My Dream Products : Cowbell Hero

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Cowbell Hero Game For The Wii

Although I like Guitar Hero quite a bit, sometimes it leaves me wanting less. By less I mean a game more pure and simple in its musical mockery. What I came up with was “Cowbell Hero”.

As you can see from the above product mock-up, it consists of a simple Wii accessory in the form of a white plastic cowbell. The nunchuck plugs into the bell allowing you to swing it to and fro with a realistic cowbell playing motion.

A variety of classic 80s rock songs will provide hours of cowbell playing fun. If anyone at Nintendo is reading this, please, please make my dream come true.

Money, It’s a Gas (Part II)

Friday, May 16th, 2008

(This post started here and will end ridiculously)

To quickly recap, I recently found myself pondering the deeper facets of life and the universe. The budding Friedrich Nietzsche inside of me was twisting and turning, unable to rest. The ultimate question in question? If I could buy anything, and I mean anything, what expensive things would I buy? The list continues…

4. A $20,000 .mp3 player

Bling Bling

The TrexStor i.Beat Organix .mp3 player is the geek’s ultimate bling. Adorned in 18-karat gold and 63 one-karat diamonds. Its wrist strap is made from aquamarine jewels and admittedly I don’t know what those are, but I want them. I can just imagine running into an iPod user on the street. Our conversation would go something like this:

iPod guy: Awesome, my iPod just shuffled to REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You!”

Me: My iPod is covered in diamonds.

iPod guy: …(cries)

I used to be an Apple fanboy but Apple just doesn’t seem to have class anymore. I don’t even think they have a product with gold or diamonds. Then again, Steve Jobs isn’t necessarily known to be an innovative thinker so I won’t be too hard on him.

All the same, Apple will be lucky to have even 5% of the .mp3 market in 5 years with jewel-encrusted devices like the i.Beat Organix on the rise.

5. The New York Yankees

NY Yankees

The Yankees are America’s team and I love America so much that I would buy them in blink of a George W. Bush eyelid if I had the chance. I also love baseball and Coney dogs. Completely justified purchase, no doubt.

First order of business with George Steinbrenner out the door and the kid-phenom at the helm (that’s me, by the way), would be to replace those outdated pinstriped jerseys with American flag-inspired gear. A prototype of the new pants already exists.

Second order of business… sign Air Bud* to a lucrative contract. Air Bud brings marketing power and raw talent to the team.

Third order of buisness… trade A-Rod and Andy Petite to the Minnesota Twins for Nick Punto.

Then… sit back, eat 6 Coney dogs, and enjoy the game.

That’s all the time I have for today! I’ll leave you with another one of my favorite quotes, this time from Nietzsche himself: “Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?” Definitely, especially if you are super rich and can buy happiness. Tune in next time, world.

*Buddy the Wonder Dog, a.k.a. Air Bud, died 10 years ago this February but was father to dozens of healthy pups who have become famous actors themselves. With the world hanging on every one of my words right now, I’d would like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to Buddy; An inspiration to an entire generation, he is loved and missed everyday.

Air Bud, Hero and Legend

Ayo Technology

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

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What it do, world.

Oh man, oh man. My Kanye shades arrived!!

Driving with these on is not a crime because looking fly and committing a crime can never occur in conjunction with one another.*

*ArcStone Technologies, Inc. and the author are not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice or statements made in this post. Word.

Facebook + Scrabble = Scrabulous!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

A fellow word-lover of mine tipped me off to Scrabulous, the Scrabble-esque app for Facebook. You can play casual games with your friends over any span of time. (Name of opponent removed to protect the innocent.)

Scrabulous App for Facebook

You know I’m already addicted.

All I Want for Christmas Is Ion-Clean Teeth

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

toothbrush-guy.jpgTwo or three holiday seasons ago, everybody was buying battery-operated toothbrushes for their loved ones. I didn’t get one (I guess no one cares about my oral hygiene) and I still use a manual brush.

Now gift-givers have another opportunity to give the gift of clean teeth. The latest toothbrush technology has evolved to the point where toothpaste may no longer be necessary. The Soladey Titanium Toothbrush runs on saliva, light, and a titanium core.

Here’s a description of how it works from Soladey.com:

Soladey looks like an ordinary toothbrush, but closer examination reveals a titanium (metal) ionic conducting rod, which runs through the replaceable bristle head and into the handle. This rod is the secret to Soladey. It’s made of a patented solar conducting material that allows light, by photoelectric activity, to be converted into a natural energy source which kills the harmful bacteria in your mouth.

The downside? You have to shove a light bulb in your mouth in order to activate the cleaning process. And make sure you have plenty of spit.

If you’re into marketing, compare the Australian Soladey site with the US version. In America, nothing encourages good hygiene like a bodacious babe weilding titanium toothbrushes.

Point and Click Your Way to Astronomical Knowledge

Friday, November 16th, 2007

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Whenever hawk migration season comes around, my Dad says, “I want a pair of binoculars that tells you what bird you’re looking at.” Not a bad idea. I’ve heard even the most avid birders bemoan the difficulties of identifying “little brown jobs” (LBJs), a catch-all name for any of the thousands of small brown birds which are indistinguishable to the vast majority of us.

Star identification is undoubtedly astronomically more difficult than decoding the minute variations of LBJs. There are billions upon billions of stars, and unless you have access to the Giant Magellan Telescope, they’re going to look pretty darn similar to one another.

There is no longer a need to be intimidated by the million twinkling lights in the sky. The new Meade MySKY Sky Navigator is a silvery-gray gun-like apparatus with Nintendo-esque red buttons that you can point and shoot at the sky to learn about the cosmos.

It’s not a telescope; it’s a GPS system and database. You can hook it up to Meade’s computerized telescopes to have your telescope automatically align to where you point your star gun.

I would have loved this gift when I was a young’un. If you really loved your star-loving kid, you’d buy it — just don’t look at the price tag.

The Real Estate Market Is Alive and Well – At Least Virtually

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Sick of the current real estate trends? It might be time to turn your eye to the virtual real estate market of Second Life.

For those of you unfamiliar with Second Life, it isn’t a game, per se. It’s an online virtual universe where you can live out an alternate fantasy life — a virtual online universe with millions of registered users.

Meet one of Second Life’s richest land barons, Anshe Chung:


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When Web Design Falls Apart – Literally

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I am not even sure what this is. Gizmodo rarely breaks away from their usual fare of programmable toasters and Apple news. So when they blog about a mysterious, non-English shopping site you have to look.

Take note: if you are on psychedelic drugs when viewing the site you may not notice anything special.

ArcStone – Multi-Monitor Shop All Around

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Everyone at ArcStone has a multi-monitor setup. Long ago I convinced ArcStone’s owner of the vast productivity benefits that come with more screen real estate. At first, like many people, he was a skeptic. However, after using multiple monitors himself, the value became apparent.

Some might argue it simply amounts to what you become used to. I disagree. I see a significant drop in my productivity when I work out of the office, and have to rely on my laptop screen alone.

If you have the means, I urge you to try adding another monitor to your setup.
Here are some examples of ArcStonians multi-monitor setups:

Our Top Sales Person

Sales Person’s Monitors

Our Systems Administrator

Sys Admin Monitors

Yours Truly

Developers Monitors

Your Vote Counts In Oobject’s On-Line Gadget Pageant

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Gadget Watch

Part blog, part polling system, Oobject picks topics of interest and lets users submit their top picks, sort of like a pageant of gadgets. Sometimes the lists are full of beautiful things, old things, or just supremely weird things.

Each day a new topic is highlighted for users to peruse. I urge you to take a look, there is a good chance you’ll see something you never knew existed.