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The ThinkGeek Newsletter!

October 26, 2006

Hiya,

All hallows eve approaches us much like a Fett to fresh bounty... with severe determination. We've decided we are each going to dress up here at the ThinkGeek headquarters like those green Mario pipes, the kind Piranha plants pop out of. Then when the UPS guy comes, we will all line up in a series, and he'll just think we are cosplaying Nintendo. Wrong. When we proclaim our true identity his mind will warp in awe. We are The Internets. A series of tubes...

Bluetooth Retro Handset

The ThinkGeek Bluetooth
Retro Handset

The glorious wonders of technology have produced cell phones that are lightweight and small which is great, except when you need to actually talk on one of them for a few minutes. Then they quickly become a bit awkward and hard to hold comfortably. There are Bluetooth headsets, of course, but these typically make you look pretty Borg-like. So we consulted our monkeys at ThinkGeek Bluetooth Labs (TM) and we went ahead and built our own solution, combining the Phone and Handset wireless convenience of Bluetooth with the good ole fashioned comfort grip of a rotary phone handset. It's a ThinkGeek exclusive product, only available here!

Available only at ThinkGeek, the Bluetooth Retro Phone Handset:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/8928/



What's New @ ThinkGeek !!

Neuros OSD Linux Media Recorder - Back in Black

Neuros OSD Linux Media Recorder - Back in Black

The new Linux-based open source media appliance is back and ready to test your modding and coding skillz. We offered a limited pre-release of 200 units of the beta version of the Neuros OSD last month and sold them out in less than 24 hours. Now Neuros ponies up the final production version of this amazing little device. The hardware is the same, but you'll be stylin' with the new black case and updated firmware. Neuros is putting their money where your hot little hand is with a series of cash bounties for coding specific new features into the firmware of the OSD... plus Neuros comes through with a $30 manufacturer rebate and a no questions asked 60 day return policy. Out of the box, the Neuros OSD functions as a media recorder and player. However, the really special part about the OSD is its wealth of ports and the completely open source firmware.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/8af5/

Digital WiFi Detector - doesn't detect water

"Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Sometimes Wifi is a little like that - it's all around but you don't know the details until after you boot your laptop. This Digital WiFi Detector has a backlight LCD screen that provides information on signal availability and strength as well as essential network information, including SSID, security status and channel. When multiple networks are present the LCD will allow you to scroll through information for each network. It will even tell you if the network is encrypted; but it won't tell you where the nearest water source is - you're on your own for that one.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/89d1/

Digital WiFi Detector - doesn't detect water

Three New Shirts To Tell Them How You Really Feel

Three New Shirts To Tell Them How You Really Feel

We've got three new shirts so fresh off the printing press, they are still steaming. Get 'em while they're hot. First up is a new favorite here at the ThinkGeek offices. Do you have lots of projects left unfinished in both your professional and personal lives? Of course you do. That's why you need our 'I never finish anyth' shirt. Second up is our 'I Know HTML' shirt. Only it's not hypertext markup exactly we're referring to. See for yourselves. Last up is our take on the popular chat phrase LMAO. It features a sort-of bathroom sign figure, and, well, his ass has literally been laughed off. Ouch:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=swag1006

LED Blow On-Off Candles - Pneumatic Candles

In magical institutions of higher learning, candles float in mid air and light with a well-cast spell. We've got the hovering candles down (our own little secret), but we just can't get them to light up when we say even our most powerful spells. We were left with no choice; we had to try magic's sibling: science. That's when we found these great LED candles. All it takes is a puff of air (or a light tap) and the lights turn on and off. They are battery powered LEDs, so unlike regular candles these won't accidentally set your Irontree case mod on fire. And that will make the folks living above your basement stronghold very happy indeed:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/89d9/

LED Blow On-Off Candles - Pneumatic Candles

Periodic Table Shower Curtain - An elemental cleaning

Periodic Table Shower Curtain - An elemental cleaning

Research indicates that constant exposure to stimuli can affect the neural pathways in human brains. Like Rodney Dangerfield in the tour-de-force "Back To School," if everywhere your head turns there is some form of useful information, you can't help but be in a constant state of learning. It is also said that some of man's best thinking comes in the bathroom. (It is a little known fact that the Magna Carta was written on the privvy) To exploit these two phenomena, ThinkGeek proudly offers the Periodic Table Shower Curtain. Instantly recall the atomic number of Nickel (28) and the symbol for Mercury (Hg) from the fuzzy depths of your mind through the use of this waterproof, and very stylish, educational-aid.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/8a2f/

T-Qualizer Shirt - Personal Embedded Equalizer

Here at ThinkGeek, we're constantly amazed at the never-ending evolution of new technology. Hey, it's our job. Take the lowly T-Shirt for example: In caveman times you had animal pelts... the Medieval era saw rise to the stylish burlap sack... next came lovely soft cotton and then synthetic polyester. Finally the modern space age delivers a fully functioning graphic equalizer in a handy t-shirt format. Party like it's 2999 with the glowing display on the T-Qualizer that dynamically changes with any ambient sound or music. This has to be the coolest wearable tech we've seen since the George Foreman backpack grill.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/generic/8a5b/

T-Qualizer Shirt - Personal Embedded Equalizer

USB Hub Mug Warmer - Yummmm. Toasty. USB.

USB Hub Mug Warmer - Yummmm. Toasty. USB.

Let's face it - your desk is cluttered. No, no, it's okay to admit it. Admission is the first step to clutter recovery. First, look at that tangle of USB devices. What a mess! And how about that coffee-mug coaster? If only you could consolidate all that crap. ThinkGeek! Save us! We heard you, boys and girls - the USB Mug Warmer & Hub has arrived, sprinkling the magical pixie dust of desktop organization before it. This sexy-silver 4 port hub connects your high-speed USB 2.0 devices to a mini hot-plate who's surface cooks hot enough to keep your coffee warm, but not so hot as to cause conflagration.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/85b6/

Pertelian External LCD Display v4 - Amazing New Geeky Features

The Pertelian is your monitor's best friend. All day WoW sessions don't leave much time to display essentials like e-mail messages, or stock quotes. This handy backlit LCD display plugs into an extra USB port and gives you all kinds of useful data nuggets while your main display is busy with boring essentials like 3D graphics. Now the revised V4 model offers some incredible new features like monitoring of eBay auctions, streaming IRC chat and updates on the latest posts in your favorite forums. Plus if you've got some programming talents you can even code your own custom apps for Pertelian... and hey it looks great nestled between your quad flat-screen gaming setup.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/avcards/7e3e/

Pertelian External LCD Display v4 - Amazing New Geeky Features

Curiously Strong Magnets - More flux = More Joy

Curiously Strong Magnets - More flux = More Joy

You should consider yourselves fairly lucky, padawans. Many moons ago, only scientists (and the Borg) had access to rare-earth magnets. Sure, you could find them in some hard-drives, but they weren't near as fun to play with as Curiously Strong Magnets. These Neodymium Boron magnets are strong. Curiously strong. While your garden variety magnets have a magnetic field rating of about 75 milliteslas, our Curiously Strong Magnets measure in at a whopping 1200 milliteslas! That's a lot of magnetic flux density baby! And now ThinkGeek is offering up a 2nd set of Curiously Strong Magnets which contains larger sized magnets for even more flux fun!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/770f/

Desktop Desert Hothouse Kit - Terraform your own desert planet

Eventually, humankind will most likely turn the moon into a resort. It will be full of trees and spas and nightclub magicians. And once we get bored with the New Moon, we will go after Mars. The Red Planet will become the All-Night Party Planet. To make it interesting, each climate will be represented and full of it's lush natural vegetation and food stuffs. Get a head start on this massive dance party by building a miniature version of the Desert Disco Palace on your desk. We'll supply you with the plant growing materials, you supply the lights and music. Your cubicle will never be the same once you get your Martian Funk on.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/8a50/

Desktop Desert Hothouse Kit - Terraform your own desert planet

USB Digital Microscope - zoom in on stuff!

USB Digital Microscope - zoom in on stuff!

The USB Digital Microscope allows you to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary for hours of fun and learning. View specimens collected around the house, backyard, your desk, or the fridge. Look at the micro-printing on paper currency or examine the traces on your motherboard. This microscope provides you an easy way to zoom in on a wide variety of objects to satisfy your curiosity of the world around you. Plugs into USB to capture images and video with three magnification levels.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/8493/

Three New Books - Be geeky, chic-y, and hacky

This month's book offerings are quite diverse. Perhaps you're tired of your cable modem telling you how fast it can go. Hack it! Learn how with "Hacking the Cable Modem." Or perhaps you are tired of staring at the grey walls of your cubicle. Well...chic it up with "Cube Chic." Add some trees or some astroturf. And maybe, just maybe, you have no idea of what you want or are confused about a big decision. The answer lies in an equation. "Geek Logik" will give you algebraic equations necessary to help you answer such questions as 'Should you lie?' 'Should you call in sick?' and 'Should you admit incompetence (or just fake control)?' If X > 5, you are in big trouble.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=spengler

Three New Books - Be geeky, chic-y, and hacky

Khet Laser Game - Yes, Jimmy, Ancient Egyptians had lasers

Khet Laser Game - Yes, Jimmy, Ancient Egyptians had lasers

Fire spawns life. It is a symbol of creation and destruction. It is beautiful and deadly. Fire is always an important aspect in the history of our planet, and is a very prevalent symbol in ancient cultures. In Egyptian hieroglyphics, the glyph for Khet (the brazier, fire, flame) looks like a lamp shooting fire...or perhaps a laser! You see, vague clues from the past point to concrete proof that the ancient Egyptians played a game with lasers, mirrors, and plastic pieces. That's why the ancient Egyptians were so cool. Not because of all their architectural achievements, but because of their laser games (and space travel, but we'll tell you about that one later). Formerly known as 'Deflexion':
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/games/7eaa/

Quick Blurbs !!

We're Hiring A Senior Perl Programmer
http://www.thinkgeek.com/jobs/index.shtml

Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers

LightSabers make fine costume accessories
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/69de/

MusicGremlin Wi-Fi Media Player

$50 Instant Rebate on Music Gremlin - Use Code GEEKGREMLIN
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/mp3/8939/

Bag Of Holding Messenger Bag

Messenger Bag Of Holding - Back in stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/bags/88b9/

Excuse Box

Excuse-Box - Awesome environmental sounds will deceive
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/89f9/

Zero Fog Blaster

Fog Blasters - Fog rings are halloween-tastic
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/5b4a/

eStarling Wi-Fi Gmail / Flickr Enabled LCD Frame

Get notified when our Flickr/Gmail Photo Frame is Available
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/cameras/7edc/

Pirates of the Revolution Game

Pirates of the Revolution card game - back in stock!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/games/78ea/

High-powered Green Laser - 10mW

High-powered 10mW Green Lasers - Back in stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/8a39/

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