Whether you really like jazz or just know you should like it, this forthcoming collection from the Smithsonian will get you up to speed. The Smithsonian Anthology is an 111-track, 6-CD set with a 200-page book that puts the history, culture and key players all in perspective. They’re calling it a “jazz appreciation course in a box.” We call that cool.
Kubrick was a peerless master of film: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and so on. Why then was his historical epic on Napoleon never made? Did his grandiose plans scare the studios? Regardless, after two years of exhaustive research the project was shelved. Now Taschen books is releasing a massive volume of Kubrick’s research for the film. It takes you inside Kubrick’s creative process and contains thousands of pre-production photographs.
Normally we don’t think of an old-fashioned wind-up alarm clock as a wireless device, but it is. And that’s just one reason to like it: it’s one less household appliance sucking power off the grid. Handmade in Canada, this richly-grained walnut clock is much more attractive than the plastic radio-clock on your nightstand. The craftsmen at Off Cut Studios also make this model in cherry, maple & white oak.
Usually Adidas doesn’t follow trends, but in the case of the ultralight, barefoot-feel runner, their ClimaCool Ride model is jogging with the pack. This model features flyweight construction and keeps you floating down the road on a forgiving cushion of their specially formulated Adiprene™ foam. Available in a whole rainbow of bright, monochrome colorways, these ClimaCool runners look just as good as they feel.
When you want to grill & chill at the park, the city’s public grills are convenient. But like a public bathroom, you don’t really want to touch anything. You make a little barrier of foil because, let’s face it, you don’t know what the bums were cooking on there. But with your own public park grill, you can lay your meat right on it without thinking twice. Made of commercial grade steel, the grill area is 256 sq. inches and comes fully assembled. 2 3/8” post included.
Your girl may already have plenty of junk in the trunk, but this is something you should stick in there anyway. When her car decides to die & strand her on the roadside, it’s always in some middle-of-nowhere hellhole. But with an Eton Safety Hub in the trunk, the situation is under control. This unit features a bright white LED flashlight, a red-flashing safety beacon, AM/FM/NOAA weather radio bands, AC power inputs for charging things like cell phones.
The Art Of War by medieval Chinese militant, Sun Tzu, holds many secrets. And now, this classic text has been adapted into a futuristic graphic novel by Kelly Roman and artist Michael DeWeese for HarperCollins books. Sun Tzu’s warrior wisdom is delivered in dripping detail from DeWeese’s twisted artistry. The book’s limited edition, hand-signed prints are made in runs of only 200. In addition, twenty dollars of your purchase price is donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity for battle-wounded veterans.
There’s nothing nice about teabags. Both the name & the drinking experience they deliver leave a bit to be desired. This teapot from Denmark design house, Menu, will make you forget about the bag. Its smooth glass form is classic Scandinavian design—functional beauty. The tea ball raises and lowers out of the tea for a perfect steep with every pot, while the gorgeous lines of this kettle elevate the tea drinking experience high above the vulgarities of teabagging.
April showers bring May flowers. But more often, they bring soaking wet pedestrians with cheap tourist umbrellas blown inside out. Don’t get caught out there like a chump. Brave the blustery days of spring with an umbrella that can take it. Filson’s Cover Cloth umbrella is what you need. It’s sturdy and super water repellent with a wooden handle and coverage diameter of 40-inches.
We know finger-tapping on your tablet is entertaining. But, if you’re a PC user who actually uses a computer to do work, you’ll like this mouse. Designed to streamline navigation in Windows 7, this high-tech rodent will speed up scrolling, panning, paging forward & back, docking, minimizing/maximizing, showing desktop and more.