Archive for May, 2009

Garbage Bin From the Future: Keeps Smells Away

052809_rg_minus_garbage_01.jpgWe don’t really like garbage bins. They end up being smelly and leaky most of the time. You have to clean the garbage can out so many times that it gets annoying in the end. Plus, the smells can be ghastly. There is nothing worse than coming home from work and realizing that the first thing that you are smelling is your garbage. Sure, this is a lesson that we can take to heart and empty out our garbage more often, but still, there must be something that can be done to make life easier, right? The Minus garbage can is right out of science-fiction and will keep your home smelling great!

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Solar Umbrella: Charges Your Gadgets While You’re Having Fun in the Sun

052809_rg_solar_umbrella_01.jpgImagine all those great summer afternoons or weekends that are spent in your garden relaxing, wouldn’t it be great if they’d find a way to harness all that solar energy? The trouble with solar panels is that they require a large surface to generate power. Also, they are frightfully expensive. Now, it will be possible to use umbrellas to harness solar power to charge all of your gadgets.

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Ergodex DX1: The Ultimately Customizable Keyboard

052909_rg_ergodex_dx_01.jpgWe’ve heard lots about the Optimus Maximus keyboard. It’s really cool, but it just costs way to much to be useful. That’s why we think that the this keyboard is perfect for people working from home, especially designers and graphic artists. It’s customizable and it’s something that we’ve never seen before. It just makes plain sense.

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Dotz Organizers: Keeping Your Wires Clean

052709_rg_dotz_organizers_01.jpgHow do the cables under your desk look like? Or the cables and plugs near outlets? If you are like us, it’s probably very messy. It’s hard to keep things organized under your desk and near power plugs. Even if they start out organized, they will usually get messy after a while. The Dotz plug identifiers are very simple and make managing a power bar or outlet very easy in the most simple way.

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Balloon Music Speaker: Sharing Music Has Never Been Easier

052709_rg_musicballoon_01.jpgIf you are trying to share music with your friends, you’d need some kind of a dock. The problem is that most docks are bulky and it’s not something that you’d take with you when you are going out of your home. Now, sharing your music has never been easier thanks to this balloon music speaker. It’s handy and fits in your pocket. It will allow you to play your music anywhere and anytime.

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Disturbing Dooce

I don’t know what’s more disturbing about these photos on Heather Armstrong’s site. The fact that she posted them or that she took them and thought they were funny. There is something wrong about them. They must be racist in some fashion, though I can’t really put my finger on the exact offending feature.

End of May Books

Still awaiting a sci-fi book haul (The Prefect, Zoe’s Tale, The Temporal Void, Anathem). With no school, I tend to devour books very quickly. I borrowed 4 books last week from my mom and finished them by Friday. I borrowed a book from a friend and it was finished by Sunday. I bought three hardcover books today and two are already finished. I’ve started reading the Gulag Archipelago. The well-used copy of my mother is older than I am.
May reading

Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Romantics by Pankaj Mishra
Cover her Face by PD James
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
Dieu porte-t-il des lunettes noires? by Maurice Dantec
Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler
The Glass Harp by Truman Capote
Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M Forster
The Snake Charmer by Sanjay Nigam

April reading

The Lighthouse by P.D. James
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Les hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes by Steig Larsson
La fille qui rêvait d’un bidon d’essence et d’une allumette by Steig Larsson
La reine dans le palais des courants d’air by Steig Larsson

March reading

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Cosmos Incorporated by Maurice Dantec

February reading

Seven Silent Men by Noel Behn
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Human Stain by Philip Roth
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold [due to become a Peter Jackson movie]

January reading

Final Account by Peter Robinson
The Climb
by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
Samarcande by Amin Maalouf
Devil’s Claw by J.A. Jance
Pilgrim
by Timothy Findley
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The High Window by Raymond Chandler
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

book count: 40

3 Year Blog Anniversary

photo by Edwin Nollen

photo by Edwin Nollen

I started this blog on the 24th of May 2006. Last year, I skipped mentioning it. This year, I’ve spent the weekend away from the computer. Well, I spent last Sunday and Monday away. Today, I was back in front of the computer.

In three years, I’ve posted 5,148 posts.

You’ve left 4,358 comments.

You’ve visited this blog 1,448,190 times.

When I started freelancing, I had to cut down on the original posts on this site. I still have about 500 asides to rescue from my old memoirs feed, which I plan to do during the summer.

You’ll be happy to find out that I haven’t stopped writing. When I mention writing, I mean creative fiction writing. There is also a story out there that I found that I want to tell, hopefully in print.

In the coming months, I’ll probably be doing more freelancing.

What can you look forward to on this blog?

More reviews, more photos, more essays and opinions.

What is my blog to me?

It’s a form of expression. I haven’t gone on FB this year and I don’t twitter or tumble, so I’m stuck doing this the old fashioned way. At least that’s what I tell myself. I love blogs. What you write is immediately published when you push the magical Publish button on your dashboard. My words come to life.

Then again, I’m not a great writer. Well, I think I could be good, but I need a lot of work. Parts of my writing have drastically improved over the last three years, and this is due to my daily writings on this blog. This blog has led me to opportunities that I wouldn’t have usually had in the past.

Some blogs get really into personal details and publish daily accounts of what happens in their author’s lives. I’m not like that. If you really want to know, I do keep a diary. I don’t plan on publishing it and I’ve had it written by hand and on my computer. I’m not that particular, but I do love writing things by hand.

Over the last three years, my life has been going up and down. More down than up if I’m honest. At least I have my wife, my dog, and since last year, my cat and I know that they all love me.

Here’s to another good year of posts and writing. Hope you’ll stick around.

Toilet Photoworkers

Photoworkers on the toilet

Photoworkers on the toilet

(via designyoutrust)

Monsieur Steve T-Shirt Competition

Really cool photo for a T-shirt competition. It’s NSFW. (via designyoutrust)


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