I get the Slashdot â€œNews for Nerds â€“ Stuff that Mattersâ€ Newsletter for exposure to the geek/nerd universe and what theyâ€™re talking about. This enables me to pretend Iâ€™m pretty much up to speed with the cutting edge of technology. Also, geeks love to pull the wool over the eyes of technophobes and Luddites, and I enjoy being able to keep a straight face and cast a knowing glance when contemporaries are taken in by a geek. Today, though, I was stumped. The newsletter contained a report about Wireless Electric Cords (WECâ€™s). A couple of things might be clues that itâ€™s a put-on, but there arenâ€™t enough clues for me to decide if this is for real or for suckers. Unfortunately, I have a whole lot of stuff to do today other than search for the answer. So, I consulted the ultimate purveyor of cutting edge technological gadgetry, Brookstone, and they don’t sell wireless extension cords, which pretty much proves there’s no such thing. I also consulted the ultimate source of electrical knowledge, and my son Stephen confirms it’s a joke, pointing out that clicking on the “add to cart” button resolves the question. Pretty good joke, though, especially with Slashdot promoting it.
Speaking of technology, this is pretty good: Strongbad on Technology.