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Gadgettes 179: The Multitasking Episode (podcast)

From the iPad's lack of it, to one prison's brilliant use of it, Multitasking is regrettably a part of every true nerds life. Admit it, you know its true. That is, of course, if you are a real nerd. And if you aren't sure, we have a Venn diagram for you too.

Jason Howell Former Associate Producer
4 min read

From the iPad's lack of it, to one prison's brilliant use of it, Multitasking is regrettably a part of every true nerds life. Admit it, you know its true. That is, of course, if you are a real nerd. And if you aren't sure, we have a Venn diagram for you too.

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BioLite Camp Stove Charges Gadgets, Defeats The Purpose of Camping

iPad as arcade machine (thanks Jeffrey!)

Sheriff wants inmates to pedal for TV rights

Dumb idea of the week: sticking a cupholder to your pants


What a Concept!
The Toe Mouse (thanks EVERYBODY!)

Hello Kitty Watch
Hello Kitty… wine?! (thanks Craig!)

Kill Me
Twettle The Tweeting Kettle

Nerd Alert
Nerd Venn Diagram

Ask A Gadgette
Hello Everyone,

I love the podcast and have a gender gap issue that I could use your input on. So my girlfriend and I have been together for three years now. One of the things we like to do together is cook in the kitchen and try new recipes, so with the hot summer weather on it’s way I thought she might like an ice cream maker as an anniversary gift. (http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-20-Automatic-2-Quart-Ice-Cream/dp/B00000JGRT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269441896&sr=8-1) I ordered it and told my friend about it and she thinks my girlfriend will probably throw it at my head. If this is the case then I probably should have ordered her this one (http://www.amazon.com/Play-Freeze-Cream-Maker-Pint/dp/B0009IC8V2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269441896&sr=8-6) so that when she is done beating me with it she can enjoy some ice cream. Do you agree with my friend that I should invest in protective head-wear or do you think that this is the sort of thing a woman interested in cooking (and who loves ice cream) would enjoy as an anniversary gift?

It’s great to have Jason back on the show.

Keep up the amazing work,


p.s. I know it’s not the most expensive ice cream maker out there, but I’ve been in grad school for the last 6 years and the woman that usually schedules me as a participant in clinical research at the hospital (how I usually get money to buy her presents) is out on maternity leave. Besides, she usually can’t think of anything to get me for special occasions anyway so a lot of the time the gift giving is sort of one sided.

p.p.s. I signed my name originally, but just in case any of her friends listen to the podcast I removed it, not that I know that you’ll read it on the show. I do however realize that my full name is in the email address and signed at the end of the email.

Ask a Gadgette Follow-Up
Never Mind.

Never mind, we broke up so I don’t need any input on the whole ice cream thing. It’s already ordered anyway, so I guess I’ll just use it myself.

Time for drinking,


How can you have a show called “Nerdvana” and not show a single thing I (massive nerd) would buy?
You don’t understand what nerds are about, we do what is logical over everything else.
We engineer our world and that is why your items have nothing to do with nerds.
Do you think these items are showing up at NASA or JPL?

Let me tell you what real nerds use instead of the items you showed.

A real nerd’s watch is a $100 all metal timex – it tells time really well and looks the same for 10 years. He also know how to use all the settings.
A real nerd doesn’t need a coffee cup that grows a sleeve, he uses a thermos. A well designed device that keeps coffee warm for 12 hours, and Starbucks has no problem filling a thermos.
A real nerd doesn’t need stickerpockets. If we need pockets, we buy clothing with pockets, perhaps too many pockets. i.e. the Scott E-vest.

Do you think nerds want to clean a leather toilet?
Nerds only care about the colour of the cat5 cables to organize equipment, any colours will do.
Do you think we strap cell phones to our heads?

As for the Star Wars and Steve Jobs food items. These are the fetishes of Fanboys, they are unquestioning in their loyalty.
Perhaps the next Nerdvana show will highlight the KISS coffin.

For this episode I rate your SNR at 1:1 (nerd insult)
If you are going to read this on the show, please use the lispy nerd voice. I really enjoy it.

Best Regards,

Mike Leeson (nerd)


I can't believe you bought the iPad after telling everyone for weeks not to buy the first generation. I thought for sure you'd at least wait for the 3G version. Please tell us all about it on Gadgettes this week and let us know the first sexist app you find on it geared toward little girls (maybe an underpowered pink telescope app?).

Anyway, when do we get to renovate Lindsey's living room? You hyped it up back in February but we haven't seen anything yet.

Alan in NYC

Here is the diagram of Lindsey's living room!!!!

Lindsey's living room