The Perfect Task Lamp Let’s You Mold Its Light to Your Liking [Design]

July 31st, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Even jointed lamps that pivot at all angles can be hard to direct, when you need the light to be just so. A lamp whose entire body is the light itself—and bendy, no less—is exactly the kind of thing to read by… or work by… or by which to do just about any activity requiring good light that won’t hurt your eyes. More »







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This Tea Steeper Thinks It’s in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [Tea]

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There’s a very good thing going on in the realm of tea steepers, right now. This little spa man tea infuser is perfectly brilliant. And now there’s a deep sea diver—the Deep Tea Diver ($14.95)—who’ll soak your leaves Steve Zissou-style! [LikeCool] More »







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Do You Use Your Big Ass Smartphone to Watch Porn? [Chatroom]

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Over the weekend, I met two individuals— on two separate occasions—both of whom were proud owners of a Samsung Galaxy S3. A huge ass phone with a huge ass screen. Why would you ever want such a giant phone, I asked, incredulous. Both said the main selling point was the ability to watch porn on the go, on the john, on the subway—just about anywhere, whenever, discretely. More »







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Will You Switch to the New Hotmail Outlook? [Chatoom]

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Outlook’s new web client launched today, and it’s pretty goddamn awesome. But many of us have invested years into Gmail and its many intricacies (or maybe Yahoo! or maybe Exchange!), which makes switching over all the more difficult. If you’re a browser-based email fiend, will you switch over? If not, what will it take to make you ditch your current mail service? More »







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A Well-Made Chair for the Bistro in Your Kitchen [Daily Desired]

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I’m moving to a new apartment today. Groundbreaking because I’m actually going to have room for a dinner table. And you can’t have one of those without a few chairs. The bistro chairs from American Country Home look just like the ones you see in cute sidewalk cafes in New York City. More »







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Google Chrome Now Looks Good on Retina Displays [Google]

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If you’re an ardent user of Google Chrome and happen to use a Retina MacBook Pro, good news: the latest stable release of Chrome includes support for the high-res display. No longer will you have to use another browser or cause pain to your retinas. Download it here. [Google via Engadget] More »







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This Aquarium Is the Only Place On Earth Where Penguins Can Fly [Aquariums]

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The Sunshine Aquarium—located atop an entertainment complex in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo—features a unique ring-shaped see-through tank perched seven-and-a-half feet over guests that usually lets them watch the facility’s seal population swim laps. More »







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Japan’s Cockroach Forecasts Will Make You Feel Better About the Heat [Insects]

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Here’s a neat/gross piece of trivia that should make waking up to a stiflingly hot forecast a little easier to deal with. In Japan, a website called Gokiten—aka Cockroach Weather—takes the current conditions into account to determine how likely it is you’ll run across a cockroach as you go about your day. More »







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Internet Billionaire Creates Huge Physics Prize

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gbrumfiel writes “Billionaire Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner has spontaneously awarded $3 million prizes to nine prominent theoretical physicists. The new Fundamental Physics Prize dwarfs awards like the Nobel, which this year is estimated to be worth some $1.2 million (and that’s before it’s split by up to three winners). It’s so much money that some theorists fear it could distort the field. Milner says that his only purpose for the new prize was to promote the field, which he studied in the 1980s: ‘The intention was to say that science is as important as a shares rating on Wall Street,’ he told Nature.”

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Clip-On Camping Light Keeps Hands Free for Starting Fires and Fighting Bears [Flashlights]

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Set to hit the market in early 2013, Snow Peak’s Lapel Torch flashlight separates the LED bulb from the batteries with a cable tether that allows the light source to be clipped to your jacket or backpack straps. More »







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