Strokes of Genius Three genius innovations to make your life easier--or at least more fun
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Sports has infiltrated office culture. Foosball and pingpong tables decorate lounges at all the cool companies, and Wii competitions and fantasy sports leagues are pursued with the intensity of a death match. Now there's another office playing field, straight from seventh-grade homeroom: tabletop sports games from FIKI ("flick it and kick it") Sports. Choose from hockey, baseball, golf, basketball, soccer and, of course, the classic: football. Most are about $9 or $10. Just consider your time at the keyboard a warm-up.
Not so much
The limit on in-flight liquids in carry-ons has spawned its own cottage industry, and one of the smarter entries is 3floz.com, a website that sells high-end grooming products in trial sizes--that is, Transportation Security Administration-approved 3 fluid ounces or less. Look for Avalon Organics, Phyto, The Art of Shaving, Archipelago Botanicals and more, or order a pre-made kit. It's a win-win: No checked bag, and no settling for whatever's on the hotel sink.
Open Office Space
For startups on the hunt for work space, here's a site that's as useful as Craigslist, but without the sketch factor. Owners of unused and underused office space post ads--for a single desk or an executive suite--and the detailed, interactive listings prevent unpleasant surprises. Maybe leasing a shared cubicle is weird. But, admit it, it's not as weird as that time you answered a Missed Connections ad.