Sunday, November 14, 2010


I find the Skymall magazine to be the most fascinating and wonderful publication. I find no end of curiosities as well as many remarkable items that shall soon become Christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends.

There is so much in Skymall that I would like to curate a tour through the wonderment.

I wonder what it says of society today that so many gadgets are made to relieve headaches and migraines? Think for a minute that our language has a special term for a particular sort of headache, the migraine, while it hasn't come up with a word to describe two people living together in a monogamous relationship that aren't married or a gay couple in a married relationship. Cohabitation could mean a married couple or several other things and partner is such a broad term it can mean anything from a professional relationship to someone you dance with.

The proliferation of gadgets and the development of the term migraine indicates that a great number of people suffer from them and that relief is out of reach for a large percentage of sufferers. Therefore new products have developed in order to fill that gap, for it is the law of supply and demand.

Or rather, it is the law of demand and supply. You see, supply does not spring forth ex-nihilo but rather from demand. Demand drives supply, whether the supply can even truly exist or not. Demand for gold drove the alchemists of yore and demand in face of a lack of supply drives a similar alchemy today. Let's have a look at the alchemy of Skymall.

My personal favorite alchemist innovation in Skymall is the gadget that will age a bottle of wine the equivalent of several years of cellar slumber in a matter of seconds.

All by the power of magnets!

The box lists whisky as well. No need for oak barrels apparently, magnets can produce the same effect. One's Johnny Walker red can become Johnny Walker blue in mere minutes? Demand and supply.

Other items that demand a second look can be useful. Note I did not say practical. Observe the solar powered cell phone charger.

How will those solar cells absorb photons in your pocket? Perhaps if you are at a picnic you might be able to juice up via the power of the sun.

Other items you might want in your home include the peeing baby fountain and giant Moa.

And what woman doesn't want falsies for her butt?

Women who wear this should be sued for false advertising

Yet I have to tell of things I am buying for loved ones. The Taun-Taun sleeping bag, the movie reel clock, and the Wonder Woman cuff bracelet are all on the list. There is truly something for everyone. Aren't you jealous?

Some things offer a supply to which there is no demand or, if there is a latent demand, it is imperceptible to me. For instance the Orbitwheels have all the charm of the jump to conclusions.

Will it be the next big thing? Only time will tell. In the mean time, please buy me one of everything in the Skymall magazine. Thank you.

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