With word that the Transportation Security Administration will allow people to keep their laptops in approved bags at airline security, the company Mobile Edge have fast-tracked a line of checkpoint friendly cases.
The “Scan Fast” collection includes a briefcase, backpack, and messenger bag. All three will allow its contents to be x-rayed within the bag — eliminating the need for people to go through the laborious process of taking them out. The laptop bags will go on sale later this summer.
Meanwhile, another company, Skooba, is quickly coming up with their own TSA-approved laptop bag.
Expect a boom in the production of these bags real soon, with a number of popular bag and case companies coming up with their own.
This customized Iron Man motorcycle helmet convincingly gives you the feeling of actually sporting the superhero’s armored mask.
Available for purchase at The Helmet Guy.
This CNN article on office cubicles really got me thinking — how much office decoration is too much? What are the limits?
The article covers office workers who have decorated their cubicles in the following themes:
* The Hulk
* My Little Pony
* Dr Seuss
* Happy Meal Toys
* GI Joe
In some cases, the toys and other paraphernalia literally cover every inch, minus work space, of the entire cubicle.
Now, the pros of having your office decorated in such an unique manner are obvious. It makes you feel more at home and gives you a sense of individuality from within a sea of corporate-beige.
However, the cons:
* Officemates distracted and annoyed
* You distracted by your own awesome collection
* Employers might be biased against you based on your whimsical interests. For example, the woman with the My Little Ponies. What if she gets passed up for that promotion because somebody thinks she’s not “mature” enough — even though she most probably might be more than qualified?
In the end, however, you spend so much time at your job that you need it to be not only comfortable but a place where you can be yourself to a degree.
What do you think? How do you decorate your office space?
(here is another article on cubicle decorations from The New York Post)
Ever worry that guests won’t know what room the bathroom is in your palatial abode? French designer Florence Doleac has solved that problem by creating a bronze-colored bathroom door handle that will be unmistakable.
Presenting: the Poop Handle!
No, that’s not its official name. Actually, it’s called an “étron” (feces specimen) door handle. Classy. Your guests will never mistakingly open the broom closet again.
In the mid-1980s the girls in my class were obsessed with plastic charm bracelets and necklaces. Retro fashion inspired by an even earlier era, these charms could be as simple as a plastic shape (animals, hearts, etc) to as complex as little books and phones with dials.
Whatever charms you chose, the idea was to buy a lot of them — and heap them on plastic chains. It went beyond mere schoolyard fashion, being more emblematic of a 1980s trademark — excess.
Do not be fooled by lesser plastic charms. The true vintage 1980 charm will have a little “anchor” fastener (to attach it on the wide loops of the plastic chains) and sometimes a little metal “jingle.”
Today the authentic plastic charms go for a bit in the collector’s market, with sometimes an entire “full” chain grabbing an upwards of $120+.
Just another reason for my boyfriend to hurry up and get that Xbox 360 — as if Rock Band wasn’t enough.
Microsoft has just announced a deal that will allow Xbox 360 Live Gold users to play streaming video from their Netflix queues for no extra charge. They will also be able to share and watch the movies with the rest of their friends in their Live party.
I think this is rather big news — and a big partnership. Just another step towards what I envision to be the future, one device for all media and uses — a combo game player/computer/TV/phone/media center.