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LGAN110 wall mounted home theatre projector from LG
Wall mounted home theatre projector from LG.
This may be old-ish by now, but we have not heard of any other wall mounted projector, so here goes. Hard working contributor
Magnus I.B. mailed in this tip, and we are truly sorry it has been sitting in the mail bag for so long. The LG AN110 was the first (and at the time the only) home theatre projector that could be put on a wall, or placed on a small stand like in the picture above. Maybe it still is. Maybe not. In any case it is pretty smart, and had it been around a couple of years ago, we could have saved ourselves a bunch of holes in the ceiling... The LG AN110 won a design award in the Red Dot Awards 2006. Thanks, Magnus, for letting us know!

5 April 2007



Sweden's secret weapon
Sweden's secret weapon.
The fifties was a decade of cold war between the East and the West. Sweden had a geographically precarious position between Nato and the Warsaw pact. Sweden also had one of the world's strongest air forces and made serious plans to build nuclear weapons. In spite of all the money that was spent (or invested, if you will) in defense during those years, hardly
anything remains. Nothing except the only skin care product almost every Swedish male knows and have used. Försvarets Hudsalva, or Defense Forces Cerat. The cerat was developed during the fifties by the Swedish Military Pharmacy as a remedy for blisters and cold sores, but its uses quickly expanded as grunts discovered its versatility. It was used greasing bicycle chains and door hinges, as shoeshine, as a substitute for butter, for dry elbows, as ski wax and, it is rumored, as frying fat. Today this icon product is also used as lip cerat, paw ointment for dogs and much more. A 25 ml pack is SEK 29:- (approx. USD 4:-) at the Swedish Pharmacy web shop. Manufactured by APL, Apoteket Produktion & Laboratorier.

3 april 2007




Smart krok för nackstödet

Smart headrest hook.
This is a clever looking little hook that attaches to the headrest support in your car (providing your headrests with steel stick supports) and where you can hang your purse or backpack or grocery bag or the bag with take-out food from the sushi place. Or anything else that works better hanging than standing or lying down. We do tend to get a bit upset when the grocery bags fall over and we have to search for lemons under the car seats or when the miso soup spills all over the sushi. So for the SEK 19:90 (approx. USD 2:80) for 2 that Biltema charges, we think it's a both cheap and practical gadget (art.no. 39-206).

2 April 2007




Skeppshult introduces auto shift bicycle

Skeppshult introduces auto shift bicycle.
We saw this in an ad in the paper the other day. The new auto shift bicycle from Skeppshult is called Arc Automat (gent's version) or Nova Automat (ladies) and features an eight-speed automatic gear assembly from Shimano. There is no information on how it works on the Skeppshult web site, which is pretty lame, but it could be the same auto shifter from Shimano we posted on earlier. If so, it is electric and gets its power from a dynamo in the front hub. We are going to have to pedal down to our local bike shop for a test drive, but since the bike is priced at SEK 9,895:- (USD 1,415:-) we are probably not going to buy one. At least not this year...

1 April 2007 (this is not an April fools thing)



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