Wednesday, July 27, 2005

batman. shakespeare. bust

The 13-year-old kid in me really wants to put one of these in my non-existent library as a cool way to get into the non-existent secret room hidden behind the non-existent library. It's a reproduction of the switch Bruce Wayne used to get into the Batcave in the original Batman series. Of course, the fact that one of its selling point is that "IT REALLY WORKS!" does not necessarily speak too highly of it, but when it comes to these things, there tend to be relatively few on the market to choose from. It sells for $299, but if you have a library and a secret room you can probably afford that.

Monday, July 18, 2005


The Embrio is a concept bike from Bombardier that kicks the ass of the Segway...and just about any other wheeled vehicle for that matter. Like the Segway, a gyroscope keeps you balanced on the thing, but unlike the Segway this only has one wheel! And it can supposedly take two people. One wheel + two people = big bargain! It's definitely got a lot going for it style-wise and balance-wise, but the idea of a hydrogen fuel cell seems a bit farfetched. It also comes with infrared night vision and a variable suspension, but sadly lacks a spare tire.

small. wheel.
The small on the front keeps the Embrio "longitudinally stable", but it's only used when you start or stop. It retracts after you hit 12 miles per hour.

Monday, July 04, 2005


When it comes to funky beds there really just ain't a lot out there. Lucky for us Henry Hane over at Urbana has come up with the Sultan, based on Aladdin's flying carpet (please, no "magic in the bedroom" references). The Sultan's design makes it look half like it's ready to take flight and half like it's a comfy rolled up carpet (I mean that in a good way) ready to be lounged upon. You don't need a box spring because it's got a built-in slat platform, but you will need to by a mattress for it. You can get it in the usual bed sizes: twin, full, queen, king and California king. You also get to choose the colors and fabric. Not sure about pricing.