George Takei’s Amazon Product Reviews

George TakeiGeorge Takei is Emperor of the social networking universe, from Twitter to Facebook and Amazon.com!

Wait. What? Did I just say “Amazon.com?” That’s not a social network! But George Takei is making it social by writing hilarious product reviews and sharing them with all of his fans and followers!

Here are a few excerpts from some of Takei’s reviews.

From George Takei’s review of the Matrix Zorb Human Hamster Ball:

Oh myyy. Friends, you haven’t experienced Newton’s Third Law of Motion until your Human Hamster Ball collides with a semi heading the opposite way. I ricocheted like an eight ball and flew several hundred feet, then bounced from car to car until I finally came to rest somewhere along Rodeo Drive.

From George Takei’s review of Bacon Shaped Bandages:

Not to pork fun at an injury, but nothing strips the pain away like meating friends out dressed like this. “That’s sow wrong, George!” they squeal. But fat chance they let such a pig idea go. In fact, they often rip it off quickly–after giving me the cold shoulder.

From George Takei’s review of Canned Unicorn Meat:

Unfortunately, I found this unicorn meat brand to be quite similar to spam, both in texture and blandness. I’d been hoping for that zestier kick that comes from the rump cuts of other mythical and fantastical creatures, such as griffins or centaurs (for the latter, serve only the back half of the creature with guests, or it gets awkward).

To read the rest of his entertaining reviews, head over to George Takei’s reviewer page on Amazon.

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Nano-gardening for gadget geeks

baby plant gadget strapOkay, I know the term “nano” is being used inappropriately in all sorts of pop culture references, and I just did it again. Sorry. But I wanted to emphasize that this little terrarium is tiny. And cute!

I love growing houseplants and vegetables. I’ve spent many dollars and hours working on the garden this year, starting plants from seed during the winter, and transplanting them into the ground in the spring. It’s hard, dirty, sweaty work, but the flower blossoms and edible treats make it seem worthwhile.

Sometimes, though, I get into a lazy mood. Or it’s just too hot and humid to really enjoy working outdoors. I’m more of a cool weather person, and I don’t do well in the heat. Plus, I have an affinity for odd Japanese gadgets and accessories. So when I saw this little cell phone strap, I had to share it.

baby plant gadget strapIt’s from strapya-world, and it’s a little living plant, growing in some kind of gel medium, sealed inside a vial, attached to a gadget lanyard. I love that it’s actually alive, and I love that it’s so odd. I have no idea how long the plant will live, but I like the idea of carrying a little bit of green garden with me.

If you’re not into the pastel gel colors, you can also get a little cactus in a bit of sand, and you get to water it a couple times a month.

Pee-sensing toilet stickers improve piss-poor aim?

I have three children: two boys, and a girl. The boys have been using the toilet independently for a few years, and my daughter is just learning. As any parent can understand, I am really looking forward to the day when we are a diaper-free household!

Even though the boys can take care of their own business in the bathroom, there are still some improvements to be made. For one thing, I wish they would be more careful with their aim. I am so tired of cleaning up after them!

These nifty stickers are designed to help guys with piss-poor (ha ha) aim do a better job of hitting the mark. Of course, they’re from Japan, home to many toilet-related innovations. The stickers can be installed in toilets or urinals, and change color when peed upon.

I can imagine that a color-changing target in the pot would be irresistible for my boys, and would reduce the occurrence of stray drips and dribbles. I haven’t seen these in any stores yet, but if I do, I’m buying them!

Toilet Stickers from Japan
Via tokyomango.

Super Geeky Star Wars Droid Soap Dispensers

droid soap dispensersI love these! I know I say that a lot, but I really do love these. I found this set of 5 droid “shampoo” dispensers at strapya. For $89.95 USD, you can get the lot, and put one in each bathroom. How cute would that be? Good-bye, fuzzy toilet lid cover. Farewell, traditional bathroom decor. Hello, droids! From the product description:
Limited Star Wars R2D2 & All-Star Astromech Droids: R4-P17, R2-R9, R2-D2, R2-Q5 & R2-A6

Shapoo Bottle Droids for use of your bath time.
Some heavy Star Wars fanatics wouldn’t use them
as shampoo bottles for collectible purpose.
Each Droid comes in a perfect Star Wars Package.

From what I understand, these are a limited edition, in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars movie debut in Japan. I think my kids would wash their hands more frequently if the soap came out of a droid.

March 3 is Girls’ Day, so Happy Hina Matsuri!

hina dolls

Hina Matsuri is one of the prettiest Japanese holidays, in my opinion. I love the pink colors, and the beautifully elaborate doll displays. Also, it’s a nice reminder that spring is on its way! Here is a little bit of information about Hina Matsuri, if you’re wondering what it’s all about. This is from PingMag.jp:

The overall idea of Hina-matsuri is to wish girls a healthy growth. In a family where a baby girl is born, parents give a set of dolls called “Hina-Ningyo” to the baby at her first Hina-matsuri hoping that she will grow happy, healthy and beautiful. Every year they keep decorating the dolls on the day of Hina-matsuri and hold a party to celebrate the child’s growth with some cake or tiny rice cakes.

I remember those special sweets and treats from a trip my family took to Japan when I was in elementary school. It was such an amazing experience to see, touch, taste, smell, and hear all of the elements of the celebration, especially when we visited the home of some long-lost relatives. I was about ten years old, and it made an indelible impression on my young mind.

Happy Hina Matsuri, everyone!

GeekMom’s Newest Crafty Creation

origami pendant

Hello everyone! Here is a project I worked on this weekend. It combines my love of making jewelry with my love of origami. (Some of you may not know that I am half Japanese, and I love making crafty things.) I really love the florals, swirls, and geometric patterns on traditional origami paper, and I thought it would be great to make it wearable. So…

Ta-da! It’s an origami paper pendant. I made it by cutting out the most interesting and beautiful bit of a piece of origami paper, set it inside a sterling silver bezel cup, and covered it with a crystal clear epoxy resin. What do you think? Super kawaii, right? Kind of like wearing origami, but much more durable. It’s even waterproof!