Archive for October, 2020
Soon to be a major motion picture written & directed by Peter Farrelly, who won two Oscars for Green Book—The Greatest Beer Run takes readers on a wildly entertaining, feel-good memoir of an Irish-American New Yorker and former U.S. marine who embarked on a courageous, hare-brained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving in Vietnam in the late 1960s. One night they were in the bar drinking & talking about their deployed pals & a day later, the story’s stars were on a cargo ship headed to Vietnam with a backpack full of booze.
Merging urban style & outdoor sport, Nike’s versatile ACG footwear line is popping off for the holidays. The 2020 Holiday capsule includes winterized, Gore-Tex clad versions of both the ACG Air Nasu & the ACG Mountain Fly shoes, offering weatherproof performance for all-terrain winter adventure. Both shoes will be available in early November.
Created by a policeman with a military background, the CTAX multi-purpose axe is made to handle all kinds of harsh business. Sure, it’ll split wood for the fire but this hand-held stainless steel tool also has a built-in pry bar, a hammerhead, & 2 wrenches are integrated into the axe head, which fit gas and water valves on residential properties for quick turn-off. A funded Kickstarter.
It’s certainly not the first speaker made for playing in the shower but it’s the first one we’ve ever heard that’s actually powered by the shower. The Shower Power bluetooth speaker mounts simply: between the showerhead pipe & the head itself. When the water is turned on, an impeller spins, charging the integrated 2,600-mAh lithium-ion battery—which in turn streams your shower-singing soundtrack. Via bluetooth from your phone or other devise, of course. With a fully charged battery, the speaker can run without the water turned on for up to 14 hours.
More than just a mouse, Logitech’s ERGO M575 Wireless Trackball is a versatile & comfortable input device, combining an integrated trackball for precise control & unlimited scrolling motion in a space-saving design. Customizable function buttons & a wrist-friendly ergonomic form. Connects via bluetooth LE or the included dongle. Additionally, the M575 is constructed of plastics containing up to 50% recycled content.
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With the release of the new R18 Classic, BMW now has 2 options of this vintage-inspired roadster to choose from. Like the original R18 cruiser, the Classic is heavily influenced by the original 1936 BMW R5—that enormous 1802-cc Boxer engine showcased in a double-loop steel tube frame. The low-slung Classic also features a large windscreen, passenger seating, saddlebags, straight pipes, electronic cruise control & LED lighting.
They’ve been hard to find lately. Maybe you ran out last month or last March? Who can remember? As we all know, disinfecting wipes have become a golden household staple …just like toilet paper. Lucky for you, we’ve found a source that only sells in bulk. In-stock, cheap and you’ll never run out again. Go ahead & load up, you know you’ll use them.
Clip it on and charge it up. Mophie’s new wireless-charging Juice Pack Connect clips directly to the back of your phone, providing 500mAh of backup battery you can take with you everywhere. Charges both your phone & the JuicePack via the users choice of USB-C or Qi.
The E-Fighter V2 from Droog is every bit the brutal, post-apocalyptic street fighter the upstart builder is known for. This new one is built off a Zero S platform & features a heavily chopped, bobbed, and modified look. The headlight is replaced with a futuristic flat-track plate while actual LEDs are stashed underneath. 46 horsepower propel riders to speeds up to 98MPH & its 7.2 kWh battery pack gives a range of about 89 miles in the city or 45 on the highway.
Porsche Design and Acer teamed up to create RS i7, a powerful 14-inch laptop with an all-metal chassis & a carbon fiber cover. Fusing Porsche Design with the latest Acer tech, it packs an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU yet weighs just 2.65 lbs. That’s light! Its FHD IPS touchscreen is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass & battery life is 17 hours.
The mysterious sounds of the Theremin can be heard from Pink Floyd to the Pixies to Erykah Badu & now as the revolutionary electronic instrument turns 100, Moog has created a masterful special edition. The Claravox Centennial features a very intentional mid-century look: a smooth walnut exterior, bright brass antennas, and a bank of analog knobs & dials. The rest of the design is fully modern, equipped with USB/MIDI, it’s also fitted with endless inputs/outputs for seamless studio integration… all to make those groovy sounds.
The Burch Barrel is a portable tripod grill that gives the freedom to burn briquets, lump charcoal, and even wood plus switches easily from grilling to chilling around the fire pit. Made of stainless & powder-coated steel, the lid & grate of the 18” diameter grill adjust with a pistol-grip pulley system for easy instant adjustment. The legs are also adjustable to ensure a stable set-up on all surfaces. Adjustable airflow venting controls heat & flame while locks on the lid let you clamp it shut for smoking.
Warm up cold fingers fast with Ocoopa’s Quick Charge Hand Warmer, a mouse-like hand heater boasting 10K mAh of power, 15 hour battery life, and best of all it offers 3 heat settings from 95º-131º to ensure toasty digits in frigid weather. Recharges to full in just 3 hours. The battery will also power up your phone with QuickCharge 3.0, charging your device up to 50% in just thirty minutes.
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.
The Mobile system from San Francisco-based Peak Design, is a collection of smart, functional phone cases, mounts, and accessories that make your phone-focused life more manageable. Mounts for wall, vehicle dash, bike, & motorcycle, plus a mobile tripod, kickstand, and a creator kit, all feature the brand’s SlimLink interface—a simple and secure magnetic interface that locks your device in. Cases are available for most current-model phones. A funded Kickstarter.
The Omega Pants by Graphene-X are made to last forever. Constructed of a material billed as the “world’s toughest” called Graphene, this 3-layer stretch fabric is also water-resistant, making it ideal for hard work & hard play. And according to the results of the industry-standard Martindale abrasion and pilling test, these are seriously tough trousers—a 150K rating where most workwear fails at 50K! They feature an ergonomic cut & fit with optional convertible legs that zip-off into shorts, plus multiple pockets with YKK waterproof zippers. A funded Kickstarter.
Here’s a sweet little blast from the past. Atari is reviving its iconic Pong game, which first debuted in 1972. Nearly 50 years later, the Atari Mini Pong Jr. brings the classic arcade game to new players. Developed in collaboration with UNIS Technology, it features a 7.9-inch LCD screen, physical dials for control and in addition to 2-player action, there is an AI-driven 1-player option with 10 levels of difficulty.
Designed for the sole purpose of extracting broken, stuck, stripped and damaged screws, this Extractor bit set will back them out quick & slick. Made from H.S.S. 4341 alloy with hardness rated at 63-65hrc, they will break through the rustiest and crustiest & sink deep into most metal fasteners using just a drill. The kit includes 6 bits, ranging from #0 up to #4. Each bit has two different heads, one drills a hole in the middle of the snapped-head fastener, the other is used to extract it.
Designed to capture cinematic 4K video, the Lumix BGH1 is a little guy, a mirrorless, micro 4/3rds box camera optimized for expandability and versatility. The camera’s small size makes it ideal for intimate shoots & easy portability but belies its impressive abilities. It features a 10.2MP sensor and in addition to 10-bit 4K, it can also capture broadcast-ready Hybrid Log Gamma. Ports include: 2 UHS-II SD card slots, 1 USB-C 3.1, & 1 HDMI output. Wi-fi & bluetooth enable seamless connectivity including networking multiple cameras for simultaneous shooting. Available in December.
Arguably the greatest American novelist of them all, John Steinbeck is a writer whose voice & influence are simply unmatched in American literature. In Mad At The World, the first in-depth biography of the man in more than 25 years, author Bill Souder takes readers deep behind masterworks like The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath, to paint an intimate portrait of a man inspired by social injustice & driven to tell the tales of America’s underbelly, its forgotten & downtrodden.