Even if you know nothing about jazz, you know you should know about Miles Davis. This new 22-disc collection from Sony links the many stages of this jazz giant’s inexhaustible output into a full-spectrum catalog of his finest works. In a consistently progressive career spanning six decades, Miles redefined and redirected the jazz movement no less than four times. This collection will entertain and educate you with the best of our wholly American art form called jazz.
Volvo’s rep has been built on safety and reliability. Boring stuff. But the latest leaks out of Stockholm offer a peak at the brand’s upmarket push. The concept You is a far cry from the “Swedish bricks” of yore; rounder and sexier for sure. No details are out on the performance or drive-train, but luxury features like eye-activated touchscreen controls, an advanced audio system and suicide rear doors give a glimpse of Volvo’s new direction.
Johnny Depp dressing up like a swashbuckler is sweet, but real pirates, like the ones roving off the coast of war-torn Somalia, are scary. For years they’ve been hijacking million-dollar tankers in international waters but when they captured a U.S. ship, America finally took notice. Somalia’s seas are considered the most dangerous in the world. Journalist Jay Bahadur risked his life to infiltrate the underground world and bring back the real story of modern piracy. Shocking and true.
Is it safe to assume we all know what it means when the “turtle pokes it’s head out of the shell”? Okay, good. Well, apply that principle to a pen and you’ve got the basic premise behind Turtle Pens. They’re refillable and made of stainless steel and they also come packaged in a sturdy stainless case.
Here’s a great idea that actually happened. Instead of pitching used bottles into the landfill or running them through the energy-intensive loop of recycling, they’re simply cut, refinished and used as tumblers, thereby significantly tightening the loop and reducing the footprint, two amazing reasons to tip one back.
This saw is called the Trans4mer. Cool name, right? Imagine the delight of the poor bastard in marketing at Rockwell who spent months trying to figure out a catchy name for a cordless jigsaw that converts to reciprocating saw, when he finally came up with this one. How many beers do you think the dude drank after dropping this bomb of a name on the product managers? The answer is many. And if you don’t know what a reciprocating saw is, you don’t need one yet.
Our nation’s math scores may be the laughing stock of the world but we sure do love our statistics. Especially when we’ve got a computer keeping track for us. The Suunto Quest delivers all the workout feedback you could want: heart rate, speed, distance, cadence, laps and more. Everything at your fingertips with this low-key, all black digital training device. And fear not, it tells time, too.
Yes, we know it’s hard to believe but some of us who use Macs also occasionally use numbers. Adding, subtracting, you know. But if you have the wireless Mac keyboard you’ve got only the top-row numbers to work with; not ideal. You number-crunchers will jump with glee at this new app that turns your Magic Track Pad into a number pad with the ability to add custom shortcut buttons. And don’t worry, setting it up is way easier than addition
Sorry. If you were hoping for another folksy dose of ghost-written autobiographical fantasy from our ex-president Dubya, you’re bumming. This is actually a CD from the 90s British pop band Bush. 15 years ago, they were very adept at writing perfect radio songs. Will their winning formula still compute in 2011? Listen and decide for yourself.
For the past 75 years, Barbour Motorcycle jackets have been the standard by which all other road-worthy wearables are measured. To celebrate the coat’s Dodranscentennial (75 years) Barbour has released the Steve McQueen capsule collection. It includes the belted, waxed Baker Jacket and other various antique-ish chotchkes. If you know McQueen, you care. And even if you don’t, the collection is still wicked.