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LEICA passed hard times during the last months, as nobody could be sure if they would survive or not. Being accused of having overslept multiple generations in digital camera evolution, the question is:

Can they make the breakthrough now???

Those who take pictures discover new perceptions of the world and the times, of the unfamiliar as well as the familiar. For this desire to look at the world and to show it to others, the LEICA D-LUX 2 camera is the perfect tool. In the midst of a bustling crowd or from far away, in the noonday sun or under a full moon, in a calm demeanor or in great haste – the LEICA D-LUX 2 renders pictures with unparalleled brilliance an in three different formats. This digital camera, with its optics, its image stabilizer and 8.4 megapixels, meets the highest standards of the renowned Leica brand. Its stylish aluminum body makes the photographer look good on all occasions. And the high-quality Crumpler cases – hey modern cooperation!!! – make it even more fun to take along.

When are you going to take the LEICA D-LUX 2 into your world?

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This sticker design gave me a chuckle – perfect for sneaking it up on your colleague’s mug! Designed for Thorsten van Elten.

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Here’s the Rechargeable USB Lighter, designed by Nathan Gabriele. It might look like a regular Zippo at the first glance, but flip this “premium giveaway” open and you’ll find that it is flameless and works by resistance coils – like a car lighter. Whenever the juice runs out you just plug it in a free USB port to recharge it.

Oh, and to top it off there’s USB flash storage in it as well.

Coroflot: Nathan Gabriele Portfolio

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The Attaché Optima USB Flash drive is apparently the fastest in the world (20MB/sec), but I’d buy it just because of the looks. It’s available in 4 and 8GB models, both Windows Vista ReadyBoost-enabled and featuring AES encryption to keep your files secure.

PNY.eu: Attaché Optima Product Page

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In spite of the fact that I’m a near-master when it comes to taking photos of myself (you know the kind where you hold the camera out with your arm and guesstimate what the lens will capture), my favorite store Hammacher Schlemmer has a much better, more accurate solution. The self-portrait camera extension arm allows you to take the photos you want anyplace you go (under water scuba adventures, summit of Mount Everest, Rockefeller Center at the Macy’s Day Parade). Clumsy-proof, the arm is made of shatter-resistant polycarbonate and tough aluminum. It will extend up to 181/2″ and can hold cameras and camcorders up to 16oz.

Perfectly packable, it collapses down to 7 1/2″, fitting nicely into your bag of choice or even your pocket. My favorite feature? It’s the built-in positioning mirror, so every shot you take can be a great one (Ansel Adams would be proud young jedi!). Last detail is that it has a 1/4 20-thread universal tripod adapter that fits most cameras.

If you travel alone or are too nervous to hand over your excellent camera to a stranger while you and your buddies pose pretty, this is a wonderful gift!

Price: $39.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.

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Think you have the perfect smile?

Apparently scientists have done a test or two, and come up with the following guidelines:

1. Bright white should be avoided. The Whiteness of the teeth should match the whites of the eyes.
2. A smile’s ideal width should be no less than half the width of the face.
3. Both upper and lower lips should be symmetrical on each side of the mid-line of the face.
4. The top row of teeth should be dominant while very little should be seen on the bottom row.
5. All teeth on display should be straight with no visible signs of restoration work.
6. The teeth should diminish in size from front to back. (Those either side of the central teeth, the laterals, should be 61.8 per cent the size of the bigger teeth. The next teeth along should be 61.8 per cent of the laterals. The width of the central teeth should be 80 per cent of their height.)
7. Very little should be seen of the gums. (To avoid a horsey smile.)

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If you are memory conscious and either need to replace your external storage or want to invest in a great solution, the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive is an elegant storage solution. It’s DropGuard feature also makes it surprisingly durable for the tough traveler. Transfer data, and large stereo/audio and photo files back and forth to all your networked destinations. Sexy and slim, its heft of 160GB capacity holds up to 640,000 photos, over 2,900 hours of music and 240 hours of video.

The nitty gritty specs:
* Requires no external power supply
* Includes a free EMC Retrospect HD backup software license
* USB 2.0/1.1 compatible (transfer rates up to 480Mbits/s depending on your processor and OS)
* Length 0.75 x Width 3.5 x Height 5.25 Weight – 0.48 pounds

It’s recommended by one of Amazon’s commentors (we love these guys) that you purchase a small 4-1 USB hub, so that you can always be prepared to have the required two USB connections to ensure you have enough power.

It’s the “little red corvette” of storage solutions

Price: $119 at Amazon.

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Free telephone reminders.
Wakerupper is the web’s easiest telephone
reminder tool. Schedule reminder calls on the
web or by phone. Nice.

wakerupper.com

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Jim Denevan makes freehand drawings in sand.

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Superb Website for the new Lincoln MKS 2009

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This is the Koenigsegg CCXR Special Edition, the second most powerful production car in the world to run on E85 ethanol fuel. It is powered by twin-supercharged 4.7L V8 producing 1018 horsepower and boasts a carbon fiber body giving a boosts from 0-62 in 2.9-seconds and achieve a top speed of 250mph. You can own one of this for $2.3 million.

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The super talented Paris, France based designer, illustrator, artist and more… Shows in his portfolio an impressive amount of beautiful layered works of graphics, cover magazines, flyers, logos, illustrations, customized toys and art pieces. I really dig his work! If you want to know what I mean take a look at Niark1.com

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Matt Suart | Photographer | Shoots People

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Bruce Lee started something in 1973…
and then died.
Hollywood is finishing it, and the search is on.

Finishing the Game

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In this essay, Bernard Foing looks at the effect the Moon has had on the Earth, and explores how different our world would be if we had no planetary companion. Interesting reading.

astrobio.net

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Get into your hippy inner self. Actually this hang drum sounds pretty cool.
youtube.com

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Pawell Nolbert aka HelloColor updates his personal portfolio with amazing and colorful new work, this young web designer and illustrator with base in Poland has a very delightful and fresh style, definitely one of the best in this new blood of digital artists. Check it!

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ProStreet has released and you are playing it morning to night. Do you need a cooler? If yes, then take this idea, build your computer case covered with lots of fans. The one above consists of 66 fans – front, back, top, bottom and the left and right.

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If that is not cool enough for you then use this. Hehe, don’t think it works, you are going to spoil it.

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Nokia N95 recently got a firmware update, current v10.0.021 to v11.0.026. They said that the firmware update will give better performance and stability and some improvements on the browser and Nokia maps. The firmware update is currently rolled out to Europe version.

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Canon has released its DW-100 autonomous DVD recorder which allows you to record video from your camera to a DVD. Apart from taking those MPEG-2 videos in SD, it also accepts HD video recorded with the AVCHD codec. The DVDs will be compatible with any Blu-Ray players including PS3. You can also plug this recorder to your PC or MAC via USB. The Canon DW-100 will be available next year in March 2008.

iWanex Studio (see portfolio) offer subtle changes in their portfolio of before-and-after touch-ups, a little skin blemish removed here, a jawline tightened up there, they do have some big name celebrities in their examples including Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Justin Timberlake.

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Very cool photos taken from the space shuttle on its last mission.

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50 gigs of free mass storage to store anything
you want. An internet based hard drive for
free nintey free, how nice.

adrive.com

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This site converts bitmap images to vector art
it’s an online auto-tracer. Just upload your image
and we will vectorize it for you.

vectormagic

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This is a very simple way to send your music, movies,
presentations, executables and any type of files to
anyone with just a web browser. kind of nice.

pipebytes.com

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