Daily archives: April 14, 2006

MSN wants to know how shallow you are

You could take MSN’s Lifestyle Quotient test, but you’d be a sad, shallow person if you scored high. I managed 33 because I live within my means (more or less), cycle rather than waste money on the gym and believe that the person makes the clothes, not vice versa.

Clare Bolton says: “Its all a bit tongue in cheek, a bit of light-hearted fun. We don’t want to depress anybody. We want MSN Lifestyle to be a source of inspiration for those with a low score.”

Of course, once you’ve studied the questions and filled in the form, you may be left agreeing with the American humorist Fran Lebowitz, who said: “Those who use the word ‘lifestyle’ rarely have either.”

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The future's bright, the future's OLED

100% efficient, flat Organic Light Emitting Diodes could be mass produced and drastically change the way we illuminate our interiors.

If the device can be mass-manufactured cheaply – a realistic expectation, according to Thompson – interior lighting could look vastly different in the future. Almost any surface in a home, whether flat or curved, could become a light source: walls, curtains, ceilings, cabinets or tables.

Since OLEDs are transparent when turned off, the devices could even be installed as windows or skylights to mimic the feel of natural light after dark – or to serve as the ultimate inconspicuous flat-panel television.

via Warren Ellis

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Vespa's hybrid scooter

Two wheels is the best way to get around town, and if you can’t face using your own power a scooter is the next best thing. Now Vespa, the quintessential scooter manufacturer, has gone one better with plug in hybrid scooters in development. The space under the lift up seat, where the rider traditionally stores their helmet, has been filled with batteries. A luggage pod has been fitted to make up for this.

Now, if they could build solar panels into the luggage pod and get it to run on bio-ethanol it would be super cool.

Fully electrical scooters can be bought from EVT.

via BoingBoing

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