Today on Boing Boing Gadgets
— a site which we suspect you'll enjoy reading even if you often find gadgets tire- and irksome (so do we!) — we spotted these top-notch crank-powered greeting cards
from Hallmark, of all people; hacked sunglasses that block CCTV cameras
; a book about making LEGO weapons
; a human-powered party bike
, complete with lights and sound system; and the Venture Bros.
era-appropriate love of fancy chairs
A team of Israeli art students made a wooden coffee grinder
shaped like a cuddly tumor; a crappy newspaper made a crime spree
by stupid kids the fault of Grand Theft Auto
; ICANN unveiled a new plan for top level domains, putting me only $100k away from owning http://cluster.fuck
Rob documented BBG
's first word coinage
; John exposed a traumatic misunderstanding
of the nature of lumberjack hibernation; I got off my ass and started rounding up deals again
One of Pixar's own made a cute Wall•E in LEGO
. (And I'm going to see it tonight. I'm pumped!) AT&T may actually be adding MMS to iPhone
, which for the first time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple. Nokia released some new phones
, which for the second time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple.
Then there were the sexy stormtrooper boots
, our enthusiasm over which only slighted muted by the acknowledgement that every stormtrooper was a clone, then brought back into vibrant excitement when reader Rob Cockerham invented the term "Fett footish."
There was a Steampunk sonic rifle
. Despite indications to the contrary, use of the term did not cause the internet to implode. Yet.
Helio, a company that thought it could build a business by buying expensive phones and selling them to poor teens has — surprisingly — been sold for scrap
. Perhaps they'd have been better selling buckets for making dogsicles
Once again, someone made a dot-matrix toaster
, but only in their mind
. (Hey, MAKE:RS! You can do this!) World of Warcraft
added a real-world security dongle
to protect you from gold farmers stealing your account. Yahoo hiked domain prices in a fairly scummy manner
And someone made a lamp from dishes
which looks an awful like the stuff I used to make on the lathe when I was sequestered in wood shop for seventh-grade homeroom.
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