If you want to play Escape Room games anytime in the near future, you’ll likely be doing it at home. And with The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel, you get a two-fer. It’s an engaging at-home escape room game & it happens to be based on an absolute classic: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Set in the fictional hotel, the game uses “a unique storyline mechanic that reveals codes, which players then use to unlock different parts of the board” and ultimately escape.
After the buzz created by their artist-designed baseball card collection, Topps has tapped artists including Mister Cartoon, King Saladeen, Ben Baller, Don C, Grotesk, Joshua Vides, Sophia Chang, and many others for a run of limited edition art prints. The prints combine original art with iconic cards, like Jeter’s ’92 draft pick and ballers from Ted Williams to George Brett to Ken Griffey Jr. Each is limited to an edition of 100 & comes framed with a certificate of authenticity.
The ÖÖD House is a modular, minimalist structure created by a pair of Estonian designers, the Jiik brothers. The stand-alone 10’ X 20’ structures are built for 4-season comfort & feature dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass walls with interiors that can be custom-tailored to perfectly suit your needs and plans. For a more refined (& private) home office, guest space or wilderness hideaway, these look really gööd.
Translating their knife know-how from the great outdoors to your dinner table, Benchmade’s Table Knife is a versatile, do-it-all kitchen knife that will chop, slice, & dice with swift precision. Handcrafted in the U.S.A., they feature a 5.13” clip point blade made of CPM 154 steel and G10 fiberglass handles. The four knife set stores in a red birch wood case.
Flair’s Smart Vent system improves your home’s current heating and cooling system, enabling you to achieve optimal temps easily, in every room of your home. The Smart Vents fit into existing floor and wall register slots in standard sizes, and require no construction or wiring. The Vents work with an accompanying smart puck that monitors ambient temps—to open and close the vents as needed. With a dedicated app & a direct connection to Ecobee & Honeywell smart thermometers, it is a cool, simple solution for better home heating.
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Honestly, these Halloween-themed candles smell too good to be creepy. Handcrafted by the family-owned & operated Flint Candle Co. they’ll set the perfect mood for your pandemic pagan celebration. With scents like Absinthe & Wormwood, Séance, Morticia & Dearly Departed, what you really get are aromas of white sage, patchouli, fennel, and amber—to name a few. Made with wax from American grown soy and vegan-friendly oils, they are offered in 3, 7, & 11-ounce jars as well as 6-packs of wax melter pods.
The new Nest is simpler than both the Learning Thermostat & Thermostat E models. It’s more affordable, too. The new Nest is streamlined—that familiar Nest dial is replaced with a swipe-able nav panel & touch controls. The glass screen uses Goggle’s Soli technology, enabling it to read ambient light & brighten automatically when you approach it. Match it to your home decor with color options in white, dark grey, light pink, and light green.
The wood-fired Gozney Dome is a pro-grade outdoor cooker that will have you roasting, smoking, steaming & baking in the backyard. It can reach temps up to 950º to cook super fast or low and slow. And there’s a secret, it’s also equipped with a gas burner, to get the 30mm stone floor and densely insulated interior hotter, faster & retain it longer. A digital thermometer, patented air ventilation, and a sleek ceramic-coated exterior make it a standout.
As if perfectly timed for the upcoming Halloween holiday, the actual The Silence of the Lambs house is up for sale. This is a rare opportunity to own a prominent property featured in an Academy Award winning film. Located in Perryopolis, PA, the 3-story Princess Anne Victorian was the home of Buffalo Bill in the movie and is situated on 1.76 acres along the Youghiogheny River. It features original hardwood floors, woodwork, light fixtures, and other details, dating back to 1910 when the home was built. As for the dry well in the basement, attend an open house to see for yourself.
You’ll need high ceilings for this. The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is up for auction at Christie’s. Yes, the actual full-size, 67 million year-old skeleton of nature’s fiercest prehistoric predator. Normally reserved for museums and university collections, this specimen will give private owners the chance to own one of the rarest pieces in the world. Recovered in the 1980s by an amateur paleontologist, the T-Rex is named “Stan” in honor of the man who discovered it. Stan will be auctioned off October 6.
Merging the convenience of a capsule coffeemaker with custom controls, the Morning Machine delivers complex, barista-quality coffee in every cup. Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules, it allows users to make adjustments to the flavor & depth of their brew—multiple thermal sensors allow brewing at specific desired temps. Proprietary Intermittent Wave Brewing enables you to make adjustments to the mouthfeel and texture of your drinks. A funded Kickstarter.
Maybe a few days chilling at the actual Brentwood, California mansion from Will Smith’s 1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sitcom is what you need right now. All you have to do is log on to Airbnb & pick your dates. While a reboot of the iconic show is currently in the works, this listing, with its period-correct decor, and details like basketball in the bedroom, will make for some fresh stories to share during Zoom Thanksgiving.
The AquaPal connects easily to your home plumbing to monitor your home’s water use, helping you not only save money, but to offer continuous feedback on the health of your water system, tracking moisture & humidity to stop mold growth, tracking temps to prevent burst pipes and offering remote auto shut-off to avoid a disaster. Compatible with 3/4” & 1” pipes, it connects quickly & easily to your main water line. It is wi-fi-enabled & offers Google Home & Alexa integration. A funded Kickstarter.
WUNDERSMACK showcases intricate laser cut art set in immersive multilayer dioramas. Each one features multiple layers that are packed with stunning detail and embellishments. They quickly and easily assemble in just minutes by simply dropping each frame into the numbered slots, then attach spacers and lock to secure the finished piece. Designed and hand-assembled in California by artist Jacob Morales. Choose from travel, film, and Disney-inspired designs.
The Level Touch lock opens with just a touch. This smart deadbolt lock fits your door as a traditional lock does but uses capacitive touch technology that authenticates through bluetooth LE using your phone. The lock also features a traditional key hole & lever for manual operation. All electronics are integrated into the body of the lock, so this is a clean, wireless, no-battery-pack smart lock that installs with a single screwdriver in 10 minutes.
The iiRcade brings 80s-era arcade classics into your home with an authentic retro gameplay experience. Available in either a bartop or full stand-up cabinet, it gives players seamless, instant access to over 200 classic games with a 19” HD display, 100-watt speakers & Sanwa Joysticks. It also boasts bluetooth for networked gaming. If titles like Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace, & Super Burger Time sound good, they’ve got hundreds more with new ones adding to the list daily.
The Herman Miller Embody is the iconic brand’s top-of-the-line task chair, designed to support spine health and move with your body. Now the brand has teamed up with Logitech to create a gamer-focused variant, The Embody Gaming Chair. It offers 7 customizable calibrations to support your body while you play as well as featuring copper-infused foam to keep you cool, while changes in your weight distribution are managed by a tech called “Dynamic Pixel Circulation.”
Whether or not you feel it, pee is splashing back at you every time you drain the dragon. And not just flying onto your jeans but all over the toilet & floor. 2000 droplets per pee. Gross when you think about it. Enter Piss Pad, a simple device designed to redirect & diffuse your disgusting droplets. It’s a 40mm X 15mm adhesive pad made of dense PU fibers. It installs instantly & the waterproof adhesive can be easily removed & reapplied. Tests showed that PP users’ toilets required 67% less cleaning. Hard to argue with that. A funded Kickstarter.
Combining insight from pro chefs & engineers, the Perfect series from Ecriture is a range of adjustable-balance knives designed to work for all hands, grips, and levels of knife-handling ability, making it easier to get gourmet results. A simple locking slide mechanism in the handle adjusts the weight of the knife front to back, allowing you to find the sweet-spot for whatever you’re cutting. The set consists of 6 essential kitchen knives, all featuring AUS-10 Japanese steel blades with sub-zero treatment & honed to an astounding 15-degree angle. A funded Kickstarter.
Clean, minimalist design makes Barebones’ stainless steel flatware set a tasty choice for any table, from the campsite to the dining room. Designed for indoor & outdoor use, the 2-person utensil set is finished in gray enamel & includes a steel cable loop and linen storage bag for organizing & travel.