This is pretty crazy. Volkswagen’s XL1 concept car is going into production. While car geeks wondered if this thing would ever see the light of day, the German automakers got busy putting the project in motion. Only 100 of these vehicles will be made in the first run, making it a truly custom car. That’s pretty wild. But, what’s really nuts is the fact it’s powered by a 2-cylinder TDI engine & electric motor, which combine to create a futuristic fuel consumption of 261 miles per gallon.
Back in the day, most men carried a pocket knife. Nowadays, a smart phone, PDA or tablet is more the norm. If you’re stuck in the gulf between these two opposing worlds (as many of us are), we’ve found your knife. Victorinox, makers of the OG Swiss Army knife, have created a tool for the modern dude. It’s got a removable 4Gig USB drive, a retractable pen, an LED light & a nail file. It has a blade, too. So, it’s good for any unexpected action between your driveway and the office.
The pictures in this book are so vibrant and colorful you won’t even realize what you’re looking at. Abstract impressionism? Actually, no. Photographer J. Henry Fair has traveled the planet documenting the environmental destruction we humans are doling out. Haunting images of mountain-top mining in Appalachia, toxic hog waste & paper mill runoff make for beautiful colorforms and interesting patterns. But, they should really get us talking about what’s getting pumped into the oceans and rivers.
In theory electric bicycles sound like a great idea, but so far, most designs leave a lot to be desired. The Grace e-bike however looks really good. Mean even. This beast will do 28-mph and travel over 30 miles on a 1-hour charge. Power comes from Li-Ion batteries hidden in the frame and an efficient little electric motor built into the rear wheel.
If you want to experience the frozen beauty of Antarctica, you better hurry up. Science confirms our seventh continent is indeed slowly melting into the ocean. But before it goes, you can take the guided trip of a lifetime to this white desert to visit Emperor Penguins, mountains of ice and the exotic, far-flung corner of our planet where few have ever stood. Intriguing? Yes. Cold? Very.
Let’s assume your ideal look is a bit more “urban casual” than “Ohio tourist on vacation.” To make sure you’re following all the way through, try this handsome camera bag disguised as a messenger bag. The roomy, waxed cotton canvas tote holds your DSLR camera, 3 lenses, 15” laptop and more. So even if you’re snapping photos of the sunset with a flash, you’ll at least look good doing it.
Even with an exotic dish, the actual cooking is the easy part. It’s creating the whole menu and hunting down all the tricky ingredients that’s the pain in the ass. Who has the time? Nobody. Except the gourmet gurus at Destination Dinners. Their recipe kits include all the spices and authentic goodies you need to make things like Korean barbecue or Jamaican jerked chicken. All you have to do is hit the market for the main ingredients.
Do you take evening walks? Is it sick that you’d probably feel safer if you had a sword cane? Yeah, it’s pretty sick. Nuts actually. Imagine you and Fido strolling along in the moonlight when all of a sudden you’ve gotta brandish your handcrafted antler-handle cane, unsheathe the razor sharp blade and defend yourself mano a mano. Now who’s scared? Not you.
Pressure in the tires carries your car down the road on a cushion of air. Nike’s Air Max sole uses the same principle to support your body. Their latest model, the 2011 Air Max+ uses the proven, full air sole of its predecessor and features improved breathability, a plusher feel and an updated look on the upper. It also comes Nike+ ready.
How many hours per day are you glued to your computer? Honestly, all your clicking and typing are bound to cause some fatigue and soreness in your hands and wrists. This can lead to repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel and tendinitis. This ergonomic keyboard was designed with input from doctors and it actually moves slightly as you work to keep your hands from staying stuck in the same position.