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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Forever Alone: Christmas Dinner In A Can

Christmas, also known as the two month period between the end of Halloween and December 25, is upon us. With it comes endless consumerism, endless gluttony and the requisite family gatherings. They’re great, except when they aren’t. Know what we mean? Wish to skip? You don’t have to go all-in and skip on the food too. The Hot Can above isn’t a frozen dinner that you pop in the microwave. This is a self-heating can of “Turkey casserole with winter veg, chipolatas, stuffing balls and cranberry jelly.” That my friends, is Christmas. In a can. A self-heating can. Which you can eat all by your lonesome self if you so desire. No need to smile. No need to cook. Heck, no need to even wear clothes. No one said you couldn’t enjoy the Christmas spirit all by yourself.

Or, heck, enjoy it with others and serve the Dinner In A Can anyway! Cooking is very 2011. And, depending on your situation, this initiative will either delight or seriously worry your guests, both of which can be entertaining outcomes during the Holidays.

£6 or $10 will get you about 400g (roughly 1 lb.) of grub.

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Kangaroo Bottle Carries Your Essentials For You

Whether it’s cycling, jogging, pumping iron at the gym or even going on a hike, there’s always the issue of what to do with your personal effects. Sure, you can leave them in the car, but what if you need them on the road? Put them in a pocket and have them rattle around during your activity? Sure, there are plenty of ways of dealing with this, but the Kangaroo bottle is one of the more elegant ones in our opinion. It’s a 24 oz. water bottle with a flip-up compartment for storing your cards, keys or even some cash. The spout features an “Autoseal” mechanism that is spill-proof and leak-proof and can be used one-handed. There’s even a convenient flip-up handle with a carabiner to clip to your gym bag or backpack. Best of all, it’s pretty cheap at $13.

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We Wish You a Pixelated Christmas and a Happy New Year!

8-Bit Christmas Stocking

It’s officially thirty-two more days before Christmas! Already, I hear malls playing Christmas carols in the background while salespeople walk around in Santa hats showing off presents that you might want to buy for yourself or for someone else.

Christmas starts at home and I think there’s no such thing as breaking out the Christmas decorations too early. But how about geeking up your decor this year by tacking up this 8-Bit Christmas Stocking beside all your other regular Christmas stockings? They’re pixelated all over and even have buttons from a retro gaming controller printed on top–perfect for the gamer in the family (or perfect for you.)

They’re available online for $9.99.

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Delightfully Obtuse: Contraption Pops Corn One Kernel At A Time

Sometimes you just have to stop asking “why” and enjoy something for what it is. The Oncle Sam pictured above is an elaborate device that pops corn, one kernel at a time. That’s… all it does. It was recently presented by Laurent Beirnaert, Pierre Bouvier and Paul Tubiana as part of the ‘low-tech factory’ exhibition at Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland. When you turn a handle at the bottom, a single kernel falls into a metal cooking receptacle where it is heated in oil, above a candle, until it pops. There’s some salting going on as well. The popped kernel then falls into another glass cup where you can retrieve it and enjoy it. It’s all pretty grandiose, and pretty awesome.

Ok… you’re still wondering “why”. The closest we have to an explanation is this:

The work celebrates and values the means by which a product is created – slowing down a type of manufacture that is usually en masse to a visual spectacle that can be appreciated, acknowledged and savored.

Right, so it’s a piece of art. That’s nice. If you want to know what it looks like in action, hit the jump for a totally worthwhile video.

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Classy: Wine Glass Sippy Cup

Nothing says “I’m an upstanding member of society” than being seen walking around with a sippy cup filled with wine. Oh sure, it could be anything in there. Could be juice. But the fact that the hollowed out innards are shaped just like a wine glass when they don’t have to be is proof enough that the object is making a statement. It’s saying “hey, I’m a sippy cup that’s meant to be filled with wine.” But that’s ok, we don’t just. Of course, if you’re going to be traipsing around town sipping wine from a plastic container, it might was well be spill and shatter proof. Which the Vino2Go (as it’s called) certainly is.

Each $15 BPS-free plastic cup holds 10 oz. of liquid. That’s not much. You better ask your significant other to carry the wine purse for refills.

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ReTimer Glasses Promise To Help Fix Jetlag

There are many entrants in the field of light-aided circadian rhythm adjustment; the ReTimer is one of the more interesting ones due to its easy-to-wear design. What it does is promise to help you reduce jet lag, increase energy, overcome sleeplessness and overcome fatigue by shining an LED light in the green wavelength at your eyes. It does this from below so that you can still look ahead and not be blinded. The brain uses this light cue and adjusts its biorhythms accordingly.

There’s a particular science in using ReTimer properly, and fortunately their website gives you a “Jet Lag Calculator” where you can enter your departure place and time, as well as your arrival details and it will give you a program that will get your clock back in line faster than you could have achieved naturally. Allegedly. We don’t doubt the studies and the effectiveness of the device, but of course it’s not magic and will work differently with everyone. Still, if you don’t mind donning some pretty funky looking glasses and paying $260 for the privilege, the ReTimer could just be a useful tool for the jet setters of this planet.

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Toasted Scorpions, Anyone?

Who says snacks have to be made of sugar or oily potatoes? No one, actually, but we couldn’t think of a better way of introducing the Toasted Scorpion snack you see above. We’re not saying it’s a good intro: we’re saying we’re creatively stunted. The Toasted Scorpions on the other hand are about as creative a snack as you’re going to find. These are sustainably farmed and delicately detoxified, bona fide scorpions that have been salted and toasted and packed for your snacking delight. So, no, they’re not poisonous. They are reportedly high in protein and low in fat and are sure to get the whole office talking if you find the courage to bring a pack of these tasty arachnids in, and eat it in front of your co-workers.

It’s £12 or about $20 for a box that contains roughly 5 scorpions. No one said exotic snack were cheap.

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About To Get Caught In An Avalanche? Stay Afloat With This Airbag System

The power and intensity of avalanches is hard to put in words. No one wants to be caught in one but if it unfortunately does happen, you can be prepared. The Patrol 24 ABS Avalanche Airbag Backpack features two Nitrogen-inflated bags that can be deployed with a rip cord. The idea is that while the avalanche is actually happening, it has much the same properties as a liquid. But once it stops, the snow becomes compacted and if you’re trapped underneath, is sure to asphyxiate you. So you want to do your best to stay afloat so that you’re near the surface when everything ends. That’s why the airbags could save you. Of course it does nothing to prevent you from getting crushed by a felled tree or a rock, but you can try to put the odds on your side.

The system isn’t cheap however, clocking in at an impressive $1,179. Of course at that price, you do get an actual backpack, not just the safety system. But still, you bette be one serious mountain hiker if you’re going to splurge on that.

Hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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USB Toast Hand Warmers Will Keep Your Hands Toasty and Adorable

Toast Hand Warmers

It gets pretty hard to type if you can’t stop your hands from shaking because of the cold weather. Add a busted heater to the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster filled with mistyped letters and error-filled documents. So why not get yourself a pair of these adorable hand warmers that will keep your hands warm and comfortably toasty?

Just plug the cord to your computer’s USB drive, set the hand warmers to your desired temperature, then slip your hands into the ‘slices’ of toast and type away. The toast hand warmers have holes where you can slip your thumb and fingers out and it’s strapping your hands into them are as easy as 1-2-3.

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