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January 31, 2007

Get 'em started early

Got a baby? Love coffee? Get your kid a Mini Chef Coffee Maker Set.

Playtime gets a pick-me-up with this petite percolator!

Crafted of sturdy wood, this set is perfect for mixing up your tea party routine, complete with a coffee maker, 2 mugs, milk, sugar and a stirring spoon.

Full of fun features to encourage active play and boost motor skills, the lift-up lid and drop-in coffee filter add lifelike detail to playtime fun!

Age range: For barrista babes ages 3 years and up

The price has dropped from $26 to $15.60. Maybe parents don't actually want their kids to grow up to be baristas. Who knew?

[Via Mighty Goods.]


January 22, 2007

It's easier than moving to Australia

I'm glad you're all concerned about my income and flattered (I guess) if you believe I could get more tips dressing like this for work. Nonetheless, you can stop sending me this article.


[Hat tip: Everybody. Cross-posted at Eternal Recurrence.]

January 15, 2007

The best part of waking up

This invention -- an alarm clock that releases a synthetic coffee smell when the alarm goes off -- is sort of neat, in a tacky sort of way. I'm sure it doesn't smell as good as real coffee. And more importantly, there is no real coffee, so if you use the thing you're starting your day off with disappointment from the very first minute.

Better idea? An actual bedside coffee grinder/alarm clock. The whir of the burrs wakes you up while releasing the sirenous aroma of real fresh ground coffee. Say, Guatemala Huehuetenango. The coffee dispenses into the state of the art automatic bedside Clover, which brews a perfect cup before you even have time to remember the name of the alluring woman lying next to you. All for just three easy payments of $19.95.

(Pop quiz: Which aspect of my above fantasy is most unrealistic? Hint: It's not the $60 Clover.)

I actually did have an idea for an alarm clock once, but it used a paper shredder instead of a coffee grinder. The shredder is in one room, such as the kitchen. It communicates wirelessly with the alarm clock in the bedroom and is set to turn on five minutes after the alarm goes off. Before going to bed, put a $20 bill in the shredder. Then you have to get out of to bed to save your bill, and by then you're in the kitchen, so you might as well make some coffee. See my original post on the economics of the situation.

I've since decided a better alternative would be to give the money to the charity of one's choice rather than shred it. Perhaps the alarm clock could communicate the time for which it's set to your computer. In the morning, you'd then have to log in to your computer in time to prevent an automatic transaction from billing your credit card for a donation.

The drawback would be that if your Internet connection is down or your computer isn't working, you can't stop the transaction. The upside is that over the long term, you won't mind if you overslept a few mornings and ended up donating $100 to the humane society. Yet since that doesn't mean you want to donate $20 every single day, the alarm is still effective.

[Via TMN. Cross-posted on Eternal Recurrence.]

January 8, 2007

Fainting goats

Legend has it that coffee was discovered when Kaldi the herder found his goats dancing merrily about after consuming cherries from the coffee bush. So what the hell were these goats chewing?

It's a ridiculous video. I can't stop watching it.

Wikipedia's got the science.

[Via Mungowitz. Cross-posted on Eternal Recurrence.]


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