November 28, 2012
From the website:
The silicone Tea Egg tea infuser is a beautiful and practical alternative to a tea bag or traditional strainer.
Details and Features:
• Very easy to clean; dishwasher-safe
• Made from two pieces of silicone
• 7.75" x 1.75"
Experts' Expert: Madame Fromage's Top 5 U.S. Online Cheesemongers
A boj World Exclusive®™© in response to a tweet to her asking for recommendations.
Madame Fromage is her blog.
Her book — "Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings," will be published in May of next year.
iDuck Chromatherapy Wireless Speaker
From the website:
Now you can listen to music from your iPod or MP3 player in the bath with this clever iDuck Floating Speaker.
You'll never need to worry about getting your expensive music gadget wet, as the iDuck is completely wireless so your music device will in no way be near the bubbles.
The iDuck Speaker also features a color-changing light effect, giving you the perfect ambience whilst having a relaxing time in the tub.
The iDuck Wireless Speaker can be connected up by plugging the cable from the egg-shaped transmitter into a device with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Once hooked up, you can leave the transmitter in a separate room while you and the iDuck take a dive.
The iDuck Wireless Speaker can be connected to any device that has a headphone socket and can be used anywhere, not just in the bath.
Features and Details:
• A wireless speaker in the form of a quacker
• iDuck requires 4 AAA batteries (not included)
• Transmitter requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)
• Color-changing feature gives a chilled-out atmosphere
• Useful amongst the bubbles or as a loud speaker anywhere
• Works with any music device with a 3.5mm headphone jack
• Simply connect the egg transmitter to your music device and the iDuck will sing away
Encrypted fabric to thwart fashion fakes
From the November 11, 2012 New Scientist:
Your clothes may soon carry a helpful secret. A new type of thread woven into patterns invisible to the naked eye could put an end to fake designer clothes.
Concealed patterns visible only under polarized light are used in some nations' bank notes to deter counterfeiting. To extend the method to other valuables, Christian Müller at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, made a semi-transparent thread from polyethylene and a polymer used in clothes dye. This thread has unique optical properties that allow only certain polarizations to pass through.
Weaving the threads together makes a fabric that looks solid purple to the eye but reveals pink and purple patterns when lit with polarized light (Applied Physics Letters, doi.org/jn6).
Müller says the thread may be used to create unobtrusive logos on designer clothes to thwart knock-offs. He's also looking to make similar threads for use in electronically enhanced textiles that change colorr with electric voltage, so you could alter your fashion with the flick of a switch.
Below, the abstract of Müller's original Applied Physics Letters publication.
Weaving of highly oriented conjugated polymer/polyethylene tapes is demonstrated to permit the generation of concealed patterns that can be detected under appropriate polarized light illumination. This is achieved by exploiting the fact that the amount of transmitted light varies with the superposition sequence of semi-transparent objects that feature a high degree of linear birefringence as well as linear dichroism. An analysis based on Müller calculus provides a theoretical description of the observed optical behavior.
Pac-Man Active Mug
"Full-color image of Pac-Man in mid-game slowly appears when mug is filled with a hot liquid."
What's not to like?
Robert Sapolsky on the biology of depression — Compelling
The best presentation I've ever seen.
Not even close.
Of interest to me — and no surprise — is that a majority in his audience are women.
Men do not do well when it comes to confronting their vulnerability.
Instant Hair: Inflatable Toupée
Heh, I was just thinking about what you might say if you wanted someone to inflate it for you.
Prolly better to just move along now....
From the website:
Instant hair when YOU need it
Just when we think we've lost it, we figure out how to top ourselves.
This inflatable toupée is held in place with elastic loops that go around your chin.
It's the perfect present for someone who thinks his toupée is invisible — you'll blow his cover!
Details and Features
• Elastic loops go around your chin
• Won't blow your cover
• Inflates in one breath
• 9.5" x 5.5"
At $4, cheap at twice the price.