April 5, 2012
If you're a fan of soft-boiled eggs, or just like to enjoy your breakfast in the comfort of its own shell, you might consider splurging on an egg topper. Egg toppers are meant to cleanly remove the top of the tapered end of the egg. Properly executed, the shell pops off, revealing an opening just large enough to fit a small spoon. No mess, no problem. A spring-loaded topper looks a little like a mini-plunger, with a base that fits neatly over the egg. Pull the handle back, then release; the vibrations should cause the blade just inside the base to crack the top of the shell in a neat line.
March 7, 2012 |
It's a sunny day in San Francisco, with only a few minor earthquakes in Northern California serving as a prelude to Apple's much-anticipated product unveiling Wednesday. Apple is no doubt hoping to shake the Earth itself with what most people believe is going to be a new iPad. That could be the iPad 3, the iPad HD, the iPad 4G or some other clever name, but we think it's likely to be faster, have a much-improved display, and probably connect...
February 4, 2012 |
Something sounded familiar last week when I heard U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski make a huge pitch for infusing digital technology into America's classrooms. Every schoolchild should have a laptop, they said. Because in the near future, textbooks will be a thing of the past. Where had I heard that before? So I did a bit of research, and found it. The quote I recalled was, "Books will soon be obsolete in the schools.... Our school system will be completely changed in 10 years.
December 22, 2011 |
It's become a tradition at the L.A. Times Food section: Every year, we run a holiday essay by a noted Southern California writer reflecting the unique nature of the way we celebrate the season. This year's is by Janet Fitch, whose novels include the best-selling "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black. " We won't be coming home for the holidays this year. My mother no longer lives in our rambling old Wilshire Park home. She moved out in July. She and my father bought the place in 1961, an old house even then, an old-fashioned place with a dining room and a library and closets you could walk into, a million hiding places, even a tiny door for my imaginary friends.
November 26, 2011
DIGITAL Guess the Movie app, 99 cents, available at the iTunes store NONDIGITAL "The Everything Large-Print Movie Crosswords Book" $15.95, available at Amazon.com and other retailers SPLURGE Dupont James Bond pen set, $4,000-$5,000, available from Bonhams auctioneers starting Dec. 6 BARGAIN Classic movie candy $1.99 and up, available at ...
September 10, 2011 |
Shelves-to-Go is a deck of three sturdy but lightweight reinforced mesh shelf units with straps and hooks on both sides that can be hung in a closet or joined together to hang against a door. Unhooked, the shelves collapse (clothes and all, if you like) to fit into most standard carry-on bags. Just lift out and hang at your destination. Large size ($36.95) measures 12 inches wide and 20 inches long when hung; medium ($34.95) is 18 inches long. Info: Shelves-to-Go , (877)
August 5, 2011 |
Omar el Keish wanted to make a strong statement when he headed out with his wife and daughter recently for a revolutionary rally here in the de facto rebel capital. Keish decided to bring along a flag. It wasn't the ubiquitous Libyan rebel flag that flutters at every downtown rally. He chose the American flag — the Stars and Stripes — on a long, heavy pole. The 57-year-old airline pilot waved the big fluttering fabric with both arms, and rallygoers smiled and flashed the V for victory sign at the sight of Old Glory.
June 27, 2011 |
You would have to be in solitary confinement to have not seen that TV commercial for the iPhone that tells you that "if you don't have an iPhone" you can't download music, you can't pay for your coffee, can't easily purchase an airline ticket.... Or, as my daughter Kate called to tell me, you can't overcome OCD. Kate was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder some years ago. Medication tempers the symptoms but does not entirely remove the underlying anxiety. Even under the cloud of Zoloft, her brain still spins — especially, for her, when it comes to making sure the door is in fact locked and the coffee maker actually turned off. She cannot sleep at night without checking doors and windows a dozen times.
April 23, 2011 |
The big problem with 3-D TV, which has been a flop so far despite huge hype, is the glasses. Making sure everyone in the room has a pair to view a show can be expensive and impractical, not to mention socially awkward. But 3-D could be on the verge of a revolution that leaves the eyewear behind. A new generation of glasses-free 3-D gadgets have begun to roll out: •A Nintendo video game console that shows 3-D without glasses arrived in the U.S. last month and is already a hit. •Two smart phones — from LG and HTC — with non-glasses, 3-D screens are due out by the end of the year.
March 10, 2011
Those who rely on a walker or cane to get around may appreciate the See 4 Safety Mobility Light, which provides automatic hands-free illumination when its built-in sensors detect movement or low-light conditions. Just flip the on/off switch to on, clip the light to the cane or walker and start moving. The light, which has three bright LEDs and runs on two included AAA batteries, automatically turns itself off after about 30 seconds if there is no motion or it senses substantial light.