rings too, because at the end of the newsletter, we'll
have a hidden message just for you - our loyal fans. And today on the
show, make sure you behold the 20q doomsday device cleverly disguised as a
"gizmo", it will distract you to no end, and may just get you fired if
you play with it enough at the office. And now, a word from our
20q Pocket Genius
The Pocket Sized Gizmo That Reads Your Mind
If you've ever played the online version of 20q - you've experienced first
hand the uncanny ability of the seemingly intellectual 20q to guess what
object you are thinking about. This portable version of 20q features the
most popular objects contained in the massive online neural network that
is 20q. How does it work? Simple. Think of an object, then 20q will ask
you a series of questions and you simply answer them with either a Yes,
No, Unknown or Sometimes. After twenty questions, 20q will attempt to
guess what your object is. You'll be surprised how often 20q wins,
flinging your mental hubris by the wayside like a hacker tosses away your
Get stumped by the 20q right here:
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Magnetoids - Deliciously Fun, Powerfully Attractive
They chirp. They whirrr. They are mysteriously irresistible! Magnetoids
seem simple enough - two finely polished, high powered, oval shaped
magnets. Each is about 2.5 inches long. But pull them apart, toss them in
the air, bring them next to each other - and they enthusiastically come to
life! Driven by powerful magnetic attraction and repulsion, these space
age looking ellipsoids continually strive to stay in perfect balance with
Control Incoming and Outgoing Calls
Need full control over every electronic gadget in your domain? Of course
you do - and the Telephone LineLok will help you in this quest. The
Telephone LineLok allows you to block long distance and other high rate
calls on your phone line. Use your telephone's keypad to program the
LineLok - the LCD screen makes it easy. You can set limits on when
incoming and/or outgoing calls are blocked by using the built-in timer.
911 calls can always be made and also program three additional emergency
numbers that can be called at any time. A 4-digit password can be used to
bypass any restriction:
iRiver Portable Video Player
Take along your favorite tunes, videos, and pictures on this new little
wonder from i-River, featuring a sharp 3.5" widescreen TFT display. Its
20GB hard drive will hold up to 80 hours of video or up to 600 hours of
music, or even for convenient file storage. Moving those files back and
forth from your PC is a breeze thanks to speedy USB 2.0 transfer rates,
leaving you more precious time for viewing!
BAWLS Mints - Quintessential Portable Energy
No, we didn't just print a typo. You read that right. BAWLS mints.
Finally, here is a reason to continue on living. These slightly
carbonated mints come as close to tasting like BAWLS Guarana without
actually being BAWLS guarana. And so that means they taste great!
So whether it's stimulation to endure that twenty-hour fragfest or you
just need to postpone a bit of shut-eye, you'll find no more willing and
portable a partner as BAWLS mints. Guaranteed to distribute mirth to your
soul or we'll guarantee it. Get the buzz here:
Automatically Shut Off PC Peripherals
At the end of the day you shutdown your PC and then turn off your scanner,
printer, desk lamp, and a half dozen other devices. Is this any way for a
geek to live? We think not and thus offer the Mini Power Minder. It's a
power plug that has two built-in outlets - one that connects to your PC
and the other to your peripherals (via a power strip). The Mini Power
Minder also connects to your PC via a USB cable. When you shutdown your
PC the Mini Power Minder will shutdown power to the secondary outlet. If
you have your peripherals connected to this outlet they will be turned off
along with your PC. The same process works when you power-up your PC.
Three New Fabulously Fab Tshirts From ThinkGeek
It's time again for another new batch of shirts, and for this round we present some classic examples of geekiness. From the realms of outer space, the You are Here shirt makes sure you don't get lost in your interstellar travels. Pi by Numbers is a handy reference in case you forgot the first 4493 digits or the shape of the Pi symbol itself. Rounding out the new fall collection is the oh-so-retro Soylent Green is People. Feeling hungry? How about a nice Soylent Green Biscuit. Yum!
Clean And Bright Portable LED Lighting
This single shock-proof LED is housed in a body machined from solid
Aerospace aluminum and produces an incredibly bright, clear white beam.
The Long Bow Micra LED flashlight is a high-end lighting device designed
for top notch performance. Suitable for security and law enforcement
uses, the Long Bow is compact at only 3" length and 1" diameter and
powerful with 20 Lumens output. Running on a single Lithium battery this
flashlight has a 10-year storage life. The single LED should never need
replacement. Battery included.
Logitech's new OrbitCam was designed to keep you in the frame, starting
with a unique 9" tall desk mounted stand that locates the cam at
eye-level. When you do move about, the camera features special tracking
software and built-in pan and tilt capability so the camera can
automatically adjust and keep you in the shot! Nifty!
The Time Is 11:32 And 47 ohms
High on any geek's list of essential formulas should be Ohm's Law. Since
the life of a geek typically revolves around all things electronic, this
basic formula describing the relationship between voltage, current and
resistance in an ideal conductor is quite important. Appropriate respect
should be given. This nifty watch (and also Desk clock) shows the formula
in many different incarnations. Also, at each hour position are colors
corresponding to resistor band codes (Brown at 1 and Red at 2, so on).
This will aid in the reading of the resistor bands for easy
Zalman Reserator Water Cooling System
The Reserator is a silent water cooling system featuring a unique cooling
tower which acts as both a water reservoir and radiator, releasing the
heat being drawn off your PC's CPU. Its high-performance gold waterblock
is not susceptible to galvanic corrosion, ensuring long life, and
ZeroFriction Mouse Skates
You've already laid out the cash for a hyper-accurate gaming mouse and
high-performance mousepad, why not make the most of them? These adhesive
Teflon skates are designed to mount to the underside of your mouse,
allowing you to mouse along more smoothly and precisely.
Flashflights - LED & Fiber Optic Illuminated Flying Discs
Who's hunkering for a midnight game of Ultimate? Or perhaps you just need
to get away from the computer in the wee hours of night and play frisbee
with your border collie. Either way, you are going to need an illuminated
stadium or an illuminated disc. Based on our own cost/benefit analysis,
we think you'll be better off getting the disc. These LED driven 185 gram
discs feature fiber optics so that the disc is vividly illuminated from
every possible angle. Choose between blue, red and multi-colored discs. Go
outside in the dark here:
5.8Ghz phones - Say Goodbye To Wireless Network Interference
JB1 Camera Rebate Offer - Save $20
What's better than a stealthy, zippo-sized digital camera that can also
capture full motion video with sound? How's about saving $20? Get yours
before M and Q find out about Timmy's sinister savings offer...
Submit Your Techie Haiku, Win $50!
Last month's ThinkGeek Techie Haiku Winner is: John from Atlanta, Georgia!
Here is the winning Haiku:
A petal floats past,
Trailing ripples in the pond.
Nice video card.
Wanna win a $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate? Just send us your original
HAIKU and each newsletter we'll select one winner and print his/her HAIKU
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