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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pee-Wee Herman, Spiderman, And Other Cycling Suits Available For Your Riding Pleasure

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We’re all looking forward to the summer. Only some of us are looking forward to more than just the sun and the warmth: we’re thinking about riding again. But why not celebrate the departure of the snow and ice with a spiffy cycling suit? It turns out that there are a bunch of pretty original ones floating around the Interwebs. Like the ones above, which look like Pee-Wee Herman or Spiderman. Or the ones after the jump, that look like they came out of Tron. Or even better, the “Hipster” themed ones. Yeah… hipster. We couldn’t make that stuff up.

So, if you fancy attracting attention as you ride, these seem just about perfect. They’re $150 a piece, but they do seem to be legitimate cycling suits… if only a little strange looking.

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Sriracha Chocolate Bar Does Seem Like A Good Idea

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Last time we wrote about the Rooster Sauce, it was in regards to a seemingly delicious popcorn creation. Since then we’ve come to realize that people really do feel quite strongly about the spicy condiment, so what better than to introduce you to Sriracha Chocolate. First of all, we’ve tasted chocolate mixed with chilies, and we have to say that the combination is great. Have you watched ‘Chocolat’, with Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench? No? Well, it was our first introduction to the concept, and they were right: it works. So then, a Sriracha Chocolate Bar would seem like a match made in heaven. Right?

Well, they say the proof is in the pudding, and even if it looks good on paper, we can’t be sure it’s good until we try it. Or one of you does, and reports back. It’s $8, at Thinkgeek.

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Ever Wonder How They Make Snowboarding Half-Pipes?

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They use the machine you see above. It’s called a Pipe Monster, and is made by a Swiss company called Zaugg. It’s used in all major events, like the X-Games, the Olympics, the U.S. Open of Snowboarding, etc. And it ensures that the half-pipe that is created is uniform and standard. The process goes a little like this: first, other machines make a giant snow bank. Then the Pipe Monster is called in.

“Its 22-foot arm features a bunch of augers that go into gearboxes which connect. The snow it chews travels down the arm and into a blower that allows you to control where you want the snow to be ejected (including in front of the vehicle, in the off chance that you need to fill in a hole). [The machine] is powered off of a single hydraulic motor and it’s able to cut up to 25 feet of 18 or 22 foot pipe per minute. It weighs 3250 pounds and attaches to the front end of a snow cat.

After multiple passes, you have a perfect half-pipe. When it’s been used up a little, the Pipe Monster makes another pass, smoothing it down, but in the process making the two banks a little further apart. The angle and height remains the same, but the flat part in the middle gets progressively larger as the competition drags on.

And now you know.

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New Zealand Mint’s ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Transformers’ Coins, Minting Soon!

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It’s true that there are many things that money can’t buy, but one thing that it can buy is money. Not necessarily more money, but it would be currency in a more desirable form. That might sound a little bit confusing, so let me clear it up for you by saying three words: Doctor Who and Transformers.

These highly successful and wildly popular franchises are huge money makers, and now they’re going to be turned into actual money by the New Zealand Mint. You might remember the Star Wars and Hobbit coins they released in previous years, which were all kinds of awesome. Now they’re giving Doctor Who and the old school versions of Optimus Prime and Megatron the same treatment as these three entities are going to be minted into commemorative $2 coins that are going to be sold for way more than the face value of the coin: Doctor Who will be priced at $155, while the 2-coin Transformers set will go for $280.

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A $50 Autonomous Quad-Rotor That Obeys Your Voice Commands? Sign Us Up!

Let’s start by saying that the above product can’t be bought right now. It barely even exists. But if tech firm Always Innovating follows through on their plans for the MeCam UAV, they could have a winner on their hands. Their idea is to make an autonomous quad rotor bot with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, and which features 1 GB of built-in RAM, an SD card slot, a camera, and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled. With these hardware specs, the bot would then be able to take videos of you as you move around, going higher or lower at your command. It would also be able to follow you autonomously, and record your shenanigans from above as if someone else was in control. Imagine the possibilities!

Of course, not much is know about which of these capabilities are functional at the moment, and which are just in the pipeline. But if all goes well, Always Innovating would have a workable product by next year. And that’s only if they find a commercial partner to license the design from them., since they don’t want to make it themselves.

That’s a lof of “if”, so we’re not holding our breaths.

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This Titanium Utility Ring Seems A Little Small For What It Wants To Be

We kind of dig the above utility ring, but we’re concerned about its actual usefulness. It’s a ring made of aircraft grade titanium, and contains 5 tools:

It has a working bottle opener, a straight blade perfect for cutting packing tape or fishing line, a serrated blade for tougher things like nylon strapping or those tough to open electronics heat sealed packages, a saw for cutting plastic and wood, and it has a comb!

Yeah, so we’re wondering how useful that comb is given its size, but it is suggested to be used on a moustache, so we suppose it could work. We’re also not convinced that we could effectively use that saw to cut through wood… but A+ for trying. However, the ring is $385, and at that price, we think we’ll stick with the Swiss Army knife instead.

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This Flask Comes With A Cigar Storage Compartment

Very few things complement a cigar better than a good single malt scotch. But it’s hard to be able to enjoy both while remaining mobile. The Cigar Flask pictured above seems like just the thing for the gentleman who wants to have an “upscale moment” at the park. Or walking down the street with the buddies. Or anywhere outdoors, and not sitting down at a cigar lounge. The flask features a compartment sized .75″ by 1.5″, and fits 2 46-ring cigars. On the other side, you’ll fit 4 oz. of liquor. It’s just the kind of thing you buy a guy you like, but aren’t willing to spend more than $40 on. This happens to be $29, with engraving and gift box included.

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Press Is Press: Reebok Makes Polarizing ATV 19+ Shoes

Ever since Reebok announced their ATV 19+ shoes, pictured above, people with opinions have been broadcasting them quite loudly on both sides of the like/dislike divide. The shoes, equipped with 19 bulbous nodes (or lugs as Reebok calls them) on the sole, are supposed to give you added traction on uneven terrain. We suspect however that the real reason they look this way is to attract your attention. And it works; here we are after all, along with a throng of other press outlets, talking about them. So, whether you love or hate them, Reebok’s in the news, and that’s rarely a bad thing.

Whether or not the unusual outsole pattern translates into real world performance or comfort improvements remains to be seen. They’ll be available as of February 1st, for $140.

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Man Puts Himself Up For ‘Sale’ on Amazon–His Asking Price? A Job!

This is Philippe Dubost, and he’s putting himself up for sale on Amazon. At least, that’s what he made it look like anyway.

What you see above is a screenshot of Philippe’s resume, and it’s definitely one of the most creative ones we’ve seen so far. He’s a web product manager, so it make sense that he’d choose this medium to show off his skills and qualifications. Obviously, the listing isn’t really up on Amazon (I’m sure they wouldn’t allow it anyway). Rather, it’s hosted on Philippe’s own domain, and he’s dubbed the page as an ‘Amaz-ing Resume’. Amaz-ing…get it?Continue Reading