The Diavel is a 162-hp Italian masterpiece that makes other bikes in the “sport cruiser” category look mostly irrelevant. The performance of the torquey Testastretta 11-degree engine is not something people question and yet Ducati being Ducati, they’ve made improvements to the 2015 model: a new exhaust system, an uptick in torque, all-new LED lighting, and several features to refresh styling.
The Miracle Machine reduces the sacred craft of winemaking into an idiot-proof, automated process that takes not years but just a couple days. So, idiot today, vintner by Wednesday. Sound good? All the materials you need are available on the M.M. website where you also download the free app that takes you effortlessly through the whole process.
Before World War II, the big movie studios controlled Hollywood films: the talent, the distribution, & direction of the movies. This book tracks the stories of five influential directors who, during the war turned their efforts to war films, shaping how the world viewed the war, and through the post-war period, how these same directors changed Hollywood.
Until now, it was a commonly held belief that backpacker’s cologne was just an acrid mix of woodsmoke, canned chili, and bourbon. Looks like the world was wrong. Backpacker’s Cologne is actually a unisex fragrance inspired by winter days spent foraging for wild mushrooms and exploring the secret Redwood canyons of Mt. Tamalpais. In other words: Redwood needles, Douglas Fir pitch, sea grass, etc.
In the ongoing pursuit of new materials worthy for both upcycling and creating cool designs, Oxgut has landed on firehose. They make all kinds of unique products and furnishings using decommissioned fireshoses from U.S. fire departments.
The Cone is a smart speaker. Like the Nest Thermostat & other products that “think”, the Cone tracks your usage & listening habits and feeds the data into algorithms that help predict what you want to hear next.
Biz Stone is one of the co-creators of Twitter, a guy who has made zillions and changed the world through—as his new book purports—creative thinking. The book is chock full of personal stories and witticisms about how he did it.
Lots of new rides are being rolled out at the Geneva Motor show this week. One highlight is Audi’s 2015 TT series. Updates to the little coupe include a sharper, meaner looking front end no doubt inspired by the Sport Quattro Concept, as well as multiple powertrain options: a 2-liter TDI four, a turbo four, and for the TTS, a snappy 310hp motor that runs 0-62mph in 4.7, nearly as fast as the limited TT RS model.
The Streaming Stick is Roku’s newest dongle: a tiny device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port so you can stream HD video from the web, controlled by your phone or tablet. Access to 1200 channels, Netflix & YouTube using free apps from Android & Apple plus it comes with a wi-fi remote, a sweet feature that Google’s Chromecast does not offer.