We’re getting down to serious shopping time for the holidays. Lucky for you, we’ve got ideas for you and the geeks you love. And like last year, we’re giving away loot. Send an email to email@example.com on one of the following topics: tell us what you’d like to read about in Red Hat Magazine in the coming year, the open source story you’ve never told, or just whatever open source topic is rattling around in your head this week. You’ll be entered to win some of the items in this year’s gift guide, including TokyoFlash’s Eclipse watch. Read the official rules before you enter.
So in no particular order, here’s our list:
From our favorite geek gift vendor, ThinkGeek, comes this season’s hottest shirt. Need to check the hotspots in your town? Just wear the shirt around on your daily travels and note the locations with the best signal. Way cool.
The most popular gift of the season just got easier to get–the deadline’s been extended so you can place orders for the One Laptop through December 31st. And the best part of this gift is the “get one, give one” mantra. When you purchase a laptop for yourself, you’re automatically giving a laptop to a child in need somewhere in the world. There’s no better sentiment than that.
Avid readers of Gizmodo or BoingBoing are probably familiar with TokyoFlash and their awesomely cool watches, most of which prevent your coworkers from stealing a peek at the time during meetings. The Eclipse is our favorite, but if you don’t win it in our giveaway, there are a lot of others to choose from.
Jonathan Coulton is what exists at the crossroads between mad scientist and musician. (Popular Science describes him as their “contributing troubadour.”) You may have heard his folksinger version of “Baby Got Back,” his ode to “Code Monkey,” or the office zombie song “Re: Your Brains,” which made Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2006. Or you might have tuned in when he was compiling his “Thing a Week” boxset–which, like all of his music, is released under a Creative Commons license allowing for sharing, copying, and non-commercial derivatives.
You could give someone a boring old gray stick USB flash drive. Or you could wrap up a chicken foot. Is there really a decision to make there?
For the late night gamer geek in your life, it’s pancakes in a Reddi-Wip style can. You could get one of those canisters of batter mix that you pour milk in and shake, but that’s a lot of work. Batter Blaster is ready to go! It’s even organic in a recyclable can. Unfortunately, it’s not available near us, so if you find this in your stocking, please let us know if it’s as tasty as it is cool.
For the knitter you love, how about a set of KnitPicks needles? Knitting is even more fun when you’re doing it with colorful Harmony Wood needles or speedy nickel-plated ones. Bonus for you is the sweater she’ll give you next year.
While we’re talking warm and fuzzy, how about dressing up that tree? NifNaks can help with Flying Spaghetti Monster and Cthulhu ornaments. And why stop there? They’ve also got a line of ‘shroom lapel pens… and a fuzz-covered USB drive, for the softer side of file storage.
With this three-tiered cubicle defense system from ThinkGeek, you will not only be alerted to a cube intruder, but your humble, gray work sanctuary will be guarded with the utmost in elf technology. Alarms will sound, and your prowler will be targeted and attacked with two (theoretically safe) missiles. Your red Swingline must be guarded.
Everybody knows lasers are cool, right? In Khet, you move your mirrored pieces around the board to create a laser blasting path from your side to your opponent. Now that’s what I call quality time with the family!