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HDTVs now in over half of American homes

Posted in Home by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2009

samsung50plasma-sbIf you are like me, you have probably been rocking the HDTV for several years now. Many consumers still haven’t moved to the HD world. I feel like I am walking into the 60′s when I go to my in-laws and see their massive 27-inch CRT TV sitting on the entertainment center.

According to a new report from CTAM, HDTVs have gained significantly in reach in American homes. The report claims that 53% of America homes now have HDTVs in use. That number is up 18% over 2008. The report also says that of that 53% owning HDTVs, 59% own sets with screens 32-inches or larger.

The economy is bad: So recycle your candles

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

The economy is bad: So recycle your candlesYou know things are bad when gadgets encourage you to recycle candles. Screw electricity. That costs money. Time to go back to candles. Candles will never send you a bill, and candles can not be shut off by the electric company. Plus they can be recycled. Take that electric company.

After you’ve used up your old candles, just pop them into the Candle Quick, let it melt the wax down and then form a brand new candle. The Candle Quick will cost you $25, but if you buy lots of candles, maybe it will pay for itself while you stiff the electric company and put out fires.

Play Basketball with your popcorn bowl

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

Play Basketball with your popcorn bowlLike popcorn? What about Basketball? At last you can combine both and play with your food. Your popcorn may not dribble down the court, make passes or block, but each kernel can get nothing but net as you launch it on it’s way.

It’s a six-quart bowl that features a kernel separator and holders for a remote control, beverages and napkins. Think you have what it takes to rule the popcorn court? I’m assuming you can remove the hoop and shoot it straight in your mouth.

Jenda voice calendar, aka man nagger

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2009

Jenda voice calendar, aka man naggerDo you like to write lists of chores for your husband? Maybe remind him now and again that the toilet seat was left up? That the floor isn’t for dirty clothes? Remind him to eat healthier? Well ladies, save your voice. The Jenda Voice Calendar will record your appointments, messages, reminders, and all of your various daily nagging.

All you do is select the date, press record then say stuff like “Fix that damn deck today or else”. The calendar’s flashing “Today” button will alert others about the day’s schedule. It’s unclear if the nagging will play back on that day, or if the button just flashes.

Zipit electric clamshell package opener

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2009

Zipit electric clamshell package openerAny gadget lover knows the frustration of trying to extract a new gadget or toy from it’s clamshell packaging. Each of us has probably stabbed or sliced ourselves just trying to open the packaging. Exacto knives work great, but your chances of injury increase dramatically. It’s a fact that many of us here at the ‘Brick have less than ten fingers. So why not have an electric gadget that will open these packages for you?

The ZIPIt simply slices through the demon package like butter. The device runs on 3 AA batteries. Just remove the protective cover, and slide your package into the end of the cutter. A few seconds later, your package will be open and all of your fingers will be intact.

Stargate Coasters

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Stargate CoastersAre you looking for a way to nerd up your coffee table? These Stargate coasters should help. Just set your drink down on one and pretend that it just got transported to the far reaches of the universe via a wormhole.

Each measures 4.57″ in diameter. A set of four will cost you a shocking $29.99. At least they have felt-feet to keep your tabletop unscratched. Just don’t be surprised if some Egyptian dude on a far away planet ends up with your Iced Tea.

Unique Autosports pool table balances on wheels, might peel out

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Unique Autosports pool tableThe Unique Autosports pool table from Hurricane Billiards looks like it might transform from a pool table to a car, to a robot. It sits on a row of four wheels, yet is perfectly stable. Perfect for the upscale garage, it goes well with beer and pin-up calendars.

Rest assured, it’s priced for those who aren’t affected by such things as the economy. It will likely cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Now, if those wheels helped it to move itself wherever you wanted it, then we’d have something.

Sweet Cake makes anything look like a huge cupcake

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009

Sweet Cake makes anything look like a huge cupcakeYou know those cupcake wrappers? Yeah this is like that but much much larger. Apparently the idea behind “Sweet Cake” is to make anything and everything resemble a cupcake. You can use it as a planter, a kiddie pool, sandbox…

Why, you could even fill it up with a ton of cupcake batter and let it bake in the hot sun if you were so inclined. Show your love of cupcakes in a whole new way. It will cost you 149,00€ and some strange stares from the neighbors.

Hang your keys on your key

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Hang your keys on your keyMy friends, keychain technology has just changed forever. Since the dawn of time we have been hanging our keys on plain round rings. Sometimes with a charm or something attached, but a plain old ring nonetheless.

Behold the key that shall hold your keys from this day forward. It’s a real working blank key that can be cut by any key cutter to fit KW1 or SC1 keys. Just $7 for two of them. Keys will never be the same.

Stocco Maitre touch screen mirror for your iPod

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2009

Stocco Maitre touch screen mirror for your iPodHere’s a cool concept for your bathroom mirror! Pretty girl not included. The Maitre mirror from Stocco of Italy comes with a touch screen console that includes a built in radio, clock and barometer, hell, even a mirror demister with a sensor.

It can control and playback audio on your iPod. But what’s the advantage to having these controls on a mirror? Well, you can watch yourself and practice for your American Idol audition. Plus, the mirror probably comes with speakers so you can sing in the shower.

Salt & Pepper Cell: Shake, season and recharge

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Salt & Pepper Cell: Shake, season and rechargeNeed to add some geek to your diet? The folks at Antrepo Design Industry can help. These “Salt & Pepper Cell” shakers are shaped like D batteries, but they don’t hold energy. Instead they hold salt and pepper. The Cells have a strip that will show you when they need to be “recharged” with seasoning.

They’re made out of stainless steel and perfect for your geek dinners. You can get either a red and blue set, or black and white. Sadly, they aren’t for sale yet though. Antrepo is looking for a manufacturer. Let’s hope they find one. These are too cool.

Kick the habit with Blu Electronic Cigarettes

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

Kick the habit with Blu Electronic Cigarettes If you are a smoker, now is a good time to either quit or find some cheaper way to maintain the habit. Cigarette prices are rising and more states are banning smoking in public places. Blu Electronic Cigarettes can help. These “cigarettes” use a nicotine cartridge that contains an atomizer that vaporizes the nicotine.

It will deliver your nicotine without the harmful carcinogens, while satisfying the habitual aspects of smoking, like actually holding the cigarette and blowing out what appears to be smoke. That smoke is really just water vapor. And you can smoke these anywhere, even in places where smoking cigarettes is prohibited. Because they aren’t cigarettes.

Dotz helps identify your cords

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

Dotz helps identify your cordsHow many times have you needed to unplug something from the mass of power cords behind your entertainment center or PC area, only to have no idea which one is which? It’s a problem since we still have way too many wires in our lives.

Dotz Cable Identifiers will help you out with 10 reusable colored dotz that come with 24 ready to use punch-out icons and 12 do-it-yourself punch out icons. Only $10. Dotz also offers handy colored cord straps to help you number and group your cables together, also for $10.

Finger Forks: Eat like you have Wolverine on every finger

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Finger Forks: Eat like you have Wolverine on every fingerDesigned for buffets and dinner parties, these Finger forks allow you to eat as if you had a fistful of mini Wolverines at your fingertips. Whatever you eat will be shredded beyond recognition (Much like Logan’s current movie).

Just slip the finger fork, (or forks) on like a ring and commence stabbing. I recommend inserting a chewed cigar butt between your thumb and index finger for a more authentic Wolverine feel. Sideburns are totally up to you.

HydroGlass lets you shower on a fish tank

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

HydroGlass lets you shower on a fish tankI have seen the future of showering my friends. After a lifetime of being forced to shower while standing upright, I say no more! From now on, I will shower while laying down. On a fish tank, so I’ll have something to watch. The HydroGlass makes it all possible.

It features seven shower heads pointing down at your body and a hand-held shower head for those times when another human must bath you. Standing in the shower is for suckers.