Daily Archives: 7 May 2007

Loo York Times: All the news that’s print to flush

You know you are an information junkie if you cannot enter the john without something for both your hands to hold—a newspaper, a magazine, a book, an instruction manual,  an advertising flier, anything.

If that’s you, well done. You have just inspired a new device that’s designed not to get you the glares and sniggers when you step out after doing the dirty.

It’s the RSStroom Reader, a device designed by Yi Tien Electronics that hooks up to your computer wirelessly, and prints random RSS (Really Simple Syndication) posts right to your toilet paper.

“It also features Wi-Fi Connectivity, USB 2.0, and RSS 2.0/Atom compatibility. This reader interacts with your toilet bowl “biometrically” which basically means when you sit down this thing will weigh you. Depending on your weight, it’ll deliver you a customized news feed.”

That’s intriguing. If you’re 220 pounds (110 kilograms), will it print you “heavy” stuff, as in dense, turgid prose? Or will predict the amount of time you might end up on the throne, and print something suitable, timewise?

Pravda for N.Ram? News of the World for Sameer Jain?

Whatever, the RSStroom Reader is No. 20 on TechEBlog‘s list of the Strangest Gadgets and Accessories.

Congratulations, you deserve this: a device which leaves no trace for “investigators” of what you consumed, in the form of news that is. Think of this as your custom-made “Loo York Times” with all the news that’s print to flush.

Read the full list here: The RSStroom Reader feeds on your toilet paper


908 ways to shoot mind, body and soul


The ancient Indian tradition of yoga has been much photographed, but has anybody done it as tastefully and stylishly as Michael O’Neill in the June issue of Vanity Fair?

View the slideshow: Spiritual Stretching

Above: The Master Yoga Chart of 908 postures, completed in 1984. Created by Sri Dharma Mittra, it now graces the walls of ashrams near and far.