I love electronic and mechanical toys. Here are some of my favorites.
Garmin Street Pilot III – Works very well. Routing is not as good as I would hope, since it seems to ignore the delay caused by stop signs and lights, but I wouldn’t be without it. Its main problem is that the mapping software doesn’t run on Macintosh.
Silly Putty – I bought five pounds of blue Silly Putty from Crayola after seeing an article about bulk Silly Putty purchasing in the Wall Street Journal. It’s a wonderful desk toy. You have to be careful not to let it sit on anything porous, or to let cats sit on it.
Macintosh – The best toy is a Macintosh. I have three in my office, and five more around the house. I have a PC too, but it’s not a toy, it’s an aggravation.
Sony DSC-F707 – An absolutely wonderful digital camera. Excellent picture quality. This is my third Sony digital camera, and they’ve all been just great.
Kurzweil K2600X – There’s something about the sound of a Kurzweil synth that puts it well above anything else. I think it’s the variable sample rate, producing very clean, un-aliased sound.
Roland HandSonic – An outstanding percussion controller. This replaced a DrumKat for me, but does so much more. Convenience (you’ve always got your hands with you), good sound quality, responsive pads, and lots of presets. I keep it in my office so I can just turn around and whack at it. It has an optical sensor that lets you wave your hand over it to play an instrument or for the cat to sit on and swish her tail over.