Sunday, July 30, 2006

Stephen Colbert in August "Wired"

Check out the August edition of Wired magazine. Stephen Colbert has an article on "How to be an expert on anything." It begins a special "how to" pull out section that covers everything from photography to sucking up to your boss. YMMV if you take all of the suggestions seriously, but I very much enjoyed the articles. The only thing I didn't like at first was the every-other-page Geek Squad advertisements, but I actually read them and they were fairly amusing. Although I would think that most of Wired's readers probably already know how to fix their computers without the Geek Squad. But you never know, and there are plenty of us out there that know how but are just plain lazy and would rather pay them to do it. Of course I'm also cheap in addition to being lazy, so I'll probably just do it myself so I don't have to lug my desktop to Best Buy.

Solar fan for a hot car?

Have you seen this? The Auto Cool Solar Car Fan is a nifty gadget that's supposed to keep your interior cool(er) while your car is sitting in the sun. Down here in Texas our cars can become so hot you can bake pottery in them. I've used the windshield screens over the years, and I've found that the shiny reflective insulated type work the best. They don't fold down very small, but they are worth their weight in gold if you have leather seats (ouch!). So I saw this solar car fan on TV and thought about trying it. I figure if I put it with the screen it could work pretty well. So anyone wanna buy me one so I can try it out? I'll probably have to wait until I get another $5 off Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon and go there to pick one up. But if it will keep my Tahoe cool in the sun, it'll be worth the money.