This looks like something we might see in a movie about futuristic space travel (like the film Sunshine), but is actually a real present-day subterranean farm underneath a bank building in Tokyo. The project, with the cool sci-fi sounding name "Pasona O2," covers an area of 1,000 square meters (about 10,764 square feet). Created as a facility for teaching urban kids about agriculture, the farm grows rice as well as tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables. If I worked above ground in that building, I'd be tempted to take my lunch breaks below ground - to get fresh air.
If the concept design for the paper weighing scale designed by Duck Image Studio sees the light of day, then I will no longer have to worry if someone else is looking down at the embarassingly high figures on my scale while I am standing on it.
Ask how? Because the paper weighing scale is different from other weighing scales – it is inconspicuous, almost like paper, and can be placed anywhere in the house as it is ultra-thin and flexible. The figures are depicted via large numerals flashed on an e-paper display – easy enough to let you steal a sly glance as you are walking down the hallway, for example. And you can leave the paper scale out on the floor through the day since it is waterproof and easy to clean. The flexibility aspect ensures that you can even roll it away for storage if you are not comfortable being reminded of your weight so many times in a day. Methinks this is a great design for something as simple as a scale.
Via Yanko Design.
Why should your iPod have all the cool cases? Griffin has now released two of their most popular cases for the iPhone. For the rugged individual, there's the multi-purpose Courier which is made of compression-molded EVA outer jacket for abrasion-resistant durability and can either wrap around the strap of your backpack or bag (up to 4 inches wide), or be secured by a industrial-strength hook & loop closure (see photo above). The detachable case fits iPod classic/iPod with video and iPod touch, and your precious iPhone. With a hidden zipper pocket for key, money, ID, and a second flapped pocket for sync cable, earphones, or whatever you need, this utiilty case is all you need to carry. 34.99 at Griffin.; now $24.01 at Amazon.
My iPhone had been envious of my iPod's stylish Reflect case, but is now sporting its own. Made of a durable polycarbonate shell that surrounds the face of your iPhone with seamless, chrome-like protection, and a rubberized matte black back, it protects while still giving you access to all the controls of your iPhone. At $24.99 it's a great way to dress up your iPhone.
Sony Vaio laptops are always lust-worthy, with the exception of the wretched hard-to-use Vaio keyboards. Still, geeks will undoubtedly sneer at the girly new 15.4 in. Graphic Splash Expressions Collection Sony has just released.
One of this line’s most noteworthy features will also strike tekkies as embarrassingly girly: for an extra $25.50, your choice of custom fonts for the keyboard, including one script. (That one must be popular because it’s backordered.)
Shown, the Flora pattern; you can also select Leaf, appropriately very Japanese, and Victorian Lace, a stylized floral that looks a bit Japanese too. All patterns come in blue, pink, and basic black.
The entry-level configuration (Intel Core 2 Duo [2.1GHz], 2 GB memory, 120 GB hard drive, wireless and Bluetooth, plus Vista, Works, Quickbooks) is a pretty reasonable $1279. But you can go up and up to faster processors, 4 GB of memory, a 300 GB hard drive, Blu-ray, and so forth and so on. 2 lines of engraving, however, are free.
I love kitchen tools . . . just for decoration, since I, sadly, do not know how to cook. But I do love to crush things, don't ask me why. Give me some nutmeg or vanilla beans or mustard seeds, and I'll turn them into a fine dust with my mortar and pestle (even if a fine dust isn't what you asked for).
If I had this Viking Mortar and Pestle from Drinkstuff.com, it could get ridiculous. I find the shape of the pestle kind of beautiful, but it actually has an ergonomic purpose - it fits more naturally in your hand. The mortar is made of beechwood, which contrasts nicely with the silvery pestle.
Priced at $65 Euroes (about $100).
Via Kitchen Contraptions.
How do you get away from it all without 1) time or money to take you far, far away, 2) a Holodeck, or 3) psychadelic drugs? Maybe by surrounding yourself with mood lighting created with this Room Palette Skyrium from Banpresto RelaxStyle line of products. Nine different LED color lights move through a diffuser to project different lighting themes onto walls and ceilings - like "Aurora" and "Resort Ocean."
Scheduled for release in April - no information on pricing yet, but the original Room Palette sells for $69 at Japan Trend Shop.
Via Trends in Japan.
It was a sad childhood moment for me when Mom figured out that the reason I got carsick on trips was that I passed those long hours in the back seat with my nose in a book. She loved books, but she was also fed up with cleaning vomit off the seat, the carpet--and me. So the rule when the car was moving: no reading. I played the license-plate game for endless boring hours and tried not to spend precious gas-station moments in the bathroom instead of with a book.
It wasn’t until decades later, after some serious barfing in a glass-bottomed boat, that I learned the secret cure for motion sickness from a tour guide. It’s simple and completely free. Lift your eyes to the horizon. Focusing on something close can bring on motion sickness. Stare into the distance and it usually disappears.
The makers of the ReliefBand say their wristwatch-like device helps with motion sickness (and also morning sickness if you can’t tough it out until week 12). But the main target is chronic severe nausea like nausea from chemo. It’s nerves in your wrist, they say, that are responsible for throwing up.
This week, Verizon is giving away one of these gorgeous pink BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphones to one of our email subscribers. If you're not subscribed, sign up here.
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With all the dire reports about identity theft, it seems like pure idiocy not to have a paper shredder (I'd put mine right by my mailbox and ask the mailman to feed all the junk mail from credit companies directly into it). But, seriously, how do you manage the flow? There's just so much, every single day. It never lets up. How many hours per month would you have to spend shredding mail if you really heeded all the advice about protecting your personal information when it seems to be free-floating everywhere?
The hand-held paper shredder by Ziszor may not be big or fast enough to handle the mountain of mail with sensitive information that we pile up every month, but I have to say, it would give me some satisfaction to feed the more outrageous mail I get through this little device. The Ziszor, which operates on 4 AA batteries, has 28 blades within, and can hanle 5 layers of paper at one time. Now priced at $39.95 (down from the regular price of $49.95).