gift guide 2010

  • Video: This is what Red Dead Redemption looks like

    http://media.rockstargames.com/products/rockstar/mediaplayer/RockstarMediaPlayer.swf?skin=reddeadredemption/EN/embed&vidID=4051&legacy=no Oh thank God for Rockstar. We’re short-staffed today, plus it’s nice outside and I’m very easily distracted by the weather, so what better way to pass the time than by watching fancy trailers? Here we have a brand new trailer for… Read More

  • Essential Gear for the Outdoor Photographer


    Now that winter is drawing to a close in most of the country (it’s still snowing here in the Sierra Nevadas), it’s time to think about getting out and taking more pictures. As a photography enthusiast, I know there’s a few things that I consider critical whenever I’m out shooting, things are I don’t leave home without. Read More

  • Razer announces left handed gaming mouse

    Razer has definitely been working the gaming mojo this month, first the Mac driver announcement and now DeathAdder. Long neglected by manufacturers because they are of the devil, left handed gamers have had to use an ambidextrous mouse or suffer from poor ergonomics. Razer has heard their cries of pain, and released (what I consider) the best gaming mouse in a left handed model. Read More

  • Geekware: Crazy old gear gives up the ghost to become clocks

    Urban legend has it that when Atari’s sorry adaptation of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” showed disappointing sales figures, they took the remaining copies from their warehouse and had them crushed into a cement cube at a landfill in New Mexico. If this is a fallacy, whoever still has that warehouse full of cartridges might have a potential buyer, after all. Geekware, a… Read More

  • Control your Canon DSLR with a Nintendo DS

    After trying to find a way to remotely control their DSLRs, the clever hackers at HDRLabs couldn’t really find anything that would do what they wanted. So what did they do? Built a control of their own, using a Nintendo DS. HDRLabs went on to make the device available, for free. All you have to do is build one yourself. Read More

  • Review: Creative World of Warcraft headset

    Short Version: Fresh from the box, Creative’s World of Warcraft, is here! They were designed for WoW players and their performance definitely reflects that. While a tad bulky, they don’t feel heavy.
    Pros
    • Very Comfortable
    • Hard to hear outside the headphones
    • Wireless Mic works well. Does not get in the way.
    • Driver allows deep customization of audio to serve your… Read More

  • Guitar/headphone interface for iPhone

    The slew of music recording / creation apps for the iPhone all share the same weakness. They rely on the internal microphone, and a recording quality microphone it is not. The Guitarbud from PRS Guitars gives you a direct input into your iDevice without taking away headphone capability. Read More

  • Review: Scottevest Evolution Travel Jacket

    Short version: Scott Jordan understands geeks. Or at least, he understands what geeks want in clothing. The Evolution Travel Jacket takes the same basic concept as the other Scottevest products, and refines it. The Evolution is a jacket with more pockets then most people will ever need, and could quite easily replace a backpack or messenger bag when traveling. Read More

  • Review: Acoustica Mixcraft 5

    Acoustica’s Mixcraft 5.0 is a multi-track recording studio that allows you to record audio, use pre-defined loops, create videos, and more. They like to call it a kind of “Garage Band for Windows”, and it certainly does let you do a lot. Anyone familiar with multi-track editing won’t be intimidated by this, but even if you’re new to the party, you should find… Read More

  • Review: Alienware Aurora ALX

    Short version: The Aurora ALX is quite possibly the fastest computer I’ve ever used. It is in a word, amazing. The water cooling, thermally reactive venting system, and lighting combine to make a system that runs great, looks amazing, and has some innovative features that make you go “duh. why didn’t I think of that?” Of course performance has its price, and you will… Read More

  • This LEGO Avatar helicopter would only be cooler if Michelle Rodriguez came with it

    Sure, this LEGO creation looks impressive just sitting there, but click the Read More link to see it in action. Read More

  • Review: Razer Vespula double-sided mousepad (and giveaway)


    Short version: A very slick, but rather small mousepad well-suited to those of you who like hard, slidey surfaces to mouse on. If that sounds good, maybe you should try winning it! Woo! Read More

  • Drummer Hero for the Wii is powered by Arduino

    So many cool things you can do with Arduino. The possibilities are endless now that we have the technology! Jazari has constructed this very elaborate solenoid/Arduino rig to play a myriad of instruments, all with two Wiimotes. Sure beats playing percussion in band back in high school. [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Gloves with LEDs in them. You know whether you need these or not

    There’s not much a humble blogger can do when faced with such a straightforward product. It’s work gloves, with LEDs that attach in a number of places so you can see what you’re doing. In the immortal words of Jay-Z, “What more can I say?” Read More

  • CrunchDeals: DJ Hero (Xbox 360) for $59

    If the $120 price tag that initially accompanied DJ Hero as it made its way to market in late October of last year seemed a bit steep to you (and apparently, you weren’t alone) then you may be interested to hear that you can get the Xbox 360 bundle for $59 from JR.com. Read More

  • Rilakkuma Edition: Casio unveils ultra-cute Exilim

    Casio is no stranger to teaming up with major toy makers, licensing super-cute cartoon characters, using them on existing digital camera models and offering up super-cute limited editions to a fanatic fan base. After cartoon cats Doraemon and Hello Kitty, it’s now time for Rilakkuma, an adorable teddy bear. The result is the Casio Exilim Rilakkuma edition that was announced [JP] today. Read More

  • “Magic Flute” audiophile speakers look like jet engines, probably sound amazing

    I don’t even want to speculate on the cost of something as cool-looking as this. I’ll just settle for pining away. The idea, I suppose, is to have speakers of every size necessary to reproduce sound perfectly, all attached to the same system. I mean, it’s not an original idea; most tower speakers use the same principle, but did you ever see a tower speaker that made you feel… Read More

  • New Super Mario Galaxy 2 trailer: oh my god, this game looks fun

    Look, say what you will about the derivative nature of the Mario games (and Nintendo 1st-party products in general, Vitality Sensor excluded), you have to admit that for sheer platforming fun, they are absolutely unmatched. Just look at the varieties of platforming experience on display here. While for themes and graphics they’re not breaking any molds, the creativity on the level of fun… Read More

  • Custom Skullcandy headphones look, sound great

    Skullcandy headphones sound good, that’s pretty much a given. And while the styling is cool and everything, they seem a bit.. generic. Don’t worry though, you can get your awesome cans and be individual too. One crafty DIY person is selling customized Skullcandy SK-Pro headphones – but you better hurry, she/he is only making three pairs. Read More

  • Video: Metal Gear Solid Arcade 3D in action

    We’ve covered Metal Gear Solid 3D (whose first playable version was announced by Konami last week) twice so far, and now it’s time to look at the game in more detail. Konami is still in the middle of optimizing the gameplay (which is based on Metal Gear Online) and hasn’t fixed a release date yet. In the video embedded below, you can see a model holding a gun in her hands… Read More