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Tell a friend the perfect water bottle

Nalgene water bottles

Even if you don’t believe that the average person is chronically dehydrated, it’s generally a good idea to drink fresh, clean water as often as you’d like. I seem to be thirsty all the time, so I never go anywhere without a water bottle. Because of its durable and unbreakable nature, my container of choice is the Nalgene bottle, which never compromises the taste of water. It’s the perfect companion to the Thermos food jar.

There’s no question that Nalgene makes bottles extremely well. The company’s founder was an innovative chemist who developed unbreakable laboratory instruments and containers. Today, Nalgene is known in the scientific world for its wide assortment of Nalgene Labware, in addition to its consumer products for outdoors enthusiasts and travelers.

Posted January 17, 2006 by Mariva in health, innovations, kitchen, resources, travel

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Tell a friend an American hero

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Posted January 16, 2006 by Mariva in community, education, holidays

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Tell a friend Thermos Food Jar with Folding Spoon

Thermos Food Jar with Folding Spoon

Archie Bunker once mused, “You got your Thermos here, see? You can put coffee in it and it stays hot, or you can put beer in it and it stays cold, right? So my question is, how does it know?" Clearly, Archie never grasped the concept of insulation; nonetheless, Thermos products — three decades ago — worked so well that they seemed like magic.

Thermos has been updating its line of products, including its signature beverage bottles. The container featured here ain’t your parents’ Thermos. This lightweight, double-wall vacuum-insulated Food Jar with Folding Spoon comes with a stainless steel folding spoon that fits neatly into a storage compartment, which, by the way, has enough room to hold condiments and other small items. The Food Jar keeps your meal hot or cold, just the way you (and Archie) like it — and it looks cool to boot.

Posted January 13, 2006 by Mariva in gadgets, gifts, health, home, innovations, kitchen, travel

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Tell a friend patchwork wood frame

patchwork wood frame

This patchwork wooden frame looks like the hand-built exterior of a tropical beach cabin. This might be because, according to the product description, the frame is handmade in Thailand, using recycled wood from old boats, houses, schools and buildings.

In the print catalog, the colors look even richer. That’s an actual turquoise you’re looking at. Keep in mind, though, that because each frame is one of a kind, designs and colors vary slightly from frame to frame. Fits 4" x 6" photos.

Posted January 12, 2006 by Mariva in arts, decor, gifts, home

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Tell a friend fun sites

fun

Googlism: Find out what Google "thinks" of you — or of anyone or anything else.

The Dialectizer: Turn the verbal content of a web page into any of a variety of funny dialects, including "Jive," "Cockney," "Elmer Fudd," "Swedish Chef," "Moron," "Pig Latin" or "Hacker." I sound quite cornpone when Mariva’s Guide has been Redneck Dialectized.

5ives: Lists of five things within a random topic, such as "five ways to get on the del.icio.us home page" or "five terrible fake ideas for a retro TV comeback."

Posted January 11, 2006 by Mariva in business, education, entertainment, fun, games, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend Since Sliced Bread

Since Sliced Bread

Got an idea for improving the U.S.? Quit yelling at the talking heads on TV and submit your idea to Since Sliced Bread, an idea competition sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Since Sliced Bread is looking for interesting and practical ideas on how to grow the national economy in positive and productive ways. The judges include CEOs, writers, technologists, nonprofit directors and scholars. Be sure to submit your idea by December 5, 2005.

Update (January 10, 2006): Over 22,000 ideas have been submitted to the Since Sliced Bread contest, and the judges have narrowed down that massive brainstorm to 21 finalists. This week, you can view the finalists’ plans and vote for your favorite three ideas.

Update (February 22, 2006): Now that the winners have been announced, you may send your favorite ideas to your elected leaders.

Posted January 10, 2006 by Mariva in community, innovations, news

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Tell a friend SleepTracker alarm watch

SleepTracker, by Innovative Sleep Solutions

Oh, gosh, I have trouble getting up in the morning. I usually "negotiate" with my alarm clock for several snooze periods until I finally turn on the lamp and groggily make my way out of bed. Or I give up entirely, turning off the alarm clock altogether, too half-asleep even to think the words "forget it" consciously. Then the cat comes in and vociferously demands breakfast. There’s no way I can sleep through that — and once I’m up, I’m up for the day. While the cat is an effective alarm clock, the waking experience isn’t the most pleasant.

Sound familiar? Maybe it’s not our fault. The alarm clock wakes us up by the time of day (an external factor), not by the best time for us to wake up naturally (an internal factor). Aren’t there some times you wake up more easily than others, regardless of whether you’ve had your requisite hours of sleep?

Posted January 9, 2006 by Mariva in gadgets, gifts, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend Friday

Friday

Friday movie collection

Friday Night Lights movie

NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday (program site)

Bike Friday: folding travel bicycles

Photo Friday: weekly photo challenge

Posted January 6, 2006 by Mariva in community, entertainment, fun, innovations, movies, news, resources, social, travel

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Tell a friend getting organized: personal information management

personal information management

How do you manage all the information in your life? For a busy person — and who isn’t these days? — it can be a challenge to find the right information management system. It may help to know that no system is perfect — each has its pros and cons — and you might end up using a combination of several tools to create a customized information management system that works best for you.

Posted January 5, 2006 by Mariva in books, business, career, gadgets, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya, photo by David Banks

Congratulations to my acquaintance and email buddy Farai Chideya for completing the AIDS Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. I love her renditions of ’80s pop tunes, sung exhaustedly at around mile twenty. I’ve always thought she was beautiful, and I’m sure she looks fantastic now after all that training.

 

Posted January 4, 2006 by Mariva in community, health, news

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