Before Wired magazine took gadget porn to new levels of salaciousness with its Fetish page; before New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of coolhunting; before pointing at some shiny new object you’d love to buy became the preferred mode of self-expression for thousands of amateur bloggers and a business model for an only slightly smaller number of Internet professionals, Sharper Image founder Richard Thalheimer was printing up his catalogs and telling affluent young men with more dollars than sense how a $70 telephone shaped like a duck could enhance their lives. …
Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus.
Or maybe men are from Brookstone and women are from every bloody shop in the mall, plus Amazon, eBay and barnesandnoble.com. Men seem to like giving folks useful stuff (gadgets, if you will), and women — well, I’m not sure what women like. Based on my experience, I’m not sure women know what they like, although they do tend to think they know what they want. Case in point: they marry. Us. Continue reading