America has always been a land of swindlers. This novel recounts the tale of Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet, who in 1919 was conned not once but twice by stock market hustlers. Norfleet then wised up and embarked on a nationwide hunt disguising himself as a gullible hayseed allowing those same con-men to lure him into new scams. All the while he was building evidence against them. The Mark Inside is a tale of sweet revenge and America’s abusive love affair with easy money.
The line between genius and total idiot is a very thin line indeed. You will be even more sure of this when you finish reading Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. Kevin Smith, director of classic movies like Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back is the author, a social reject who is uniquely qualified to show other lazy creeps how to kick ass and be awesome.
Unless you’re an ex-Boy Scout, tying any knot other than your shoelace is way too complicated. This new device relieves of this task when you’re strapping down cargo on your rooftop or trailer, or any other place you use tie-down straps. And after all, if you could tie a knot you’d just use rope instead of straps and tie-downs, right? The Strap-Loc device keeps the excess and loose ends of the strap from flapping in the breeze. Nice and neat.
Sierra Nevada brewers make a natural, moisturizing lip balm using Cascade Hop Oils. Even though it’s not beer flavored, when it touches your lips, it tastes sooo good.
GPS-enabled map in your iPhone? Pffft. The real “urban woodsman” uses a compass. With the Brass Stow Away Capsule, he’s also got a waterproof match safe in case he gets off course and needs to build a fire while waiting for his girlfriend to pick him up and drive him safely back to Brooklyn.
Hell Above Earth is the true yet unbelievable tale of an American WWII bomber pilot who also happened to be the nephew of the head of the Nazi Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering. The FBI was aware of this family tie and gave secret orders to his trusted friend and co-pilot, to kill him if anything went wrong on the aerial combat missions. Imagine a modern comparison and the implications are mind-blowing. Could this even happen today?
Rumor has it these photo-video-lighting clamps got their name from their numerous uses on the set of adult film productions. Okay, that’s a lie. Anyway, Nasty Clamps are heavy-duty spring clamps with a Gorilla-pod style arm on them, which has a tripod mount on the end. Snap a Nasty on and you can put your camera, LED light bank, or flash, pretty much anywhere you want. Source
If you want to dine like Draper and booze like Sterling, this retro cookbook will show you how to do it. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men is a collection of 70 recipes for period correct food and drink from your favorite series.
Here’s a fun little “project” to keep you busy out in the garage or down in the basement when you just need a little time to yourself. The Canchucks kit helps you convert a pair of your favorite beer cans into nunchucks. Yes, of course it’s unlikely you’ll ever defend yourself by swinging these at somebody’s grill but they’ll keep you busy for awhile in the workshop and entertained when they’re finished.
Surprisingly there are alternatives to carrying a Man Purse, a fanny pack or wearing a belt clip for your phone. Skinth Storage does a pretty good job of combining these types of questionable accessories into something you might actually strap on. They makes little cases for your Leatherman, pocket knife, and micro gadgetry that look like Smurf-sized Swat Team accessories and carry the stuff you’d rather not keep in your pockets.