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10.31.2008

Cooler Light - Simple Invention

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10.30.2008

Update : Vivienne Tam HP Digital Clutch

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Remember when we told you about Vivienne Tam’s fabulous HP Digital Clutch which she previewed at Fall 2008 fashion show in Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week? With everyone clamoring to get it for the holidays, HP moved up the production and you can get yours now by calling 1-800-230-5752 or online at HP MiniVT. By making a reservation now, you are guaranteed one in early December. ($699.99 with the colorful,protective Vivienne Tam silk sleeve.)

At only 2.25 lbs and a mere 1" thin, it's the perfect accessory.

Product Specs:

10.2" High Definition display

Under 1-inch thick

Built-in HP Mini Webcam

Windows XP Home with SP3

Intel Atom Processor

Put it on your Christmas list today or do what I did and enter the contest.

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10.30.2008

Eenamaria - Chelsea Boi Collection

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Not for you the mundane, boring baby bag. You prize the Mondrian-inspired Chelsea Boi collection, named after the artsy NY area and the 60s Page Boy haircuts (think Twiggy.)

Made from patent vinyl, the bags range from clutch-stylish to weekender bags, and this stylish baby bag. Bright and cheerful, it boasts 2 exterior zipper pockets, 2 exterior end pockets and a detachable shoulder strap .

It won't replace your diaper bag though - it doesn't have a changing pad built in and the outside pockets won't fit a bottle. But, as it's completely waterproof, it makes a great second bag. Afterall, as we all know, we usually travel with a U-Haul full of stuff for baby.
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$70 at Career Bags, one of our favorite places to buy the latest style bags.

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10.29.2008

futureU - SAT video game

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Play your way to the SATs with futureU, a SAT prep video game which is available now for PC and Mac and in November will be a Nintendo DS title as well.

The first partnership for gaming company Aspyr (known in our house for the Sims) and Kaplan, the established test prep expert, is really a no-brainer - adapting test preparation material into a collection of fun interactive games.

futureU consists of six distinctive mini-games, divided into three main categories: math, reading and writing. Designed as a complement to traditional SAT study methods from the Kaplan curriculum, it also includes a section called "Test Skills" that teaches the vital test-taking and time management skills necessary for taking the big exam. Some kids just don't test well, which is where the SATs fall apart in my opinion.

Continue reading "futureU - SAT video game"

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10.29.2008

My Old Wallet - Recyclable, slim wallet looks vintage

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The My Old Wallet screams out "stocking stuffer" to me because of its stocking stuffer price of $15. It's the newest of 11 different recyclable "Mighty Wallets" sold by Dynomighty.com, which also sells magnetic jewelry and accessories, including the popular Desk DOTS.

My Old Wallet, like all Mighty Wallets, has two interior pockets for cash, two credit card pockets, and two business card pockets. All Mighty Wallets are made of 25% recycled milk and water containers woven into a lightweight micro fiber material which resists tearing (due to the random interlocking patterns of the plastic fibers).

Give it to the boy who has a fondness for things in his grandpa's attic.

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10.28.2008

DeviDoll - Fashionable online eco-boutique

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[First published in Spire]

For Sindhu Venkatanarayanan, the earth is her catwalk. The passionate and knowledgeable London-based founder of the online boutique DeviDoll has assembled a selection of super-stylish labels that warrants just as much attention from fashion editors as it does from the Sierra Club. In my opinion, there is no better niche Website focused on this growing arena. Everything is exquisitely tailored and made from eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, vintage cashmere, soy, Tencel and bamboo. In addition to cute dresses, blazers, tops, jeans and even bustiers, you'll find sassy hats and bags made of re-appropriated or sustainable fabric. Sindhu's real talent is her ability to hone in on and scoop up emerging talent. In Europe, many of the designers are exclusive to DeviDoll, the only European e-retailer specializing in high-end green fashion. Shipment is available globally, in biodegradable packaging, naturally.

Posted by lydia    Category: design | eco | luxury | shopping | wearables
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10.28.2008

iBrain - New book tells us that texting and web browsing are changing our brains

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We've all heard of seemingly miraculous instances of people losing parts of their brain and functioning normally afterwards because the human brain is a malleable organ. If you want to read about some wild examples of how the brain can alter itself to adjust to circumstances, take a look at the book The Brain That Changes Itself.

So, it's not surprising that our brains, collectively, are changing due to the way we use technology. Those who grew up in an era without web browsing and cell phones are probably much more aware of how our brains are different now. I know, for instance, that I store and access information from my brain differently than I used to 15 years ago.

In his book, iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, UCLA neuroscientist Gary Small explores the evolutionary change we're seeing in the functioning of the human brain as a result of our mastery of technological skills coupled with the different ways we now interact with others. Suggesting that the most successful individuals will be those who are able to strike a balance between tech skills and real life social skills, the overall message of the book is a positive one. One study he points to, for instance, showed that Web-savvy people have double the level of activity in the parts of their brains that control decision-making and complex reasoning as their counterparts who are Web beginners.

Find this book at Amazon.

Via washingtonpost.com, by way of textually.org

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10.28.2008

iTalk recording application for iPhone and iPod touch

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iTalk, you talk, we all talk, but now you can record it all on your iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 2nd generation iPod touch. The new Griffin iTalk app turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a compact recording unit. With the two-part download, users can create high-quality recordings, and then transfer the recordings to a Mac or PC.

Pros: Easy user interface and controls, the ability to pause and resume, simple to drag and drop file transfers wirelessly to your computer. Recordings are saved as high-quality AIFF files, playable in iTunes and most other media players. Cons: None.

Download the free app at iTalkSync. Right now, it only works for Mac OS X 10.4 or later, but Griffin promises a PC version soon.

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10.27.2008

Sylvania Dot-it light bugs

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I have a weird compulsion to buy mini-flashlights- keychain LED lights, key covers, closet stick-on lights, booklights- I just can't help it. It's been an obsession so long that I suspect, that like in a plot line from an M. Night Shyamalan big-budget B-movie, it will prove to be significant when the aliens invade. Those little aliens will seem indestructible until I defeat them with the giant floodlight I create with my millions of tiny LEDs.

Last night I discovered that I can now turn every object I already own into a miniature flashlight. Sylvania has been making Dot-it stick on LED lights for years now, but they're yo-yo sized and meant to be permanently mounted in a single location. Now, though, there's the new Dot-it light bug, a tiny sticker light, which can be placed on all sorts of small portable items like cell phones or mp3 players. They're extremely bright, come in waterproof casing, with an adhesive backing that sticks to anything. So far, I've put Dot-it light bugs on my iPhone, a second cell phone, inside my purse, and on my bedside table.

Dot-it light bugs come in packs of two or five lights (in color combos with white, black, green, blue, and purple) and can be purchased from Sylvania.

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10.27.2008

The New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest takes flight

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Although I love the Wii, Guitar Hero, and the Lego Mindstorm, there is something to be said about the simplicity of play which require the most basic of materials. The Public Art Fund and artist Klara Hobza are hosting, The New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest. The event will be held in the Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science on November 1, 2008 and was inspired by the storied 1967 contest at the same location. Hobza's work deals with communication, performance, and documentation. Based in New York, her work has been shown internationally.

The planes must be made from a sheet of 8.5"x11" or A4 paper or smaller. Categories include: distance flown, duration aloft, beauty, spectacular failure, children (under 13) division, and a "surprise" category. Standout planes will be included in a book created by the artist and the Public Art Fund. Early registration closes on October 28, although you can register at the event.

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