A lot went down this past week, the last of the year and the decade. People always start looking back this time of year, and we were no exception. But there was plenty of crazy in the here and now.
Yes, there were recaps.
Brian recounted his love of gadgets in the aughts and explained how that love changed throughout the decade.
We looked at the year's essential iPhone apps.
Sean warned us of 7 gadgets to beware in 2010.
In case you were trying to remember what you liked, we counted down the 10 most popular posts of 2009.
We took the FBI Cybersquad, and their Matrix screensaver, very seriously.
The history of the New Year's Eve ball extends back 102 years. We made a timeline.
Adam, working with illustrator Dan Meth, presented the socially acceptable geek subgenre scale. Everyone laughed and waited until they got home to see where they ended up.
Jesus made an incredible infographic on the true odds of airborne terror. It should make you feel a little bit better about flying.
He also posted the TSA's leaked security rules, though as far as I know he wasn't visited by any government agents.
Theirs wasn't the only leaky faucet this week; we also looked at the Chrome OS netbook's leaked specifications.
We leaked documents with the Nexus One price tag that bummed everyone out a bit, because we had sort of hoped it was just going to be free for the taking. This ten minute video of the phone still made our mouths water.
Friend of Giz, Kate Greene, hunted for the perfect screen.
Some buildings were demolished. It didn't go quite as planned.
Another friend, Will Smith, showed us how cheap is too cheap when you're building your own PC.
Google China's ex-president spilled some beans on the Apple tablet.
We had some laughs at this cartoon about what it would be like if the "I'm a Mac" ads were more accurate.
For everyone who has ever watched Steve Jobs announce the iPodWhatever, featuring x-ray vision, bulletproof plating, and a bigger hard drive the week after buying the old one, our guide of When to Buy Apple Products was mighty helpful.
This incredible photo of Saturn got Jesus all hot and bothered.
We watched this video of Half-Life 2 being played on Project Natal.
He also kicked off our Lifechanger section—posts on common objects that make life better—with as poignant a blog post as ever has been written about vintage pyrex pots.
To put our iSlate speculation in perspective, Matt wrote up a recap of wacky iPhone rumors from the years before that gadget's arrival. One was oddly prescient.
If your resolution was to prank more often, this Skype trick is a good place to start.
David Quinlan told the awesome story of how he created Stuck, his decision-enabling iPhone app.
Joel told President Obama that it is time to fire the Transportation Security Administration. Some people agreed with him, others did not.
John posted an old home video of himself water-skiing.
Just when you thought taser stories couldn't get more outrageous, a cop tasered an unconscious diabetic 11 times.
Also outrageous: the girl who couldn't get her stolen iPhone back from Apple.
Matt wondered what's going to be inside the next generation of MacBooks.
A guy constructed a really nice handmade telescope for his wife, and suddenly all the presents we gave this year seemed pretty trite.
Another guy constructed a really useless machine, but at least took the time to share with us how he did it.
We showed the view from the top of the Moscow Bridge, and somewhere, somebody puked on their keyboard.
We learned that Google is just an elaborate front for a club of intense ping-pong players.
Some nerds picked up microphones (that is, rapped awkwardly into the keyboards of their MacBooks) and recorded I'm On A Phone, a parody of a parody (of a parody, if you count DJ Khaled himself as a joke). One set of them was declared the winner.
Some weird shit went down at a Walmart.
A man stayed true to his copy of shareware WinZip for five years; we admired his perseverance.
Speaking of Avatar, remember how your friend was like, "why don't they put those tendrils together when they're having sex?!" Well, they do. And we might get to see it.
We previewed Blio, the tablet-friendly ebook format Ray Kurzweil rescued from the future to bring back to 2009.
Rosa showed off one expensive ass robot hummingbird.
But all bots aren't good ones—we also found this fist-pumping story of how three dudes disabled one of the world's most powerful botnets.
That Apophis asteroid that has a 1 in 250,000 chance of hitting Earth? Yeah, Russia's gonna deflect that just to be safe.
Kim Peek, the original Rain Main, passed away and we remembered him as well as his amazing abilities.
It's probably not a good idea to pull up Star Trek stuff when you're surfing the web at work, but it's definitely not a good idea to pull up this Star Trek-related shot at work. Hint: it's also wiener-related.
Speaking of things you shouldn't look at at work, Chauvon, an actress from MTV's Real World, showed us how to expose fake boobs using only a flashlight. Parenthetically, one of hers popped during the last Real World / Road Rules challenge.
We put out the call for your Genius Bar horror stories. There's still time to submit yours and win some pizza.
We learned that the Coast Guard got mean with pirates and cuddly with kittens in 2009.
Lastly, It turns out that there's a ton of Weekly World News issues scanned into Google Books, which someday will help someone get out of a sticky fact checking situation.