July 26, 2006
FOUND: Artifact from the future — by Laura Moorhead
[above, the final page of the superb new (August) issue of Wired magazine]
POM POM Dimmers — Soft and fuzzy light switches
If logic's becoming fuzzy then it only right and proper that your light switches should get with the program.
From the website:
- POM POM Dimmers
IFM's patent pending electronic textile POM POM magically senses your touch.
Gently touch the soft, fuzzy POM POM to dim and adjust the light levels in any room.
Our POM POM is made with our own proprietary electronic textiles.
All you feel is the soft fuzzy textile, no hidden buttons or switches.
IFM's POM POM is antimicrobial and stain-resistant.
I immediately liked these when they were introduced last year but they weren't for sale to mere mortals back then.
Now they are.
The four pictured above are from the new WAVE collection; below, the PLAIN wave — my fave.
In Green, Blue, Orange, Pink or Plain.
100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English
See them here.
How about 150 more?
[via Doug Klipper's Unofficial Addendum Stuff]
TRX Bodyweight Fitness System — 'Born in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams'
He happened on it during his visit earlier this month to the annual conference of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, where, he wrote, "I found mostly old-fangled equipment dressed up to look fresh."
- Here's his take on the TRX system:
Perhaps my favorite, due to its simplicity and relative affordability ($120), was a set of adjustable nylon straps -- designed to be attached to almost anything sturdy (tree, door, ceiling joist, NSCA master trainer, etc.) -- that allow people to do more than 250 exercises using only the straps and their own body weight. The system weighs less than two pounds and packs down to the size of a sneaker. The trick will be finding that sturdy anchor (www.fitnessanywhere.com).
Looking at all the pictures and videos on the website, it suddenly dawned on me: the TRX folks have simply tricked out the nifty Doorknob Exerciser (below)
I featured back in February.
More power — and speed, quickness, agility and huge piles of cash — to them, especially since the fancypants TRX iteration costs $119.95, a significant bump from the nicely-priced (7.99) Doorknob Exerciser.
Neanderthal Surrogate Application Form
The Neanderthal Surrogate Project is now accepting applications from women of childbearing age who wish to become surrogate mothers for Neanderthal children.
[via xensen and rightreading.com]
No need to put
"from the desk of..." —
they'll know whom it's from.
By Schleeh Design.
[via Brian Nelson]
Eat This Book
Rachel Donadio's entertaining July 9 New York Times Book Review essay entitled "Saving the Planet, One Book at a Time," addressed the publishing industry's approach to the Green Press Initiative, a nonprofit organization focused on greener books.
- Here are the final three sentences of her piece:
For their next book, which will further elaborate their ideas on green design and reusable materials, McDonough said he and Braungart are experimenting with "a surprising new material," also synthetic, as well as inks safe for use with food. He declined to be more specific. Time will tell whether McDonough and Braungart will make eco-skeptics eat their words.
Make mine "extra-spicy."
Just last week the first stealth kitchen utensil appeared here.
Now there are twice as many.
From the website:
- My Favorite Spatula™
The perfect size for brownies and bars, this hardworking spatula is sure to be your favorite!
Thin, lightweight and flexible, its long handle and beveled edge make it easy to slip beneath bars for quick, easy serving.
In heat-resistant, scratchproof nylon.
11-1/4"L x 1-7/8"W.
Your lemon squares will never see you coming.