Somebody please stop me from buying one of these

Because I already have enough freaking gadgets. Because I already carry around three different devices that can remember all my contact info. Because I never check that contact info anyway. Because I should just give the damn 200 bucks or whatever this thing costs to Greenpeace or something.

Yet nonetheless I crave it. And dig the hilariously over-the-top ad copy on the web site of Fossil, which makes this Palm OS-based delight:

Ever since the comic book hero Dick Tracy first strapped on his amazing wrist radio six decades ago, science fiction fans have eagerly anticipated the day when such fantastic gadgetry might become reality. Now, thanks to the Wrist PDA with PALM OSĀ®, their wait is finally over.

Sometimes I hate being such a geek. I am such a sucker for this sort of landfill.

Somebody please email me now and tell me not to buy this thing. Christ almighty.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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