Projectors are really cool. Point one at any wall just about
anywhere and you've got yourself a home theater.
Of course, you'll need to connect a laptop or DVD player.
You'll need to position everything close to an AC outlet for power.
Oh, and don't forget about speakers. Maybe I should have said,
projectors are really cool--once you get past all the
Wouldn't it be great, then, to have a projector with
everything you need built right in? Like this one: Staples has the
3M Streaming Projector for $159.99 shipped
(plus sales tax in most states). That's just about half the $299
The Streaming Projector is compact enough to fit in the palm
of your hand, yet it's like a self-contained home theater. It runs
on a rechargeable battery, so you don't need a nearby outlet.
True story: My sister once left her Kindle e-reader on an airplane.
By the time she realized it was gone, well, it was too late.
Whoever found the Kindle--assuming they were honest enough to want
to return it--had no way of determining who owned it.
This happens all the time. According to Look Mobile
Security, some 9 million cell phones were lost in 2011. The Ponemon
Institute reported in 2008 that travelers lose more than
12,000 laptops per week in U.S. airports--and 8,000 are
never returned because the owners can't be found. (Those numbers
are probably even higher now.) And don't get me started on kids who
lose their iPods, tablets, and other gadgets.
Your DVR is terrible. I mean, really embarrassingly awful. It's
functional, yes, but has one of the most unattractive and
unfriendly interfaces ever. I threw up in my mouth a little bit
just thinking about it.
And you're not alone: a lot of other cable-TV providers have
similarly bad boxes. That's probably why so many people turn to
TiVo. As third-party DVRs go, it's just about the best option out
there. (Okay, its pretty much the only option out there. Still,
it's a great one.)
Just one problem: TiVo charges an insane $19.99 per month
for service. And that's on top of the outrageous rates I'm already
paying for cable. (Whoa, more vomit.
There's just something about a man in black. I'm not talking about the MiB kind, rather the, "Up front, there ought to be a man in black," kind. The good guys don't always wear white and black shows a mystery and worldliness that women love. Guys, well, they just like black because it's subtle.
You like it. He likes it. Black is just the perfect gift for a guy. Here are some gift ideas for your mysterious mate that won't break the bank:
I hate sports. I know that living in Southern California this goes against all the laws of nature--which include but are not limited to rooting for either the Angels or the Dodgers and getting excited about things like the Superbowl (I like the Puppy Bowl...)--but really, sports just aren't my thing. I have broken about six fingers, torn some ligaments, and had various other injuries during my childhood, almost all of which were sports-related, so yeah. Me + sports = no thanks.
However, table tennis? That's a sport I can get excited about! The sound of the ping-pong ball, the whoosh of the paddle, the sweat on my brow. Ah yes, table tennis, the game of champions!
So imagine my excitement when I found this winning item from Gizmine: Self Table Tennis.
Image by Joi Ito from Inbamura, Japan (whatsinyourbag) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It's summertime, and that means vacations. Whether you're traveling by plane, train, car, bus, or boat, you'll want to stock up on gadgets and gear that can make your trip fun, efficient, and memorable. Make room in your carry-on bag for these five items.