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Table Scraps for Astro

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On “The Jetsons,” when George got hungry, he just pushed a couple of buttons on the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle on the kitchen counter. In seconds, a freshly synthesized meal appeared on a plate, prepared to his exact specifications. In the real world, food-synthesis science is only in its infancy, as you know if you’ve ever tasted fake blueberries in a muffin. But there is a machine that could be the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle’s great-great-grandfather: a new countertop appliance called the Ikan.

The mission of this $400 device is to eliminate trips to the grocery store. The hardware component is a bulbous bar code scanner, dressed up in Any-Décor White and mounted on a countertop stand, an undercabinet bracket or a wall mount. It offers a color screen on the front, a laser scanner underneath and a Wi-Fi antenna inside that connects to your home wireless network.

Each time you’re about to throw away an empty container – for ketchup, cereal, pickles, milk, macaroni, paper towels, dog food or whatever – you just pass its bar code under the scanner. With amazing speed and accuracy, the Ikan beeps, consults its online database of one million products, and displays the full name and description.
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June 24, 2008 at 7:55 am

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Get Smart

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Fang  Lethargic, mangy dog on the spy spoof GET SMART/NBC/CBS/1965-70. Fang worked for the spy organization CONTROL. His code names was K-13; his under cover name was Morris. Fang frequently helped bumbling secret agent, Maxwell Smart (Don Adams). When Fang retired, the Chief of Control (Ed Platt) assigned him to burying evidence. The dog who played Fang was eventually written out of the show because of his inability to take commands. Consequently, the dog’s undisciplined behavior caused the director to do multiple takes and run up the cost of each production.

Barbara Feldon who played Agent 99 on the series related a small anecdote about Fang in the book The Life and Times of Maxwell Smart by Donna McCrowan:”I was in a rowboat, and he had to untie my bonds. At first he (Fang) wouldn’t jump into the boat, and he wouldn’t do what he as supposed to do with the ropes. Finally, someone had to stand off camera and throw Fang into the boat. But still he wouldn’t go for my wrists, not until we put meat between them, This time we couldn’t keep Fang off camera long enough. And then, he didn’t stop at nibbling the meat from my wrists. He began to search me. He was thinking, ‘You never know where else there might be meat. So I had to fend off Fang.”

Fang appeared with Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on the front cover of TV Guide (August 27, 1966). “Red” the dog who played the role of Fang was owned by Rudd and Frank Weatherwax (of The Studio Dog Training School) but trained by their brother Bill Weatherwax. Red also played the role of Jasper in the TV series BACHELOR FATHER replacing the older dog, Tramp, who first played the role of Jasper. Red’s breed has been reported to be part briard as well as a Labradoodle (a cross between a Labrador and a poodle). TRIVIA NOTE: Fang was also the name of the basset hound of police detective Lt. Columbo on the NBC police drama COLUMBO/NBC/ABC/1971-91.

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June 3, 2008 at 7:47 am

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