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Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours at
Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours

Extended, meandering 100-city tours have made Long Beach, California’s Cold War Kids into one of the tightest live acts out. They’ve got a stack of celebrated singles, live EPs and a pair of full-length records behind them already. Their new album, Mine Is Yours, is being called things like “soul punk” and “emo rock blues.” And when nobody knows what to call it … that usually means it’s good.

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lq ArcTop 02 Notebook at
lq ArcTop 02 Notebook

For many of us, getting it down on paper is the first step to starting a project. Making notes, lists and sketching out ideas on your handheld or computer just doesn’t feel right. lq creates handmade custom notebooks featuring a simple, utilitarian design with fine paper and a cork-sheet cover. Choose a custom size, paper stock and the sturdy, high quality notebook will land in your mailbox with a Mitsubishi uni-ball pigment ball pen included.

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Snowdozer Ice Scraper at
Snowdozer Ice Scraper

Winter isn’t over. Don’t let the January thaw fool you. The next storm is already on its way. And when it hits, don’t get caught scraping the windshield of your new ride with the same antiquated tool dad used on his ’71 Hornet. The Snowdozer has evolved the ice scraper. It has a retractable handle and multiple faces to suit the snow, ice or whatever frozen precip’ you’re scraping.

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Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans at
Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans

Beers of bygone days are featured in this forthcoming book by designer Dan Becker. At 350 pages, it covers beer culture, history and highlights graphic design. Ordered alphabetically by brand, this collection of over 500 beers from around the world is impressive … even if you’re more of a wine drinker these days.

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Board Game Remix Kit at
Board Game Remix Kit

In the day & age when you can get a full-bars wi-fi connection from Fiji to Mount Everest, literally, the idea of sitting around playing board games is kitsch nostalgia. But games like Scrabble & Monopoly get you interacting face to face with other human beings. Fresh, right? The Board Game Remix kit rewrites the rules to the classic games collecting dust in your closet, introduces some new games and teaches you how to improvise when you’re missing pieces. Old just became new.

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Animal Kingdom at
Animal Kingdom

This movie is wild. An Australian family of criminals lives by the ‘kill or be killed’ street code. The psycho eldest son, the “Pope”, (chillingly played by Ben Mendelsohn) is caught between fear & guilt in the Melbourne underground. As the family members are pursued by each other and the police, an internal struggle threatens to blow their sordid scene to pieces.

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SmallWorks BrickCase at
SmallWorks BrickCase

There are so many cool cases for the iPhone 4 it almost makes you want to buy an extra phone. With this Lego compatible case from SmallWorks, you could even click a few phones together into a stack, double Whopper style. And if you can figure out a way to actually link these multiple phones into a working unit, people might ignore the fact that you’re 30+ years old and still playing with Legos.

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Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously at
Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

If you’re a thrill-seeker, you’ll naturally be drawn to the danger of this book. As author/engineer/flamethrower, William Gurstelle, explains in this pyro’s guide to life, taking risks is part of your personality type.  Learn how to tap into your Inner MacGyver (that’s an actual chapter), make a flamethrower, and do the Absinthe dance. And it’s not just living dangerously … but artfully, too. 224 pages.

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Beercandy at

Beer candy?! Yes! Perfect for the movies, driving, job interviews -  any place where knocking back a brewski would be fun, but might be seen as poorly timed or inappropriate. Just sneak a few beer candies in and get loose, right? Then we learned they don’t give you a buzz. Buzzkill. They do however blend the subtle flavors of craft beers like India pale ales & lagers with caramel & savory chocolate. Not as good as a beer buzz … but delicious in a different way.

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WineSkin at

Instead of bringing back a duffle bag full of purple clothes from your trip to Argentina’s wine country, the WineSkin will ensure you bring back those gift bottles of vino intact. Designed to protect and seal bottles for transport, the WineSkin works much better than wrapping those luscious bottles of Malbec in your sweaters and crossing your fingers.

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