HipShotDot: The Cheating Dot


The HipShotDot is a suction-cup-attached LED that affixes to the center of your TV so you can cheat at video games, shooting other players with higher accuracy than you’d be able to naturally. The only upside is that it only works on first-person-shooter games, a genre I personally never touch, since the children screaming slurs over the headset at me can usually shoot me a dozen times before I find the trigger button on the controller.

SteakChamp, The Grilling Thermometer


The SteakChamp is a $59 thermometer you stab into your steak, and it flashes when you’ve cooked your steak to the desired doneness. You’ll need one per steak, making this a $200 investment if you’re serving four. It might cost you even more, since they’re not adjustible, so you’ll need a couple each of rare, medium-rare, medium, and medium-well SteakChamps if you’re planning on SteakChamping your steaks all four ways.

There’s an existing version of this concept that costs $9 for a four-pack (the Charcoal Companion Button Steak Thermometers.) Beyond that, learning to control the heat and timing of the food you’re cooking trumps any gadget you might buy. But this is a world whose economy is bolstered by convincing us that skills are too much work, and that the goods we consume are the one true way to a life well lived. Our ingenuity, we’re told, is just a way for us to cheap out on buying the good stuff. Our techniques and traditions are too time-consuming and cerebral to compete with a stock image of a smiling face next to a piece of trash we have to buy to live a complete life. Our time is stolen and sold back to us as convenience. Our health is stolen and sold back to us as pills. And at the end of it, we still fight with each other, endlessly, to the last moment. Not for truth, happiness, or love, but to get more crap.


An Entire Cabin


How about an entire cabin, for the price of a pretty nice car? Like, a really pretty decent car?

And…. you’ve gotta put it together yourself? (The manufacturer suggests it will take a week to do so.)

The upside is that it has free shipping.

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