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New York Biotopes

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 11, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Nature, Technology

The Infidelity Phone

An old-model Fujitsu flip phone has a devoted fan base in Japan because of its enhanced privacy features. It allows you to designate certain contacts as private, and, according to the Wall Street Journal, "If one of those acquaintances gets in touch, the only signal of that communication is a subtle change in the color or shape of how the battery sign or antenna bars are displayed. If ignored, the call doesn't appear in the phone log."

This makes the phone perfect for philanderers, and has earned it the nickname "uwaki keitai" or "infidelity phone." Apparently no other phones offer such robust privacy features. For which reason, people are sticking with their old flip phones rather than upgrading to new models.

I can see a flaw in their strategy. Now that the phone is known as the phone-of-choice of philanderers, having one is a sign of what you are.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 29, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Lies, Dishonesty and Cheating, Technology, Telephones

REMEE:  Lucid Dreaming Device

Remee: The REM Enhancing Eyemask from Bitbanger Labs on Vimeo.


A mere $95.00 here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 26, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Technology

Weird Contact Lenses

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Find these two, and many more, for sale at this site.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 06, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Costumes and Masks, Technology, Eyes and Vision

Follies of the Madmen #194

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 01, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Technology, 1970's, Hair and Hairstyling


Why am I thinking of the opening credits of Futurama?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 24, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Technology, New Zealand

The EyeSee Mannequin

It's the newest innovation in mannequin technology. It watches customers with the camera installed in its eye, recording details such as age, race, and gender. It also keeps an eye out for shoplifters. Be cool to have one of these as a home security camera. Keep it standing in the window, watching everyone who walks up to the door. [Yahoo! News]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 24, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Robots, Technology

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #27


This steampunk-style item, the "Rolmonica," is from the 1930s catalog. Blow and crank your way to musical bliss!

Available song rolls after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 23, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, Music, Technology, 1930's
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