Company unveils the world’s first smelly computer reports:

ASUS has come with a new line of fragrant laptops that seem to be going one step ahead from its competitors who are so hell bent on offering different colored laptops. ASUS wants you to even get a unique fragrance with matching graphics, as you type away your emails or chat online.

Design/scent choices are:

  • Floral Blossom (pink with a flowery smell)
  • Musky Black (pretty self-descriptive)
  • Morning Dew (pastel green and an “early morning fragrance” — morning breath?)
  • Aqua Ocean (I hope the salt water smell doesn’t rust)

Would have been more useful had they come up with a computer that spritzes deodorant.


High heels for babies and athletes?

Apparently it is the moment when everyone from infants to athletes need to have high heeled shoes. A company called Heelarious has put out a line of high-heeled infant shoes. They would really irritate me if it weren’t for the fact that they are aimed at the pre-walking set and so won’t do any harm. Wanna mess with peoples’ heads? Put a pair on a boy baby. People flip when they see anything that even smacks of transgender “transgression” in a kid. When he was 5, CD jr. went out for Halloween as one of the Power Puff Girls. The looks we recieved when people said what a pretty girl and he said “boy” were wonderful. I’m like, he’s 5 — gender is not yet an issue for him. Can we wait a few more years before we start the stereotyping?

Even though I’m not a fan of heels (just seeing them worn makes my feet hurt), I do like these new homage to Converse’s Chuck Taylors. ($65 here.) Only thing better would be a high heel set of Timberlands.

Hmmm, seems I’m a little late to the trend on this one. Other variations on the theme include this one for $130

Or this for $10.

Or for more formal moments this is available for $14

Oh Lord. Today is apparently the day when I channel the spirit of my dear departed friend Tony Cheung who knew more about women’s shoes than anyone I’ve ever met. On the wings of victory, queen!

Happy 30th to those neverending Space Invaders

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the 2nd greatest video game ever (Ms. Pac Man is #1 4EVAH). We here at Collateral Damage take Space Invaders very seriously. In part that’s because I’m in awe of the amount of time and quarters I wasted devoted to it. In part it’s because it reminds me of the time back when I didn’t have to put up with uppity young punks because I was one. Hence the official logo of the Collateral Damage mobile:

(If you are interested in doing the same to your car or walls the stickers may be found here. Be prepared for a bit of attention if you put them on the old gas guzzler.)

Fortunately the rest of the world seems to share my fascination. Herewith a few of the more interesting things I have come across that pay homage to our Space Invader overlords. So in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the

We will begin with apparel (and skip over the entire t-shirt aisle — cuz there’s a zillion of those).

You can get this underwear:

Or this underwear:

The solid gold necklace ($165!?!?):

The solid plastic pendent ($46 but that’s Australian, so who knows what it is in real money. And by real money I mean Euros.):

Or these necklaces which are made of wood and a deal at all 3 for $50 in deflated US dollars:

Or for more formal occasions there’s a choice of ties.



Or a bowtie, if you are David Churbuck:

For some reason you can get them as cufflinks. You can get cufflinks shaped like pretty much anything but Continue reading

Pringles can designer is buried in one

Fredric J. Baur died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati. Baur, 89, had designed the Pringles potato chip packaging system for Procter & Gamble in 1966. Baur’s children said they honored his request to bury him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in suburban Springfield Township.

There is no truth to the rumor that Pringles are people. Nor are they soylent green.