Category Archives: gadget

TSA-Approved Laptop Bags

With word that the Transportation Security Administration will allow people to keep their laptops in approved bags at airline security, the company Mobile Edge have fast-tracked a line of checkpoint friendly cases.

The “Scan Fast” collection includes a briefcase, backpack, and messenger bag. All three will allow its contents to be x-rayed within the bag — eliminating the need for people to go through the laborious process of taking them out. The laptop bags will go on sale later this summer.

Meanwhile, another company, Skooba, is quickly coming up with their own TSA-approved laptop bag.

Expect a boom in the production of these bags real soon, with a number of popular bag and case companies coming up with their own.

Iron Man Motorcycle Helmet

This customized Iron Man motorcycle helmet convincingly gives you the feeling of actually sporting the superhero’s armored mask.

Available for purchase at The Helmet Guy.

Viral Link Top Ten: The Mad Hatter Edition

10. Secret iPhone Factory Photos!

A woman finds her new iPhone has some top-secret pics on it…

9. “Why So Serious?” Dollar Bill

I’m tempted to do this to my own money, but isn’t it illegal???

8. The Six Worst Comic Book Husbands

Sure, they can fight crime…but what about their skills as a hubby?

7. Princess Chunk The Cat

We are looking for the owner of a 44-pound cat. LOL.

6. Paranoia Sweater

Come out, come out of your deceitful yarn paradise…

5. Johnny Depp To Play Mad Hatter In Tim Burton Alice Flick

I always thought Tim looked like the Mad Hatter, actually…

4. Viper-Flavored Ice-Cream

Dairy that bites…

3. The Night Owls

The best webcomic you’re not reading yet.

2. Keira Knightley Refuses Digital Boob Jobs

…and becomes icon for smaller-breasted women everywhere.

1. George W. Bush as The Joker…

…by Drew Friedman in Vanity Fair!

Cubicle Decor: How Much Is Too Much?

This CNN article on office cubicles really got me thinking — how much office decoration is too much? What are the limits?

The article covers office workers who have decorated their cubicles in the following themes:

* The Hulk

* My Little Pony

* Dr Seuss

* Happy Meal Toys

* GI Joe

In some cases, the toys and other paraphernalia literally cover every inch, minus work space, of the entire cubicle.

Now, the pros of having your office decorated in such an unique manner are obvious. It makes you feel more at home and gives you a sense of individuality from within a sea of corporate-beige.

However, the cons:

* Officemates distracted and annoyed

* You distracted by your own awesome collection

* Employers might be biased against you based on your whimsical interests. For example, the woman with the My Little Ponies. What if she gets passed up for that promotion because somebody thinks she’s not “mature” enough — even though she most probably might be more than qualified?

In the end, however, you spend so much time at your job that you need it to be not only comfortable but a place where you can be yourself to a degree.

What do you think? How do you decorate your office space?

(here is another article on cubicle decorations from The New York Post)

Poop Bathroom Door Handle

Ever worry that guests won’t know what room the bathroom is in your palatial abode? French designer Florence Doleac has solved that problem by creating a bronze-colored bathroom door handle that will be unmistakable.

Presenting: the Poop Handle!

No, that’s not its official name. Actually, it’s called an “├ętron” (feces specimen) door handle. Classy. Your guests will never mistakingly open the broom closet again.

(Inventor Spot)

1980s Plastic Charm Bracelets And Necklaces

In the mid-1980s the girls in my class were obsessed with plastic charm bracelets and necklaces. Retro fashion inspired by an even earlier era, these charms could be as simple as a plastic shape (animals, hearts, etc) to as complex as little books and phones with dials.

Whatever charms you chose, the idea was to buy a lot of them — and heap them on plastic chains. It went beyond mere schoolyard fashion, being more emblematic of a 1980s trademark — excess.

Do not be fooled by lesser plastic charms. The true vintage 1980 charm will have a little “anchor” fastener (to attach it on the wide loops of the plastic chains) and sometimes a little metal “jingle.”

Today the authentic plastic charms go for a bit in the collector’s market, with sometimes an entire “full” chain grabbing an upwards of $120+.

Watch Streaming Netflix On Your XBox 360!

Just another reason for my boyfriend to hurry up and get that Xbox 360 — as if Rock Band wasn’t enough.

Microsoft has just announced a deal that will allow Xbox 360 Live Gold users to play streaming video from their Netflix queues for no extra charge. They will also be able to share and watch the movies with the rest of their friends in their Live party.

I think this is rather big news — and a big partnership. Just another step towards what I envision to be the future, one device for all media and uses — a combo game player/computer/TV/phone/media center.


The Last Of The Portuguese Penis Ceramists

Husband and wife team Francisco and Casilda Figueiredo are keeping the home (and kiln) fires burning on the fading Portuguese art of crafting ornamental ceramic penises. Their handicrafts range from two-foot penis-shaped bottles to mugs and soccer figurines, and they sell the items as souvenirs and to local stores. Back in the day, however, they exported worldwide and sold upwards of 1,000 ceramic penises a month.

The craft of making ceramic penises in Portugal allegedly originated in the mid-1800s, when King Dom Luis suggested that the local artisans create something a bit more unusual and provocative to sell. But nowadays, with a far more liberal and jaded public, ceramic penis bottles and mugs are becoming far less shocking — and thus less popular.

Despite the reduced demand, the Figueiredos still toil in their little village workshop, offering ceramic penis bottles for 15 euros a piece.

(via Javno)

iPhone Abacus App – New Twist On Old Concept

Standard calculator interfaces are too boring and retro. Instead, why not opt for extremely retro — and sync it to your brand new iPhone?

The iPhone Abacus app was created by a Japanese developer, and simulates use of the ancient calculating system that originated in China. Simply move the “beads” on the abacus depicted on your iPhone screen, and math is made easy!

The iPhone Abacus can be downloaded into your phone — and it should be noted that this is not an official Apple app.

Check out video of it in use here.

Garden Zombie

F**k trolls. You need a Garden Zombie.

Perfect for Girl Scouts, poll takers, and various missionaries. $89.95.

(via Nerd Approved)