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Monthly Archives: November 2008

The 2008 OhGizmo! Christmas Countdown

The 2008 OhGizmo! Christmas Countdown (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well boys and girls, it’s November 30, and you know what that means. It’s just one day away from the 3rd annual OhGizmo! Christmas Countdown. Yep, it’s that time of year when electronics manufacturers break out the Santa Clause shaped plastic injection molds and holiday-themed decals to make their boring flash drives and USB powered crap seem a bit more festive. Of course the OGCC will try to avoid that kind of stuff as much as possible, but one or two might slip through the cracks, since it just wouldn’t be the holidays without them.

And to re-emphasize (like I do every year) the OGCC is not intended as a gift giving guide, unless you relish the sight of disappointment on your friend’s faces when they unwrap your present. If you are having trouble finding the perfect gift for someone this year, might I direct your attention to the OhGizmo! archives which already features thousands of great ideas.

So check back tomorrow morning when we officially get the 2008 OGCC rolling…

Video Friday: SteadiChicken

By Evan Ackerman

In order to get smooth and stable video, the pros use several thousand dollar Steadicams. After watching this video, I think a chicken might be more effective. While Steadicams rely on high inertial mass to keep them from jiggling around, the chicken possesses superior technology in the form of a gyroscope (probably its inner ear) and compensating motors (the muscles in its neck). It’s able to instantaneously compensate for any movements of its body to keep its head just about perfectly stable. So all you really need to vastly improve your spastic videography is a willing chicken, a little helmet with a camera mount, and something to keep the chicken looking where you want it to look. Something like, I dunno, a girl chicken in a bikini or something. Brilliant.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Maxim Unlocks Mortal Kombat Soundboard

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Mortal Kombat is easily one of the most recognizable fighting franchises out there. Whether you spent your childhood trying to master the art of Fatalities (guilty), or are a parent worried about the impact of violent video games, you know this game. Over the years the game has evolved, but one thing has always remained the same, that awesome voice. Usually it says cool things like “Fight” or “Finish Him!”, but today, he says so much more.

The guys over at Maxim cornered Hernan Sanchez (the man behind the voice) and forced him to say a few lines that aren’t quite as menacing. Seriously, Forgive Him? I guess that one might fly in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. For the most part, these are pretty entertaining. The best part is that they’ve been arranged into a handy soundboard, which is located just to the right. Enjoy!

[ Maxim ] VIA [ GamerFront ]

Frying Gun Egg Stencil

Frying Gun Egg Stencil (Images courtesy LatestBuy Australia)
By Andrew Liszewski

I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to fry an egg in the shape of a classic six-shooter, but who am I stand in the way of someone’s dreams? This stainless steel mold features a collapsible handle for lifting the stencil when it’s hot, and presumably it can also be used for cutting gun-shaped cookies or pastries. Perfect for that NRA brunch you’ve been planning. It’s available from LatestBuy Australia for about $6.50.

[ Frying Gun Egg Stencil ]

Nihilist Mints, For The Postmodern Philosopher

By Luke Anderson

When I set out to buy something, I tend to do my research beforehand. I like knowing that it has the features I like, and that other customers were satisfied with its performance. There’s nothing worse than getting something, only to find out that it doesn’t work as advertised. So what happens when you come across a product that advertises it’s lack of functionality as a feature?

I give you the Nihilist flavorless mints. By definition, a mint is a candy flavored with mint. Thus one can only conclude that a mint with no flavor cannot be named as such. All naming issues aside, I think we can all agree that these are the most pointless mints that one can buy. Then again, I suppose that’s the point. If you want to wax philosophical over the pointlessness of existence, then pick up a pack of 60 Nihilist mints for $5 and enjoy, or don’t.

[ McPhee ] VIA [ Uberreview ]

Straight Up Chess Boards Make For Very Long Games

By Luke Anderson

My high school, like most others, had a chess club. It wasn’t much of a club, just a collection of people playing chess in an empty classroom every Wednesday during lunch. I stopped in every now and then, so I guess that made me a member. I honestly don’t have the time to dedicate to the game anymore, however, with one of these Straight Up Chess Boards, everyone has time to play.

I’ll admit that when I first saw this, I found it ridiculous. However, the thought of only making a move when you walk by a certain part of the house is intriguing. Just be polite and actually make a move when you go past it. Otherwise, that’ll lead to some sort of violence. And when you get violent over a chess game, that’s just sad. These sets can be customized with a variety of different woods and frames, but they start out at $100 each.

[ StraightUpChess ] VIA [ GearFuse ]

Video Friday: SpaceX Rocket Test

By Evan Ackerman

Happy Black Friday, here’s some rocket porn:

This is the first full mission duration test of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 (9 for 9 engines) launch vehicle. All together, the engines produced 855,000 pounds of thrust, and burned over half a million pounds of liquid oxygen and kerosene. The 9 engine configuration is robust and reliable, and the vehicle can still complete its mission even if it loses an engine after liftoff.

Pretty impressive for a commercial company, and they’re offering to put your satellite into low earth orbit for a mere $36.75 million.

[ SpaceX Falcon 9 ]

Keep Your Boots And Gloves Dry This Winter

By Luke Anderson

I remember as a kid that I’d come inside after playing in the snow for hours and shedding off my boots, gloves and snowsuit. We’d arrange our gloves and boots next to the fire in hopes that they would be dry for our next outing. Unfortunately this wasn’t usually the case, and we would have soggy feet before even stepping outside. Well now that I’m an adult, I can purchase a gadget to dry my gear after playing in the snow for hours.

This Glove and Boot Dryer is a handy piece of equipment for drying boots and gloves. It uses convection to dry them out, so as not to risk setting fire to your house. You can choose to run one or both pairs of dryers, which comes in handy if you just need to dry a couple of things. Just $40 prevents soggy socks all winter long.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]

Chinese Farmer Builds His Own Robot Army, But Uses Them For Boring Tasks

Wu No. 25 (Image courtesy Ananova)
By Andrew Liszewski

Wu Yulu, a 46 year old Chinese farmer, doesn’t have a fancy University degree or much book learnin’, but over the past 30 years he’s managed to build himself an impressive army of 26 different robots. As time went on, Wu’s skills at designing robots improved, and while his first model, affectionately dubbed Wu No. 1 (he sees all his robots as his sons who must bear his surname) could barely shuffle along with small steps, Wu No. 25 is actually capable of pulling Wu around in a rickshaw for up to 6 hours on a single charge.

Sure it’s impressive and all, but I’ll be frank here. If I had managed to build myself an army of 26 robots they wouldn’t be sitting around writing calligraphy, serving drinks or playing musical instruments. Instead I’d be taking the Victor von Doom approach and would use them in a fiendish plot for world domination. That or cleaning toilets, either way it’s win win for Andrew!

[ Ananova – Farmer builds robot army ] VIA [ Coolbuzz ]