By far, my favorite complex carbohydrate is made from durum wheat ground into flour, and water - rolled flat then cut or extruded into very fine strips. Ah, spaghetti! A culinary magnet suitable for mixing with nearly any kind of protein and sauce. Mix with olive oil, parmesan, garlic and basil and use as a bed for pan roasted salmon. Mix with a slow-simmered roma tomato sauce. Try wilting spinach in a hot pan with pine nuts and sea salt to serve on your pasta. Yummy. However you like your noodles, you need to do three things: one, cook it al-dente for taste as well as for a lower glycemic index. Two, season the water before you boil it. Three, properly portion out your spaghetti. Oh, you don't know how to do that? The easiest way to measure spaghetti is by diameter. A good fistful is three portions. How big are your hands? Oh - well, the difference in hand sizes could mean you're eating like a king or a pauper, so let's get some more precision, shall we? What we've got here is a device shaped like the iris in a camera's shutter. The wider the aperture, the more pasta can fit through, and the larger the servings. Steps along the dial indicate just how many proper servings you're portioning out, so no more guess work. The iris isn't just for cameras and silly sci-fi doorways any more!
The Neuro Fuzzy® Rice Cooker
ThinkGeek code monkey Jamie has one of these bad boys at his place and swears by it. No, no, he doesn't stand next to it and hurl expletives. Maybe you do that in the kitchen, but Jamie doesn't. He just pours in some rice and water, presses a couple buttons, and walks away, probably to brush out his luxuriously long locks. (Obviously because one doesn't do that in the kitchen.) When he returns, the rice is cooked to perfection and his hair is beautiful and shiny. The Fuzzy Rice Cooker features advanced logic technology, which allows it to think for itself and make adjustments to the temperature and timing of your batch of rice totally on the fly. A spherical inner cooking pan and heating system distributes heat evenly so the rice at the bottom is the same consistency as the rice on the top. It'll do brown rice, white rice, sushi rice, even oatmeal. For those nights you don't want to wait, a quick cook program will make white rice in just 15 minutes, exactly the amount of time it'll take you to make a stir fry out of all those vegetables in your crisper and that leftover rotisserie chicken.
Geeks are notorious for collecting small and expensive things. Usually electronic, but sometimes they are mineral in nature. The point is, they are valuable - either monetarily, or with emotional significance, and they need to be kept safe. Your stuff could just as easily be someone else's stuff - all it takes is a appropriately awesome object worth stealing, and a really cruddy job of locking it up. What are you thinking, sticking it in a safe? What nonsense! Where's a thief going to look first? That's right - your safe. Stupid. Hiding in plain sight - that's what you need to do. We've glued two random hardcover books together, drilled out several hundred pages, and boom-shanka! You've got the perfect hiding space for nearly 80 cubic inches of stuff. Place these books crammed full of treasure on your bookshelf, and nobody will be the wiser.
DIY Library Kit
"Are people always asking to borrow books from your awesome library? Do you find that those same people often keep those books a lot longer than you'd like? Do you desire to find a way to make money off of said people? Well, then have we got a product for you! No, it's not a DIY Robbery Kit - it's a DIY Library Kit! Just install the self-adhesive pockets into the backs of your books, and make your friends actually sign them out. Stamp the checkout card with the date your books need to be back by, and then wait. If your friends and/or co-workers bring them back late, assess them stiff fines. With the DIY Library Kit, you are the librarian (insert Conan the Librarian jokes here) and you make the rules. And since the DIY Library Kit effectively transforms your book collection into a library, you can now shush anyone you want. DIY Library Kit Everything you need to open your very own library - just add books. Keep track of who has checked out which books, and collect fines if books are returned late. DIY Library Kit Includes: 20 self-adhesive pockets, 20 checkout cards, date stamp, inkpad, and pencil. Dimensions: (pocket dimensions) 4.75"" x 2.5"""
Mechanical Kitty Coin Bank
Kittehs, they're devious. They have been plotting ways to get a cheezburger and since stealing one at the 4th of July party didn't work, they've come up with a new plan. Kittehs know geeks have money. They also know geeks love kittehs, especially kittehs that pop out of boxes. (The YouTubes, they've been studying them!) Thus goes the Kitteh Gets Cheezburger Master Plan. Kitteh will hide in a box. When dumb hooman puts a coin on the fishy food bowl on top of the box, kitteh will pop out, snatch coin, go back into box, meow cute-liek, count money silently. As hooman cannot resist the feedback, hooman will put coin after coin on the food bowl to watch the kitteh pop out and snatch it. Eventually, enough coin for cheezburger will be achieved. Win! Product Features Adorable mechanical kitty coin bank Put the coin in kitty's food bowl and it'll pop out of the box to steal it Kitty meows to thank you after it's stolen your money Dimensions: 11.5cm (H) x 12cm (W) x 10cm (D) Requires 2 AA batteries (not included) This is not a Japanese version as shown in the video below. The images are correct. Unless you are lucky enough to get some of the old stock with the Japanese version.
USB Heated Blanket
"There are very few things in the universe that are better when they are cold. Among these are Revenge, Balrog, and overclocked processors. Most other things suck when they're cold - most notably you! That chill you get can't be warmed adequately with sweaters, stiff drinks or warm intentions! You need direct application of heat! If you work in an office environment, you've probably encountered the dreaded office-manager - that jerk that tells you it's ""against policy"" to have space heaters in your cube, but won't do anything to raise the temperature in the office. What does he think you're going to do, burn the whole building down? How do you keep from shivering to death? What you need is an electric blanket that won't draw the ire of that office-manager jerk. Hey, your computer spits out power out of those USB ports! Why not use them? Plug in our USB Heated Lap-Blanket to two spare USB ports, and spread it out on your lap. Suddenly, it's like Ebenezer put another lump of coal on the fire! Is it a Christmas miracle? Perhaps. All you know is you're toasty warm, and you didn't have to set the building on fire to do it!"
USB Thermoelectric Cooler & Warmer
The shared refrigerator in your office cools a lot of stuff. Food, science experiments once known as food, and your secret stash... of drinks. But you never want an entire case of soda at once. You just need one can. Plug in this small single-can beverage cooler/warmer into a USB port and keep a can on your desk for when you really need it. The LED Beverage Cooler is retro styled and has a small blue LED inside. So add a little style to your desk and keep your drink cold at the same time...
Iron Man Power Bands with Lights & Sound
"Tony Stark has some pretty keen armor, right kids? Well, one part of his armor can actually be bought. Check out the ""Iron Man"" Power Band below. But that's too much to give to a little kid. We gotta keep those cool movie props for ourselves, right adults? Well, kids like lights and sounds, so get them these Iron Man Power Bands with Lights & Sound instead! These Iron Man Power Bands with Lights & Sound are perfectly sized for kids (they fit up to a 5"" wrist). And better yet, these suckers have neato motion-activated lights and sounds (well, one unit has lights, and the other has lights and sounds). AND BETTER YET, if you put them together (by their powers combined!), they have a super powerful atomic megablast awesometacular lights and sounds combo. At least, we think it's that much fun. Get a set of Iron Man Power Bands with Lights & Sound for your mini superhero(ine) today. They'll thank you - with JUSTICE!. Iron Man Power Bands with Lights & Sound For ages 5-10 (based on average wrist size) A kids version of those worn by Tony Stark in ""The Avengers"" - but these have lights and sounds! Set of two - one band lights up and the other makes lights and sounds. Put them together and get a special light and sound sequence. Bands are motion activated (and have an on/off switch for super time outs). Batteries 3 LR44 (included). Size: Fits most children 5-10 years old - band will stretch to fit about a 5"" wrist. Dimensions: (light up part) 2"" x 1"" x 1"""
LED Faucet Lights
Tired of that same old monotonous water? Bored with water that doesn't look like futuristic alien mouthwash? Need to make your midnight bathroom appointments more exhilarating? Then you need to get the LED faucet light attachment from ThinkGeek. You can turn any faucet in your home into a streaming fantasia of techie-bliss in just minutes. How does it work? Just attach to the end of your faucet (universal adapters included), and when the water flows through the magic chamber, it simply turns on the LED array and illuminates the stream with soothingly powerful hues. But wait, there's more! Not only does your water light up, but the color light changes with the water's temperature. When the water is cold, you see BLUE LED's until the water temperature hits 89 degrees after which the LEDs turn RED (now with a brushed chrome finish)! Here's what you get: Chamber with LEDs Batteries pre-installed plus a set of spare batteries (uses LR44 watch batteries) Instruction Sheet Two universal adapters included. (fits most standard faucets in USA. Not recommended for faucets outside of the USA.) Dimensions: 2.25" tall, 1.25" diameter.
If you're like most geeks, your work environment can be a depressing and sterile place. Designed to crush your soul to squeeze the last few ergs of energy out of each and every wageslave, grey walls, grey carpeting, and anemic flickering fluorescent lighting all combine into something truly evil. Unfortunately, you've got bills to pay, so you punch in every morning and punch out every night feeling a little more dead with each passing day...
Lumadot LED Umbrella
This umbrella is one of our favorite things. For starters, like all good umbrellas should, it keeps you out of the rain. Well, not really. It doesn't actually teleport you from a rainy location to a non-rainy location. Our inventing monkeys are hard at work developing that technology, it may be a few months before we get it perfected. Sadly, we've lost a few Customer Service temps during product testing. We really hope we'll bump into them again on whatever plane or timeline we accidentally sent them. But what this umbrella does (besides keeping you dry) is pretty awesome. With the flick of a switch, it is transformed from a boring black umbrella to a black umbrella with glowing blue raindrops all over it. Flick the switch further and those raindrops will blink! It's deliciously geeky (what geek doesn't like LEDs?) but it's also pretty, which makes it a great gift for the lady in your life who may not be geeky. Buying yourself some cool gadgets and witty t-shirts and don't feel like making a separate purchase for Mother's Day or your girlfriend's birthday? The Lumadot LED Umbrella comes to the rescue! Stay dry, stay safe, and look cool doing it.
Apple iPad MC496LL/A 32 GB Wifi + 3G Tablet PC - 1 GHz Apple A4 Processor - 512 MB RAM - 32 GB Hard Drive - 9.7-inch Multi-Touch Screen (First Generation)
Introducing iPad. It's the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video. All on a big, beautiful Multi Touch screen. With just the touch of a finger. All of the built in apps on iPad were designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can't do on any other device.
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