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07.13.2007

Wash your hands with baby hands

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Now we know why young children have to be reminded to wash their hands. I mean, would you willingly pick up one of these mini hand soaps if they were arranged on a porcelain soap dish next to the sink?

Each soap, which ranges between 0.5 to 2 inches in size, is handmade out of goat's milk glycerin (whatever that is) and presented in a drawstring gift pouch for just $12.

Anyone care to join me at the next Soap-a-phobics Anonymous meeting?

Via Thoughts from the Sidelines.

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07.13.2007

Etsy goes offline and opens the Etsy Labs

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I love Etsy. As we've reported before, it is sort of like eBay for handmade arts & crafts, where they charge a small listing fee and take a percentage if you sell anything. DIY fanatics sell everything from knit coasters shaped like orange slices to miniature pewter bird charms.

Recently, the Etsy folks have opened up a space called Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, New York. They hold cool events and classes, like a recent supply swap for crafters. Every Wednesday at 4pm, they have an Afternoon Tea Party meet-up where you can check out the facilities and meet other crafter enthusiasts. Trunk shows are scheduled on the last Friday of every month from 6-8 pm. This month's trunk show, on July 28th, is called "Trashion", and will feature fashion and accessories made from - not surprisingly - trash, and recycled and repurposed materials.

For those aspiring to sell their wares on Etsy.com or those who are already on their way, Etsy Labs has various classes on subjects of interest to arts and crafters, from Screenprinting (7/21-7/22) to Intellectual Property Issues for Artists (7/28).

Check out the site for the latest information on dates, prices, membership requirements, and available spaces.

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07.13.2007

Fanatstic Plastic

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From the company that asks "Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?" comes the most affordable plastic surgery yet…

Well, it’s not really plastic surgery, but the Fantastic Plastic kit from Too Faced cosmetics is a cleverly-packaged trio of products that resemble syringes to make you feel like you’re in a surgical suite rather than in front of your bathroom mirror. The kit contains a ‘Lash Injection,’ a ‘Lip Injection,’ and a ‘Wrinkle Injection’ to help you cover all bases.

If nothing else, you’ve gotta love the picture of the debutatante-ish looking glamour girl on the box, who is appearing to self-administer a crow’s feet treatment.

Too Faced’s creator, Jerrod Blandino, is currently the darling of many A-list celebrities who helped inspire him to create the Too Faced line. The Hollywood endorsement worked, as TF’s sales figures are apparently A-list, too.

This kit available exclusively at Sephora.

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07.13.2007

Waterproof wallet chic

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I'm sold --- a waterproof wallet that isn't plastic-looking like the Jimi and even has a certain space-age suaveness to it (which I think appeals to women too). The brainchild of Australian designers Henri Spalle and Mark Armstrong, the Dosh wallet is made of a blend of flexible and semi-flexible polymers that makes it not only waterproof but also fairly hardy. At the same time, its sleek design proves that form doesn't have to be sacrificed for function.

As if that those weren't sufficient selling points, the wallet also carries not only (as one would expect) credit cards, notes and coins, but also an integrated compartment that's designed to hold a lot of the odds and ends we tote around in the modern age: SIM cards, keys and security keycards. Plus the billfold area is supposed to be able to fit all currencies, including US dollar bills and Euro notes.

Continue reading "Waterproof wallet chic"

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07.12.2007

Smartfortwo car: a smart reservation for $99

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Half the price of a Mini-Cooper, half the size of a compact, turns out to be not-half-bad, especially if you live in urban cities. With the rising costs of traditional fuels, the go green movement underway, timing for the smartfortwo car couldn't be better.

A DaimlerChrysler vehicle, smartfortwo is literally a car built for two people. 8.8 feet long (two fit into one average-sized parking space) and five feet tall, it reaches speeds of up to 90 mph. This car is like a Vespa with a roof (unless you like the convertible).

Interested? This summer you can learn about the car and share your enthusiasm for it by attending the "street smart" Road Show. Seriously interested? For $99 you can make a refundable reservation making you among the first to be able to purchase the car next year.

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07.12.2007

Skull cupcake pan

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Unless it's Halloween or your child is obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, please don't whip up a batch of warm skulls the next time you're elected to run the cupcake stand at the school's bake sale.

No, it doesn't matter that the pan costs only $6.95 and can make four 3.5" skulls. The fact of the matter is that you got the pan from a mortuary novelty shop called Pushin Daisies. Yes, that is a clever name for a store, but you're still not bakin' up some skulls for little Julie's birthday party.

Unless they're chocolate. And there's a melted Hershey's Kiss in the middle.

Via Nerd Approved.

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07.12.2007

Pink iPod speaker case for summer

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Take your iPod to the beach this summer is this snappy, water and sand resistant case from iHome. It securely holds your iPod in a lightweight zippered case with the controls conveniently built into the front for easy access.

For such a tiny case it's got surprisingly decent sound, and the pearlized pink is a nice touch. (It also comes in black.)

While there's a head phone option, my daughter and her gaggle of girlfriends always prefer the speakers, and wear the system like a high-fashion handbag. Amazingly, they've pretty much buried it in the sand and splashed it pool side, and it's still works.

At $69.99 iHome has come up with another fun, functional must-have iPod accessory.

More on waterproof speakers:
iFloat waterproof speaker case
Muji waterproof speakers
CES: Atlantic waterproof iPod case

Posted by Evan    Category: accessories | devices | portable media
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07.11.2007

Go back to summer school to learn about art and social change

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The digital arts organization eyebeam.org is running their Summer School 2007 program, and this month they offer their three-part workshop entitled, Artists as Agents of Social Change, which costs $75. Students learn about and experiment with activism and public interventions.

The program kicks off on Saturday July 14th, when you can learn how three different artists, Steve Lambert, Adam Bobbette, and Robert Ransick, combine group action into their artistic practice. Then, over the following week, choose one of three clinics and actually try your hand at creating a project. The clinics have intriguing titles such as "Architectural Interventions in Public Space" and "neuroTransmitter." Finally, the last session meets on Saturday, July 28th, where participants in the program will show their projects and bring them out to the public.

You can find sign up information and get all the details at the eyebeam.org site.

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07.11.2007

Suzanne Vega in Second Life this Friday!

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Yes, I mean that Suzanne Vega, the singer/songwriter who recorded the 80s cross-over hit "Luka." Of course, since that time, she has continued to record and tour. I've been a fan of hers for a long time, and own a couple of her albums. I'm always pleased to find out about her new projects.

As she prepares to release her seventh album, "Beauty & Crime," Vega will be holding a virtual listening party in Second Life on Friday July 13th at 7pm ET, 4pm Second Life time. You'll also be able to hang out and interact with the artist. Interestingly, she did a similar event there way back in August 2006, making her a pioneer musician in SL.

Due to bandwidth issues, this event is invite only, and you can RSVP at Cruxy.com.

For the rest of us in real life, the album goes on sale on July 17th, and she will be touring the US and Europe through the summer. Also, a live stream of the event will be hosted at Cruxy after it is over.

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07.11.2007

Suck on this: Sigmund Freud's head

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Apparently, all that extra brain activity going on inside Sigmund Freud's skull did more than just generate psychoanalytic theory; it gave his entire head (facial hair included) a delicious watermelon flavor. Why, what did you expect? Banana?

See . . . er, taste . . . for yourself by sucking on a 2.25-inch Sigmund Freud Head Pop. Oral fixation indeed!

$27.95 for a box of 24.

Via Nerd Approved.

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