December 2011

Gifts for geeks

Geeky_Gifts_resveratrol_necklaceGeeky_Gifts_peace_cardRegarding jewelry, cool necklaces bearing chemical structures as pendants are so geeky they’re “chic-y.” At, you’ll find a variety of necklaces sporting the chemical structures of neurotransmitters or of amino acid residues such that their single-letter designations spell words of your choosing. Geeky_Gifts_oxytocin_necklaceIf they’d add ornithine, they could spell words containing the letter “O,” too.  I like the “peace” greeting card, myself ( Also check out this website for your dose of red-wine goodness. Resveratrol can be had here ( or, if you prefer, the oxytocin necklace ( seller on, Geeky_Gifts_Periodic_Table_necklacewhose wares include the cufflinks and onesie above, also sells periodic table necklaces, with more than 100 elements available (

Geeky_Gifts_houseflyOf the frequently overdone plush toys, the one plushie I advocate unreservedly is the housefly ( Unfortunately, they don’t offer a fruit fly plush toy. I honestly think they’d sell a ton of them, but, until that time, buy the housefly. First of all, its cute factor equals its creepy factor. Second, and more importantly, if you’ve ever seen the great comedy movie “Bedazzled” – no, not the lousy remake – with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, your memory will instantly be jogged to the housefly scene.

Geeky_Gifts_things_that_kill_you_bookAre you a sadist masquerading as a helpful friend? Well, that’s your business, but if you know a hypochondriac, consider buying her “The Complete Manual of Things that Might Kill You” ( The recipient of this book will either wallow deeper in mortal frailty or will thank you for understanding her precarious health. Either way, she’ll delve into this self-diagnosis book. is really the home of geekdom. You can spend hours on its site – I have, I’m a geek! – salivating over the possibilities. They offer a magnet-powered top that spins. That’s not geeky. What is geeky is that it spins for nearly a week (! You can pretend you’re Leonardo DiCaprio in “Inception.” And you’ll have a way of determining whether you’re in the dream world or the real world. Contemplate: Am a I human dreaming I’m a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming I’m a human dreaming I’m a butterfly?  

Geeky_Gifts_TarantulaThe other gift my kid will receive is the hexbug Nano (, a battery-powered crawly thing – think cockroach meets computer chip, without the gross factor. But for a geeky gross-out, give the gift that reinforces arachnophobia (! The edible oven-baked tarantula is the perfect stocking stuffer – especially when removed from its packaging. Hey, they’re a delicacy in Cambodia!

Geeky_Gifts_mega_puzzleKnow a Rubik’s cube hound that lords it over everybody? He can’t help reliving the glory minute of when he solved it in 14.83 seconds, and he never fails to remind you of it every time he sees you. I say bring ‘em down to Earth with the Megaminx dodecahedron ( Twelve sides of hell on an overgrown Dungeons and Dragons die. Solve this one, Biff!



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