January? Where?

Now that it is February I figured I better get on the ball and shoot one of these bad boys out. BTW, I’ll save the iPhone until June.

Wal-Mart as a Power Company
Don’t look now, but Wal-Mart owns a power company in Texas. Through deregulation the company figured it could save about $15Million a year by owning their own power company to supply all of the stores in Texas. The stores here in Texas use about 1.6 million megawatt hours a year. The article below also mentions efforts by the discount chain to use renewable energy whenever possible. Wal-Mart set a goal to sell 100 million Compact Fluorescent Lights in stores this year.
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New Web 2.0-ified Health Site
You are all probably aware of the big health sites like webmd.com and health.yahoo.com, but someone thought they could do better. This site has a nice clean look and offers some interesting community building ideas. Sure they have forums, but they also have links to blog entries relevant to certain categories, personal stories and a ratings/reviews section.

Jellyfish – Like Woot! but totally different
If you don’t know what Woot! is all about then you are truly missing out on life. They had a Woot!-off the other day, but I digress. Jellyfish takes a similar approach in offering one product per day, but the method is a little different. They offer some products in succession at 12pm CST Monday through Friday. Once a product is displayed the price continues to drop. The longer you wait the better the deal. But they usually only offer a few spots. For example a camera sells for $1,628 through the retailer. They had three winners that got 28, 41 and 44% cash back. Yes, that is cash back. You still have to pay the full price for the item on sale but you end up getting cash back (30-60 days later).

Boston’s Fake Bombers
No doubt you heard about the publicity stunt that from Cartoon Network that had Boston all a buzz this week. The devices were LED lights with a battery pack and magnet. But the idea is nothing new. You might recall that some nerds at the Graffiti Research Lab came up with a very cheap and simple idea to attach a watch battery, magnet and led light together and throw them around as “art”.

Nike+iPod=Google Maps
It isn’t officially sanctioned, but there is a group of people that have figured out a way to plot your running route on a Google map. So far users have logged nearly 3,500 miles.

Single in Bangkok?
Single travelers with carry on luggage get priority clearance through immigration and then straight into the hotel lobby. The car is up on the hotel site if you want to see what it looks like. Look for the “Ultimate Rush” package. See Hotel Chatter for the review.


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