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08.20.2007

Crimson and Black DS Lite

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If you've been wanting a DS Lite, but haven't yet taken the plunge, then you're in luck. Starting tomorrow, Nintendo is selling a special package deal, with a beautiful crimson on top, black on the bottom DS Lite, with a matching color-schemed case, and a brand-new game, Brain Age 2, for just $150, which is about $10 more than the DS Lite alone. Brain Age 2 is the sequel to the top-selling "memory trainer" and contains more puzzles and concentration games to engage your pre-frontal cortex. I don't know what that means, of course, but I can play those brain games for hours and I feel like it improves my word recall ability and visual memory.

I got a look at the hardware at GameStop the other day, and it's beautiful- gorgeous, deep red with black accents. And no guy would be embarrassed to carry this- much much nicer than the cloyingly candy-pink version that came out a while back.

Available in stores like Game Stop, starting tomorrow for $150. Also available at Amazon.

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08.20.2007

USB typing light

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I heart Typer Shark, so I really like the idea of having this USB lamp glowing more and more brightly the faster I type. Yes, that’s all there is to it: the lamp simply turns a richer blue as the keyboard is pounded more furiously; otherwise it just sits there with its sullen cream colour.

The light uses LED bulbs so it shouldn’t suck up too much power from your computer. There are five levels of typing mastery/brightness that you can shoot for. If nothing else, the light should reassure you on those late, late nights that, er, all your keyboard-pounding is good for something? Though it’s only compatible with Windows XP or 2000, so those of us on other OSes will have to find another way to find meaning in our typing.

Available for ¥1,980 at Solid Alliance Store (page in Japanese only). Via The Raw Feed.

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08.20.2007

Hello Kitty personal massager

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Whether the term "personal massager" is a euphemism for something a little less G-rated is a rather sad debate for sweet and innocent Hello Kitty to be embroiled in, wouldn't you say? That's why I think it's best for everyone to view this colorful set of palm-sized vibrating devices as a cute way to relieve workday stress. Got a knot in your shoulder? Work it out with one of these. Ms. Kitty is dressed in a full horse costume and comes with some sort of keychain attachment, so she's obviously designed for use in public places (not the private confines of a bedroom, you see).

Also available separately for $22 each, the Hello Kitty massagers in this special package come in six bright colors and can be yours for $98.

Via Gearlog.

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08.19.2007

Anthony Bourdain...Blogging!

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It is extremely difficult for me to not be cynical, or quite possibly just incredibly jealous about the instant success of celebrity blogs. I completely understand how blogging makes the very famous somehow more accessible, almost like another Facebook buddy, while providing insight into the minds and talents that made them famous in the first place. But almost always, author or celebrity blogs seem to be written by hired PR help, and is just a whole lot of marketing nonsense with Amazon links to their new books. Of course, you get the refreshingly insane rantings of a Roseanne Barr or Courtney Love once in a while, but that's more of a trainwreck appeal.

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08.18.2007

LivingColors bright light

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Are you the creative kid in your office? You know, the one with the office (umm cubicle) that people actually like visiting for meetings? If so, you'll probably be among the first to order the LivingColors lamp.

Available this September, LivingColors by Philips is a beautiful lighting solution for your office, bedroom, or living room. It's transparent bowl-like shape holds 4 LEDs, two red, one blue, and one green. You can increase, reduce, brighten, or dim each LED, producing over 16 million different colors!

Mood-changing and seduction-ready (for the hopeful and strategic romantics), the lamp is controlled by radio-frequency remote, meaning you can change settings from anywhere in the room without hassle or perfect aim. And, just in case you forget frequently, the remote itself can 'remember' the last setting that you used.

Smart light. Right?

Price: about $150 at red5.co.uk

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08.18.2007

Tone Port - For Your Next Hit Song

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As I am not a guitarist, I gave the new Line 6 - a company well-known by professional producers, engineers, and musicians - Toneport GX guitar gizmo to a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless except to say his nickname is "Doctor" (and not because he has a medical degree). We've all settled down a lot since those days.

He says he uses the line 6 toneworks "constantly," by connecting his guitar to the toneworks and then through his laptop which he hooked up to studio monitors. The sounds he can get are "amazing" and he reports from guitar central that "the software is simple enough for even an adult to understand." It took him 10 minutes to set it up.

The Doctor has the unit synced up with "cakewalk" software (digital recording & mixing platform) to do multi-track recording.

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08.18.2007

Rock Lighter

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While at a concert a couple of weeks ago where the performer actually encouraged the audience to take out their lighters and sway them along to a slow tune, it occurred to me that everyone was holding up their cell phones. I don't think there was a single Bic, Zippo, Colibri, or even Dunhill in sight.

Using cell phones is certainly not a new trend, but it seems like there's been a slow migration from lighters and it appears the evil plot has at last come to full fruition. I was left quite saddened that the end of an era seemed to have come. However, being a technophile (and a non-smoker), I decided I must support the transition.

Thanks to a Boston-based company called Prod, all is not lost and I can have it both ways. All I have to do is open the browser on my iPhone and surf to the Rock Lighter page. It features a simple, yet ingenious, close-up of a lighter flame in action. A perfect blend of tradition and technology.

Too bad it won't work to get the charcoal grill lit.

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08.17.2007

DaysAgo digital day counter is brilliant!

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As much as I look forward to things (number of days until Friday), I'm realizing that I spend quite a bit of time looking backwards (number of days since I cooked that delightful casserole, #of days since I watered the plants, #of days left before my vacation, number of days since I first opened that jar of salsa . . .hummmmm). Enter my new best friend, the DaysAgo counter.

DaysAgo counter can be used to track time elapsed for up to 99 days. Battery operated and available with suction for sticking to smooth plastic or glass surfaces or magnetic for snapping to metal surfaces, DaysAgo is cheap, fast, and helps me keep track of my comings and goings.

If nothing else, the modest investment will keep me from wondering if that salsa is supposed to be tangy or if it's already Salmonella-ridden.

Price: $10 for 2-pack at Howmanydaysago.com
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08.17.2007

Plush hedgehog CD case

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Aww, now isn't this cute (and random)? A soft hedgehog plush named Sonic Spike that can store CDs, DVDs, Nintendo Wii games, and anything else that fits into a jewel case.

Available in two color combinations (black/grey and cream/brown) and on sale now for an oddly specific $14.36.

Via Nerd Approved.

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08.16.2007

Vespa - high-tech transport

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When I was in High School, I had a little pink Vespa. If you really pushed, it could go 30 MPH so highways were out, but I was happy just to tool along on surface streets. Since then, I've had an affection for everything Vespa.

Imagine how much I want this baby -- a tricked out Vespa featuring an LCD touchscreen, WiFi internet, and Windows XP PC. No word on when --or if -- the GTS250 Vespa will be available stateside, but for more Vespa chat, check out Modern Vespa.

(We're not even going to get into the debate about checking out sites while driving in WiFi areas, but just admire the machinery.)

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