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There is so much amazingly cool "stuff" to see and do that I'm amazed I find the time to get any real work done. In my blog I will waffle on about the books I'm reading, the projects I'm building, and the weird and wonderful websites I blunder across. Please Email Me if you see anything you think will "tickle my fancy."
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Posted: 09:35:50 PM, 22/09/2011

Products I want: Bacon T-Shirts, Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers

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May 1000 curses rain down on the heads of people at Think Geek who torment me with products I never knew I wanted...


It's my own stupid fault. I know that whenever the catalog from ThinkGeek.com arrives in my email's Inbox, I should simply delete it without looking. But I cannot help myself... I see something that looks interesting and click on it, and before I know what's happening I am bouncing back and forth around their sight saying "Ooooh, Shiny!"


For example, do you remember that classic science fiction film called Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston as Robert Thorn? The entire film was wonderful, but the part that haunts me to this day is when Thorn's aged friend and roommate, Solomon "Sol" Roth (Edward G. Robinson, in his last film) discovers that the new food (Soylent Green) being supplied to the public is actually formed from dead people (not plankton, which is what the government says). Sol decides that life is no longer worth living and opts for assisted suicide at a government clinic.


As Sol is passing away, he is treated to video clips of Earth long ago when animals and vegetation (plants, trees, etc.) were thriving and there was no pollution. The music playing in the background is Beethoven's Pastoral (Symphony #6). Now, whenever I hear even a few notes from this piece I see that scene from the film in my "mind's eye."


The reason I'm waffling on about this is that I just discovered that you can purchase boxes of Soylent Green Crackers from the Think Geek website (Click here to visit that page). On the one hand you might say that this is in bad taste, but I haven't tried them so I really couldn't say what they taste like (grin).


Do you recall my recent blog about creating a Periodic Table of Programmable Logic? One thing that had never struck me was the idea of forming words from the element symbols. For example, check out the image of the Bacon T-Shirt shown below. Similarly, they also do a Beer T-Shirt.

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I don't know why, but this "tickles my fancy" as it were. I would love to own both of these T-Shirts, but sadly I am low on funds at the moment, so these will have to go on my Christmas "Wish List".


Now, it's no secret that I LOVE the British science fiction series Doctor Who. I was hooked from the very first broadcast of the very first episode of the original series, which I observed way back in the mists of time (pun intended) in 1963 at the tender young age of six years old from behind my parents' sofa. Of course I really LOVE the more recent version with all of the special effects (I cannot wait for the DVDs for the second half of series 6 to become available).


But we digress... as aficionados of Doctor Who well know, the good doctor never carries a weapon, instead he his "armed" only with a little "sonic screwdriver" (it's not the size of your sonic screwdriver, it's what you do with it that counts). Well, I was amazed to see a plethora of sonic screwdrivers on the Think Geek Site.


Of course they have the latest screwdriver, which is associated with the 11th Doctor and which is described on the Think Geek page as being "Better than fish and custard" (you have to have watched the program to understand what this means C Click here to visit this page). Sadly, this is currently out of stock (which has probably saved me from myself), but new shipments are expected in October (hurray).

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The 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver


But wait, there's more, because you can also get River Song's version of the sonic screwdriver from the 11th Doctor's future timeline (Click here to visit this page C What do you mean? Of course this isn't confusing.)

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River Song's future sonic screwdriver


DOCTOR: Your screwdriver... looks exactly like mine.
RIVER: Yeah. You gave it to me.
DOCTOR: I don't give my screwdriver to anyone.
RIVER: I'm not anyone.


But wait, there's more, because we also have the 10th Doctor's version of the sonic screwdriver (Click here to visit this page).

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The 10th Doctor's sonic screwdriver


When you come to think about it, it would be rather cool to have a complete collection of sonic screwdrivers. I can't recall which Doctor had the first one C did this go all the way back to the 1st Doctor (William Hartnell)? What I do know is that Think Geek has a replica of the 3rd Doctor's offering (Click here to see this page).

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The 3rd Doctor's sonic screwdriver


As you may recall, the 3rd Doctor was played by John Pertwee. I really liked John in this role, but I have to say that I'm not impressed with his sonic screwdriver ... it looks like a kid's toy, for goodness sake (grin)!

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John Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor Who


But I cannot stay here waffling on like this, because the Think Geek site is calling my name with its siren song offering me promises of delectation and delight...


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