Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

Nom nom nom nom nom…apples

Remember that sad, sad Sesame Street season that bowed down to political correctness and had old Cookie Monster eschewing cookies as a “sometimes food” in favor of healthy stuff?  Bah to that, I say. Still, I can’t help it — I’m cracking up at this Cookie Monster MacBook decal that has the furry blue guy chomping on the Apple logo. I’m sure there’s a joke about deleting cookies in here somewhere, but I’m not quite geeky enough to make it work. –Liz Find laptop decals of every kind from The Decal...

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Made for a woman, but strong enough for a man

Since becoming a parent, I’ve come to learn that nothing is ever just mine, except when it comes to this hilarious flash drive. Yep, I’m pretty sure no one else in my family will want any part of this. No need to do a double take. That tampon flash drive is what you think it is, and it’s cracking me up. It will hold your files, videos, and photos with maximum gigabyte absorbency. And I’m pretty sure it’s automatically guaranteed to keep curious fingers away. All the more reason to keep it handy, no matter what time of month it...

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Forget about a pat on the back, send on online badge instead

When it comes down to it, we all just want a little appreciation and recognition for what we do, right? I feel you nodding in agreement as you read this. So how about a small gesture of appreciation with an online badge that’s better than those “gifts” on Facebook?  BadgEm is a site that lets users send adorable little badges to friends, family members and anyone else you’d like in your Facebook network. Once you’ve linked the application to your Facebook account, you have access to lots of cute, and sometimes funny badges to honor  a friend’s birthday, a...

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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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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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