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In order to prove once and for all that computer gaming has moved from geekiness to sexiness, Gamer.tv, a Web site devoted to the world and lifestyle of video games, launched a search for the UK’s sexiest gamer. After a three-month campaign, the search will culminate in a grand finale to be held in London on Dec. 12, 2003. The initial heats will be covered online and the final competition will be filmed for one of Gamer.tv’s TV shows. Judges will choose one male and one female winner with a first prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, Calif. Contestants have to be over the age of 18 and able to prove that they are genuine computer and video gamers through a series of tests. Contestants can be viewed at: www.sexiestgamer.com.

Sure beats socks and underwear

Hard time locating that perfect holiday gift for your relative who has everything? Late last month in Dallas, retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled some of its seasonal offerings in its 2003 Christmas Book – among them, his and hers life-size robots. Designed and built by New York-based International Robotics, the pair of adult-size, interactive, remote-controlled and multifunctional robots feature on-board computers. His Robot is designed to respond empathetically to humans; his programmable technology will help evolve his personality to suit the owner’s preferences and input. Her Robot has a multi-colour moving message display that can be re-programmed frequently from a laptop. Price tag: US$400,000.

Finding the perfect buzz

Busy travelers who don’t want to take a chance on a watery drip-coffee may want to check out a new Web site by Vancouver-based writers and coffee aficionados Richard and Arthur Wolak. The brothers recently launched www.thecaf