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The ThinkGeek Newsletter!

October 25, 2007

Greetings Mortals!

This past Tuesday was a very important day for geek kind. No, Pluto was not accepted back into the realm of the nine. The actual Lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker in Episode VI was launched into space alongside the Harmony space module aboard STS 120; otherwise known as the Shuttle Discovery. Woohoo! Our only gripe was that Jar Jar wasn't launched along with it to test the theory that Gungans can't be successfully ejected from airlocks without spacesuits. And why didn't the Lightsaber from Episode V travel instead? We blame the Ewoks, as should you. Speaking of you, now is the time where we humbly ask that you send an impulse from your retinal sensors down those optic tracks and on to your occipital lobe, thus allowing you to successfully scroll down and focus on the following fresh goodies...

WiFi Detector Shirt

Wi-Fi Detector Shirt

Wearable Wi-Fi Signal Status for You and the World

Here at ThinkGeek we're pretty lazy when it comes to technology. We expect our gadgets to do all the busywork while we focus on the high level important tasks like reading blogs. That's why we hate to have to crack open our laptops just to see if there is any wi-fi internet access about... But now, thanks to the ingenious ThinkGeek robot monkeys, you can display the current wi-fi signal strength to yourself and everyone around you with this stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. Finally you can get the attention you deserve as others bow to you as their reverential wi-fi god, while geeky admirers swoon at your presence. You can thank us later. And hey, this shirt will be featured in the exclusive Holiday 2008 Wired Showroom in downtown Soho, New York. Woohoo! We are pretty proud.

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What's New @ ThinkGeek !!

The World's First Intelligent Umbrella

The World's First Intelligent Umbrella

Never forget your umbrella again. Reminiscent of a warrior's special weapon, the Ambient Forecasting Umbrella flashes its blue LEDs to warn you that rain might be nearby. It wirelessly receives local weather data from Accuweather.com and delivers it to your umbrella via a nationwide paging network. Lights indicate rain, drizzle, snow and thunderstorms so you can bring the umbrella with you and know what to expect. This is a top quality "gust buster" umbrella canopy design with a simple push button opening action. So, come rain or shine - this intelligent umbrella has you covered!

DIY Laptop Sleeves

ThinkGeek is always looking for solutions to problems. The latest issue that's gripping the artistic geeks around the world is the lack of artistic expression in laptop sleeves. It's a scourge the world around! Yes, matte black can say a lot about someone (nihilistic but cheap), as can stainless steel briefcases (spy wannabe) but if you're the type that looks at your portable-computer conveyance as a blank canvas waiting the artist's touch, then you need to RUN NOT WALK to your computer and order a DIY Laptop Sleeve. Plain white canvas will take markers, pencil, oils or even watercolors - you're limited only by your imagination. Email your creations to famous@thinkgeek.com, and you might even find immortality for your works!

DIY Laptop Sleeves

Five New Shirts for Your Geek Wardrobe Needs

Five New Shirts for Your Geek Wardrobe Needs

We have new shirts that run the geek gamut, from the smallest to the largest. The Geekling creeper is for babies who secretly ponder how to take apart their mobiles and rewire them to control their baby monitors. For those who can't hold their heads up yet but are already indifferent about the whole situation, "meh" now comes in an infant tee. For the adult-sized geeks, old-school RPG fans will understand the new design "The Dice Are Trying to Kill Me." Our next shirt, "Your Ringtone Sucks," allows you to express the truth to multiple targets at once. Think of it as both a t-shirt and a broadcast message. Finally, we have something special for the ladies. For every one of our new Huge Tracts of Land shirts we sell in October, we'll donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Because we're all about protecting the land.

USB Cassette Deck - Give Your Audio Cassettes Some Digital Lovin'

You may be familiar with our Ion USB Turntable... the handy little gadget that lets you take your old vinyl records and encode them digitally into MP3 files. Apparently your unloved audio cassettes were pretty depressed that no shiny new tech was helping them make the immortal leap to digital. So sad :( ... Well fear not little cassettes! ThinkGeek has come to your rescue with the USB Cassette Deck. Not only does this cool bit of kit sound smashing when you connect its dual cassettes to your stereo system, but also by using the included software and your PC you can easily rip your audio cassettes into digital format for playback on iPod or copying to CD.

USB Cassette Deck - Give Your Audio Cassettes Some Digital Lovin'

World of Warcraft - Amazing Action figures from Azeroth!

World of Warcraft - Amazing Action figures from Azeroth!

Very rarely do enemies team up, and when they do unexpected things can happen. Three of Azeroth's baddies teamed up with a dwarf of the Alliance to do the physically impossible. Using magic only available in a future expansion pack, the four characters broke through the computer and emerged into the real world. They were going to head to Blizzard and take over Azeroth. But alas, their plan backfired. They emerged, true, but they emerged as plastic action figures. And then they began duplicating. Bring a set into your home now or else all the duplicates might be able to band together and take over the world. And you don't want that do you? Besides, they look awesome and are great fun to play with - for all those times when you can't get online.

Doctor Who RC Invasion - Daleks and K9 and Cybermen, oh my.

Doctor Who's Sonic Screwdriver is a great tool. But we know of another great tool - the remote control! With a remote control unit, you're able to harness the 1/4 scale K9 unit and get it to drive around your office, talk, and even extend and fire his laser gun. K9 is so obedient, you'll definitely want to make sure he's by your side in battle. And with different remote controls, you can command small Battling Daleks to fight each other using invisible "Dalek Rays." If you score 5 hits before your opponent - you win! And to referee the Dalek Battle, you'll also get a swanky Cyberman figure. So break out some batteries, gather your Doctor Who buddies, and have some of the wildest R/C action this side of Gallifrey.

Doctor Who RC Invasion - Daleks and K9 and Cybermen, oh my.

Radiometer - Classic Retro Toy Still Perplexes

Radiometer - Classic Retro Toy Still Perplexes

It's a simple solar engine that spins when light is shone on it. But what makes it spin? Is it pressure photons place on the dark side? Is it the surface of the blades sublimating that imparts spin? Maybe it's the complex dance of the rarefied warm and cool air? Or is it spinning with some mystical all-powerful force that controls everything? Look, we've flown from one side of the galaxy to the other, and we've seen a lot of weird stuff, but if you think you got the science, then maybe you can pick up the ThinkGeek radiometer and explain it. 3 inches in diameter, this little glass bulb will bring out the science geek in everyone. Pretty soon, you'll be shining flashlights on it, holding up mirrors, sticking it in the freezer and blowing it with hairdryers trying to understand the complex mechanisms at play here.

Shooting Cubicle Alarm System - Protect your stapler!

Cue the Pink Panther theme. Ahead of you, in your coworker's cubicle is a delicious piece of chocolate cake. He gets up and goes to the bathroom - you have only moments if you want to swipe it without getting caught. You tiptoe into the cubicle and then all heck breaks loose. An alarm klaxon pierces the calm. You press on, but little do you know that tripping alarm 1 armed two more alarms. You hurry to the desk and alarm 2 goes off, louder than alarm 1 and illuminating you with a red dot of light. You turn and trip alarm 3, which fires two foam-tipped missiles at your head. The only thing you manage to sneak away with is a lesson: get a Shooting Cubicle Alarms system for your cube, and protect your own goodies from office hooligans.

Shooting Cubicle Alarm System - Protect your stapler!

KeyCarbon - Advanced Keystroke Logger

KeyCarbon - Advanced Keystroke Logger

George Carlin once said a paranoid need only be right once for it to be all worthwhile. Maybe you've got enemies, or maybe you just want to keep an eye on someone. Frankly, we don't care! All we can do is provide you with the tools you need, and it's up to you to act responsibly. If anybody asks, we didn't see you... That said, if you've got a need to record the keystrokes of a USB keyboard, then the KeyCarbon is here to help. Capable of recording over half a million keystrokes, you can capture anything that gets typed into a USB keyboard. Tiny and easily overlooked, the KeyCarbon remains hidden while secretly and faithfully making a carbon-copy of whatever is typed. Used by computer forensics departments around the world, KeyCarbon is sneaky-sneaky!

Giant Swiss Army Knife

In the ThinkGeek Gadgets Hall of Fame, this is a knife that would definitely score an entry. The Giant Swiss Army Knife is a unique special-edition knife containing all 85 tools currently produced by Wenger (Maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife). These 85 tools can be used in over 100 functions, and it's the World's Largest Swiss Army Knife. It's not exactly going to win any awards for lightest, smallest or most efficient tool but it is guaranteed to impress anyone who gazes upon it. And even though this knife is a monster, weighing almost 3 pounds, don't worry - it does have a key ring so you can carry it on a belt loop. Comes with official Wenger gift box and certificate.

Giant Swiss Army Knife

Palmsize Battle Tanks - Petite Tanks Mean Serious Business

Palmsize Battle Tanks - Petite Tanks Mean Serious Business

Office disputes here at ThinkGeek are handled in a most diplomatic manner. As standard procedure, the offending parties are teleported to the surface of Vulcan where they duel to the death to resolve their differences. However due to the high employee turnover rate we have revised the policy to declare a victor based on Palmsize Battle Tank warfare. These detailed diminutive r/c tanks feature authentic tank sounds and IR based "laser tag" action with realistic recoil. A hit momentarily disables your opponent. Get enough hits and take control of your enemy's tank. Each set contains two-tanks, but buy an extra set and up to four tanks can battle at once to solve those more complicated office disagreements.

Vector Desk Shelf - Perfect for the Middle Level Manager

Brought to you by the Art Lebedev Russian design studio best known for the fabled Optimus Maxiumus keyboard comes the unabashedly low-tech Vector Desk Shelf. The Vector is modeled after a line graph of something.... Your current performance as an employee perhaps? Or maybe the rate at which donuts are consumed by accounting? In any case you can use Vector's acute angles to store a myriad of desktop goodies. By a simple rotation you can be in the green, optimistically trending up, or in the red... realistically on the decline. We've decided our Vector shelf tracks the overall sales trend of Vector shelves as it relates to cleverly written product descriptions like this one.

Vector Desk Shelf - Perfect for the Middle Level Manager

Quick Blurbs !!

Office Space Box of Flair

Office Space Box of Flair - Because flair shows you care

Canvas Utility Bag

Canvas Utility Bags - Yeah, it's a man-bag.

USB Drum Kit

USB Roll-up Desktop Drum Kit

Micro Transformers with Candy

Micro Transformers with Candy - Robots and sweets mmmm....

Star Wars Pillows

Star Wars Pillows - Vader's Head has Never Been so Comfy

Bomberman Exploding Bomb

Bomberman Exploding Bomb - Play Hot Potato... Bomberman Style

Portable Gas Stove

Portable Gas Stove - For cooking a moveable feast

The Little Lamp

The Little Lamp - Classic lamp shade complete with LED bulb

Tangle DNA Speakers

Tangle DNA Speakers - New Lower Pricing

Caffeine Candy Sampler v7.0

Caffeine Candy Sampler v7.0 - Now in stock

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Plush

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Plush - Electronic Rabbit back in stock

Mini Pet Cactus

Mini Pet Cactus - Back in stock

Rubik's Cube

Rubik's Cube - Back in stock

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