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The Ultimate Desk... Sort Of 191

Hanzo writes "So, you need a desk. With mood lighting. And a pop-up LCD monitor. It even just so happens you like Space Ghost. Well, for a mere $39,995(USD), you can have exactly what you need. ?" They still aren't selling powerbands or insect musicians, but I figure it's only a matter of time now.
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The Ultimate Desk... Sort Of

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  • .. for a Dollar.

    Pretty much have to decorate the whole room around it though.

    G
  • by dominion ( 3153 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:06AM (#7487089) Homepage
    College for kids, or space ghost desk.

    Grandpa's surgery, or space ghost desk.

    Down payment for house, or space ghost desk.

    Travel the world for two years, or space ghost desk.

    This is tough.
  • wow! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Neophytus ( 642863 ) * on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:07AM (#7487095)
    Reconstituted wood with a lick of paint, lcd and fridge! A bargain at only $40k
  • by Cat9117600 ( 627358 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:07AM (#7487097) Homepage
    If you're gonna buy that, you're almost required to film your own "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" show.
  • Ultimate Desks? (Score:5, Informative)

    by leonscape ( 692944 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:08AM (#7487099)
    For that kind of money I think you could do a whole lot better, the Aura [poetictech.com] is definatley nicer than that.
    • Re:Ultimate Desks? (Score:5, Informative)

      by LeoDV ( 653216 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:47AM (#7487287) Journal
      You know, I tried time and again to find the "ultimate desk" and every one I could find, this one and the others from PoeticTech [poetictech.com], and the harder and the more I try, the more I'm convinced that the ultimate desk is a big wooden plank at desk level that I can put all my stuff on. My computer(s), my computer screen(s), my TV, my clock radio, my stereo system, my phone, my action figures, but, more importantly, my junk.

      It seems that no desk out there leaves me room for just a few cubic feet of crap. Open manuals lying on their faces, takeout food wrappings, books, piles of paper...

      Of course a real desk with good quality wood is better than just a plank, but those ultra-ergonomic moving thingamajig desks would never work with me.
      • Perfect desk for me is one of those modular Ikea type things. Its gotta have room for several computers, lots of bookshelves, and plenty of room for my random computer parts, reams of loose paper, empty coffee mugs with crusted on old coffee residue, etc.
      • Re:Ultimate Desks? (Score:3, Informative)

        by mosch ( 204 ) *
        The ultimate desk is, in my humble opinion, the Middle Atlantic Edit Center [middleatlantic.com] line of desks. If you want a huge amount of stable desktop space, they're ideal. (and have nifty options, some of which involve 19" racks)

      • Here in the Midwest we call them things "doors".

        If you remove that doorknob dookickey, there's a nice hole in the desk, right along the back, for all the cables to go through.

  • by geeveees ( 690232 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:08AM (#7487101) Homepage Journal

    When go for the Space Ghost desk when you can have A Powerpuff Girls Bedroom [cartoonnetwork.com] for only $99.995!

    • by zephc ( 225327 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:23AM (#7487161)
      AHHH! On their own product they got the colors wrong (on the bed, for starters)! From left to right, its pink, blue, green (Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup).

      And the Space Ghost Desk is the wrong color, and the LCD is supposed to drop DOWN from above, not pop up! What cheesiness for such exorbitant prices!
      • by lysander ( 31017 )
        On their own product they got the colors wrong (on the bed, for starters)! From left to right, its pink, blue, green (Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup).
        I've actually seen the bed colors vary from episode to episode.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 16, 2003 @11:35AM (#7487547)
        Aah, this is Slashdot. Where a guy instantly spots mistakes in the coloring scheme of, what, a Powerpuff Girls Bedroom, and gets modded Insightful for it.
      • Turn off your TV (Score:3, Insightful)

        by NineNine ( 235196 )
        The fact that you know these things (or I'm assuming you do... I have no idea), tells me that you spend too much time in front of your TV. Put down the Twinkies, and back sloowly away from your TV.
    • you got it all wrong... you got to get the tree house [cartoonnetwork.com]. I mean look at these specs

      General Description:

      • Provide design and layout drawings
      • Provide structural steel frame and stairs with painted fiberglass shell for tree feature
      • Provide Boat Hull and Space Shuttle features as well as wood housing features and dome
      • Provide artificial foliage
      • 18' X 18' X 2' concrete pad for mounting
      • 100A electrical feed
      • HVAC
      • Plumbing for upstairs sink
      • Drywall in all rooms
      • Millwork for sink cabinet and closets
      • Carpet installe
  • by Knuckles ( 8964 ) <knuckles@@@dantian...org> on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:09AM (#7487102)
    link [poetictech.com]
  • by sithkhan ( 536425 ) <sithkhan@gmail.com> on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:09AM (#7487104)
    If you go to the link in the article, be sure to scroll down to the bottom to read this:

    KIDS, DON'T FORGET: YOU'RE NOW IN AN ONLINE STORE. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD TO MAKE A PURCHASE.

    Funny $#!+
  • by malia8888 ( 646496 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:10AM (#7487107)
    I think the price is disGhosting;)

  • monitor? (Score:3, Informative)

    by mattdm ( 1931 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:10AM (#7487108) Homepage
    Philips 15" LCD Television.

  • Considering the specification, this is one almighty rip-off.

    I mean, the cost of parts, labour, marketing etc and even a hefty profit margin shouldn't have taken something like this over $10,000.

    The really scary thing is tho....... there are people out there who will pay for this!
  • Tree house (Score:5, Informative)

    by isorox ( 205688 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:13AM (#7487119) Homepage Journal
    I always wanted a Treehouse, but we never had a tree in our garden. Fortunatly they provide the tree for you [cartoonnetwork.com], a snip at $1 million
    • Damn, Too bad I'm not a continental USA citizin, I'd really like to have one of these to live in... (and $1.000.000 to pay for it) gr Bas
    • by Anonymous Coward
      If they're charging a million for the treehouse, how much would they want for Dexter's Lab?
  • frankly.. (Score:3, Funny)

    by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:15AM (#7487130) Homepage Journal
    i'd rather have the sealab.

    not pod 6 though.

    then i'd drink bepop cola all day long.
    .
  • $40,000? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ianoo ( 711633 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:19AM (#7487140) Journal
    I'm sure now that the US economy is on an upturn every parent will be buying one of these for their 5 little dumplings!

    Honestly, isn't this desk worth more than quite a large percentage of US houses? (I live in the UK where the house prices are higher so correct me if I'm wrong...).

    I seriously think this has to be a joke, they've obviously made the price so insanely prohibative that no-one in their right mind is going to buy one of these things. I'm pretty sure I could walk down to the local furniture shop, where I know this guy who is a seriously ancient master carpenter (he built fitted wardrobes last year, they're the best-built piece of furniture in my home), and get him to make me one of these for a far more reasonable price.

    Just give any decent carpenter the dimensions of the screen, fridge, etc and I'm sure he'll come up with something better if you throw $40K at him!
    • You see that big foot by the article? Or Mr taco's comment for the "dept"? Or the category? Or the site that's selling it?

      I think you didn't quite put 2+2 together. But if you did, you somehow got 40k ;)
    • Honestly, isn't this desk worth more than quite a large percentage of US houses? (I live in the UK where the house prices are higher so correct me if I'm wrong...).

      I doubt that $40,000 is more than "quite a large percentage" of US houses. But real estate values vary very widely.

      I live in the NYC Metropolitan area, which has one of the higher housing costs in the US. A small house (1,500 square feet, 1 bathroom, on less than a quarter acre plot) in a decent neighborhood (good local school system) app

    • Honestly, isn't this desk worth more than quite a large percentage of US houses?

      No, it's actually about the same price as a typical American luxury car. I would think that the large percentage of US homes would go for at least $80,000 these days. The median price for a house where I live is probably ~$250,000.00, a cheap house being around $130k. The wealthier areas of this state have homes that are valued generally from a half-million upwards.
  • build your own! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lo_fye ( 303245 ) <derek@geekunity.MOSCOWcom minus city> on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:20AM (#7487146) Homepage Journal
    i built a desk to replace my case [derekmartin.ca] - so I'm not sure if it's a case mod, or a desk mod -- either way, i have no case now -- my entire pc is hidden inside my desk (except the monitor). When in "desk mode" the pc is invisible. You can pull out a drawer and tweak the mobo. Or fold down the drawer front to use the keyboard & mouse & access the drives.
    • What form factor is that desk? ATX? ;)
    • Like it. You've given me an idea - how about a similar job but with a glass top so you could see inside?
      • Use acrylic instead of glass
        cheaper and lighter
        • Depends on your priorities I guess. I would opt for glass because acrylic can get scratched up and look messy. Glass just *feels* better, too.
          • you can resand acrylic and cover it with protective spray like they use on custom aquariums.

            its good for high light applcations but if its just a viewing portal then you're correct sir, glass is better.
            • you can resand acrylic and cover it with protective spray like they use on custom aquariums.
              Or I could use glass and not have to bother.

              its good for high light applcations but if its just a viewing portal then you're correct sir, glass is better.
              I often prefer glass even for high light applications such as say... windows. Sir. No wait. Now I'm confused. Is a window a high light application or just a viewing portal, or both? Or neither?

              Either way - thanks for the advice.
    • One question, what about RF sheilding? Some grounded window screen (with ~2mm hole size) lining the wooden box would probably do the trick up to about 100 GHz and would be perfectly sufficient for anything emitted by the computer.

      The wireless router and snazzy 5 1/4" "sound card" could be kept outside and operating in noise free bliss!
  • I thought the days of this kind of excess would have ended (remember the Lego desk?) Perhaps there's still a few dotcoms clinging to life and this is the final blow needed to finish them off.
  • by geek4ever ( 525253 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @10:38AM (#7487237)
    It says shipping is included in the price! It's not that bad!
    (I feel a need to say "just kidding", for less intelligent of you)
  • ...why not spend 25 dollars more and get the Space Ghost Coast to Coast Season 1 DVD as well, which comes out on the 18th of November. (Clicky) [amazon.com]

    Or you can skip the desk altogether and just get the DVD.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Thanks to the Bush economy, I can barely afford a Meatwad Plush Doll!
  • Must be a joke (Score:1, Redundant)

    by nurb432 ( 527695 )
    That isnt 40K worth of stuff... Sure 2 or 3 grand.. but not 40....
  • by T.bias ( 633409 ) <slashdot&tbias,com> on Sunday November 16, 2003 @11:29AM (#7487520) Homepage Journal
    ...with its stupidity and complete lack of good content (on slow news days).

    I am really amazed at how many people are actually complaining about the price! I really should collect all of your names so that I can have a really fun first of April...

    And even if you did get the joke, it is hardly worth the bandwidth. I would complain that /. has gone down the tubes, but hasn't it always been like this?

    The more I sift out the bad jokes, and on slashdot there are only bad jokes (more acurately, the same bad jokes repeated endlessly), the more I am merely left with the original post, a reply shouting out that it has been /.'ed, and a follow-up listing the mirror.

    I hope that once the US is done "disarming" Iraq they can take a moment to disarm all geeks or their joke rendering portions of their brain.

    To be more accurate, I think we may need to do some research as geeks (as represented on slashdot) clearly do not have that portion of the brain to generate jokes, but instead have something severely wrong with some other part of their heads...

    -- T.bias

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    • by Zak3056 ( 69287 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @01:49PM (#7488286) Journal
      I am really amazed at how many people are actually complaining about the price! I really should collect all of your names so that I can have a really fun first of April...

      And even if you did get the joke, it is hardly worth the bandwidth. I would complain that /. has gone down the tubes, but hasn't it always been like this?


      The thing is, I"m not convinced that this IS a joke. It's a publicity stunt, to be sure, but from reading the other items available in the site (such as Birdman's 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner, Powerpuff girls and Dexters lab bedrooms, etc) that all of the ridiculous looking items are possibly the real thing. Most of them are limited in quantity to 1-3, and the million dollar treehouse listed actually references California building codes, site permit fees, etc.

      That said, I agree with you that this isn't quite "news for nerds," and it CERTAINLY isn't "stuff that matters."

  • It's not a joke... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by anon*127.0.0.1 ( 637224 ) <slashdotNO@SPAMbaudkarma.com> on Sunday November 16, 2003 @11:58AM (#7487681) Journal
    It's an advertising ploy.

    Neiman-Marcus has been doing this with their Christmas catalogs for years. They always include one or two outrageous gifts. His and her helicopters, anyone? Your own oil derrick? Dinner with Walter Cronkite?

    They don't actually want anyone to order the stuff, thats why the price is so ridiculous. If you're willing to pay $40K, they'll probably be willing to hire someone to craft a custom, one-of-a-kind desk, and pocket the change. Same thing with the other gifts.

    The idea is to drive traffic to the site, which seems to have worked. People go to see the Powerpuff girls bedroom, but while they're there they see DVD's, t-shirts, games... more mundane stuff. And some of them will buy.

  • If you look at the Dexter's lab bedroom, they clearly have a G4 painted black with a 17" apple monitor.

    But...

    In the text, they list an HP with a 15" monitor.
  • by PizzaFace ( 593587 ) on Sunday November 16, 2003 @02:01PM (#7488342)
    No thanks, I'll take the "pro" version with the 17" screen for $60K.

  • I bet most /. readers can become invisible with the touch of a nerve.
  • Here's my bet for the torough silliness going on here:

    Some CN exec got it in his head that a Cartoon Network amusment park might be a good idea, and flogged some lackey into checking out actual costs involved in creating real-life versions of lavish cartoon sets and props.

    Lackey comes back with conservative figures, hoping to keep his job and push the project forward. Exec's superior sees figures and says to himself, "Hey, that's not that expensive. Let's sell them to the public! After all, there's 270
  • by titaniam ( 635291 ) *
    Here's a real desk worthy of slashdot. I designed it myself and am using it right now. Go see my computer table [petermarina.com] for some pictures. Why this strange contraption? It allows me to lie flat on my back with my desk suspended above me. I attach my computer to the rotatable desktop for perfect keyboard and display positioning. It sure helps me keep working while I recover from back problems. Not cool, but somewhat practical.
  • I actually spent a lot of time trying to find a good computer desk for my home office. I didn't want to spend a ton of money, so unfortunately, that means pressboard type furniture. After looking through tons of websites, I found what I was looking for.

    U shaped workstation [furniturebuzz.com]

    It allows me to easily fit 3 monitors on the desk and with a swivel of the chair, I feel like I'm at command central. Furniturebuzz is a pretty decent store and had the cheapest prices around.

    Now if I can only find a good full dupl
  • My desk [vampy-alumni.org] was a lot cheaper and I like it a lot more. That and it has a lot more screen real estate.

    Besides, mine also runs OS X.
  • In-desk PC (Score:2, Interesting)

    by number ( 309649 )
    I personally think Rusty's In-desk PC [silentpcreview.com] is the slickest I've seen. Optimised for silence too.

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