1) "Siri, call me a cab. I'm too wasted to drive, as I'm sure you know."
You knew this had to happen sooner or later. A company is bringing out a little device that you plug into your smartphone to test your blood-alcohol level. The Breathometer is about the size of a keychain; you plug it into the headphone jack of your iPhone or Android phone, launch the app, blow into a little hole, and find out if you should call a cab instead of driving home. (Really, the thing should just call a cab for you --- it IS plugged into your phone.) Anyway, the Breathometer will cost about 20 bucks when it comes out in January . . .although since it’s a startup, you can pay more to support the company and get your Breathometer sooner. (I guess it’s too late for St. Patrick’s Day, though.) Details here.
2) Concert tickets? Check. ID? Check. Cell phone? Check. Mouth guard? Check.
The Guns 'N' Roses tour is in Australia this week, and it started with trouble the first night when Axl Rose threw his wireless microphone into the crowd in Perth and it broke a fan’s two front teeth. Darren Wright said “With the bright lights and explosions, I couldn’t see anything. The next thing I knew, I was whacked in the mouth. I thought I had been punched. I was quite stunned and it took a few seconds to realize what was going on. I could feel bits of teeth in my mouth. Then someone is climbing through my legs to grab the microphone.” He said he has no hard feelings towards GNR; he just wants the band to pay to get his teeth fixed, which he figures will cost about 5,000 bucks. Hey, at least Axl was there on time.
3) When you've completely run out of useless things to spend your money on . . . .
I found a funny little product that might be a good gift for someone you know who’s always listening to music on their phone or an iPod or whatever. It’s ear buds. But the left one looks like the top of a yellow pencil with a pink eraser, and the right one looks like the pointy end of the pencil, with the lead . . so when you wear these things, it looks like a pencil is sticking right through your head. Funny, right? Magic Pencil Earphones are a real thing that costs 50 bucks. Hey, Mother's Day is May 12 . . . .