Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Personal Globus

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Soviet spacecraft famously featured a particularly intuitive navigational device, a five inch globe, a 1-to-100-million scale map of the world with a crosshair corresponding to You Are Here. This "Globus" dashboard detail was present on every manned spaceflight from Yuri Gagarin until 2002.

Celebrate this mechanical marvel by investing in a Personal Globus. This five inch globe stands proudly, and unsupported, on your executive desk. Inside, a GPS module shifts internal weights so that the centre of gravity holds the globe the right way up, with your position on top, just like that bigger globe underneath your feet.

The unit is recharged by rolling it around, but when it comes to a stop, it'll always be the right way up.

mitxela, Feb 25 2018


       I like this, especially as it will show me as being on top of the world wherever I am. [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 25 2018

       There needs to be a projected datum arrow showing your direction of relative motion. [+]
8th of 7, Feb 25 2018

       Yes how does it orient itself around a vertical axis?
pocmloc, Feb 25 2018

       Did you know that the Apple Pencil will always roll to a rest with the Apple logo facing upward? Mine certainly does.
Ian Tindale, Feb 25 2018

       Ahh, more Apple "magic".   

       Proof, if further proof were needed, that Apple are in league with Satan. And probably like cats, too. Satanic evil and cat-lovers are pretty much the same thing.   

       [marked-for-exorcism], dealing with Dark Powers, being Death-Eaters, foisting overpriced underspecified crap on idiots.
8th of 7, Feb 25 2018

       I take a fence at that remark. They don’t foist, they proffer.
Ian Tindale, Feb 25 2018

       //foisting overpriced underspecified crap on idiots.// Sp. "I can't afford one."
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 25 2018

       Sp."We wouldn't have one if you paid us to take it away, even if we had a table with a short leg".   

       // they proffer //   

       "Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you're under ..."   

       .... aaaaaand KERCHING ! The price of a small car gone that you'll never see again ...
8th of 7, Feb 25 2018

       But, [8th], what use is a small car to any man?   

       A quick fack-of-the-bag-packet calculation suggests that I spend approximately 15 times more time at my computer than I do in my car. I also only change my laptop every five years or so, giving it about twice the useful lifespan of a car. On that basis, my MacBook ought to cost around £2.4M but, strangely, it didn't.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 25 2018

       // what use is a small car to any man? //   

       As a trash receptacle ?
8th of 7, Feb 25 2018

       Of course you’ll see it again – well, most of it. Almost every Apple thing I’ve ever had could be sold for something not insignificant, or used as partial barter toward another more recent one. This weekend we even found an old Apple Newton stylus – just a stick of plastic with the Apple logo on. I no longer have the actual Apple Newton any more (it was just a first model, not useful) and no longer have my old EMate 300 either, but this left-over plastic stylus is going on ebay eventually. There’s one for sale, over in that America country, for fifteen doolars in their money. Mine should get at least a tenth of that over here (on the assumption that I actually want to sell mine, rather than just advertise it for sale). Apple gear has a very respectable resale value.
Ian Tindale, Feb 25 2018

       So does poached ivory, rhino horn, and blood diamonds, but that doesn't make it morally right either.   

       No doubt you need something profitable to occupy your time when the eight year olds are in class and there's no point in you hanging round the school gates to flog them Class A narcotics ...
8th of 7, Feb 25 2018

       //but that doesn't make it morally right either// And, right there, you see the advantage of Macs - someone has clearly hacked into [8th]'s PC.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 25 2018

       …which incidentally has a resale value of about 50p.
Ian Tindale, Feb 25 2018


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