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John Brownlee


Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • Robot faced keytoppers started the robotification of Brownlee's home at the front portal. • We were serenaded by the sound of a thousand iPhone App Store farts. • Honda claimed they could, like, totally send a dude to the moon. • Secondrun.tv released a neat Media Center Extender to allow better streaming of Hulu on home theater PCs. • Brownlee considered gorgeous restored reel-to-reel tape decks as objects of art. • Obama may have pushed a bill through to delay the digital television transition, but 40% of all television stations are shutting off their analog transmissions next week anyway. • Someone finally got the iPhone external juice pack slim and right. • lolwut? What the hell is this thing even supposed to be? • Steve McQueen's zombie endorsed an absolutely gorgeous watch. • Lamborghini entered the stiletto heel game. • Palm's Pre continues to shape up as everything the iPhone is not, except sexy: they're killing off PalmOS, setting up deals with International Carriers, and will allow installation of applications through USB. • And if you haven't read it yet, Joel's thought piece on why the PSP failed and what Sony can do to ace the PSP2 is a must-read... or at least skim. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We got the details on an unofficial developer camp for the Palm Pre. • Dell released a sweet new multi-touch capable tablet, the XT2. • Brownlee discovered luxury speakers that looked like sacrificial alter from another world. • HP will be shipping their netbooks with an insane three versions of Windows 7, including the Starter Edition, which only allows three applications to run simultaneously. • If you're going to offer an over-expensive service for turning an Apple laptop into a tablet, do yourself a favor and animate the process in stop-motion like these guys. • The Sony Vaio P is a sexy little not-netbook, no doubt, but if you really want it to shine, put XP on it. • Brownlee thinks everyone should buy a smartphone, and recommends a pretty excellent seeming one. • Beschizza spotted a skinny iPhone clone useable for jugular slicing. • Stackable Duplo bricks become a swank, extendable USB hub. • We scratched our heads over the Isophone, a sensory deprivation system for teleconferencing. • Joel sucked himself through a dimensional vortex and took an ultrsasonic bath, complete with "spurting endometrial nozzles." • So erotic, toothpaste squeezing. • Brownlee discovered an antifreeze ice cream scoop, although he thinks it'll work on other flavors. • We discovered that Unix time will be 1234567890 on Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 18:31:30. • Brownlee toured the terrifying and beautiful monster factories of Japan. • Beschizza totally eviscerated an Author Guild's director's absolutely ridiculous claim that the Kindle 2's text-to-speech ability is illegal and a violation of property theft. And more besides! Come read us. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets: • We discovered that cheap LCD handheld games have always been there, and always been bad. &bull Rob shook his head and clucked his tongue over some Swarovski encrusted headphones. • We marveled at a retrofuturistic electric cannon. • Humidifying through solid state technology, aka concrete. • We looked at some incredible junk art robots by Mike Rivamonte. • All nixie tube clocks look the same, which is to say, awesome. • We learned how to turn an ordinary flashlight into an eyeball melting, balloon popping laser pointer. • Brownlee's favorite netbook, the Samsung NC10, got even better. • A soused-up Doctor Who played grab ass with Richard Dawkins' wife in some retro computer ads. • A springwound clock ripped from a nuclear submarine equaled CCCP chic. • Amazon finally announced the Kindle 2 ebook reader, which is thinner, has better battery life and will read to you aloud. It is pretty rad... • ...but a helpful reader mocked up what the Kindle 2 should have been And, needless to say, much more besides. Please, come read us: booze exchange for page views!

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We considered jamming wooden ear buds into our cochleas. • Bill Gates unleashed malaria-stricken mosquitoes on Silicon Valley. • Verizon Wireless did not understand the decimal experience. • We thought about hard drives on a planetary scale. • We looked at an interesting concept phone, half Blackberry Storm, half Optimus Maximus. • Amazon misunderstood the prime purpose of a fleshlight. • Steampowered R2D2! • Let that modern day Cyrando de Bergerac, Mr. Brando himself, inspire Tesla-powered love in our hearts. • We watched Tetris blocks tumble from the sky. • Rob clued us in on how to make all joysticks wireless. • Brownlee admired a machinist/inventor's pedal-powered submarine, which he hopes to pilot across the Atlantic. • Joel admired a steampunk plasma bell jar. • We discovered that the Vaio P may not be the netbook we all were waiting for. • Rob horded some weapon pens that can be used even more ably to stab out someone's eyes. • We pulled out LEGO minifig visors over our eyes and called it a day. And much more besides! Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets: • FujiFilm released a digicam that, for once, didn't try too hard to pimp its megapixels. • Brownlee considered the structural integrity of hamburgers. • Windows 7 will be coming in the same editions as Windows Vista, despite the fact that there's only a need for exactly two. • Apple may no longer make 160GB iPods, but you can cram 240GBs in there. • We looked at a gorgeous photoset of Bell Labs' 1960s data center. • We heard through the grapefine that Apple will allow background apps on the iPhone. • We saw spy pics for the new Acer smartphone. • We watched about 15 old commercials for toy robots. • Joel salivated over NAMM Oddities: a gallery of wonderfully weird musical instruments. • We shook our heads and wondered how GM could kill the electric car. • One of these gaming mouses is not like the other. • We petted and cooed over a robot bunny with a plasma globe for a head. • Meet the Tesla of electric motorcycles: the $69,000 Mission One. • We marveled at an entire African industry of professional gadget chargers. • Best Buy refused to honor the prices of a no longer solvent competitor. • Tron and Depeche Mode proved a chocolate meets peanut butter sort of combo. • Beschizza reviewed the iGO everywhereMax juicing station. • Joel found an incredible mount to allow microscopic DSLR photos. And more besides! Come read us. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • Brownlee admired a wall-mountable keyhole orb. • Nikon announced a couple Rear Window style superzoom digicams. • Google Japan advertised Chrome with a dash of Sesame Street. • We saw exactly how much Rolex sand equals a human lifetime. • Space Invaders invaded our gin and tonics. • NVIDIA's Ion platform for Atom processors is looking like a huge leap forward for netbooks and nettops. • A shark fin tea-infuser caused Brownlee to remember a horrible day at the beach. • Microsoft's recent layoffs have resulted in thrift stores stuffed to the gills with old Zune t-shirts. • We discovered that a Hackintosh compared pretty swankly to the iBook when it comes to running Leopard. • We learned about the possible existence of a now canceled Yahoo Phone. • Joel dove into the futuristic automobile technology of robot cars and whistle cars. • A winged Illuminati eye seduced us back into the days of 4,096 color monitors. • Rob reviewed a set of iFrogz cans. • Joel absolutely shreed on the B.C. Rich double neck guitar. • We lounged countergravitationally on uncomfortable lounge chairs held aloft by the magic of magnetism. And a lot more besides. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We learned that we had easy access to 626,369 free songs. • Implored you to stop paying attention to megapixels. • Casio decided to go head-to-head with the iPhone. • We lusted after an awesome shirt of a Helvetica robot. • An army of creepy mannequins pimped the Vaio P. • Professor Rubik announced his successor to the Rubik's cube. • We did not consider very seriously the possibility of paying $26,000 for a glass pool table. • Joel posted another entry in the Optimist/Pessimist series, this time about T-Mobile offering loans for new phones. • We dug a lot of green design gadgets concepts, but especially a used coffee ground printer. • Timex's new WS4 series of watches is plenty swank. • Asus announced a new netbook with a ten hour battery life. • GoDaddy's SuperBowl advertising featured a lot of T&A, and that's causing a surprising amount of controversy. • Speed Dating came to the iPhone, and Joel was the first in line. • Rob reviewed a host of gadgets: the Pharos smartphone, a Mickey Mouse speaker and the Pyramat speaker. • We promised to post more about awesome medical equipment with lasers. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • Samsung shoved 32GBs into a single stick of RAM. • We examined some multi-chromatic electromagnetic chart porn. • Pixel art makes good (if illegible) book jackets. • Brownlee was nostalgic for the days of Prodigy and the <s> emoticon. • Swaying in the wind, sixteen fabric inflatable robots. • Steve Jobs and Bill Gates made out in the Macintosh Dating Game. • We tried to formulate a question to ask sci-fi writers that would, fifty years from now, juxtapose the actual path of future technology with our own subconscious expectations of which way that path will wind. That won't make a lot of sense, so just read the post. • Beschizza broke rocks with a hammer made of engine parts. • The BBC got punked into believing in a magical cell phone created by Oompa Loompas. • We looked at some cool wallets made from cassette tapes. • We argued bitterly about the merits of a Space Invaders watch that doesn't actually play Space Invaders. • Kittens rode a Roomba around the room. • A clockwork trilobyte crawled out of the wreckage of the post-apocalypse. • We jumped to our feet and applauded the world's first vertical backflip on a Big Wheel. And more besides. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets, we... • Looked at a neat MacBook netbook concept with shades of the Vaio P. • Found a limited edition speaker even Godzilla would love. • Discovered that iPhoto 2009 knows LOLCats. • Watched someone faceplant on a Segway. • Wildly pointed around a vintage, Vietnam-era camera gun. • Allowed SEGA to tell us how to make love. "At the beat, make love harder!" I'm trying! • Found out that the Dell Mini Inspiron 9 has a better screen than a $2500 MacBook Pro. • Learned how to staplessly staple. • Looked at some of our readers' bitching laptop art. • Discovered a strange netbook with a removable OS drive. • Put Adobe Photoshop CS4 on 6,400 floppies. • Arranged four magnets on our desk in just such a way that they floated in thin air. • Looked at a 15th century steam-driven iPhone prototype. • Wore some awesomely cyberpunk Apple concept devices from the early 90s. And more besides. Come read us! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • We hung Jeeves and Wooster top hats from the ceiling and called them lampshades. • Rob slathered the walls of his house with anti-WIFI paint. • Panasonic's new Lumix digicams went both waterproof and metallically chromatic. • We discovered an acceleration pedal that does nothing but make vroom vroom noises. Finally! I can stop using my mouth! • Beer tab corsets sparked commentary debate about whether it was possible to get good beer in a can. Answer: yes, duh. • This new Korean MP3 player has a really cool pixelart UI. • Kim Jong Il intends on launching five rockets to drag the moon back to North Korea. • Joel saw a plot to sneak product ads into Windows 7 context menus. • We waxed eloquently for a recumbent Big Wheel for adults. • We hung out in the cockpit of NASA's space shuttle in high-def. • Brownlee secretly photographed an avatar of breathtaking physical violence using a netbook, and wondered who Asus' Marlboro Man would be. • Rob started a PhotoShop contest: what will this liquidated Circuit City become? And more besides! Come read! Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets: • A woman with uncanny valley fingers showed off the phone watch of tomorrow. • A speedboat in the shape of a guitar went on sale. • The Phantom of the Opera advertised a chess set. • Knight Rider could not afford an iPhone. • John loved the look of Jolicloud, a Linux distro for netbooks. • Pastel colors came back to rack-mounted synthesizers. • Spectacles went USB. • We discovered that laser-etching a Moleskine can kill you. • Someone invented the better ice tray. • We discovered the most adorable C-3P0 ever. • Palm responds to Apple's veiled lawsuit threats: "Bring it." • Roadside LED signs were easily hacked to warn about upcoming zombie outbreak zones. • We all revealed our hearts and souls by starting a gallery of our laptop sticker art. And much more besides! Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets we looked at an inexplicable, gravitationally-defiant watch and discovered that Malia Obama uses a cute little Kodak digicam. An inflatable gladiator set gives co-workers the option of non-lethally beating each other's brains out, and Brownlee pined for a button-cute proto-Roomba from 1985. Apple threatened to sue Palm, kinda. A neato lamp was both a bookmark and a lighting source. Robot Insects, spark plug bugs and butterfly ornithopters. We also discovered the history of the Mac boot-up beep and the surprising fact that Darth Vader likes to drag race. Joel pined to be a little girl on Sesame Street eating Maraschino cherries and Dr. Manhattan kicked the crap out of the Viet Cong. Rob revisited a 1984 Mac review while Xeni linked a Casio Watch with the closing of Gitmo. And, as always, there were a couple of fun little iPhone projects. Link

Today at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets we flung ninja star tacks at the walls and listened to the buzz of clockwork bees. A wooden hand lifted an iPhone aloft in defiance. A turtle danced to our music collections and a LOLcat became a subwoofer. Sanyo announced their newest lineup of Xacti camcorders, while 4Chan invented an incredible scientific device. Coverflow became a useless shelf and Dr. Manhattan filmed the Apollo Moon Landings. Joel discovered why neatsfoot oil remains liquid at room temperature unlike other animal fats. Brownlee fantasized about riding on a mech robot's junk. We looked at a Golden Throat box from the good old days, and Rob thought the new Robocop should be carbon fire. There was a thrust-counting cock ring. Cut and paste came to the iPhone. A cute robot danced in a tuxedo. A guy demonstrated his awesome bionic arm while T-Mobile danced in Liverpool. LEGO went crackwhore and druggie. We discovered what a sink of packing peanuts dissolves into. And these are some bitching robot tattoos. Link

Recently at Boing Boing Gadgets... CES!

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Recently at Boing Boing Gadgets, we hit CES 2009! We commenced "reporting" (re: boozing) at CES Unleashed, where it became clear — even early into the conference — that the recession had hit CES hard. Never the less, Beschizza found a touching reason to be optimistic, and so, galvanized, we went into CES Day Two with high spirits. Live blogging was the order of the day on Day Two. Joel covered Ludacris and Monster Cable while Brownlee watched LG announce a Dick Tracy camera watch and declare life to be grim. Beschizza was there to write up Netgear's announcement of a deck-of-card-sized video streaming device. Then came Casio, Sharp and Toshiba, and Samsung... although all of the day's announcements had their thunder stolen by Sony's announcement of the sexy not-netbook, the Vaio P. Rob even got a chance to get a hands on. To finish off the day, Joel harassed some people in line at the Ballmer keynote. Today is Day 3, and the first day the CES showfloor is actually open. Beschizza rushed off early to cover Sir Howard Stringer's Sony keynote, and applauded the CEO for noting that the future is in open source. Meanwhile, Brownlee feasted upon omelettes courtesy of Dell. Joel puttered around the Las Vegas Convention Center, snapping shots of blinged out iPod boomboxes and television mounting kits for idiots. And Rob really wants this car. We're at CES for another couple of days, so make sure to keep up with our coverage over at Boing Boing Gadgets. It can only get even more random and profane as exhaustion sets in! Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, a graffiti artist left a curious message for Brownlee on his front doorstep, and Joel did not pay six dollars to dink around on an iPhone Stylophone. Beschizza was outraged that breaking a web site's terms of service has been made a crime. Elecom finally made a waterproof SD card. Joel lusted after a Poulsen kit that will turn any car into a hybrid. Meanwhile, Beschizza spent all morning as a paranoiac, obsessing over the spy messages in number signals. Circuit City's bankruptcy fire sale is not extending to their fire extinguishers. Nokia finally unveiled their flip-up QWERTY touchscreen, the N97. Brownlee was surprised by how nice gadgetry looks in the aesthetic of oriental pottery and looked like an idiot wondering about when Apple was going to sell their premium in-ear headphones when they had just that moment gone on sale. The FCC leaked the Sony's new netbook, There was a strange halved keyboard from Japan. Fujitsu offered a free laptop replacement every three years to their customers. Some cool junkbots were on display, and Palm blames the economy for their plummeting revenue when the truth is more obvious. Finally, the game of Operation finally meets lockpicking. And John slathers his face in moist gobs of MomSpit. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, we took Google's new iPhone voice search app for a spin, and reflected on the nostalgic smell of old NES cart sleeves, as well as the analog fluttering of old clocks. Brownlee wrote a post in morse code about a morse code watch, and admired an ad-hoc iPhone number pad for MacBooks. Meanwhile, Joel flustered about Apple's crappy hardware DRM and made an Arrested Development connection in regards to a busted philanderer's dirty iPhone pics, which he swears are a firmware "glitch." Guest blogger Tony Hightower gave us the scoop on organic motion: motion capture without the suit. A carbon-fiber acoustic guitar was attractively lute-like. Covert gamers cram old GameBoys into their graphing calculators. Joel deeply inhaled the miasmic retch of a Stitch himidifier. Also in the day, Joel invited readers to goatse his new picture frame (email 2062270093 DERP tmomail.net if you'd like to get in on the fun). Brownlee wanted to play his complete Tiny Tim collection on a horrifyingly surreal SpongeBob SquarePants dock. We took a Tesla for a spin by proxy, and made a call on our banana phones. Otherwise, Beschizza ripped apart a Boeing 788 in a stress test. and discovered a surprisingly cheap MacBook Air prototype that may not be all it seems. And Dan Lyons, aka "The Real Steve Jobs", is now being censored by Newsweek for doing exactly what he was hired for. Oh, also. The Zune? Prepare for its imminent release. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, we started the day with an arboricultural look at a genuine power plant, then mocked CNet's inability to indentify a blue screen of death. A matrioshka-like nesting bowl captured Brownlee's fancy, then railed against the aesthetics of bacon. There were iPhone cases that glittered like Christmas lights and a Lilluputioan Mac Pro. Eyes rolled back, Joel spent himself lusting after a 1970 Nissan 270X Concept Car. We spotted a watch made of old spaceship parts that had a dash of Le Voyage Dans La Lune to it. Joel looked at a strange wireless peripheral that tickles the O-ring during gaming or movie sessions and a wind powered Times Square sign. Neat: pictures with their own moving shadows. Neater: an African incerator that turns slum garbage into heat. Beschizza spotted a watch that gloats at your gastropoidal lack of inertia, and a stick-of-gum sized set of speakers that are dismal, but less dismal than most of their ilk. And he openly pined to strap a boombox to his wrist. Otherwise, Joel had no idea that Jodorowsky, Giger and Floyd (Pink) conspired to make an adaptation of Dune. Jury's still out on how this is about gadgets. An awesome clavitar one-upped the ageless keytar, and Joel inadvertently revealed some bedroom awkwardness as he admired some easy apply prophylactics. Finally, there was a giant rubber band perfect for Road Runner style pranking, an electronic chewing sensor, a sci-fi novel delivered by mobile phone and a horribly racist Christmas ornament. It was a fun day. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, we inspected the geometric beauty of a Linux boot sequence, prefered to pay $50 than deal with an Apple genius and contemplated the creepy uses of a realistic mask of our own face. Brownlee liked a webcam very similar to a War of the Worlds Tripod. He laughed at Valve Software's schemes to arrest a hacker by offering him a job. He found a neat iPhone app to measure his blood alcohol level, and he found a 141 MPG scooter that he can't ride at any time according to that same iPhone app. Joel remains defiantly supportive of the new Enterprise design and applauded the shutdown of a rogue ISP that reduced spam by seventy five percent. Rob meanwhile sneered at a scamgadget that promises to increase fuel efficiency up to 30 percent by plugging into your cigarette lighter. We made Beschizza a Muppet in his own likeness and Joel contemplated on how little geek grousing changes. And then there were the reviews: with an arch of an eyebrow, Beschizza reviewed some high-tech bubble wrap, while Joel reviewed a toy helicopter and looked more fabulous than he ever has. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, we got an eerily prescient look at what an Apple netbook might look like, and laughed along with the Onion at the Windows 7 and Snow Leopard rivalry. A cell phone for the elderly was admired, and the delicious design fubars of the IBM PCjr were applauded after twenty five years. Target introduced some new gift cards with an oddly humanizing digicam built-in. Joel admired a beautifully simple African bottle opener and a LEGO meets Mega-Man stop motion video; meanwhile, Beschizza liked a cool transparent Goldbergian coin bank. There was a heart shaped box made of gears and a genuine Pip Boy for the exploration of the nuclear wastes. Rob told us how to build a wasp sucking machine and the curiously named Mgestyk lets you play videogames with your thumb and forefinger. Also: disabled gamers can play PlayStation with their feet. Also also: the e-waste situation in China is super disturbing. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, we looked at a nifty little traffic loop sensor activator that lets bicyclists get their fair place on the road, and rounded up the best speakers in every class. An anti-static keychain prevents you from turning into a human tesla coil, while a Darth Vader toaster proves the divinity of Darth Vader. You may think you can shop at Circuit City's liquidated stores for a good deal on HDTVs: you can't. But you can soothe a tattered soul with a beautiful ocarina solo on your iPhone. We looked at motorcycles made of watch parts and what PhotoShop's interface would look like in the real world. Ericsson has insanely lofty plans for mobile phones, an electric bullet train will carry 100 million Californian passengers a year by 2030, a buttonless Xbox 360 controller improves your FPS gaming, and Windows 7 comes in 2009; And Nintendo's new DSi handheld? Comes with a virtual budgie. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, there was the usual spurting of Halloween themed posts: a little boy dressed as Wall-E's Eve, a spinal cord beer funnel, some cute Pac-Man pumpkins and the awesomest little boy mech walker costume. Otherwise, we started the day by watching two robots box and do their best Lou Bega impression. We looked at a futuristic car straight out of an MGM cartoon, and as agony aunts cackled over Apple's blunders. There was a baby carriage for larval Slim Pickens, and an examination of a modern-day masturbation table for the treatment of "hysteria" / "stress." In realer tech news, Brownlee despaired that the new PSPs are hacker proof, while Rob looked at a joystick for sweaty gamers. Rob spotted a fax machine that can send and receive email, and a keyring that infinitely simulates the fun of popping bubble wrap. There was an expensive sudoku watch with only one puzzle, and Beschizza got all sweaty when looking at a tiny wireless router that plugs into any antenna. Otherwise, Asus threw a customer in jail for threatening to report their shitty tech support to the press, and we stole a tank as Barack Obama. And, as always, much more besides. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, things started as usual: with Napoleon popping a wheelie on a motorcycle. Apple censored all mentions of hot teen p***y on the iTunes UK store, a deliriously nerdy gamer proposed to his girlfriend by hacking the video game Chrono Trigger and Dell announced a new netbook that is being favorably compared to the MacBook Air. Rob looked at a not-so-humble four track and a new Casio camera phone with an 800x480 screen, as well as a silvery steampunk Motorola Aura. Also, did you know that you can buy a stungun for $13? Rob didn't. A car engine that fits on your finger, an Australian perpetual motion machine. Joel liked an alarm clock called the Bandai Gun O'Clock and puzzled why Google released Google Earth on the iPhone before Android. There was a clock with a thousand gears, a giant human skull made out of kitchenware, a bench made of Nokias, an Open Source GameBoy and an Atari Punk Dreamcast. And that's not even to mention an invasion by LEGO bots. And the headline of the day was: I have no mouth and I must bark. Link

Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadget, it was review Thursday and we flushed our systems clear: Joel posted a thoughtful review of the Android G1 and horrible hair review of an iPod dock while Beschizza reviewed the self-moving chess set he always wanted as a youth. Otherwise, Brownlee's glasses are disgusting, and Korens invent a system of radioactive hamster droppings to help save firefighter lives. A bedside table that breaks apart into bludgeoning weapons will make an excellent gift, although a scanning dictionary the size of an adult forearm would probably not. The new MacBooks can indeed use both GPUs at once, and we looked at rumors that a new Apple device is being spotted in the search engine wild. Beschizza, a shut-in, dreamed of an electric sunset, while Brownlee's inner eight year old squealed for a DVD playing Darth Vader head. There were also boxing robots, industrial Margarita makers and Joel imagining Opera on a Sybian. And, as always, a stop-motion nightmare chicken laid an egg that hatched into a car. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets, we applauded Microsoft's attempts at creating an booze detecting bar countertop, and tested it with some rotgut served in Rob's tacky Pac-Man shot glass set. Our thirst for alcohol temporarily satisfied, we looked to slake our thirst for violence, and fell in love with a Mac vs. PC video that was one part West Side Story, one part Reservoir Dogs. A walking house was discovered, although it was slightly disappointing and nowhere near as arachnid-like as we'd all hoped. Beschizza liked an iPhone speaker system that looks like a Star Wars trash droid and a Bluetooth keyboard with "industrial anti-charm." Brownlee, meanwhile, liked an attractive watch with a futuristic occulus and a pair of color changing spectacles only David Pescovitz could ever get away with wearing. There was a stupendous set of home-made steampunk goggles and a wonderfully morbid hangman lamp. Google added WiFi geolocation to its services, and the Nintendo World Store has a hard drive Wii. And finally, at midnight, we turned out the lights and communed with the dead with an automated Ouija board. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, we looked at the T-Mobile Android G1's "not evil" killswitch and a tiny little Korean monitor for corralling your contact lists. Joel Johnson — Obama supporter — said "so what?" to a report that Verizon and AT&T provided temporary cellular towards to McCain's ranch, and Brownlee looked at a gorgeous refreshof a 1960's Italian stereo Joel loved a 64K intro by a Hungarian demoscene group, puttered a 3D printed car around his desk while making puttering noises with his mouth, put a paper plate made out of leaves through the dish washer and the old Lemonaid Loaders his grandfather used to make. Brownlee liked a Space Invaders alarm clock, an R2D2 backpack and a suicidal light night. The newest 3D webcams will stab porn into your eyes, Studio Ghibli is doing a DS game, Joel needs advice on building a gaming PC for $1k and Rob got some hands-on time with Sony's hot new all-in-one desktop. Oh, and according to Apple France, the new MacBooks are perfect shit. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, the timestream temporarily spat us all out of Infomercia, and so we did as we usually do. We ridiculed the photoshop disasters of Lexar and puked in our mouths a little about e-mail notification lamps. Beschizza considered buying a rug covered in roadkill and lusted after Nokia's WiMax tablet. We chuckled over cornflakes at XKCD's oh-so-true take on piracy, and our mouths watered when we considered a cotton candy machine that could make a spool of fluff out of any hard candy. Engadget was declared the blog partner of CES, prompting a WTF from Joel. Brownlee marveled at an HDTV easel and channeled Robert E. Howard as he wrote about a cell phone stand. A 1942 Philco Radio was converted into a swank Mini Mac jukebox and a dubious device claims to be able to carve your CDs into perfect circles for better music. Oh, and yeah: Apple announced some new MacBooks. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today at Boing Boing Gadgets, the morning started with the shrill tintinnabulation of a green tea telephone, which we profusely stabbed with a handy philips head. That accomplished, dived into the techno-flotsam: Beschizza claimed to have a thousand uses for a pocket LED scroller, yet cited none. We looked at a fake electro-cigar for cyborg cigar aficionados, and then dug into our breakfast with LEGO fork and spork. Realish news: the 360 may get Blu-Ray and the new Nintendo DSi will get more RAM. Brownlee revealed his lack of foresight by oggling some L-bent HDMI cables, and admired a Portal-style oviposited recycling egg. Tron? It really happened! Toy Story's creepy baby doll robot spiders crawl all over you. A backseat car window becomes a kick-ass SHMUP. And Disney's latest DVD release contains a 120 page EULA. Joel looked at a swank calculator made in a video game and reviewed the iPhone's surprisingly wonderful arcade RTS, Galcon. We learned that there may well be an $800 laptop announced by Apple at its October 14th notebook event, and Rob crunched some numbers, proving its physical dimensions. And finally, an egregious lapse in geek cred: Joel "Rainbow" Johnson has never seen Aliens.

Rule 34 Showdown IRC Event on #boingboing

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Update: Game's Over! Look for a transcript tomorrow! But we're all still chatting, so why not come in and say hi anyway? It's been quite a while since we held our last IRC event, but with the solstice drawing the summer days to a wane, it's time once again to dust off the #boingboing IRC channel and spend a few hours in a rousing community game of an old favorite, Rule 34 Showdown. Rule 34, as all men know, is the cosmic rule that demands that porn can be found on the Internet to fit any concept. The rules are simple: numerous times over the course of one hour, I will shout out a random Rule 34 Challenge. "RULE 34: Obama French Kissing Joe Biden!" I might cry. The denizens of #boingboing will go scrambling to find a link that illicitly matches the challenge. The first three people to come up with separate links and images for the same concept will be awarded first, second and third place points of decreasing denominations. At the end of the hour, the person with the most points will be declared the official RULE 34 PORNOGRAPHER OF #BOING BOING! At least for the week. And to make it all timeless fun, we'll knock up all the links we accrue in the official transcript of the event, with the best images highlighted for fun. This week's game will be held tonight at 4PM EDT / 1PM PDT / 9PM GMT. To play, simply come to the official #boingboing IRC channel on Freenode about 15 minutes before the game and /msg Brownlee that you'd like to play. Don't want to play? Come on by and watch. If you've never used IRC before, you can find instructions on how to get to the channel here, or simply use the Java chat applet. To discuss or ask questions, head on to the discussion thread over at Boing Boing Gadgets. Discuss Update: Sorry! Huge time mess up in the title. It's at 4PM EDT. See you then!

Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets, we discovered the best place to buy a 3G iPhone are in the electronics black markets of Hong Kong and were surprised by a remarkably candid admission by an Apple engineer about what went wrong with MobileMe. Lustfully, Brownlee coveted a bowling ball bag for DSLRs and a candy-colored crapgadget of cuteness. Meanwhiizza admired a D12 media server, a Fujitsu 12-inch tablet and puzzled over how the ancient Romans used a speculum to remove a wine cork. There was (probably unwarranted) speculation that Apple's new "Brick" product will be an Apple TV with built-in DVR. Pac-Man morphed into a line of designer Italian furniture, and Goofy taught us all the proper way of hooking up a home theater system. Meanwhile, Joel looked at a Fujitsu flip phone that can break-in half on purpose and a new environmentally-friendly Ben and Jerry's freezer. He also coveted after some junk cars turned into furniture and the Open Pandora handheld gaming system. Link

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets, after we booted up with a sunrise test, we asked ourselves: do women really need a wild cherry steam thing, as LG implies? Brownlee wondered if people were really canceling their landlines because of the economy, and admired a DaVinci alarm clock and an ice pack for hemophiliacs. There was also musing on the base functions necessary for even the simplest cell phone. Conclusion: text messaging, at least, is a must. Joel likes an iPhone amplifier made without electronics and an airplane made out of rubbish. Brownlee snickered at a skull-painted netbook for "unique souls." Finally, Joel's green streak goes one step too far: he's now eating his food off of rotting leaves. Meanwhile, Brownlee spells fancy words in paper clips. Link