May the Force be with your in 2014!
Starting with Mousetrap (a Rube Goldberg toy), it’s a trip down Christmas memory lane with retro toys that includes a slinky, a toy train, dominos, a stick bomb, LEGO bricks, playing cards, windup toys, Scrabble tiles, and even a Mr. Potato overseeing the project.
Photobomb: Any time the background of a picture hijacks the original focus.
Photo tip: Make sure the background of you picture stays in the background!
Here are some awesome photobomb backgrounds:
Everyone has a least one techie in their life. It’s a matter of tech survival. But geeks are in demand, so how can you insure you get moved to the front of the queue the next time your PC crashes and you call your geek friend for tech support?
Solution – a Holiday gift for the geek(s) in your life.
But what do you get a techie for Christmas that doesn’t seem like something that escaped from the island of misfit toys?
Geeks love t-shirts. And geeks love The Big Bang Theory (who doesn’t). The Sheldon’s T-shirts website features the best t-shirts worn by Sheldon and Leonard, plus Howard’s belt buckles, and cool stuff seen on the show. (Periodic Table shower curtain, anyone?)
The ThinkGeek website is Nerdvana of cool geeks gifts.
It serves the market that is passionate about technology, from programmers, engineers, students, lovers of open source, to the masses that helped create the behind-the-scenes Internet culture.
So just about anything on this website will be an awesome techie gift.
The ThinkGeek light sabers look amazing. If you give this as a gift, the Force will be with you in the eyes of your techie buddy and you will always be on the top of the list when you need tech support.
Geared toward the working techie, the Kleargear website features stuff you can use in the office. It boasts that it has hard-to-find geek items.
The Batman Desktop Bat Signal is something any geek would want on their desk.
A geek gift is a great way to say thanks for tech support favors.
Let’s turning back the tech clock and time warp to 1983. It was the year Apple introduced the Lisa, their first graphics-based PC with a hefty price tag of $9,995. And it was the year a young Kevin Costner was featured in a Lisa commercial.
Wow! What a difference three decades make, for Apple and Kevin Costner.
Lisa Fun Facts
- Lisa was officially short for “Local Integrated Systems Architecture”, but was also named after Steve Jobs’ daughter.
- The expensive price tag of almost $10,000 was because each Lisa was handmade. The robot-manufactured Macintosh introduced in 1984 was about a third the price of the Lisa.
It was also in 1983 that the “The Big Chill” came out where Costner played the corpse (and was never really seen). Both Apple and Kevin Costner have come a long way since 1983.
Creepy Umbilical Cord Charger
The Grow Cable is an iPhone charger shaped like an umbilical cord. And just to add to the creepiness, it pulses and throbs while charging. Check-out the video:
I feel like I need to take a shower after watching this.
Got Wood – Get Charged
Woodtec makes docking stations made from different types of wood. Perfect for the mountain cabin where you go to get away from everything but can’t part with your iPhone.
The iCharger in The Rye
Booksi has made J.D. Salinger’s beloved book “The Catcher in the Rye” into a iPhone charger for the bibliophile. I’m so sure J.D. Salinger would approve. (Where’s my sarcasm sign?)
Everyone knows the famous Star Trek line, “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Now the Internet is penetrating the final frontier of privacy – your underpants – literally. Fundawear is technology that “beams” your touch to someone’s private places using a Smartphone App and Internet connection. Oh yeah, you also need specially made female lingerie and/or male underwear with tiny vibrating motors.
Durex in Sydney, Australia invented Fundawear—underwear allowing your partner (or yourself, we don’t judge) to remotely operate sensors sewn into undergarments to simulate touch over the Internet. It seems fitting that Fundawear comes from “the land down under.” (Sorry, it has to be said.) But they are serious and marketing this as the next big thing for relationships. Here’s a promotional video that tries to make this seem legitimate:
Fundawear claims that it allows you to transfer touch over vast distances. But let’s get real – this is high tech foreplay. And it can take masturbation to a whole new level. Not to mention the practical joke potential. Simply replace your friend’s underwear with Fundawear. Later in the day when they are at a business meeting you can provide them with some surprising stimulation!
There is also the potential to make otherwise mundane tasks A LOT more exciting. Imagine how Fundawear could spice up a day at the DMV waiting to get your license renewed. Your partner (or yourself) brings up the Fundaware app and the next thing you know you are smiling at the DMV, something you hardly ever see.
Will Fundaware bring a whole new universe of exotic fun? Or will it fall in the black hole of creepiness such as products like the Stadium Pal.
FYI – The Stadium Pal is an apparatus that attaches a tube to your “manhood” that connects to a bag attached to your leg. So you can drink all the beer you want and pee without having to actually go to a toilet. You don’t miss a single second of the game because of pesky bodily functions. And your legs stay warm to boot. Weird, right!
Not sure if this tingly tech for underwear is cool or creepy? But it is, as Spock would say with a raised eyebrow, “Fascinating.”
Disguised as an Internet security bill, CISPA short-circuits the 4th amendment by allowing the government access to your private online data without a warrant. No due process, you know that thing our Founding Fathers wrote into the core DNA of America! The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) recently passed the U.S. House and is on the way to the Senate where it may find an uphill battle. Let’s hope so!
If CIPSA passes then tech companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, including your ISP and cell service provider (like AT&T), can legally give vast amounts of personal data to the U.S. government and its law enforcement — for whatever purpose it deems necessary — and face no legal retaliation.
This means the government will have unrestrained access to read your emails, access your bank accounts, and review you health records without you even knowing. And the privacy agreements with your ISP become legally void because CISPA shields big business from any legal recourse for sharing your private data. Furthermore, businesses will get assistance from the NSA (National Security Agency) with online security. This equates to a government subsidy allowing many companies to reduce security expenses thus increasing their profits at tax payer expense.
So CISPA gives government “Big Brother” access, big business solid legal protection plus government subsidies for online security expenses, and “we the people” get screwed by having our 4th amendment rights shredded.
If you are feeling a sense of digital deja vu, it’s because CISPA was spawned from equally bad bills from early 2012 called SOPA/PIPA. These bills passed the House. But after an online grassroots uprising, it failed the Senate. Now it has been resurrected in the current incarnation of CISPA with the same underlying fallacy – that online security requires violating personal privacy rights. However, most experts not under the monetary influence of big business lobby groups agree that sacrificing privacy is not required for improving online security.
Here’s more info on SOPA/PIPA:
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The people who were ready to take up arms to protect their 2nd amendment to bear arms should be really pissed about this. And you would think a Congress that was so adamant to protect the 2nd would be as diligent to protect the entire Bill of Rights. But rights seem to considered collateral damage when weighted against the profits of big business and the “Big Brother” appetite for personal intelligence.
The hacker group Anonymous has called for a voluntary 24 hour Internet blackout on April 22, 2013 (Monday). This is similar to the 2012 protest of SOPA/PIPA that shined a light on these bills and led to their demise. Many notable websites, including Wikipedia, voluntary went offline displaying a single page protesting SOPA/PIPA. Many believe this self-imposed blackout shined a light on SOPA/PIPA that had otherwise been living in the shadows. It remains to be seen if this year’s online protest will have the same impact.
The glimmer of hope for privacy advocates is that CISPA could face the same fate as its big brother legislation SOPA/PIPA – it could die in the Senate. It also faces a possible veto from President Obama.
Let’s hope CIPPA will fade away and in doing so send a message to the power-at-be:
Do not sacrifice privacy under the false pretense of Internet security.
You Can Help Stop CISPA and save the Internet! Here are some online resources that can help you contact your congressman:
- For the US House, go to http://www.house.gov and plug in your ZIP code in the top right to find out your district and representative.
- For the US Senate, go to http://www.senate.gov and find your state in the top right.
For more info on CIPPA and the April 24, 2013 online blackout: