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Nice (wine) rack

Last week the New York Daily News featured this sports bra that holds up to 25 ounces of liquid and gives a surgery-like lift of up to 2 cup sizes.

Photo from the NY Daily News. What do you think Camelback would say?

You can purchase one of these babies from Baron Bob.  If you’re in the market for a mooning gnome, poop soap or a dog buddha statue, this Jersey-based site will be your one-stop shop.

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Pair it!

I just stumbled across this app and though the song in the video is grating, it has some good features; you can search for a pairing based on what wine you’d like or what dish you’re having, you can add personalized notes for every wine, dish or pairing and the data is stored locally on your device, so can access it regardless of the status of your internet connection.

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$8 ice cubes

Hal over at A Muddled Thought recently posted about Gläce Luxury Ice Company.  He did a side-by-side comparison with home made ice and the Gläce ice was not only more attractive, but also lasted longer.  It ought to at $8 a pop.  This is what I use at home:

For the price of 2 Glace balls, you can get a spherical ice tray at the MoMA store.

 To their credit, it looks like the Gläce folks threw a pretty fun party at the Playboy Mansion.

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I want a drinkbot

In the article Just Like Mombot Used to Make in today’s Times, robots are delivering snacks, whipping up omelets, preparing octopus balls and making up to 800 bowls of ramen per day (with human staff reporting to them). 

I couldn’t help but think that while a snackbot is nice, a drinkbot would be nicer.  Unsurprisingly, other thirsty spirits out there share my sentiment.  By the time I got to page 2 of the article, I learned about the group, Roboexotica, who hosts festivals where scientists showcase “cocktail robots” as well as “beerbots”, some of whom will not only mix, serve and consume cocktails, but they might also tell jokes and smoke cigarettes. 

Just for fun, I went to You Tube to see what would pop up with a “drinkbot” search.  No clip on robots is complete without the statement, “Does not compute”.

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For you tough guys

brass-knuckles-wine-openerYup, a brass knuckle wine opener.  I’ve seen a lot of commentary about this online – Samurai sommelier jokes, gang members who don’t like beer – but, I can’t seem to find a place to buy one.

Jonathan Sabine designed with what he calls the Bourgeois Brass Knuckles in 2007.  He describes the product as “a cross between two iconic objects whose cultural and socio-economic associations lie at opposite ends of the spectrum from one another.”

While I like his design, I object to his statement – wine is for refined rich folks and poor people are violent?  Wine is for everyone, even nut-jobs who like to wear brass knuckles!  If I had these brass knuckles I’d use them to open a bottle of brass monkey.

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Hands-free device

wine-necklace

Wine is near to my heart, but not so much so that I would wear this wine glass holder necklace.  Its producers claim it gives you the freedom to snack and socialize while keeping your hands free, but maybe they should have included a straw.  You’d still have to use a hand to get the glass to your mouth, right?  Then what becomes of your plate of snacks or your hand gestures? 

Some have pointed out that it would prevent you from losing your wine at a crowded party.  Folks I know seem to have no trouble keeping an eye on their glass of wine without having it attached to them. 

It’s definitely a conversation starter, but maybe one where you have to explain why you’re a dork.

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