If you're back-to-school or simply in the mood to make some new purchases you'll enjoy this J.Crew leather laptop bag. With plenty of pockets to spare (3 interior snap pockets and back wall pocket), the bag features a removable leather strap with lobster closures, leather handle, antiqued brass-finish hardware, detachable exterior ID tag, and lovely printed cotton quilted lining. Your laptop will fit snugly inside, secured by interior elastic bands.
At $295, this bag is definitely an investment, but as you carry it down the path to work or to your classes, your inner professor will be sensed by the people passing by. By the way, when exactly are your office hours?
Price: $295 at JCrew.com.
Do you ever stain your dark clothes with deodorant as you're getting dressed, and then have to change because that stain just doesn't want to come off? My favorite online personal shopper, SheFinds, offers this quick solution for deodorant stains: Gal Pal Garment Deodorant Remover. You simply wipe the stain gently with the pink sponge, which is reusable.
Buy a package of two for $10 at Amazon.
The iStraw is a lightweight polycarbonate straw fitted with a special membrane, which uses micro-filtration technology to clean your water. If you've tried chlorine tablets, you know how icky the taste can be, and with the iStraw there's no aftertaste. The company sent one for me to try out so I can attest that the water tastes great (well, as well as tap water can.)
iStraw is handy for personal use to help protect you from waterborne bacteria and protozoa that may be present in drinking water -- whether you're backpacking, camping, sightseeing,or just sipping cocktails in a foreign country. By filtering up to 500 litres of water, it will be some time before you have to change the cartridge.
£19.99 at iStraw and yes, they accept PayPal.
Don't leave home without it.
Don't judge by appearance alone, this little gadget features a 350K pixel CMOS sensor (VGA), 360 degree rotation (able to rest at any angle), adjustable lens for picture focusing, built-in microphone, 4 white LEDs for light/mood-setting, a Snap Shot trigger button, LED brightness button, Video Conferencing capability (working on MSN, Skype, ICQ etc.)
Nowhere in any of these features can I possibly explain the reason for the Big Foot design. But, it's fun, chatter-inducing for your coworkers, and well, it might be a great way to make a personal statement.
Price: $22 at Funusb.com
Please excuse me while I double-check the locks on my door. Because if I turn around and see one of these terrifying plush toy heads that have real binoculars for eyes staring back at me, I will let out a blood-curdling scream. I kid you not. I am freaked out by these things.
It's just wrong and sick on so many levels, kind of like those horror movies that feature Santa Claus and porcelain dollies as axe murderers. Way to turn pleasant childhood memories into nightmares, Hollywood. Thanks.
Pricing for these novelty binoculars is available only through suppliers (and I'm not crazy enough to give the demonic stuffed animals my address!).
Via Nerd Approved.
Bird feeding fish, via Spluch.
Aeolian Ride, from we-make-money-not-art.
This isn't just a gratuituous cute photo of an otter; we do have an excuse -- OtterBox, which makes the indestructible cases for your electronics -- is donating some of their sales proceeds throughout the year to saving the endangered species, which is all the more reason to buy one of their cases. (Click on the Monterey Acquarium logo at the bottom of their page to donate or read the press release here.)
They just announced a fully-interactive case for the BlackBerry 8800 which, like almost all of their models, is a moisture, dust, drops and crush-proof case.
I'm excited about the new iPhone case which will retail for $49.99 and go on sale next month. I'll be testing it for Popgadget readers, but I don't think I can manage to drop my iPhone - that is, on purpose. I'll take their word for it. (Drop and Shock: MIL-STD 810F, 36” to plywood on concrete.)
OtterBox cases are available at Amazon.
Glass bottom boat? Pish posh. There’s something better than just a clear bottom... how about an entire boat that’s see-thru?
While not big enough to accommodate Kathie Lee Gifford flitting about in and around the swarms of shuffleboard players, the transparent canoe available from Hammacher Schlemmer lets you enjoy all that the underwater world has to see. Enjoy the beauty of the submerged landscapes formed by exotic plants, rocks and corals. Or, watch the fascinating rituals of fish and other aquatic life without ever leaving your boat. Also aids in keeping watch for sharks, piranhas, electric eels, and such.
Its aluminum frame makes it very light and very transportable and its wide construction makes it more stable and better balanced.
If you balk at the $1,600 price tag, you can opt for the cheaper Inflatable & Clear Bottom 2-Person Kayak for $499 from Amazon.
I like the waxy smell of a freshly opened box of crayons just as much as the next person, but you have to really love it to buy a one-ounce bottle of crayon cologne. Yes, cologne. That smells like crayons.
If the idea of being associated with burnt sienna and brick red isn't exactly what you were going for when you walked out of that business meeting, you can always douse yourself in the intoxicating scent of glue, spritz on some fresh dirt, or pack on the Play-Doh.
I mean, for just $18.99 each, why not?
Via Coolest Gadgets.