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10.31.2006

Productive fun with Wacom's Cintiq

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10.31.2006

Led lightbulbs: save energy, save money

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The humble light emitting diode (LED) is creating a revolution in lighting. Normal incandescent light bulbs use energy, lots of it. LED lights however, use very little. While LEDs have been making their way into street lights and flashlights, they've yet to fully take off for use in the home. And yet, there are many home use LED lightbulbs to choose from: night lights and flood lights, warm fuzzy room-lighting and trippy colored bulbs. When compared, incandescent bulbs (1000 hours of life) can't beat LEDs (up to 60,000 hours.) So take a look at your options when it comes time to replace your lamp lights, and consider a low-consumption alternative. You could save some energy, and some money.

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10.31.2006

Flaming Carrot

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I know you were JUST thinking, "Darn, I want to be a Flaming Carrot for Halloween!"
Inspired by the infamous comic book series, The Flaming Carrot, created by funny man Bob Burden, a twisted soul by the web name of RoG shows you in his blog exactly how to create the costume which guarantees you'll be a hit at all the Halloween parties. With his merticulous DIY directions, accompanied by plenty of photos, you get the step-by-step to the point where you're thinking, "Boy, I could do this."

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I know you're wondering "But how does he make it flame?" RoG explains on his site that he uses "Pumpkin-safe" lights which you can buy anywhere. He explains:

They're basically little green tubes that you can jab down into pumpkins with removable light bulbs. When you have batteries placed in them, they'll flicker on 'n off. Granted there's plenty of other ways you can light the thing up, but I found the pumpkin lights to be both the coolest looking and most efficient method. I recommend getting roughly three of them. And don't worry, they're fairly cheap at only 2 bux a pop. Instead of jabbing them into a pumpkin, you simply jab them down into the styrofoam circle that you cut out and they will not budge. Perfecto!

Via Make.

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10.31.2006

Atari keychains: game on

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Get your old-skool gaming on. Whenever nostalgia hits you'll be sure to score if you're carrying around one of these Atari 2600 Plug and Play keychains. Not only do these little charms look cool, but they contain real Atari games inside. Simply connect to your TV using the included cable and enjoy! With three different keychains, each containing different game possibilities, you can collect all and still have a few handy to give out to friends as gifts. At $14.00 - $15.00 each they're a steal. Perfect for all the big boys (and girls) who remember the originals, as well as young up and comers who'll love that old-skool groove as if it were the first time around.

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10.31.2006

Piece of cake: a computer sleeve you can bite into

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Ever feel like having a party for your laptop? Mine's become such a part of my life it's like a member of the family - and family members should never be forgotten. So for those times when you want your laptop to know you care, celebrate with a Cake computer sleeve. Because nothing shows your love more than protecting your computer from the elements. And, with this sweet little sleeve you can be sure to keep your laptop nick and scratch-free. Just remember to brush your teeth after all the yummy goodness. It's like the best of both worlds - you can have your cake and "eat" it too. (I hear these sleeves are very low in calories, and fat free!)

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10.30.2006

Le Pod: pseudo french iPod cases

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What to do if you feel your cool factor on the wane? Get your Francophilia on. Le Pod by Your Sister's Mustache is a kicky little iPod holder with four designs to choose from. But be forewarned: none of them has anything to do with France, French culture, or anything remotely French-related. Or at least I don't think so... (hmm). Seriously though, who cares about the throwaway Franglish used to promote this product. The important thing is you will feel that special je ne sais quoi when, instead of scrounging in your bag for your iPod, you slide it out of one of these colorful holders conveniently tucked around the strap of your cooly ironic, yet sartorially astute hipster handbag or tote.

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10.30.2006

StrapTrap traps runaway bra straps

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Teenagers can get away with wearing tank tops with their bra straps sticking out every which way, but beyond a certain age -- and I'll keep to myself what age I think that is, lest I be accused of being a prude -- showing your underwear is either pathetic or just plain sloppy.

There are clips like the Brabuddy that Saresha wrote about, which convert a regular bra into a crossback bra so that the straps don't slip off your shoulders. But my problem isn't with bra straps that fall off my shoulders, but rather the opposite -- straps that show when I'm wearing tops that have a wide neckline, so that I'm constantly pulling the straps away from my neck and closer to the edge of my shoulders. I've sometimes taken safety pins and pinned the straps to the inside of my top, but that always turns out to be a time-consuming project because it's hard to get it just right so that the pins don't show. As for strapless bras, well I won't even get into why those don't work for me.

StrapTraps address this problem nicely and inexpensively. Described simply, a StrapTrap is: "A small fitment which is attached to [the] shoulder seam of a sleeveless blouse etc... into which a bra strap slots. The fitment stops the bra strap slipping in to view." They come in white or black, and are available in retail packs of six pairs as well as in multi packs.

Basically if you can sew on a button, you can sew on StrapTraps (I know at least two sewing-challenged people who won't be able to use these without help, but if they're nice to me, I'll offer my expert assistance).

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10.30.2006

The Doorganizer: don't leave home without it

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Are you the type to head out the door only to realize halfway to work that you forgot to mail that very important envelope sitting on your kitchen table? I know I am. Which is why I like the idea behind the Doorganizer. You see, I'm a forgetful kind of girl. Well-intentioned, but imminently forgetful. And to compensate, I have all sorts of tricks to ensure that I can function with a minimum of confusion and misplaced belongings. The Doorganizer is just one more weapon to add to the arsenal. All those little items I'd be inclined to forget at home: mobile phone, keys, letters to be mailed, all can be left in the roomy pockets of the Doorganizer. And before I leave - yoohoo! - smack dab in front of my face is a gentle reminder before I've even left the building and gone too far that it'd be impossible to run back home once I've remembered. Nothing is worse than showing up at your destination and suddenly realizing you've left that rent check back at home and it needed to be mailed... again! So, what are you waiting for? Go get Doorganized.

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10.30.2006

BluEye - Your iPod is calling

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GEAR4, a UK company that makes cool iPod accessories, like the House Party 24/7 (advanced 2.1 stereo speaker system with alarm clock, remote control and AM/FM radio ) and the PocketParty V2 micro speakers has come up with another "gotta have" for your iPod.

BluEye is a 3 in1 Bluetooth hands free mobile connection, FM radio and remote control, which allows you to make and receive calls on your iPod. The company calls this the "missing link between your iPod and mobile phone." When a call comes in, the music automatically pauses and the number of the person calling is displayed on the iPod screen. Take the call or go back to your music. It sells for 49.99 on the GEAR4 website.

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Another new product worth checking out at GEAR4 is the PocketParty Micro speaker system for the new iPod Nano (19.99), with 1 watt of Stereo Sound output from two teeny weeny speakers, and up to 10 hours of play from a single AA battery. The black and white versions are available for pre-order.

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10.29.2006

mi Flower

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We've written about a number of these interactive "speakers": the i-Fish, the i-Dog, the i-Duck, the i-Alligator (ok, I made that last one up.)

Now we have the mi Flower. Each mi Flower has an inbuilt speaker, illuminated flower petals, moving leaves and an expression face LCD display which can also function as a clock. Connect it to any digital music device such as an iPod and mi Flower starts to move and sway to the music; it's flowers light up in rhythmn and the animated face makes "faces" at you. When the music turns off, mi Flower goes to "sleep." I would swat it across the room if it woke me up in the morning, but my daughter loves it.

Sure to be a hit at Christmas time.

$24.98 @ b2stuf or Firebox.

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