Watchismo Xmas guide

Watchismo, my favorite watch-porn site, has posted its Christmas gift guide, with watches from $100 to $100,000. I own two watches from Watchismo (both gifts, both a closer to the $100 end of the scale!) and I love them.

Under $200; (Above) This unused mint 1968 Gladius Jumping Hour digital watch with manual winding movement, spinning wheels with numbers printed on each lining up to tell the time through windows

Mitch from Watchismo sez, "I can give Boing Boing readers 10% off if they mention Boing Boing."

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Hello Kitty bike tires -- Boing Boing Gadgets

On Boing Boing Gadgets, Joel has just brought home the kawaii gold medal: Hello Kitty bicycle tires!


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Time's Joe Klein shoves his foot in his gob on NSA wiretapping

Following up from last week's post about Time's Joe Klein writing a totally erroneous column about NSA wiretapping, Wired's Threat Level does a good job of recapping Klein's abject failure to correct the record, and his editors' stonewalling on his partisan lies:

Klein now has two blog posts and one column (printed in Time magazine) that are all shot through with errors.

Collectively, Klein's postings paint a deceiving caricature of people who are concerned about letting the government turn the nation's telecommunication systems into giant microphones -- something that was explicitly rejected in the wiretapping compromises that followed the excesses of Nixon, the CIA and J. Edgar Hoover.

Perhaps Time's correction writer is out with an extended tryptophan Thanksgiving coma, but when she gets back, she's got some serious work to do.


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Paper cocktail parasol lamps

Bright Lights Little City's Lush Collection lamps are made out of dozens of paper cocktail umbrellas cunningly arranged to form a variety of lampshades. They make them to order, too, in whichever tropical colors you spec.


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Loren Coleman's Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2007

Our cryptozoologist pal Loren Coleman, recently featured on BBtv, has posted his "Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories for 2007." And for those in New York City, Loren will be presenting an "Introduction to Cryptozoology" lecture at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, at the American Museum of Natural History as part of the current Mythic Creatures exhibition. From Loren's "Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories for 2007" post:

From Bigfoot to Yeren, and from dwarf killer whales to dwarf manatees, it was quite a year.

It wasn’t heaven during 2007 for the cryptids, but instead seemed to have been a year of reflection, mistakes, fakes, and a few new finds.

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Bionic cat X-ray

This is an X-ray of Baby, a six-year-old cat who now has metal implants in all her legs after repeated falls from her third story London apartment. Staff at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, London have dubbed her the "bionic cat." From the Daily Mail:

"Amazingly, she has healed extremely well and can already move around very well," (said Jess Gower, Blue Cross chief veterinary surgeon.) We hope that in around eight weeks, when we take off the frame, she will move as normal and you'd never know what happened to her."

Ms Gower added: "She's had two lucky escapes but needs to be very careful to keep her remaining lives intact. We have had a long chat with her owner as we believe Baby was probably sitting in the sun on the edge of a balcony - we recommend people in high-rise blocks with pets keep their windows shut."

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Sense of touch restored for amputees

One of the biggest drawbacks of today's prosthetic limbs is that they don't provide the sensation of touching something. Scientists have made progress restoring the sense of touch for amputees by rerouting hand nerves to the chest after amputation. Now, when physical pressure, heat, or cold is applied to those nerves, the patients reported feeling the sensations in their nonexistent hands. From AFP:

In some of the testing, the patients could even specify which area on the hand they could feel; one, a woman identified as STH, at one point pinpointed a strong feeling of the skin stretching and the joint position of her ring finger being extended...

The scientists suggest their success in reviving such specific sensation identified with missing limbs could lead to establishing nervous system feedback in prosthetic devices like artificial hands, arms, feet and legs.

"Our results illustrate a method for creating a portal to the sensory pathways of a lost limb," they said in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This work offers the possibility that an amputee may one day be able to feel with an artificial limb as though it were his own."

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Webby Awards: Most Influential Online Videos of All Time

To celebrate 2007 as the year that online video broke (broke?), our friends at the Webby Awards put together their short list of the "12 Most Influential Online Videos of All Time." Two Girls One Cup did not make the cut. Link (Thanks, DMD!)

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BBtv: Cockroach-controlled robot / Walter Robot

Roaches are gross. Robots are good. But -- cockroch-controlled robots? Roboticist Garnet Hertz made one, and we visit him and his roachbot today. Then, a short film from Walter Robot (aka: Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie) about a robot with a broken heart who ends up having a different kind of close encounter.

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Rusty animal sculptures

A reader writes, "Joshua Pennings from The Netherlands makes amazing animal sculptures from metal and old tools. He is blacksmithing and welding them with great detail. Some are fantasy pieces and others are really life-like."

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Universal Music CEO: Record industry can't tell when geeks are lying to us about technology

Universal Music's CEO Doug Morris did a Wired interview in which the 68-year-old man said that he didn't really understand technology, that the record industry couldn't respond to Napster in 1999 because it didn't even have the in-house expertise to figure out whether a technologist was lying or not -- also, he compares his industry to a character from the comic strip Li'l Abner (which, New York magazine reminds us, stopped running in 1977).

"There's no one in the record industry that's a technologist," Morris explains. "That's a misconception writers make all the time, that the record industry missed this. They didn't. They just didn't know what to do. It's like if you were suddenly asked to operate on your dog to remove his kidney. What would you do?"

Personally, I would hire a vet. But to Morris, even that wasn't an option. "We didn't know who to hire," he says, becoming more agitated. "I wouldn't be able to recognize a good technology person – anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me."


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