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I don’t write much with a pen and paper anymore, but the aptly named “Ray Gun” pen by designer Ben Hall could very well bring my penmanship out of retirement.
If you suffer from that sexiest of learning disabilities (ugh, sexlexia), you too might enjoy shooting off your Zapp Brannigan Atomic Ray Gun at unsuspecting bystanders. The gun itself is based off of Japanese Ray Guns of the 1950s—as is a bunch of the retro stylings of the Futurama set—but updated to include your favourite starship captain. It also comes with a NRRA membership card in case you need to get a table really fast at Applebee’s. [Tin Toy Arcade via Nerd Approved]
newVideoPlayer("/dncrayguns_giz.flv", 475, 286,""); If you’re unhappy that Hillary Clinton lost the nomination to Barack Obama, you better think twice before showing your displeasure at next month’s Democratic National Convention. According to CNN, the city of Denver is purchasing tons of high-tech weapons to use on unruly DNC protesters, which may include goo-guns that shoot an impossible-to-escape sticky film, sonic ray guns that produce a blood-curdling blast of noise, and a microwave device that can make you feel like your skin is burning. The ACLU is suing the city to see what weapons will end up in the final arsenal, but if you’re going to the Denver, be prepared; this could make the 1968 DNC look like a picnic. [CNN]
The Sierra Nevada Corporation claimed this week that it is ready to begin production on the MEDUSA, a damned scary ray gun that uses the “microwave audio effect” to implant sounds and perhaps even specific messages inside people’s heads. Short for Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio, MEDUSA creates the audio effect with short microwave pulses. The pulses create a shockwave inside the skull that’s detected by the ears, and basically makes you think you’re going balls-to-the-wall batshit insane. The MEDUSA can also “produce recognisable sounds” and is aimed primarily at military uses, but New Scientist revealed there are other uses in the works, too.
If I need to spend a hundred words explaining to you just why the US$18 Channel Changer Ray Gun is worth your time, then you really shouldn’t be reading Gizmodo at all. Seriously, do yourself a favour. Unplug your computer and—very carefully—carry it to the trash can and—gently—drop it in. And when you’re finished doing that, toss in any aspirations you had for this life, too. Because you are obviously a worthless human being. Sorry, I don’t make the rules; I just call ‘em as I see ‘em. [Play via nerdapproved]
Maybe by next year we’ll be telling you about real ray pistols, but for now you’ll have to settle for these charming Raku Ray Gun sculptures. Each is completely one-of-a-kind, constructed on a pottery wheel and fired using the low-fire “raku” method. The sculpture is then placed on a 12″ by 9″ moon crater plaque for proper wall mounting, the perfect replacement for that singing bass you’ve been meaning to take down (because we all know it was never meant to be ironic). The Raku Ray Guns run US$275 a pop.