You can’t exactly buy rain on Amazon but you can buy the RainMachine. This weather forecast sprinkler controller talks to the NOAA weather satellite service to find out about the coming weather and changes the amount of water the different areas of my garden get accordingly. It replaces my old traditional sprinkler controller that watered the same way, day in and day out. How does it know what my garden needs?  It knows me. […]

Take a moment to look at this amazing collection of maps courtesy of TwistedSifter.  Lightning strikes, alcohol consumption, maternity leave…even a map of the age that people first have sex.   It’s all here and I guarantee you’ll never see the world the same way again. Pangea, the supercontinent landmass of 300 million years ago before the continental drift puts Morocco just a few miles away from North Carolina. See, […]

Kubi, meaning literally “neck” in Japanese, is the next big thing in telepresence. This attractively styled robotic stand from Revolve Robotics for camera-enabled tablets fits as nicely on a table at holiday dinners as it does at board meetings or in classrooms.  And it represents: YOU. You control Kubi from afar, using web-based remote control and Facetime, Skype or other video calling or telepresence apps, tilting the stand up when […]

Have you ever been stuck with heinous roaming fees when traveling abroad? Kinda takes the fun out of posting pictures or watching videos when you’re not within WiFi range. Globalgig has just launched its carrier grade mobile internet service with a hotspot device that connects with local networks through your smartphone, tablet or laptop.  You don’t have to switch you SIM card, nor deal with your carrier to buy a […]

We all learned it in science class: a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.  A bowling ball weighs about the same. So imagine trudging for miles, often in the hot sun, lugging water for your community.  And what if all you have is a gas can or bucket that may have been filled with toxic substances like paint or fuel.  Not a healthy picture if you’re trying to transport clean […]

Summer is coming and the heat is already gracing Sonoma’s vineyards. Last weekend Scribe Winery hosted a members wine tasting and picnic. Their chilled Riesling was perfect for the lamb, radish and hummus hors d’oeuvres. Crunching into a not-too-pretty but absolutely delicious radish straight from their garden was a real treat and we felt privileged to share the bounty of the the earth.  In the case of Scribe Winery it […]

How often have you wished you could bring someone along on a particularly enjoyable vacation?  Looxcie, the makers of the wearable mobile-connected video cam, are letting you do that…almost.  Wearable over your ear or attachable to a ball cap, car visor, bicycle handle bars or helmet, the hands-free camera captures video just that way you see it. Rather than wait till you get home to share it, Looxcie Live, a […]

UPDATE:  TourWrist wins People’s Choice Award at DEMO, the emerging technology conference.  TourWrist won top honors among five DEMO God finalists and was awarded one million dollars in media from IDG, producer of DEMO and publisher of VentureBeat and other technology publications. Check out the panos on TourWrist to get a real perspective of what it’s like to be a presenter at DEMO. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a […]

UPDATE: The winner of the documentary contest is from Salt Lake City.  Her whirlwind tour  took her from the snows of Salt Lake City to San Francisco, where the fog decided to give her a break, allowing her to walk barefoot on the beach and sip California wine.  Next stop was London then off to  Lisbon for some instruction is surfing (yes, you can surf there) and what fabulous food.  […]

Maybe this is exactly what the Cosmopolitan was going for — a 21 to 30 year-old stiletto-heeled and testosterone pumped crowd. While very average-looking tourists milled around the ground floor of the 100,000 square foot casino space, their numbers grew thinner with every floor as we rose up in glass elevators and escalators. Right above their heads were tight-dressed girls leaning over the balcony on upper floors, gazing through walls […]