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I’ve managed to keep my flashaholic tendencies under control for a couple of years, but for Father’s Day I got myself a totally unnecessary flashlight to keep up my cred.  As you can see from the photo, this sucker is little. The image is just about life-size if you don’t have the magnification of your screen cranked up.

I am fascinated by small flashlights.  This one is plenty small: 2.2 inches long, and 0.5 inches in diameter.  With an AAA battery installed, it weighs about one ounce.  It’s the first AAA flashlight that I consider actually small enough to keep on a keychain, a good half-inch shorter and much lighter than any other stainless steel light at anything like a reasonable cost.

The Preon PØ has a flood-type beam, rather than the usual halo with a hotspot in the center.  That means it doesn’t reach out as far, but it illuminates a large area evenly.   The Cree EPE emitter (flashlight geek talk for LED) produces a neutral white light, about like a daylight fluorescent bulb.

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Sharper Image Files for Bankruptcy Protection

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. …

The Smart Set: The Death of Gadget Worship – March 17, 2008

Mars And Venus At The Mall

by CrackerBoy

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