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11.19.2006

"SHOCKING" games

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The English have an entire line of "Shocking" games (not even going to try and psychoanalyze that). First up, there's the popular "Shocking Liar" based on -- from what I can tell -- lie detector science. Warm up questions are used to regulate your readings. Ready? ZAP! It says you lied. The game measures the 'lie levels," using a sequence of five LEDs going from red to green. Seems you weren't close enough to the truth.

Then there's the "Shocking Arm Wrestling". Let me tell you from experience that the first couple of times it's funny, but no adult is going to want to be shocked three times.

For the masochistic, there's always the classic . Place your finger in one of the four chambers, push the button and await your fate...

�17.95 for Shocking Liar
�9.95 for Shocking Roulette
�16.95 for Shocking Arm Wrestling

From those demented people at Gizoo.

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11.18.2006

Show and Tell: Radar mobile video sharing

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Radar.net, the mobile photo sharing application, has just introduced a video version. As with the main service -- and unlike its rivals -- it's designed for sharing only among a select group of friends. When you sign up, you get a unique Radar.net email address to send your images to - you can then invite friends to view your pictures and comment on them. You can use Radar on the web, or view the mobile version on your cellphone.

John Poisson, Founder and CEO of Tiny Pictures, says, "Video clips in Radar work just like pictures: shoot a video with your phone and post it to your Radar, where your invited friends can see it and leave comments. Video clips become part of an ongoing visual conversation with your friends."

(BTW, this is the kind of guy you want to buy stock in -- John Poisson was former head of mobile media research and design groups at Sony in Tokyo, before founding Tiny Pictures in S.F.)

Back to our story...

At a time when everyone else is building wide open, publicly viewable photo sharing applications, the Radar strategy is an interesting one. New users can refer their friends, but it won't add up to the kind of viral marketing you get with Flickr or YouTube. The company is betting that in the long run more people might want to use it for the privacy issues alone. I asked John why they built the service along these lines:

First, there are literally hundreds of services out there that allow you
to share publicly -- some great and some horrible -- but we felt there was
still a parallel need for a way to interact with your friends privately,
especially when it comes to something as personal as pictures and videos
from your cameraphone. In Radar, there's no creep looking at your
pictures. (Unless, of course, he's a friend of yours.)

Radar users can also transfer higher-quality cameraphone videos to their PC and post them to Radar via e-mail. Radar supports cameraphone video clips up to 3MB in size. And if you're sending a video to your girlfriends of the highlights of last night's date, just for example, you can set detailed privacy settings .

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Radar is free and new users can register by visiting Radar.net on their PC or mobile internet browser.

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11.18.2006

Coughing Screaming Ashtray

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Smoking kills. And in case you forget while lighting up that cigarette this Coughing Screaming Ashtray is a sure reminder that all things you consume will eventually eat you up on the inside. When you place your cigarette in the lung-shaped ashtray it starts to cough and scream. Certainly not the most cheerful item to have in the house, but if you're trying to quit smoking, perhaps it might be just what you need to help you kick your habit. After all, smoking is bad for you!

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11.17.2006

Next generation shopping search engine: TheFind.com

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I rarely go to the major shopping search engines like Froogle and Pricegrabber for the same reason that I no longer shop on eBay or go to those big warehouse stores. Their sheer bigness is just daunting to me, and I want to get out as fast as I can. The last time I used a search engine to find a product to buy, I was overcome with acute click exhaustion within 10 minutes.

So, the first thing I noticed about TheFind.com, a new shopping search engine that recently launched in beta and just in time for the holidays is that I don't have to click to see the relevant details of each product that comes up in search results. When I put my cursor over an item, a lengthy description of the product from the merchant's site automatically pops up next to it, as shown in the above screenshot. I love that I can glide over 30 results (or 90 even, if I choose that option) very quickly and see details for any item I pause over in a split second. With other big search engines, I find that the product details that come up on the first page of results are never enough, so I have to click to another page to read the rest of the description. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I find this hugely frustrating and often abandon the search midway. With TheFind.com, I don't feel compelled to click away from the main search result page unless I'm seriously considering a buy, so I'm able to browse many more options in much less time.

The grid option displays the results in an eye-pleasing format nice, large images (though, of course, the quality differs depending on the what's on the source site) displayed in catalog style (more like an online store than a search engine page). And, as with other search engines, you can save items to your list or email them to friends.

A couple of additional features on TheFind.com make searching more controlled and also more fun. You can click the "sale" option at the top to narrow your search to those items that are on sale, or the "new" option to narrow it to those items that are new (how new, I don't know). These are useful functions if you're on the lookout for price reductions or new releases in a particular product category.

What may at first escape the casual user is that there's a deeper distinction between TheFind.com and its competitors:

Though it is not widely known, the fact is that most shopping search sites today only show you products from stores that proactively list their products and rank those product not based on relevancy but rather, who pays them the most. Clearly, this is not the best experience for the user, because it limits the number of stores, products and prices that you see.

For those interested in being truly thorough in their search, unbiased results may make all the difference. The company states that the beta release searches over 500,000 stores and 150 million products (the largest of any existing shopping engine). And this comprehensive reach enables them to "truly rank products by objective algorithms that determine the most popular and leading brands, products and stores."

I did a search for cases for my Blackberry 8700c, and here's what it took to get to my final purchase:

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11.17.2006

Inside Skate

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No more yelling "Stop riding your skateboard in the house!" or "You just ran over the cat -- go outside!" With the Tuck n' Roll upholstered vinyl skateboards, you can safely cruise the hallways . The site calls it "sculpture you can ride" and I wouldn't disagree. Hang it on your wall and call it an "installation."

They also make custom embroidered vinyl longboards for the office surfer. Specs: upholstered vinyl longboard with custom designed embroidery, Indy 215 trucks, clear and aluminum wheels & 1/8" risers, 36" x 9".

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For pricing info. check out the site Modern Convenience.

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11.17.2006

Luxury fabric made from milk

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This perhaps is one product Cleopatra would have died to possess. Dolores Piscotta, of Piscotta Cashmere, New York, has been selling clothes and accessories made from milk for the last two years. The eco-friendly milk cloth T-shirts, pants, camisoles etc are available online and are sent to boutiques across U.S.

The fabric is made by a Chinese company, Cyran, that Piscotta discovered online while on one of her searches to discover innovative materials. The process of making cloth from milk involves extracting the milk protein which then undergoes a chemical process to create usable fabric. And this is something that surprised me the technology to create milk fabric was known since World War I! The inhibiting factor however, was the high cost of production. The process remains expensive even today inspite of advances in technology the proof lies in Piscottas T-shirts retailing at $110 a piece.

Advantages of milk fabric? Velvetiness for your skin that beats even the finest quality silk. And Cyran claims that the 18 amino acids that milk protein contains are healthy for humans.

Well, I would rather take the cheaper (and reliable) alternative of drinking milk to get mine.

Via Ecofriend.

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11.17.2006

Bamboo Clothing

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Sustainable textiles and clothing have been gaining a lot of ground. Now, hemp has long been a favorite renewable fiber, but did you know there are alternatives? Bamboo Clothing by Ecodesignz is a line of clothes made from organic bamboo as well as organic cotton and spandex blends. With a growth rate of up to two feet a day, bamboo is a fantastic renewable resource, producing strong and incredibly comfortable clothes that compare favorably to silk. Check out the 100% bamboo fiber short or long sleeve tee shirts. They're moisture wicking, naturally bacteriostatic, and antimicrobial to reduce body odor build-up. (And their thin weight makes them ideal for layering!)

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11.16.2006

Silent Revolution: urban bags for the digital age

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These thoroughly modern bags by Silent Revolution are a refreshing change from the giant, shapeless hobo-type bags that everyone's carrying these days (from the Olsen Twins to Wall Street executives). Let's face it, those loose, formless bags with cavernous interiors just aren't meant for carrying gadgets which are hard with sharp edges (and yet so fragile), and which we need within easy reach. And we've all witnessed women dumping the entire contents of their gargantuan handbags onto a tabletop or floor (yuck) in order to find their ringing cell phone (that wasn't me, I swear).

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Made in Los Angeles (and sweatshop-free), Silent Revolution bags combine functional design to accommodate the devices we carry with "urban streetwear" styling. But the look is minimalist and sharp, so wouldn't look out of place at the office (unless you work in a terribly conservative place). Their handbags and laptop bags, made of vinyl or nylon and priced from $114 to $298, have padded pockets for iPods and palm devices, and headphone ports.

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11.16.2006

Face Time: Monster AVL-300

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Ive spent some face time with the Monster Central AVL-300 home automation remote over the last two weeks. The AVL-300 remote is an all-in-one programmable home theater remote control, but its also a controller for Monster's IlluminEssence automated lighting systems. By integrating the two systems together seamlessly the company has produced a very powerful remote with a great feature set. However, that level of control adds a level of complexity that makes the learning curve for the initial setup a little steep.

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11.16.2006

We all live in a yellow submarine

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Sigh, what to do on a slow Sunday afternoon when you have a spare $40K to spend. Why, go for a spin in your personal submarine, of course!

The Exomos Goby is a highly compact three person submersible craft that can dive up to 40m and features a state-of-the-art air conditioning/decompression system, keeping everything comfortable. Popularized in the new it capital of the world, Dubai, UAE, this sleek, sophisticated craft is sure to keep you in the see-and-be-seen crowd.

So, crank up the Fab Four and take a dunk!

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