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July 26, 2008

Fingerjig Typing Game


"Fingerjig is a 6 minute game that tests your typing ability. Words are randomly chosen from a dictionary of over 70,000. You must try to type the words as quickly and accurately as you can!"



July 26, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What do you get when you combine a '53 Corvette, LEDs and a coin from the Republic of Palau?


You got it.

From the the website:

1953 First General Motors Corvette Light-Up Car Coin

The rarest Corvette model year now makes its debut on this officially-licensed 71 mg 0.925 silver-clad commemorative colorized coin.


The headlamps light up when the Corvette logo on reverse is pressed.

Privately minted as non-circulating legal tender of the Republic of Palau.

Know anyone with a '53 'Vette?

Get them one of these coins and they'll love you forever.

Trust me....

"As Seen On TV" so you know it must be good.



July 26, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Road Closed' — Hawaii-style


"Lava on road."


[via J-Walk Blog]

July 26, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Steampunkers, rejoice: Moniac for nothing, kicks for free*


*But you have to go to Wellington, New Zealand for the full experience.

Long story short: Kiwi correspondent Robert Elliot brought my attention to a little-known work of computing art created in 1949 by Bill Phillips (of Phillips Curve fame).

Called the Moniac (Monetary National Income Analogue Computer) and pictured above, it took "... the static circular flow model out of the textbook and into a dynamic 3-dimensional setting, by using water to represent the flow of money."

"The machine was unveiled in a seminar at LSE in 1949, and Phillips explained how his machine could be used to demonstrate the complex interrelationships between macroeconomic variables such as consumption, taxes, government spending, investment, savings, interest rates and exchange rates. A second machine was built to represent the rest of the world and introduce trade flows into the domestic economy."

July 26, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sleeping in Airports — Episode 2: Frank Giotto's Mini Motel


Ten days ago in Episode 1 I reported on the new new thing in air travel.

Now comes Frank Giotto (above), getting ready to tuck in for a good night's snooze in his nifty Mini Motel.

Sharon McDonnell's July 15, 2008 New York Times article focused on the new new thing in the deteriorating air travel experience: increasingly frequent involuntary overnight stays in airports.

Wrote McDonnell: "An unscheduled overnight stay at a German airport inspired one business traveler, Frank Giotto, the president of Fiber Instrument Sales in Oriskany, N.Y., to create the Mini Motel, a one-person tent complete with air mattress, pillow, reading light, alarm clock and pillow (which he now sells for $49.95)."

Here's the article.

    Snoozing at the Terminal

    Sleeping at an airport overnight, once almost a sport for the young and short of cash, has become a lot more common lately, affecting even older and professional travelers. And a big reason is that airlines are no longer as free with complimentary hotel vouchers as they once were.

    “Belt tightening by airlines over the last 18 months, and more so this year,” is how Randy Petersen, editor of the online magazine InsideFlyer and the frequent-flier Web site FlyerTalk.com, explains it.

    “They have to look at everything they spend a penny on,” Mr. Petersen said. And because flights are fuller, he added, “they’re not just dealing with a few passengers.”

    Bob Harrell, founder of Harrell Associates, an airline consultant, agreed. “If they’re charging for extra bags, food and water, then the flip side is the airlines are going to go out of their way to minimize expenses on one side, while maximizing on the other,” he said.

    Sleeping overnight in airport has become enough of a phenomenon that it has inspired one recent novel, “Dear American Airlines.” The author, Jonathan Miles, said he was spurred to write the book after an unscheduled overnight stay at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

    An unscheduled overnight stay at a German airport inspired one business traveler, Frank Giotto, the president of Fiber Instrument Sales in Oriskany, N.Y., to create the Mini Motel, a one-person tent complete with air mattress, pillow, reading light, alarm clock and pillow (which he now sells for $49.95).

    Asked what airports would think of a tent city of his Mini Motels, Mr. Giotto expressed confidence.

    “People sleeping in chairs don’t seem to bother them,” he said. “We could be forcing the airports to come up with a solution to respond to the tremendous need.”

    And there is even a Web site, the Budget Traveller’s Guide to Sleeping in Airports (www.sleepinginairports.com), which lists the best and worst airports to spend the night in.

    For those who do get stuck, advice from seasoned travelers boils down to this: Bring or buy a snack and water before airport shops close, bring reading material or music and something soft to lie down on or rest your head against and keep hotel phone numbers or certain Web site addresses handy.

    Ron Flavin, a business traveler, recalled a flight after meeting with a client in Detroit. He said he landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta about 1:45 a.m. for a layover, after his flight was diverted by thunderstorms.

    He was rebooked on a morning flight home to West Palm Beach, but Delta Air Lines offered no hotel or meal vouchers, he said. So he curled up under a phone booth behind a counter, and slept on the floor with a pillow and blanket from his business-class seat, in the company of many other passengers.

    “It wasn’t worth investing the money, time and effort to make all the phone calls and get settled in a hotel,” said Mr. Flavin, a partner in a marketing firm for beauty and health products. “I’m not a greedy guy, but there was no gesture of any kind or a sympathetic ear. I didn’t even have a toothbrush or toothpaste.”

    Even though they were never required to, airlines used to give stranded passengers vouchers for rooms and meals if a flight was canceled or delayed as a result of mechanical problem or some other issue of an airline’s own making, but not for weather-related delays. Now, though, vouchers are a thing of the past.

    Joe Brancatelli, editor of JoeSentMe.com, a business travel Web site, disputes the idea that sleeping in the airport ever trumps a good cheap hotel, and says that arguing with airline employees for hotel vouchers is a waste of time and energy. “Take some responsibility, and don’t wait for the airline to do for you,” he said. “Do for yourself.”

    He suggested buying an airline club membership or a day pass for up to $50 for a comfortable armchair with free snacks, beverages and a television. But most airline clubs close by 10 p.m.

    Another suggestion from Mr. Brancatelli: keep the toll-free numbers of hotel chains handy and pay for a room. “What is your time and productivity worth, and what price do you put on a bed, shower and couple hours of sleep?” he asked.

    Airports range widely in what they offer overnight guests. The top-ranked airport at the Guide to Sleeping in Airports Web site for the last 10 years is Singapore Changi Airport. It has dimly lighted napping areas, where comfortable leather chairs have leg rests and headrests. Some are even fitted with alarm clocks. There are also cheap sleeping cubicles available for travelers.


As noted above, the Mini Motel costs $49.95.

July 26, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Inside Out Champagne Glass


Designed by Alissia Melka-Teichroew.

1.5"Ø x 9.25"H.


Set of 2.


July 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Call for things of interest


For the past several months I've noticed a definite trend going on in regard to suggestions, tips and links to things I can use here.

Long story short: Less stuff's coming in.

Being inherently lazy, I much prefer to have wonderful items and ideas appear as if by magic in my mailbox instead of doing the heavy lifting myself.

Won't you consider me as a perfect outlet for things you'd like to see exposed to the greater world, without your fingerprints if that's what you prefer?

You can be as anonymous or credited as you like and I'll bend over backward to link to whatever site(s) you request.

July 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack



Continuing with the theme of digital toolcraft (see the July 15 Finger Scissors post), this creation of Michigan designer Paul Julius Martus.

[via luis-villarruel.com/blog]

July 26, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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