Harley has been trying hard to shake the stigma their big twin bikes have as being heavy, two-wheeled chrome boats that dads and doctors drive on Sunday afternoons. Their latest effort, the 2013 Softail CVO Breakout retains the chrome but gets chopped fenders, a 240 rear tire, a beefy air intake, and offers the best weight to torque ratio of all the CVO bikes. Fast? Definitely.
Android tablets are still fighting an uphill battle against iPad but for those who dare to be different, the Archos 101 XS has the noteworthy distinction of being 15% thinner than iPad. If that’s not enough for you, keep in mind that the Ice Cream Sandwich software will automatically upgrade to Jelly Bean by the end of 2012. Eat that Apple. Available November 2012.
Tools are like beer, if you’re into them, you’re always searching for the new one that has it all. With that in mind, the Matrix system tool from Black & Decker is a good find. The design features a single base power unit with a variety of head attachments that let you go from drilling, sanding, routering, and sawing by just popping on a new head. Available October 2012.
Assassinations aren’t often met with celebration but when it came to taking out Osama Bin Laden, the free world cracked a collective cold one to the death of the world’s most notorious terrorist. This new book offers a first hand account of the covert operation from a former member of SEAL Team 6, the group responsible for eliminating America’s public enemy number one.
When it comes to food and drinks, a picture is worth a thousand words. Just look at Instagram. The Porthole is a vessel that gives you and your guests a window into your carefully concocted cocktails, oils, teas, or other infusions. Show ’em off in this glass, steel, and silicone vessel that’s dishwasher safe and has graced the pages of all the good gourmet magazines.
Last summer, after nearly twenty years in prison, the wrongly accused West Memphis Three were finally released and exonerated of the bogus murder charges. Damien Echols, one of the three, has now written his story about growing up on Death Row and surviving the system. If you don’t read, wait for the Johnny Depp produced film of this story that is rumored to be in the works.
Before the advent of genetically modified corn and the toxic Teflon bag required for microwaving, popcorn was a pretty innocent snack. Thanks to the people at Quinn Popcorn this snack is back from rehab. Gone are the GMOs, hyrdrogenated oils, and plastic packaging. Their microwave popcorn is organic and comes in a compostable package.
At 87, B.B. King is one the last surviving (and touring) OG blues masters. If you get the chance to see him live, don’t put it off. If you don’t get the chance, order the Mr. B.B. King box set. It features 10 discs with recordings that go as far back as 1949 and as recent as his last studio album in 2008. 196 tracks in all, many of them rare and unreleased.
Sal Polisi aka Crazy Sally was a Brooklyn mob guy who ran a hangout for his gangster buddies called the Sinatra Club. As a crook & member of the Colombos, one of the New York mob’s infamous 5 families, Sally was there in the heyday. And like the rest of these powerful mobsters, once he was caught, he turned rat. This book chronicles his life of crime amongst the Gottis & Gambinos.
Conquering the main goal in taking your lady camping depends entirely on maintaining that “rugged, outdoor-type” mystique that vanishes the instant she realizes you have no idea how to set up the tent. To ensure that you actually do get her into said tent, Kelty has developed an inflatable tent design that allows even the most clueless to pitch it in under a minute. Available Spring 2013.