The Barefoot Bandit was a news-making teenage punk from the Pacific Northwest who was a burglar, car, boat and identity thief. The kid even stole a plane without ever taking a flying lesson. His infamy grew as he continued to evade the police and federal agents who sought to end his harmless crime spree that was making them all look like bumbling boobs. Colton Harris-Moore is the barefoot bandit and his true life tale is told by Orcas Island resident-writer Bob Friel.
If you’re serious about shooting photos or video or both, you know how important a good bag is for carrying your expensive gear. But even the best camera bags are not as adjustable as they should be. Enter TrekPak. This padded insert for camera bags and hard cases uses a pin system that allows you almost infinite adjustment for securing and organizing your gear.
Buying a water-housing for your SLR camera will cost you some serious coin and chances are pretty good that the camera in your iPhone 4 or 4S shoots a comparable quality image. Therefore, the Tat7 waterproof case is a brilliant idea. It costs a lot less than a big, bulky housing and is scuba-worthy down to depths of 100 feet. You can even use SIRI on your 4S for texting and messaging without taking it out of the case.
Every party has one over-amped superstar who has to be “that guy.” The Naga Chili-infused vodka is the perfect remedy for silencing the party clown. The heat of peppers is measured using the Scoville scale. A jalapeño comes in at 3500-8000 and this vodka has 100,000. Offer him a shot. The bottle comes with warnings but whether you warn him or not is entirely up to you.
If you carry all your most-used tools around in a tool belt you’ll look like the Construction Worker from the Village People. ’Stache or not, this isn’t something you want. Fiskars Shop Boss Snip combines a serrated blade, beer opener, wire stripper, and file for a tool that’ll do lots of tough household jobs without making you into a macho man.
Harleys and those awful Victory bikes aren’t your only options for an American made motorcycle. Motus Motorcycles has created a line of truly American made bikes that look like a cross between a Ducati, a BMW and a Moto Guzzi designed for touring. The 100 cubic-inch “baby block” V4 pushrod motor gives them their distinctive look and fitted with hardware from Brembo, Ohlins, and Oz, they are definitely bikes for the serious rider seeking power and performance made here at home.
Your big sausage fingers are no good for drawing or writing on your tablet or touch-screen. The Jot Flip is a digital stylus designed to work with your touch-screen device for drawing, sketching, even just selecting on screen. Flip it around and you’ve got a fine-tipped pen for non-digital scribing. Works with iPads, iPhones, MacBook trackpads, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, and Blackberry.
America has always been a land of swindlers. This novel recounts the tale of Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet, who in 1919 was conned not once but twice by stock market hustlers. Norfleet then wised up and embarked on a nationwide hunt disguising himself as a gullible hayseed allowing those same con-men to lure him into new scams. All the while he was building evidence against them. The Mark Inside is a tale of sweet revenge and America’s abusive love affair with easy money.