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Hallmark Features Retro Ornaments

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Movies, Toys

Rock 'em Sock 'em OrnamentStar Trek II Ornament

Last minute tree trimming at our house usually consists of popcorn strings until the dog eats them. We wish we had gotten a Hallmark Keepsake Rock ’em Sock ’em Ornament. At least we would have had a fighting chance. At a size of 3 1/4 x 2 3/4-inches, push their buttons and their arms punch and heads bounce just like their life-size counterparts. It comes with a greeting card for $15.00.

For your trekkor friends, pick up the Star Trek II Keepsake. This one is 3 x 2 1/2-inches, has sound and flashing lights, and will set you back $28.00. We expect that if you wait (since it is probably closed today,) you can pick one up for sale when you return that cheesy Nut Bowl that your mother-in-law found at the back of the store in the markdown aisle.

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Eel Powers Up Tree Lights

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Science

Eel-TreeAn aquarium in Japan lit up their Christmas tree with the help of a fishy friend. It took inventor Kazuhiko Minawa about a month to design the system. Two aluminum panels were placed in the eel’s tank as electrodes to harness the power, then cables were attached to them to supply electricity to the tree.
 
“If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree,” Minawa said.

Funny, we were thinking the same thing and wondering if, after the holidays, we could use one to run some of our home appliances. You can see the slimy fellow in action on MSNBC.

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Circuit Board Tree Ornaments

Circuit Board Tree OrnamentsSo after we told you about the circuit board photo album and cigar, cigarette and money holders, we thought that would be it for awhile. But nooooo. Apparently the circuit board is way more hell-bent upon world domination than we originally thought, as it is now tackling Christmas. Witness this ornament set of a tree, star and bell, perfect for geek-ifying any Christmas spruce. They even come packaged in a gift box! So you know that friend you always call when your computer’s on the fritz—because you know they’re too nice to charge you for their services? Here’s a way to show him or her some love. Available for $20 USD.

Read More | Acorn Studios via Chip Chick


Conserve Energy with these LED Christmas Lights

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Household

LED Christmas Lights So we recently told you how the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is conserving energy by switching from incandescent to LED lights. If you read the story and found yourself wishing you could do the same…here’s your chance. A company called Green Home is selling LED Christmas bulbs in both the “traditional” and “globe” styles (pictured). The upstart company claims their LED lights are 60 times more efficient than regular bulbs, so you’ll save energy and cash…which you can put towards those holiday gifts. The “traditional” bulbs start at 12.50 USD, while the “globes” begin at $15.

Read More | Green Home via Cool Hunting


ETree is Interactive

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Science

ETreeIf you are looking for a non-traditional tree for the holidays, ETree may be the answer. The interactive electroluminescent lamp comes in a 15 x 15 x 8 cm size with 5 branches and a height of 50 cm, and a 30 x 30 x 15 cm floor model with 10 branches and a 150 cm height. Only for indoor use, we think that our neighbors would really be impressed by Kinetica Museum‘s creation which is available for £324.00 (~$666.00,) and £575.00 (~$1,200.00) respectively. It may be pricey, but think of how much you will save on ornaments and tinsel.

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to rock LEDs

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Misc. Tech, Science

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Let it be known that we New Yorkers take our “going green” seriously. The newly arrived Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree—like its holiday arch-rival the New Year’s Eve Ball—is replacing its incandescent bulbs with energy-friendly LED lights, 30,000 of them to be exact.  This means the 84-foot tall Norway Spruce’s electricity consumption will be reduced from 3,510 to 1,297 kilowatt hours per day (the savings equals the monthly consumption of a 2000-square-foot home). Plus, when the tree is taken down in January, it will become lumber for houses built by Habitat for Humanity (take that New Years Ball!).  If you’re in New York this holiday season, pay this tree the props it deserves by visiting between 5:30 am and 11:30 pm.

Read More | CNN

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