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September 24, 2008

Build your own laser harp

TechnoDolts™ will please move along, nothing to see here — though I suppose it's ok to listen to Stephen Hobley play his remarkable Laser Harp (above) — just make sure you're wearing your safety goggles if you decide to abre los ojos.

Everyone else, feast your eyes on Hobley's website, wherein he offers a "full parts list, circuit diagrams, schematics and source code" so you can build your own.


The site contains the sum of 22 years of experimentation and research.

Bonus: Along with harp details, instruction on how to build a Laser Theremin appears in Hobley's article in the latest issue (volume 15) of MAKE magazine.


"Safety Warning: This project involves high power laser radiation — buy the correct laser safety goggles before you attempt it."

September 24, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Limited Edition Elvis PEZ Set


From the website:

    Elvis PEZ Set

    For over 50 years PEZ has been the candy treat that's as much fun to play with as it is to eat.

    This set of 3 collectible Elvis dispensers includes a 1958 G.I. Elvis, 1968 Comeback Special Elvis and 1973 Aloha From Hawaii Elvis.

    Includes 3 packs of delicious PEZ candy and a special edition 3-song audio CD of "Hound Dog," "Follow That Dream" and "The Wonder Of You."

    A unique and fun addition to your collection in a keepsake tin.

    Limited edition.




Excuse me, but where was Cola back when I was loving PEZ?

Seems suspiciously like the flavor that never was.

Especially when you consider the packaging (above) says "Caffeine Free" — not exactly a familiar line back in the day, what?

September 24, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Unusual Hotels of the World


It is what it says, to wit: "Unusual Hotels of the World is the online guide for travelers interested in staying somewhere truly different."

Pictured above is a shot of the Capsule Hotel in The Hague, Netherlands, where you'll stay in your very own survival pod.

[via Milena]

September 24, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Portable Travel Scale — The product from hell


Can you think of a better short descriptor for a device whose seller headlines, "Take your 'conscience' along on your next trip?"

I mean, isn't the whole point of traveling that you can stop at a 7-Eleven on your way from the airport to the hotel and load up with every variety of junk food known to woman (or man) to enjoy in the privacy of your hotel room — where no one can hear you burp?

For me, that typically means an assemblage including — but by no means limited to, and in no particular order — Planter's Honey-Roasted Cashews, M&Ms (both plain and almond), a Three Musketeers, Hostess Twinkies, Pringles Cheddar Cheese, a Kit-Kat, Cheetos, Doritos, Lay's Bar-B-Q potato chips, Snyder's Honey-Mustard Pretzels, et al.

Heck, that's a lot more fun than standing on your little travel scale the next morning to find you've gained 10 pounds overnight.

Enough already, joe — aren't you supposed to be a medical doctor?

Off the reservation, fer shur.

From websites:

Travel Scale


Take your "conscience" along on your next trip.

With so many rich meals on the road, travel can play havoc with your waistline.

But now it's easy to watch your weight wherever you go.

Our compact Travel Scale is small enough to fit in your carry-on bag.

Lightweight and easy to pack, the sides pull apart to reveal a backlit digital display in pounds or kilograms.

It operates on two lithium batteries (included) and comes in a zippered carrying case.

Open: 11½" x 6" x 1".

Closed: 8½" x 6" x 1".

18 oz.



September 24, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Vectors (Episode 2) — by James Richardson


Naturalness is whatever part we are most comfortable acting.

Growth is barely controlled damage.

Priceless things cannot be bought, though they are often sold.

The ambitious: those who have to work longer to find a place where it seems safe to stop.

The shortest distance between two points is deciding they are the same.

The best way to get people to do what you want is not to be too particular about what you want them to do.

No debt burdens like the fear of debt.

Laziness is the sin most willingly confessed to, since it implies talents greater than have yet appeared.

The best time is stolen time.

September 24, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

September 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

YouDiligence.com — 'Automatically scans your child’s social networking sites for keywords and emails you when it finds them'


Because going in their rooms and searching through their stuff is so last century.

From the website:


    It is not easy to be the parent these days. Most children from the age of 12 and up communicate online via social networking sites. Think of these as internet hangouts where tweens, teens and even some adults go to interact virtually on websites that contain areas for posting comments, trading emails and even putting up photos of themselves for anyone to see.

    Currently, the most popular sites for your kids are Facebook and MySpace.

    Even if you are computer savvy, it is difficult to keep up with who your child is interacting with virtually. However, now there is an easy way to become more informed: YouDiligence.

    Our service automatically scans your child’s social networking sites for keywords and emails you when it finds them.

    If you’re a parent and want to sign up for YouDiligence when it becomes available, send us an email and we’ll notify you: parent@youdiligence.com


But wait — there's more!

    YouDiligence as a Fundraising Opportunity

    Are you a member of the PTA or [do you] belong to a band/athletic booster club, church group or other organization?

    Would you like to sell YouDiligence as a fundraiser?

    YouDiligence is offering an easy, no-cost opportunity to help your organization earn much-needed funds simply by sending out emails to your membership list offering YouDiligence to your organization members.

    Each organization gets $1 per referral purchase/month — so if you sell 500, then your organization would get $500 per month.

    A little better than selling candy bars for a lot less work — and we even give you the email template.


And that's not all.

    For Athletic Departments

    YouDiligence is operational for athletic departments.

    If you’re an athletic department looking for more information about YouDiligence, click here.

    Or contact us at athletics@youdiligence.com or by phone at 800-514-5534 x 5.


According to Kevin Long, president of MVP Sports Media Training, "more than two dozen college programs, including some BCS powerhouses, have signed up as clients since last January," wrote Selena Roberts in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

"A little better than selling candy bars for a lot less work."



September 24, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Ring Me Up — by Ken Goldman


"A unique ring that helps you keep track of all
your receipts, allowing you to keep them
literally on hand at all times."


Would you like a receipt?


Inquire within.

[via Trendhunter]

September 24, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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