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December 14, 2008

Zazzle.com — Wave good-bye to custom T-shirt shops


Talk about a sea change.

Back in the day, I wanted to get a custom-printed T-shirt so I went to some shop near UVa that made them.

Cost about $40 'cause I only ordered one, took forever to get the exact style/typeface/color I wanted working with a stoner clerk, then I had to wait a couple weeks till it was ready.

Plus I had to pay for parking on the Corner twice — the trip there to order plus the return trip to pick up my shirt.

Only to find the real thing didn't look at all like the one I thought I'd ordered — and had paid for in advance.

Enter Zazzle.

In a little more than four minutes I picked out my shirt, chose what I wanted to appear on it along with typeface style, size and color, and placed my order for delivery right to my front door within 4-10 business days — for a grand total of $24, from the comfort of my own treadmill, without having to drive somewhere, pay for parking etc. etc.

How can any custom T-shirt shop survive this kind of competition?

Can't, seems to this TechnoDolt™.

December 14, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

TV-B-Gone Version 2.0 — Sleeker, cheaper and still able to seize control


You may recall the kerfuffle some years back about TV-B-Gone, a nifty keychain-size device which let you remotely turn TVs on — and off.

Long story short: I bought one and it indeed worked as advertised, allowing me to wander through my local Circuit City (R.I.P.) and turn off all the TVs while everyone wondered what the heck was going on.

Version 1.0 is pictured below.



They've been busy out back in the skunk works and now comes a much nicer looking version (top) for 60% of the original's price.

Bonus: It also changes channels so you can switch the TV at the airport gate from the news to the game you wanted to see.

From the website:

    Micro Spy Remote

    The Micro Spy Remote's powers will work on a wide variety of televisions (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Sanyo, Aiwa, Mitsubishi, Philips, JVC, Sharp, etc) and its small size will safeguard you against discovery.


    • Tiny universal remote — easy to operate

    • Controls volume/channel/mute/off-on

    • 2.3" x 1.4" x 0.25" (5.8 x 3.6 x 0.6 cm)

    • Also works on most European TVs

    • CR2025 battery included

    • Keychain attachment



The photo above is captioned, "It works... ask these people."



Just in at 5:47 p.m. today from reader Nikolas Schiller, the news that Amazon's already sold out.

You snooze, you lose.

Luckily for Nikolas and you my crack research team had enough energy left to locate plenty more here for the same nice $8.99 price.

December 14, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Seattle Seahawks — By far the worst uniform in the NFL


I mean, it's not even close.

Before the game even starts they look grubby and things just go downhill from there.



New Orleans Saints.

December 14, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Goldfish-in-a-Bag Soap


Hold on a sec, this one's complicated.

From the website:

    Goldfish In A Bag Soap

    Remember being a kid and bringing a goldfish home from the pet store or county fair?

    This looks just like your little pet — except it's a bar of soap.

    The more you shower or bathe, the closer you'll get to the toy goldfish inside.

    Glycerin soap measures 3" x 3".

    Ages 3 and up.


3 and up?

Woo hoo — for once, everyone qualifies.

Matched set of 3: $16.95 (fish food included).

Full disclosure: I held this post for a day while I slept on the catalog description and picture.

I just couldn't figure out how the ribbon and bag and little tag with the fishie on it could just dissolve — I mean, I know science and technology and those Japanese restaurants with the plastic food out front that looks realer than the stuff you actually eat have mastered the art of transformative appearances but still....

Only today when I had my crack research team take a look did I twig: you open up the bag and the soap's inside.



December 14, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

EssayRater — 'The fastest way to a perfect paper'


A response to the question, "Why can't


they be like we were,


perfect in every way...?"



[via Milena]

December 14, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

What is it?


Here's a clue:


Answer here this time tomorrow.

December 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: EpiSimdemics — 'Soon, every single American will have a digital avatar—and we’re not talking about Second Life characters'


You can see how that got my attention when I read it, the opening sentence of a December 9, 2008 Discover magazine blog post, which follows.

    Digital Pandemics: Program Tracks Disease Using Avatars for Every American

    Soon, every single American will have a digital avatar — and we’re not talking about Second Life characters. Researchers at Virginia Tech are building a nationwide computer simulation that will include 300 million synthetic individuals with true-to-life characteristics taken from U.S. Census data. The researchers say there are many uses for the simulation, from predicting the spread of infectious diseases to tracking fads and modeling traffic flow.

    The program, known as EpiSimdemics, already has 100 million simulated residents. Each resident is endowed with as many as 163 variables, including age, education, occupation, family size, and general health. Although each synthetic resident isn’t meant to represent a specific real-life person, the information is taken from publicly available demographics data. The residents are mapped to real houses and real neighborhoods and assigned local schools, grocery stores, and shopping centers. The researchers hope to add more variables, including air travel using real-life flight data.

    One of the first uses will be to study the spread of infectious diseases like the flu. Since the program can model the movements of the residents and their interactions with each other, by seeding a few residents with a virus, the program will simulate how the virus spreads, even taking into account the progress of the disease in each person.

    But the researchers have bigger plans for their virtual reality nation: “The vision is for a Google-like interface, where you approach the system and ask it a question,” says researcher Christopher Barrett. “The framework is there, and now we’re pushing the system to larger and larger scales.”


There are those among us who believe we are simulations in someone else's game.

You could look it up.

[via Milena]

December 14, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Measuring Cup + Spoon Mashup Extraordinaire


Very nicely done.

The handle of each of the measuring cups (1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1 cup) doubles as a measuring spoon (quarter-teaspoon, half-teaspoon, teaspoon and tablespoon).

Heavy-duty 18/10 stainless steel with rounded bottoms for easier scooping and pouring.

Rubber ring trivet base for storage.



December 14, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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