If you're the kind of clenched-up stresser who finds it hard to relax, invest in an aquarium. Watching the fishies swim by is a peaceful, soothing pastime, experts say. But are you really going to cart the whole operation into the office? Roll up your sleeves to siphon mucky water into your garbage can? Heft the tank to your coworkers' desk when your office is locked over vacation? Yeah, right. Undersea observation may do the trick at home, but for the office, a screensaver like Dream Aquarium Screensaver is a heck of a lot more practical. It works, too. … Read more
I was all ready to highlight what seemed like a very insightful comment on this blog by a co-founder of the advertising company CultureFish Media on the merits of Baidu, China's leading search engine. But then I remembered Rick at CNET Asia had asked readers for reasons to love Baidu. Lo and behold, the same comment appeared there under the name of a different CultureFish exec (and prominent blogger).
This wouldn't bother me at all, except that the comment includes personal reflection, such as this passage that appears verbatim in both posts: "Maybe I will get more … Read more
MTV Networks announced Tuesday that it will distribute its video content across the Web through deals with a number of social-media sites and video portals: GoFish, Veoh, MeeVee, and Imeem. Through this initiative, users of the video sites will be able to view both short- and long-form content provided by MTV Network as well as embed them on blogs and social-networking sites.
The partnerships will start to go live over the next few weeks; representatives from Imeem, for example, said that MTV Networks video content will appear on the social network, which focuses on ad-supported streaming media, in February.
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We were saddened to hear that fellow Craver Will Greenwald has fallen into a Wii funk of late. But perhaps he just needs a break from his buddy Mario, and we think we've found the relaxing pastime he needs--a little fishing.
Dragon's new fishing rod controller would seem to be the perfect accompaniment to the "Bass Fishing Wii" that came out in Japan over the summer. Best of all, it even includes a faux fish at the end of its faux line--because the last thing we'd want is to sour him even more on the … Read more
It's probably safe to say that fishing technology made some progress since the "Pocket Fisherman" days of our youth, with personal sonars and gadgets such as wireless infrared thermometers to test the waters from afar. And many follow one of the more popular trends in recreational sports, as evidenced by the Suunto's golf watch, by installing the equipment on your wrist.
Origo's "Guide Pro," for example, is a wristwatch outfitted with sensors that analyze atmospheric conditions for the most recent 30 hours ostensibly to determine the optimum biting times, according to OhGizmo. Then … Read more
That's because we simply must share this "Million Dollar Lure" just to purge it from our system, in a combination of awe and disgust. It's the ultimate creation of an outfit called MacDaddy's Fishing Lures ("We Put the Bling in Your String!"): The foot-long "lure" comprises 3 pounds of platinum and gold festooned with 4,… Read more
Did you grow up hearing that fish will grow as big as their bowl (or pond or ocean)? So that if you keep that carnival feeder fish in a tiny bowl it will stay tiny, but if you put it in the pond it'd get even larger? Well what about letting the FISH choose? With these nested "Russian Dolls" tanks, suddenly it is in the fish to choose whether they want to get bigger...and bigger...and it looks like at a certain point there is no turning back! (Although it can still see where it came from at all times.) Really, it is all a metaphor for life as we know it...cleanly and gorgeously abstracted to the world in the fish bowl
Roger Arquer's latest project, entitled Fish Bowls, presents 15 variations of the standard fishbowl... As Dezeen's article says, "Each piece examines a topic or suggests a solution to an issue," says Arquer. "'Dear Neighbour' (above), for example, tells us about the delicate relationships we have with our close neighbours, 'Suicidal Tendencies' prevents your fish from committing suicide, and 'Russian Dolls' (below) gives your fish a chance to decide how big it wants to be. I once read that a fish grows according to the space it has, that's what inspired me in this case." A few more bowls to get you started below...… Read more
After 30 years of undisputed market dominance, the vaunted "Pocket Fisherman" may finally have some meaningful competition. The challenger, which boldly claims to be "The World's Smallest Mini-Fishing Fish Rod Pen Reel Pole," extends to a full 37 inches and can handle 120 yards of 5-pound line, according to GeekAlerts.
And don't worry if you're a novice, because the $18 gadget kit includes hooks and "everything you need to get started fishing"--except for the worms, presumably. The special gold and red version, however, will set you back a hefty $60.… Read more
We know it sounds crazy, but a few gamers might actually get tired of bass fishing on the Wii. (Some people are just never satisfied.)
So for those fickle anglers who think they're good enough to progress from virtual to real waters, here's an item that may still tickle their digital fancy. The "William Joseph Infrared Thermometer" is supposedly the first point-and-shoot model of its kind, designed to literally test the waters without getting your feet wet or--more important--without disturbing the fish.
This may seem like overkill for those not acquainted with the finer points of … Read more