Hello all! Since we’re steadily approaching “The Holidays,” I thought I’d put together a fun list of Gadgets, Goodies, and Overall Geeky Gifts for that special person in your life, even if that special person is you! I hope they inspire that warm feeling inside… AND even if you don’t celebrate the Holidays, most of these ideas are still good for year-round gift giving!! Feel free to add to the list in the comments!
The Gift Guides:
The Sites to Explore:
I know there’s tons of Geeky-Nerdy-Goodies out there….I hope this list at least gets you PUMPED for the season! Happy Holidays!!
The ugly Christmas sweater has become a staple for holiday parties since their unironic inception in the 1980′s. Of course, the more authentic the sweater, the more compliments you’re bound to get on it. Take, for instance, these holiday sweater vests worn by myself and couple good friends from last year.
However, if you’re going for something a bit more modern that’s still just as outrageous, you might want to check out these digital holiday sweaters from Mark Rober. Though way more pricey than what you would pay after hours of rummaging at a thrift store, you still get the satisfaction of being the belle of the ball. However, make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave the house or you’re gonna have a dead phone by the end of the party.
via markrober / thanks bryce!
My eyes are seeing a sparkly heart that’s been implanted into someone’s eye, but all my brain can think right now is NOPE.
Lucy Luckayanko became the first person in NYC (though not the first in the world) for this incredibly strange procedure where a Safesight jewelry implant is placed between the sclera and the conjunctiva of the eye. The shiny little gem is sort of like eye jewelry, for when piercings and tattoos aren’t enough for you to express your individuality anymore.
The procedure, done by Dr. Emil Chynn at Park Avenue Laser Vision, is supposedly safe, at least according to a handful of optometrist around the world. Chynn explains the implants material and what will happen to Luckayanko’s eye during healing:
It’s a very thin piece of platinum that’s designed for insertion on the top of the eye, it’s not in the eye so there’s no risk of blindness or anything at all. She could have a little bit of local bleeding. That could go away in a couple days or couple weeks. She could have an infection but we’ll prevent that with antibiotics.
Just what I’ve always wanted. Infection and eye bleeding.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, however, isn’t quite sure about the procedure. According to them, there isn’t enough “sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure” and that people should “avoid placing in the eye any foregin body or material that is not approved by the FDA.”
Wes Anderson teamed up with PRADA (yes, the handbag one) to create “CASTELLO CAVALCANTI”, a short film starring Anderson favorite Jason Schwartzman.
It really seems to have nothing to do with PRADA at all. Besides having Wes Anderson’s name attached to the film, that’s the only real benefit for the fashion company that’s obvious. The film itself is pretty cute and very Wes Anderson-y, so if that’s your bag, then you will most likely love it.
Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.
Now, we all know that the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, Mike Jeffries, is a repugnant human being. In a 2006 interview with Salon, he had a controversial stance (though, an acceptable one from the fashion industry) on not selling plus size clothes. “In every school there are the cool kids and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids…Candidly, we go after the cool kids,” he said. You know, because fat people couldn’t possibly also be “cool”.
Well, it seems that free-falling stock prices (30% in the last year) and a massive drop of in-store sales have caused the company to do a 180. They’ll now be offering all you fatties out there some plus-size clothes to squeeze into, because money is more important that having cool kids wear their clothes. They’re expanding (no pun intended) their clothing sizes, color choices, and will be offering more of a selection in shoes and accessories (hopefully, more terrible smelling perfumes too!).
Of course, Abercrombie didn’t blame their lack of sales on the fact that no one wanted to be associated with their asshattery. They simply blamed Forever 21, H&M, and other teen-focused stores on their quick and cheap turn-arounds of fashion trends, while they’ve maintained their basic style built around their brand.
You know what business analysts call that? A stale brand.
So, if you’ve always wanted to feel like one of the “cool” kids, but you’re a plus-sized guy or gal, then it’s your lucky day. You can start buying A&F stuff in your size. Or you can give them the middle finger and not spend $50 on a t-shirt, because that’s just ridiculous in the first place.
I hope that humble pie tastes oh so good, Mike Jeffries. Mmmm…piiiiiiie.