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Good Lighting Is Key To Staying Active In Your Hobbies

Many persons give up their hobbies or even aspects of their work or chores as they age.  While arthritis in their fingers and hands may be one reason they don't build model cars or quilt any more, for most boomers and seniors, it's because of vision changes.  As we age, we tend to need more light and more magnification to see clearly and sometimes even our prescription lenses don't quite measure up to what we need for hobby work. 

 


Chinese Internet Retailers Now Stocking Kim Jong-Il T-shirts & Hoodies

North Korea's “Dear Leader” may be gone but online retailers at China's Taobao Internet Mall are making sure he's not forgotten by flogging Kim Jong-Il t-shirts and hoodies. Lookin' sharp, comrade!

My Favorite Gadget Gift This Christmas: The Thermos Sipp

Knowing how much I love gadgets, my family members always try to find a gadget I've never seen or used before.  No offense to the others, whose Christmas gifts were thoughtful and novel, but there was one gift from my sister that I have searched for, for years, I'd like to tell you about... a travel thermos that keeps my coffee hot for a few hours and that doesn't spill all over my car if I make a quick turn.


Nerd Jewelry from Japan Measures Your Level of Geek Chic

Geek chicks looking to flaunt some geek chic should look no further than Mass Item's “Measuring” line of math set women's jewelry from Japanese designer Kyozo Kawabe. The miniaturized and accessorized rulers, triangles and protractors come in a variety of colors and won't leak ink into your pocket protector.

Giant Godzilla Christmas Tree Spruces Up Tokyo Mall

Pining for those classic Japanese monster movies that had you sitting on pins and needles? Well fir not, er, fear not! The giant Godzilla Christmas Tree from the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in Tokyo is the original nightmare before Christmas!

Year of the Dragon Ready to Roar with 2012-shaped Solid Gold Statue

An exquisite, 24-karat gold statue of a Chinese dragon was recently unveiled by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery in Hong Kong. The dragon's sinuous coils form the numerals "2012", the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.

USB Big Mouse Makes Other Computer Mice Seem Inadequate

If you're unsatisfied with your mouse, supersize it! That's what the tech tyros at Brando Workshop have done, and the result is the USB Big Mouse, a glowing blue optical mouse that's bigger, bolder, and better than before... well, bigger at least.

Classy or Crass? China Cranks Out Steve Jobs Memorial iPhone and iPad Covers

Was it a crass way to commemorate a class act or a stroke of entrepreneurial genius anticipating huge public demand? Within mere hours of Apple founder and tech icon Steve Jobs passing away, memorial iPhone and iPad covers were flooding out of Chinese factories and onto retail store shelves.

China's Gift-Givers Prefer Prepaid Vouchers Over Gift Cards

With gift cards coming under increased governmental scrutiny, prepaid gift vouchers have emerged as a favorite way to give gifts in China. They make perfect sense, too: why buy a heavy box of perishable mooncakes when you can give a gift voucher that's just as valuable?

Handmade Guitar Backpack Can Carry More Than a Tune

This finely detailed, handmade Guitar Backpack from Japan's Ito Manufacturing is based on Gibson's legendary Les Paul electric guitar but gives you more... like a soft, lined interior suitable for storing all your light favorite travel needs.

Apple 'iFoot' Shoes from China are a Logo No-No

Apple makes sneakers? Who knew? Not I, not you, and definitely not Apple Inc., holders of the logo's copyright. Not that this matters to dozens of online shoe sellers in China who've slapped the tech giant's familiar fruit on their footwear.

China Reinvents Chuck Taylor High-Tops with Even Higher Bottoms

These faux Chuck Taylor High-Tops have nothing to do with Converse or basketball, though their extraordinarily thick soles might trim a few inches off your layup.

iPhones Go Sleek At The Office And Go Ballistic Outdoors

Those iPhone accessories, they never stop to amaze, and the gadget market never appears to have its fill.  But here are two I am drawn to, both for their functionality and for their style: the iPhone 4 Ballistic Life Style Case and the iClooly iPhone Desktop Handset.  No, they're not mutually exclusive.

Round Dog Porta Potty Encourages Canine Circling Instincts

You may not have thought about this yourself, but dogs tend to circle around before they poop.  With that in mind, PupGear, one of the originators of indoor potties for dogs, has created a circular two-piece potty system it calls the Go Spot® Circular Dog Potty System.

Organic Pet Toys Are Now More Affordable & Adorable

Until recently, one could rarely find a dog toy made of natural organic materials outside of a high-end specialty pet boutique.  High end usually meant high prices, although many environmentally-conscious were willing to pay them.  But it's common now to find dog toys mass marketed with both their stuffing and the adorable, colorful character patterns in totally organic materials... and they're much more affordable.

 


Cool Cat Hoodie is a Back to School Faux Paws

Wanna be the teacher's pet? Then make a feline beeline for the Hachiware Cat Parka from Japan. Available in black or gray with a rose-red zipper "tongue", this cool cat hoodie is absolutely purr-fect for students looking to show some style before school's out and it's time to join the rat race.

Winnipeg Jets 'Jerseygate' Shines Spotlight on Chinese Counterfeit Clothing

Talk about prematurely dropping the puck: the NHL's Winnipeg Jets haven't unveiled their new hockey jerseys to the public but that hasn't stopped Chinese counterfeiters from knocking off new Jets jerseys by the dozen.

Om... Om... Om - The High Tech Gaiam Audio Yoga Mat

Yes, it really is... a yoga mat wired with an internal speaker system. The Gaiam Audio Yoga Mat even comes with a downloadable yogi!

14 Best Halloween Pet Costume Winners 2011: Scariest, Sexiest, Dumbest, Most Adorable, Look-Alikes, And More!

This is the fifth year of my best Halloween costumes for pets blog.  This year I'm seeing more originality in handmade pet costumes and less in the traditional ready-to-wear pet costumes.  But it wasn't hard to find plenty of super entries vying for Best Look-Alikes, Sexiest, Dumbest, Funniest, Scariest, Best Prehistoric, and more categories...


Lean Green Poop Bags - Biodegradable AND Flushable

A year ago, it was hard to find biodegradable dog poop bags.  Now, they're everywhere. In fact, many of today's biodegradables are also water soluble and, therefore, flushable.  This is great news because, according to the Enviromental Protection Agency, "Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method."  But not everyone with a toilet can flush pet poop, even in a flushable bag...