A Bounty of Star Wars & Halloween Fun


In the latest TLDR, Chris showed some fun Star Wars stuff, here they are, and some more fun picks!


On Sale! 11% Off Star Wars Darth Vader Pumpkin










Hot Wheels Resistance A-Wing 










Star Wars Black Series Jedi Training Rey and Jedi Master Luke Skywalker Figure Set



Star Wars Black Series Jedi Training Rey and Jedi Master Luke Skywalker Figure Set







Evolution Of The Geek

Let’s start off with why we are all here… we all have some geekiness inside of us, haven’t we? Therefore, especially for you, I give you The Evolution of the Geek. I’ve found myself belonging to more then one group. Does that make me an ubergeek?

Let’s talk tech. Who has ever pirated a movie? No? It’s a lot of work, isn’t it? I’ve found this great advertisement about it…

Meanwhile, in South America, exams are taking place.

There should be an image here!Halloween has been past us for a while now, but still there is some great new footage coming online daily. There was a witch vs. bumblebee fight at Denny’s. Talking about fast food, look at this kid. Great marketeer for McDonald’s? And some people still found it amusing dressing up their pets. That one is kinda handy, I guess. This one is just sci-fi geeky.

Last but not least, there were many toilet posts this week. Mostly they are used when drinking too much and afterwards you need one of these. Maybe I will ask for one of these for Christmas. And never pee in public or punishment will be severe! (You get the point, right?)

What are your thoughts? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below!


I’m Andy Aerts, and I’m a basketball coach who lives in Belgium and works in a candy store. Find me on Twitter @andyaerts and Facebook. I love funny Internet content! Hope to see you around!

Some Of The Worst Trick Or Treat Candy Given Out On Halloween

I guess I never gave it much thought, but over the years there have been some real losers when it comes to Halloween items that are given out. In fact one of the items, Necco Wafers, are just plain disgusting to eat, even when it wasn’t Halloween. l never could understand why anyone thought these wafers were tasty. It was like eating chalk. No flavor at all.

How about Circus Peanuts?

I am not even sure if this can be considered candy. Circus Peanuts are a marshmallow concoction in the shape of a peanut. The taste is Yuck!

Then there were Milk Duds. They made excellent ammunition if you owned a slug-shot.

Black licorice was never one of my favorites. Yet I liked red.

Abba-Zabba was like eating a brick. Talk about a jaw-breaking experience.

Does anyone remember Wax Lips? I never did understand the fascination with this oddity that I never considered a candy.

What candies did you or do you dislike to receive on Halloween?

Comments welcome.


Source – The Penny Friglista

Photo source – Day life

Chupacabras As Much Victim As Villain

There should be an image here!As Halloween approaches, tales of monsters and creepy crawlies abound. Among the most fearsome is the legendary beast known as the chupacabras.

But the real fiend is not the hairless, fanged animal purported to attack and drink the blood of livestock; it’s a tiny, eight-legged creature that turns a healthy, wild animal into a chupacabras, says University of Michigan biologist Barry OConnor.

The existence of the chupacabras, also known as the goatsucker, was first surmised from livestock attacks in Puerto Rico, where dead sheep were discovered with puncture wounds, completely drained of blood. Similar reports began accumulating from other locations in Latin America and the U.S. Then came sightings of evil-looking animals, variously described as dog-like, rodent-like or reptile-like, with long snouts, large fangs, leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and a nasty odor. Locals put two and two together and assumed the ugly varmints were responsible for the killings.

Scientists studied some of the chupacabras carcasses and concluded that the dreaded monsters actually were coyotes with extreme cases of mange — a skin condition caused by mites burrowing under the skin. OConnor, who studies the mites that cause mange, concurs and has an idea why the tiny assailants affect wild coyotes so severely, turning them into atrocities.

In a recent “Monster Talk” podcast posted on Skeptic magazine’s website, OConnor explained that the mite responsible for the extreme hair loss seen in “chupacabras syndrome” is Sarcoptes scabiei, which also causes the itchy rash known as scabies in people. Human scabies is an annoyance, but not usually a serious health or appearance problem, partly because our bodies are already virtually hairless and partly because the population of mites on a given person usually is relatively small — only 20 or 30 mites.

Evolutionary studies done by OConnor and his former graduate student Hans Klompen, now an associate professor at Ohio State University, suggest that the scabies mite has been with us throughout our evolutionary history, giving humans plenty of time to develop defenses. When humans began domesticating animals, Sarcoptes scabiei found a whole new realm of potential victims. Domestic dogs, like humans, have played host to the mites long enough to evolve the ability to fight off mange, but when the condition spreads to wild members of the dog family — foxes, wolves and coyotes — watch out.

“Whenever you have a new host-parasite association, it’s pretty nasty,” said OConnor, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a curator in the U-M Museum of Zoology. “It does a lot of damage, and mortality can be relatively high because that host species has not had any evolutionary history with the parasite, so it has not been able to evolve any defenses like we have.”

In these unfortunate animals, large numbers of mites burrowing under the skin cause inflammation, which results in thickening of the skin. Blood supply to hair follicles is cut off, so the fur falls out. In especially bad cases, the animal’s weakened condition opens the door to bacteria that cause secondary skin infections, sometimes producing a foul odor. Put it all together, and you’ve got an ugly, naked, leathery, smelly monstrosity: the chupacabras.

Do mite infestations also alter the animals’ behavior, turning them into bloodthirsty killers? Not exactly, but there is an explanation for why they may be particularly likely to prey on small livestock such as sheep and goats.

“Because these animals are greatly weakened, they’re going to have a hard time hunting,” OConnor said. “So they may be forced into attacking livestock because it’s easier than running down a rabbit or a deer.”

While the chupacabras has achieved legendary status, other wild animals can suffer just as much from the effects of mange mites, OConnor said. In Australia, the mite is killing off wombats. “They presumably got the mites from dingoes, which got them from domestic dogs, which got them from us,” he said.

And a related mite, just as insidious, can drive squirrels to self-destruct. In his graduate school years at Cornell University, OConnor observed mange-weakened squirrels falling from trees. That observation led him to conduct an informal survey to see if mangy squirrels also were more likely than healthy squirrels to end up as road kill. They were, suggesting that being tortured by mites somehow made the squirrels less adept at dodging cars.

Monster Talk podcast: Just Scratching the Surface


Nancy Ross-Flanigan @ University of Michigan


Ghostshark Perspective Recognition

WARNING: Do not click any link that is DMed to you with the message: “rofl this you on here?” Smells like phishing.

I use this service for selling my eBooks. [powerful, simple, affordable, etc.]

Seth Godin discusses Brands in Public (BiP).

For excellent savings and all of your downloading needs, be sure to check out our downloads page! It is updated frequently, and there are great finds!

“Political correctness” is relative to perspective. [I wonder if Quentin Tarantino’s new movie is showing in Germany?]

SSD performance in Windows 7 — does it really make a difference?

Even Linus Torvalds believes that Linux’s current level of bloat is “unacceptable, but it’s also probably unavoidable.”

If you’re looking for the best way to maintain your home or office network, look no further than SolarWinds.

Published Google Docs to appear In search engines. [Keep ’em secret – keep ’em safe.]

Hey, I didn’t know sardines could fly! [Coach flights may be getting even “coachier.”]

OMG. Be your favorite blogger for Halloween. [Which one is the scariest?]

GoToAssist can help you provide instant support to clients, friends, or family members.

Is Chrome Frame Google’s secret weapon that’ll win the browser war? [Until the next one, of course.]

New version of Picasa has photo face recognition, Google maps integration. [FREE!]

How to educate yourself for free.

How to enjoy your iPod / iPhone without holding it.

New species of ghostshark discovered! [It’s a pre-Halloween miracle!]

Ever claim moral low ground to excuse underconsumption? [Ask foreign scientists from Austria, Canada, and…Wisconsin!]

Is Microsoft about to write off its Live Essentials for showing losses?

Do you think Twitter clients are becoming useless?

Capturing images on your screen is pretty simple, right? But what if you want to do more with them? Then you want to snag a copy of SnagIt. How did you ever get along without screen capture software? This one even integrates with AOL instant messenger and potentially your blog, too! Start your next screen capture the right way — manage it with TechSmith’s SnagIt.

What’s Happening In Your World?

I don’t know about you, but my world is full of everything and anything geeky. Most of my time is spent immersing myself in technology, and having Geeks and Lockergnome is icing on the cake. What’s been happening in their world today?

Lockergnome Posts

Forum Posts

Blog Posts

More Geeks Than You Can Shake A Lightsaber At?

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the breakthrough of 7,000 members at our community site, Geeks! Well now we’ve passed 8,000 with no slowdown in sight! The main question we have is: Where are you? Join us! Here’s some of the stuff being talked about there today:

Forum Threads

Blog Posts

If you haven’t joined us yet, what are you waiting for?

Amazon’s Halloween Costume Blowout

There should be an image here!It’s just not Halloween without witches, vampires, faeries, and zombies. Whether you decide to be a devil or an angel this year, playing tricks or getting treats, you’ll find your look in Amazon’s selection of classic costumes.

Or maybe you’d like to fight for truth, justice, and large bags of candy? Choose your hero from Amazon’s super-sized costume collection. Whether you’re dressed as Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, or the Hulk, the forces of evil won’t stand a chance!

A Neat Hologramween Trick

We had something like 30 kids come trick or treating last night – which is a total shame because we all got dressed up and purchased tons of candy for ’em. I was a Roman, Ponzi was Cleopatra, and 350,000 views on YouTube indicate that you already know who Wicket and Pixie were dressed up as. I guess that means we’re gonna have to do more puppy videos in the future?

Anyway, back to Halloween night. I think the entire holiday has been ruined thanks to a lowered sense of trust and heightened awareness of stranger danger – rightfully so. The tradition seems quite dead to me (compared to what it used to be when I was a kid). That didn’t really stop us from having fun, though.

I downloaded unofficial Star Wars hologram effects from the MacRumors forums yesterday. Worked like a charm, although I wish I had set ’em up in Photo Booth instead of iChat (by placing them in a different directory).

No matter, the kids were in for a fun little trick:

[tags]halloween, halloween costumes, pet halloween costumes[/tags]

Haunted Stuff on eBay!

There’s little doubt that eBay has become the world’s marketplace … but sometimes it’s the world’s weirdest marketplace. We’ve all seen lots of crazy stuff appear on eBay over the years, but did you know that there’s an active market for haunted items on eBay?

It may be too late to win that auction or click the Buy It Now button to have your haunted stuff arrive for Halloween, but you never know … you might just trip into a downloadable haunting or two …

While some of these 10 haunted items might seem pedestrian, others are bound to raise an eyebrow, send a shiver down your spine, or merely elicit a very worthy “whoa” …

[tags]Halloween, eBay[/tags]

Geek Your Castle: Halloween Edition

You have a fine tradition to uphold as an upstanding member of the community of geekdom. That tradition extends to your abode, as humble as it might be … when Halloween time rolls around, there’s no question about it … you need to geek your castle.

You know from previous years that creating your costume takes some effort. Goodies like theatrical makeup and freaky contact lenses just can’t be had at the five and dime.

The same goes for the gizmos you need to create the ultimate house of horror. Those gadgets won’t be found in the aisles of your local supermarket. You have to pay your dues and turn over more than a few slime-covered rocks to create the most horrific of all geek caves.

To that end, PseudoMart presents Geeky Gizmos for a Howling Halloween

Now some of this stuff might be obvious, others perhaps old hat. But there’s bound to be one or two suggestions that will make you sit back and go … whoa … and for not a whole lot of dough.


Halloween Clearance At Illuminations

There should be an image here!Illuminations, a premium resource for high-quality candles and distinctive home decorating solutions, is offering 25% off its entire Halloween collection!

Whether you need to decorate your home, create a special atmosphere for entertaining or purchase special gifts for family and friends, Illuminations is the resource for you.

Illuminations is much more than a premium candle store. While it takes pride in selling the highest quality candles available anywhere, in a wide array of distinctive styles and scents, it’s also an oasis for you — a calming place for discovery and creativity where you can find complete home-decorating solutions.

[tags]candles, decoration, halloween, holiday[/tags]

Spooktacular Halloween Costume Sale

There should be an image here!One Step Ahead is offering a new coupon code. Take $10 off orders with a purchase of a Halloween costume and a subtotal of $75 or more with the code HAUNT10! Costumes are designed for easy dressing and diaper changes, too, so you’ll both have a happy, heartwarming Halloween!

In order to qualify for this discount, your shopping basket must contain at least one (1) Halloween costume, along with a merchandise subtotal of at least $75. Your discount will be applied upon entering the promotional code HAUNT10 in the “promotion code” field during the checkout process.

Your discount can be applied to items ordered from either onestepahead.com, leapsandbounds.com or from both Web sites. This offer may not be combined with any other offer and is not applicable toward the purchase of gift certificates or e-certificates. No adjustments will be made to prior orders. The offer does not apply to mail, emailed, or faxed orders. We reserve the right to change or discontinue this offer at any time.

This offer is valid from October 2, 2007 until October 21, 2007 (11:59pm CST).

[tags]halloween, halloween costume[/tags]

Halloween Costume Coupons


Virtual Jack-O-Lantern

Virtual Jack-O-LanternAll too soon, horrible apparitions will arise from their assorted crypts and demand your notice. Pay them no mind – there are much more important matters to attend to than election day. Things like preparing for Halloween with ceremonial pumpkin lobotomies.

To get you in the mood for the night of sugar-collecting little monsters, we’re bringing you Virtual Jack-o-Lantern. In this online activity, you get to carve your very own pseudo pumpkin. There’s nothing to be afraid of; this is an easy Halloween project that everyone can do.

Carving gaping grins and triangle eyes is as easy as using your mouse. Even people who had a hard time using their mouse to get here can enjoy this virtual Halloween activity. Once your onslaught against the pumpkin is complete, you can send your flickering creation to your friends with a drippy lettered message.

Traditionalists might lament their missed mess of gourd guts, but no one is going to boo this activity. There are no sharp knives to bleed over, or gooey globs to scoop out. Virtual Jack-o-Lantern is a Halloween treat for the entire family.

The only person who didn’t like this activity was Dracula. Because it didn’t suck. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-heh heh… hmm. We thought it was funny. [Source: GameSpotter]

[tags]virtual jack-o-lantern, gamespotter, halloween, fun, pumpkin carving[/tags]