It's not every day that we get to write a story about an electronic monster, and even less so that the monster is useful. The Thingamagoop ($100) is a physical synth made into a monster who's sole purpose is to make bleeps, bloops, and flash its lights. It features all the trappings of a normal analog synth, although the main oscillator is controlled by a photocell. Also, the Thingamagoop has a 1/4inch ouput jack to hook it up to any other equipment you might have. [via]
Credit cards are a necessary evil of life these days, so if you're going to carry one, you might as well make it as stylish as possible. The new American Express Gold Butterfly Card (free with Gold Card membership) is a companion card to your current Gold Card that folds into a tiny case with a clip on the back. The Butterfly card will have a different number than the Gold Card account it's linked to, but all the charges end up on the linked account — the Butterfly has a unique number so that you can more easily track purchases made with it. If you have an American Express Gold Card, be sure to grab one of these. [Thanks, Sarcia]
With graduation season coming up once again, it's time to start finding some unique gifts for the new high school and college grads on your shopping list. For the one who's always been an adventurer, check out this 1837 Compass from Tiffany and Co. ($210). It features a highly-accurate compass encased inside a stately sterling silver box. Hey, it's definitely better than those "ball" ones that you can buy at the truck stop to stick on your dash.