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Mini Donut Machine

October 16th, 2011 David No comments

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It feels like we’ve barely got time for coffee and a slice of toast in the morning, but if you woke up one morning to the smell of fresh donuts coming from your kitchen, you might just slow your roll. This counter top donut machine is mess-free, easy to use, and makes batches of 30 mini donuts at a time. Think that’ll be enough? $145

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Clean Up and Revive your Mac

July 10th, 2011 David No comments

Clean Up and Revive Your Bloated, Sluggish Mac

1003 32 Clean Up and Revive your Mac Gina Trapanisadmac hed Clean Up and Revive your Mac A few years back you dropped significant cash to switch over from the virus-laden world of Windows to a shiny new Mac, but over time it’s gotten slow and crufty. Let’s clean it up.

 

Before you get started uninstalling this and deleting that, do yourself a favor: hook up an external drive to your Mac and back everything up with Time Machine or any other free alternative. The last thing you want is for your “clean up” to turn into “holy crap where did all my Documents go.”

Ready? Let’s get started. (PC user? You want this article.)

Find the CPU and Memory Hogs in the Activity Monitor

First things first. If your Mac is acting like a petulant three-year-old, dragging its feet, crossing its arms, and refusing to do what you ask in any reasonable amount of time, it’s time to fire up the Activity Monitor (in Applications > Utilities). Here you’ll see a list of running applications and processes. Sort the columns shown in the screenshot to find out what apps are hogging the most CPU time (Firefox, in this case), what apps are for Intel or PowerPC (it’s a good idea to use Intel-only apps on Intel Macs), and what apps are running at all. If there are processes running for software you don’t need, note them down. Also, if an app is a runaway CPU and memory hog, quit it and restart for immediate relief.

Clean Up Your Startup

startupitems Clean Up and Revive your Mac Whether or not the Activity Monitor is showing processes you don’t recognize, it’s a good idea to audit what programs start up automatically when you log onto your Mac. In System Preferences, Accounts (I know, unintuitive placement), click on the Login Items tab. From there, make sure each and every app listed is something you need and use. If it isn’t? Just select it and click the minus (-) sign. (Rule of thumb: Generally you want to keep things called “SomethingHelper” where Something is an app you use, like iTunes or Growl, as shown.)

 

Uninstall Unneeded Apps (and Related Files)

Just like your Login Items, you want to cruise through your Applications folder and trash anything you don’t need or use any more. To be clear, this won’t speed up your Mac, but it will reclaim hard drive space.

Before you get to dragging and dropping unneeded applications to the trash, though, it’s a good idea to install a, well, uninstaller program. Strangely Apple still hasn’t shipped a proper uninstaller with Mac OS X, but a few free and pay-for apps will clear out related files when you send an application to the Trash. While the irony of having to install something in order to uninstall something isn’t lost on us, keep in mind: your Mac will be fine if an extra plist file gets left behind by an app you once used.

hazeluninstall Clean Up and Revive your MacBut, in case you’re a neat freak, you want to check out the likes of AppTrap (free, our review), AppDelete (used to be free, now requires a minimum payment of $5 after a few uses, our review), or AppZapper ($13, our review).

Personally I prefer Hazel, which will set you back $22 for a license—however, in addition to clearing away application files on uninstall, Hazel can make your Mac self-cleaning, too, which makes it worth the cost.

 

Do Some Maintenance

Now it’s time to make sure your disks are in tip-top shape, and luckily, you can do this without any extra software. Simply run Disk Utility (in Applications > Utilities) to verify and repair disk permissions (which determine what apps can do what with what files on your Mac) and verify and repair the disk itself. These operations take some time, and you can’t do them while other applications are running, so set ‘em in motion before you head out to lunch or to grab coffee. 

onyx Clean Up and Revive your Mac To run some more hardcore and detailed maintenance tasks, download the free OnyX (our review). While OnyX does lots of fun Mac customization (see the Parameters tab for that stuff), you want the Maintenance and Cleaning tabs. There you can do things like manually run your Mac’s daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance scripts (which don’t on their own if you shut down your Mac at night), and clear out log files and system caches. You can also fix system application-specific issues, by rebuilding Spotlight’s or Mail’s index, if those apps are acting particularly wonky.

Reclaim Hard Drive Space

While you’re on a cleaning spree, figure out exactly what’s taking up all that space on your Mac with a visual tool that maps what’s what. Disk Inventory X (free, our review), is your best bet in this area: it creates what’s called a “tree map” of your hard drive usage that will unearth things like 10 gigabytes of video files you just don’t need any more.To get down to the unneeded-megabyte level, Macworld has some detailed advice for where to find redundant system files and Dashboard widgets. You can also reclaim space taken up by unneeded language files using the free Monolingual (our review).

Care for and Troubleshoot Your Battery and Memory

If you’ve got a Mac notebook and you’re having trouble with your battery, a few troubleshooting techniques might help. First, to get the longest life out of your battery, calibrate it to make sure your life-o-meter is giving you the right readings.

If your Mac’s battery is cutting out before issuing the “You’re running out of power” warning, you want to reset the SMC or PMU, which cleared up that very problem on my MacBook.

Finally, some problems can be resolved by resetting your Mac’s PRAM and NVRAM—but this is generally a last-resort just-short-of-the-Genius-Bar troubleshooting technique for that inexplicable problem your Mac’s having.

 

Beef Up Your Memory and Get the Latest System Updates

macosxupdate Clean Up and Revive your Mac This should go without saying, but the more memory your Mac has, the snappier it will be. If you’re thinking about an upgrade and you’ve got a MacBook, check out Adam’s guide to adding RAM to your Mac.

Also, it’s generally a good idea to stay up-to-date with OS X patches and versions—and normally Software Update runs on its own and does just that. (Note: Yesterday the 10.5.7 update came out, and while I had no problems with it, Gizmodo reports that some people are having issues. As always, back up your stuff continuously to avoid disaster.)

Got any tales of victory or defeat when it comes to cleaning up and speeding up your Mac? Tell ‘em in the comments.

Gina Trapani, Lifehacker’s founding editor, has a MacBook Pro that’s a bit snappier today than it was yesterday. Her weekly feature, Smarterware, appears every Wednesday on Lifehacker. Subscribe to the Smarterware tag feed to get new installments in your newsreader.

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Top 10 Skills to Master Your Grill

July 4th, 2011 David No comments

77363 32 Top 10 Skills to Master Your Grill Kevin Purdygrilling splash Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillThere’s something about grilling food outdoors that’s both exhilarating and terrifying. It’s great to commune with your food in such a straight-up way, but what if it goes wrong? We’re here to help overcome your fear of the flame, or step up your grilling game, with these 10 techniques.

Photo by adactio.

10. DIY marinades

Learn the Basic Chemistry of Marinades Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillNot every cut can be filet mignon, and some meats, like pork, almost always deserve a lengthy dip in some flavor-infusing sweet and salty stuff. Your grocery store wants to sell you a 12 oz. bottle of sickly-sweet stuff for a hefty markup. But you’ve got oil, acids, and flavoring agents at home, so learn to make a basic marinade, and open up your grill to a whole cabinet of ideas. You won’t turn super-tough meat into tender tournadoes, but you’ll learn a lot about how to impart flavor to big, seemingly impenetrable cuts of the good stuff.

9. Steak improvement through salt

Salt and Cheap Steak Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillIt makes your grandmother cry, but totally covering cheap, firm meat with salt, especially cheaper cuts of steak, just an hour before grilling or otherwise cooking is like giving it a really, really deep Shiatsu rubdown. The salt you cover the surface with—and then wipe off, rinse, and pat dry—denaturizes the long protein strands and mixes up the moisture spread in your steak. That turns them, in the Steamy Kitchen blog’s words, from cheap “choice” steak into Gucci “Prime” steak.

8. Chill soda, beer, or wine in two minutes

Waiting for meat to cook leaves you with a good amount of time to stand around and, well, drink something. But what if you forgot to drop your Coke/Sam Adams/Pinot grigio in the cooler or fridge before you cranked up the coals? Mythbuster Adam Savage, one of our favorite interviewees, explains a last-minute chilling technique at Metafilter: Spin it around in some heavily salted ice water. Savage claims it’s based in science instead of backyard lore, and I believe him—it’s amazed many a dinner party host with a “I forgot to” dilemma.

7. Easy grill cleaning

Clean Your Grill with an Onion Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillMaybe you’re pulling out the grilling can for the first time this weekend, and … eee-yuck. Here’s what you do. Swipe off whatever big, grungy stuff you can with a stiff (preferably wire) brush and then toss it in your oven on self-clean. Now that a majority of the tough stuff is off, or at least loosened, you probably won’t have to swing for any specialty tools—a wad of aluminum foil can suffice. For light, between-meal cleaning, rubbing a face-down half onion on a heated grill is an eco-friendly way to get in and around the bars without burning your hands or leaving non-compatible scents for your food.

6. Use your broiler as a backup

nytimes chicken Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillUnless you live in Hawaii, you really can’t count on the weather to hold for your grilling just because you bought buns and paper plates. If it’s just a drizzle and you can make do with the garage door open, go to it. If the weather or temperature really put a crimp in your style, or you just lack for grill space, consider braising and browning with your broiler. Slow-cooking the food in liquid, then crisping the exterior with a quick broil, gives you surprisingly grill-like results. For big groups or days when it just doesn’t seem like standing outside is feasible, consider the tiny grill your already own in your kitchen.

5. Get started with smoking

kettle smoker Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillThere exists a comfortable middle ground between having spent a summer working for the barbecue kings of Kansas City and just wanting a little hickory flavor in your food. Hank Shaw, who’s one serious meat fan, knows exactly where that sweet spot. Using just two grocery-store-standard aluminum pans and some wood chips, he turns a kettle grill into a smoker, one that turns out certifiably tasty ribs with real smoke flavor. Like any barbecue exercise, the real secret ingredients are time, patience, and a tasty rub or sauce.

4. Make your own BBQ sauce

diy bbq sauce Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillYou’ve already put the time and care into tending to your flame, your meat, and your sides, so why settle for a bottle of stuff found next to the ketchup, laced with corn syrup? The BBQ Recipe Secrets blog runs down three basic sauces, covering the traditional tomato sauce, a Carolina-esque vinegar version, and a basic mustard variant. We’ve made this tomato sauce template and been happy to tweak it in different ways, which you can, too. Photo by INeedCoffee / CoffeeHero.

3. Use a cheat sheet

cheat sheet Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillWe like Real Simple’s grid-style grilling cheat sheet, as it provides both basic, reassuring timings for a standard grill that won’t leave anyone with undercooked food, and won’t turn out dried-out cinders or hockey pucks, either. It also helps you arrange items across your cooking surface, as you move items from direct flame heat to indirect, ambient cooking. Got another favorite, printable guide? Link it for everyone in the comments.

2. Know when meat is done

Five Finger Palm Steak Technique Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillUnless you’ve got a serious instant-read thermometer, it’s a pain to keep stabbing your meal-to-be, or, even worse, cut it open, to determine just when it’s just at the edge of safe to eat. Skip the torture and use your hands. By touching your thumb to each of your fingers, and then pressing on your thumb muscle as it changes firmness, you’ll get an idea of how your steak should feel, moving from rare to well done as your thumb muscle moves from your index to your pinky finger. Whole chickens are a similar matter of intuitive touch, or, actually, a twist of the chicken leg. If the leg won’t move, it’s not quite ready—you want there to be a slight amount of tension, and then feel the joints release as you apply soft pressure.

1. Perfect burgers

How to grill a perfect burger Top 10 Skills to Master Your GrillWe asked and our commenters responded about what makes the perfect grilled burger: Good meat, preferably ground while you watch, kept at room temperature right before grilling, and not pressed and overly handled. We’d just add that you shouldn’t try to compress your homemade patties into chain-restaurant-style discs, and that seasoning your patties with salt and pepper right before they hit the heat makes a big difference.


Our list covers a lot of what the average griller would cook up for their friends or family, but we’re certainly open to suggestions—especially vegetarian ideas and technique suggestions. And be sure to check out last year’s guide to becoming the memorial day grill master for more techniques and basic starter tips.

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Travel Perks

April 13th, 2011 David No comments

3. Hermès Orion suitcase

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For those who love to travel in style, the Hermès Orion suitcase makes for a great gift. The stylish luggage flaunts a brushed anodised aluminum shell, with the interior surface reinforced with carbon and Kevlar, which provides unparalleled resistance to wear and tear. The Hermès Orion suitcase is priced at a cool $13,000.

11. Rolls-Royce picnic set

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This complete Rolls-Royce picnic set gives you yet another lavish reason to travel more often. It fits in the floorboard of the car and doubles as a foot rest. The box opens to reveal a picnic service for four, and is designed for sandwiches, tea, coffee and cocktails. The items include two leather-wrapped stainless thermoses, four dishes with recesses for teacups, a matchbox and utensils, including spoons, forks, mustard and butter spoons and bone-handles knives by Joseph Fenton & Sons of Sheffield. The Rolls-Royce picnic set is priced at $14,850.

2. Full carbon Backgammon Case by Carbofan

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A perfect Christmas gift for the gaming fan, geek or a collector who happens to travel a lot, the full carbon Backgammon Case by Carbofan is finished with the finest details, including interiors with a combination of different tissue types, color and Carbon Texalium elements. The play stones are made of high-quality stainless steel which are 24 carat gilded and silvered. The backgammon set is available in a limited edition of 99 pieces for about $25,250 each.

1. Ultimate Gift: Book a ticket to space

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If you plan to surprise someone very close to you this season, why not gift him or her a ticket to space? You can book a seat aboard the Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo for a whopping $200,000, with the deposits starting from $20,000. Designed to take two daily trips to space, the service might take off in 2011 or 2012.

For more options, revisit our 2009 Gift Guide for Travelers.

Read more: http://www.bornrich.org/entry/gifts-for-travelers-2010/#ixzz18x0f1h3a

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Coffee Joulies

April 1st, 2011 David No comments

Hey Kickstarters, thanks for checking out our project! We have spent the last nine months developing Coffee Joulies to create the perfect coffee drinking experience for you, and now we need your help to get them produced.

Coffee Joulies work with your coffee to achieve two goals. First, they absorb extra thermal energy in your coffee when it’s served too hot, cooling it down to a drinkable temperature three times faster than normal. Next, they release that stored energy back into your coffee keeping it in the right temperature range twice as long.

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This amazing feat of thermodynamics happens thanks to a special non-toxic material sealed within the polished stainless steel shell. This material is designed to melt at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and absorbs a lot of energy as it melts. This is how Joulies cool your coffee down three times faster than normal. Once it reaches this temperature, the special material begins to solidify again, releasing the energy it stored when it melted. This is how Joulies keep your coffee warm twice as long.

The better insulated your cup, the better Coffee Joulies work. Simply using a lid goes a long way. This is because less heat is lost to the environment, and more is stored within the Joulies themselves. In a ceramic mug Joulies will keep your coffee in the right temperature range for only a few minutes longer than usual (because mugs are such poor insulators -- designed to keep your hand from being burned, not to keep coffee warm). Of course this isn’t a problem when you’re rushing to get to work in the morning and Joulies help you drink your coffee three times sooner.

In a well-made vacuum thermos, on the other hand, Joulies will keep your coffee in the right temperature range for over five hours. More importantly, they cool coffee down much faster, helping you avoid burning your tongue as you taste coffee in the thermos while checking to see if it’s the right temperature yet.

Oh, and did we mention that Coffee Joulies work with more than just coffee? You’ll love Joulies in your tea, hot chocolate…any hot beverage you want.

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Remember, coffee is more than just a hot, caffeinated beverage. It is a ritual that gets us up in the morning and keeps us going all day. Get creative with how you incorporate Joulies into your ritual. Find out exactly how many you need for your perfect cup of coffee, when to put them in, whether you want to preheat them first, whether you still need cream and sugar once you have the temperature perfected with Joulies, etc. etc. These are your magic beans now. Get to know them. You’ll have them forever.

Rewards:

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Personal Pack: Pre-order your very own set of five Coffee Joulies packaged in a reusable carrying pouch for a discount of 20% off the $50 retail price.

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Enthusiast Pack: For this you’ll get a set of five Coffee Joulies, a Thermos Sipp travel mug with the Joulies logo and “I backed Joulies on Kickstarter” printed on it, and your name listed on the website as a backer.

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Coffee Shop Pack: Pre-order a box of 20 sets of five Coffee Joulies, each packaged for resale in a jute carrying pouch. This is also great for budding entrepreneurs who want to sell Joulies themselves, and for people who want to get their birthday, anniversary, and holiday shopping done for the whole year with one purchase.

Tech Specs:

  • Shell Material: Polished Food-Grade 18/10 Stainless Steel
  • Inner Material: Proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM), melting point 140°F
  • Displacement: 0.75 oz (1.5 Tbsp) per bean
  • Coffee Volume Per Bean: 5 oz including bean (4.25 oz without bean)
  • Coffee Volume Reduction: 15%
  • The “Right” Temperature Range: 140°F to 130°F

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/705847536/coffee-joulies-your-coffee-just-right

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20 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2011

December 31st, 2010 David No comments

prices 20 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2011The cost of technology goes down steadily, making HDTVs and Blu-ray players today a much better deal than they were a year ago. It’s too bad that most other things rise in price. Don’t say you weren’t forewarned! Here’s a list of 20 things that will most likely cost more in 2011, presented to you with plenty of time to stock up now.

  1. Car insurance — Rates are now at an average of $1,000 per year, but going up faster than inflation. That’s especially so because insurers are adding on new high-tech monitoring abilities and pass along the costs. So not only are you going to pay more, but your privacy controls are going to go down.
  2. Chocolate — There is a veritable chocolate crisis going on in the world, and that has as much to do with global finance as it does to do with weather. Cocoa is at a 30-year high and demand is only growing. Expect to see fancier presentations even of basic chocolate — meaning smaller boxes for bigger prices.
  3. VoIP services — Now that taxes have hit the voice-over-IP market, rates go up as fast — or faster — than the traditional telephone service providers. It doesn’t help that new free VoIP services over smartphones provide killer competition. Expect struggling companies, like Vonage, to keep raising rates directly, and or just tacking on extra fees.
  4. Airfare — Even if you see an abundance of ads for $1 fares and the like, don’t believe the hype. The total cost for traveling on an airplane is going up, and will continue to go up in 2011. Airlines have had such success with added fees for baggage, seating, snacks and blankets, that they’re not yet done imagining other things to charge you extra.
  5. Cars — The heavy discounting that was prevalent during the recession and crises among carmakers is past now, so expect to pay more if you want to buy a new or a used car in 2011. Sales are up so far in 2010, and that means that carmakers are not as desperate as they once were. And don’t expect a bailout from the Feds.
  6. Nintendo 3DS — The 3DS is coming, and it’s not going to be cheap! The price will likely be in the $300 range in the U.S., based on the pricing announced in Japan for the February release of the device. That’s a lot more than any other hand-held gaming device on the market. What will you get for your money? An 8-ounce hand-held game system with great resolution, three cameras, and wireless connectivity.
  7. Health Insurance — It’s a no-brainer that health care costs are going up, so if you haven’t been paying attention through the last several elections, you’re going to have sticker shock come your next open enrollment period in 2011. Brace yourself, and review the recent changes to the law in the health care reform bill.
  8. Breakfast — Grain prices have been skyrocketing, and that’s going to have an effect on your morning cereal, your milk, your eggs and your bacon. The cows, hogs, chickens and food processors are all competing for the same product and driving prices up.
  9. Coffee — The world’s coffee supply is contracting, and prices are soaring. Coffee futures jumped 40% last year, and there’s no end in sight for the rise. Even the smallest coffee shops are being hit by the price increases, meaning a more expensive cup of Joe for you.
  10. Music — In all the great excitement about the Beatles finally coming to iTunes, it probably escaped the notice of a lot of people that individual songs were priced at $1.29, not the typical 99-cents of the last few years. Don’t think that’s just because it’s the Beatles. Apple starting raising prices in 2009, and you’ll be seeing prices edge higher throughout 2011 on digital music-buying sites.
  11. Dollar Menus — This change has been coming for a while, but the fast food chains have been reluctant to pull the trigger once and for all to up the cost of their value menus to more than a dollar. McDonald’s has already started to dismantle its dollar menu, and it’s going to happen wholesale pretty soon.
  12. Credit Cards — Thought credit card reform measures would mean it would cost less for you to use your credit cards? Think again. Just like the airline industry tacking on extra fees, credit card issuers are making up any deficit from the new rules in other fees that they’re still allowed to charge. And in some cases, they’re doubling-down, meaning it’s costing you more.
  13. Refinancing — The dream of “no-cost” refinancing is a lost cause these days, when banks are clamoring for any fee they can possibly get and the housing market is still in the dumps. Coming up in 2011, you’re going to pay more upfront for refinancing, which may make it hard to fathom even though interest rates remain low.
  14. Sports Ticket Prices — Almost every major league sports — and a lot of minor league ones too — are still passing along the costs of new stadiums and extras to their customers. For the Yankees, for example, that means tickets will be up 47% for non-premium seats in 2011. The most expensive field-level seats will be $260.
  15. College Tuition — There is no end to the rise in college tuition, it’s one of those things that just keeps going up and up and up, way faster than inflation. That’s particularly daunting at time when savings accounts are depleted and so many parents are out of work. For the 2010-11 school year, tuitions are up almost 8% from the previous year for public 4-year colleges and 4.5% at private colleges. That will only go up again for the 2011-12 school year.
  16. Water Rates — Check any municipality in the United States and you’ll likely find residents with higher water bills in 2011. It’s a factor of the economy, and cities having to squeeze money out of every stone.
  17. Postage Rates — Even if the post office says there will be no more postal rate hikes soon, do you believe them? The USPS is actually fighting for a 5.6% increase in rates, which was denied by the Postal Regulatory Commission. Don’t bet on that ruling sticking for very long, so stock up now on Forever stamps.
  18. Gold — You might have thought Cash4Gold sites were cheesy scams, but you might think about melting down some of your old jewelry if you’re watching this commodity. Prices per ounce just keep going up and up. It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride if you’re looking for an investment, but if you’re thinking about selling some gold, 2011 will be a good time.
  19. Ammunition — You might not think of ammunition prices as something to worry about, but if you’re a hunter or if you’re concerned about the budget of your local police precinct or the nation’s miliary, you might want to pay attention. Ammo prices have been going up steadily over the past several years, and will rise again in 2011, all because the metals they’re made of are going up in price and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasing demand.
  20. Movie Ticket Prices — Movie ticket prices go up every year, but 2011 could be a time of major increases for two key reasons: online streaming and 3D. The popularity of streaming movies through subscription services like Netflix has cut deeply into movie studio profits from DVD sales and from cable OnDemand purchases, so they have to make up the difference somewhere. The advent of 3D means that studios can tack on extra fees for the experience, even if viewers would rather watch a regular 2D movie.

Beth Pinsker is dealnews’ Editorial Director. She was most recently the Editor of WalletPop.com, and has been a life-long bargain hunter. Follow her on Twitter — @bethpinsker. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.

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How To Kick Someone’s A____

November 2nd, 2010 David No comments

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We do not condone violence, we do however support literature that is so macabre that it leads to laughter, for fear that taking it seriously might lead to pain. How To Kick Someone’s Ass ($10) is a rough and tumble field guide to taking down almost anyone, and in almost any situation. All types of threats are covered – physical, emotional, psychological, and financial. Take for instance your neighbor who refuses to repay you; the author suggests turning on his hose the next time he’s on vacation – leaving him with a swampy yard and an enormous water bill. Why didn’t we think of that? If nothing, a read and strategic placing on your coffee table will provide for interesting cocktail party conversation.

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Beatles Yellow Submarine Ceramic Mug

October 19th, 2010 David No comments

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Ahhh, our morning brew. We didn’t think it could get any better. But that was before we happened upon the Beatles Yellow Submarine Ceramic Mug ($15). Now we can start our days off with coffee and our favorite Beatles message: All You Need is Love (printed on the back of this cheery yellow mug). Plus, we can sit at our desks before the caffeine kicks in and ponder what it would really be like to live in a yellow submarine…

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Dunk Mug

September 29th, 2010 David No comments

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The Dunk Mug

The problem: How on earth will we carry our cookies, coffee, and stack of magazines all to the couch?
The solution: The Dunk Mug ($21). Stash your cookies for easy carrying or snacking on the go. In a stroke of true brilliance, it’s also available in a left handed model, so lefties won’t end up with a lap full of cookies!

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Turn Table

September 8th, 2010 David No comments

Diesel obviously knows how to nail the vinyl style. They put out these dreamy bedsheets, and now there’s this coffee table with the X-ray of a DJ console printed on glass. Kind of haunting in its dark transparency, so don’t forget to use a coaster.

 Turn Table

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