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March 26, 2010

Space Invaders Rubik's Cube Sk8-Decks


[via Nerdcore, KFMW and the foo bar]

March 26, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Soap Bubble Machine — 'It's the perfect accessory for a relaxing bath'

Imagine how much fun your cat will have chasing the bubbles around the bathroom.

Might not be too relaxing for you, though.

From the website:


'Happy Savon' Soap Bubble-Making Machine

This white plastic whale automatically makes soap bubbles.

It's the perfect accessory for a relaxing bath.

There's nothing better than getting home after a long day at work and taking a nice, hot bath.

Imagine how much nicer it would be if you could add soap bubbles to the bath salts and soap?

Well, this is easy to do with this soap bubble-making machine.

The device is made out of white plastic and shaped like a whale.

Its design is simple and it easily adapts to fit in with any bathroom’s decor.

There are suction cups underneath the base so you can stick it on any horizontal surface.

That way you’ll avoid splashing water all over the machine or having it fall down and break.

To get started, just follow these simple instructions:

1. Take off the lid and fill the machine with liquid bubble-making soap. There are two ways to prepare bubble-making soap:

A.  One way is easy to make and has a very nice scent. The ingredients used are bath gel or shampoo and water (preferably hot water so the soap will dissolve more easily). You have to mix these ingredients together without generating foam. The mix should have a proportion of 1 part gel to 6 parts water. Just to give you an idea: this means you use a teaspoonful of gel or shampoo for every two large spoonfuls of water. It’s important that you don’t let the mixture generate foam inside the device or else it won’t work.

B. A second way. The ingredients are: dishwashing detergent, PVA starch (polyvinyl alcohol) and water. Mix the three ingredients together, being careful not to generate foam. The proportions are 1 part dishwashing detergent to 5 parts starch and 10 parts water.

Note that you can also add aromatic oils to create a more original scent, although not all oils will work and you have to be careful how much oil you add to the mix.

2. Put the lid back on and hit the button on the whale’s tail.

3. The soap bubbles will start floating out from the blowhole on the whale’s back. The machine makes two types of soap bubbles: on "Calm Mode" you get large, slow soap bubbles; on "Fun Mode" you get lots of small soap bubbles.

Requires AAA batteries (not included).

167 x 100 x 88mm (6.6" x 4" x 3.5").


Note: "Enclosed instructions only in Japanese language."

$34.49 (bathtub — and bathroom — not included).

Yo, joe — that's getting old.

No one's amused anymore.

You say you still are?

You, my friend, you have a problem.

I know this doctor....

March 26, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Come on baby, let's do The Twist'

Who knew?

68-year-old Chubby Checker is still twistin' the night away, all week (through this Saturday, March 27) at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York City.

Be there.

March 26, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Snake Ear Cuff — Episode 2: The source


Remember the fantastic piece above, featured here just three days ago?

You don't?

You're even more addled than me, in that case.

In any event, two readers asked for a source where they could buy one and several other sites picked it up but I was forced to reply that I had no idea where it came from, having only seen it on bennybb's excellent site.

But then from Ms. lt out in Colorado, a long-time reader and a founding member of my crack research team, came this link along with the message, "I found these:


They look similar."

You still rock, grrl.

Besides which you appear to have internalized the boj style sheet, to wit: Be concise — and even that's too long.

But I digress.

"Cast in fine pewter, the snake is worn like an earring and also wraps the top of the ear like a cuff."

$26.50 seems cheap at 10 times the price.

March 26, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

2010 Census — Extreme Edition


Above and below, U.S. Census Bureau crew chief Danielle Forino, "who will use her ATV [and snowshoes] to get to hunting, fishing and logging camps in the wilds of far northern Maine."

She told an Associated Press reporter, in a story that appeared in the March 23, 2010 Washington Post, "You don't know what you're going to find. And I definitely anticipate coming across a lot of wildlife; the bears are coming out, so we have that to look forward to. And I'm not sure if the people will want to be bothered, but hopefully they'll be cooperative."

According to the article, "... only two places in the U.S. — much of Alaska and Maine's North Woods — have been designated by the Census Bureau as requiring special travel arrangements to reach remote locations."

"Those rural and sparsely populated areas, which contain fewer than 1 percent of all U.S. households, have irregular mail service and often cannot be reached by car."

"Forino, who lives in Fort Kent, Maine, along the Canadian border, is a crew leader overseeing other census workers in the north of that state."


"Her workers will drive four-wheel-drive vehicles down dirt or gravel logging roads until they become impassable because of either snow or mud caused by the thaw, she said. At that point, they will get on snowmobiles or ATVs or put on snowshoes or skis to complete their work."

March 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bank Pen


"What's more annoying than going to the bank to make a deposit and finding the courtesy pen's been snagged? Now, here's your chance to own a bank pen of your very own, complete with annoying dangling ball chain."

Twisting barrel extends/retracts tip.


March 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Can the iPad be used without a computer?

Brief answer, by Walt Mossberg in yesterday's "Mossberg's Mailbox" Wall Street Journal feature: "Yes, but...."

Here's the Q&A.


Q. Can the iPad be used totally on its own, or must you sync it with another computer? If I bought an iPad for my grandmother, who has no other computer, would she be able to download apps and music and rent movies solely via the iTunes Store on the iPad?

A. Yes, but with a catch. Based on what Apple has said, iPad owners will be able to buy apps, music and books, and buy and rent video, right on the device, without requiring a PC or Mac running iTunes software. You can also synchronize contacts, email and calendar items over the air, from an online source, instead of over a cable from your computer.

However, Apple's Web site suggests you'll need to connect to a computer running iTunes in order to back up the iPad, and, if the iPhone is any guide, you will likely need to do the same to upgrade the iPad's operating system whenever Apple updates it.


Suggestion for Apple: Contact Mossberg and have them offer the granny in the question above a free song from the iTunes Store — "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena."

Go Granny go!

March 26, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition MacBook Air Supreme Ice — 'World's most luxurious laptop'


Oligarchs, call your offices: your laptop is ready.

From Stuart Hughes, the Liverpool-based maker:


For the discerning individual who strives to be distinctive, we bring you the MacBook Air Supreme Ice Edition.

Encrusted with 25.5 cts of flawless IF diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually-set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in their solid platinum Apple logo.

The whole front housing is made from a single piece of highly polished platinum, weighing an immense 2,500 grams (5.512 lbs.), with the remaining sections left in a beautiful polished aluminium finish.

This superior laptop has brought together the subtle beauty and elegance of platinum with the magical radiance of diamonds and created an exquisite work of art.

There is no finer relationship than platinum and diamonds.

They are pure, rare and eternal.

This item is of a limited edition of only 10 units.


A snip at £139,995 ($207,900).

March 26, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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