Dyson brought us the sleek, design-forward vacuum cleaner we didn’t know we needed until we got it. Now, they’re repeating the act with the Air Multiplier, which is not simply a fan – but is in fact, a fan. Don’t ask us to explain exactly how this bladeless windmill works, but it certainly works and it’s super cool. It’s also safe, with no blades to cut off fingers. With simple controls for oscillation & air output, it feels just like a normal fan…except more, well, sexy.
In 1962 when Topps released the Mars Attacks trading card series, parents all over the nation lost it. What outrageous garbage! But the kids, of course, ate it up. The original trading cards were drawn by renowned comic book artists, Wally Wood and Bob Powell, & painted by legendary pulp artist, Norman Saunders. They have now been re-released by LTL Prints as self-adhesive wall art in a variety of sizes up to 7 feet in length. Now that’s a big bug.
The Robocup Golf Ball Putting Return Robot makes putting practice on the green a breeze. Now you can save your back for the drives and the long fairway shots. No bending over to retrieve balls, so you can spend more time focused on the mechanics of your putt. When you drop one in the hole, the Robocup pops it right back to you – up to 14-feet depending on the green speed. Powered by 4 AA batteries, it’s good for 12,000 putt returns or about a week, depending on your schedule.
This is not your older brother’s jug of wine. It’s actually a good, blended red of mainly Bordeaux grapes from the heart of California wine country. Geyserville’s hip, micro-vintner Mercury Wines created this unique blend & bottle (a 500ml mini-jug) to perhaps hearken back to a time when drinking wine was romantic and mysterious. Although with the quality of their grapes and small batch production, your chances of getting a splitting headache are not guaranteed.
Christopher Walken plays the same character in every movie he’s in. Creepy, twitchy, that breathy voice. If you love him, you’ll love King Of New York. Abel Ferrara’s direction creates a dark and tony atmosphere for Walken, as a bigwig mafioso, just released from prison ready to reclaim his place in the mob hierarchy of the Rotten Apple. Alongside Steve Buscemi and Lawrence Fishburne, Walken creates one of the tensest scenes in mafia movie history. Watch this and you’ll be quoting it for days. Weeks maybe.
Here’s a clever way to get the kids to eat those gluten-free, organic, all-natural, sugarless, free-range buckwheat pancakes you insist on making them. Williams-Sonoma’s Star Wars pancake molds turn you into a Jedi of healthy breakfast deception. Comes with Vader, Yoda and Stormtrooper molds. Use the force as a syrup substitute.
The Threadless online store offers heaps of cool, clever graphic T-shirts. Designers submit their own designs, the best of which get printed and then sold on the site. One epic example is this kicker by Tom Burns called The Communist Party. Featuring Stalin, Lenin and other infamous Commies toting keg cups and rocking party hats, its bold, red & tongue-in-cheek funny.
It’s only a little bigger than your iPhone and shoots crispy HD video. On top of that, the Cyber-shot TX9 features Sony’s 3D Intelligent Sweep, which lets you shoot ultra-wide panoramas by just panning the camera. It can also shoot bursts up to 12 frames-per-second for sequences and has a background de-focus for isolating your subject. All this means that no matter how clueless you are, you’ll get pro results.
Sting’s current world tour featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is like nothing you’ve ever heard. And you’d be lucky to find a ticket at this point. Therefore, this tour-accompanying release titled Symphonicities is worth a listen for true Sting fans. The RPO takes classic Sting tracks and reinvents them with the power and beauty of an orchestra - about 100 classical musicians, who turn them into colossal pieces of music much easier to hum along to than Stravinsky or Dvořák.
Like flip-flops, shorts are only allowed so far from the beach – maximum distance about 1-mile. Any further, you’re committing a fashion foul. So to beat the summer heat without penalty, Outlier’s Ultralight Summer Pants will take you the rest of the way. The thin nylon-blend weave is cool, the cut is casual. They’ll take you beyond the harbor, downtown to dinner and right out to the nightclub, where someone in shorts would (and should), be turned away at the door.