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…You too can be a Blue Man?

Blue Man Tubes

A toy not just for kids, but also kids at heart, the Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes allow you to live out all of your crazy music playing rock star status dreams in the comfort of your own home. Features include eight motion-sensitive tubes that allow percussion, tempo change and volume control with either your hands or the included percussion sticks, five percussion instruments including the tubes, drums, steel drums, xylophone and marimba (not quite sure what that one even is) to fill out your band, MP3 mode allowing you to jam along to your favorite tune with your iPod or MP3 player of choice, record mode to share your new found talent with your friends, speakers to allow others to enjoy the soothing sounds of your steel drums, and an audio out jack to make sure the neighbors are fully aware of your new found talents. Not included are the full blue head paint, emotionless facial expressions and cult like following, though the latter one may come with enough practice (ok, maybe not, but it’s still fun to pretend). Head out to your nearest FAO Schwarz to pick one up (or build one at Home Depot for true originality credit).

[FAO Schwarz]

[Via: Uncrate]

…The phone is so 2006?

Sony Mylo

This September, Sony will release Mylo (MY Life Organized), its “wireless broadband communicator”, in an attempt to unseat the iPod and cell phone from their respective thrones atop the music and communication device world. Designed to be the Swiss army knife of the gadget world, its got Gmail and Yahoo mail for your emailing pleasures, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and Skype handle your instant messages with the included slide out QWERTY keyboard (big blow to you AIM users out there), Skype pulls double duty and also allows you to make calls with the device, a built in Opera web browser for constant updates of your MySpace account (sorry Helio) and whatever else people still do on the web, and a built in photo and video viewer to show others how amazing your life is (or not). It can also be used to surf the internet (is that term still even cool?) using its Opera browser. Mylo features a 2.4-inch LCD, 1GB of flash memory, a Memory Stick Pro Duo slot, and an external speaker to annoy everyone around you with that new song you just discovered. Not only is it uber-functional, but it also looks really freaking cool, like a PSP/iPod baby. For $350, it’s not a bad deal, considering all you get and the lack of a need for any sort of service contract. It does need a WiFi connection to unleash its massive potential, but once WiMax rolls out, I predict a switch en masse to devices like these. Until then, it’d still be sweet to have so you can continue justifying your ‘first guy with everything’ award.

[Sony Mylo]

Also, check out a review from Gizmodo:

…Washing your hands can be fun again?


For some good clean fun, check out the SquidSoap, designed to teach kids the value of having clean hands when they are mining for nose gold or picking up presents the dog leaves for the family. An ink marker on the top of the soap dispenser puts a squid ink sucker mark on your hand when you press the pump to dispense soap. After 15-20 seconds (apparently the time most doctors recommend, though I’ve been using the ‘if it’s all wet it’s all good’ method) the ink washes off, leaving you clean hands in more ways than one. According to the site, kids love it because it makes hand washing a game (winner is the first with prune hands), and the squid sitting atop the soap dispenser is also a toy for after cleanliness fun. Plus, “A study in 305 schools shows that children who wash their hands at least 4 times a day miss 30% less school than children who don’t wash as frequently”, and that study is right 60% of the time, every time. If I were a kid, the ink marker would be the toy and the walls of the bathroom my canvas, but then that’s just me.


…Shotgun-turrets will be a standard option on the 2008 Hummer H9?

Hammer Shotgun-turret
For times when just one shotgun isn’t enough, and you don’t want to put forward the effort of actually carrying the thing around (they do get heavy you know), comes the Hammer H2X-40 Shotgun-Turret System. This thing is un-freaking-believable. Its got twin 20 round magazines, fires 3 inch shells, and can be used to fire “grenade” rounds. Not too sure what those are, but they sound like a blast. All of this is controlled from inside your tank/SUV via a joystick, for that true first person shooter feel. Apparently designed for the military and civil defense groups, I’ll be checking eBay for one to pop up so I can play the ultimate live action duck hunt game.


…You can finally experience that Ferrari you use to get groceries?

Porsche At The Country Club

The thrill of the open road, the sound of an engine at full throttle, the colors of the scenery flying by, and the drinks at the clubhouse afterwards. The first three are well known to driving enthusiasts, but a new breed of automotive country clubs is trying to change the way people enjoy their overpriced toys. Requiring only a need for speed, a car fast enough to fill that need, and a safety check on both you and your check book, these clubs offer not just races, but open drive time where you can enjoy the often suppressed feelings of speed in an age of speed traps and cameras. They feature clubhouses, garages, go-kart tracks, skid pads, and many more of the features car fanatics can usually only dream of. So skip out of work early, fire up your Ford GT, and tear up a perfectly good set of tires while still getting home in time for dinner. Heaven can wait; I’m gong to the track.

[Via: Forbes Auto]