One of the bad things about going to college in Syracuse, NY is the weather. I didn’t mind the snow so much, but the rain was RIDICULOUS. I think I went through two umbrellas every semester and at least three or four pairs of boots.
The rain and snow might be a bit more tame here, but I might just invest in a pair of rainboots anyway, especially if they’re the Power Wellies pictured above.
These boots do more than keep your feet dry. They convert the heat energy given off by your feet into enough electricity to charge your phone.
Who said you couldn’t be green and fashionable?
Pennsylvania is home to many things: the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Eagles, Philly cheesesteaks, the Amish…the list goes on and on. And onto that prestigious list, we can now add wine-dispensing vending machines. Hallelujah. What better to go with my 75-cent snack than a bottle of wine? Clearly, the cheese-substitute found in Cheetos brings out the fruity notes in a glass of Riesling to perfection.
Way to class up the joint, PA.
I still want to play Scrabble — traditional or otherwise.
Forever 21 recently unveiled its new billboard in Times Square, and it’s already creating quite a buzz. That’s because this billboard is interactive. With the help of high-tech spy camera technology, the ad features a model that not only shows off Forever 21 apparel on a humongous screen, but appears to pluck people straight off the ground and kiss them or stow them away in her bag as she skips off. She also occasionally takes photos of the crowd and brandishes them on the billboard — giving even the common passerby his or her 15-seconds of fame.
The billboard software can even detect the specific trademark yellow of the Forever 21 bag — making loyal customers all the more likely to be noticed by the model in her pursuits.
And this is just the beginning. Billy Jurewicz, founder and CEO of Space150 — the company that created the billboard for Forever 21 — expects better, more interactive versions in the future. “The board now is like the iPod 1.0,” he said in an article for Fast Company. “We’re going to be updating this more and more.”
I was browsing Coyne PR’s blog today when I came across an interesting New York Times article about the dangers of technology overload and how it’s taking over our lives. Even though the piece was very insightful, can I say duh? You don’t have to be a fancy New York Times reporter to know that the people-technology combo has become the ultimate fatal attraction. We put TVs in our cars, carry laptops at all times, and our smart phones are never more than an armslength away. We eat through iPods like a pair of two for $5 flip flops from Old Navy, matching them to every outfit and occassion. Hell, we’re one step away from attaching monitors inside the womb so that our unborn shrimp-like fetuses can watch the cultural wonders of “Jersey Shore.”
Can you tell I love to exaggerate?
Even though the focus of the article was on adults and how they are freakishly attached to their various devices (don’t make it dirty), the realization that children are more obsessed with technology was by far much worse. For example, the featured couple in the article, the Campbells, have an 8-year-old daughter who not only has her own laptop, but an iPod Touch and a portable DVD player. What is an 8-year-old doing with thousands of dollars worth of technology? If she can’t even spell computer, then it doesn’t seem right that she has one, no? Maybe it’s not my place to say since I’m not a parent, but for God’s sake give the kid a $5 pack of Silly Bandz, a more price-appropriate toy by far, and have her play outside and maybe even — dare I say it — read. Gasp!