November 22, 2006

the get it
Not exactly a stocking stuffer but a sweet nugget nonetheless. If you are ready to upgrade that old monitor or maybe need a bit more screen real estate, either way, this is the one. The Samsung 941BW is a 19" widescreen LCD with some knockout features. Some of the highlights include a blazing fast 4 ms response time, 1440×900 native resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio (widescreen) and a wide viewing angle (160 degrees). is dealing up the 941BW for the bargain price of $185. Seriously, a monitor with these features would normally cost twice that. To top it off, it also qualifies for free shipping!
the gizmo
Like many, I have fully committed to the cell phone and no longer have landline service. However, when at home, I have to admit that I miss talking on those conventional handsets. Hulger had the same feeling back in 2000 and in 2002 they created their first prototype, the Pokia. As you can imagine Nokia had a few issues with the name. Hard to believe. So they settled on the name Hulger, named after "grandfather Hulger, a stern Danish man who understood the value of things". They have a whole line of handsets and bases that will work with most of today’s cell phones. My personal favorite is the red P*Phone. You can feel just like Ronnie, back in the 80s, phonin’ the boys at the Kremlin for a good tongue lashing. MoCo Loco has a great review here. What’s up with those scary Boys From Brazil twins on the Home Page?
the gorgeous

Designer Duncan Wilson has put an incredibly modern twist on an old childhood favorite. He has made the cup and string "telephone", the original hardwired communication device, wireless! According to his site, "The design of the Cup Communicator is focused around a series of physical actions and gestures that create a poetic etiquette of use and a tactile intimacy between user and object." I don’t know about all of that, but I do know that I would like to have one. I think Mr. Wilson may be over thinking the significance just a bit. To activate the Cup Communicator, just tug at the cord. To talk, you just give the cup a squeeze. Right now it is just a prototype but hopefully someone will pick it up for production.
the green

As fuel prices continue to rise, some of those alternative fuels from the past are starting to re-emerge and they are better than ever. Remember pellet stoves? Well they are back. They burn small compacted material, usually sawdust, corn kernels or sometimes custom biomass (grape waste, olive pits, almond shells, cotton-gin trash, etc.). Although these stoves have come a long way technologically, being extremely efficient and producing very little waste, they have not made as much progress aesthetically. However, Japanese designer Satoshi Seki has made some headway, creating a very modern colorful design. Mmmm… like giant peanut butter M&Ms. Unfortunately, Satoshi’s site is mostly Japanese, but here is a translation using Google’s translator.
the gossip

Bill O’Reilly of The O’Reilly Factor, The No-Spin Zone and alleged workplace harrassment fame has chimed in this week on the popularity of iPods and other enemies of the "common man." This is so good, I had to put it in. O’Reilly states that "I don’t own an iPod. I would never wear an iPod… If this is your primary focus in life – the machines… it’s going to have a staggeringly negative effect, all of this, for America… did you ever talk to these computer geeks? I mean, can you carry on a conversation with them? …I really fear for the United States because, believe me, the jihadists? They’re not playing the video games. They’re killing real people over there." Oh dear, I don’t even know how to respond to this. Is it me or is he suggesting we kill real people in order to compete with terrorist groups? And it seems he is actually blaming iPods for the collapse of America. These crazy kids with their long hair and their Rock ‘n Roll music are ruining everything! By the way, the Premium Membership of O’Reilly’s pay site offers podcasts.…