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.
If you think that your phone may have been hacked so that your adversaries can watch you through the cameras and listen through the mics, one way to solve the problem is to remove the cameras and microphones, and only use the phone with a headset that you unplug when it’s not in use.
Lured by the internet’s pervasive insistence that it represents a superior, more comfortable typing experience, I recently went back to an old-timey mechanical keyboard. This was a mistake. I am now a hamfisted ASCII jazz disaster.
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