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Casio makes a watch with a built-in global positioning system. But for those who prefer to see the world from a comfortable recliner, the electronics manufacturer also offers an alarm chronograph watch with a remote control for TV, cable and VCR. The face of the $60 Technowear Wrist Remote Controller is studded with power, channel, volume, playback, stop, rewind and fast-forward buttons. It also features a stopwatch and an hourly time signal, so the wearer will never miss a football game or a favorite sitcom. Go to Casio's Web site for more information or to locate a nearby Casio retailer.


An innovative company called Encounter 2001 is selling a chance to make contact with outer space. Its Web site offers a few packages for the extra-terrestrially curious, including the Officer Flight Kit, which includes an official Millennial Voyage form designed to record your personal message and hold one photo for space transmission. The DNA sampling sleeve will give curious aliens your biochemical signature, while a membership card, mission log, flight certificate and lapel pin make great souvenirs. The Cosmic Call Transmission Log, which is also included, lets you broadcast a personal message into deep space during one of the cosmic calls Encounter 2001 makes from a radio astronomy dish. It’s an expensive call to outer space at about $50, which makes some of the smaller, less expensive packages worth checking out.


Clement Moore said, “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” in his poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” This holiday season, it’ll only take a mouse click to get the last Christmas of the millennium. Weir Tree Farms offers online fir tree ordering, allowing buyers to choose from three varieties of fresh trees. The company will deliver a tree to your door in about a week. You select the height and type, even decorations. But go easy on those — the trees alone start at about $60.

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