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The ThinkGeek Newsletter!

March 18, 2009

Friends of the Republic,

These last few weeks have been more deliciously geeky than Melange flavored jelly beans eaten on a holodeck trip to planet Raisa. We had a successful shuttle launch, Pi day, the theatrical release of one of the best novels (graphic or otherwise) of all time, Einstein's Birthday, Resident Evil 5, and the list goes on. In fact it does right now with the return of the Force FX Lightsabers...

The Return of the Lightsabers

What's New @ ThinkGeek !!

Canaveral Launches Discovery, TG Launches Promo - Save up to $10

Canaveral Launches Discovery, TG Launches Promo - Save up to $10

We were as excited as Jedi in a Viridian crystal mine to see mission STS-119 get off to a great start. Sometime today The Discovery will be performing a backflip so it can properly dock with the IIS. Hella-cool. In other news, back on earth, at precisely this location, 38.84395061578839, -77.29994684457779, ThinkGeek is running a new promo to save you some moolah on your next order. Get $5 off orders of $25 or more or $10 off orders of $50 or more. How do you redeem? Easy. First put some goodies in your shopping cart (easy part). Make sure the total is > $25 (for $5 off) or > $50 (for $10 off) and during checkout, enter the discount code SPACEBALLS. Hurry, offer expires 3/22/2009 11:59pm EDT!
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Back to the Future Die-Cast DeLorean - It's your density... er destiny

Have you been hunting for old DeLoreans on eBay and telling everyone to call you McFly? Well then we have a tasty little nugget to satiate the 80's lovin' Back to the Future fanboy in you. This 1:18 scale Back to the Future Die-Cast DeLorean is like a sci-fi-obsessed geek's dream. Though it doesn't travel through time, it does feature a real brushed metal body and intricate details from the movie. Look inside by raising one of the gullwing doors and you'll see all the time-travel controls from the movie including a tiny flux capacitor. There's even a Mr. Fusion on the back to avoid the hassle of stealing plutonium from terrorists. A lever on the bottom makes the wheels fold up for when you run out of road trying to hit 88.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/collectibles/b810/

Back to the Future Die-Cast DeLorean - It's your density... er destiny

Magic Spinning Globe - Solar Friendly

Magic Spinning Globe - Solar Friendly

Lots of executives and other important people have globes on their desks. Those guys are chumps. Pick this globe up and you'll feel the difference immediately. The globe floats free inside the outer clear shell, and stays north-vertical no matter how you hold it. Ah, but there's more! It's solar powered so shining a light on it causes the continents to drift slowly west to east. Perfect for any budding super villain who wants to hold the world in his grasp! Now, let's hear your best evil laugh! MUAHAHAHAHA!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/b71f/

4-Channel R/C Apache Helicopter - Dominate the Office Airspace

You cut your teeth practicing on tiny palm-size R/C helicopters... now step up and play with the big boys by piloting this giant 4-Channel R/C Apache Helicopter. With a length of over 15" inches and 4 channels of control you'll be dominating the office airspace in no-time. Dual counter-rotating blades make this Apache copter easy to fly. In addition to up/down, right/left rotation, and forward/backward movement, full pitch control on the bottom rotor gives you the ability to use the fourth channel to strafe right/left... plus its larger size and real radio frequency remote means you can fly indoors or out.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/b8b1/

4-Channel R/C Apache Helicopter - Dominate the Office Airspace

New ThinkGeek Books Of Doom - Ready to learn you good

New ThinkGeek Books Of Doom - Ready to learn you good

We've got a diverse collection of new books for you this month. Of course you've wanted to teach your kids about the evils of DRM - well then The Pig and the Box is for you. And once they learn about DRM, it's time to teach them about databases, so they can grow up to be good little coders. The Manga Guide to Databases is perfect for that. But you want to learn too, right? So grab a copy of Forbidden Knowledge and PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman, and you'll learn lots of crazy things. Like how to start a rebellion and arm your rebels with PVC nunchuks and spears. 'Cause nothing says rebel like a PVC spear.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=booksofdoom

La Crosse Battery Charger with LCD Display - Great Features

This new battery charger from LaCrosse will bring some excitement back into your batteries and has tons of geeky features to boot! This charger works with all NiCd and NiMH "AA" and "AAA" rechargeable batteries. The LCD display shows capacity for each battery, will not charge defective batteries and has overheat detection to protect over-charging. The battery charger can also be put in one of four different modes: Charge, Discharge, Refresh and Test mode. The Refresh mode can help to restore old re-chargeable batteries to their optimum condition. The LCD display provides an individual readout for each of the four compartments.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/travelpower/b7fd/

La Crosse Battery Charger with LCD Display - Great Features

Young Mad Scientist's First Alphabet Blocks - For little evil geniuses

Young Mad Scientist's First Alphabet Blocks - For little evil geniuses

Geek Kids! Like many of you, we are concerned about the state of science education in the public school system, especially in the lower grades. Specifically, we have noticed that there is absolutely no training in the K-6 grades that prepares students to become mad scientists. Until now! These lovely blocks contain many engraved illustrations of the equipment, training, and activities that a budding mad scientist will require, combined with a clever alphabetic introduction to the concept depicted. Each block is laser engraved onto a solid block of American maple wood. And yes, Z is for Zombies and that's good enough for we:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/1-3-years/b78f/

USB Cellphone Booster - Personal Signal Strength Bubble

Tired of crappy cellphone coverage? Create a cellphone signal nirvana around your laptop for you and your closest friends. The USB Cellphone Booster plugs into your USB port and improves incoming and outgoing cellphone voice and data within a 5 foot radius. Simply place the wired antenna up to 15 feet away from the USB base unit in an area of marginal coverage. We got an increase in signal strength of 2-3 bars and made our iPhones very happy in the process. You'll be the hero of those impromptu Starbucks meetings as your co-workers enjoy improved voice and data coverage.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/cell-phone/b8a0/

USB Cellphone Booster - Personal Signal Strength Bubble

Plantsense Easybloom and Power Plant Mini - Gadgets for Kingdom Plantae

Plantsense Easybloom and Power Plant Mini - Gadgets for Kingdom Plantae

Geeks aren't always known for their green thumbs. In fact, it's pretty common for the more technically minded to emit an aura of death sensitive to local flora. It's not their fault - just an unfortunate reality. However, if you want to improve your relationship to the chlorophyllic, you could ask the Easybloom for help. This gadget tells you what will grow in the dirt you've got around, or even help you heal ailing plants. If you prefer to grow indoors at your desk or kitchen, you could always try the Power Plant Mini that grows plants without dirt in a nutrient rich sponge. Even you can't kill basil grown that way.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=greenthumbgeek

PowerDrive Read/Write Storage Library for CD/DVD

The PowerDrive is a 2-in-1 device with an automatic Disc Library (storage/retrieval) and an external DVD writer. It allows you to access your CD/DVD library via a built-in optical drive. It provides enormous capacity (100 DVDs per unit or 12,700 DVDs per system, via USB hubs) - imagine what you can do with a maximum of 600 trillion bytes of storage space! Searching for any CD/DVD title or audio/music/video is simple, all it takes is a PC command. The disc is automatically loaded into the optical drive in seconds and is readily available for your applications.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/b62b/

PowerDrive Read/Write Storage Library for CD/DVD

Hey You - Smeg for Brains!

Hey You - Smeg for Brains!

Don't take it personal-like. We needed a headline that included the word "smeg" and "brains." "Smeg for brains" just works. Ahh, smeg, the frak of the late 80s. We're a bit nostalgic just thinking about it. In honor of the new forthcoming episodes of Red Dwarf, we decided it was time we did a shirt for fans of the show, and a simple "smeg." just seems appropriate. The "brains" half of the equation is this rockin' new hoodie, complete with full zipper, kangaroo pocket in front, and brains on the lining of the hoodie. That's right. Brains. Attn: all zombies. Get yer brains here.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=smeg4brains

SRV-1 Blackfin Mobile Surveillance Robot - Mars Rover for your Home

Explore the dangerous terrain of your home or office with the SRV-1 Mobile Robot. This palm sized bot packs tank-like treads a 1000MIPS 500MHz Blackfin BF537 processor and a mini video camera. Using 802.11b/g wi-fi the SRV-1 interfaces wirelessly with a remote PC. The Java-based console software includes a built-in web server to monitor and control the SRV-1 via a web browser from anywhere in the world, as well as archive video feeds on demand or on a scheduled basis. Get programming with fully open-source software for robot and host computer.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/8698/

SRV-1 Blackfin Mobile Surveillance Robot - Mars Rover for your Home

Quick Blurbs !!

LED Magnetic Light Mine

LED Magnetic Light Mine - Stick light where you need it
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/b92e/

Pogo Sketch iPhone/MacBook Stylus

Pogo Sketch iPhone/MacBook Stylus - Specially Designed for the iPhone Screen
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/b8dd/

SoundClip iPhone Audio Booster

SoundClip iPhone Audio Booster - Louder Sound... no Batteries Needed
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/b8e5/

Japanese WALL-E Mini Figure Set

WALL-E Mini Figure Set - WALL-E and Pals Visit from Tokyo
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/japanfan/ad39/

Splat Stan Coaster

Splat Stan Coaster - He died protecting your drink
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/mugs/b87c/

Water Flutes

Water Flutes - DIY Musical Instruments For The Geeklings
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/3-7-years/b79a/

2in1 KaleidoDisk Lightshow

KaleidoDisk - Skill enhancing Fun Factory for the Kids
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/newborn-infant/b841/

Space Origami Set

Space Origami Set - Take paper folding to a new dimension
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/b635/

Drumstick Pencils

Drumstick Pencils - Ready to rock the office
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/b866/

Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver

Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver - Electric Shaver never needs plugging in
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/b716/

Travel Medic First Aid Kit

Travel Medic First Aid Kit - Fix your boo-boos
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/camping-outdoors/b852/

BatRest Folding iPhone Stand

Batrest - Folding iPhone Stand - Fits In your wallet
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/b6f5/

Diaper Dude Messenger Bag

Diaper Dude Messenger Bag - Be a dad, not a wuss
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/bags/b81f/

Dismember-Me Plush Zombie

Zombies - Enuf Said
http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/zombies/

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    like mom used to say
    "zombie is as zombie does"
    so i ate her brains

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