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The ThinkGeek Newsletter!
July 11, 2007
Well, Transformers hit the big screens this week and despite being
awash with plot holes, we came away mostly pleased. Ok, who are we
kidding? As much as we want to be intellectual movie reviewers, we're
fanboys and fangirls like many of you, and not only were there super
amazing robots blowing stuff up, but our very own 42 ringer T-Shirt is
worn by one of the characters! How cool is that? Between the
ThinkGeek/Transformers tie-in and the hours of drooling fun we've had
with our iPhones, we're as happy as robotic clams. Want even more tech
joy? Check out our latest round of stuffz for your amusement...
R/C Jousting Knights
Straight From the R/C Renn Faire!
Dan and Paul are two normal guys with two normal jobs. No one would
ever pick them out of a crowd. But when the Renaissance Festival comes
to town, they don their armor, mount their respective steeds, and have
at each other on the field of battle. They joust, they fall, they joust
again. It's a feeling many can relate to - not the falling, but the
need for occasional mead-infused Renn Faire goodness. Since lances and
horses don't work well in the average cube farm, we break out our R/C
Jousting Knights for some old school fighting action. M'Lords and
M'Ladies, this is real tilting; you don't break lances here, you knock
your opponent clean off his or her mount. When your opponent falls,
their horse is disabled. That way, your adversary cannot cheat (which
medieval adversaries tend to do sometimes). Authentic medieval garb not
required, unless corsets and cod-pieces are your bag, baby.
Checkout the R/C Jousting Knights right here:
What's New @ ThinkGeek !!
Celebrate International Sysadmin Day - July 27th - Or Else
ThinkGeek suddenly feels compelled to remind you that the last Friday
in July (the 27th) is International System Administrator Appreciation
day. Yay! 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! A
simple hailing will not suffice however, you *must* purchase your local
sysadmin *something* or else something amiss may happen to your data.
Consider the gift a sacrifice that you must make no matter your
feelings. Don't let the bad happen to you, shop now for your Sysadmin!
(Psst, if you are an unemployed (or unhappily employed) SysAdmin in the
Metropolitan Washington D.C. area - we are hiring! Scroll down to our
quick blurbs section for the scoop). Otherwise, we've got some great
gift ideas for that special and almighty sysadmin in your life. Get all
the bits & bytes right here:
Mentos + Carbonic Acid = Good Times
By now, everyone's seen video after video of Mentos in diet cola. Those
that have tried it were either impressed with the reaction, or
horrified at the mess. Probably a little of both. While most people
know that the reaction happens, they likely don't know WHY it happens.
This little experimentation kit not only wows your onlookers with huge
displays of brown foamy fun, but it also helps teaches you how it all
works - from nucleation to gaseous dissolution. Does sugar help or
hurt? Which makes a better reaction - Mentos or normal table salt? Can
you make the geyser go higher if you apply a restrictor valve to the
tube? All your questions can be answered with the judicious application
of science! Then again, if you just want the big-ass fountain, the
quick-release rig drops the Mentos into the cola from a safe (and dry)
distance. Still, we recommend an umbrella. Sure you could just buy some
Mentos and diet cola on your own - but you are lazy and ThinkGeek is
Power Strip Space Saver - Makes gadgets happy
As a gadgets junkie you surely know about those big ugly AC adapters
that power just about all your electronics. You also know that those
adapters can be pretty annoying when trying to connect more than two or
three to a single power strip. Outlets get blocked and you end up
needing three or four power strips to connect all your devices. Is
this any way for a geek to live? We think not. The Power Strip Space
Saver, from Philips, is the perfect accessory for power strips that
don't have enough space to fit all your bulky AC adapters. Each
flexible 7" extension cord can easily accommodate the AC adapter and
the pass through outlet will still give you access to the power strip
outlet. Problem solved, gadgets happy.
The Internet is Also Not an Ice-Cream Truck - Four New T-Shirts
Summer's here and just in time for the hottest months, we have a new
white t-shirt to help keep you cool. This shirt displays a series of
(our favorite) tubes, including a summer standby, the innertube. Wear
it and imagine you're in Alaska. If black is more your thing, we have
two shirts that might fit the bill. The first, Time Travel, hearkens
back to a simpler era when De Lorean was solvent and Sony's Walkman was
the iPod of the day. But even if you weren't around in the 80s, you can
still giggle at Time Travel's tongue-in-cheek sentiment. Our Invisible
Ninja shirt, the other black shirt... duh, comes complete with
screenprinted shuriken (the deadliest kind). Get it just to see how
many people check the back of your shirt. Finally, we have a new ringer
for our Star Trek (the original series) fans. Our red shirt says
simply, "Expendable." Because Red Shirts are.
Multicolor LED Panel - Chic Geek Mood Lighting
Who says geeks are clueless about interior decor? Spice up your next
LAN party soiree with this stylish LED lamp. Twenty-seven LEDs divided
into 9 different squares slowly fade randomly between all the colors of
the rainbow. This large 10 inch panel can stand upright or be mounted
on a wall. The bezel-free design means you can buy four and stack them
seamlessly together to form your own alien spaceship control panel. We
recommend you serve Bawls martinis while your party guests frag away
basked in the multi-color glow from your futuristic LED mood lighting.
SteriPen Portable Water Purifier - Cleans water with UV light
SteriPen is the only portable water purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV)
light to destroy waterborne microbes. Whether your water source is a
woodland brook or an overseas hotel tap, SteriPen purifies clear water
by destroying viruses, bacteria and protozoa ó including Giardia and
Cryptosporidium ó in seconds. Carry a SteriPEN to disinfect water when
you travel, hike, camp or trek. Itís the fastest route to pure, safe
drinking water anywhere. This device is lightweight weighing less than
8 ounces (225 g) with batteries. Includes a neoprene carrying case!
Ximax Slim & LED Dot Matrix Display Watches
We love just about anything that uses long lasting LEDs for
illumination. One exception would be those new fangled traffic lights
that use LEDs - we don't like those - unless they are glowing green.
Green LEDs we like. We also like these new wristwatch models featuring
interesting displays. The Ximax Slim has a clean and elegant design
with a classy white on black reverse LCD display. It features a very
thin watch case and nice styling. The LED Dot Matrix Display Watch has
a retro feel with a green LED display. Before and after displaying the
time it produces one of several very short LED animations.
DIY Drinking Strawz - You Suck in Your Own Special Way
Here at ThinkGeek Labs, we're never content with doing things the easy
way. Take the "mixed drink." Sure, you can pour the proper amounts of
the different liquids into a cocktail shaker and then into a glass. But
that's boring. Here's the ThinkGeek way to mix a drink: Get three (or
more) glasses filled with various potables (potent or otherwise). Build
a wild straw that dips into each glass before merging into a main
conduit of liquid goodness. Then suck on said conduit and marvel as the
different liquids are sucked through our DIY Drinking Strawz, mixed
together in the straw, and enjoyed by your taste buds. Want to share
with a friend? Just add a branch. The design possibilities are endless.
One word of caution, though: more liquids = more pee. brb - potty!
Cellphone Signal Extender - Say Adios to Bad Reception
A lot of technology goes into making your cellphone work. So you would
think that we would be more understanding of dropped calls and garbled
conversations. Nope. Nothing gets geeks into a seething tech frenzy
like poor cellphone reception... and it doesn't help that we couldn't
resist the glossy black smoothness of the iPhone and AT&T sucks for
cellphone service. Sad. Well quit staring at your one-bar-worth of
signal strength and pick up this handy Cellphone Signal Extender for
your home or office. Simply mount the included antenna near a window
and run the coax cable to the base booster unit. You get 1500 square
feet of prime signal area. We went from 1 bar... to 5 at the ThinkGeek
secret headquarters and made our iPhones very happy in the process.
DIY 3-D Picture Frame Kit - 2-D is so... two dimensional
Transport your photos into the exciting (but dangerous) third-dimension
with this amazing DIY 3-D Picture Frame Kit. We're sure your familiar
with the old red-blue type of 3-D that drives your eyes wonky... well
forget that. Instead this is the ridgey type of 3-D that requires no
glasses and is found on promotional 7-11 Slurpie cups, movie posters
and cereal boxes. For those interested, the technology is called
"lenticular" and uses a series of micro vertical lenses overlaid on top
of a photo to display a different image to each eye. But we digress.
Basically you take any standard photo in .jpeg format and, using the
included PC software, define the areas that will pop-out. Print out the
resulting image on your handy-dandy color inkjet and insert it into the
frame under the special filter. Voila! Instant 3-D.
Finger Drums - Time to Get the Office Rockin'
If you're like us, you always have a little down time at work. You
know, the time you just sit at your desk waiting for the movie files or
game demos to download. Sure, you could pretend to be working on a
spreadsheet or something, but why not have some fun instead! Turn on
your Finger Drums and let the beat move you. Three main drums, working
bass drum pedal, and cymbal all await your finger-tapping prowess. You
can even record a funky beat and play it back. That means one of two
things to us: either A) a funky hall strutting beat; or B) a drum sting
awaiting our deft joke cracking skills. Did you hear the one about the
sys admin and the server? Ooooooh, yeaaaaah.
Don't Think, Just Shoot - Lomo Style
The first 3 rules of using Lomo Cameras are: 1 - take your camera
everywhere. 2 - Use it day and night. 3 - Make it part of your life.
Everybody and their brother's got a digital camera or a camera phone.
When you print up the resulting pictures, they're often squared-off,
uninteresting, and flat. What makes Lomo so great is their playful
approach to photography. Whether you see the world through a fisheye
lens, or in rapid-succession slices of time, Lomo can capture the
moments of your life. Each picture becomes art - rich color depth and
exciting new perspectives await inside each roll of film that passed
through a Lomo. What you thought was boring in person suddenly has a
life you hadn't seen before. It's all about changing how you look at
things. There's something magical about these cameras, and we don't
mean the Hogwarts kind of magic - they make the real become more real.
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