This Is How You Do It Baby

SuitmateThe health club I’ve been going to has this thingamajig machine by the locker room.



A what?



That’s right–first no idea what it is, but I hear it making a lot of noise all the time.



Then one day, I put my curiosity to use, and stop to check it out. 



It’s a little square box called a Suitmate—and wow, cool, it’s a mini clothes dryer that fits exactly one bathing suit.  Cute!  



Who would’ve thought…you put your wet bathing suit in, hold down the lid, and in seconds it spins it dry.



No more going home with a gym bag with wet laundry—Yeah, I’m liking this. 



Well, there is only one problem–it doesn’t just stop spinning by itself when you lift the lid.



So you end up scrunching up your fingers, putting them in the spinning basket, and pulling out the suit—trying to make sure not to get your hand spun out of whack. 



There has got to be a better way, right?



Well last night, this guy is at the machine spinning his suit dry.



He sees me waiting off to the side—I don’t rush him or anything.



So when he’s done, he motions me over to the machine.



He leans in and goes to me like he’s about to tell me this big, big secret.



He says, “You…you know how to make this machine stop…stop spinning?



I look up at him I suppose with a look like so many before me–communicating that I had no idea there was a way to make it stop



He nods in understanding and give me this smirk–ear to ear. 



He says in this broken English, “You don’t put your hand in the spinner and pull it out (motioning this dangerous way).  No! “



Then he points to this little cylindrical object jutting out the top of the machine on either side (it looks like something that just holds the lid in place).



He looks at me intently, and I knew this guy is getting ready now to tell me something he considers very important—something he wouldn’t just tell anyone. 



Suddenly, he lunges and grabs the cylinder on the machine and pulls–and almost like magic it stops spinning, just like that!



He looks at me again and nods like he just told me the secret to life itself.



This whole scene was so surreal and really funny, but you know what—it works.



Some things it’s good just to be told–this is how you do it baby. 😉

Care To Be Curious?

Care To Be Curious?

Here’s three topics for the curious of mind today:

Are we technologically safer? As we attempt to beef up IT security, we continue to be technologically insecure. Just this last week, BBC reported how a fridge was part of 100,000 devices used to send out 750,000 pieces of spam. Yes, a fridge, and there was also a television involved–sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? But this is our reality these days…Proofpoint, a cloud computing and security company said “Many of these devices are poorly protected at best, and consumers have virtually no way to detect or fix infections when they do occur.”

Is our economy healing or hurting? As unemployment fell from 7% to 6.7% last week–an impressive reduction–the overall labor force participation rate didn’t rise, but rather sank to 62.8%–its lowest level in 35 years! And while, the Wall Street Journal explains that U.S. employment is simply not keeping up with population growth, the S&P 500 hit a new record high just last Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to pour money into the economy, although at a slowing rate (expected to go down next week to only $65B a month), speculation is building whether we have another real bubble brewing, and this one of our own making, perhaps.

Is this the lead up to peace or war with Iran? As we continue to seek a long-term deal with Iran on their dangerous nuclear weapons foray, we read from Bret Stephens that Iranian President Rouhani said during his presidential campaign, “Saying ‘Death to America” is easy…We need to express ‘Death to America’ with action.” If we are getting a good deal that can truly lead to WMD disarmament of Iran, why did Rouhani tweet, “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will.” Curious, whether this is for political consumption in Iran or whether he sees the deal as just a stalling tactic leading to a breakout capability in nuclear weapons as well as a way to get some goodies in terms of sanctions relief for his country in the meantime.

What does little kitty cat say about these? 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)