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June 18, 2009

Sean Fallon's 'Infinite Toys'

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"This electronic beer can opener keychain definitely falls into the "infinite toys" category. That is to say, it allows you to simulate a mundane but strangely satisfying experience on demand."

I'd never heard this phrase until I read his Gizmodo post yesterday.

Turns out he originally coined it in an October 24, 2008 post there.

Genius.

Besides which, check out his CredRank — can't get much higher than 99.04/100.

June 18, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Tattoo Socks

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$18.

[via compradiccion and The Trendy Girl]

June 18, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: 'The Sadness Program' — online treatment for depression

Psychiatry professor Gavin Andrews (above) of the University of New South Wales in Sydney believes that Internet-based therapy's principal strength is that people can seek treatment anywhere and anytime they have Internet access.

Hear him out.

Andrews' group published its results in a paper just out in the June 2009 issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; the abstract follows.

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Clinician-assisted Internet-based treatment is effective for depression: Randomized controlled trial

Objective: The aim of the present study was to determine the efficacy of an Internet-based clinician-assisted computerized cognitive behavioural treatment (CaCCBT) programme for depression.

Method: Forty-five individuals meeting diagnostic criteria for depression were randomly assigned to the Sadness programme or to a waitlist control group. In the clinician-assisted Sadness programme, participants complete six online lessons, weekly homework assignments, receive weekly email contact from a clinical psychologist, and contribute to a moderated online discussion forum with other participants. An intention-to-treat model was used for data analyses.

Results: A total of 20 (74%) treatment group participants completed all lessons within the 8 week programme, and post-treatment data were collected from 18/27 treatment group and 17/18 waitlist group participants. Treatment group participants reported significantly reduced symptoms of depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory-second edition and the Patient Health Questionnaire-Nine Item. Treatment group participants each received an average of eight email contacts (111 min of therapist time]. Mean within- and between-group effect sizes (Cohen's d) across the two measures of depressive symptoms were 0.98 and 0.75, respectively. Participants found the treatment programme acceptable and satisfactory.

Conclusions: These results replicate those from the pilot trial reported by Perini et al. and are consistent with literature indicating that Internet-based programmes for depression and other mental disorders combined with clinical guidance can result in clinically significant improvements. These data provide further support for the development of Internet-based treatment for common mental disorders.

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Learn more about the program here.

Details on how to sign up here.

June 18, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cabledrop

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Cabledrop

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We all have cables sitting around somewhere that either aren't straight or constantly fall down or need to be hiding — yet they always pop up.

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Simply stick Cabledrop down with the peel-off adhesive.

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Thread the cable through and never worry about it again — it won't fall down, it won't budge.

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Pack of 6 — each package includes three different colors, either Bright or Muted: $9.95.


June 18, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What the heck is that annoying buzzing sound accompanying ESPN2's coverage of the Brazil v USA soccer match today?

Along with the video feed of the FIFA Confederation Cup Group B game, on this very minute (it's 3-0 Brazil after 81:21), comes what sounds like the noise of a swarm of very angry bees, never varying in pitch or constancy.

I've noticed this before during soccer games at the world-class level but never this loud, so much so that I'm almost tempted to turn off the audio, not that the U.S. coverage is all that entertaining or informative.

Messi?

Kaká?

Anyone?

June 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

V8 Pencil Sharpener

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"Insert a pencil and shatter the silence of your office with authentic V8 thunder. This novel pencil sharpener even makes a stalling sound when the shavings tray is full."

Measures 14 x 9 x 7 cm  and requires 4 AA batteries.

V8-sharpener

£11.99.

[via GeekAlerts and Nerd Approved]

June 18, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Alexander Calder performs his 'Circus'

Bravo!

June 18, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bambu SnapStix — Chopsticks with integrated stand

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$2.

[via designverb]

June 18, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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