If you like chocolate (and frankly, who doesn't?) this is a grand idea. Instead of picking through a box of choclates and discarding the ones with jelly inside, or that sickly sweet cherry goo,
Thortons chocolates offers a personalized online service that allows you just to pick your favorites. While you're at it, pick a customized box and message. If you're at a loss they can pick them for you but what's the point of that?
Box of 8 Chocolates - £5.25
Box of 16 Chocolates - £9.95
They do ship select chocolates to the States but check their website for charges.
Via Shiny Shiny.
Tired of wearing the same ring every day? Try switchring and have some fun designing a new ring every day to match your outfit.
Switchring is an interchangeable plastic ring; select a theme and purchase a package that contains four pieces, two wedges and two outer bands; you will now be able to combine the pieces into different styles.
Unfortunately, once you select a theme you can’t choose the colors and pattern that are going to be included in the package, so if you want to expand on one particular theme you might get stuck with doubles.
The rings come in three different sizes and new colors, printed designs and gemstones are released every month. Four-piece switchrings packs are available on the site for $9.99 and eight-piece packs for $16.99. The company ships worldwide.
Being nerdy is so cool these days. And for those who want to flaunt their geekiness there's a calculator ring just calling out your name. "Genius" is what everyone will think you are when you're wearing this accessory. Because who else would have the bright idea to wear an ironic and funky little ring like this? Yeah, snicker all you want, but as time has shown, nerds do rule the world. So get a little "Dr. Evil" and flaunt your mensa status. Be proud. (Now if only the little calculator actually worked.)
James Bond always had those cool tracking devices in the movies. He'd slip some kind of modified cigarette lighter into the bad guy's pocket and walk through a compound trying to track down some super secret nuclear cupcakes or something. Finally that level of technology is available for my household spy missions.
The Loc8tor is a handheld radio frequency locator for tracking small asset tags. Stick a tag on your car keys, and the receiver will point in the proper direction. At two ounces the tracking tags are light enough to stick to lunch boxes, dogs, wallets, or small children. It uses radio frequency broadcasts to work through walls in four dimensions so the handheld can give directions to go up and down stairs. Tags are married to an individual receiver so there's no danger of other users casually picking up signals from someone else’s tags.
Beyond the location features the handheld also has a proximity mode for notification when an asset tag moves outside a predefined area. The package is currently able to track up to 24 different asset tags at once, but the system will be upgraded mid 2007ish to fulfill corporate asset tracking needs and will support up to 6,000 simultaneous tags. $180 for a starter pack isn’t cheap, but it definitely is cool. The guys at Gizmag have some more photos, and a full copy of the latest press release.
I'm not sure he's really enjoying this project, but admit it, he looks adorable here.
Okay, Oscar is not my dog; he belongs to Jenny Cisney, an information designer at Kodak.com who posted these photos on Kodak's A Thousand Words blog. But now I know what my dog is dressing up as next Halloween -- dog paparazzi..
Thanks for the tip from "puddingtain.".
(Note: Stuart wrote about the Gorillapod a while back, but I unfortunately deleted his post in a misguided attempt to fix a glitch in our feeds. In my own defense: I didn't know what I was doing.)
Here's a brilliant idea for people who want to add a personal touch to their home, but are (like me) not particularly creative or artistic.
Inspired by the Paint By Numbers craze of the 1950s, designer Jenny Wilkinson's Wallpaper-By-Numbers range is manageable for anybody who's capable of colouring within the lines. In fact, it's so easy to do she's even launched a range for kids. Even better, her bold designs work well unpainted, so (permanent) works-in-progress will look good on your walls too. And you can impress your guests by telling them that your wallpaper comes from a range that's been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Green tea is everywhere -- in addition to a multitude of hot and cold beverages, there's green tea ice cream (which I love beyond measure when it's made right), cosmetics, nutritional supplements, candles. Well known for its benefits as an antioxidant, it's also recommended by enthusiasts and marketers as a supplement to boost metabolism, prevent arthritis, lower cholesterol, and prevent (or cure) hangovers (among other health benefits).
I'm curious about the new Charbay Green Leaf Tea Vodka. Ami at Coolhunting tells us it's what makes for the unique taste of the Zen martini at celebrity chef Kerry Simon's new restaurant. This new "sipping vodka" apparently took years to develop, and is now one of seven enticing vodka flavors made by Charbay, like Blood Orange, Ruby Red Grapefruit, and Pomegranate.
I don't normally drink vodka, but I like the aesthetics of this brand; I'd offer the green tea flavor to my guests and tell them that it just MAY have the added benefit of preventing a hangover.
Nike has introduced the C.O.R.E. Backpack iD, a new customizable backpack that features integrated iPod controls. No more digging for that iPod. The backpack’s keypad, located on the right shoulder strap, has controls for volume, tracks and play/pause, and connects to iPods via a dock connector. (If a handbag is more your style, check out our past review of DelaPod.)
The coolest feature is the online customization feature -- pick your color and even chose options such as locking zippers and a ventilated back. Dual main compartments are roomy enough for books, binders and all the gear you need for your day.
The Nike C.O.R.E. Backpack iD starts at $105.
If you're the type to work, play, eat, and sleep at your laptop, you're likely to have some bits of food and lint stuck to your computer. However, with a USB keyboard vacuum, you don't need to worry about those cookie crumbs lodged beneath your letter "A" or the unsightly appearance of your morning toast hiding between the "alt" and "space bar" key. A steal at only 4.99, this vacuum from the Container Store comes with two attachments and plugs into your usb port. No batteries needed. Granted USB vacuums are nothing new, but when you find one this cheap it's hard not to ask yourself if being able to get those food particles out from underneath your keyboard isn't worth it. Though you probably won't give up snacking while surfing the web on your laptop, at least you can clean up the evidence afterwards.