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In this age of podcasting, everyone should have access to a high quality microphone. Not only that, but it should be something customized to recorder’s tastes. If those tastes are the straightforward microphones we’ve been using forever, that’s fine. But also know you could be podcasting into the back of a chrome skull, courtesy of Von Erickson Laboratories. The macabre microphone comes in three color schemes, bright chrome, dark chrome, and sating gun metal and the skull design leans more toward cartoon than anatomically correct. There are cracks along the cranium and the skull stretches a bit to accommodate its microphone, so don’t expect a real person’s head to resemble what Von Erickson has created here, if that puts you a bit more at ease with the idea. There’s also an interesting 50s variety show/90s goth mashup at work here, and it’s not an aesthetic we’d expect to work as well as it does.

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In short, this is a key-shaped multi-tool built of stainless steel that has all of the tools you need for everyday repairs for everything from light switches to bicycles. Bit driver. Protractor. Metric and Imperial rulers. Imperial and Metric closed wrenches. Bottle Opener. File. Scoring tip. Wire bender and bike spoke key. Wire stripper. Screwdrivers. 1/4 hex driver pocket. So you might need to throw in some hex bits for specific projects, but otherwise, the Geekey has you covered for almost all of your everyday repair needs. As if that wasn’t enough, the hexogon can also serve as a smoking bowl, with the shaft of the key hollowed out to serve as a pipe.