In my house, technology rules. TV, movies, Internet, games, and music – we have it, and we try to have the best. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t spend hours glued to the TV, but we do enjoy our movies, sit-coms, culinary shows, and HGTV. I can’t live without House Hunters and Property Brothers.
My husband and son are all about their PlayStation 3’s. They play together, so they get father-son time, and they play separately. I read while they do that. Or I watch a TV show on my Kindle or laptop. My external hard drive is where all our movies are stored, and it’s a plug and play so I just have to plug the USB into my laptop and I’m good to go.
Music is the other determining factor in our lives. Between the three of us, we listen to everything! Country, rock, dubstep, hard rock, dance…I could go on and on. For this, we have a really good shelf system with an MP3 dock, so any one of us can just pop in our players and listen to what we want.
Of course, when we watch movies on the TV, we have a great Blu-Ray player, along with a surround sound system. I scoffed at the surround sound (much like I did digital cameras and Blu-Ray players), but it just sounds odd now when I watch TV without it. Plus, when you watch scary movies like I do, surround sound picks up on all those ambient sounds that you wouldn’t hear normally. Which, come to think about it, is a blessing/curse kind of thing…
It’s no secret we at ReStockIt love office supplies – we work for an office supply company! Binder, file folders, pens, organizers, printers…we love it all. We love to personalize our desks too, with toys and figurines and funny posters or magnets. Sometimes though, we have to break from the ReStockIt inventory and find funky stuff on our brethren sites.
Today, I’m going to showcase the top 10 items I’ve found mining on other websites; some of them are fun, some are functional, and some are fun AND functional. And they will all probably end up on my desk in the near future. Enjoy the selection, and have fun today! It’s Friday!
How much fun are these? You can find them here, and turn anything on your desk into an inanimate object of expression, and you too can be Tom Hanks and Wilson, without all the hair and not eating.
File Folders that speak volumes, sold at one of my favorite sites. And a *little* bit of the truth, admit it.
Whimsical and fun, these bird clips are a conversation starter worth squawking about. Sorry, I had to. Find them here.
Another great find at Paper Source.It’s Panic Pete, need I say more? Squish him and his eyes and ears bug out! How is that NOT stress relieving??
Yes, I am fond of file folders, especially those with words of wisdom and wit. It just makes it fun to actually use them. Buy them here.
A stapler with a “meh” face? Perfect. I think Urban Office is going to be a fave of mine.
Yes, yes more file folders, but aren’t they pretty?? I love this site!
Okay, this is one of my favorites, because its gremlins and steam-punky all in one. And its a neat little game to play when you have those rare moments of office boredom…you can find it here.
Magnets are just fun, period. And functional. And these encompass those qualities and more, along with nostalgia for some vinyl. You can find more retro items here.
A miniaturized Skee Ball game. ‘Nuff said. There’s more desk top games to be found at this site though, if Skee Ball isn’t your game. Weirdo.
There’s nothing like tearing open a Christmas gift and seeing that piece of technology that you always wanted. A TV, a camera, a computer tablet…whatever it is, you are excited! The first thing you want to do is hook it up, but then you realize you’re missing something.
When you get a game system or a new Blu-Ray player, you need an HDMI cord to bring out the best features, but these items don’t come with something as necessary as that – because obviously you need to spend more money to get the full effect! Or you get a Kindle or Nook, and the wall charger isn’t included. Lets not forget all the extra batteries you’ll need to buy for remotes and smaller electronics.
Let’s say you got a Playstation 3, which comes with one controller, but there is at least 4 people in the house that want to play at the same time. You need to get extra game controllers! So you spend Christmas day taking turns playing games. That’s no fun! You all want to play the games together! Also, you now have all of these devices that charge via USB but only a certain amount of ports on your computer, so now you need a multi-port USB charger.
With the majority of our electronics have touch screens or delicate LCD screens, you have to be able to maintain them, so you need screen protectors and cleaning cloths, so you don’t create static electricity and short-circuit them! In the end though, you have what you always wanted, and get to enjoy it!
Kids (and a lot of moms too) love to make crafts. I don’t know any 6-year-old who doesn’t want to get finger paint everywhere or glue something together…most often their fingers, but moms know how to undo that catastrophe. Sitting down together with your kids and making something from bits of nothing is not only fun, but its bonding time too!
In today’s world, where ten-year-old’s have iPhones and iPads, and video games are in almost every bedroom, it’s hard to find things to do with your children. My son is glued to his phone and Playstation 3, but we do things together as a family to keep us talking and not disconnected. Crafting for younger children is an excellent way to do that, and even teenagers can get into it, as long as it’s something slightly attitude-y and cool.
Two of my favorite craft ideas at holiday time were always the paper plate wreath, and a holiday character made from craft sticks. I’ve made reindeer, snowmen, elves…you name it, I’ve painted wooden sticks to resemble it. Some with glitter, some with pipe cleaners…you get the picture.
The paper plate wreath was my favorite in school, and I was very excited when I graduated from construction paper to tissue paper. My earliest incarnations were heavy with glue and very weird color combinations, but hey, I got better. So this holiday season, pick up some craft supplies, sit down with your kids (you don’t really need the kids. I made stuff like this back when I was single), and have some family bonding time over holiday crafts!
USB ports and connections have become the norm. Flash drives and external hard drives that hook into your computer make life easier, and make work and storage more portable than ever. Outside of the standards however, there is a breed of items that utilize your computers USB ports, or provide support and expansion, that aim to entertain and delight.
I’m all about entertainment and delight. Goofy hubs and USB powered products really make my day when I see them, and invariably, I need to possess them. Especially if they appeal to my geek side. Give me an R2-D2 USB hub any day and I am grinning from ear to ear. It’s even worse when I find something unique that no one has seen before.
While researching for this blog, I started with my trusty friend Google, and searched for “funky USB items” and was amazed at all the things that came up! Sandwiched in between all the hubs were toys! And movie characters from every movie in Geekdom Heaven! There’s even a fish tank! Can you tell that I am extremely excited?
Going through all the stuff I saw, I realized that even if I bought a fraction of it, I would have to buy two 4-port hubs to run off my existing USB ports on my computer, just to have everything hooked up. Not certain how that would go over here, but my desk would look really cool! How would you decorate your desk with USB gadgets?
Once a week, I like to blog about trivia and just general goofy stuff…mainly because I like to laugh and have fun at work. I am very fond of useless trivia. I’m one of those annoying people who do fairly well watching Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and all those other trivia shows. I’ve won Millionaire in my living room twice. Twice! Getting my pie slices in Trivial Pursuit is usually a piece of cake.
But enough about me! The word trivia has come a circuitous route to stand for meaningless information. In Latin, the meaning of the word trivia is “A meeting place of three roads”. Inconsequential facts abound! And what does trivia have to do with meetings and roads? Nothing. That’s the point.
Trivia has grown to be a large part of our culture, although after the scandals of the late fifties, it lost popularity for a while when it was found that quiz shows were rigged. A movie named “Quiz Show” starring John Turturro & Ralph Fiennes was even made about the scandals, and was even nominated for a slew of Academy Awards. How’s that for some trivia?
So to kick off your fabulous, fantastic Friday, here is some trivia for you! Enjoy!
- Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
- 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
- The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.
- Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.
- There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
- Giraffes have no vocal cords.
- Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour (and causes brain damage, I’m sure).
- The dot over the letter ‘i’ and ‘j’ is called a tittle.
- Every person has a unique tongue print. (Say “aaah”)
- Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.