Monthly Archives: August 2005

but is it art? August 16, 2005 posted by


Perplexcity. Part game, part interactive story and part global treasure hunt. Prize of $200,000 (£100,000). Buy the playing card packs from Firebox or others for £2.50, solve clues, win money. Easy eh?  The game is played across every conceivable form of media with puzzles and clues hidden in mysterious websites, phone messages, billboards, classified ads, skywriting and live events in different cities around the world. It’s a bizarre cross between The Matrix, Alice in Wonderland and The Da Vinci Code…The starting…

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Gadgets August 15, 2005 posted by

Talk talk.

The Olympia OL6010 Wireless Conference Phone. No wires. Just echo free, omni-directional, 2.4GHz, rechargeable, conference calling chat. Lots of chat. $799.95.  This professional quality, full duplex, wireless conference phone gives you the flexibility you’ve been searching for. Move it from the conference room to a cubicle, then to the boardroom – wherever the action is – without moving phone lines and power cords! Includes rechargeable, wireless Conference Pod and Base Unit.

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Gadgets August 15, 2005 posted by

Radiation detection flashlight.

The Keychain EM Radiation Detector Flashlight. Hey kids, it’s OK. Now we can carry around our very own pocket friendly radiation detector and LED flashlight combo to make sure we’re not going to be zapped by any of that nasty ole EMF stuff. $19.95 for red, orange or green peace.   Your computer, TV, microwave, cell phone and other household appliances can expose you to excess electromagnetic radiation—a known health hazard. How do you know how much is too much? The…

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Gadgets August 15, 2005 posted by

Bulldog breed.

The Bulldog 2030 Talking Car Alarm System. $50.49 buys you ‘I’ve been tampered with’, ‘Please adjust my sensor now’, ‘You are too close to the vehicle, please move away’, and four other romantic phrases for that special first night out together. Oh, and a 127db siren, just in case.  One-wire Ten Minute Installation Four Button Extended Range Remote Transmitter Full-time Instant Panic Remote Car Finder

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diy August 15, 2005 posted by

The Ultimate Water Gun.

The Ultimate Water Gun. Grab some pipe clamps, high pressure hose and epoxy and you’ll be well on your way towards building a Fireman Sam style water pistol. Soak ‘em? Drown ‘em, more like.  Open the stop valve on your gun, and close the ball valve. Unscrew the cleanout cap on the tank. Fill with water through the 1.5″ port on the Tee. Replace the cleanout cap, making sure it’s on tight with a wrench. Attach the air compressor and…

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Awesome August 15, 2005 posted by

The LED Museum.

The LED Museum. More…oh so much more…than you’ll ever, EVER, want to know about LEDs in all their forms. Flashlight reviews, user mods, acronyms, top picks…I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Not the prettiest design in the world, though, we have to say.  The LED Museum is an award winning site made by an LED nut, for LED nuts; containing real-world test results of all kinds of different light emitting diodes & LED flashlights. Featuring the world’s only “LED Museum”…

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Free Software August 15, 2005 posted by


Greasemap is a cool little freeware tool that automatically embeds a Google map at the top of the screen when you browse a web page with an address on it. It needs Greasemonkey in order to work. I had it installed for a bit, but turned it off when I found it was slowing down my page accesses a bit. Still, pretty cool tech all round.  Greasemap…augments any web page you visit by searching the page for geocodeable addresses or other…

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leisure links August 13, 2005 posted by

Link-o-Matic – James Bond watches and more…

James Bond Watches – shaken, not stirred  FontLeech – the free fonts blog  The Catsup Crapper – hilarious and yet mightily trivial  Secret Masonic Handshakes – well, you did ask!  Link Popularity Tool – how popular is your website?  Bob’s Cube – Have some Flash fun being nosy  Google Maps Mania – unofficial Google Maps blog  Designer’s Toolbox – fabulous free web design tools  Farm Africa – the gift that keeps on giving  Nexi – complete random collaboration

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hmm..interesting August 12, 2005 posted by

Electric airgun.

The Airsoft Styler 606 Electric Airgun. The Ferret sleeps well in his bed at night, knowing that simple happy-loving products like these are available for all and sundry. After all, it’s just good clean fun, isn’t it children?  They’re slightly larger than a pistol, with a lower rate of fire and muzzle velocity than their big counterparts, but don’t be fooled: these guns can hold up to 170 rounds of ammo, and they really pack a punch! Plus, they’re fully automatic…

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Fun & Games August 12, 2005 posted by

Boogie board, bro’.

The Yo Bro Board. A wacky fun looking surf/paddle/boogie board that doubles up as a beach cart. And it’s a Brit idea? Wow! Around £300.00.  The Yo Bro Board is a highly manoeuvrable lightweight glass bottom paddle board. At 2.3 m long it provides the user with a confident and comfortable platform to enjoy the wonders below the surface of the water…Thanks to the Yo Bro Board you can further enjoy the pleasures of snorkelling without many of the inconveniences…

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hardware August 12, 2005 posted by

Telescope tales.

The Swarosvski Optik Telescope. Add on the optional digital camera adapter and you’ve got something that will keep you, your Aunt Noreen and Colonel Pinkett down the road very happy indeed. And don’t it look just funk-a-delic? Around $1300.00 give or take.  The ATS/STS 80 (HD) observation telescopes set the highest standards among telescopes in this category. Even with the easy-to-handle fully rubberized armouring, the ATA/STS 80 (HD) are by far the lightest of the larger observation telescopes. Thanks to a recalculated optical system, they…

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Gadgets August 12, 2005 posted by

Load Pod.

LoadPod. No, nothing to do with vanilla essence, well done. An iPod loading service, which will, interestingly, also load your music back on to your computer if you have a crash and lose everything. From $99.00. Probably a very neat service for the technically challenged or terminally lazy, eh? Who said personal service was dead?  If you’ve lost the music on your computer due to a crash but you still have the music on your iPod, LoadPod gets you back…

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Awesome August 12, 2005 posted by

Chocolate roses.

Chocolate Roses. By Lisa. Oy, oy, oy! Unbelievable. $250.00 each.  I create one of a kind artwork by sculpting roses from pure chocolate. I spend nearly a full day in the creation of a single full-size chocolate rose. I take no shortcuts and put no adulterants into the chocolate I work with. If you’d like a look at what I can do using pure white and dark chocolate applied over a marzipan truffle and nothing else except an occasional dash…

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Free Software August 12, 2005 posted by


Phonifier. Dennis sends me news that Phonifier is now Open Source. What is it, I hear you ask impatiently. Well, it’s proxy software that makes web pages mobile phone friendly. Yes yes Skweezer does it too, but hear the man out, why don’t you? Tsk.  PHONifier was initially developed to optimize webpages automatically. You set to be your mobile homepage and then surf the web through the PHONifier proxy. Alternatively, you could install the PHONifier script on your server…

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Gadgets August 11, 2005 posted by

Relax and listen.

The Natural Lights and Sounds Relaxation Crystal. $39.95. Sight, sound, smell and taste. What? Oh sorry you’re not supposed to lick the crystal, just look at it.  Create a soothing spa environment with a combination of sound, light and aromatherapy. This ingenious device delivers eight clear, realistic digital recordings of soothing nature sounds: ocean waves, running stream, rainforest, summer night, birds, waterfall, brook and California coast. Each comforting sound projects an entrancing light show.

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