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August 17, 2011

Contest: We have a winner


While you were sleeping, I changed the rules.

But before you get your baggies in a twist, consider that not one person entered.

That's right: when I first mentioned a contest on Monday, August 1, and then spelled out the details (below) on August 5,  I expected a deluge of submissions.



Good thing I didn't hold my breath.

So I asked my Crack Contest Team (you didn't know about that one, did you? That's because I just created it out of whole cloth for this post.) how to proceed.

They said go back to when the contest began and pick the best comment from then till now and give that person the prize.

So that's what I did and I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Bone Horn Stand for iPad 2 — donated for this occasion by Cyberguys — is Nathan, who commented on the "What is it?" post featuring what turned out to be a garlic rocker:


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Nathan, you can have your choice of the one pictured up top (white and grey) or the flashier yellow and black version below.

Send me a mailing address and I'll get it right out to you.


If you don't have an iPad 2, no worries: Cyberguys also sent along a Born Horn Stand for iPhone so you can choose that instead.

No iPad or iPhone?

Not to worry: Cyberguys has tons of other cool stuff in their catalog that doesn't require a device.

You say, "Yo, joe — how come you're saying such nice things about Cyberguys?"

Well, first of all I've ordered from them for years and continue to do so  and I like their stuff, which I've featured here regularly.

Second, they donated the prize for this contest.

What's not to like about that?

August 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Rotating Single Outlet Grounded Surge Protector


Just the thing if you happen to be in a place where the electricity is prone to ups and downs.



August 17, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Popularity Issue"


Above, the cover of this week's Bloomberg Businessweek, featuring "The year's most popular products, people and trends — and how they got there."

Shades of The Economist, the magazine with the best covers out there — and they do it weekly.

[via Coverjunkie]

August 17, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rock Candy Necklace


Sweets for the sweet; sterling silver chain.



August 17, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Amy Waldman into Miranda July


A new novel — "The Submission" — by Waldman (above) received a rave review by Michiko Kakutani, one of the toughest book reviewers in the English-speaking world, in yesterday's New York Times.

Needless to say the book is in my mail.

But I digress.

July (below)


needs no introduction.

I, on the other hand, may need glasses.

August 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Soylent Green is... crackers? "Just like grandma used to taste"


From the website:


The year is 2022. The world has grown more crowded each year, and as the population has grown, the means to feed that population have dwindled. We couldn't go hungry; something had to be done. That's where the Soylent Corporation stepped in and saved us all. Forget their Soylent Red and Yellow — their crowning achievement has been Soylent Green. And now we share their wondrous invention with you: Soylent Green Crackers.


Soylent Green Crackers are the food stuff the world has been waiting for. A pleasing green cracker that is low in fat and full of spinach, high-energy plankton, and a special blend of herbs and people. Wait, what? Did we say people? DID WE SAY PEOPLE? OH SNAP - SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!! Ok, it's not really people. But Soylent Green Crackers are delicious and a great conversation piece. So remember, Soylent Green Crackers are not really made of people. Or are they?




August 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

How to pop your "filter bubble"


Full disclosure: the site explaining what a filter bubble is and how to escape from it is the product of DuckDuckGo, a site that offers you search outside the bubble.


Having said that, it seems to me there's a strong argument here for not simply amplifying what we're about but instead enabling things outside our preferred areas to butt in on a regular basis.

DuckDuckGo was featured here in its early days, on December 22, 2010.

[via Cary Sternick]

August 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LED Magnetic Pick-Up Device — Episode 2: Longer and cheaper


Three years ago I featured an LED flashlight with an integrated in-lens magnetic pick-up tool.

I loved the weirdness of the mash-up (below), which cost $20.


Now comes a new iteration of the concept (top and below), offering several enhancements.

From the website:



The lighted mechanical pick-up is the perfect rescue tool for installers, hobbyists, mechanics and more.

Use it to retrieve bolts, wires and other small objects from hard-to-reach places while its lighted tip perfectly illuminates your target.


It has a flexible shaft that can bend and reach through and around objects.

Requires 3 LR41 batteries (included).

• Flexible arm reaches up to 32"

• Total length 36.5"

• LED tip





August 17, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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