The ultimate beer fridge

Pour beer, drink beer, repeat
This is, without a doubt, the ultimate beer fridge. It’s sleek, it’s steel and most importantly, it has a tap. I know some of you are probably drooling at the thought of the “Asko Home Pub,” but it’s currently only available in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the U.K., according to this Gizmondo post. But, think about it, if you had access to frosty keg beer 24/7 wouldn’t that make you a) an alcoholic in training and b) enormously fat? The guy in the ad is a sweater-wearin’, paper-readin’, bread-bakin’ hunk of 30-something sophistication. But you realize the actual users of this – albeit tasty – device are sweaty Dutchmen who haven’t seen their feet in a decade.If you really, really want a permanently tapped keg in your home, the Home Pub is apparently coming to the U.S. and some point the marketing schlubs behind this surely realize that there’s a nation of beer-swilling Canucks right around the corner. I predict we’ll see this thing in time for the ’08 NHL season.

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Mario and Sonic: dream couple
This soooooo appeals to the geek in me (which is to say, “me”). Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog are set to appear in a videogame together. It’s an Olympic-themed game that aims to capitalize on the hype leading up the Beijing Olympics. Seeing as there really is very little hype leading up the Beijing Olympics (except to spotlight China’s shady human rights record and predilection for public spitting), the nice folks at Nintendo will have to rely on dorks like myself. It’s, as they say, a growth market. What other video game mash-ups can we expect to see? Luigi vs. Q-bert? Lemmings vs. Bowser? How about Yoshi takes on the Madden ’04 Chicago Bears defence? I mean, who wouldn’t pay money to watch a green Japanese lizard in gumboots do a touchdown dance? Send your dream videogame team-ups to the address below.

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In space, no one can hear you get infected
With all this talk about beer fridges and videogame frivolity, I figured it’s time for a dose of reality: there are monsters from outer space, and it’s only a matter of time before they show up at your house. This Globe article spotlights an interesting if terrifying discovery: nasty germs once taken into space get a lot nastier. Beats me why anyone would think it put salmonella on the space shuttle (perhaps to tempt fate), but it came back to Earth really really angry. The discovery could lead to a cure, but I expect it’s equally likely to go all pair-shaped. If someone put an STD on the shuttle, it’s likely to come back as something that could literally bite your b%!!s off.

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