If, like me, you have a nerdy appreciation for geeky t-shirts, you will love nerdyshirts.com. The site offers a great variety of funny techie shirts for both men and women, and even a small selection of baby shirts. From their accessories section, you can purchase, among other things, the previously covered Zelda belt.
Nerdyshirts’ newest arrival is this pajama-looking Pacman t-shirt (see picture above), which despite the initial bed-time association I still find very pretty. I wish they had it in a different color as well, as I'm sure it would look less pajama-like in bright red or black.
T-shirts are usually available for $20,- and the site will ship worldwide. You can pay via Paypal, Google Checkout or by credit card.
I prefer a softer, less serious look, but if I were buying a laptop bag for an executive type person who doesn't like briefcases, I'd consider getting Koyono's Booq Boa Backpack Laptop Bag. What impresses me about this bag is the interior design which, after comfort, is what matters most. The four main compartments are staggered, which makes a lot of sense in a bag that's tall - this ensures the best use of the different levels of space. There's a utility pocket on the outside for a phone or music player, and the main outside pocket consists of a main compartment with 5 smaller utility pockets and 3 pen pockets. If that's not enough, there's also a secret pocket on the back panel for things like passports and other small valuables. The bag opens wide, so it's easy to lift things in and out - really useful on trains and planes.
The exterior is made of high quality ballistic nylon and other rugged materials to withstand abuse. It's a versatile bag for travel, and wouldn't look out of place in a conservative work environment (see more photos after the jump).
The Booq Boa is on sale now for $149.50 (down from $165), and comes with free Cool Feet Hot Laptop Air Stand (normally $14.99).
The monastic life is not what it used to be. Reuters reports that many monasteries throughout the U.S. are connected to the Internet, and conduct their communications and business online. Some have their own websites for connecting with the public and selling goods. Monasteries are able to sell a wide range of products, such as books, music, incense, food, and wearables, through their websites. As for online communications, monks, according to this report, find email less intrusive than phone calls (I can relate to that).
There's also a site that serves the public's interest in monasteries - VocationsPlacement, basically a headhunting service that connects individuals interested in religious life with over 600 religious communities.
I find this phenomenon very comforting.
Visit monastery websites:
Monasteryfruitcake.org, Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia
Mount Savior Monastery, Pine City, New York
God Alone, Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, Kentucky
St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery, FLorence, Arizona
Just in time for Halloween, Lego is selling this special 3D pumpkin pack collection to anyone who doesn't have enough orange and green bricks leftover from the giant carrot they built for Easter.
The pack is available now for $18 from the Lego Store, but if you'd rather stand out from the crowd with a gray and black or red and blue pumpkin, then gather whatever pieces you already have around the house and follow these official building instructions.
Via Coolest Gadgets.
Whack-a-mole was the first computer game I ever owned and I used to spend hours playing it on my VIC 20. Whack-a-mole is one of those repetitive yet extremely satisfying games; the goal is to whack with the aid of a hammer the little moles' heads back into the ground as soon as they try surfacing. This alternative USB version, simply known as whack-it, is built on the same principle as the original game (which was an arcade game and not my VIC 20 version). The colored heads (or whatever they are supposed to represent) light up to indicate that they need to be pushed back down by tapping your finger(s) on it.
I would have to try it out to see how playable it is, but I have a feeling that I could be spending hours tapping those shining red, green and yellow blobs down.
Available for £12.49 Gadget-Box.
While I've never paid much attention to men's razors or other shaving paraphernalia, I have noticed that there are a lot of choices, and that the shelves of cosmetics stores dedicated to products for men have been growing over the last few years (a disproportionate number of them devoted to shaving). Accordingly to a story in Chosun.com, the competition in the razor industry is cutthroat, with the most recent development being the development of a six-blade razor by Dorco called "pace 6." How far can this go and why would we want to see it going any further?
This development was foreseen a few years ago on the humor site theVoiceofReason.com, in its article "Gillette to launch 6 blade razor for 'closest shave yet" (together with hilarious animated demonstration of how each blade has a unique function). Gillette did release the five-bladed Gillette Fusion since then, proving once again that parody is prognostication.
What this means to me is that men need more beauty products that aren't dedicated to the act of shaving.
I am not usually a big fan of pimped up gizmos that more often than are tastelessly exuberant in both price and design, but every now and then someone gets it right, and then you can just admire a beautiful piece of design. This is the case with the Diamond iPod shuffle created by jewelry designer John Harrington. Etched with Herrington’s known 'Renaissance’ motif and adorned with five small diamonds, this iPod shuffle really looks like a luxurious piece of jewelry.
Available for £ 300.
This simple-looking sombrero cord manager really beats those rubber and velcro ties I have all over my house, both in form and function. You anchor this onto any surface with a screw, wrap your wire around it and feed the outgoing cord into one of the notches to keep it in place. You can choose to keep it under and behind furniture or make it part of your geeky decor, since it comes in five different colors (shown after the jump). They stack together (with a longer screw).
From Mockett.com for $4 each (discounts for multiple purchases).
They actually look more psychedelic than Mario-inspired to me, but since I've been obsessed with playing Super Paper Mario on the Wii lately, I'll say that these cute little mushroom push-lamps stand 5.5 inches tall and are perfect for anyone who 1) knows the difference between a green and red Koopa Troopa and 2) is delighted when finding an Ultra Shroom Shake in a hidden treasure chest.
Each lamp is $12 and runs on four AA batteries.
Now that the Apple ibuzz has softened to a whisper, Microsoft attempts to garner attention with their next generation Zune devices, enhanced Zune software, and redesigned Zune Marketplace — all geared toward discovering and sharing new music.
The Specs: There are two players, an 80GB hard drive-based model and a 4GB/8Gb flash model. The 80GB is available only in black, while the 4GB/8GB flash models come in black, green, pink, and red. All models share the new “Zune Pad” — a touch-sensitive button/pad for navigating. Another shared feature is the 320x240 pixel screen; the 80GB is 3.2 inches while the little 4GB/8GB has a 1.8 inch one. All still include FM tuner and wireless connectivity for synching the unit and sharing music with your Zune-bearing pals.
The Friends: Speaking of your Zune buddies, you can now send a Zune friend a song and he/she can keep it endlessly (previously limited to three days). Listening time is still limited to three plays maximum. You’re also now able to import television recorded in Windows Media Center (under Windows Vista).
The Store: Zune Marketplace has been nicely overhauled (maybe even beating iTunes, which is in desperate need of revised UI). You’ll find 3 million+ songs for sale (more than a million DRM-free MP3s). There will also be music videos, podcasts, and video podcasts. Download as you go, or listen all month for $14.99.