Tired of having a sweaty palm because you never move your hand from your computer mouse? Well then, it sounds like you need the Thermaltake Black Element -the only mouse to come with a built-in fan to help cool down your hand. That you could always just take a break from your game every now and again to give your hand to dry off naturally.
Geeks manage to work their interests into everything these days, even fish tanks. If you’re asking yourself, “how could an aquarium be geeky?” well then sit back and enjoy the nerdstravaganza of the world’s geekiest fish tanks.
When the guys from the show Tanked were asked to make a special machine for a guy who loved old pinball machines and aquariums, they immediately suggested creating a functional pinball machine that also served as an aquarium. It was definitely a bit of a project, as you can see in the video, but the end result was simply amazing and something any gamer would love to have in his or her pad.
2. A Broken XBox 360
For those without the money or space for an old pinball machine, this Xbox aquarium by Blue Water Aquariums is a pretty sweet alternative. The small saltwater aquarium is home to live corals, fish, crabs, snails and shrimp. No word on how much it costs, but I’m willing to bet they’d custom make one for any geeky fish fan with enough cash.
Instructables user pbecker83 had a PC that was too old to still do much computing, so he turned it into an aquarium. Best of all, because the glass doesn’t take up much space inside the tower, the PC can still be turned on. To ensure the heat of the computer wouldn’t hurt the fishes, he made sure to get tropical beta fish that are totally comfortable with the water reaching 78 degrees –which is as hot as the PC gets when on. Of course, since the computer is so old, he really only uses it as a webcam to capture the faces of people enjoying the tank.
The golden toad is pretty gorgeous. Too bad you'll never see one in person. They went extinct in 1989:
Scientists aren't totally sure what led to this Costa Rican toad's decline, but the best theory is that the El Nino weather pattern along with global warming and airborne pollution dried up pools and ponds the toad lived in.
BuzzFeed has 16 other animals that have died during our lifetimes -and yes, even if you're really young, most of these will still have died during your lifetime.
Can't deal vacations without bacon but hate having nowhere to cook them? Well, if you happen to travel with a hair straightener or someone else who happens to travel with one, then you've got all you need to enjoy some tasty, crispy pig belly.
Mutts sometimes get a bad rap because they are less predictable and lack the supposedly superior genetics of purebreds, but scientists have performed multiple studies showing that mixed breed dogs are actually much healthier and often live longer than their purebred counterparts. While there is no definitive answer as to which is better because everyone’s opinion will be based on personal and subjective criteria, there is no doubt that many of us have a soft spot in our hearts for the old “Heinz 57 dogs.” In honor of Mutt’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most famous mixed-breed pooches in history.
Spike from Old Yeller
Whether you prefer purebreds or mutts, here’s one that’s made practically everyone cry. The Old Yeller featured in the book was most likely a Black Mouth Cur, although the breed is never mentioned by name in the book. In fact, the breed hadn’t been officially named or established at the time the book was set.
Regardless of the dog’s depiction in the book, the pooch that starred in the film adaptation was most certainly a mutt. Animal trainer Frank Weatherwax discovered the Labrador retriever/mastiff mix in the Van Nuys animal shelter when the pup was still a youngster. Eventually Spike grew to be Weatherwax’s star pupil and one of his largest stars –literally, Spike weighed about 170 pounds when he was full grown!
Aside from making us all cry in Old Yeller, he also made plenty of people cry in 1959’s A Dog of Flanders. Not all of his roles were tearjerkers though. Spike also appeared in the schlocky 1956 B-movie The She-Creature and on The Mickey Mouse Club.
Perhaps the next most famous mutt in the world also was adopted by a professional animal trainer from a shelter in Los Angeles. Trainer Frank Inn was a big fan of adopting animals that were on death row from the animal shelter and then seeing if he could get them to act. If they didn’t take to training well, he would then work to get one of his friends or fans to take in the critter.
He happened to run across a spaniel mix named Higgins at a shelter in Burbank and was immediately taken in by the puppy’s expressive eyes. Inn never once had to consider finding a new home for the pup as Higgins was the ideal student and had an incredibly expressive face. His first role was on Petticoat Junction and the pooch did so well that he appeared in six out of the show’s seven total seasons. One show wasn’t enough for Higgins though, so he also made cameos on Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.
According to Inn, Higgins was not only the most skilled dog he had ever worked with, but he could also learn a new routine every week. He could climb ladders, open mail boxes and even yawn on cue. His last role was supposed to be Mooch Goes to Hollywood in 1971, but he actually came back out of retirement four years later to star in Benji. When he died three years later, his legacy lived on, as his daughter, Benjean, continued to star in the Benji sequels.
It might not be the most famous sitcom in history, but those that did watch Mad About You all remember Murray, the lovable, bratty and slightly-stupid puppy that stole every scene he appeared in. Murray’s real name was Maui and the dog was rescued from a shelter in Los Angeles by animal trainer Boone Narr.
Aside from starring in a sitcom, Maui also appeared in a number of commercials and as a stand-in for the star dog in the movie Bingo.
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, or my velociraptor will do it for you!" Here at Neatorama, we get accused of being too liberal or too conservative at least once a week. But here's the thing -we don't care about politics. We care about awesomeness, and no matter what side of the political spectrum you happen to be on, presidents riding dinosaurs are awesome. The best thing about this piece by Jason Hauser is the level of detail. While it's too small to see here, the saddle actually has a D.A.R.E. sticker and the gun is engraved with the name "Gipper." Click on the link to enjoy Reagan and his dino friend in more detail. And Happy Fourth of July everyone! Link Via Laughing Squid
We've featured a lot of artwork from Gallery 1988, and while it's all pretty cool, the problem is that if you don't live near L.A., you probably won't be able to go see any of the shows yourself.
That's why the Breaking Gifs art show is so awesome. It's an online art show presented by Gallery 1988 and AMCm celebrating the awesomeness of Breaking Bad. The "exhibits" are presented in the shape of the periodic table of elements and only a few have been released so far, but all of the ones out there so far, including the chart above by Dave Perillo, are pretty darn awesome.
Street artist Mobstr always ensures his work says something...literally. His sarcastic, pithy messages are a refreshing and humorous alternative to all the political graffiti many of us are used to seeing. Plus, they have the benefit of being something you can't disagree with.
If you're one of those people who eat, sleep and breathe Disney, then here's your chance to take your obsession up another notch -by living in Walt's childhood home and birthplace.
The 3-bedroom Chicago house was built in the 1890's and Disney was actually born in the second story in 1901. Best of all, this great piece of Disney history is only $179,000 -$100,000 less than the owners originally listed it for a few years ago.
UK band Camp America recently released a new album. While I've never even heard of the band, I've gotta say, I like their idea for a limited edition cd case. These special cases come in 125 pieces with instructions on how to put them together in order to build your own CD case. Now that's some good geek marketing.
If only there was a quick spell available to make this book cover come to life, he would serve as an awesome guardian against privacy invaders. Of course, anyone who saw the movies or read the book would know that all you have to do is scratch his spine and he'll open right up for you. Oh well, it's still pretty cute, even if it is inanimate.
This delightful target artwork by DeviantArt user thecrow65 is titled "Stormtrooper Target VIII," but I think anyone who hated Episode One would be just as happy to take aim at Jar Jar. Of course, the rest of the Stormtrooper targets are characters that many geeks would defend with their lives. Still it's nice to know we all have some common ground.
What do you get when you combine Star Wars, zombies, Reservoir Dogs and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia? You get the awesome photos from Deyanna and Dustin's geektastically amazing wedding. If the pictures aren't enough to sell you on this wedding, consider this: the maid of honor and best man did a reading from Calvin and Hobbes during the ceremony.
From Rapunzel swinging with Spider-Man to Spider-Kitty to Spider-Gir there are some seriously adorable Spider-Man fan artworks over on this great io9 page. There are also a few utterly weird ones like the Spider-Man Tron crossover above. Weird or cute though, they're all fantastic.
It's hard to imagine the crab nebula and lagoon nebula in your head, but with the cool artworks that make up the Zoological Universe make the names seem more sensible and make the beauty of these photos of space even easier to appreciate.
Want a Lamborghini but only have about $66,000? Well, you can always settle for all the style and none of the substance with this sweet Toyota MR2 disguised as the famous speedster. Personally, I'd rather buy a decent used car and put a down payment on a house.
If you've ever worked in retail, then you know just how terrible some customers are. Fortunately, if you want to feel better about your own experiences, there's now a great Reddit thread filled with venting retail workers, some of whom have the worst stories I've ever heard, like this one:
Yesterday while I was helping out in Best Buy, a woman approached me with a pink plastic phone case asking how many txt messages it could store in an inbox....
I said she needed to have a cell phone for that. She clearly did not understand.
After about 10 minutes of trying to explain that the case was solely for style/protective purposes, I sent her over to the phone department and let them deal with her for the next HOUR.
Working at Guitar Center, I have a few terrible stories of my own. What about you guys? Feel free to share them in the comments.
If your dinner parties have become a bit dull, maybe the problem isn't the conversation, but the table. With the Swing Table, things are sure to pick up and if they don't, you can always throw a tantrum that sends the plates flying. Either way, it's a guaranteed good time!