Gadgets and Toys

Top 3 Gadgets That Pay for Themselves

With the economy the way it is, we’re all looking to stretch our dollars as much as we can. Justin over at treehugger.com wrote about three gadgets that can actually pay for themselves, and can even start to save you money in the long run.
The first is the Spin-X dryer which uses centrifugal [...]


Titans of Lego Architecture - Kennedy Space Center vs Allianz Arena

Who says bigger isn’t better?  At least in Legoland, that seems to be the truth.  With a little ingenuity and a LOT of patience and a ton of Legos, you too can have a Saturn 1B rocket (along with the space shuttle) and a German arena packed with 30,000 screaming fans… ok ok, maybe not [...]


Aaron Dunlap Transforms Self Into Company: Introducing Electroids

We actually bought one of Aaron Dunlap’s excellent Altoids® Tin iPod rechargers a few months ago, with the intent of doing a proper review. Then, we moved and the kit got lost in the shuffle. No worries…we will be ordering a new one soon. In the meantime, here’s what we remember: Although shipping was a [...]


The Device Patented Process Indicating Appartus

If you are a fan of the idea behind the Ambient Orb, but prefer a steampunk aesthetic to that weird iMac touchy-feely new age vibe, have we got the device for you. Dubbed “The Device Patented Process Indicating Apparatus,” this Victorian-designed cherry-and-brass machine features two big analog gauges and a mysterious glowing vial, that can [...]


The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments was published in the late 60s, as a collection of science experiments that children could do at home. While it was an excellent teaching tool, the authors of the book failed to realize that many of the listed experiments were insanely volatile and potentially life threatening. For example, namby-pamby [...]


AntWorks: Ant Farms Get Awesome

As a kid, you fell into one of two camps. Either you bought an ant farm, sent away for your ants, and were fascinated as they toiled, dug tunnels, and built colonies…or you were fascinated as the ants tried to get their bearings after you shook the whole thing up and destroyed weeks of their [...]


Do it Yourself Flash Drive Mods

Rachel, a student at UCLA, has put together a new site to help you spice up those ubiquitous keychain flash drives that everyone seems to be carrying around. (Mine is full of newspaper clippings about myself, so that I can dazzle at a MOMENT’S NOTICE.) She plans on having a library of tutorials and a [...]


High-Velocity Lego Mindstorms CD Thrower

Man, the New Lego Mindstorms sets, named “Mindstorms NXT,” really are capable of some amazing things. And while categorizing this entry under “Media Management” may be a bit of a stretch on my part, this high-speed CD thrower is nothing short of astonishing. Never before has it been so easy to send your old AOL [...]