Do you really know how an internal combustion engine works? Can you fix your own computer? 99% of us answer no to questions like these. In author Matthew Crawford’s estimation, convenience technology of the modern world is alienating us from basic hands-on skills. Blending philosophy, cultural commentary and his own personal insights as a craftsman, Crawford explores the dynamic of a world moving farther away from understanding or engaging in the automation of everyday life.
Second only perhaps to the persuasive powers of the trusty sledgehammer, locking pliers are a tool we can all agree on as “indispensible.” Crusty, rusty nuts and hard to reach hexheads are no match for a pair of vise-grips. And now C.H. Hanson Tools have updated the design, eliminating the adjustment knob on the handle. Now they automatically lock on to whatever you grip. Easier is better.
You pull out your headphones desperate to escape the wail of that screaming baby a few seats over. How bad does it suck when the cord is a rat nest of tangles? Fix it. This handmade wooden wheel will keep your headphone cable in a neat little spool, so you can escape the pain-in-the-ass of reality without ever wasting a single moment. Just unroll and rock.
In the realms of the surreal, dreams become reality. And for director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Dune) surrealism is familiar territory. Follow actors Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Balthazar Getty into a strange montage of illusion, dread, and violence. Let’s not forget mystery, intrigue and psychedelia, too. This movie is tweaked but like all Lynch films, just let it wash over you like a dream and revel in the weirdness.
If you’re a regular doodler, sketch artist, scribbler, poet, or planner you’re constantly looking for a pen, right? Maybe a mechanical pencil, whatever. The point is, you need to keep an implement handy. This journal bandolier does just that. Handmade and available in a wide array of colors & styles, these elastic straps wrap around your journal with Velcro and feature loops to hold your writing utensils. Various sizes to fit all Moleskine and standard journals.
You want yours to be a bloody mess, she wants hers medium, buddy over there wants his steak medium-well. Need help keeping track of everyone’s order? For your next BBQ, try some Steak Buttons. The handy, stainless steel and glass thermometer set monitors meat on the grill or in the broiler. Easy.
People who don’t understand the complexity of boxing write it off as base, a celebration of violence and primal pugilism. But they don’t know jack. This collection pulls from a wide array of great American writers who dealt with the subject in their work. From Jack London to Richard Wright to Norman Mailer and more, the culture & history of boxing is explored in literature; where the emotion and passion of the sport rise above punch counts and ringing bells.
Encourage your inner control freak. Control your bowl of cereal & prevent sogginess. Use the Obol to split your morning cereal in two. One side gets the milk, the other side gets the cereal. Now, you can wield ultimate power over your breakfast. If anyone dares to make a wisecrack about your unique bowl, remind them you reign supreme, never to be victimized by soggy Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Ever.
With the introduction of their little pocket notebooks, the Field Notes brand brought back the outdated notion of “jotting something down” on paper. Over the past few years, they’ve expanded their offerings to include special seasonal colors and other coolness. Now they’ve got a new style: you design the cover using dry-transfer stencils. Get crafty.
All dressed in the same uniform, it’s hard for ball players to set their style apart from the rest of the team. To stand out, they’ve got to grow some wild-ass facial hair or get a haircut like Charlie Sheen’s in Major League. Many of MLB’s greatest stars had unmistakable mullets, weird beards & handlebar ’staches. Nike’s new collection of T’s tests your knowledge of the hairy history of America’s favorite game.