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August 5, 2012

Wormhole Mirror


From Dezeen:


"Created by Amsterdam designer Thomas Eurlings, the Fading Mirror has a printed gradient under the glass to give a soft-focus reflection."


Photographs by Rene Mesman.

[via Fancy]

August 5, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Piano Apprentice


From Bless This Stuff:


"Now you can learn to play the piano on the move! The Piano Apprentice is a great first-piano experience: lightweight, highly portable, and featuring a 25-note keyboard compatible with iOS devices. Also included is the Piano Apprentice teaching app. Easy to follow along with, the piano instructor demonstrates how to play while the actual keys light up, showing you how to place your hands. The device also features built-in stereo speakers and a headphone jack for quiet practice. A fun way to teach yourself how to read real music notation."



August 5, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Why hiding your IP address is silly

Hide-My-IP Hide My IP 5.2

A fellow member of my local Mac User Group, responding to a query about "Broken SSH and STSS" — hey, don't go there, I have no idea what either stands for, nor (by definition) do any of my compadres in TechnoDolt®™© Nation — from another user group member yesterday, closed with the following:

What is the concern people have about protecting their IP address? You aren't really protecting yourself from anything and I'll show you why: "view headers" in your email program or "show original" in gmail.  Notice the following header:

X-Sender-IP: 702.59.438.812

You can't connect to the internet without exposing your IP address. (Anonomizers like "Tor" aside, which I'd bet none of the people "hiding" their IP addresses actually bother to use.) If you've used a webmail client, you've given the webserver not just your IP address but also information like what browser you're using on what OS, plus whatever they've decided to store in your "cookies."

So, unless you're truly paranoid (in which case, you should be using Tor and taking many other measures to filter your own access to the online world), hiding your IP address just seems silly to me.


August 5, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Comfort Ruler will scratch your back


Can your ruler do that?


Didn't think so.


August 5, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Abyss Box


From the March 31, 2012 Economist: "Ifremer [France's oceanographic institute] researchers are searching for a way to keep deep-sea animals alive indefinitely, so that their entire life cycles can be studied. This means building high-pressure, onshore fish tanks. On April 7th the Océanopolis, a big aquarium in Brest, will unveil two such chambers. Each Abyss Box [below],


as the contraptions are known, costs €100,000 ($134,000) and contains 16 litres of seawater held at 180 atmospheres. Crucially, each has a window: a glass visor 15cm [5.9"] across and 8cm [3.1"] thick [below]."


"At the moment, one of the boxes is inhabited by 43 deep-sea shrimps. The other houses three crabs. Both come from Atlantic vents located around 1.8km [1.2 miles] below the surface. It will be the first time members of the public who are not James Cameron have had a chance to behold such creatures alive."

Wrote Hannah Hoag about the Abyss Box in the June issue of Wired magazine, "Unless you're James Cameron, you've probably never seen a Mirocaris fortunate — a shrimp that lives in the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. Or a little white crab named Segonzacia mesatlantica [top]. That's because these deep-sea species can't survive in a standard aquarium — normal atmospheric pressure will kill them. Luckily, one of Europe's largest aquariums, Océanopolis, in Brest, France, has developed a solution: a unique high-pressure viewing cabinet called the Abyss Box. Visitors can now stare into the 4.25-gallon displays and see the kinds of deep-dwelling sea fauna you used to have to spend a Titanic-sized budget to glimpse."


August 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Facial Lift At Once Face Trainer


From the website:



Facial Muscle and Mouth Exercise

From the makers of our sleeper hit, the Beauty Lift High Nose, comes the latest beauty gadget to draw attention not only for its very unusual design, but also its simple yet effective functionality.

Just slip the Facial Lift At Once into your mouth once a day for three minutes and you will feel the electric buzzing work on your cheeks, chin, lips, mouth, and even nose.

The pulsing will come in four different levels of strength and in a complete 360° spread, pushing and working on your facial muscles little by little every time.

Not only will this give your face a boost "at once," exercise and training couldn't be easier than with this gadget.

All you do is put on the mouth cover, pop it in your mouth and it does the hard work for you!

If only running a marathon could be as easy!


Details and Features

• Do not place between teeth. Avoid all contact with your teeth!

• To use: 

    Put the mouth cover on

    Place the tip between your lips (without touching teeth)

    Turn it on and let go of your hand 

• It will operate 3 minutes or you can switch it off before

• The cover can be washed with dishwasher detergent

• Manual: Japanese (but self-explanatory)

• To clean, wipe with a dry or damp cloth

• Note: this product is not waterproof

• 4 levels of strength at random

• Size: 7cm x 7.5cm (2.8" x 3")

• Automatic 3-minute timer

• Materials: ABS, elastomer

• Power: two AAA batteries

• Use only in mouth



August 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Open Skies (Emirates)


Above, the cover of the latest issue of Open Skies, the in-flight magazine of Emirates Airlines.

Illustration: Roui Francisco.

Editor: Conor Purcell.

Design masthead: Quint Dubai.

Leanne Shapton, call your publisher and give them a heads-up, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that.

[via Coverjunkie]

August 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

HP Wireless Printer/Scanner/Copier for $49. Bonus: No sales tax.



Videre est credere (above).

The ad up top appeared on page A18 of Friday's Washington Post.

That's cheaper than it would cost to buy just the ink cartridges.

I have one of these HP e-All-In-One Printers.

I bought it about a year ago and it's working nicely.

Plug it in and you're ready to set it up to print — without a wired connection to a device.

So simple even a TechnoDolt©™® can do it (one did!).

It's all well and good to print from my Air or iMac from anywhere here at home, but the wondrousness is when you're using your iPhone or iPad outside your house, say in another city or state.

Take a picture or happen on something online, touch the curved arrow icon on the screen, touch "Print," and up comes a screen that says "Printer Options — Print 1 Copy."

Touch that and your printer tucked away at home churns out a very acceptable color rendition.

Still amazing to me.

Perhaps it even works from another country, I wouldn't know.

Note the following:

• You have to buy your $49 printer in the state of Virginia

• The offer ends today (Sunday, August 5, 2012)

Fair warning.

August 5, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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