Sushi Socks Dating

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So this is a novel way to sell socks.


Roll them up and package them like a sushi roll. 


Socks are the colors and textures of various fish.


Not sure why anyone would want socks that mimic sushi…


Unless of course, you feet stink like raw fish!


My wife knows this true story about this one girl that I dated before I met her, and she came over to my parents house and was waiting for me. 


When I got there, she was sitting on the couch and her shoes were off. 


It was after a long day at work apparently, and her feet smelled worse than any fish I could imagine. 


Literally, I think I could’ve passed out right there on the floor. 


Date was over and quick, and I never forget those sushi feet. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Paint Can Art

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Thought this was pretty cool art in Anthropologie in Washington, DC.

It was different paint cans attached to the wall in the store in a colorful display. 

To go with this paint theme, they also had paint brushes (dry of course, but they looked wet with colored paint) hanging from the ceiling. 

Anyway, in the back of the store, there was a beautiful new rug that I got for my daughter–it was a real find (and sort of looks like this paint display in terms of colors, but very refined and feminine for her with gorgeous flowers and a rich texture).  

Anyway, she loved it and I ended up getting a pretty good deal on it, so I was happy too. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cool Pants

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Outside of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, these are the coolest pants I have ever seen.

 

Honestly, I’ve never quite seen any pants like these.

 

Probably the picture from a smartphone doesn’t due these pants justice–and hey, don’t forget my bad photography skills. 😉

 

But first impression–the 70’s look is coming back in 2012.

 

And while I am certainly no fashion guru, these pants were noticeably overflowing, had a wild circular pattern, a variety of colors and textures, and some heavy duty bell-bottoms.

 

Most of all, what I think really struck me was how bold these pants were in what’s traditionally a pretty conservative city, here in D.C.

 

While I don’t know this lady in the cool pants, I admired her ability to live loudly and capture the moment, unafraid of being who she is or wants to be.

Computer, Read This

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In 2002, Tom Cruise waved his arms in swooping fashion to control his Pre-Crime fighting computer in Minority Report , and this was the tip of the iceberg when it comes to consumer interest in moving beyond the traditional keyboard, trackpads, and mice to control our technology. 

For example, there is the Ninetendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect in the gaming arena, where we control the technology with our physical motions rather than hand-held devices. And consumers seem to really like have a controller-free gaming system. The Kinect sold so quickly–at the rate of roughly 133,000 per day during the first three months–it earned the Guinness World Record for fastest selling consumer device. (Mashable, 9 March 2011),

Interacting with technology in varied and natural ways–outside the box–is not limited to just gestures, there are many more such as voice recognition, haptics, eye movements, telepathy, and more.

Gesture-driven–This is referred to as “spatial operating environments”–where cameras and sensors read our gestures and translate them into computer commands. Companies like Oblong Industries are developing a universal gesture-based language, so that we can communicate across computing platforms–“where you can walk up to any screen, anywhere in the world, gesture to it, and take control.” (Popular Science, August 2011)

Voice recognition–This is perhaps the most mature of the alternative technology control interfaces,and products like Dragon Naturally Speaking have become not only standard on many desktops, but also are embedded in many smartphones giving you the ability to do dictation, voice to text messaging, etc.

Haptics–This includes touchscreens with tactile sensations.For example, Tactus Technology is “developing keyboards and game controllers knobs [that actually] grow out of touchscreens as needed and then fade away,” and another company Senseg is making technology that produces feelings so users can feel vibrations, clicks, and textures and can use these for enhanced touchscreens control of their computers. (BusinessWeek, 20-26 June 2011)

Eye-tracking–For example, new Lenovo computers are using eye-tracking software by Tobii to control the browser and desktop applicationsincluding email and documents (CNET, 1 March 2011)

Telepathy–Tiny implantable chips to the brain, “the telepathy chip,” are being used to sense electrical activity in the nerve cells and thereby “control a cursor on a computer screen, operate electronic gadgets [e.g. television, light switch, etc.], or steer an electronic wheelchair.” (UK DailyMail, 3 Sept. 2009)

Clearly, consumers are not content to type away at keyboards and roll their mice…they want to interact with technology the way they do with other people.

It still seems a little way off for computers to understand us the way we really are and communicate.  For example, can a computer read non-verbal cues, which communication experts say is actually something like 70% of our communications?  Obviously, this hasn’t happened yet. But when the computer can read what I am really trying to say in all the ways that I am saying it, we will definitely have a much more interesting conversation going on.

(Source Photo: here)