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It’s Time To Go Medieval On That Office

By David Ponce

Nothing says “I’ve been shopping at Thinkgeek!” like showing up at the office with a desk catapult. Or trebuchet. We’re not sure. See, the rubber band says catapult, as does the fact that its mechanism relies on it. Also… the name. But that plastic “weight” at the bottom of the swing arm says trebuchet. We’re going to side on catapult though, since a little plastic nubbin would probably not contribute much weight to anything. So yeah… nerdy discussion aside, what you have here is a device capable of throwing spiky foam balls at up to 40ft. That should be far enough to keep you occupied for an afternoon, after which you might have to spend some time explaining to HR why you spent the best part of a day running around the office picking up little foam balls from the floor.

It’s $15.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Give This To A Creationist, They’ll Be Amused


By David Ponce

The above is a simple eraser. Apparently these are used to remove graphite markings on thin white sheets made from dead trees. Weird, we know. But there you have it. More interestingly, these particular erasers feature an ape on one side and a human on the other. As you use it, it will either evolve or devolve, depending on which side you prefer. It’s fairy large as far as erasers are concerned, measuring around 60 x 30 x 55mm (2.4 x 1.2 x 2.2″). And it’s also pretty expensive: $25.

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The Slända Pens Always Stay Upright, Possibly Leaving Marks All Over Your Desk

By David Ponce

Designers sometimes like to re-invent the wheel. Or to create solutions for problems they themselves invent. The result is sometimes stupid, sometimes intriguing but most often a combination of both. This is the case with the self-standing Slända pens, which admittedly do look cool. They never lay flat on the table, which might make them easier to grasp. Additionally, they won’t roll off your desk, ever, which we suppose is a plus. But… they’re also entirely unnecessary. And at $30 a pop, very hard to justify.

Still, the need to stand out at the office just might be strong enough a motivation to click on the product link below.

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This Totem Went All Tetris On Your Desktop

By David Ponce

Lexon’s MINITOTEM is meant for the office. In one efficient stack, you get a pen cup, storage for paper clips, a clock, tape dispenser (tape included), and a 4 USB plug hub. All these objects nestle into one another more efficiently than even your best game of Tetris and make for a cleaner, neater work environment.

Price unfortunately is not available, though the item appears to be in production. It looks like one of those things that should probably not cost a whole bunch, but you can contact them at contact at lexon-design dot com (trying to fool them spam scrapers) to find out, if you’re interested.

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Steelcase Walkstation Won’t Let You Stay Fat

By David Ponce

The Holidays are over soon and you’ll get back in the office looking bloated. Come on, you know you are. But that’s ok, because it’ll be the new year and you’ll be full of motivation, determined to lose that gut. But how can you? You spend your entire day at work, sitting in front a desk, not burning any calories. Send your boss this article and explain just how much more productive the office would be if you all had this. It’s called the Steelcase Walkstation and is a workstation that happens to be a treadmill. For one, you’d cost your company less in health insurance. Also, after a while you’d have more energy since there’d be less of you to carry around. Heck, we don’t need to sell you on the benefits of being able to move all day vs. sitting. The Walkstation has a top speed of 2mph and is very silent, as it should in an office. One of the listed features is actually a little funny: “Motor designed to withstand the rigors of slow speeds and possible higher weights for long periods of use (our emphasis).”

Now… they aren’t cheap. $4,400 and up, depending on the sort of accessories you buy with them, such as the movable monitor arm, or other organizational elements; it is an office workstation after all.

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Our Desk Beckons The CSYS LED Task Light

By David Ponce

Looking like a construction crane, the CSYS LED Task Light from designer Jake Dyson is an object of desire. At least as much as one can desire such an industrial looking object… which is a lot. Made from aluminum, copper and plastic…

[the] CSYS LED task light can be adjusted effortlessly in three axes to allow exact, stable positioning. Setting the LED head close to the working area allows focussed illumination, whilst raising it creates a wide, even pool of light. The mechanics are designed with precision to ensure a smooth accurate movement and positioning.

The heat pipe within the CSYS LED task light conducts heat away from the LEDs and distributes it evenly over the length of the heat sink. It uses no external pumps or extra energy to cool the LEDs and is instrumental in keeping the CSYS task light running brightly and efficiently for 37+ years.

As usual with objects that look decent, you can expect to pay a price premium. The CSYS Task Light is £550.00 (around $858 USD).

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Nothing Quite Says “Screw You, Boss” Like The Inflatable Pillow Tie


By David Ponce

Oh you hippie, you… why’d you have to get all corporate and find yourself a job working for the Man? Doesn’t matter, a day will come when you’ve had enough of never ending meetings and will want to commit career suicide. Do it in style with the inflatable Pillow Tie. As the website says: “Most functions that require a tie deserve to be slept through.” This particular tie has an inflatable bladder and can be turned into a pillow in seconds. It’s roughly $20.

We realize this wonderful novelty item may not be new, but it is new to us so it may be to some of you.

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Don’t Be Tying No Strings On Your Fingers, Use This Instead

By David Ponce

Sometimes you have to remember something real bad. Just can’t forget it. Tying a string on your finger is one way to do it, but hey, what if you don’t remember why you tied a string? Buy a set of these die-cut Post-Its and wear them like wristwatches.

€9.80 for 100 “watches”.

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Handy Notes Let You Passive Agressively Enhance Your Messages

Handy Notes (Image courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

I like the idea behind these hand-shaped sticky notes that let you fold back the fingers to create different message-enhancing gestures. But let’s not beat around the bush here. As cute as a thumbs up or pointing finger might be, there’s really only one hand gesture people are going to use these for. Because what’s better at getting your message across? “Bill, stop stealing my lunch from the breakroom fridge” with a cutesy thumbs up? Or, “Bill, stop stealing my lunch from the breakroom fridge” written on a note that’s flipping them the bird? I think the message is clear here, literally and figuratively. I just wish they weren’t ~$12 (£7.50) for a single stack, because I’ve got a lot of passive aggressive notes to leave.

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