Data specialist Mark Rittman wanted to make a cup of morning tea, but found himself in an 11-hour saga trying to get his Wi-Fi tea kettle to work. He documented his struggle on a website that's also struggling, a social network called Twitter.com.
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As we've seen in the past, Colin Furze has the right mix of crazy inventor and mad scientist. His latest excessively unsafe experiment? Boiling a kettle with thermite. Yes, that thermite.
Video: Bubble tea or boba or pearl milk tea or tapioca milk tea or whatever the hell you call the milky tea deliciousness with those chewy balls and that giant straw is deliciousness in a plastic cup. It's also really relaxing and therapeutic to make at home. Or at least it's really relaxing and therapeutic to watch Peaceful Cuisine make it at home.
Have you ever filled your teapot up more than halfway in your life? Oh, you have? Well, not all of us are constantly having wild parties with dozens of friends for whom to make tea. The rest of us are usually only making one or two cups — and that's who the design team at the Dutch studio Droog made this teapot for.
Drinking tea is already a pretty chilled out activity. The aromatic steam, the cozy cup, the soothing liquid, the overwhelming sensation of warmth and health. It's like a spa for your mouth. If you want to take your tea-drinking zen levels from Richard Gere to Dalai Lama, though, I have located the perfect tea accoutrement with which to elevate the calm to monk levels: Artonomos' beautiful tea tray, "Confluence."
With mixology and DIY designer beverages on the rise, it's no wonder that users want more control. Enter BKON's new Craft Brewer, an impressive piece of machinery that infuses liquids in a perfect vacuum. Gizmodo recently got a hands-on demo at the iconic Counter Culture in Soho — and this thing can brew.
It's supposed to be a drink that you slowly slip and savour, but once you've brewed a cup of tea it's a race against the clock — and thermodynamics — to enjoy it while it's hot. A thick ceramic mug helps with that problem, but even better is the double-walled insulated engineering that went into Thermos' new tea tumblers.
What has your calendar done for you lately? Just reminding you of the day isn't going to cut it anymore — that's why god gave us smartphones. So if traditional calendars want any hope of staying relevant, it's time to start pulling double-duty. Which is exactly why we love this ingenious — if perhaps mildly unsanitary — drinkable tea calendar from Hälssen & Lyon.
There's not a gift in the world that can make up for all the crap you did as a kid, but that's what Mother's Day next Sunday May 12 is for: an annual opportunity to pay tribute to your mum and what she put up with for all those years. Here are six great gifts you can get this weekend that she'd love.