January 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I was just doing a bit of shopping on my go-to site (Amazon, clearly) and noticed something strange with pricing.
First, for Puro Caff, which I use to clean my espresso machine (and you should, too, it’s amazing):
First price, fine. That’s about the average price for a 20 oz thing of Puro Caff. But the second, identical product with a slightly different label — $113? That’s quite literally a $100 difference between Puro Caff sold by Amazon and a third party, which is RIDICULOUS. Unless it’s signed by the inventor of espresso or something.
And second, my favorite mouse cushion:
Price I pay, again, fine. $14 to avoid carpal tunnel is a pretty good deal. But wait a second– list price $711.00. No, I didn’t get the decimal wrong, it really says seven hundred dollars for a wrist cushion, and that you ‘save’ $697.55 when buying on Amazon. This little guy is $11 at Staples, so you’re not fooling me, Amazon.
Let’s hope this is a bug, because y’all, Amazon’s pulling some weird shit if not.
May 25, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Remember the post I wrote about Hop and Rio?
There’s apparently a Smurfs movie coming out, and they’re following in the promotion footsteps of the terrible animated movies before them. And yes, I think the Smurfs movie is going to be royally AWFUL.
Here’s a confession: I have the Smurf Village iPad app. And I LOVE IT. It’s my Farmville. The app just updated with a new ‘quest’ to build a movie theater in the village and watch the trailer. You HAVE to do it to continue with the game. Brilliant.
I mean, the trailer made me want to scream, but I watched it. They had the opportunity to make an impression on me- probably for a very low cost.
Cool, right? What do you think?
March 23, 2011 § Leave a Comment
A fellow Tar Heel, Meghan Prichard, just tweeted this (very cool) video about future glass technology:
First reaction: it’s a realistic Minority Report. Very cool.
And then I thought about it. Some of that technology seems like it’d be way more frustrating to use than exciting. Example: functionality that relies on multi-touch. Maybe my fingers will get more precise as I become ever more used to touch screens, but multi-touch irritates the bejeebus out of me sometimes. Half the time I do something without meaning to and then waste time trying to figure out how to fix it. It’s not the smooth, flawless functionality Corning demonstrates.
Also- putting your phone / mini glass computer device down on a surface expands what’s on the screen. I can see a huge potential for embarrassing situations and a rise in snoopy behavior. People will have to be really careful about not putting their phones down before clearing away whatever they had up.
I’m now at the age where I pay my own bills. Almost all of them. Howw expensive would it be to have that fridge play a video all the time? Even on motion sensors, that seems like a waste of energy to me. But it might work for some. Maybe I’d like it if it were a TV on a fridge. But then I can see myself getting mad every time Bek opened it for something while I was watching a show.
As for the lightweight, flexible e-reader? Wouldn’t that be annoying to hold up? I feel like it’d bend. Potential product issue right there.
What I DO like is the concept of photosensitive glass. I really love natural light in living spaces, and like the concept of wall-to-wall windows in a home. Of course, that brings with it the idea of energy (in)efficiency and a lack of privacy. Glass that changes to frosted at the touch of a button already exists in posh homes. The photosensitivity would be a cool added feature.
Overall, I think it’s great technology’s going this direction. I just think manufacturers are going to have to wrestle with a lot of functionality issues.