Small Sample-Size Theater

Software, politics, economics, baked goods.

Feb 26

Raspberry Ice

While in Williams-Sonoma a couple of months ago, I spent a moment gazing at a neon-fuschia Kitchenaid mixer. The key to understanding why such a visually assaultive object existed was that Susan G. Komen for the Cure would see 20% of the proceeds. It looked like this:


You may note that the branding on this one, photographed yesterday, says only “raspberry ice.” I asked a sales associate if it wasn’t the same model I’d noticed prior to Komen’s publicity eruption.

He helpfully pointed out that the Raspberry Ice is $50 more expensive than the otherwise-identical gray Kitchenaid next to it on the shelf, that the $50 difference is still earmarked for Komen, and that the box it comes in still displays Komen branding. But if one doesn’t ask, there’s no obvious explanation of why the neon-fuschia model costs more.

To congratulate Williams-Sonoma on their canny judgment of customer sentiment, I may have bought a waffle iron.

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Aug 5

Is this thing still on?

How do I flip it over and shake the spiders out of it?

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Dec 31

Wakemate’s charger

This morning I received an email from Perfect Third, the company making the Wakemate sleep-monitoring gizmo, recommending I desist in using the USB power brick which shipped last week with their hardware. TechCrunch applied their usual levelheaded gloss.

I finally thought to put the Wakemate brick next to an Apple iPhone brick, which it resembles in every physical detail. The resemblance continued:

Wakemate charger

(Click to embiggen.)

Note the black void where the “JET Apple Japan” box appears, and how Apple’s puzzling warning text is re-rendered as “Caution: for use with infor technology equipment”. The space occupied by Apple’s green dot is empty as well (the dot, I believe, indicates that this charger is from a later batch than the ones Apple sourced with their own problems.)

Apple’s charger says it was designed by Apple, and I haven’t seen any others quite like it until now. Electrical failures notwithstanding, making perfect reproductions of Apple kit seems chancy for a company selling hardware which depends on a counterpart iOS app.

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