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May 15, 2013

Opening a case of beer like a boss

[via The Awesomer and Richard Kashdan, himself fairly awesome]

May 15, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Unbreakable: Self-Defense Umbrella

Wrote Ade Oshineye: "I'm really tempted to buy this umbrella. That's partly because of this scary video. On the other hand, I suspect the people in the video would be just as scary without the umbrella."

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I'm thinking you'd best not take this to the airport or you'll find yourself sans tricked-out brolly in a room with a mirror.

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Fair warning.

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From the website:


Unbreakable Self-Defense Umbrella

Truly the Clark Kent of umbrellas: discreet, yet able to pack a wallop at any moment.

Anyone who can use a stick for defense can use this umbrella.

Do you know how to swing a baseball bat?

Do you know how to strike with a sturdy stick?

If you do, you know all you need to know….

The Unbreakable Self Defense Umbrella looks like any ordinary umbrella, yet is able to strike as hard as a steel pipe.

The umbrella does not contain any higher than normal amount of metal and therefore does not attract unwanted attention.

It is made of a proprietary type of plastic so strong that you can drive a tank over it and it will not break.

Best of all, it only weighs 1.5 lbs!

It does not cause strange looks if carried by an able-bodied person, and it will even protect you from rain!

It is covered in state-of-the-art waterproof fabric.

So effective and discreet, these are carried by members of the Philippines' Presidential Security Group.


"So effective and discreet, these are carried by members of the Philippines' Presidential Security Group." — what higher proof of efficacy could there possibly be? GIMME A BREAK!

Too great.

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[via Richard Kashdan, whose Jedi knight-like skillz render devices like this mere piffle — dust in the wind of his lightning-fast moves.]

May 15, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

New Yorker Strongbox — Wikileaks goes mainstream

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New today.

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Caveat lector.

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May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Rolu Memo Holder for when you run out of toilet paper


Not really — but you could!

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Designed by Chiaki Murata.

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From the website: "Rolu is a memo holder with a single brass bar holding down the paper. The paper is perforated every 10cm, making it perfect for quick notes, grocery, or to-do lists."

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Holder: 3.6"W x 1.5"H x 3"Ø (not including roll)

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Memo Roll: 3.5"W x 2.5"Ø.

White, Black, or Orange: $49.

May 15, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

With the rise of the internet, if I never get on a plane again it's OK by me


Just a second ago the penny dropped: If someone said to me "joe, you can't ever go somewhere by plane again. Drive or train but no airplane travel for the rest of your life" — it would be just fine with me.


The rise of the internet — and it's still very early days, slow and buggy and patchily available and expensive and all, but all that will disappear in the very near future, making the virtual world as everpresent and ubiquitous and matter of fact as electricity (at least in the developed world) — makes telepresence about a zillion times better than physically mobilizing your molecules and all for the painfest that is the actuality of air travel today (and it's going to get steadily worse, more and more unpleasant and expensive, as the gathering wave of hoi polloi wakes up and smells the coffee).


The airline industry should be afraid. 


Very, very afraid.


BNA*, baby.

*Bits not atoms


I wrote the above Monday afternoon, then happened yesterday (via Kontra) on this Harvard Business Review article which pretty much echoed my thoughts and amplifies them with background and detail.

Can't hardly wait.

In the near future only the unentitled will be on fly lists: the rest of us will happily leave the miseries of air travel to those who have no alternative.

May 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Official Backpack®™© of Google Glass

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Go ahead, try and convince me this slick puppy's not the perfect repository for Glass.

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You'll never succeed.

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Also an aura of "Starship Troopers."

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From the website:


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Lined with durable EPDM foam and features straps for your laptop/tablet to protect your valuables against scratches and shocks.

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Strong durable lightweight hardshell offers maximum carrying comfort and protection.

Smart locks secure your possessions with an audible "snap."

Made in the Netherlands.

Features and Details:

• Body: polypropylene block copolymer

• Elastic: natural latex rubber

• Straps: polypropylene

• Rivets: aluminum

• Padding: EPDM

Dimensions (exterior): 19.7" x 12.6" x 7.9"

Weight: 2.5 lbs.


White/White, White/Black, Dark Gray: $199.

May 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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