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ioSafe Solo ~ flaming HDs at CES

iosafe0.jpg Here's what i love about vegas ~ you just never know what or where you'll end up ~ tonight led us on an adventure into the vegas off-strip suburbs where we ended up tossing the latest ioSafe Solo external hard drive into the color changing rock fountain pool... pulled it out by a cord... then set it on fire! Only to cool it (with clouds of steam) with a hose... and take it all apart to show off the pristine hard drive contained with in... and of course we also cooked a standard hard drive as well, which didn't fare quite as nicely...

Beyond the obvious fascination and amusement from the demo itself ~ it all lent it self perfectly for some fun photographing and video too! Luckily dan came with ~ so we have full video of all the excitement for you to see on the next page, and i've summarized the whole scene in a gallery of pics as usual! Fire in the dark is SO fun with the my new 5D ~ and as for the ioSafe Solo external hard drive, i think i'm sold. In this line of "work" i can't imagine losing all my files... lifetime of photos... design work... the websites!... you name it! Granted its one of those problems you hope you never have to worry about, but if there *were* to be a flood or fire, i'd certainly feel better knowing my data would most likely survive it! While ioSafe is primarily known for their enterprise level products (massive, hefty "disaster proof hardware") ~ this is their first introduction into the consumer space, and the pricing is impressive ~ the 500GB ioSafe Solo external hard drive is only $149, and the 1TB is $199 and 1.5TB is $299!

Go see the pics and videos as well as more details on how they work on the next page! (The first video shows the destruction of it... the second one shows you how to get the hard drive out of it after!)

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Shag's Vice Tester

vices0.jpg So for some background ~ i've been in love with the work of Shag since i was a kid (early high school perhaps?) ~ and to stumble into Frankie's Tiki Room upon the suggestion of Hugh at Unica Home, and then to see not only all the amazing art/interiors, and the exclusive mugs... and in the corner there is this playful "VICE TESTER" machine calling out to me... and as i get closer, the whole thing is covered in Shag's illustrations! Every single side of it and all the options too! It's only getting in to the hotel and hooked up to some wonky internet that i got caught up on all things Frankie's Tiki Room, including the little snippet on their site that says "And the 'Vice Tester' carnival game, designed and built by Shag, must be seen to be believed." It's no joke, you really must see it... and since i can't show it to you in person, on the next page you will see a bunch of pictures of every side of it as well as a little *sideways* video (sorry, we did what we could between the very dark bar and the very strong drinks)...

I popped a quarter in, grabbed the handle as instructed, and apparently my vice at that moment was "drugs"... and i love that lincoln quote on the side "It has been my experience that those who have no vices have very few virtues"... so anyhow, go see the pics and vid on the next page!!!

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Liquid Image ~ ProHD350 Camera/Video Mask

li1.jpg UPDATE!!! Saw these in person (but no pics, b/c they were shutting down the booth) ~ they are incredibly light! (that was the main question i was getting asked when discussing it with some diving buddies)

Heading to vegas tomorrow ~ CES time already! And so far, one of the things i'm most excited about seeing in person is the latest from Liquid Image ~ the ProHD350!!! Seriously, an awesome jet black dive mask that shoots 5.0 megapixel stills and HD video up to 30fps (with audio!)... it even runs on 4 AAA batteries! has 64MB internal, but takes up to a 32GB microSD/SDHC... and has light attachments (both on the sides and/or headlight)!!!

I know, it seems silly, but the more handsfree you can go while scuba diving the better ~ and to take what look like pretty awesome images without too much added hassle sounds ideal! Oooh and best part, the Pro model is good up to 330ft/100m!!! Well i wrote about their original model about a year ago ~ and since then, they are launching a few other models as well ~ ranging from working at depths to 10m/33ft, 5m/15ft and with and without HD video shooting... but really, the ProHD350 is definitely the most appealing! See more pictures and info on the next page!!! It would be awesome if there's a demo to play with this at CES!

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WIN IT! $4500 of NVIDIA/CS4 Goodies!

contestpost2a.jpg CLICK HERE TO ENTER!... Ok guys, seriously? Even if you don't want to enter, can someone win this for me? I never even knew i needed/wanted/craved a $2000 Graphics Card... but with promises to make all things CS4 lightning fast, how can any of us resist?!?!?! Even if you don't have a desktop, having this might be reason enough to get one... mmmm, blazingly fast Adobe Creative Suite ~ super video editing/encoding.... product model renderings in real time! *swoon* So that's the NVIDIA Quadro CX Graphics Accelerator... on top of that they are throwing in a copy of Adobe CS4 Master Collection (small print: its usable only until CS5 emerges, but that's still pretty awesome)... Master Suite is the one with EVERYTHING: InDesign CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, Illustrator CS4, Acrobat 9 Pro, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, Contribute CS4, After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, Adobe OnLocation CS4, Encore CS4, Adobe Bridge CS4, Adobe Device Central CS4, Dynamic Link, and Version Cue CS4. You want. Trust me, even if you already have both of these, you totally want it, or give it to me! =)

This is the NOTCOT prompt this week, so hope you have fun with it! PLAYING WITH SCALE: So you took your shrink way and aimed it at... well, you tell us! Better yet, SHOW us! Share images of videos of unexpected proportions to win!

So what do you have to do? Just SUBMIT an image or video at the contest page! But first, here are a few quirks i've found with the NVIDIA gallery that i thought would be helpful (and also show you why it really doesn't take much on your part to enter!)...
1. Maximum display size of artwork in the gallery: 512px x 387px
... tinier than most NOTCOT post images
2. You lose about 71px off the bottom of that for their pointy bit
3. Title can only be up to 18 characters
... many full names are longer!
4. Description can only be up to 111 characters
...yes, less than an SMS/Tweet
5. Post approval person seems to lag, so don't worry, they should eventually show up!
6. Pay little attention to the posts showing in the Contests Gallery ~ they are still showing the ones from the first prompt *sigh*

For more info ~ mostly visuals of what entering looks like, more ideas, and some crazy toys attacking a gingerbread house as my example mini photoshoot of messing with scale... check out the next page! or ENTER THE CONTEST!

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Wordlock Review!

wordlock1.jpg Wordlocks! "Use words, not numbers" is their slogan ~ and honestly when i was first playing with them and chatting with their PR, it really brought out the inner child in me... they said you shouldn't be able to make bad words with them, so of course for days they became my desk fidget toy as i'd work on things and try to find some... i did find quite a few strange ones even! (anyone on my facebook probably saw pics of these) BUT, that's not the point... I'm not sure about you, but i've always been TERRIBLE with combination locks, not just remembering the numbers but trying to open them even! These pad locks, luggage locks, bike locks, and more make it a bit easier if you come up with a word that works... or better yet, an acronym? I can just imagine coming back to your gym locker watching people playing games trying to guess the word on your lock!

But to geek out for a moment, what i found most interesting is the background behind the Wordlocks... "After 20 years in the technology business as an engineer, most recently at Apple, Todd Basche and his wife Rahn (a Clinical Social Worker) quit their jobs and started Wordlock Inc. They expanded the family of products and created bike locks, TSA-approved luggage locks and recently launched the industry's first Spanish-language padlock. Not only is the design of the lock patented, the algorithm that Wordlock created that allows for 100,000 word and letter combos on the padlock is as well. Wordlock has patented a number of software algorithms that maximize the number of words the lock can spell on its five dials (note each dial has 10 letters or 9 letters and a blank space on it)." Apparently the apple engineer and his wife have spent ridiculous amounts of time on algorithms to figure out the best letters to put on those wheels for the optimal number of possible "real" words in both english and spanish! The locks remind me of old physical word puzzles i had as a kid where you'd spin the rings to make the words... now if only i could rearrange the rings on these Wordlocks and invent MORE word options! But lets be honest, its not like we don't have enough passwords to remember from everything online to root passwords to voicemail passwords to.... well maybe having words for bike locks and gym lockers and mysterious storage containers would help? See more pics of them all on the next page, as well as scanned in pages of possible combinations they recommend.

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Fusion Tables ~ The Set Up!

fusiontable0a.jpg*Phew* Merry Boxing Day ~ what a season it's been!!! Apologies for the slow down in posts, just been trying to catch up with my life a little after the gift guides, giveaways, and more the last month or so! As a result you'll be seeing a few more playful posts from my everyday life (like the ZOO posts!) I just spent most of today hanging out at the new house/NOTCOT HQ which is nearly ready, and luckily ready enough for me to move my first conference/dining/pool table into!!! I somehow ended up hanging out there from about 10am till 9pm... delivery didn't happen until closer to 3pm, but luckily Dan was there to keep me company! And then we naturally had to play a few games both before and after grabbing dinner with a friend! And now i couldn't resist sharing some pics with you! But first, these are overview/snapshots of the building of the table, because once i got home i realized that in the excitement of PLAYING, we forgot to take more pics... so more pictures of the awesome design details to come.

So, remember Fusion Tables by Aramith? Wayyyy back as .org post #8996 that Laura Sweet posted? Basically its one of the first unique designs for pool tables that leans super sleek minimalist modern, and quickly hides in plain site as a dining table or conference table. To achieve this, Aramith (Belgian maker of incredible pool balls... "Without being familiar with the industry, very few would guess that nearly 80% of the billiard balls used worldwide come from a small village in the countryside of Belgium. For over half a century, the company SALUC SA has produced in the secrecy of its premises in Callenelle the unique and well-known Aramith phenolic balls, making this miniscule village the world's capital of billiard ball production." from their history), has designed the Fusion Tables, with a special lift system to adjust the table from dining height to pool table height easily, spandex pockets solve the problem of needing pockets that show when viewing the table from the side, and it still has a single slate, and incredibly high quality felting! Really with the table top on, you'd never guess there was a pool table hidden within! Anyhow, with the new house/office nearly ready, and the need for a dining/conference table ~ i couldn't resist once i saw one in person! So take a peek at the set up of the table on the next page... and more pics to come!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 31: Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1TB

5seagate.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ with something to make the other commenters smile! ENTER BY 12/20. WINNER: Collin in Plattsburgh, NY!

Well, here we are at the final of the 5 Giveaways from our official Holiday Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! (and Giveaway #31!!!) ~ this is the top of the line FreeAgent external hard drive ~ the Seagate FreeAgent XTreme ~ in a sleek black case, this is 1 Terabyte of "blazingly fast data transfer" with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and eSATA!

Sooo, since its been a loooooong day/week/month, and its completely grey, super cold, and pouring rain here, and we're closing in on all the holiday shopping panic for those who are lining up at post offices to get things there by xmas ~ how about leaving a comment that will make people smile? Something fun and silly to amuse the other commenters?

P.S. You guys are the best ~ thanks for all the awesome comments so far (and on ALL the giveaways!!!) ~ i hope you have as much fun reading them as leaving them!

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Canon 5D Mark II + 16-35mm

5dmkii1.jpg Eep! It's here! I'm so so giddy right now that you'll have to excuse these sloppy pics, but i've been bouncing up and down (despite the ridiculously dreary, rainy, weather) ~ but fedex came by with the best xmas/bday present ~ Canon 5D Mark II!!! And EF 16-35mm f/2.8 lens!!! Basically i'm writing this post to buy myself more time while anxiously waiting for the battery to charge... So check out unboxing pics, and side by side comparison pics with my 40D (and since these are IN the shot, they are taken with the TX1)!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 29: Freehands

givefreehands.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ sharing how cold it is (aka why you need these?)! ENTER BY 12/17. WINNER: Carol in Gaithersburg, MD!

Here's a special giveaway ~ perhaps most exciting to me because these gloves are the by product of trend blogger, Josh Rubin, of Cool Hunting ~ and his dad! Who is a second generation glove maker! Here's the father-son story behind these Freehands gloves to help you use your tech in the winter...

Josh Rubin, the New-York-City based designer of Freehands and founder of CoolHunting.com, realized there was an opportunity in the glove category last winter when he found himself answering his iPhone with his nose to avoid taking his gloves off. The hassle of the glove-or-phone conundrum came up at dinner with his father, Stanley Rubin, who conveniently manufactures and sells gloves. In a matter of minutes, sketches were drawn, the scissors were out, and the Freehands glove was born.
As a professional interface designer, Josh has been designing the way people use web sites and mobile phones for more than ten years. Throughout his career he's sought to blend usefulness, usability and beauty--a goal he continues to pursue at the design firm he co-founded, Bond Art + Science . Stanley grew up in Gloversville, NY, where his father was a glove manufacturer. Stanley (like his brother and nephew) followed suit, and it's fair to say that he knows a few things about gloves. Freehands represents the melding of their experience, sensibilities and design aesthetics.

See more images on the next page ~ and for a chance to win a pair in the material/size of your choice, leave comment telling us how cold it is (aka why do you need these?)!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 25: Seagate FreeAgent Desk (Mac!)

seagategiv4.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ tell me a feature you wish your mac had! ENTER BY 12/13. WINNER: Matt in Portland, OR!

We're already up to NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #25!!! (Looks like we're going to have a totally of OVER 30...) So here's number 4 of our 5 amazing FreeAgent External Harddrive giveaways from our official sponsor, Seagate! This time we've got the massive 1 Terabyte FreeAgent Desk for Mac! Differences from the standard one? Well this one has not only USB 2.0, but also Firewire 400 and Firewire 800! So you can basically transfer twice as fast if you're using FW800! It is a smidge larger ~ and comes with a few more cables...

So if you're ready to win this one ~ leave a comment telling me about a feature you wish your mac had!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 21: Belkin Conserve

winbelkin1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ talk to us about power! ENTER BY 12/10. WINNER: Will in Encino, CA!

Remember when we first discovered the Belkin Conserve Energy Surge Protector with the giant switch at CES? Well Belkin was nice enough to offer one for give one away to one lucky winner! My favorite part of this is still the awesome large switch ~ which is even wall mountable so you remember to turn it off when you leave the room... but the concept is really brilliant, some things you need to leave on (clocks, routers, etc), some things can be turned off regularly (chargers, monitors, etc)! So this Belkin Conserve Surge Protector will help organize what i imagine to be your pile of tech behind your desk, etc... and to help conserve and cut back on your electric bill too! I know this might seem like an odd gift, but i totally want one! And there's something nice and energy efficient and playful about it... not your usual power adapter! See more pics and info on the next page! And to win it ~ leave a comment telling me something about.... power!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 19: 3 VDC Mimobots!

winmimos1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Pick #1, 2, or 3 (one only!) and tell us your favorite cartoon character! ENTER BY 12/8. WINNERS: Justin in Texas, Thomas in Virginia, + Jackson in Massachusetts!

More Mimobots!!! For Giveaway #19, i considered sending this adorable trio to one home, but they are so awesome, and your comments have been so incredible, i'm splitting these guys up to three commenters! Soooooo, you're going to have to choose which you love best and tell us what your favorite cartoon character is to win one of these guys ~ each is 2 GB! ...and come with a Protohoodie to keep them warm and safe from scratches... and part of the new VDC (Vimobot Design Contest) Series... #1 is Holybot by the fickilians, #2 is Yakuza by eetteekers, and #3 is Golden Panda by ShanDurRah! So see more pictures on the next page, as well as some sneak peeks at the other digital goodies stored within!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 17: Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB

seagate3main.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ telling me one must see spot in your city/town/etc that most people don't know about! ENTER BY 12/06. WINNER: Lauren Michele in Minneapolis, MN!

Ok, here's NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #17! The 3rd of 5 coming from our awesome sponsor, Seagate! Now, i know you already told me what you'd do with 320 GB and about your macs... now here's the Seagate FreeAgent Desk - 1T (yes 1000 massive gigabytes) to fill... connects up via USB 2.0, and has more mesmerizing pin hole lighting patterns on the front... So to win it - how about commenting me one must see spot in your city/town/etc that most people don't know about?

More pics on the next page!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 14: Oxo Candela Luau

candela0.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us something rechargeable related! ENTER BY 12/3. WINNER: Keira in Alberta, Canada!

Oooh i'm giddy excited about this one too! I guess you've probably noticed by now that everything we're giving away i'm really excited about... this latest one is part review/unboxing (i've been dying to see one of these in person!) and part giveaway! OXO was kind enough to send over one the BIG Candela Luau Lanterns! I reviewed the Candela Flare lights earlier, and have been totally obsessed with how versatile and eco-friendly (and safer than candles!) they are with their rechargable batteries ~ perfect for outdoor usage of all sorts, and create the most incredible ambiance, especially in woody spaces! Well i've been itching to get one of the large lantern like Candela Luau lanterns for some time now, but had a hard time committing to the $200 pricetag without knowing quite how big or bright it was... but just seeing the product shots made me want to take one and wander along a stream at dusk...

Bottom line ~ its gorgeous! Brighter than i expected, but you can even dim it (and extend battery life from 6 to 10 hours) if you rotate the base... a bit large (Dimensions: 9'' x 9'' x 15'') to put on a smaller dining table, but perfect for taking on a picnic, having out on the patio, hanging from under a large outdoor umbrella. So take a look at the pics on the next page to see the unboxing (don't worry i carefully un/re-boxed it!) ~ and to win it, leave a comment tell us something rechargeable related!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 13: Seagate FreeAgent Go (Mac)

2seag1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ Tell us about your mac! ENTER BY 12/02. WINNER: Caroline in NY!

Ok, so everything got a little jumbled up, and i got a bit behind on what i had planned for today with all the Thanksgiving festivities! So switching things up a little, here's the second (of 5!) giveaway from our 2008 Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! I know, the first Seagate Giveaway isn't even over until tonight, but this one is even more exciting! Especially if you're a mac user! Today's giveaway is the Seagate FreeAgent Go 320 GB External Hard drive for Mac! I know, you're probably wondering what the difference from the other one is, so here you go: (1) Silver (not blue) (2) has Firewire 800/USB 2.0 and comes with the FW 800 cable, FW 800 to 400 convertor cable, USB cable, and USB power cable (the other was only USB 2.0, and came with a USB cable) (3) has travel case (4) has desktop docking station... and it's formatted for Mac and Time Machine-ready!

Basically you get even MORE goodies with this one, and it can have transfer speeds that are nearly twice as fast! So, for this giveaway, tell us something about your mac in the comments for a chance to win! (And non-mac users, don't worry there are more drives to come...) See more pictures of this bundle on the next page!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 12: Elsewares Nooka

winnooka.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us something glow-in-the-dark related! ENTER BY 12/1. WINNER: Leah in Maryland!

Happy Black Friday! Before you get to all your crazed online black friday shopping at all hours... Giveaway #12 is from our friends at Elsewares (they are also the geniuses behind Supermarket which is like a beautifully curated Etsy - awesome stuff from indie designers!)... So for this giveaway, you have a chance to win the Nooka Glow Zub Zen H! Have you heard the back story on this glowing timepiece? Earlier this year Nooka made 15 of these to gift to Kanye West at the end of his Glow-in-the-Dark Tour ~ as blogged by Nooka founder (and Parson's adjunct instructor), Matthew Waldman. This self proclaimed "native new yorker, bilingual japanese/english, design genius in brand development, graphic and product design" has really grown Nooka into a fascinating brand to watch, and the Kanye move... well that was just brilliant... and a Glow In The Dark Watch! Who doesn't want that?

So check out more pics of this glowy gummy-esque time piece on the next page, as well as a coupon to the super fun Elsewares!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 10: Seagate FreeAgent GO

seagateg0.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ How about tell us what you'd store on it? ENTER BY 11/29. WINNER: Taryn in Kansas!

Can you believe we're up to Giveaway #10 already? It's been incredibly fun giving away all of this stuff to you guys, and so fun to read all your comments! But don't get tired yet, lots more to come as well! Today's giveaway comes from our big 2008 Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! This is the first of 5 giveaways from Seagate!

First up, here's a Royal Blue 320Gig Seagate FreeAgent GO. It's so crazy how 320 Gigs can literally fit in your pocket these days ~ AND have awesome pin hole light up patterns on the case as well! For more details check out my review and closeups... and see more pics and details on the next page as well! (You have to check out the amazing rainbow of hues, i'm kind of craving the green... in a 500Gig?)

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INCASE iPhone Power Slider

slider.jpg News of this magical new battery doubling sleek iPhone case has been circulating, but only tonight (or i guess now its 4am... so morning?) did i really sit down and go through the press release and high res images ~ Not surprising, it's Incase, so it's gorgeous... and it's available in 2 days! (Nov 28!) Actually what brought the Power Slider up was talking to dan about his super early flight to Pennsylvania this morning, and how there is the possibility there will be no internet (*gasp*) and hopefully some cell reception where he's going... and how badly he wished he has the Incase Power Slider to magically double the battery life on the go!

So upon further inspection, the Power Slider deserved a full post ~ have you looked closely at it? like REALLY closely? To notice the mac inspired details like "A five-light LED battery status indicator gauges battery life and also denotes sync mode and charging." Or the subtle single leaf logo on the front bottom left? How about the deepness of the camera hole on the back? And it has my favorite matte black soft-touch coating! Also love that its converted the charging to a more standard mini-USB, much more friendly when roaming in random non-iPhone friend cars without your own charger! I am curious how the 0.86" thickness feels in my hand relative to a normal iphone... So anyhow, check out the super closeups on the next page, i think this is definitely making the list of good gifting options for the holidays...

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NOTCOT Giveaway 8: Genius Jones

wingenius.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ tell us an office anecdote? ENTER BY 11/27. WINNER: Weiyi in Singapore!

Genius Jones "Design For A New Generation" ~ don't be fooled, sure it may sound like a kids store at first - a fabulously playful and design kid store online... but there are so many goodies in there that i'm wanting even! So for this giveaway, Genius Jones is giving one commenter a Lomography Fisheye 2 White Edition and NY City Limits Electronic Stapler!

All we ask in return? Leave us a comment about an office anecdote? Afterall, how much fun is this fully automatic stapler with all the colorful gears and gizmos, doesn't it just brighten up and desk and basic office task? And the lomo Fisheye ~ everything looks cooler with a fisheye... any cubicle can look like its own massive WORLD seen through that lens! See more pictures of the goods and a coupon from Genius Jones on the next page!

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Seagate FreeAgent - Gorgeous!

seagatemain.jpg From those pics my first thought would be some new modern ambient lighting... not the latest line of external hard drives. Always being on the go, and totally paranoid about losing photos/design files, i never travel without external hard drives... and i have some bigger boring ones from back in the day, and some sleeker new ones, but often the pretty ones worked terribly, the ugly simple ones were more reliable... and i'm so excited to see that brands like Seagate have really stepped up their design, realizing that its not even about accessorizing, so much as having more elegant solutions in the ext HD space. Especially with the prices dropping so much these days, aren't external HDs like the new mix CD? Why bother with burning DVDs or filling tiny USB keys, when you can give someone a gift worthy ext HD filled with a lifetime of pictures and videos?

Anyhow, i'm ranting again - as you can tell, i'm pretty excited about the new era of external HD design... and i'm even MORE giddy to announce that Seagate has stepped up and sponsored this years NOTCOT Gift Guide 2008 (remember 2007's?)! Which will be officially kicking off Monday! (Yes, yes, that's why things have been a little quiet ~ my amazing winter intern, Alyssa, has been organizing some incredible discounts and giveaways for all of you ~ and i'm still madly scouring the net for fun products!) So you've been warned, gift guide madness starts Monday! (And while i'm trying not to do 31 days straight this year, it may get even crazier than last year!)

But for now... in our quiet before the gifting storm... How gorgeous are these new Seagate FreeAgent drives? So take a look at the details and unboxing on the next page ~ i had a lot of fun with this one!

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007: Quantum of Solace

bollinger1.jpgJust got back from the midnight showing of Quantum of Solace... and as a total bond junkie... i still stand by my opinion that the last one was one of the worst... and this one... well, it was off to a good start! Decent intro graphics ~ like the color palette and sandy look ~ awesome techy glass wall and table touch UIs (details like having him spell out "G R Double E N" over the phone, and as he says "double" a W shows up and changes to EE) ~ the aston martin DBS chase scene in the intro ~ tom ford did an incredible job dressing him... The prada dress she wears through the desert is awesome... but seriously, no gadgets? at all? Painfully annoying semi background integrated text telling us when we were in russia, etc? (wtf was up with some of those fonts?) Range Rover was one thing, but Ford? The fight scenes were so badly chopped up, you couldn't follow what was going on... And could sony's product placement have been more blatant? I think the sony phones and terrible microPC must have been his only "gadgets"... and the villains weren't nearly amusingly villainous enough either! Ok ok, anyhow, i think i just needed to vent! BUT... seeing it was a nice excuse for me to post more of Justine's pictures (she seriously sent me TONS from her National Geographic night out in London).

Here are some quick snap shots of the fun Harrod's Brompton store windows as they closed up the Bollinger champagne bar... as well as the Aston Martin DBS, the Sunseeker speedboat, Tom Ford suit and black Prada dress worn by Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko and the latest Omega. Front and center of the bar you can also see the limited-edition Champagne cooler in the shape of a Walther PPK bullet that was featured on Liqurious. Perhaps better than the gadgetry in the film is the motion activated display at Harrods, where upon walking by you trigger clips from the film to play... Anyhow, check out more pics and info on the next page!

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Aston Martin One-77 part 2

car1.jpg Today's the last chance to send me your info if you're interested in visiting the Aston Martin Gaydon Factory for NOTCOT!

And i just got another semi-exclusive (well, they said 5 sites get access?) video about the design and history behind this handmade, gorgeous Aston Martin One-77... see the video and more stills on the next page!

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The Genographic Project

natgeogift0.jpgNow, back to the gift that Justine received at the National Geographic first ever retail store opening... Firstly, from a design perspective, i love that NatGeo takes their yellow so seriously, from the magazine, to the bags, to the wrapping paper... and i'm impressed that they pleated their wrapping paper! (See the pic on the next page!)...

As for what's inside, it might be one of the coolest gifts you could give someone this holiday season! The Genographic Project Public Participation Kit!

Quick description of The Genographic Project: "The Genographic Project is a global research partnership of National Geographic and IBM. With support for field research from the Waitt Family Foundation, Dr. Spencer Wells and a group of the world's leading scientists will attempt to collect and analyze more than 100,000 DNA samples from indigenous people all over the world. The goal of The Genographic Project is to learn about the migratory paths our ancestors took and how humankind populated the planet."

In this very CSI looking kit, you get a DVD about the project, a map of the migratory history of man, buccal swab kit, and a confidential ID# to access your results! See more pics of the kit on the next page, and i guess we'll see if Justine chooses to share her results with us!

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New Goodes from Hard Graft

hg.jpgAhhhh, i couldn't resist. Our friends at Hard Graft (previously known as Working Class Heroes) have done it again, this time launching new products themed around my favorite design feature... the brown leather pockets! Above are my two favorites i'm curious to get my hands on... the Key Too (keeps your car key and your scratchier keys separated) and the and the Pocket Wallet (literally a pocket! with a space for your cards and your cash!)... additionally there is a new laptop sleeve (ready with sizes for all our new macbooks too!) and a mouse pad/pouch ~ to appreciate all the details, see the pics on the next page!

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Googlephone: Unboxing the T-Mobile G1

g00.jpgAndroid logo is so freaking cute! Ok that's my first half awake impression coming back from the T-Mobile store with the HTC G1 ~ And physically, its a really nice piece of hardware, clean sleek and understated (unlike *some* phones) ~ full pics on the next page of everything from the store displays and my #42 card to a proper unboxing, showing you all the bits.

Being a commitment-phobe, i opted to start my own t-mobile family plan of one ~ family of blackberry curve and G1. Screen looks a bit prettier than the iphone, the bounce up screen action feels great, and i'm totally smitten by the way its nice matte finish feels in myhands... also that slight curvature... ahh the details. Ok so beyond the unboxing and close looks at the hardware, i'm only just starting to poke at all the UI details, maps/email/phone/camera/etc, so far it looks great, only a few random bugs encountered when playing with things like street view, but will see how it goes - so more to come on that, but i just wanted to get some pics up before i ran out to a meeting! For the super thorough UI breakdown, check out Boy Genus Report ~ and see my pics on the next page!

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