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Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

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Isn't this remarkable? The Laptop Steering Wheel Desk is a little tabletop you can attach to your vehicle's steering wheel  that gives you a level space to do anything you might need a level space for.  And what would you do with a level space in your car? The 266 customer reviews for the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk at Amazon give us plenty of ideas.
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I use it as a "mini-bar" when the friends and I go out to the bars. I can quickly fix multiple shots of tequila for myself and the friends as we drive from one bar to the next.

I am a Pathologist in Riverside County California and the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk has changed my life. I used to spend long hours in the autopsy room and had too much time away from my family. With this new tool I am able to dissect the organs of a patient during my commute home.

As a part time pilot, I can't wait to hook one of these up to my Cessna. Long flights through congested airspace can be really dull, but I know that's about to change. Can't wait to play "Ace Combat 5" at 10,000 feet!

As a part time dealer, I use the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk to score coke and cook meth while on the way to visit my clients, cutting down on the expense of a double-wide trailer lab and the need to hire a runner.

Just about all of the reviews follow the same vein. Save time by only reading the ones rated four stars or more. Or you can just skip ahead to the customer images. Here's a typical submission.

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Which is all good for a laugh. Really, who could look at this product and think of anything else? I was going to share the glee with my new husband, who drove a big rig for years. He took one look at the Laptop Steering Wheel desk and said, "Oh, I know lots of guys who have those. They're real handy."

See, truck drivers pretty much live in their vehicles. When you're a thousand miles from home, spending the night in a rest area, anything that makes life easier is a treasure. First, pull out the laptop and notify your dispatcher of your progress. Then you email your wife. Jot down those things you saw that day and want to remember -you know, for that book you're going to write someday. Then you catch your log books up. Then have a snack and wind down enough for a few hours of sleep. Pretty soon, it's time to pull out your thermos and pour a mug on your level desk, check your email for any urgent messages, and then disconnect the desk and go.

What's funny is that you'd expect the Amazon page to have a big red banner saying, "Only for use while parked!" But all it has is a line buried in the description that says, "For safety reasons, never use this product while driving." While the product may be useful to people who work in their vehicles all day -real estate agents, inspectors, salesmen, delivery drivers, and of course long-distance truckers, it's also a source of self-righteous giggles for the rest of us.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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