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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Trans-Siberian Orchestra + Christmas Lights = As Good A Way As Any To Spend Christmas Day

By Andrew Liszewski

Having neither the motivation nor the necessary real estate to set up my own over-the-top, synced-to-music Christmas lights display, I’m forced to rely on others who are kind enough to post clips of their setups on YouTube. This time, it’s over 54,000 lights synced to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s (who seem to be the unofficial soundtrack for Christmas lights) Christmas Eve In Sarajevo. Please to enjoy…

[ YouTube – Christmas Lights – TSO – Christmas Eve in Sarajevo ] VIA [ The Gadget Blog ]

OGCC Day 25 – USB Light-Up Typing X’Mas Tree

USB Light-Up Typing X'Mas Tree (Images courtesy GIFTWHOLE)
By Andrew Liszewski

2008 OGCC Day 25 (Image property OhGizmo!) Now isn’t this what the holidays are really about? Cheaply produced USB-powered plastic novelty crap that will sit unused in your desk drawer for 11 months out of the year? I certainly think so. That’s why everyone on my list will be unwrapping one of these USB-powered X’Mas typing trees this morning. (Sorry to ruin the surprise.)

The tree features a collection of 10 red LED lights that will only glow whenever you’re typing at your PC. And the faster you do type, the more lights will illuminate, which I have to assume translates to an increased level of holiday cheer. The tree also features a speaker in the base that you can connect to your PC via the headphone jack allowing you to play your Christmas tunes through it, which once again can only lead to more holiday cheer. Though by this time of the year, I’m sure we’ve all reached our cheer quotas… and then some.

So on that note, all of us here at OhGizmo! once again wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and here’s to seriously hoping you weren’t one of the people on my shopping list this year.

[ USB Green X’Mas Tree ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Fish Tank Thursday: Special Holiday Edition

By Evan Ackerman

If there is one thing we may or may not be known for here at OhGizmo, it’s posts about fish tanks. Fish tanks like this one, this one, this one, and especially this one. Since it’s Christmas, I just thought I’d remind you that fish also like to celebrate the holidays, and all it takes to get them into the spirit of things is a visit from Santa:

Merry Christmas!

And The Winners Of The Three Tokyoflash Watches Are…

By David Ponce

Rafizah Zain, who chose the Saishin Retsu Gunmetal+Green watch.
Tom Lorimor, who chose the Tokyoflash Negative IPB watch.
Jordan Dobbs Rosa, who chose the Tokyoflash Galaxy watch.

These were all chosen at random by Paul Cooper, marketing manager at Tokyoflash from all the entries he received. Thank you all for participating, and stay tuned for other giveaways in the new year.

And The Winner Of The Coosh Headphones With Bundled iPod TouchIs… (UPDATED)

By David Ponce

HAL_9000, with the comment: “even if i by some miracle i won it, i’m sure my wife would steal it.” Our hearts go out to you, dear HAL_9000. You’ll get the joy of winning with the sorrow of losing, all at the same time. Good stuff.

For those of you wondering where the requisite screenshots are: I’m on vacation. I’m using some strange PC, with none of the software I use. And sure, taking and cropping screenshots is fairly simple. But I’m on vacation. Trust me that the winning number was 14, and that this is our little HAL_9000 friend here.

Once again, my apologies to all who didn’t win, but I do thank you all for entering. If anything, we’ve set a new record for the number of comments left in a month! And proven that y’alls are a bunch of lurkers. Don’t be shy of leaving comments. In the future, we’ll start rewarding prolific commenters, and it won’t hurt you to get a head start.

Merry Christmas!

Update: Turns out our little friend here doesn’t leave his correct email address… HAL_9000, dude, we got no other way of reaching you! You have 24 hours to get in touch with us, or your winning will be forfeited and given to someone else. And to avoid some random person claiming to be you, you will have to give us the email address you used to make your original comment as well. Failure to remember it, you guessed it, will forfeit your winning. Sorry dude, but we have no choice.

The Games We Played – The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook

The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook (Images courtesy The Retroist)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve been racking my brain for the past few weeks, but I just can’t remember ever playing a video game that had some sort of Christmas theme to it. I know games like that existed, but I like to keep this column limited to titles that I’ve actually played. So instead, for this week’s special ‘Christmas Edition’ of The Games We Played, please enjoy these scans of video games and systems from the 1983 Sears Wishbook catalog, courtesy of The Retroist.

Let’s face it, before the internet or you were old enough to hang around with the weirdos at your local computer store, catalogs were really the only place where a kid could get information about what new games and systems would soon be available. And since 1983 was the year of the great video game crash, this particular Wishbook features everything from the Odyssey 2 to the Vectrex and even Merlin! I can remember a lot of these systems being on my Christmas lists of yesteryear, and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind finding a few of these under the tree this year either.

[ The Retroist – The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook ]

OGCC Day 24 – Classic Star Trek Nutcrackers

Classic Star Trek Nutcrackers (Image courtesy What on Earth)
By Andrew Liszewski

2008 OGCC Day 24 (Image property OhGizmo!) The Star Wars universe is well represented in the land of nutcrackers, but oddly enough, it’s only recently that Trekkies have gotten their chance to crack open a walnut via their beloved Star Trek characters.

From What on Earth comes these Star Trek Kirk and Spock nutcrackers that each stand 12 inches tall. They’re hand-painted, crafted from real wood and even feature authentic trekkian details like a communicator in Kirk’s hand and Spock giving the “live long and prosper” gesture. But at $34.95 each, you probably won’t want to use either of them for actually cracking open any nuts.

[ Classic Star Trek Nutcrackers ] VIA [ IO9 ]

The Fish Agility Training Set

The Fish Agility Training Set (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

So far Hammacher Schlemmer has managed to avoid the unfortunate demise of The Sharper Image by keeping their catalog stocked with unique items that don’t immediately make you think “crap!” But it’s items like this that make me wonder if the road to SharperImageTown isn’t just a few short turns away. The Fish Agility Training Set will apparently allow you to teach your ‘pet’ fish a series of underwater activities like swimming through hoops, pushing a soccer ball or navigating a slalom course. Instead of their usual routine of eat, swim, eat, swim, eat, swim, die.

The set comes with all the paraphernalia you’ll need to provide training and positive enforcement like a feeding wand you can use to lead them around. And if your fish tank happens to include certain varieties like Parrotfish or Cichlids, you can even teach them to play fetch thanks to their natural tendencies to move gravel around with their mouths. Thrilling!

Checking the calendar again it’s definitely not April 1st, so you can actually buy this set from Hammacher Schlemmer for $39.95. Oh I get it! There’s the real trick!

[ The Fish Agility Training Set ]

Fancy Safe Opens Via USB Or A Touch Of Your Finger

By Luke Anderson

It’s really nothing special to find a safe that is opened with a key, since most safes will open with either a key or a combination lock. Now what if that key is a USB key? That would certainly change things up a bit. This interesting BioMirage Coffer is the first safe that I’ve seen that not only uses a USB key to open, but will also open up to the touch of a finger.

The primary method of unlocking will no doubt be the biometric scanner, as it would be the easiest method. The USB key is mainly there as a backup measure in case the scanner goes out, or you accidentally lose your hand. It seems like a cool replacement for your average storage safe, but the $580 price tag makes it highly impractical.

[ Syba ] VIA [ TechViva ]