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No theme this week. Just a selection of good reads from the previous week.

Friday Five: Good Reads | Home of the Autographed Cat
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I agree with the commenter who said "I don't know what I'd do with it, but I want one."

It's so *cute*!

Four-inch computer has more ports than you'll ever need | DVICE
Small computers aren't anything new to write about. Xi3 Corporation's new little computer, however, is unique. It has more ports crammed into as little space as possible that we've seen in recent years.

For such a tiny box, it doesn't skimp out on accessible ports. The Xi3 has six USB 2.0 ports, DVI, two eSATA ports, audio in/out, DisplayPort, ethernet and special 'Xi3 Port." Who else besides professionals need two eSATAs and six USB ports? There are three CPU options are available for the Xi3 — 1Ghz, 1.8Ghz and 2.2Ghz. Sorry Intel, but these dwarfs run on AMD Athlon processors.

All of this is crammed inside a small 4-inch aluminum cube. Take that Mac Mini! The interesting thing about this tiny PC is that it's case also serves as a heatsink. Yeah, pretty cool stuff.
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I've always said to myself, "Self," I'd say. "Do you know what I really need?"

"What do you really need?"

"A mitten for my penis."

Self think's I'm weird. Self is probably righ

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ThermaJock will protect during any cold weather activity! Perform at your peak knowing ThermaJock's got you covered!
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Courtesy of [ profile] riff_77, we have the Pong watch.

Sadly, it doesn't appear to actually be a product so much as a proof of concept, but still, one can't help but admire it.
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It's been far too long since I posted a new entry in the Improbable Gifts catalog, and Christmas is coming up, and I just got this from [ profile] kitanzi who got it from [ profile] telynor who got it from [ profile] folkmew who got it from Agnes....

The Incredible Edible.....underwear knitting project.

Just like grandma used to knit!
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This is positively, without a doubt, the dumbest thing I have heard since....well, it's the dumbest thing I've heard today, at least.

Ananova reports that a company is developing an mp3 player which can be included in breast implants:

Computer chips that store music could soon be built into a woman's breast implants.

One boob could hold an MP3 player and the other the person's whole music collection.

BT futurology, who have developed the idea, say it could be available within 15 years.

BT Laboratories' analyst Ian Pearson said flexible plastic electronics would sit inside the breast. A signal would be relayed to headphones, while the device would be controlled by Bluetooth using a panel on the wrist.

According to The Sun he said: "It is now very hard for me to thing of breast implants as just decorative. If a woman has something implant

Admittedly, there might be some useful application of this technology, as the article mentions offhandedly in its final paragraph:

The sensors around the body linked through the electrical impulses in the chips may also be able to warn wearers about heart murmurs, blood pressure increases, diabetes and breast cancer.

But seriously, consider the ramifications of this. What if it starts playing randomly during a moment-of-passion short-circuit. If you think your (ABBA|Rick Dees|Winger|Carpenters|Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony) collection is embarrassing now, just wait until it's blaring out of your left nipple at a volume of 11.

What an amazing world we live in.

EDIT: Does this mean that in the future when you say a woman has a "nice rack", you'll just be talking about her stereo?
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It must be getting time for Christmas, because the odd gift ideas are starting to pop up everywhere. PG Tips has announced the "ReadyWhenUR Kettle", an SMS-enabled kettle you can switch on from your mobile phone.

A spokeswoman for PG told Ananova: "It could revolutionise tea-time. Now there is no excuse for not putting the kettle on."

But why exactly you would want this function is something of a mystery to us. After all, it isn't going to fetch your favourite mug from the cupboard, rummage around for the last teabag and combine all the relevant ingredients once the water is boiled, is it?

It's good to know that top scientists are on top of important research and development like this. We truly live in a modern world.
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Link courtesy of [ profile] redaxe, a chair made from genuine NYC Walk/Don't Walk signs:

Only $2700. What a bargain.
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I keep saying I'm going to collect all of these onto a webpage someday.

Courtesy of [ profile] autifon, the most interesting knife holder I've seen:

Available here.
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Courtesy of John Scalzi, I am alerted to Hasbro's latest innovation:

The Darth Vadar Potato Head

"You do not know the power of the CARB side of the Force!"

"When last we met, I was lightly salted with butter, but now *I* am fully loaded."

"Don't be too proud of this technological diet you've constructed. The ability to destroy a waistline
is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

The possibilities are truly endless.
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Yet another gift for the person who has everything:

The Devil Duck External Hard Drive

Note especially the location of the data port.

EDIT 10/05/2005: The link above is no more, but The Wayback Machine comes to the rescue.
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In the latest installment of Improbable Gifts Ideas:

Designer Welding Helmets
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One of my correspondents (Hi Ann!) mentioned in an e-mail recently that zie really misses my links to oddball gifts.

And it *is* the season for giving.

So I couldn't resist sharing with you all:

Possum Fur Nipple Warmers and matching G-string
(link is not especially work-safe)
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So make sure you have the perfect gifts. How about a His 'n Her Motion Activated Toilet Night Light
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I really should actually put together that gifts page I keep threatening. Though my fear is that if I did, people would buy these things for ME and where would I put them all.

Anyway, I saw this today and thought it was too nifty not to share. The possibilities for, er, entertainment here are pretty endless:

The Twister Duvet Cover!

Go on, roll those dice. You know you wanna. *wink*
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Courtesy of [ profile] noghri:

The Original Mullet Wig

(I just want to state, for the record, that this is truly disturbing.)
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For the person who has everything (and a weird sense of humour):

A crocheted skull

No, really...

EDIT (10/05/2005): The page above has gone away, but it can be found via The Wayback Machine.
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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the idea of putting together a list of useless gifts. I found another entry:

An Origami Boulder

I couldn't make this stuff up, folks.


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