Daily Giz Wiz 715: Calypso

Episode 715 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Calypso
Released:Friday 5 December 2008
Length:about 19 minutes
Download file:dgw0715.mp3 (8.8 MB)

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From the Gadget Warehouse: Calypso.

Detailed information

The Calypso was a clever device, apparently German-designed, a cup holder for the dashboard of your car or boat, so called because it would "dance" gently in sync with the movements of your car or boat, so that your drink would never spill, up to a curve of 45°.  In its base was a set of ball bearings floating in a bed of oil.  It appears to be still available on the Unique Products website, from which the following demo video is taken.

White Christmas

The Green Room temperature was 70.2° on Leo's SkyScan Clock (Episode 592), and it's unlikely they'll get a White Christmas.  Leo says that Irving Berlin wrote the song "White Christmas" in hot sunny L.A..  It is true that one of the verses in the song (which is now often left out) does refer to Beverly Hills, LA:

The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway
I`ve never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it`s December the twenty-fourth
And I am longing to be up north

But according to Wikipedia (so it must be correct), Irving Berlin wrote the song by the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.  Wikipedia doubters may get reassurance from the Resort's own website about its history.

The Christmas Song

Leo tells us that Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song" was also written in hot L.A.: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose ...  Apparently he and co-writer Bob Wells wrote it on a sweltering summer day, and Bob Wells thought that if he imagined himself immersed in winter, he could cool off.

Regis's Generosity

Dick does a reprise of the story about how Regis generously allowed Dick to use images from his show on Dick's local cable show.  For that story, the 10-second (or 8-second) rule in copyright, and coincidentally another story about Irving Berlin suing Mad for alleged copyright infringement, go back to Episode 71.

RV Calypso

Leo is a wealth of information today.  Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French marine explorer and oceanographic researcher who co-developed the aqua-lung and converted a Royal Navy ship called the Calypso to an expedition vessel (not quite a bathysphere) for marine research.

GizWizBiz Caps

The all new GizWizBiz Caps with extra fire power are available and will make a good Christmas present at GizWizBiz.com.  The Ice Cube is still available but the USB Smart Button may be harder to get by.  Check out GizWizGarbage.com.

Another Laptop Bag Junkie

It's been 30 days since Robert Alexander's last laptop bag purchase.  He seems to find every new purchase lacking and feels compelled to buy a new one.  He also has a pen fetish but that's under control.  He really likes the Uniball Jetstream, which Leo would love to try out.  Oh, it's been 1 day since Robert's last laptop bag purchase.

Leo is tipping his hand for his next TTTT.  It's going to be a new laptop bag from Tom Bihn.  It's going to be 4 days until Robert Alexander's next laptop bag purchase.

Twitterers' Pen Recommendation

In Episode 677, Leo recommends, for a fountain pen, the Pilot Varsity.  For a roller ball, his favourite is the Pilot G2, a recommendation from people on Twitter.

John Denver's Calypso

If you can't get enough of Leo's tenor-turned-baritone singing on the audio podcast, you can hear him sing John Denver's Calypso (which is also about Jacques Cousteau's ship), on this extract of the TWiTLive video.

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