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A Standing Desk You Can Actually Afford

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Are you ready for this? A standing desk just launched on Kickstarter for the low-low price of $399. It’s already blown its fundraising goal out of the water with a month left to go.

StandDesk is a lightweight, eco-friendly desk that’s incredibly easy to use – there’s an up and a down button. Since I’ve heard nothing but good things about standing during the workday, I’m ready to throw down right now. I might even spring for the $549 deluxe version – you can save four height settings and get a premium desktop. I’m especially excited about the hidden cord tray beneath the desktop and the opening right above it that lets you plug in your devices while keeping your desk clean.

Oh, and standing occasionally throughout the workday is said to be healthier, increase productivity, and increase creativity. Will it make me richer, too? Either way, I’m sold. 

Adventure Capitalist

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|  April 19th, 2014

Practice Good Posture

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We’ve all read the articles about how sitting all day is killing us. But your slow death doesn’t have to be a painful one. The Roost is a lightweight laptop stand with the goal of turning your slouch into perfect posture.

By design, your laptop screen sits too low for comfort, which can have some serious side effects for your body. The Roost lifts the screen about a foot off your desk so you can sit comfortably while viewing your screen at eye level. Use it simply as a stand for a second screen or invest in a wireless keyboard and mouse to transform your laptop into a desktop-like design. Anything that makes work a little easier is OK in my book.

Adventure Capitalist

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|  April 19th, 2014

Because Bartenders Deserve A Break

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You’ve seen apparatuses that help stir drinks. But, now there is one that actually serves drinks, too.

Introducing the Vinotemp Epicureanist Automatic Cocktail Maker (dare you to say that four times fast), a handy little gadget that stirs and subsequently pours your favorite cocktail creation.  Hit one button, and things are mixed to perfect, then hit another to watch your alcoholic libation dispense neatly into a glass. And the best part is, it’s totally portable, so you’ll never walk into a party empty handed again. 

Gastronaut

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|  April 18th, 2014

A Beauty Of A Juicer

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Juicers are nothing new (though juicing as a diet in and of itself is a fad that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon – but that’s another discussion entirely). But, this beautiful little gadget is upping the ante a bit. It juices in two different ways, and with little noise at all, for a painless juicing process.

With two separate compartments within its sleek body, this Krups-brand juicer allows you to totally liquefy things, or just get them down to a thicker, smoothie consistency. So many juicing choices, and the world is your oyster! Buy one now and you’ll even get Amazon Prime benefit shipping. 

Gastronaut

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|  April 18th, 2014

Graphonaute’s GIFs Will Make You Doubt Reality

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These GIFs (yea, I said “GIFs”, I refuse to call them “GIFs”) are a trip. Seriously, avert your eyes unless you’re ready to go on a magic ride down WTF Avenue.

They were created by an 18-year-old artist named Graphonaute, and combine 3D art with some simple photography. This ish is trippier than that time I tripped on a banana peel…while trippin on LSD in the Mojave with that talking goat and the spirit of Gallagher. That is to say, VERY TRIPPY.

Click through to check out the GIFs. And don’t trust no talking goats!

Culturazzi

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|  April 17th, 2014

Six GoPros. One Crazy Video.

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The title for this crazy video is: “360-Grad-Video mit 6 GoPro-Kameras” which I believe is German for “Yo my dude, this video is going to rip your lederhosen right off.” OK, that’s probably not a word-for-word translation, hey, I took French in high school.

The vid was created by Frankenstien-ing six, count themem, SIX GoPro cams together, giving the whole video a super distorted view and making it seem like we’re riding on a tiny planet, like "The Little Prince". What do you mean you’ve never read “The Little Prince”? I mean, yea, nah man, neither have I.

You can actually print the camera mount yourself. Now you just need six GoPro cams, which you can’t print. Now check the vid and go read yourself some Little Prince.

Culturazzi

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|  April 17th, 2014

Turn Your iPhone Into a Game Boy

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There’s nothing more nostalgic to me than a good old retro Game Boy. Unlike my original Nintendo, my classic Game Boy did not live through the turn of the century. Perhaps it had something to do with my little sister dropping it in the toilet. But the world is about to change, my fellow gamers.

A silicon sleeve called the G-PAD has launched on IndieGogo. It slips onto your iPhone or iPod Touch and in tandem with this iOS Game Boy emulator, you’ll get to experience a blast from the past. Play your favorite original games the right way, but with a bigger and better screen and on a lighter and slimmer device. Not bad. Reserve a G-PAD for iPhone 5 for just $25 on Indiegogo.

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|  April 16th, 2014

This Tie with That Shirt?

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Ever second-guessed an outfit and needed a second pair of eyes… but didn’t trust your boyfriend’s opinion? Welp, now there’s an app for that.

FittingRoom is like Tinder but for fashion. Those looking for ultra-fast validation can upload a pic, ask a question like ‘These shoes with this skirt?” and wait for the “yes” and “no” votes to pour in. Follow other users whose style you envy, get some follow backs, and soon you’ll create an elite panel of fashion judges who can comment on your style at a moment’s notice. I’m definitely incorporating this app into my getting ready routine and my dressing room decisions.

FittingRoom is available for free for iPhones in the App Store

IT Girl

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|  April 16th, 2014

'Brellabox

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Whenever it rains in the city you’ve got two choices: mutter bitterly to yourself about how the one time you didn’t decide to pack your umbrella it finally rains, or mutter bitterly to yourself as you pay a street vendor a “surge priced” umbrella that will last you five minutes.

Brellabox hopes to give you a third option during those wet afternoons. The service is like Citi Bike but for umbrellas. Users can “rent” an umbrella for $2.50 from ‘Brellabox stations for a 12-hour window, returning them at any other ‘Brellabox kiosk, or purchase umbrellas outright for $15. For a city that’s always under the weather, ‘Brellabox could disrupt how we deal with Mother Nature.

Digital Gentleman

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|  April 15th, 2014

Run (or Jog, or Walk) an Empire

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Outdoors? Listen, if I wanted to get outdoors, I wouldn’t have decided to buy an overpriced apartment in one the most densely populated places in the country. But combine an outdoor activity with the chance to dominate? Now, you’ve got my attention.

Run an Empire is an “alternate reality game” (think a big game for adults that happens in real life) in which players get to claim domain over areas in real life via running. The app tracks you as you move run or walk around. Encircle a city block, and you lay claim to it. Circle it again and you reinforce it. But be warned, other players are also vying for control of territory, and can take poorly defended areas from you.

It’s a sneaky way to get people out of doors. But a chance to own a city block in NYC? Let me get my trainers on.

Digital Gentleman

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|  April 15th, 2014