It's so hard to put a happy face on a disaster. However: Danger, fear, and uncertainty will all melt away in the presence of this cute little emergency generator from Sanrio. We didn't really need any more proof that you can sell anything simply by putting Hello Kitty on it, but here it is.
This little device features a hand crank generator used to power all sorts of sundry built-in features. If you get tired of turning the crank there’s a little port in the side that can accept a 9-volt battery to power all the necessaries. Beyond the non-electronic compass there's a cable for recharging your cell phone, an LED flashlight, a good ol' fashioned AM/FM radio, and an emergency alarm for scaring off post-apocalyptic zombies or signaling rescuers.
Although, let's call a spade a spade: If things really get so bad that your life depends on a Hello Kitty emergency device there probably aren't any rescuers coming.
The hat tip on this post comes from a delightfully wonderful blog entitled Hello Kitty Hell. It’s the story of one brave soul whose wife is determined to fill his home with every type of Hello Kitty product known to man. His blog is a record, nay, an earnest chronicle of his daily fight against the forces of the little white cat from Nippon.
And it’s pretty hilarious to think of some exasperated guy living in a Hello Kitty decorated house.
Are you ready for your close-up? Wait until I zoom....hold on, hold on....
That used to be me, before I got the new Panasonic DMC-TZ3 Lumix 7.2-Megapixel Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom, MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer & High Sensitivity Mode, with 28mm wide-angle setting. What does that all mean to us?
The 10x optical zoom means you can get closer, faster and with better quality than before, almost like a telephoto lens. MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) compensates for any hand-shaking, for example if you're taking photos from a moving car. Wide-angle settings translate to panoramic landscape shots.
What matters to me? The LEICA lens. I miss my old before-digital Canon because of the beautiful lens and quality of the photos. While I'm sure I'll come to appreciate all the other features, it's the lens quality that impressed me in the short time I've been using the camera.
As with most digital cameras these days, it's easy to use and it does have a lovely, big wide LED screen. At $349.95, it's at the high-end, but worth it for the special features if you take a lot of photos, like me.
On the list of the world's most useless things, a 7 lb. grand piano just might win the grand prize for inutility, but somehow that doesn't stop me from kind of wanting this ridiculous Hello Kitty Baby Grand. Just take a look at in in action:
Love pets? Want one? But your landlord, allergies, or job interferes with plans to buy, adopt, or borrow? Trade in your sea monkeys, because if you have a computer, you can also have a very clever pet. GoPets is a hybrid creation of online social networking and virtual world gaming. Simply put, it's an astounding feat of fun, fur-free genius.
Each GoPet is a unique 3D companion. As an owner, you create and download your pet to your desktop (sorry Mac users, GoPets is currently PC-only). While your GoPet makes it's home on your desktop, it's also able to roam freely from home. Your GoPet can visit the desktops of other GoPets users who currently speak 14 different languages and live around the world. The internet then becomes a leash-free, fence-free virtual park for your pet. Your GoPet assumes your interests and becomes your facilitator, introducing you to owners of other GoPets who share similar interests.
I like to know where my goods hail from. Besides simply working to avoid the Poison Train it's always nice to know who was involved and how the materials were put together. Christien Meindertsma's company FLOCKS has taken my product paranoia to a wonderful new level, and is producing woolen goods made from the hair of a single animal. Each piece is labeled with the breed, country of origin, and a little photo of the actual sheep before shearing!
Christien is knitting mittens, scarves, and cardigan sweaters from single shearings of angora rabbits, alpacas, goats, and sheep. These are wearables designed to be utilitarian while also being beautiful. All FLOCKS products come in natural untreated colors and the beauty of the animal’s coat makes these comfortable clothes unabashedly elegant.
Beyond clothing just our bodies, Christien will shear an entire flock and make carpets or furniture if you need to dress up a room in your home. However, as would be expected, unique and beautiful pieces are never found on the discount rack: a cardigan goes for about $650 USD, and the furniture pieces are bespoke.
Okay, so maybe you intentionally want to look like an underage criminal or a sex offender right out of a 1960's tabloid, or maybe you just want to look darn cool. Either way, the Black Bar Sunglasses should do the trick.
One thing's for sure… You will instantly attract attention – others will wonder if you are famous or dangerous. If the paparazzi weren't hot on your tail before, they are sure to be once you don a pair of these.
Perfect for those wild parties or vacations when you've let your hair down and gotten a little too wild and don't want to be the hot topic at the water cooler on Monday in the office.
Thanks to Stupidiotic (you gotta love that name) for making shameful activities fun again!
Remember when we told you about Pacific Design's contest for the VH1 Save the Music Case Collection Design Contest? The designs are in so go vote for your favorite by emailing your choice to designcontest and be sure to include the number of the entry you are voting for.
The person with the winning design will also receive an Apple iPhone, Apple iPod nano, and a VH1 Gift Basket.
You will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped support this worthy campaign. Music Education = Brain Power.
No matter how digital we go, there will always be an endless supply of paperwork on our desks. Occasionally, even the neatest pile of paper can become an unruly mess as truncated printouts seemingly reorder themselves in the wrong order. Paper clips greatly assist in these mini-crises, but are often lost in the "junk drawer" of our desks.
Our recommendation for helping you control the constant flow of paper, is to buy your desk a Drip Clips caddy-sized kitchen sink. Drip Clips dangle magnetically from a slender faucet in a splashy, random fashion until you need them. A great talking piece and unique office toy for restless fingers, Drip Clips are a fun alternative to the junk drawer, or worse the ominous office supply cabinet.
Price: $8 at ShopFosters.com.
Don't be deceived by its simple form or somewhat ironic name. While it certainly resembles a hurdle, Hurdle Lighting aims to remove, not create, barriers to getting the right amount of illumination on a table or work space. The light structure is designed to stand either horizontally (like its namesake) or vertically, more like a desk lamp. A sensor detects how it's been positioned and operates the light accordingly.
"Design a tee shirt and become famous!" There's motivation in that Threadless tag line. We can't vouch that a Threadless tee shirt design equates to fame, but we do know that if you're Lawrence Pernica you've earned bragging rights as one of this week's winners. Pernica's design "Video Games Ruined My Life, Good Thing I Have Two Extra Lives" won the Type Tees contest and made us giggle a lot.
Curious about Threadless? Just over 7 years old, Threadless has proven itself as much more than a creative t-shirt storefront, it's an ongoing tee shirt design competition with a thriving social community. Each week more than 600 entries are submitted and 4-6 winners are chosen to be printed and sold from the site. Winners receive $2,000 in cash and prizes.