It’s always a great joy to mod things for no real reason other than to be able to prove to yourself that you could do it. It’s even better when the mod actually has a purpose, and can save you some serious cash at the same time. A perfect example of this is Jake Ludington’s homemade microphone pop screen. You see, when talking into a mic, the p’s and b’s can sometimes spike the audio signal which distorts the sound. A pop screen solves this problem, as it absorbs whatever it is that causes that spike in the first place. I have casually shopped for pop screens before, and they aren’t cheap. That is what makes Jake’s so appealing. All you need is a 6” embroidery hoop, generic pantyhose, 1/2-inch split flex tubing, 2 feet 10-2 wire, 7.5” black zip ties, 1 1/4” compression fitting (from plumbing), and a 1” spring clamp. Get all this together, and it will cost less than ten bucks. Full assembly instructions at Jake’s site.
Read More | Jake Ludington’s MediaBlab
This week’s DVD release is a magical experience with Finding Neverland staring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland tells the fictional story of the family and events that inspired the tale of Peter Pan - a great movie for the whole family to enjoy. If comedy is your thing, then Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is for you. Starring Renée Zellweger, this is the sequel to the hit Bridget Jones’ Diary that goes on to tell the comedic story of the heroine who sent her career soaring. If you enjoyed the first installment, then you are sure to love this one.
Finding Neverland ~ Miramax
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ~ Universal Pictures
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume One ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Stand by Me: Special Edition ~ Sony Home Entertainment
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead ~ Image Entertainment
The Pretender: The Complete First Season ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Kojak: Season One ~ Universal Pictures
March 23, 2005
Fat Albert ~ Fox Home Entertainment
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Strap on this device and experience bruises never thought possible on Rollerblades. It will increase your speed by up to 25 miles per hour, with its 1.5 horsepower engine. You’ll need to keep both hands on the controls though, as one hand controls brakes, and the other speed. The tire looks like it’s a little on the thick side, to allow for multiple terrains. it can be yours for only $445. Horrified spectators not included.
Read More | Gadget Madness
Every time I go down to visit my mom in South Jersey I get the living crap scared out of me. That’s because the neighbor’s two dogs lunge up to their gate with the biggest roar of of a bark imaginable. A little device like this one should help prevent any future heart-attacks on my part. Essentially, it emits a high pitch that only dogs can hear whenever they start barking. The thought here is that the dog will eventually learn that they should not bark, lest that want toey should hear that annoying sound. Won’t keep your house from being burglarized though.
Read More | Ubergizmo
This was made because we all drive Bentley’s, wear Armani suits, and eat at only the finest dining establishments. At the foolhardy price of 35 G’s this gold and diamond encrusted PSP will do absolutely nothing special that the regular one cant do. Actually, it will definitely get you more chicks. As an added bonus: people won’t think your childish for playing video games - just fashionable.
Source: AM NY
The Apple iPod Camera Connector has shown up on Apple’s store for $30, and should ship in 1-3 weeks. It’s also the first official picture we’ve seen of the device that lets you plug your camera directly into an iPod photo. It’s not much to look at, but we’ll see how this goes over in a few weeks. This one is compatible with all iPod photo units.
Read More | Mac Minute
The RM-11 remote from ABIT uses the µGuru connection which is now present on most ABIT mainboards to give you access to features other remote solutions can only dream of. Sure, you can control your media center PC for things like selecting activities, pumping up the volume, and viewing media - but the RM-11 goes a few steps further. Connected to that odd little red connector on your ABIT mainboard, the RM-11 then has the capability to control the settings of your mainboard through the µGuru software. Imagine using this with your media PC in your living room. Clock your PC down and enjoy a movie. If you want to game, use the remote to overclock the PC without even touching the keyboard. But the ABIT guys haven’t stopped there, they’ve clearly had a good long think about what a replacement remote needs to do, and have built in the ability for the RM-11 to replace all your remotes in one swoop. On the back of the unit is a small receiver which allows the remote to learn the codes should it not have your particular brand in its database of thousands of codes. When not in use, the RM-11 resides in a stylish cradle through which it can download new updates and profiles for use, meaning you will only have to perhaps program it once, if at all, and it’ll look after itself from then on.
Now that we’re only a few days from getting our hands on a PSP here in the States, PSP Video 9 has hit the scene. PSP Video 9 is a free PSP video conversion and management application. It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP. When combined with another application, Videora + PSP Video 9 form the first PSPcasting solution, allowing you to download, convert and copy video to your PSP, automatically using BitTorrent and RSS technology. No doubt, we will be putting this program through the paces come this weekend.
Read More | PSP Video 9
Not only can text messaging be painful for your pocketbook, but an Australian doctor is saying that it can hurt your physically as well. It seems that those who use text messaging extensively are prone to those repeat motion injuries that flare up your tendons. One 13 year old girl had the first case of texting tendonitis, as the doctor called it, as a reult to too much one-thumbed messaging. As a result, a tendon in her right forearm swelled by two centimeters.
Read More | ABC Science
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