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08.28.2006

Poseidon Resorts: spend your next vacation with the fish

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We all know there are plenty of places in the world that let you enjoy interacting with the beauty of perfectly clear blue-green waters and undersea life. But, is there really anywhere you can immerse yourself in it . . . literally?

Presenting Poseidon Resorts, where your entire vacation is spent underwater. Based on submarine technology, with more than 60% of the exterior surface consisting of transparent acrylic "windows," Poseidon offers guests the opportunity to spend every minute of their stay enjoying spectacular panoramas. Each guest suite is built around a private reef that is lit for viewing. A food dispenser is included, as well, to attract various, view-enhancing undersea creatures.

The five-star luxury complex, which is accessible by a series of tunnels from the surface, includes a revolving restaurant, pool (?!?!), bar, café, tennis courts, dive shop/water sports center (of course), library, and luxury spa/hydrotherapy center.

Poseidon’s website indicates that, although construction has begun on the system of pods that make up the individual suites and common facilities, the resort is due to be relocated from its original site. So, alas, the time has not quite come yet to whip out the rewards card and book a long weekend; but he reality of this next step in vacation retreats seems near.

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08.28.2006

Tiny REVA electric car

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I swear I have a motorozied Barbie Jeep bigger than this!

The REVA is a little number from India, one of their line of electric cars . Last year the company introduced the REVA-NXG prototype which comes with GPS naviagation, MP3 and modem capability (pictured above.)

With the regular Reva, customers can choose from over 2,000 shades and can customize their REVA by mixing 'n' matching these to add a personal touch.

Their site boasts that it's one of the safest in it's class with dent-proof ABS body panels, side-impact beams, a steel space frame and dual-braking system. .

REVA is currently being commercially sold in Malta and the UK. No word on when we can get our hands on one.

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08.28.2006

Neverwinter Nights 2 & Warcraft expansion

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Once upon a time, I wrote about the second Neverwinter Nights game, back when there was virtually nothing to know about it besides that it wouldn't be coming out for a very long time (or what my impatient mind makes out to be a very long time.) That date isn't so far away now (EB Games' pre-release date is Oct. 17), and being a huge fan of the first game, I can't wait for it to come out. Like the previous game, NWN 2 takes place in Dungeons & Dragons's Forgotten Realms, and you will be able to create your own character and recruit others into your group. Unlike in the previous game, NWN 2 utilizes the 3.5 Edition D&D rules (that will mean something to us RPG geeks), and of course there will be new classes and subraces; and the toolset for building your own worlds has been made more user-friendly.

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On a similar note, The Burning Crusade - World of Warcraft's new expansion pack - is scheduled to be released Nov. 28. Two new races will be added - the Draenei for the Alliance and the Blood Elves for the Horde. Although I'm still confused about what the Draenei are (big, blue, alien-like creatures), the Blood Elves are pretty much Alliance rejects on a mission to hunt the demons who lay their homeland to waste. The level cap is being raised from 60 to 70 (I was already having enough trouble trying to get to 30), and there will be flying mounts. Whether I'll ever be able to afford one though, is another question.

The Burning Crusade is $39.99 and Neverwinter Nights 2 is $49.99, both at EB Games,

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08.28.2006

Ultra protection for your laptop with style

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Radian Technology, a company that specializes in computer accessories and peripherals, has just launched a new line of stylish laptop bags both both men and women.

Radian Laptop bags come in five different styles (April, Laurel and Fiona for the girls, and Maxwell and Maverick for the boys) and promise to offer maximum protection for your laptop thanks to the incorporated AirSHIELD™ gel impact system.

The different styles can accommodate laptops that range from 12’’ to 15’’; all are water-resistant and have extra compartments for papers, mobile phones and more.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any price information on their site, nor where one can purchase the bags, though I have a feeling these won’t be very cheap.

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08.28.2006

Desktop boyfriend and girlfriend

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Having a long day at work and missing your partner? Want to tell them how bad your day has been? Just want someone to listen to you? Well, that's what the Desktop Couple do best. They are photo holder figurines, where you slot a picture of your partner's head into a clip at the top to make a perfect recreation of your other half. You can then sit the figure upon your monitor, allowing their feet to dangle annoyingly over your screen.

The Desktop figurines can be bought individually for £4.99 each, or as a couple for £8.99 from iwantoneofthose.com.

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08.27.2006

iGallop now available in the U.S.

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Having fallen victim more than once to those late-night infomercials about too-good-to-be-true exercise machines that supposedly firm your butt and thighs, I dismissively chuckled (or maybe I guffawed) when I saw Saresha's post about OSIM's iGallop earlier this year. At that time, it was still only available in Asia, so it was at a safe distance from my impressionable mind.

But, uh oh, then I saw it at Brookstone the other day, and of course, I had to try it. I stayed on the thing for about 4 minutes (the maximum amount of time I'm willing to embarrass myself in public), and, believe it or not, when I got off, I felt a definite burn through my glutes and thigh muscles. Though this may say more about how out of shape I am than about the effectiveness of the machine, I was very impressed. My lazy side (which dominates over my not lazy side), likes that it's sort of a passive exercise. Basically, you just react to the movements of the machine while assuming a proper equestrian posture, so you can do it watching tv or with your eyes closed. My feeling is that $599 is not a bad price for something that does most of the work for you.

So which muscles are you working out as you breeze through imaginary green pastures on your headless iGallop? It's zero-impact "tri-axial action," working at three levels of intensity, works out your abs, back, seat, hips and legs.

Lots of silly videos on YouTube of people trying it out.

Hmm, as long as I'm considering the iGallop, maybe I should take another look at OSIM's slimming belt.

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08.27.2006

Fashion headbands and dangles to go with your earphones & headphones

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Since it's important to look fashionable at all times, these headphones coordinate with a line of headbands and dangles. The earphones are attached to bendable boom arms that allow you to adjust them individually to fit, and the specially designed clasps on these headphones fit directly into the line of Steffi Thomas Headbands. The dangles (drop earrings, basically) attach to the specially designed clasps on the headsets and headphones.

The headphones feature a 3.5mm plug that is compatible with most portable music players as well as most computers. The clasps are designed to fit all of the Steffi Thomas Dangles as well. Figure $34.00 for a set of headphones, $26 for the coordinating hairband and a mere $8 for the dangles.

At their online store, Swapsets.

NOTE: Popgadget readers can get a free carrying cases for their headbands and headsets or headphones and a free dangle by typing in POPGADGET in the customer notes at checkout .

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08.27.2006

Pink Laptop

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I am not sure how long I could stand owning a glossy, pink laptop, but I can’t deny that at first I would seriously consider buying one; at least it’s a change from black, dark grey, silver and . . . more black.

The Pink Samsung Q40 is available at PC World for £ 1,300; it features an Intel 1.2GHz Processor, a 60GB hard drive and 512 MB Ram.

Via Gadgetcandy

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08.26.2006

My Preciiious Palette is a tight little package

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Look, it's no secret that I don't wear makeup. The closest I get is a combination of styptic pencil, aftershave and skin softener when I butcher my face in a shaving frenzy. I am, however, a sucker for neat design.

A buddy of mine dropped a $25 My Preciiious Palette from Sephora on the bar this weekend and the "toolbox compact" layout caught my eye. A top compartment holds twelve eye shadows, and two blushes. The second tier holds six lip glosses, and the bottom tray holds highlighters, mascara, applicator brushes and some kind of shimmery substance that I'm unable to wrap my brain around.

The box is three by three inches, but the two top sections slide laterally to widen it out to an eight inch wide makeup station. Ever seen a tackle box? It's a pretty similar layout. Clean, classic, and nifty. It only comes in a juvenile translucent pink so you might wanna paint the sucker white.

There's a complete list of the tones and pieces in the set below the fold.

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08.26.2006

Palm Defender: designer pepper spray

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Ordinary self-defense just doesn't cut it these days. I mean, why be safe if you can't look good while doing it? Well, unlike unglamorous fanny packs, over-the-shoulder bags, or even dorky outfits for kickboxing, the sleek-lined and bejeweled Palm Defender by Pepperface.com looks hot. Designed with a wraparound safety to prevent accidental discharge and a straightforward release for when you really need it, the Palm Defender can be gripped firmly with one hand, releasing a cone-shaped spray on target. Using special "Heat" inserts, the Palm Defender uses Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), a non-lethal yet very irritating high-grade derivative of hot peppers that causes severe pain when in contact with the skin. When OC gets in the eyes, it causes temporary impaiment of vision, and intense burning and swelling; get your attaacker on the nose or in the throat and lungs and it will cause coughing, choking, and nausea. With effects lasting up to 40 - 45 minutes, you can be sure that you'll have a fair amount of time to escape if you need to - and still look good!

(Thanks Chantal!)

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