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Quirky’s Nimbus clock can be customized to tell you whatever you need to know the first thing in the morning. The clock has four screens, each of which displays the information you choose. The information updates constantly, just as on a smart phone.
Quirky’s Nimbus clock can be customized to tell you whatever you need to know the first thing in the morning. The clock has four screens, each of which displays the information you choose. The information updates constantly, just as on a smart phone.
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Remember when an alarm clock just woke you?

Now there’s one that helps plan your day.

Paired with your smartphone, Quirky’s Nimbus clock can be customized to tell you whatever you need to know the first thing in the morning — perhaps the traffic report, or your schedule or even how your latest Facebook post is faring. The clock has four screens, each of which displays the information you choose. The information updates constantly, just as on a smartphone.

The Nimbus comes in black or white. It’s available for $89 at Home Depot and its website, HomeDepot.com, and also sells for $129.99 at Quirky.com.

ON THE SHELF

One of the best ways to attract desirable birds to your yard is to put up a house where they can raise their young.

Margaret A. Barker and Elissa Wolfson teach readers how to do that in Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds.

The book explains why birds need nesting sites, profiles some notable humans who have taken up the cause of protecting birds and discusses threats to birds, such as predators and pesticides.

The bulk of the book, though, is dedicated to plans and instructions for building birdhouses appropriate for the particular types of birds you want to attract. There’s also behavioral information about your winged neighbors and information to help you protect them from predators and maintain their nesting boxes.

Audubon Birdhouse Book is published by Voyageur Press and sells for $24.99 in softcover.

Q&A: CARPET DENTS

Q: How can I remove dents the furniture has left in my carpet?

A: Carpet dents are tricky because the pad gets compressed as well as the carpet. Some dents will never recover fully, but here are a couple of methods to try:

• Let one or two ice cubes melt in each dent. Blot the excess moisture, and then fluff the carpet fibers with your fingers or a fork.

• Steam out the dents with a steamer or steam iron. If you’re using an iron, place a white cloth over the dent to prevent scorching or melting the carpet fibers, and then iron over the cloth using a steam setting. Be careful not to let the iron touch the carpet. You can dampen the cloth to add extra moisture if you wish. Fluff the fibers when you’re done.

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