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10 Best Of The Best 2009 Calendars

Every year it becomes harder to choose a calendar. The subjects expand and the art work gets better and there are more publishers to check out. This year, I found many wonderful calendars produced by individual artists, some of which are among my collection of 10 Best Of The Best 2009 Calendars.


A Life-Saving Gadget For You And Your Kids! GUARDian® Backpack

Most of us have had the feeling more than once that we were being followed, or that someone, even a person we could see, was a threat to us. Fortunately, more often than not, we find some way to lower the threat level...

Bad Kitty! BALZAC Hello Kitty Goes Goth

Hello Kitty is not for kiddies anymore, as this collaborative effort from Sanrio and Japanese punk-goth band BALZAC so graphically illustrates.

Go Ahead! Send Me To The Dog House!

Yes, you can design a Swiss chalet for your St. Bernard and have it built to your specifications. Your dog or cat can have his own house, excuse me, his own Pet Mansion, that's the spitting image of your home. The only thing is... no sub-prime mortgages on the Pet Mansions.

Cafards: Not Just Creepy On Halloween!

I wonder what Juliet would have said about cockroaches. Would she say...

"What's in a name? That which we call a cockroach by the name 'cafard,' is it not still creepy as hell?"


Hot Off The Press! A 2009 Sarah Palin Calendar

Whether you think she'll be the 2012 Republican candidate for president or she's just getting an extra five minutes of fame, Sarah Palin is starring in her own 2009 calendar. The cover is not exactly cheesecake, unless you think it's sexy for a woman to stand in front of an American flag with an open shot gun slung over her shoulder.

Need A Hand? How About A "Third Hand?"

The Third Hand Adjustable Parts Holder With Magnification is really a modest name for this smart gadget. Why "modest?" Because, the Third Hand is really like having four or even five hands!

Sleek As Steel Even In Color: OneLessDesk™

OneLessDesk™ is the desk-alternative design for those who live in a paperless world.

A Desk Where Imagination And Organization Click

If you’re a parent to an artistic toddler, chances are you’ll love the way a P’Kolino Klick desk will fit into your family’s creative living arrangement.

 

Magritta Chair, A Tribute To Magritte?

The Belgian surrealist painter René François-Ghislain Magritte once said that he despised advertising and decorative furniture. But his contemporary, Roberto Sebastian Matta, created the Magritta decorative chair in Magritte's honor!

The Fling-ama-String Battery-Operated Cat Toy: Product Review

I have pains in my cheek muscles from laughing at my cat try to capture the viper-like string. Is this toy for him or for me?

Save The Trees, Use Leaves! VerTerra

VerTerra just won the Natural Products Expo East's 2008 Best New Green, Environmentally-Friendly Product Award for its paper plates -- items that are generally considered wasteful! But see how not-wasteful VerTerra is and you will understand why it won this award!


Strange Bench-Fellows "Come A Little Bit Closer"

If the people sitting on this bench look a little perplexed, there's a reason why....

Put Your Mittens On To Cook With The Anti-Griddle

The Anti-Griddle makes foods as frozen on the outside, as a griddle makes them crisp and hot on the outside, but you may need your mittens to cook with it.

"Light" Dining With Terzani's Ortenzia Table Top

Whether entertaining a sweetheart, a group of intimate friends, or a special group of dignitaries, home lighting cannot be underestimated when it comes tits ability to create mood, especially when it comes to the dinner table. The Ortenzia Table Top can set a mood for any of these occasions.

A Pistol With The Nano Crystal

Now, before you start calling this a vacuum cleaner, just hold it a minute. This big gadget is a technological first for the home: a steam disinfector that converts the minerals in tap water into nano crystals that will eliminate every bacteria and virus in its range within five seconds! Isn't it great that something can make good use of our tap water?

TeleNav GPS Navigator™ Wins 2008 Mobile Internet Innovation Award

GPS systems are tough to follow while you are driving... not to mention dangerous. The TeleNav GPS Navigator provides both a visual map and voice driving instructions through your cell phone. Yesterday, the visual-voice navigator received xchange magazine's Mobile Internet World Innovation 2008 Award, adding to the list of TeleNav's awards and recognitions.

Bed Too Short For Your Bedside Table? The Panier Solution

If your bed is a double, or queen, or king size bed, the proper size sheets are available for it. But beds are not made in one standard height any more, and the designers of bedside furniture are only slowly catching on. One stunning and modern solution is the Panier, by French design team Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

New Cure For Dog iPhone Envy: The iBone!

Let's face it: Buddy's getting less attention these days, now that Mom and Dad have iPhones. iPhone® is now the child that they never had... the child that Buddy used to be.

The Personal Gadget's Gadget: The Sanctuary

Here layeth the stuff you brought home tonight, an array of gadgets and personal carry-withs like wallet and keys. Do you lay them all on the kitchen counter? Or on your night stand? Or do you scatter them throughout your home?