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stevegong
2005-10-29, 14:34
I've been saving up all semester and working. Now I have a good amount of money so I want to reward myself by buying something cool that costs around 200, 300 at most. I looked around and somehow there weren't that many things that seemed all that desirable. Maybe I'm not looking at the right places.

So here's a thread for people to recommend cool stuff to buy.

Yontsey
2005-10-29, 14:57
what about a 30gig iPod video?

pilot1129
2005-10-29, 17:42
how about a nifty pair of oakleys?

Mac+
2005-10-29, 19:42
Do you run? A good pair of runners and some running gear - your feet will thank you.

Do you ride? Something for you bike - upgrade the brakes to disc perhaps.

Surely there is a cool photography accessory out there somewhere.

A Froogle of cool stuff between $200 and $300 says: click me (http://froogle.google.com/froogle?price1=200&price2=300&btnP=Go&btnG=Search+Froogle&q=cool+stuff&lnk=pruser)

Or - if you really don't need anything - put that money in an investment fund (or stocks of your choice) add to it each month (but don't withdraw) and come back to look at it in seven years. Now, that's cool! :cool:

atomicbartbeans
2005-10-29, 19:43
Powerball Gyroscope: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/6a4b/

LED clock: http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/lights/59e0/

Uber Orbs: http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/6ef6/

Rude Stamps: http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/toys/6a73/

:)

atomicbartbeans
2005-10-29, 19:51
Also, what kinda "cool stuff" do you like?

It's hard to make recommendations unless we know what tickles your fancy... perhaps you could list your favorite things that you already own?

LudwigVan
2005-10-29, 21:33
Or just save the money for later when you know what you want to get. Added benefit: you'll have a few more bucks saved up in the process.

flail
2005-10-29, 23:14
Check out woot.com (http://www.woot.com) once a day. They have a different deal every 24 hours, and it's usually pretty cool stuff ;)

stevegong
2005-10-30, 01:01
I guess I like anything that's novel and awesome, and not too useless.

In the past, stuff I bought entertained me, like a Nikon D70, iPod, cool speakers, a nice road bike.

Now...I want to be entertained again with something novel.

Even the iPod is not that exciting. So much so that I got bored with the iPod Nano and returned it after a week. I'm not sure the current 30gig iPod is that amazing. There's always some perk that keeps me from enjoying the iPods offered to the full extent. I've owned every generation of iPod since the 2nd generation and ended up selling all but the shuffle.

I've always wanted a sublaptop but there aren't any that are very cheap.


But I think this could be a cool thread if people just recommended cool things they like to each other.

What would you guys want to buy if you had 300 lying around?

HezMah19
2005-10-30, 05:27
USD$300 = AUD$399

Leaving me $50 short for a new iPod :\
...Yea, I would suck up to my parents for the extra 50 :D

Mac+
2005-10-30, 06:08
Jeez steve - if you're so bored by what's out there and are forced to lament how even the iPod doesn't excite you anymore I recommend an either or solution:

Either - blow it on hookers, drugs and alcohol to brighten yourself up (thanks to Bender for the inpsiration there)

Or - invest it, watch it grow and enjoy the "entertaining" aspect of having a bigger budget to play with later on.

Have you even checked out froogle, woot.com or thinkgeek.com like the above posts suggested? :err:

SonOfSylvanus
2005-10-30, 06:32
atomicbartbeans

http://www.sonofsylvanus.homechoice.co.uk/images/abusive_stamps.jpg

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Koodari
2005-10-30, 06:45
Normally, I'd suggest spending on instruction in a hobby or sport, whether new or old, useful or useless. Those things stay with you always.

If it has to be gear... hmm. Do you have a good flashlight? Do you know how good pocketable lights are nowadays? If not, check out a good light like Inova X5T or T2 at the store. You might be surprised what $40 buys these days. :cool:

Or how about something like an article of clothing that has previously felt too costly, but would be really cool? If you combine the $300-$400 "self reward" and what you'd be willing to spend on a "generic" item, you probably get something that lasts long and is worth it.

SKMDC
2005-10-30, 10:44
Steve, you're over-stimulated, your ennui has overcome you.
Go to Vegas. :lol:

Robo
2005-10-30, 15:17
Three letters: PSP. :D

curiousuburb
2005-10-30, 17:14
For $280, I have some lovely Florida real estate you might like... comes with a bridge.
If that's not exotic enough for you, I could hook you up with some deeds on the Moon. (http://www.lunarestates.com/)

Plus, you'd have $20 left for the aforementioned booze, drugs, and hookers. ;)

SKMDC
2005-10-30, 17:52
why don't you do something nice for someone in need? or for your folks.
toys for your soul.

Or I might reccommend NATURE CONSERVANCY (http://nature.org/) They take your dough and buy endangered land so evil doers can't turn it into parking lots or drill for oil on it.

wyman
2005-10-30, 20:55
SKMDC has bingo. I guarantee that if you took the money and bought something really nice for your parents - something with a lot of thought behind it , you would gain far more satisfaction than if you spent it on something that you obviously do not need, or even want.

In fact, if you did take that approach, I bet that when you are your parents' current age, you would still look back fondly on what you did for them.

Robo
2005-10-30, 23:33
PSP suggestion aside, I agree with the idea that maybe you should think about getting a gift for your folks or for people in need. I mean, many people aren't "well off" enough to ever have to ask people on a message board what they should get with $300 that they don't have any other use for. :\

usurp
2005-10-31, 02:46
psp is cool but if you download allot of movies via torrents i would like to suggest an xbox. u could load Xbox Media Center on it and watch the movies in your living room on your tv.

another thing i would recommend is a tivo or a nice digital camera. Maybe if you really like photography you could get a nice second hand classic 35mm camera like a Nikon FE or something.

scratt
2005-10-31, 03:32
I don't know what the local rate is where you are but I reckon 200 - 300 dollars should cover a nice bag of stimulents, a good bottle of spirits, a bong and some pukka weed...

Maybe you'll even have change for decent Video and a Pizza!

turtle
2005-10-31, 06:44
I guess I like anything that's novel and awesome, and not too useless.

In the past, stuff I bought entertained me, like a Nikon D70, iPod, cool speakers, a nice road bike.

Now...I want to be entertained again with something novel.

Even the iPod is not that exciting. So much so that I got bored with the iPod Nano and returned it after a week. I'm not sure the current 30gig iPod is that amazing. There's always some perk that keeps me from enjoying the iPods offered to the full extent. I've owned every generation of iPod since the 2nd generation and ended up selling all but the shuffle.

I've always wanted a sublaptop but there aren't any that are very cheap.


But I think this could be a cool thread if people just recommended cool things they like to each other.

What would you guys want to buy if you had 300 lying around?
Wow, seems to me what you really need to do is save up your cash for a little and get something closer to the $1000 range. Then again, try going minimalist there for a little bit. You might appreciate what you have a little more too. Then the value of things might last to you. :\

JayMtl
2005-10-31, 10:55
You know, Christmas is coming up. :p

thuh Freak
2005-10-31, 11:12
ignore everyone else in the thread. they are all liars, cheats and criminals. i wouldn't be surprised if their mothers wear combat boots.

give me your money. all of it. not just this pithy 300. i desperately need all of your money (and a sizeable portion of any other material wealth you possess) to accomplish my many nefarious goals. don't worry. despite my evil and wicked intentions, my goals will come to fruition. there is no escape. you might as well just fork over the cash now.

transmission ended

Banana
2005-10-31, 11:12
Can anyone please direct me to a discreet and reliable supplier of um, certain radioactive materials that has uhhh, far reaching potential? Thankyouverymuch.

Mikester
2005-10-31, 11:14
Christ guys, get off his back. So he's got $300 and wants to spend it? So what? And he's bored of his Nano - that's no crime.

None of you know what he might already spend on charitable causes, or contribute in other ways, or spend on his family, so why do you feel you can judge him? If someone came on this site and said, "yeah, I just spent a couple of thousand bucks on a new G5", you'd say "well done, enjoy it", not tell him he could have spent the money better on someone else. So why make comments on this guy just because he's saved up a bit of money and wants to buy something cool?

Sometimes I think there's a whole lot of hate going on here.

SKMDC
2005-10-31, 11:57
Christ guys, get off his back. So he's got $300 and wants to spend it? So what? And he's bored of his Nano - that's no crime.

None of you know what he might already spend on charitable causes, or contribute in other ways, or spend on his family, so why do you feel you can judge him? If someone came on this site and said, "yeah, I just spent a couple of thousand bucks on a new G5", you'd say "well done, enjoy it", not tell him he could have spent the money better on someone else. So why make comments on this guy just because he's saved up a bit of money and wants to buy something cool?

Sometimes I think there's a whole lot of hate going on here.

sorry sport, I know him, I wasn't judging him I was giving him suggestions.
What, by the way, is your suggestion?

Linus van Pelt
2005-10-31, 13:28
I want to get some new backpacking gear very badly. Perhaps you could start to get some backpacking stuff and spend a little time outdoors, it might do us all some good. Other than that i would just be saving it for a rainy day, or a broken down car, which can occur on a rainy day and really sucks.

chung123
2005-10-31, 13:31
Here is my suggestion to buy[though I've never used this particular product before]

http://www.jr.com/JRSectionView.process?N=23883+402090&Ne=400000&JRSource=GAW.campaignname

It is a "Dolby Headphone" device.

I have a Lake Technology Dolby Headphone processor which cost almost nine hundred bucks...but this one is only $125.

Plug this thing to your DVD player and watch movies late at night in full 5.1 surround sound.

Dolby Headphone uses all kinds of sophisticated technology to correctly place the surround soundfield using a regular pair of headphones...pretty nifty stuff.

Yontsey
2005-10-31, 13:44
$900 on headphones?!?!?! fuck that

Mikester
2005-10-31, 15:25
sorry sport, I know him, I wasn't judging him I was giving him suggestions.
What, by the way, is your suggestion?

My post wasn't just directed at you, SKMDC, it's just it seems to me that some people seem to turn on anyone who dares post anything on here, especially new posters. Sometimes it makes me feel that people don't want to welcome new people to the debate. I wasn't having a go at you and it's hard to tell sometimes whether people are making tongue-in-cheek comments. The attitude of some people just gets to me sometimes, I'm sorry.

Anywho, I'd get a video iPod, but then I've never owned an iPod before so I guess if you already have one then the new one doesn't offer that much more. I'm also a bit of a mobile phone fan, so I'd be tempted to get something cool like the Motorola RAZR. If you've already got an iPod, there's a pretty cool Bose speaker system on the market that you can just plug the iPod right into.

stevegong
2005-10-31, 15:45
Talking about charity, I'm a little angry that the efforts at my university to raise money for the earthquake doesn't seem to interest people as much as donating money for UVa trick or treat on the lawn for kids who are probably rich. Seriously, there are something like 50 rooms on the lawn and each room is to buy $300 worth of candy. This sort of thing makes one anti halloween.

Actually, it's not that i have nothing to do with $300, just that I want to find something that offers high satisfaction to price ratio. I'm finding that a lot of things including iPods have low satisfaction:price. And I'm not really asking for personal advice, just cool things in general people can share with each other. That way, the thread is open to everyone.

pscates2.0
2005-10-31, 15:45
How about saving it...setting it aside for a rainy day? If you have to ask strangers for ways to spend $300...there obviously isn't something out there that's genuinely beckoning you, huh? If there was something you really would like to have, you know it already. I'm afraid this would be a hollow, foolishly-spent $300.

Sit on it, and see what comes out during the holidays. Or MWSF. Might be something really cool - that does legitimately interest and entice you - down the road.

If I have $300 sitting around and not spoken for and there was nothing I was truly wanting, that's what I'd do.

Or buy a 30GB iPod, and be done with it...

stevegong
2005-10-31, 15:48
Here is my suggestion to buy[though I've never used this particular product before]

http://www.jr.com/JRSectionView.process?N=23883+402090&Ne=400000&JRSource=GAW.campaignname

It is a "Dolby Headphone" device.

I have a Lake Technology Dolby Headphone processor which cost almost nine hundred bucks...but this one is only $125.

Plug this thing to your DVD player and watch movies late at night in full 5.1 surround sound.

Dolby Headphone uses all kinds of sophisticated technology to correctly place the surround soundfield using a regular pair of headphones...pretty nifty stuff.


oh dude, this looks actually pretty awesome. Will it have 5.1 when plugged into my powerbook which only has a standard minijack audio out with only left and right channels?

Does this thing sound good?

LudwigVan
2005-10-31, 16:12
Sometimes I think there's a whole lot of hate going on here.

Indeed. (http://forums.applenova.com/showthread.php?t=3407)

chung123
2005-10-31, 16:48
oh dude, this looks actually pretty awesome. Will it have 5.1 when plugged into my powerbook which only has a standard minijack audio out with only left and right channels?

Does this thing sound good?

You need to have optical/digital out so the decoder can decode the dolby digital surround stream--i.e. regular DVD player.

Dunno if it will work with your PowerBook..you might need something additional to get the digital sound out a there.

EDIT: Will this work?

http://www.minidisco.com/transit.html

Go to www.dolby.com to listen to a demo.

[the awful Michael Bay "Pearl Harbor" DVD movie contains a dolby headphone track also.]

stevegong
2005-11-03, 07:23
Wow, this looks awesome. Does anyone have one? Somehow I think it's doubtful that you control photosynthesis correctly balancing the system.

http://www.brookstone.com/shop/product.asp?product_code=355735&search_type=search&search_words=ecosystem&prodtemp=t1&cm_re=Result*R2C2*A

Luca
2005-11-03, 09:12
Wow, you must be desperate to spend money if you're willing to drop $65 on THAT.

Just save it, dude.

turtle
2005-11-03, 09:19
Wow, this looks awesome. Does anyone have one? Somehow I think it's doubtful that you control photosynthesis correctly balancing the system.

http://www.brookstone.com/shop/product.asp?product_code=355735&search_type=search&search_words=ecosystem&prodtemp=t1&cm_re=Result*R2C2*A
Well, actually my wife's OB has one on his desk. It is really cool to watch the little shrimp swimming around in there eating and such. Kinda like a fish tank that needs no service. I have thought about getting one for me. Doc said he had his for several years and it is still going.

stevegong
2005-11-03, 10:43
What would be cool is if the little shrimp actually reproduced to make smaller shrimps. I doubt this happens, since once numbers increase there will be population control which means death of shrimp or over eaten plant....right?

if they actually reproduce, I want it so badly.

Do they make sure they're all male or something?

bassplayinMacFiend
2005-11-03, 11:00
Sounds like what you really want is a box of these:

http://www.yagersoft.com/blog/images/sea_monkeys.jpg

turtle
2005-11-03, 11:16
What would be cool is if the little shrimp actually reproduced to make smaller shrimps. I doubt this happens, since once numbers increase there will be population control which means death of shrimp or over eaten plant....right?

if they actually reproduce, I want it so badly.

Do they make sure they're all male or something?
They do reproduce, and they also eat some of the young. It keeps the cycle in balance.

stevegong
2005-11-03, 15:59
Holy crap, have you guys seen this?

http://www.vulcano.demon.nl/triops/

curiousuburb
2005-11-03, 19:18
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See bottom of page for details on pricing and ordering
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For $20, you can buy the plans to build one of these babies in your garage, or you can drop $1,750 on a fully assembled unit. (You can also buy the kit and assemble it yourself to save a couple hundred bucks.) But whichever option you choose, you'll have to return a signed hazardous equipment affidavit before the company will send you any hardware.

Of course, you'll need to keep it safe so folks won't be messin' with it. http://www.shadowtech.net/images/7%20Up%20-%20Giant%20Laser.jpg (http://www.shadowtech.net/Videos/7up%20-%20Giant%20Laser.mov)

atomicbartbeans
2005-11-03, 19:27
Dude, a 720-watt overdriven CO2 laser (http://powerlabs.org/laser.htm) is much cooler (or hotter, as the case may be). :smokey:

QT Movie (http://powerlabs.org/movies/ruler.MPG)

curiousuburb
2005-11-03, 19:53
Railguns (http://www.rollette.com/railgun/). Next up is definitely (http://www.powerlabs.org/railgun.htm) railguns (http://www.powerlabs.org/railgun2.htm).

atomicbartbeans
2005-11-03, 20:00
I see your railgun, and raise you one home-built jet engine (http://powerlabs.org/movies/outofgas.mpg). :)