If you're serious about your guitar practice, you'll try to find a way to always travel with your beloved instrument and an amp. Back when I used to be a dedicated musician, I bought myself one of those miniature amps that would work with batteries and to which I could attach my headphones and not bother anyone else with my endless noodling.
VOX has just come out with a new line of portable headphones amps that can’t possibly get any smaller in size. The tiny amps come in three models based on different sound styles. For £ 35, you’ll be able to rock out on the VOX AC30, on the “classic Rock” (sound based on Marshall) or on the “Metal” (sound based on a Mesa Boogie) version. All amps run on 2xAAA batteries.
Via Music Thing.
I am addicted to caffine. There, I said it. So, it's only natural that I love this babydoll t-shirt from ThinkGeek which proudly bears the caffeine molecule. Fellow addicts will recognize it and bond with you, you'll start a club...take over the world...ok, maybe that was one too many diet cokes.
The caffeine molecule t-shirt printed in lime green on a navy shirt sells for 6 cafe latttes (or $17.99) at ThinkGeek and Amazon. Amazon also carries the generic caffeine t-shirt (i.e., the non-babydoll style), in short and long-sleeve versions.
Blasphemous combination of fashion and religious tradition aside, this High Heel Menorah will certainly make that old dreidel seem a bit drab during Hanukkah this year.
Made of metal and colorfully painted enamel, the menorah measures 16" x 2" and is available now for $40.
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I nearly fell off my chair when I stumbled upon Scottevest (SeV), a company that specializes in "gear management clothing." One traditional must-have fall fashion item for men and women is the "hoodie."
If you sport SeV's "Ultimate Hoodie" here's how you'll roll: with black comfortable, lightweight micro fleece that's thick enough to keep the chill out, but thin enough to allow for gear control through the fabric, 11 thoughtfully designed exterior and interior pockets--some with magnetic closures, special earbud loops, an integrated Weight Management System™ to help you keep heavy loads balanced and comfortable, a built-in extendible keychain, secret pocket, 2-way front zipper, and a patented Personal Area Network (PAN) that provides the ultimate integrated wire management solution for all your gear goodness.
If you're looking for a kitchen timer that has both elegance and great utility, don’t let the Eva Solo kitchen timer pass you by. Just stick the timer on to any steel surface (it has a magnetic side covered by rubber that prevents your kitchen surfaces from getting scratched), set the lovely silver colored steel dial and let the clock do the talking, er, ticking. My (solo) grouse with the Eva Solo is that it seems a bit overpriced at $38.
Available from Amazon.
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Oh . . . this is just a great find! A current fashion throwback to the past -- these three bags all feature removable retro-records, in 9 color combinations, and each has slightly different original options:
45RPM Handbag has one hand-selected 45 on each side of the bag, you get to choose the vinyl color for the sides, there are clear tub handles with yellow rope, and silver rivets fastening up the sides 8" wide x 8" high (12 w/ handles) x 4.5" deep.
The Trukette features a removable 7" record sewn into a window on the flap and is handmade in colors of your choice of high-quality waterproof vinyl with an adjustable heavy-duty seatbelt webbing strap and silver velvet lined flap that closes with two snaps.
Large Record Bag sports two random records on each side, you choose your colors, 13" wide x 13" high x 6" deep, 11" between top of 24" handles and top of bag.
Definitely a gift not to be skipped! Learn more at Queen Bee Creations.
My biggest fear when flying is loosing my luggage. The idea of reaching my vacation spot with nothing to wear or getting back home without my holiday purchases is – while admittedly superficial - very troubling to me. For this reason I am very careful to always attach a tag with the destination address on all of my luggage (as if that would prevent them from getting lost, right?).
While some of my suitcases have built-in travel tags, most of the time I have to remember to ask for one and fill it in at the check-in counter. Though, I find it much more practical to perform my irrational ritual and be able to fill in the tags beforehand at home. I really like these re-usable travel tags from Samsonite. You can write your address on any piece of paper, roll it and insert it in the cylinder shaped tag, which you can easily attach to (and later detach from) any bag you desire to travel with.
Samosonite travel tags come in four different colors: green; blue; pink and orange and are available at Amazon for $6.00.
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One rule I have is that simple-is-best when it comes to great gear design. I detest music docking stations made of plastic that attempts to look sleek, futuristic, and uber high-tech. Usually, they turn out to be cheap and flimsy, crack under pressure, and smack of poor quality. A nice, affordable, non-plastic alternative for music docking is the newly released Vers handcrafted wood sound system for iPods and iPhones.
Each unit looks retro chic and is made from hand-crafted cherry veneer (no two are alike). There are 8 iPod adapters and a universal MP3 dock, 14 function remote control with 25' range, and full-range speakers that keep your music sounding crisp. Vers is compact, weighing 6lbs, and with dimensions:11.5" W x 5.6" H x 5.6" L.
Vers is kind of like a Feng shui solution for your gazillion tunes.
Price: about $179, and on sale beginning October 7, 2007 at Target and other retailers.
More information can be found at Versaudio.com.
The next time you see a kid slathering mustard and ketchup all over his face at a burger joint, you can continue eating your lunch undisturbed, nodding knowingly as the rest of the patrons look on in horror.
While the others shake their heads and whisper about questionable parenting, you'll sip your diet soda while remembering the Bath Burger Gift Pack ($10 AU). That cute burger sponge. The strawberry shower gel, mango body lotion, and lemon body scrub disguised as ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. Your inner voice told you to resist, warned you of the potential public humiliation that awaited you inside the paper burger box.
Now you know why.
Via Nerd Approved.
We were tipped off by Pacific Design that they're throwing a 99 cent sale on selected iPod cases to make room for the new cases coming in. While it's usually not our policy to advertise sales, with a deal this good we couldn't resist.
Even the stylish nano cover we just reviewed is on sale. Remember, it comes in various combinations, black/silver and pink/white, black/red, green/white, blue/aqua, and grey/orange. The case fits all iPod nanos and is optimized for second generation 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models.
My personal fave is the Day Tripper which fits both your nano and your cell phone and is, yes, 99 cents.
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