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July 21, 2008

Free solar-powered flashlights — Mark Bent is giving away 500 of them


How do I know this?

Because the following email from Mark came in less than two hours ago (2:20 p.m., for those of you need this kind of detail):


From Mark's blog:

There are no charges, nothing to buy and we will send them to you at our cost from our warehouse in Houston when they arrive in mid-August. Each is individually numbered 1-500 and they are in blue ABS plastic and on the side, laser-etched, it says "Changing the World — Limited Edition May 2008."

We welcome requests from people who want a free light. Please send us an e-mail at info@sunnightsolar.com with the reason why we should send you a light. We will decide who gets a light — and obviously, people who are in a position to either blog to a large audience, put out a media article, buy lots of lights in the future, are heavily involved in environmental or humanitarian work, work for FEMA, the upper management of Red Cross or Greenpeace, in charge of the US Senate's oversight committee on incredibly large sums of money for foreign aid and really huge contracts for small businesses, the governors of any the Gulf Coast states, the Pope, Al Gore or Angelina Jolie — all of these people are probably going to get a light and Bill Gates can have two (if they send a request). If you just want a free light, just because you like to get free things — I can certainly sympathize, but you are probably not going to make the cut.

But, we will also just send some to people with really good stories. Peace Corps volunteers getting ready to go abroad are high on this list, people set to trek alone across large parts of the globe, people working in remote places, American men and women heading to war, or people with just really good stories — I am interested in getting feedback from and supporting the rebels among us, so send us your story.

Rules — we make up all of them and no one is promised nor guaranteed a light and we reserve the right to change or withdraw this offer at any time. We will probably not send lights internationally — it is just too costly, and with two billion people in the developing world needing light, 500 will not make a splash. And we reserve the right to post where we send the lights and post any of your follow-up responses to our web site. (One light per person/family/organization please).

These are our new lights (two modes: room or task lighting) and they are really great. They use nine LEDs — (three for room, six for task) and have low, medium and high settings. They will provide 4-5 hours on high, 7-8 on medium and 10-12 on low — all on one day’s charge. I just took one to Congo (see my previous blog post) and it was great.

Sure hope I make the cut and get one.

I can't speak for you but me, I love my Gen.1 BoGo Light, which Mark sent me after I blogged about him last year.

I keep right next to my treadmill hanging from a sliding door handle, where it's always ready if/when the mains should suddenly fail.

July 21, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

World's First Solar Powered Rechargeable Shaver


From the website:

    Solar Powered Rechargeable Shaver

    Being away from mains power is no reason to compromise on style.

    This solar powered travel razor means you can be clean shaven wherever you are — just remember to leave it in the sun to charge first.

    • Under good conditions the shaver takes 8-12 hours to fully recharge from sunlight

    • Comes with a brush to clean the heads and a spare outer foil

    • Handy drawstring carry bag included

    • Recharges from mains if necessary

    • Measures 11cm x 5.5cm x 2.5cm

    • Comes with beard trimmer

    • For dry shaving only




July 21, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Buffalo Bill's/ defunct — by E.E. Cummings


This poem, which first appeared in the January, 1920 issue of The Dial (above, as initially published when Cummings was 25), enchanted me when I encountered it last century in a junior high school English class in Milwaukee.

Still crazy after all these years.

And for those of you whose hackles are raised by seeing his (Cummings' — not Buffalo Bill's) name written with the initials capitalized, read this, then go sit down and be quiet.

July 21, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

So it's come to this: New York Times now hawking Billy Joel collectibles


Sad but true.

Things are even worse than I thought in the MSM arena, what with the latest Times moneymaker: flogging "hand-signed limited-edition prints" of Billy Joel from its store.

You could look it up — never mind, just look up.

That spread occupied a quarter page of yesterday's and last Friday's dead-tree version of the paper.

More: "Yes, the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, has hand-signed a limited edition set of platinum palladium prints, now available through the New York Times Store. Only 30 of these special prints, showing an album cover contact sheet from 'The Stranger' in 1977, have been created by ICON-Collectibles."

Nice name.

"Each 24" x 28" print was hand-made and is unique and one-of-a-kind. Each is signed by Billy Joel and comes embossed by ICON-Collectibles, with a certificate of authenticity."

I wonder if they get those certificates from the same place as the Star Trek Watch folks.

But I digress.

"Price: $5,000."

Oh, sorry... I didn't realize you wanted one.

nytimes.com/store or call 800-671-4332.

July 21, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

When Radiohead met Google — Mashup extraordinaire



See it here.

Find out how it was made here.

"Download an iGoogle gadget to view the video right on your homepage."

"Explore data visualization and get a hands-on experience with the data" here.

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Damian Kozlik








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AllPopArt.com — 'Personalized pop art portraits from photos, Warhol-style'


Videre est credere.

July 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Frozen Smiles Teeth Ice — 'Waiter, there's a denture in my drink!'


From websites:

Frozen Smiles Teeth Ice

Do you remember your grandpa's dentures — those odd synthetic teeth that you were both fascinated by and slightly afraid of?

Knowing that they were kept in a glass at night meant you had to always keep guard over your drinks just in case those nasty gnashers somehow ended up in your nice cool glass of water.

Now you'd best keep constant guard over your drinks because it's more than likely you'll find a chilly set of dentures in your summer drinks.

This hilarious Frozen Smiles Ice Tray has four spaces to freeze four denture-shaped drinks coolers.

Drop them into any glass and these novelty ice cubes will smile right back at you, adding an extra bite to any drink!



• Tray: L 148mm x W 114mm x D 24mm

• Frozen Smile Cubes (approx.): L 50mm x W 72mm x D 20mm

Product Features:

• Great novelty party drink coolers

• Produces 4 Frozen Smiles ice cubes

• Made from food-safe synthetic rubber

• Packaged in recyclable PET-G (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) box



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July 21, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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