This week, Best Buy kicked off a new promotional contest over at YouTube called the "Tech U Out Video Challenge." The gist of the contest is that you need to tell Best Buy how you'd pimp out your dorm room with tech toys in two minutes or less on a video submitted to YouTube. Entries will be received through August 22, 2007.
Now, I'm not saying that you should fib about still being in college, but the rules are a little vague (e.g. you must be over 18 years old, there's nothing in there about being enrolled in a school). Aren't there plenty of days when your small apartment, nosy neighbors, and unruly house guests makes you feel like you still live in a dorm?
Then again, when I think about how poor I was in college, I'm anticipating some really pathetic stories like this one from BoonBill titled "I need a computer chair."
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When my daughter was little, just a couple of years ago but a century for her, our house was decorated in early Vtech. We liked their products because they were interactive, fun, and Mom felt her little Mackenzie was learning something. Her favorite was the laptop (go figure.)
We now test toddler products on our neighbors' adorable children, Nicole, age 2+ and Carson, just one year.
Disguised as a toy, this new Vtech laptop -- the Tote and Go -- for pre-schoolers features 30 activities that teach language, math, games and music. Vtech recommends it for ages 3+. Nicole immediately loved it, and is especially fond of the animated monkey on the LED screen that guides her through the programs. More on her later.
“Oh Zephyr winds that blow on high, lift me now so I can fly.”
If this incantation brings back memories of Saturday morning live-action TV to you, then fly over to your nearest video retailer because your heroine has made it to retail shelves.
Released this week, The Secrets of Isis – The Complete Series on DVD will let you re-live the adventures of your favorite Egyptian themed superhero.
For those of you whose memories have been erased by an evil villain, Isis tells the adventures of high-school science teacher Andrea Thomas who, while on a visit to the desert, finds an amulet that gives her the powers of the ancient Goddess, which put her in control of the Earth’s animals and elements. She is aided by her aptly-named pet crow, Tut, the only creature entrusted with her true identity. Other show regulars include fellow teacher Rick Mason and teacher’s pet students Cindy Lee and Rennie Carroll.
Isis got her start as part of the Shazam!/Isis hour on CBS in 1975 and was spun off into her own show for the second (and, sadly, the last) season. The DVD includes all episodes from both seasons, including 3 cross-over episodes with Captain Marvel from Shazam!. The DVD set also includes extensive special features.
Eggs are excellent and easy to cook. But, from our own misadventures in the kitchen we're aware that when it comes to preparing a hardboiled egg even the best among us can make mistakes (think: raw vs. rubber). Apparently eggs are enough of a challenge that there's a market of expensive electronic gadgets to help you achieve boiling point perfection. Much like eggs themselves, a great gadget doesn't have to be expensive or electronic. In fact, elegant and simple will do.
SUCK UK recently added the Egg Cup Timer to their quirky online store. Made of Borosilicate glass and filled with a minute's worth of golden-colored sand, the old-fashioned timer also doubles as an elegant egg cup (can your iPhone do that?).
Price: £15.00 at Suck.uk.com
A few years ago, I bought a cute set of food-shaped magnets (Christmas cookies) as part of a rather weak attempt at holiday decorating. I put them up after Thanksgiving and, of course, never took them down. I need magnets to stick stuff on the fridge at home and on the filing cabinet at work year round, after all. Unfortunately, Christmas wreaths and stockings look quite out of place in the middle of the summer.
Sushi, on the other hand, is obviously perfect for any time of year. This pack of magnets is fresh from Japan and contains 1.2-inch plastic replicas of six of the most popular sushi varieties: ebi (shrimp), tamago (egg), ikura (salmon roe), ika (squid), toro (bluefin tuna), kanpachi (yellowfin tuna).
Agree with me when I say that your laptop can rarely be used as an actual lap top? Then you probably agree with at least one of the obvious reasons as well – for one, the heat dissipated from the laptop is pretty distressing. And for another, it's a tricky thing to adjust (and maintain) the screen at a comfortable viewing angle once the laptop is placed on the lap.
Well then, say hello to the Futura laptop stand from LapWorks. There isn't any dearth of laptop stands in the market, but what I particularly like about this one is that it is robust in spite of being made from ultra light-weight ABS plastic (weighs just around 16 ounces), ensuring hassle-free mobility. Though this stand is not as stylish as the Lapdawg stand that we covered earlier, it scores higher in the functionality department. The Futura ensures effective heat dissipation through the smart ventilation slots on the surface. And if you're using it as a desk stand, just fold it right down the middle and fasten at any one of five different angles to position the screen to a level that suits you.
If you're still holding back because of its dull looks, fret not - the company promises to release colorful versions pretty soon because of popular demand. The Futura sells for a very reasonable $30 at LapWorks.
It's a headset, it's a headphone -- it's two, two in one! Featuring a sleek hands-free microphone, the Duo is great both for listening to your tunes, or taking a call. Like their other earphones, the Duo incorporates the noise-isolating (BLISS) technology which reduces ambient noises and enables deep bass so you can enjoy hi-def sound.
Vibe Duo’s minimalist design goes well with the streamlined look of your iPhone, with a discrete microphone that blends seamlessly with the durable black fabric cable. For comfort and mobility, VIBE Duo features three sizes of ultra-soft silicon fittings.
VIBE Duo is compatible with the iPod and all other portable music players. Available in Nero (black) and Chrome, it's packaged with a leather pouch for safe travel and storage.
$99 at v-moda.
Let the people of world think they know you inside and out with Xposed bags and totes. This eye-catching funky style subtly nods at x-ray technology, revealing faux-contents by design. The three designs reflect an interesting assortment of contents from the expected (cell phone, keys, pills, lipstick) to the unexpected (brass knuckles and booze).
You may even catch a twinkle from TSA when inspecting the liquid contents of your cosmetic bag, or draw the curiosity of a sexy doctor who can't help but admire your tech-savvy taste and humor.
$7.99-11.99 at Perpetualkid.com.
Unless you want to see your children come up with all kinds of other creative uses for liquid soap, don't show My Pet Fish Soap to them. Even though the vegetable-based glycerin soap used here is actually solid with a colorful plastic goldfish embedded into it, it still looks so much like real water that you might be in for a soapy surprise the next time your kids offer to get you something to drink.
The soap has no scent and is available now for $6.95.
Via Nerd Approved.
Sometimes you write the news, and sometimes the news writes you. Two great smoking related posts came up today, and let's just roll 'em in together. The first is the SoloPipe - a sleek collapsible pipe with an internal container for holding your fine smokables. What defines this as a creative designer solution is the built-in butane lighter (YouTube). No longer will les fumeurs du monde be forced to carry both lighter and one-hitter; these paragons of modern design have forever solved the age old mystery of "Dude, my lighter was like right here a minute ago." UnCrate reports the price as $80, and a common complaint seems to be the time involved with cleaning. (Via GadgetReview)