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Lava® Lamps for Encryption

Photos by Dani Grant – fastcodesign.com

Tech security company Cloudflare, based in San Francisco, CA, has created a whole new and important way to use Lava® lamps. The company is taking advantage of the unpredictable flow of Lava® lamps act as a random number generator to encrypt information that goes in and out of the office.

An article published on the fastcodesign.com explains the process and reason behind Cloudflare’s “Wall of Entropy.”

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90137157/the-hardest-working-office-design-in-america-encrypts-your-data-with-lava-lamps

Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince says, “Cloudflare turns the “Wall of Entropy” into encryption using a camera that photographs the wall every millisecond of every day of the year. Any one of the company’s systems can turn the display of pixels–which changes based on a multitude of factors, like the movement of the lava, the inclusion of anyone who’s walking by, and the shifting daylight–into random numbers. “Any tiny change in that photograph creates a completely random new set of inputs. Because you can’t predict exactly what that wall of lava lamps looks like in any point in time, 10% of the internet is more difficult for somebody to hack or spy on.”

Throwing dice is how Prince likes to think about adding new random number generator types to Cloudflare’s mix. The lava lamp wall is another set of dice that happens to demonstrate to its customers how encryption works–and also looks great in its office. According to John Graham-Cumming, Cloudflare’s CTO, the lava lamp wall generates 16,384 bits of entropy each time it is used.

Lava® lamps are a clever way to engage customers when they visit Cloudflare’s offices, make the company’s often opaque services a little more tangible. They are also a way to demonstrate what they are doing behind the scenes.

Check out these lamps on our website and create your own wall of entropy! Or just a cool, flowing wall…

https://lavalamp.com/product-category/lava-lamps/standard-silver-base-lamps/size-163/ 

 

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Join Our New Rewards Program – Lava InsidersTM

Our new rewards program, Lava InsidersTM has launched! Sign up today and earn 10 FREE blobs! Sign up

This program is for people who really LOVE Lava® lamps! Not only do we give you special sales, insider info exclusive products, but you also earn blobs every time you shop on www.lavalamp.com! These blobs can be redeemed for rewards and the more you spend the more rewards you earn! The program is FREE; simply shop like you always do and get rewarded for it!

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS – The best part about being in the club is having access to exclusive limited-run Lava® lamps that are only available for sale to Lava InsiderTM members. We are developing special lamps that have new techniques and designs that celebrate all things Lava®. So whether you are an avid Lava®  lamp collector or just starting out, these special lamps will be a cherished part of your collection for years to come. Each Lava® lamp comes with a certificate of authenticity that includes the year it was introduced.

SPECIAL SALES & CONTESTS – Lava InsidersTM will be able to participate in special sales and contests that no one else can! Bigger discounts and awesome prizes are in your future if you sign up to be a Lava InsiderTM.

BIRTHDAY GIFT – The best way to celebrate your birthday is with special savings on Lava® lamps! We will send you a special discount code on your birthday!

HOW IT WORKS

Shop and earn – the more you shop the more you save!

One blob for every dollar you spend on products at www.lavalamp.com.

Points are good for a whole year.

For more info, check out the Lava® Insiders FAQ for more information. Terms & Conditions apply.

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Fresh Flow in the Lava® Office for Spring

It’s that time of year to do some spring cleaning and freshen up around your home and office. Last week we had painters spruce up our office with some bright new colors. This great shade of green matches the Lava® blobs on the ceiling in the Lava® lounge and creates a fun glow on the walls. And when we’re ready to shoot our next videos, it might even double as a green screen! ; )

Dennis Quijano from the Secret Vault Boutique Studio Gallery in Arlington Heights, IL added some motion and flow to the giant Lava® lamp in our Lava® lounge. His graffiti design really livens up the lamp with color and looks like real flowing lava! We’re very happy with his work!

http://www.secretvaultllc.com/

https://www.facebook.com/secretvaultgallery/

Devine Signs and Graphics of Schaumburg, IL created some cool motivational designs for a couple walls in the office and kitchen spaces.

www.divinesignsinc.com

https://www.facebook.com/DivineSignsInc/

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How to Help the Planet with Your Lava® Lamp

Since it is Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, we want to share some ideas about things to do with your Lava® lamp to help the environment.

  • Reuse your Lava® lamp box and packing materials.
  • Recycle your Lava® lamp box and packing materials if you have no other use for them.
  • Stop using plastic grocery bags – get reusable shopping bags like our new Lava® lamp tote.
  • Turn off your Lava® lamps when you’re not in the room. It saves electricity and helps your lamp, too; leaving the lamps on for too long can make the wax too hot.
  • Use a timer – plug your Lava® lamp into a timer and set it to run for up to 8 hours. This is the ideal running time for the Lava® lamp and saves energy.
  • Plug your Lava® lamp into a power strip, which can be easier to reach and turn off.
  • Unplug your Lava® lamp when not in use, if plugged directly into the wall. Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug all of your unused electronics and save up to $50 a year.
  • Use battery-powered Lava® products instead of plug-ins for some activities. Don’t forget to properly dispose of the old batteries.

And of course, be sure to get outside and enjoy some fresh air on Earth Day!

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Lava® Lamp Day – Best Holiday of the Year!

 

Happy Lava® Lamp Day!

Yes, April 5th is Lava® Lamp Day – greatest holiday of the year for sure! We had a yummy cake and some fun decorations to celebrate this wonderful day in the office.

No, we didn’t try to bake some of the cool cakes and desserts we found online in the shapes of Lava® lamps. You can find a ton of awesome recipes and photos of foods in our iconic Lava® lamp shape. You can also find a lot of great drinks that copy the mesmerizing flow of a Lava® lamp. But since we’re working hard creating Lava® lamps for all of you Lava Lovers out there, we couldn’t indulge in the alcoholic drinks with our cake. We save that type of celebration for the weekend!

In case you’d also like to make some cool  Lava® lamp treats to commemorate our super special day, here a couple of recipies.

 

LAVA® LAMP CHAMPAGNE

Ingredients

6 ounces champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
1 teaspoon of dried cranberries, any flavor

Directions

Pour champagne into a champagne flute. Add dried cranberries. After a moment, cranberries will begin to slowly float up and down in glass, like a Lava® lamp. Makes 1 serving.

 

LAVA® FLOW 

Ingredients

1 ounce coconut syrup

2 ounces pineapple juice

1-1/2 ounces rum (or skip the alcohol so the kids can enjoy this treat!)

A splash of vanilla ice milk or ice cream

½ Cup of ice

1-1/2 ounces of strawberry puree

Directions

Blend all ingredients except strawberry puree. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with strawberry puree.

RECIPE COURTESY OF DUKE’S CANOE CLUB

 

And here is a great tutorial for making a totally edible Lava® lamp: https://youtu.be/6SP9FOf0NTo

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Lava® Lamp Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Wondering what to get that special person for Valentine’s Day? Well, look no further than lavalamp.com! Our website has the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for everyone.

FOR THE GIRLS AND THE LADIES

We have Lava® lamps in shades of purple, pink, red and silve to match perfectly with all of your special girl’s decorations and room decor. There are also plenty of classic silver lamps in all colors of the rainbow, if your special girl doesn’t like to be restricted by the traditional ‘girly’ colors. Another great new item this year is our Bright SourceTM line. Bright Source lamps combine a Lava or glitter lamp in the base with a traditional table lamp for two types of lighting. These lamps have been popular as bedside lamps, desk lamps and family room or office lamps. You are sure to find the perfect gift for the lucky lady in your life at lavalamp.com.

FOR THE BOYS

We have Lava® lamps in shades of blue, green, silver, and black, plus a lot of novelty lamps and fun lamps for the man (or boy) in your life. The 27″ grande lamps are very popular with the men: in addition to the blue/yellow above, there are 3 more grande lamps to choose from.

FOR THE KIDS

Fun lamps have instant start-up action, use LED lights and come in all kinds of themes: volcano, fireplace, sandcastle, tornado, and even an aquarium of (faux) fish! We have string lights, night lights and twinkle lights that run on batteries so you can move them from room to room, or even take them on the go. If you’re worried about the heat of a traditional Lava® lamp for the younger kids, these lamps that do not get hot at all. Also, new this year, we have chalkboard Lava® lamps that come in green lava or pink glitter in the globes and have chalkboard paint on the base and cap that kids can write on, decorate or doodle on for hours of fun. There are plenty of fun Lava® lamp items that are sure to make all of the kids happy!

PERSONALIZED FOR EVERYONE

If you don’t find exactly the right base/globe combination, try designing your own 17″ lamp to make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Check out our Custom Cool page and choose from 6 bases/caps and 8 globes to create a unique and personalized Lava® lamp. You can’t go wrong with Custom Cool!

And don’t forget, if you spend $50 in our online store, you’ll receive a FREE set of heart string lights through February! It’s a fun added gift, so use code LAVALOVE at checkout to claim yours in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Hot Lava + Hot Yoga = Cold and Stress Relief

 

Lifespan brands’ very own Tiffany Vargas is a yoga instructor at CorePower Yoga in the Chicago area. Last night she taught a special Hot Power Fusion yoga class with Lava® lamps, evoking the feelings of peace and harmony during the 1960s and 70s. The slow, relaxing flow of the Lava® lamps in the classroom created the perfect vibe for the theme. Tiffany also played some great old tunes from the era and talked about the way people were ahead of their time in the way they opened their minds and hearts to ALL people, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Hot Power Fusion yoga cranks up the heat in the room, which also creates a unique atmosphere conducive to stretching muscles more completely, opening up the skin’s pores and ridding the body of toxins. Of course, being in the bitter cold of the Windy City’s northwest suburbs, hot yoga is a great escape from the unpleasant outdoor temperatures.

One class attendee said she loves doing the hot yoga class in the later evening hours (this session was from 8-9 pm), especially on a cold winter night. It warms her up, loosens her muscles and relaxes her before bed. It’s a great way to get rid of the day’s stresses and calm your mind and body for a good night of sleep.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to attend a hot yoga class for the first time.

Benefits of hot yoga:

  • Detoxification – flushing toxins from the body through sweat. With the high temperature, from 99 up to 105 degrees, you will definitely sweat a lot! Don’t worry about it; don’t feel self-conscious about it. Just let it drip off. That’s what it’s meant to do. Don’t wipe it off either – that can close your pores. This will force your body to produce more sweat for the same area again to cool it down. If you look around the class, you’ll see that everyone else is sweating as much as you. Embracing the sweat is the secret to a successful hot yoga session.
  • Elevates the heart rate, making the body work harder. It’s a great cardiovascular workout.
  • Warm muscles – helps you stretch more deeply into the yoga postures.
  • Improves breathing, which can help with issues like asthma.
  • Focuses your mind, allowing you to develop mental concentration.
  • Helps to relax your body.

Before a hot class:

  • Don’t eat heavy foods before doing hot yoga.
  • Don’t eat within an hour of hot yoga class.
  • Don’t do another strenuous workout on the same day.
  • Don’t wear constricting or baggy clothes.
  • Don’t chug a bunch of water right before class. Gradually drink water throughout the day.

 

For more about CorePower Yoga studios, check out their social media and websites:

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Instagram CorePower Chicago Suburbs – https://www.instagram.com/corepoweryoga_suburbanchicago/

Instagram – CorePower Yoga main account – https://www.instagram.com/corepoweryoga/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CPYChiSuburbs

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CPYnorthsuburbanchicago/

Website – www.corepoweryoga.com

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Bright SourceTM Lamps at Las Vegas Market 2017

 

We are so excited to be debuting our Bright Source™ lamps to retailers at the Las Vegas Market 2017 home products show this week. This is the first show we have attended to showcase our new line! It is exciting to be sharing our new product line with the retailer world! Combining Lava motion with a completely new design aesthetic, the Bright Source™ collection creates an eye‑catching lamp with its rich textures, pops of color and mesmerizing movement. Providing two lighting experiences in one lamp, the Lava® lamp emits a relaxing, soothing soft light, while the table lamp gives off a bright light perfect for reading, working or more! Whether you’re relaxing or hosting a party, a Bright Source™ lamp will add a stylish accent piece to any space.

For more information about Las Vegas Market 2017, check out their website at http://www.lasvegasmarket.com/.

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Warm up with Lava Soup

Winter time is soup time! And what better soup to warm you up than Lava soup?! These hot and spicy recipes are sure to add some heat to your winter meals.

Lava Soup 

http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/lavasoup.html

Ingredients:

2/3 quart of carrot juice
4 avocados
5 cloves garlic
2 inch ginger root
1 tsp. paprika
pinch of cayenne (or more) to taste
2 Tbsp. of tamari

Preparation:

Blend all ingredients in cuisinart of blender until smooth (add carrot juice last). Serve cold or at room temperature. Use extra cayenne if you like it spicy. It’s so simple and so healthy. Bon Appetite!

Molten Lava Soup

Recipe from the Shrek Cookbook

Ingredients:

1 onion
2 carrots
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
2 tablespoons flour
1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
2 pinches sugar
2 squeezes of lemon juice
Ground black pepper

Preparation:

Peel and dice the onion and carrot. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add the onion and carrot to the pan and cook them for about 5 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and the flour and cook the mixture for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, sugar, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 – 25 minutes. Take the soup off the heat and leave it to cool.

Ladle the soup into a blender, season with pepper, and blend until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pan and bring to a simmer.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with warm, toasted bread.

Fiery Lava Soup

http://www.rawsomecreations.com/raw-foods/fiery-lava-soup-recipe.php

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh carrot juice
  • 1 Tablespoon mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, chiffonade
  • An ounce of LOVE

For Garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons avocado, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons scallions, chopped

Directions:

Blend soup ingredients for 30-45 seconds, until creamy.

Divide Soup into serving bowl, garnish with avocado, mint, bell peppers and scallions.

Serve immediately.

Yield: approximately 3 cups

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12 Days of Lava

Lava Lamp held a “12 Days of Lava” competition on Facebook and Twitter to countdown to Christmas. We gave away a prize per day for a lucky winner from Facebook or Twitter and it was a huge success! We had our highest level of follower engagement of the year, and were so happy to spread some holiday cheer and lava love during December. We might have to run a contest like this again next year for the holidays!

12 Days of Lava

On the first day of Lava, my true love gave to me… some glitter in a Lava® lamp

On the second day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 2 Northern Lights

On the third day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 3 grandes

On the fourth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 4 Bright Source lamps

On the fifth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 5 golden globes

On the sixth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 6 flames a-burning

On the seventh day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 7 fish a-swimming

On the eighth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 8 night lights shining

On the ninth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 9 castles sparkling

On the tenth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 10 blobs a-flowing

On the eleventh day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 11 pull lights glowing

On the twelfth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 12 twinkles twinkling