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…Whitoken gives your iPod Touch a second life?

Whitoken

Like everything Apple, the iPod Touch’s design is a study in simplistic beauty.

However, as with most things tech, there are those that just can’t help but tinker, which is why one crafty designer named 6mik has created a theme for jailbroken iPod Touches called Whitoken that gives a whole new look and feel to the default interface. (And reminds me a lot of Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.)

[Whitoken]

…The Cabestan Winch Vertical Tourbillon is a chain driven watch?

Cabestan Winch Vertical Tourbillon

The Cabestan Winch Vertical Tourbillon is like no other watch in the world.

Time is told on two rotating drums (one for hours and one for minutes) that are made of engraved aluminum and set on ball bearings, and each drum is equipped with a resistance spring the enables you to disconnect it for time setting, as well as a small winch that is stored in the folding buckle of the bracelet that allows you to wind the watch.

Cabestan Winch Vertical Tourbillon Detail

However, what’s truly amazing is that this watch holds power through a chain drive that consists of 450 small links made of inoxidizable steel and riveted by hand. The chain is good for 72 hours of power reserve, and is wound around the watch in a way that follows the natural energy of the spring within.

The titanium case is made of seven components that are vacuum welded together with hydrogen in a conveyor oven, and Pyrex crystals that are thermoformed by hand cover all the bits and pieces underneath.

All this tech doesn’t come cheap however, as you’ll be paying anywhere between $275,000 and $400,000 for the privilege depending on how much bling you want, but when tech and exclusivity get together with beauty like this, money can quickly become no object for those with the means.

[Cabestan – Winch Vertical Tourbillon]

[Via: Book Of Joe]

…It’s Things Thursday: TCHO?

TCHO

TCHO is a very interesting chocolate company. Founded by a Space Shuttle technologist turned chocolate maker and a grizzled industry veteran who set up chocolate factories for 40 years from Costa Rica to Germany, TCHO takes a decidedly tech approach to the chocolate making process.

As such, they released a ‘beta’ version of their chocolate over a year ago, and have encouraged their customers to help develop the products through limited run, “beta editions” of the chocolate ever since.

TCHO Flavor Wheel

The enthusiastic ‘beta testers’ quickly moved their way through 1026 iterations of the chocolate, and after a solid year of very hard work, “Chocolatey”, “Fruity”, “Nutty” and “Citrus” flavors have all arrived and are ready for a “gold master” release, including new packaging and a finalized formula.

TCHO’s chocolate formula might have just graduated out of beta, but their factory certainly has not, as it’s been designed to produce more than 4,000 metric tons of chocolate per year, which makes them one of only a dozen other major chocolate manufacturers in the US.

In addition, TCHO has a social mission as well, and intends to move beyond just Fair Trade, and actually help farmers by transferring knowledge of how to grow and ferment better beans so that they can escape commodity production and become premium producers.

“In the end, there’s only one way to truly understand this story. Just put it in your mouth.”

[TCHO]

…The 2008 Holiday Gift Guides are here?

Gifts

Black Friday has come and gone and now Cyber Monday is upon us, but if you still can’t decide what to get that special someone this holiday season, then take a look through this list of gift guides for some great ideas on what to get every man, woman, child and yes, even pet in your life.

(And if you know of any other gift guides that you’d like to add, just put them in the comment area below and I’ll be sure to add them to the list!)

(All) Ain’t It Cool News – Holiday Shopping Guide: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
(All) Boing Boing – Holiday Gift Guide: Kids, Fiction, Gadgets and Stuff, Comics, Graphic Novels and Funnybooks, Nonfiction, DVDs and CDs
(All) Born Rich – Christmas Gift Guide 2008
(All) BusinessWeek – Executive Gift Guide 2008
(All) BuzzSugar – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(All) Cool Hunting – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(All) Coolest Gadgets – Eco-Friendly Gift Guide, Geeky Apparel Gifts, Gift Ideas for the Handyman, Gift Ideas for the Impossible to Buy For, Gift Ideas for People to Make, Toys Gift Guide
(All) Core77 – Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
(All) CrunchGear – Gift Guide
(All) FabSugar – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(All) Fast Company – 2008 Gift Guide Central
(All) Healthbolt – Holiday Gift Guide
(All) HolidaySugar – Gift Guides
(All) Indie Collective – Shopping Guide
(All) IttyBiz – 2008 Gift Guide
(All) Josh Spear – Gift Guide: Art, Cell Phones, Eco, Fashion, Gadgets, Music, Sports, Toys, Travel, Watches
(All) Lifehack – 2008 Gift Guide
(All) Mail Online – Ultimate Gift Guide
(All) MAKE: Blog – Gift Guide: Chemistry, Crafter, Hacker, Kids, Robots, Steampunk
(All) Miami Herald – Corporate Gift Guide
(All) Mixed Plate – Holiday Gift Guide: 2008
(All) Newsweek – Tip Sheet Holiday Gift Guide
(All) New York Times – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(All) NOTCOT – 2008 Gift Guides
(All) Random Good Stuff – Ultimate Gift Guide 2008
(All) Rocky Mountain News – Holiday Gift Guide
(All) Salon – 2008 Gift Guide
(All) Shake The Salt – Holiday Gift Guide 08
(All) Switched – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(All) The Daily Obsession – Gift Guides
(All) The Washington Times – Holiday Gift Guide
(All) Unclutterer – Gift Giving Guide: Experience Giving, The Ultimate Gift, Useful Gifts Under $35,
(Tech) About:PC – PC Holiday Gift Guide
(Tech) Ars Technica – Holiday Gift Guide 2008, Staff Gift Guide 2008
(Tech) Chip Chick – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Tech) CIO – 2008 Geek Gift Guide
(Tech) CNET Reviews – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Tech) Engadget – Holiday Gift Guide, 2008
(Tech) FOX News – Consumer-Electronics Gift Guide
(Tech) GeekDad – Holiday Gift Guide: Kids, Dads, Kids, Moms
(Tech) Obsessable – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Tech) PC Magazine – Holiday Gift Guide
(Tech) Skintastic – Holiday Gift Suggestions
(Tech) TechSpot – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Tech) SlashGear – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Tech) USA Weekend – Cool Gifts
(Tech) ZDNet – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Alcohol) Drink Hacker – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Alcohol) Liquor Snob – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Apple) Apple – The Best of 2008
(Apple) Mac|Life – Spectacular Holiday Gift Guide Of Awesomeness
(Apple) TUAW – Holiday Gift Guide: College Student, Graphic Designer, Frequent Traveler, New Parent, Person Who Has Everything
(Auto) Driving Guy – Holiday Gifts
(Auto) Motive Magazine – Motive Gear: Motive Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Candy) Candy Snob – Holiday Gift Guide
(Entertainment) BuddyTV – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Entertainment) Inside TV – Holiday Gift Guide For TV Fans
(Entertainment) SeenON! – Holiday Gift Guides
(Fashion) NotCouture – Holiday Roundup
(Fashion) Rumplo – Holiday T-Shirt Guide
(Food) Baking And Books – Holiday Gift Guide
(Food) Megan McArdle – Annual Holiday Gift Guide: Kitchen Edition
(Food) Neatorama – Bacon Gift Guide
(Food) Serious Eats – Holiday Gift Guides
(Gaming) GigaOM – Holiday Games: Gift Guide
(Gaming) Kotaku – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Portable, iPhone, Import
(Gaming) LAist – Gift Guide: Video Games!
(Geek) Geeks Are Sexy – Geek Guide To Holiday Gift-Giving
(Geek) Kevin Rose – My Top 10 Gifts for Geeks
(Green) CleanTechnica – Holiday Gift Guide: The 8 Best Green Gadget Gifts
(Green) Earth911 – Gift Guide 2008
(Green) Inhabitat – Green Gift Guide
(Green) Plenty Magazine – Holiday Gift Guide
(Green) Treehugger – Holiday Gift Guide 2008
(Green) Yahoo! Green – Green Holiday Gift Guide
(iPhone) The iPhone Blog – 2008 iPhone Holiday Helper Gift Guide
(iPhone) iPhone Alley – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Journalism) Interact – Holiday Shopping List For Journalism Geeks
(Kids) Babble – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Lawyers) Reid My Blog! – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide For Lawyers
(Men) Men’s Fitness – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Men) The Art of Manliness – Manly Holiday Gift Guide
(Movies) Rotten Tomatoes – Holiday Shopping Guide
(Movies) The Spill – Broad of the Dead: A Gorehound’s Holiday Wish List
(Netbook) CNET – Handy Netbook Holiday Gift Guide
(Pets) About:Dogs – Dog Lovers Gift Guide
(Pets) Super Cool Pets – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Photography) Digital Photography School – A Guide to Digital Photography Shopping This Christmas
(Photography) Photo.net – Holiday Gift Guide
(Shaving) Shaving Stuff – 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
(Speakers) Cool Hunting – Gift Guide: Speakers That Rock
(Web Developer) NETTUTS – 20 Perfect Things to Buy a Web Developer for Christmas
(Women) Fabulously 40 – Holiday Gift Guide 2008

[Photo Via: Saquan Stimpson]