Think you can follow directions? Here’s a challenge for you.

The Idiot Test from Browser Arcade is a fun way to test your attention to detail. I remember tests like this on paper.

It’s lots of fun, but not particularly friendly to the colorblind.

Thanks to Don Burleson for sending this to me.

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This came to me late last year but regardless it qualifies as a perennial favorite in my book.

Holiday Decorations SpecCant remember the proper signage for the rooftop landing strip? Don’t know what type of brace to use when attaching the star to the tree? The folks at Winzler & Kelly have got you covered.

With this detailed PDF you can deck your halls safely and accurately. For best results extra attention should be paid to the structural notes.


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USB Missile LauncherWhat do you get for the geek who has everything? Of course! Their very own USB Missile Launcher! But is it really worth it? Yes! Read on and find out why.

Overall Rating: 9 out of 10

Pros:

  • Roughly 12 foot range
  • Accurate within a foot or two even at range
  • 180 degree pan
  • Limited but reasonable tilt control (about 30 degrees above to five degrees below level)
  • Fires three darts one at a time
  • Soft foam darts are safe around the office
  • High quality molded plastic construction
  • Free Mac software better than included PC software

Cons:

  • Couple second delay between clicking “Fire” and actual launch
  • Batteries required (3xAA)
  • Included software does not allow for simultaneous pan and tilt (movign diagonally)

Details:

Launcher in boxThe USB Missile Launcher came to me from the folks at KlearGear.com who have quite a line of toys and gadgets appropriate for the office. They sell the USB Missile Launcher for $55 which I consider a fair price for a toy this cool.

It comes quite attractively packed… the type of thing that you wouldn’t be able to keep on shelves in the right locations. It would make the perfect trade-show giveaway for the same reasons. Have a stack of three or four of these at your booth and you’ll get some attention (hell, at the price just give away a dozen.)

The USB Missile Launcher was equally impressive out of the box. The unit quickly pans through 180 degrees and tilts about 35 degrees. The PC software that ships with the unit is limited to only moving in one direction at a time, while the free Mac software allows movement in two directions.

You can fire one missile at a time and the missiles shoot out with surprising speed, propelled by a small spring which is compressed when you load the missiles. Both software versions suffer from a second or two delay when firing. I have a feeling this is a limitation of the device, but it’s the only major flaw in what is otherwise a great piece of office artillery.

The launcher is solidly constructed and the darts have held up well for me. There is nothing with the unit or on the KlearGear site about replacement missiles, but I’m sure if there’s a demand they’ll become available.

Conclusions:

This is a great office toy and would be a great gift idea for anyone who regularly engages in cubicle warfare. At a cost of $55 from KlearGear.com the USB Missile Launcher is one of the most unique toys you could get someone this holiday season.

I had hoped to get a couple videos up of the launcher but haven’t been able to get any I’m happy with. Perhaps it’s time for a new digital camera.

Thanks to the folks at KlearGear.com for giving me the chance to evaluate the USB Missile Launcher.

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So I read somewhere (perhaps MAKE) that the ink used to print paper money in the US contains iron and is therefore magnetic. Zach and I decided we had to try this at lunch and had this fun with a $2 bill and a stack of strong neodymium magnets:

It wasn’t strong enough to lift the bill but you can definitely see the magnet’s effect. It seems like only the ink around the outer part of the bill worked and this was with one of the newer US bills.

Try it yourself! It’s a great Friday afternoon distraction.

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Living in a condo association you get used to folks coming and going, you just cross your fingers and hope that with this spin of the wheel you won’t get some nutty redneck. Well, before I’d even met my new neighbors I saw this bumper sticker on their car.

My Boss Is An Italian Plumber


Needless to say I stopped worrying immediately.

These are available through ThinkGeek, of course…

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