Kittyo Cat Spy-Cam Treat Feeder Is Exactly What Your Cat Didn’t Need. [Video]

Kittyo cat cam and treat dispenserHow’s this for a slogan: Kittyo – The tech device that you and your cat don’t need. The Kittyo has met its funding goal on Kickstarter so this product, that no cat would ever be interested in, is going to be a reality.

Hooray for crowd funding and hooray for ‘kick-me-in-the-nuts’ dumbass products that shouldn’t be. [G]


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Sprāv – The Wireless Smart Shower Meter That Will Tell You When To Get Out. [Video]

Sprav - The Smart Shower Meter.Ok, who’s in for shortening their next shower? For the few that did raise their hands, Sprāv is the product for you. Designed by students from Case Western Reserve University, Sprāv is a wireless water meter that gives you control of your water and energy consumption. Sprāv attaches to the arm before your shower head and uses green, yellow and red lights to let the shower taker know how long they’ve been showering. The goal of the changing lights is to encourage users to shorten their showers.

We’ve seen shower shorteners in the past (ie Waterpebble) but what makes the Sprāv different is its ability to track your shower and instantly report to you how much you are saving by changing your showering habits.

Sprāv is now on Kickstarter. [Sprāv]

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Jubbling Shouldn’t Be A Crime: Starbucks Barista Eats Food Out Of The Trash. Gets Fired.

Coulson Loptmann - former Starbucks barista who ate food out of the trash.

Former Starbucks barista, Coulson Loptmann, was fired for eating food out of the trash.

A Starbucks barista, who’s on food stamps, ate some food from the trash and got fired. Here’s the story (Consumerist):

“A 21-year-old barista who worked at a downtown Seattle Starbucks claims he was fired for taking a sandwich out of the trash and eating it. He argues that since his employers were going to toss it anyway, why should he be punished for pulling it out of the garbage, especially when he hasn’t been working enough hours to pay his bills?

The former employee tells The Stranger that he hadn’t eaten all day and was on a seven-hour shift, so when a coworker threw out some breakfast sandwiches that were out of stock, he figured it’d be fine and dandy to grab one for himself.

‘She said, ‘What a waste, huh?’’ he explained. ‘And she tossed it in the garbage. I figured, it’s in plastic, it’s fine. So I reached in and grabbed it.’

It wasn’t fine, according to what he says his manager told him a week later: She’d heard of the sandwich incident and spoken to HR, and ‘they consider it stealing, and it’s against policy. So I’m sorry, but I have to terminate you.’

A Starbucks spokesman says he can’t comment on an individual employee because ‘it is a violation of our policy to consume marked-out products.’ It’s not about stealing, either he adds: ‘We do not want our partners to consume potentially spoiled products and get sick.’

So could you get fired for breaking that policy? Not usually, said the spokesman, unless it was the culmination of a ‘broader, ongoing performance issue.’

The worker insists there were no such issues, and that he doesn’t believe the policy against eating out of the trash is about his own health, and not stealing.”

What I read: a hungry Starbucks barista was fired for Jubblingly eating some good food that shouldn’t have been tossed in the trash. Probably a misunderstanding similar to what George Costanza experienced in the Seinfeld episode where he ate an eclair out of the trash.

So please Starbucks, reconsider and give this kid his job back. Jubbling isn’t a crime but the unnecessary waste of throwing out perfectly good food should be. [The Stranger and Consumerist]


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Guy Driving His Dog For A Walk Is A Jubbling Shit Sandwich. [Video]

This video of a guy walking, wait a sec, driving his dog for a walk may be the end of Jubbling. So much wrong here. From the ‘dog-walker-man’:

“The driver of this vehicle was ‘walking’ his dog in Douglas Park in Regina at about 8:30 p.m. (Aug. 18, 2013) With one end of the leash attached to the dog’s collar and the other in the van, the vehicle kept nudging the dog at the shoulder with the tire of his moving vehicle each time he took a left turn. Because it was dark and was driving slow, cars kept passing him …. it was clear the drivers didn’t see this dog until the past minute, because they slowed suddenly and gave the dog a little extra room as they passed this van.

Essentially, this dog was nearly run over several times in 15 minutes I followed him.

At one point, another dog walker who was on the sidewalk and giving his dog a little exercise the old fashioned way, yelled out to the man and heckled him.

The guy thought he was mitigating the danger of all of this by driving with his hazards on. However, when I first saw this guy, I noticed the driver was also on his cell phone.

Before anyone asks, yes, I called the police — two officers paid him a visit.”

For all the BP’s and gender-bending pipelines out of Canada, this guy driving his dog for a walk is the most painful and direct kick to our Jubbling nuts. It’s like a big giant bowl of unnecessary consumption and waste. [Arbroath]

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Rescued Puppy Mill Dog Takes Its First Steps On Grass.

Rescued puppy mill dog Lizzy takes her first steps.From the “Puppy Mill Dog – Walks On Grass For The First Time” YouTube description:

“Lizzy spent 12 long years living in a small cage in a puppy mill. She never once touched the ground. National Mill Dog Rescue rescued her early in March 2013 and she immediately went to a loving home. This video shows her in the grass for the very first time. Prepare yourself for tears of joy!

Help us not post anymore videos like this by avoiding puppy mill dogs. Here are some tips for staying clear of puppy mill dogs from Cesar’sWay:

  • Avoid pet stores, newspaper ads, and great deals online!
    Many puppy mills supply local pet stores with false information. Remember Bandit from Season 2 of The Dog Whisperer? His website said that he was from a licensed breeder, but he turned out to be the product of a puppy mill, costing his new family thousands of dollars in vet bills and heartache over his life-threatening health and behavioral problems.
  • Visit the breeder and ask questions!
    Ask to see the entire facility where the dogs are bred and kept. Is it clean? Spacious enough? Ask to see the parent dogs as well. Does the breeder show hesitation to let you see the facility or to let you meet the other dogs who are being kept there? Or is the breeder willing to just sell one of his puppies to anyone who walks in off the street, sight unseen? Reputable breeders will want to make sure their puppies are going to good homes.
  • Adopt from a shelter or rescue instead!
    This is the safest solution. Rescues and shelters most often have the best interest of the animal at heart, and many of them are last chance adoptions. But remember: don’t adopt out of pity! Adopt based on your energy level and compatibility!

[Ecorazzi]



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Thanks For The Diarrhea Climate Change.

Pepto Bismol family of products.Led by Kathleen Alexander, an associate professor of wildlife at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, a team of researchers studying arid Botswanna have found a surprising link between the spread of diarrhea and dry weather:

“Many experts say contaminated water is a principal cause of the spread of diarrheal disease. The WHO says it “mostly results from contaminated food and water sources. Worldwide, around one billion people lack access to improved water and 2.5 billion have no access to basic sanitation.”

Yet the researchers’ findings indicated that water was only one of several factors to consider. “Our analysis suggests that forecast climate change increases in temperature and decreases in precipitation for the region are likely to increase dry season diarrheal disease incidence, while incidence in the wet season is likely to decline,” Alexander said.

Diarrheal case incidence peaks in both seasons in Botswana, with cases 20 percent more frequent on average in the dry than the wet season.”

Just what we’re not looking forward to: a warmer, drier, and stinkier future. [The Daily Climate via Grist]

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