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Monthly Archives: September 2005

The Luxpro nano Clone

By David Ponce

This all looks a little computer generated, so I don’t really know how legit it is. But, well, our favorite friends over at Luxpro (you know, the makers of the super groovy Super Tangent, the Shuffle super clone) seem to be at it again, this time with the iPod nano.

Yeah. That’s it really. Maybe they’ll make a version that doesn’t scratch as easily. Story VIA UberGizmo.

The Sonic Impact T-Amp

By David Ponce

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: my ears are big fugly muffles that can barely tell the difference between a bassoon and a bass. It’s a little like telling the difference between a good cigar and a great cigar. That being said, I’ve rarely come across the foaming-at-the-mouth-it’s-so-great kind of reviews this little amp is getting. The fuss is over the Sonic Impact T-Amp, a $30 15-Watt amplifier that “easily outperforms amplifiers that cost 100 times more.”

It started out as a gimmick, cheap battery-powered amp and has turned into an overnight sensation, shipping thousands of units. From the review

this has been the most thrilling and incredible experience I’ve had with a component in, say, 25 years of HiFi listening. This website has existed since 1995, I’ve reviewed hundreds of HiFi components, inexpensive and ridiculously overpriced ones. I never – repeat – NEVER came across such a stunning piece of gear in all of these years.

Right. It almost makes me want to buy one and see what the fuss is all about.

Read the Google Cache of the review (BoingBoing broke the site, I guess). It’s quite entertaining to see such enthusiasm, really.

Story VIA BoingBoing.

Update: Ok, the Google cache doesn’t work. The original link does, though.

The Duct Tape Band Aid

By David Ponce


You’re one tough MoFo. You ain’t got no place for no pussy Band-Aids. Hell, you get cut, you get cut. If it bleeds, it bleeds. You got nails to hammer, two by fours to cut and cement to pour. There’s just no way you’re going to be seen wearing a Band-Aid.

Unless it’s a Duct Tape Band-Aid.

Yeah, that’s right. It’s made by the Nexcare division of 3M, though I can’t seem to find it on their website. In any case,

The plasters are designed to look like duct tape, presumably so that the wearer doesn’t feel embarrassed about wearing them. They also come in longer lengths for larger fingers, while the packaging is designed to fit easily in a toolbox.

More here. Story VIA Strange New Products.

The Flite Bike

By David Ponce

Save a lot of money. Around $20,000 to be exact. Then, buy a scooter. Make sure it’s a Honda Reflex. I don’t know how much that is, but that’s not the point.

Then, get in touch with the good folks at Flite Bike and get their conversion kit. It’s pretty much just a parachute and a big fan. Then, once you’ve spent a good amount of time making the conversion, you’ll have a scooter you can either drive… or fly, to work.

Steering on the ground and in the air is done by using the handlebars. On the road, the standard throttle and braking system are used on the bike; in the air, the throttle is operated by a lever on the side of the bike (similar to that used on the Buckeye powered parachute). The unit uses a standard Buckeye powered parachute canopy, which is capable of carrying the 550-pound Flite Bike assembly and a 250-pound pilot with fuel for 2 1/2 hours of flight time.

Find out more here. Story VIA The Raw Feed.

The Armadillo Bread Bin

By David Ponce

“What’s that?”
“What’s what?”
“That thing, on your counter!”
“Oh that! Yeah, that’s my bread bin.”
“Uh huh. Why does it look like an armadillo?”
“Well, you know…”
“Right. And how much did that “armadillo” cost?”
“Eh, I dunno, like $110 or something, why?”
“Right, right, no reason… So, um, you want another drink?”

Story VIA Uncrate.

We Have A Winner!

By David Ponce

There are a lot of updates today. That’s because we had to pick a winner for the ThinkGeek Contest, and to give everyone a fair chance, we did a lot of publishing. There were a lot of good entries and it was a tight race until the end.

The three main contenders were Jennifer, Maximillian Hill and John, who arrived a little late in the game, but must have sent in as many entries in a week as I write in three. John, my man, you played catch up, and you won. You’ll be hearing from me soon.

As for the runners-up, Jennifer and Max, don’t think that your efforts were wasted. I have some things in store for you, and know that dedication and hard work doesn’t go unrecognised around these parts. I’ll be in touch shortly.

And thank you to everyone who participated. There is yet another contest in the works. This one won’t involve you having to do so much work, so stay tuned.

The Ultimate Gaming Console

By David Ponce

We’ll call this one The Mother Of All Mods. Some guy named Bird, with presumably quite a bit of time on his hands, has built a case mod that fits (get this) an Xbox, a PS2, and a Gamecube, all in one spot.

Oh yeah, and an LCD!

That’s right folks. In one box, he’s fit three gaming consoles plus the screen to play them on.

That’s really all there is to say. Check out some additional pictures here.

The Remote Controlled Lock

By John

No longer will you have to be faced with the most heart-wrenching of decisions: key lock, or combination lock? With the Remote Controlled Padlock

Just point the remote at the lock, press the button, and the padlock springs open.

Lock has all the features of a standard padlock — hardened steel shackle, all-metal casing, and key entry. Includes spare key for padlock, red LED mini-flashlight on remote, and 4 billion rolling security codes to prevent accidental opening by others.

You know nothing impresses the guys in the locker room like a remote controlled lock.

$18 later, it’s yours.

Cellphone Wheels

By David Ponce

You’ve got entirely too much time at work. That much is clear. You’re bored out of your mind. That’s when adding little wheels to your cellphone, in order to turn it into a little car of sorts seems like a good idea.

It comes in 6 colors and two types: regular and pull-back. No clue how much, since the page is in Japanese. Maybe someone can decrypt?

Right here. Story VIA Odd Things From Japan.

Thanks, John.