"THIS IS LIKE DISCOVERING PLUTONIUM - BY ACCIDENT!"

Good Lord, this is brilliant - Energizer has come out with a flashlight that works with either D, C, or AA batteries. The Quick Switch was apparently slated for a mid-September launch, but the company just sent a couple of truckloads to Florida to aid hurricane victims. If you're like us, your cabinet is well stocked with batteries of different sizes at all times, and your flashlights are checked regularly. But the rest of you should run out and get yourself one of these flashlights ASAP.

MILLION DOLLAR IDEAS, PART THREE

Inspired by Energizer's Quick Switch, I propose that some enterprising inventor get down to his basement and create a Tickle-Me Elmo doll that doesn't work no matter what size batteries you put in it.

OH, YOU THINK THAT WAS MUPPET BASHING?

Then you're really not going to like this site.

IF LITTLE SALLY PRACTICES REALLY HARD, AND NEVER ADVANCES TO ANOTHER INSTRUMENT, ONE DAY SHE COULD PLAY LINCOLN CENTER, TOO.

Quartet New Generation is a "recorder collective" that had its New York City recital debut earlier this week. The Times article on the group is eye-opening - who among us thought that people could actually make careers out of playing the humble recorder? But what really caught our eye is that, in the Times photo, the gal on the far right looks for all the world like she's pleasuring Freddy the Flute from "HR Pufnstuf."

IN OUR "EDUTOPIA," R2D2 SERVES US LUNCH, PRINCESS LEIA TEACHES BIOLOGY, HAN SOLO IS THE COOL SUBSTITUTE, AND CHEWBACCA DRIVES THE SCHOOL BUS THAT TAKES US ON A FIELD TRIP TO THE CLOUD CITY OF BESPIN

Shockingly, George Lucas has a different vision of the perfect school. His foundation, instead of devoting all its considerable resources to salvaging the last film in the seriously tarnished "Star Wars" sextet, has launched Edutopia, a new magazine devoted to the cutting edge of education reform. In an interview in the debut issue, Lucas advocates teaching children "nonwritten communication," presumably because he's been burned by so many written reviews blasting his last two movies . . .

Still, the new magazine has promise, and subscriptions are free -- if you qualify. FD first attempted to sign up as a parent in a school system with 50,000-plus students, but received a reply that that didn't qualify us for a free subscription. So we tried again, this time as a "commercial publisher" of educational materials (which is true enough). That did the trick. We will be reviewing upcoming issues of Edutopia for the FD.com audience, so stay tuned.

September 15, 2004 | Permalink | Subscribe to RSS

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