Lovers & Rags

Dust Off Your Knuckle Dusters

Posted in Amusing, Design, Gadgets / Gear, Structure & Form by Michelle on September 8, 2010

If you’re a peace-loving hippie at heart but want to state, for a fact, that you’re pretty badass, then this post is for you. Are you non-confrontational but want to remind to your co-worker who is two weeks late on that $5 you lent him for lotto tickets? Yeah, you remember. Then this is just what you’re looking for. Simple ways get to your targets or just to make a point, subliminally and in some ways more obvious. Dust off those knuckle duster and repeat, “don’t mess with me.”

For the Fashionista:



Vivienne Tam Edition HP mini

Posted in Design, Fashion, Gadgets / Gear by Michelle on September 2, 2010

I went to B&H Photo and Video to do some research. Recently, I’ve been really wanting a PC netbook. I’m a MacBook user but it’s a bit  heavy. I’m too lazy to lug it around with me – to the living room that is… among other places. At the moment, Apple does not offer a cute little netbook, which is such a bummer. So, I figure that a PC netbook is my best bet. I’ve been researching for weeks on best battery life, processor speed, webcam, video quality, etc. Then, I came upon the Vivienne Tam HP mini and its’ specs sheet…

– 2 gHz… uh-huh.
– 2 Gb Ram… oooooo, nice.
– 250 Gb memory… just what I need.
– 3-cell battery… eh, I can always replace that, I guess.
– Matching Vivienne Tam sleeve… perfect!

I looked around. The specs looked great against the basic HP minis. I stood there for a very long time, playing around with it. Examining. Everytime I walked away and tried other netbooks, I always came back to the Vivienne Tam HP mini. Despite my aversion to butterflies, I was convinced that I had to buy this adorable netbook. I think it was the well-designed gold keyboard that did it for me. I’m kind’ve in love with gold machinery. Just read my previous posts. And the mini is so streamlined and pleasing to the eye, reminiscent to Apple’s product designs – something that I don’t want to give up.

I really miss the Mac OS X, though. I downloaded Safari, iTunes, and Quicktime through Apple’s website. It totally helps. I used Internet Explorer for the first 10 min and just looking at it gave me anxiety – way too much going on. I uninstalled some preloaded programs for the same reason…  But, overall I’m definitely enjoying my pretty new toy.

Check out the Photos:

Tool Boxes

Posted in Gadgets / Gear by Michelle on July 5, 2010

Top ten tool boxes at

Wohn Geist Tool Box

Anti-Paparazzi Clutch Bag

Posted in Accessories, Bags, Fashion, Gadgets / Gear, Structure & Form by Michelle on May 11, 2010

Thanks to Chris for showing me this. My brother has been urging me to see the light on how technology can be successfully integrated with accessories. I totally believe it now with this anti-paparazzi purse!

Upon a flash from paparazzi bulbs, the clutch automatically emits a counter flash to obscure the photo being taken. Check out the details at AH Projects >> Anti-Paparazzi Clutch, developed by Adam Harvey.

Incase Chrome Slider

Posted in Gadgets / Gear by Michelle on March 29, 2010

A few months ago, I wrote about the beauty of gold detailed gadgets. Today, I decided I’m going for this gold chrome iPhone 3g case by Incase, $35. Snazzy, tacky, and a little bit gaudy. Just what I like.

P.S. I’m so indecisive…. I can’t choose between gold or bronze. And I’m starting to like the silver one as well.


Posted in Amusing, Around the Net / Videos, Gadgets / Gear by Michelle on March 28, 2010 writes, “can the iPad fit into a jeans pocket?”  Why… yes it can.

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7

Posted in Gadgets / Gear, Reviews, Wish List by Michelle on March 11, 2010

This camera is officially mine!  Well, not right now, but when the prices drop.  Thennnn…. it will be mine!  I can’t figure out if I want it in Silver or Navy Blue though. It was released February 2010 for $399.

Specs I care about:

  • Shoots in HD video 1080i
  • Records 60 Frames/sec
  • Low light video recording is waaay improved from the TX1
  • Full touch screen backing
  • TransferJet Technology – can transfer to compatible devices by touching them together
  • iSweep Panorama Mode – panorama is detected and stitched together all in one shot

Great review at RedBan.

Sample HD video in 1080p:

Shock! Magnum Chrome DS Lite Case

Posted in Gadgets / Gear, Video Games by Michelle on November 21, 2009

Can someone get me this for Christmas?

It’s a Magnum Chrome Case for the DS. My DS is boring Polar White. This will totally add to my gaming experience. If I could only check myself out while playing….

Get it for $39.95 at Console Shop!

Needs some help replacing your case? Watch this YouTube video on how to do it while listening to triumphantly soothing music….

And of course, he is playing Final Fantasy IV in his DS! (4:45)

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Multi-function Design Table

Posted in Gadgets / Gear by Michelle on October 18, 2009

I can’t even begin to think of how this is possible. Every year we get one step closer to life imitating the movies. I think I want one. And when I’m not using it as a monitor, I can use it as a sewing table. Right on!

(Via: The Design Blog)

Dream iPhone Apps

Posted in Amusing, Gadgets / Gear by Michelle on October 9, 2009

All I want is a Carmen San Diego app!! I just want to play the game. More than Oregon Trail, Myst, or even the 2D black and white version of Prince of Persia (circa 1992-5 ish?). I want to find Carmen San Diego. Please, someone… hear my plea!

Here is a list of other dream iPhone Apps, article by elguapo:

– Car Key Locator
– Green Peace Corner Person Avoider
– Douchebag Alert
– G-spot Locator
– Parking Spot Locator
– Carmen San Diego App
– iScale (turns your iPhone into an actual scale – good for drug dealers)