Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Oven That’s An App


The June Intelligent Oven is a countertop oven about the size of a small microwave that you control with your phone. (Here’s a picture of the app, along with a few other pics.) It lets you watch live video of your food cooking, which traditionally was only available by looking through the front of your oven, which is supposedly inconvenient.

The main use-case seems to be steak, which is something you could accomplish on a stovetop burner, grill, normal oven, bath of water, or literally anything that gets hot. You can even cook a steak by wrapping it in foil and leaving it on the engine block of your car while you drive, as this book of car-engine recipes points out. But your car, which you already own, won’t make them an absurd amount of money when you buy it.

Stickers For Adulting


As you’ve no doubt noticed, young adults have increasingly been describing a functional, independent existence as “adulting.” This pack of stickers includes an assortment of routine tasks (you can see them all here, on the listing) and should give you the feeling the Dutch describe as plaatsvervangende schaamte, which literally means “place-exchanging shame”, or shame you feel on behalf of someone who should feel ashamed, but doesn’t.

(The German language has a similar word, fremdschämen, which makes it even more strange that English, the home language of “adulting”, doesn’t.)

The Star Wars Immersion Blender


Star Wars kitchen merchandise is always a stretch. I’ve written about the Star Wars waffle maker that makes a pancake instead of a waffle, and the Star Wars toaster that leaves most of the bread untoasted but for a small, scorched Star Wars logo in the middle of each slice. But the Star Wars Immersion Blender takes it even further, and is simply a regular immersion blender with a red dingle instead of a silver one. If they didn’t show you pictures of Darth Vader swishing it around, you wouldn’t know it from an identical-but-cheaper 300-watt immersion blender.

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