UPDATE: I've gotten confirmation that HGTV has changed its schedule for the Rehab Addict episodes featuring LeBron James. Six episodes will focus on the project and will air at these times: 9 p.m. Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, plus back-to-back episides at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
Tomorrow night, HGTV airs the first of five – or is it six? – episodes of Rehab Addict featuring last August’s home renovation in Akron by LeBron James and an army of volunteers.
There’s some confusion about the number of episodes, but more on that later. One thing we do know for sure: The first episode airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on HGTV.To read more or comment...
I’m intrigued by a new light bulb technology that’s come onto the scene.
It involves induction technology, which uses a magnetic field to generate light -- not a filament, like an incandescent bulb, or an electrode, like an LED bulb. You might be familiar with the use of induction technology for cooking.
Finally Light Bulb Co. has introduced light bulbs using the technology. The company says the bulbs deliver the glow of traditional incandescent bulbs, but with greater energy efficiency and a significantly longer life.
So far the company is making only one model, an 800-lumen bulb that produces about the same amount of light as an old-fashioned 60-watt bulb. That’s OK for ambient lighting, but not bright enough for reading or other tasks. The bulb uses 14.5 watts of electricity, which puts it in the same energy-efficiency ballpark as compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.To read more or comment...
Lots of us are stuck with big, plain bathroom mirrors.
Luckily, updating them isn't difficult.
The makers of Elmer's Pro Bond Advanced adhesive offer instructions for creating this mirror frame, designed by Erin Hankins of the blog HowToNestForLess.com. All it takes is some wood trim, adhesive and Elmer's Clamp Tape, plus caulk for the seams, putty for the nail holes and some paint.
It's a project you can easily knock out in a few hours, and it will give your bathroom a more up-to-date look.To read more or comment...
Want to see where Michael Symon performs his culinary magic when he's at home?
Food Network Magazine features the Cleveland chef's kitchen renovation in its November issue.
Symon and his wife, Liz, bought a century-old Tudor in Cleveland and embarked on a makeover that created a 700-square-foot kitchen and entertainment space. They redid the tiny, monochromatic kitchen and turned a room that had been used for prayer and meditation into a wine alcove that can hold 850 bottles.
You can see before and after pictures on the Food Network website.To read more or comment...
The EPA's new rebate finder makes it easier to find deals on energy-saving products.
The site allows you to search for rebates available on Energy Star residential appliances, building products, electronics, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, fans, office equipment, water heaters and pool pumps. It can also help businesses find deals on commercial equipment including appliances and food service items.
You plug in your ZIP code when you search, so you find only rebates available in your area.
It's worth a quick check before you buy.To read more or comment...
Jeff Goldblum makes light bulbs ... um, maybe not sexy, but definitely attention-getting.
Goldblum stars in this commercial for GE Link LED light bulbs that's making the rounds on social media. The commercial was created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim fame.
It's definitely worth a watch.To read more or comment...
Who needs deodorant with an app?
Well, maybe you do.
When I first saw it, I thought ClickStick was an example of technology run amok. But now I’m having second thoughts.To read more or comment...
Like your paper goods with pizzazz?
Check out Lovely Somethings, a new stationery shop in Bath’s Ghent Square.
Owner Liz Scott offers an out-of-the-ordinary array of greeting cards, wrappings, note cards, home accessories and other items, as well as her custom-designed invitations.
It’s a small shop, but a fun one. Reading the greeting cards is a hoot. My favorite is a money holder that says, “Let’s cut the crap. I know what you really want.”To read more or comment...
Who wouldn't love a mirror that pays you compliments?
That's what home retailer Ikea figured when it installed this motivational mirror in its store in London's Wembley area. According to the technology blog Ubergizmo, the mirror uses Xbox Kinect motion sensor technology to detect a person's facial and body features and then responds with an appropriate compliment.
Ikea said it created the mirror in response to a study showing more than two-thirds of Britons were insecure about their looks.To read more or comment...
My grand old ash tree is dead, lying in logs in my backyard. It was the victim of emerald ash borer, a little green insect that’s threatening to wipe out ash trees in North America and maybe Europe, too.
Ohio State University Ph.D. student David Showalter wants to stop the scourge. And you can help him.
Showalter is using crowd sourcing to raise money for his research, which seeks to determine why Asian ash trees can resist the borer but ours can’t. He’s studying the genetic material of trees to try to discover genes that make Asian trees resistant.
Showalter wants to raise $8,500 by Oct. 20. By this morning, he had $1,190 in pledges.To read more or comment...