Even the Sound of Darth Vader Breathing Is Trademarked

Darth Vader's caped getup and face mask is spooky and all, but there's nothing like the grisly, mechanical sound of his breath. Which is why Lucasfilm keeps a close eye on who uses it—even going so far as to trademark 234 seconds of it with the US Patent and Trademark Office. » 10/06/14 10:49am 10/06/14 10:49am

I Stop Breathing When I Type and You Probably Do, Too

I noticed a pretty unnerving problem recently. It was a normal day at work. I, being a blogger, spend a lot of time pounding on a little keyboard and staring at a big screen. While working on an especially stressful post and a particularly challenging paragraph, I started getting lightheaded. I'd stopped breathing. » 11/08/13 11:00am 11/08/13 11:00am

Thanko Face Mask Cools You With Fan, Ties You to USB Socket

Ever feel the need to wear a face mask? Ever felt hot inside one? Well, Thanko's new fan-cooled mask may be just the ticket, with its USB power. USB? I've only ever worn a face mask when working with chemicals, and I've never strolled around in public wearing one. Both of which, presumably, would be difficult when… » 4/08/08 9:08am 4/08/08 9:08am