I spent last week in Berlin with Ectomo's John Brownlee, which was as expected a total disaster. Watching him mince around his apartment in a fez, fending off his constant nagging to do each other's hair, and breathing in cloud after cloud of noxious pipe smoke did little to engender the Christmas spirit. Brownlee is a one man Chernobyl, except his plumes promote cancer of the goodwill toward mankind. Worse, he was fueled by non-stop cups of tea and surprisingly tasty instant coffee*, mixed up with a notion-to-sipping time of under a minute thanks to his handy electric kettle. I'd been thinking about getting one myself ever since we last talked about them, but seeing one in action, even in the leprous prehensile operculum of a human gastropod, was a testament to their usefulness. So I'm buying one, despite my attempt to actually rid myself of extraneous kitchen gadgets. As luck would have it, there's a perfectly decent, 4.5-out-of-5-stars-rated one on sale at Amazon today for $12. And since it's a Friday Sale and will likely go back up tomorrow, I thought I'd pass the savings on to you. Catalog Page [Amazon] * Sorry, Tonx! If it's any consolation, I bought a new order of green beans for home roasting yesterday.