Inventor's 'Every Day Calendar' Gives You a Gold Star for Achieving Daily Goals

Courtesy of Simone Giertz
Courtesy of Simone Giertz

When it comes to setting goals and sticking to them, we could all use a little help from time to time. That's where the "Every Day Calendar" comes in. As spotted by Colossal, the electronic board lets you tap each date—prompting the slot to light up—once you've completed your daily goal. Aside from being an intriguing piece of wall art, it also provides positive reinforcement and serves as a visual reminder of your progress.

"It's like a gold star system for yourself because we're adults now so we only get gold stars if we give them to ourselves," Simone Giertz, the inventor of the calendar, says in a Kickstarter video.

Giertz is "mostly known for building things that don't work," as she puts it herself. You may remember her "Wake-Up Machine"—a rubber hand that slaps you in the face when it's time to get out of bed—so this calendar marks somewhat of a departure from her past creations. Giertz said she initially created the product for herself as an experiment, and the results have been life-changing.

"I built the first version of the Every Day Calendar about a year ago because I wanted to start meditating," she says. "I realized that I had been trying to start meditating for almost 10 years but I would always give up after a week or two." She has used the calendar for over a year now, and has practiced meditation every day except for one—when she underwent brain surgery.

The calendar, made by Giertz and a team of engineers, has a "non-volatile memory." This means it won't lose your progress if the power goes out or you turn it off. Plus, if you have a strict "lights out" policy at night, the brightness of the display can be adjusted from fully lit to completely off. The display is made from a printed circuit board, and the hexagonal buttons are fashioned out of gold-immersed copper.

The calendar is still in the funding stage and isn't available for purchase just yet, but the expected release date is December 2019. To back the project or learn more about the calendar, check out the Every Day Calendar's Kickstarter page.

[h/t Colossal]

The Hallmark Channel’s First-Ever ‘Christmas Con’ Is Comin’ to Town

macniak/iStock via Getty Images
macniak/iStock via Getty Images

Bookworms have Book Con, comic lovers have Comic Con, and now, courtesy of the Hallmark Channel, Christmas fanatics will finally get the gift they’ve surely written to Santa about more than a few times: Christmas Con.

News 12 New Jersey reports that the festive convention will take place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison from November 8 through November 10.

If you binge-watch Hallmark Channel’s schmaltzy feel-good flicks faster than St. Nick scarfs down a giant gingerbread cookie, this is your chance to catch its biggest stars in one decked-out hall. Mean Girls (2004) alum Jonathan Bennett will emcee the convention, The Walking Dead’s Alicia Witt will perform a concert, and panels will include guests like Chad Michael Murray, Melissa Joan Hart, and Bennett’s former Mean Girls co-star Lacey Chabert (who will hopefully be showered with enough candy canes to make up for the time that her character, Gretchen Weiners, got none).

In addition to its celebrity events, Christmas Con will also include a Christmas market with gifts, handmade decorations, and holiday treats. You can also don your most lurid holiday sweater for a chance to win a $500 grand prize in the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, or bake a gingerbread house fit for a prince in the Gingerbread Wars, which could win you $1000.

If you're hoping to attend, you might have to hunt for resale tickets on social media or third-party sites—the passes are already almost sold out on the official website. If you’re willing to shell out a little extra for a snapshot with romance royalty, most of the stars are offering photo opportunities for around $50.

Looking for a less intense way to welcome the holly, jolly holiday season? Watch the 20 best Christmas movies, Die Hard (1988) and all.

[h/t News 12 New Jersey]

Meet Holly: The Winner of Alaska's ‘Fat Bear Week’ Competition at Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park and Preserve via Flickr, Public Domain
Katmai National Park and Preserve via Flickr, Public Domain

It's that time of year when the air gets a little colder, the days get a little shorter, and the bears get much, much fatter. Every year, in celebration of the impressive, pre-hibernation transformations of its brown bears, Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve hosts a competition to determine which fat bear reigns supreme. As NPR reports, Holly (a.k.a. Bear 435) is the official winner of 2019's Fat Bear Week.

In order to build enough bulk to survive the winter, brown bears must eat a year's worth of food in six months. After gobbling as much salmon as they can find, their mass typically peaks in October, which is also when Katmai holds its annual competition.

This year, the park pitted 12 coastal brown bears against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. Images of the chunky contestants were shared on Facebook, and followers cast votes for their favorite fat bears by "liking" them.

A before and after shot of Holly, winner of Katmai National Park and Preserve's Fat Bear Week competition
Katmai National Park and Preserve via Flickr, Public Domain

Holly beat runner-up Lefty by nearly 14,000 votes. The before-and-after shot above makes it easy to see why: Between July 12 and September 22, 2019, she grew from a scrawny bear into a hulking beast. The preserve announced her win on Facebook, writing: "She is fat. She is fabulous. She is 435 Holly. And you voted her the 2019 Fat Bear Week Champion. All hail Holly whose healthy heft will help her hibernate until the spring. Long live the Queen of Corpulence!"

Holly's new body is good for more than making her an internet sensation. The fatter a bear is, the more likely it is to survive the winter. But other factors, like climate change waking hibernating bears earlier than usual, still pose a threat.

[h/t NPR]

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