Archive for Gadgetz 'N' Thingz
Among the special junk mail I get at least once a year (and certainly at this time of year – just in time for Christmas) is a catalogue for the BBC Canada Shop. It’s got all the stuff you’d expect: DVDs of every BBC series you could imagine, mini-series, docs, etc. etc.
And it’s also got a quirky selection of ‘gift’ items (ie. the promotional and/or odd, nerdy, very British, or just plain stoopid) most of which are rather dear (though I’m cheap like an old Scot when it comes to such things – BTW the DVDs ain’t cheap either, although maybe $316.98 isn’t so bad for 77 hours of All Creatures Great and Small: The Complete Collection). Anyway, a taste:
- MIND THE GAP doormat
- KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON t-shirt
- Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Darcy Mug
- Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Pen
- Salt pig
But my favourite for this year is Grow Your Own Shamrocks:
“It’s easy to share the luck of the Irish, no matter how far you live from the Emerald Isle. All you need is a pound of the auld sod, a packet of official Irish Shamrock seeds (all guaranteed Irish by the Irish Department of Agriculture) and a beautiful Belleek fine Parian china bowl (2½”h x 6″ diameter) to plant them in” (Price: $42.98).
Official Irish Dirt? Isn’t that Bertie Ahern?
“Simply put, GoGirl is the way to stand up to crowded, disgusting, distant or non-existent bathrooms. It’s a female urination device (sometimes called a FUD) that allows you to urinate while standing up. It’s neat. It’s discreet. It’s hygienic.
GoGirl is easy to use. Just lower your panties, and put GoGirl against your body, forming a seal. Aim and, well, pee. Pretty simple, huh?
GoGirl fits easily in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment. It’s a must for travel and sports. And it’s great for everyday––no more crouching over or trying to cover up an unsanitary public toilet.”
I meant to get up really early Friday morning, and the Friday morning before that for that matter, to check to see if the racoons or the bears had broken into any of the Green Carts now in use on my street. The City insists that the carts are sturdy enough, but I’m sure that they are no trouble for the clever coons and brawny bruins. Although, I left compostable material in my cart for a few days and it remained safe.
I’m keen to hear how well this program works now that it’s been spread to the entire municipality after a limited pilot project. (We seem to have been almost the last street in the municipality to get carts, so the program has been in operation for awhile.) I’m certain plenty of people in this part of the world won’t be keen on the special bags that are required, at a cost of $0.20-$o.25 each, never mind the collection of compostable waste in a little bucket.
Of course, I’ve been saving my compostables for a long time. (And I have, in fact, a little too much stuff collected some of which got a little too wet in August and hence came to the notice of my neighbour – some of what’s save may make it into the cart before winter.) But, I like this system for I produce even less garbage now because I can put all my non-recyclable paper in the cart; this week I produced no significant quantity of garbage.
This week will be the real test for I’m pushing the rule-boundaries a bit. The rules here are a little stricter than in the GTA. No, I’m not supposed to put “pet waste and litter” in there. I’ve been composting some of the organic stuff from the attic pets, but not all. Now, somewhat by accident, I’ve got the large bags, which are almost as big as the cart, as well as the small bags for the kitchen composter; thelarge ones are being put to use in the attic in a cat litter bucket to collect stuff like old iguana food, bird seed leftovers. Today I cleaned out the rat cage bedding and waste (RIP Milo) and the mouse containers, which I fill with litter made from recycled newspaper. All this filled up a big compostable bag and into the cart it went. (I had to start a new bag for the guinea pig bedding and poo.) Now all of this material is compostable and I don’t think there’s a solid argument against putting it in the cart (in TO you can throw disposable diapers in the Green Cart). But, the boys from WM seem to suffer from what I euphemistically call low job satisfaction and it will not surprise me if they deem my stuff not according to Hoyle, and leave it at my curbside.
So, the new work year is almost upon us. Soon I will have to sit in fluorescent lighting for hours at a time, in a tie most of the time, trying to keep busy in ways other than those produced by adminstrative obligations.
And so I’m revowing to keep this thing updated regular like.
To do that I suppose I’ve got to do what lots of others do: pass on things from other blogzenzeitz.
The “all-edges” brownie pan. I wonder if there’s a pizza pan in this shape.