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08.24.2007

Pre-order "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody"

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Apple lovers and haters and fans of Fake Steve Jobs will all want to pre-order Daniel Lyon's upcoming book "Options." The book's munched-up apple core cover leads us to believe that what's inside is nothing short of laugh-inducing.

Scrapping about in search of a publisher for this book is what was partly responsible for leaving the revealing traces that identified Daniel Lyons to the media. According to the New York Times, "'Options' is a well-plotted satire that imagines Apple’s chief executive grappling with his real-life stock option backdating troubles and getting help, and bad advice, from friends like Larry Ellison, Bono and Al Gore."

We predict that this book will be fall's must-read and if you love Apple, hate Apple, love Jobs, hate Jobs, own anything from the once-bitten empire you'll enjoy this immensely.

Price: $15.61 at Amazon.

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08.24.2007

Enjoy your music retro-style

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Yes, I have a thing for the look and feel of cassette tapes. Blame it on the fact that I grew up in the '80s, before the flimsy CD took centerstage, and still fondly remember the mix tapes that used to circulate among friends (though perhaps not so much all the music that was on those tapes).

The USB Mix Tape Drive comes pretty close to replicating the feel of ye olde cassette tape with its size and no-frills design. It's only when it's flipped open that it turns out to be, well, a USB drive (size not advertised). Nevertheless, it's great for giving the gift of a music compilation to friends, ...

... which perhaps they'll then be inspired to play on a cardboard mini-boombox.

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08.24.2007

Lotus flower table lamp

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I officially declare this Lotus Table Lamp as the most beautiful lighting fixture I have ever seen in my life.

My husband and I have a pair of Japanese paper lamps in our living room, which we thought were quite lovely when we bought them last year, and now I can only look at them with complete scorn. I want them to break. I want them to disappear. I want them to be these lotus lamps! (Do you think the "petals" are a nightmare to clean? Say yes and my current lamps will live.)

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08.24.2007

MOTORAZR2: 3 gorgeous new choices

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If an iPhone isn't in your future and you're already a fan of RAZR for it's compact design, you're going to really love the MOTORAZR2. The distinct stainless steel structure is slimmer than the original and the new models make faster connections and feature bigger, more brilliant screens (2'2 with 65k-262k colors ).

The three new models come in three colors with a few major differences

Earbud envy
(you love portable video & audio), The V8 Dark Pearl Gray: 500 Mhz, 262k colors, great battery, multi-image capture, video streaming length 2 hrs, up to 1,000 songs, blogging, full HTML browser: Opera 8.5 upload & download service for images & video, and messaging and synchronization.

Zen mastered (you're unencumbered), The V9M Espresso: 225 Mhz, 65k colors, good battery, 2.0 MP fixed focus image capture, limited memory for video length, and no blogging.

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08.23.2007

Back-to-School Gadgets

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When I was a child -- admittedly that was a long time ago -- back to school supplies meant new pencils and maybe a new binder. Now, there are so many useful and cool gadgets that it almost makes me wish I were in college again.

No longer a luxury, most gadgets make school easier and help your student make the grade(s).
In fact, according to a January 2002 survey conducted by Ipsos-NPD Canada, 9 out of 10 parents believe that having a computer with Internet access had a positive impact on their child's learning ability. Moreover, 78 per cent believed this technology improved the quality of their child's homework.

In a study by Best Buy of the items incoming college freshmen considered essential, students ranked cell phones (83 percent) and laptop computers (66 percent) as nearly as crucial as traditional school supplies like notepads, calculators and pencils (88 percent).

From iPod-wired Jansport backpacks, to the FLY Fusion pentop computer, which digitizes your homework, to compact translators for Spanish class, not to mention all the new smart phones, PDAs, laptops, software, and MP3 players, it's a surprise that as parents we're not broke and children aren't emailing their assignments and attending classes via webcams.

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08.23.2007

LiteRide anywhere in the city

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We've featured a couple of folding bikes in the past, but this one is my new favorite. I'm a fan of the folding bike in concept, because it makes commuting to work or (for those of us still getting in shape) commuting halfway to work more possible. Folding bikes often sacrifice comfort and style for compact-design (e.g. Mobikey or A-Bike). On these funky wheels, you find yourself pedaling awkwardly, because the bikes themselves just don't "feel right."

The Lite Ride bike is a 20" wheeled aluminum alloy framed folding bike. It features a six speed Shimano indexed gear system, Prowheel crank and fabulous folding pedals. The bike can be adjusted to accomodate riders between 4' 9" tall to 6' 6" tall and up to 245 lbs. Weighing in at 24.6 lbs, Lite Bike is heavier than the 12lb A-bike, but the tradeoff for the smooth and familiar ride is well worth the extra pounds.

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08.23.2007

Lego ice cube tray

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I am completely inept at building anything but a long stick . . . I mean, skyscraper . . . with Lego.

That's why I really like this official Lego Ice Brick Tray. Assuming that the ten "bricks" that each silicone tray makes can't be snapped together and all anyone can do is to throw them into a glass, the dishwasher-safe tray completely levels the playing field. For just $7.99, the Lego Challenged and the Lego Elite can become equals.

Unless someone gets fancy and freezes apple juice or soda, that is.

Via geeksugar. Also available at Amazon.

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08.23.2007

Fresh juice with Tropics

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It looks like a melon-esque teapot, but acts like a juicer. Designed by Cuban Luis Ramirez, the Tropics ceramics set consists of a pitcher with a lid that can be flipped over to double up as a squeezer.

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The squeezer is the perfect size for squeezing oranges, lemons or grapefruits, and designed so that the juice trickles neatly down into the pitcher. No mess, no fuss --- even the fruit bits remaining on the squeezer can be quickly hidden by flipping it over to become the pitcher lid.

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08.22.2007

Robot recognizes you as a repeat customer

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I don't know how I feel about robots that can recognize me and know my shopping habits. Maybe the fact that I bought twelve pairs of jeans in the last six months is a private matter.

According to a Nikkei Weekly story, these information robots are being tested by Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International at Aeon Takanohara Shopping Center in Kizugawa, Kyoto Prefecture. The robots recognize repeat customers and provide shopping guidance based on information contained in an electronic tag attached to the shopper's cell phone. The robots communicate in 1,000 different ways through voice and gesture.

I hope they're programmed to understand me when I yell, "Don't spray me with that perfume, I'm allergic!"

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08.22.2007

Corndog air freshener covers up that new car smell

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Okay, show of hands: who else ate corndogs for dinner last night?

I can't be the only one whose husband was in charge of dinner. Even though I'm not capable of much else either, I still had to laugh when he presented me with a plateful of microwaved appetizers from the freezer: mini corndogs, pizza rolls, and these rather lovely baby breakfast sausages wrapped in maple-infused pancakes. A far cry from a healthy, balanced meal, sure, but without it, I would've completely overlooked this 99-cent Corndog car air freshener from The Restless Mouse Company.

And then how else would you fill your entire car with that "delightfully tangy scent of mustard"?

Via Nerd Approved.

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