Accessory of the Week, March 17th, 2010: Obi Juan Kenobi

I really didn't want to showcase another t-shirt this week if for no other reason than I wanted to post about the Rubik's TouchCube. But, this shirt is one of my favorites. It combines two of my favorite things: Star Wars and t-shirts. The day that I can wear nothing on my topside but t-shirts (vs. button-up shirts, ties, holiday sweaters or leather Village People vests) will be a day to be relished.

3D Flyby of Mars: As Close As We'll Get

Can't afford to pay Sir Richard Branson to shoot your ass to Mars? That's ok, I don't think the guy really exists anyway. I mean just LOOK at that hair! Who has hair like that?! I wish I did.


Universal Destruction Averted, for Now: LHC to Shut Down for 12 Months...

The Large Hadron Collider. What can I say about it? It's large. It collides hadrons.

Basically, it collides particles at an extremely insane amount of velocity so that scientists will hopefully be able to provide new theories on the principles of matter. Proponents of the project (which takes place over several miles near Swiss and French borders on the outskirts of Geneva) say that the LHC (also lovingly called "The Big Banger," "Masta Blasta" and "Colossitron") is the means by which we'll be able to better understand the universe around us and our interrelationship with it.

Jogger Killed by Errant Aircraft: iPod Partially to Blame

This story sucks no matter how you slice it. A 38 year old husband and father of two is dead, which is the entirely shitty part. The completely unbelievable, horribly uncanny and freakishly unsettling part? He was killed by a FREAKING AIRPLANE which was making an emergency landing because it had lost a propeller, which spewed engine oil onto its windshield.

Periodic Table of Sci-Fi: A Chart for Geeks

I caught this over at TopatoCo.com, and had to share. Remember the Periodic Table of the Elements we all know and love as geeks of the world? Well, this Sci-Fi version trumps the extremely old, craptastically sordid one.


Accessory of the Week, March 9th, 2010: The Caffeine Molecule Shirt

I have decided that it would be appropriate to showcase a new geek accessory every week. So, without further ado, here is this weeks entry...

Fresh from the Think Geek headquarters, this t-shirt has the juice you need. Everybody loves caffeine, right? How else would we stay up all night doing homework, coding for that killer iPhone app or fragging people into oblivion while playing our favorite video game? The caffeine molecule t-shirt is the perfect accessory to show off your love of the substance!

Available in various sizes, this shirt sells for $15.99-$19.99 USD depending on which size you choose. The official link to Think Geek's page is http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/generic/2891/


Bring Back Jack!

If you've never heard of the Cartoon Network masterpiece series Samurai Jack (voiced by actor Phil LaMarr), then you need to travel to a deep, dark cave and sit in solitary confinement for a few weeks to rethink your existence.

Samurai Jack (YouTube link) was the beautifully stylized animated series from Genndy Tartakovsky, which chronicled the life of a Samurai warrior from the past who is thrust into the future to fight his nemesis, a demon named Aku (voiced by brilliant performer Mako) and his robot minions. Jack's main focus aside from his battles with Aku is, fittingly, to find a way back to his own time. The series ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network, and abruptly ceased production but was never officially "canceled." As a fan of bold and colorfully artistic animation, this series pulled me in and still refuses to let go.

Hangovers Beware: Oxygenated Alcohol Is Your Bane.

Raise your hand if you've ever had enough alcohol to induce a hangover. Ok, the one guy who didn't raise his hand, leave the room.

Alright, now that we're all on the same page, I have a revelation. Soon, the syndrome which causes your night on the town to quickly become a spinning, nausea-laden puke-fest could be no more. Hangovers, your days are numbered. Researchers in South Korea are performing trials of a new alcohol to study its effects which, so far, combat the human body's tendency to become hung over. The substance being tested is oxygenated alcohol, which is basically the same as the fire water you're used to with oxygen bubbles added to the concoction (and it is, apparently, very popular in their native South Korea). The effect? Well, tests indicate you might not have to hug the toilet as often after a night of pretending you're sexier than you actually are.


Crazy Science: Airborne Frickin' Lasers...

While most of the U.S. was sleeping on February 11th of this year, the Air Force was using a frickin' laser to shoot down a missile. In midair. While both craft were flying. Badass.

The Airborne Laser Testbed Team mounted a "high-energy Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (PDF link)" (COIL) to the nose of a modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft, and successfully destroyed a missile in it's initial launch phase that night. The air crew then headed home for a fourthmeal of Taco Bell, complete with empanadas and cinnamon twists.


Stealth Helicopters in Development? My Blue Thunder Fantasy Just Kicked Into Overdrive...

Blue Thunder, the 1983 Roy Scheider epic about a police helicopter pilot who gets the opportunity to test-drive an experimental bad-guy catching aircraft, captivated me at a young age. Already smitten with aircraft and air travel of all sorts (having been ferried around the U.S. in passenger jets by myself already), I saw the movie as a spanning epic of explosions, cold steel and, yes, industrially kick-ass air travel.


Lost Your Chromatic Tuner? Well, There's An App For That...

Guitar powerhouse Gibson and software developer Legacy Learning Systems quietly released their iPhone application "Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application" on March 1st, promising that this is a "must have" application for guitarists. Being a guitarist myself, I decided to give the app a quick rundown.

The Force Unleashed: Lego Style

I thought this was too good to pass up. "xxxfancypantsxxx" on YouTube has cooked up a great stop-motion video with a couple of my favorite things: Star Wars and Lego bricks. This is, without a doubt, something I would do if I had the ability. Now, I'm going to have to go to my mom's house and see if that huge box of my Legos from my childhood is still around somewhere...


Powering Through: Chevelle

I've followed the band Chevelle for quite a few years, beginning with their CD Wonder What's Next (iTunes link). During the years since, I've come to expect a certain feel from Chevelle's music, and their latest effort, Sci Fi Crimes, doesn't disappoint. One thing you can count on with the boys from Grayslake, Ill. is a straightforward, hard-hitting and melodic hard-rock album.

World of Warcraft Players Rejoice: You Now Have An Official Headset

Creative Labs, the folks behind some of the best PC and Mac audio processing hardware on the planet, are gearing up to release their officially licensed World of Warcraft Headset Series. If you haven't ever heard of World of Warcraft (created by Blizzard Entertainment), then I'd simply ask you "What planet have you been on for the last five years?"

It Was Bound To Happen: The iMaxi

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It was bound to happen.

Hot on the heels of my Apple iPad mini-review | Opinion post, I find this. A clever group of ladies has come up with the ultimate case for our iPads: the iMaxi. Here's the description from their site:


80's Meme: Tron

As an All-American boy growing up in the late 1970's and early 1980's, it was mandatory to like certain things. Of course bicycles, playing catch and pretending to be a soldier were all among the things that rallied for most of my time, but there were other things. Things that, above all else, had time spent on them nearly every day.

I'm talking about being a science-fiction hero.