Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

Operation: Star Wars

Operation, Shmoperation. Forget that old naked guy and his lame Charlie Horse; I’ve found a version that’s much, much cooler for the entire family. Because it’s R2D2 Yes, I’m one of those people for whom anything can be improved with the addition of Star Wars. Thus, Star Wars Operation. Honestly, Operation was just another example of a game I cared nothing about until it came down to saving my favorite astromech droid from horrible mechanical maladies. What’s that, Artoo? You’ve got a Lodged Lightsaber? I can probably help, provided Threepio isn’t breathing down my neck, trying to be helpful. The...

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10 chic designer themes for Google Chrome

I get a little geeky when it comes to jazzing up my browser with themes–it’s such an easy way to give your PC a makeover. I find I’ve been spending more and more time with Google Chrome lately, and poking around the themes page, there are quite a few designed by major artists that made me think ooh, preeeeetyyyy. If the speed of Chrome doesn’t pique your interest, maybe these will? I like each of these for their tasteful design that doesn’t get in the way of actual browsing. I mean, if you can’t read the bookmark bar or...

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Give and let spy

Yay! A pen! Seriously, has anyone ever said that before when opening a gift? Okay, maybe a few of us writers. Elegant, fancy gifts are all well and good. (Especially the ones in our Father’s Day Guide, hint.) But sometimes you need to put the fun back in Father’s Day with a gift that appeals to the sneaky kid in every grown man. So give him a pen. But not just any pen–this one’s a spy pen. James Bond used one. Dwight Schrute used one. And now you can get one for the guy who introduced you to invisible ink...

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The joy of giving. To your MacBook or iPad.

I didn’t know until recently that Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree is wrought with controversy. But me? Maybe I’m not quite cynical enough because I love it. I have always appreciated the notion that there’s something to be said for finding happiness in what you give, not what you get. Even if that boy was kind of jerky in his middle-age years. I think the Giving Tree MacBook decal is pretty darn cool too. This removable vinyl decal has fun with the apple logo on the top of your MacBook or iPad, and can be custom made to fit...

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MeebleMail makes emails pretty

I used to love sending out handwritten notes on my pretty Jeana stationery when I was a kid. I always thought I was so special to have my own crisp white monogrammed paper with a pink polka-dot border. I was special. While handwritten notes have been bumped down the totem pole by email, there’s no reason why your correspondence still can’t be fancy. I recently came across an email stationery company that brings back all the warm fuzzies. Yes, email stationery. MeebleMail is a very cool company that lets you customize your email account with beautiful designer patterns from artists...

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Piquing our Geek: The Original Egg-Bot

You have to be pretty hard core about your Easter Eggs to invest $195 in a machine that makes them look awesome. But that’s just what the creators of the Egg-Bot were thinking when they invented this open-source robot that applies computer controlled motion to help you create beautiful, artful, amazing eggs. You control the bot with the freeware illustration program Inkscape, and it doesn’t seem all that hard to set up. You can watch a video of it in use via Martha Stewart who became a fan it after it debuted at Makers Faire in NYC. Are we...

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Angry Birds break out of the screen. And they’re still angry.

If you made my kids narrow down to the two things they think are really cool about technology, they’d come up with: 1. Making really goofy videos of themselves, and 2. Angry Birds. Yeah, I’d have to agree, though I bet I have more people who will join me on their second point. I know I’m not alone in my excitement over finding these cool Angry Birds things off the screen too. The new Angry Bird Plush Toys are so cute, even I have wavered in my “no more stuffed animals” rule. After all, how many other plush toys...

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Think Geek wins April Fool’s Day

If you haven’t yet figured out that it’s April Fool’s Day (meaning you’re still angry at us for this post), it’s a great time to catch up on practical jokes going around the geeky world. An annual favorite: The awesome shop Think Geek, which runs a bunch of fake products every April 1. And then–remarkably–some of them actually get turned into real products. Check out this video for a new Playmobil Apple Store play set, complete with hipsters waiting on line all night. Or the Star Wars Light saber Popsicles which, hello? Why are these not out yet? May the...

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R2D2 transports your precious data. Well, him or Hello Kitty.

There are a quite a few phrases I never thought I’d utter in my lifetime. “Please don’t put that in your sister’s underwear” and “I’m unfollowing Charlie Sheen” top the list this week. Another to add to the list: “Designer flash drive.” And yet that’s just what’s caught my eye recently. Fortunately they’re less designer designer and more graphic designer because really, I’m not ready for a $600 Stella McCartney flash drive just yet. Check out the Mimobot site and find flash drives so fun, if you’re like me, you’ll start to fabricate reasons that you need them. My...

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Star Wars collectibles give new meaning to “must-have Droids.”

As someone who has memorized most of the lines from the original Star Wars movies, I am all about celebrating the original, mint-in-box goodness of those heady Jedi days. And if you’ve got the credits, you can even buy a piece of geek history starting tomorrow in the form of vintage Star Wars action figures, from the most surprising place. Our friends at Gilt Group have a super special, Tattooine-tastic, one-of-a-kind sale coming up tomorrow through Saturday: members will have the chance to view and buy a curated collection of original, mint-in-box, vintage action figures from the original Star Wars...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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