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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rikke Hagen Whiskey Glasses

Rikke Hagen Whiskey Glasses
If you’re still consuming whiskey out of red Solo cups, it’s time to grow up.  As men, we are blessed with a few drinks that are both elegant and delicious, and while those cups might not do much about the taste, they sure as hell aren’t helping the elegance part.  For a distinctively grown up way to consume some Johnny Walker Blue Label, we’re digging the sophistication of these Rikke Hagen glasses from Normann Copenhagen.  The curve at the bottom of the glass is designed so you can hold and swirl your drink like The Most Interesting Man in the World (you know, when he’s not drinking Dos Equis). $61

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Apple Design

Apple Design
Share your love for the fruits of Jony Ive's magical bunker workshop with all your holiday guests by giving Apple Design ($40) a prominent spot on your coffee table. This 320-page hardcover tome mixes photos of over 200 Apple products produced since Ive took the design reigns at the company with stories of the products' development and explanations of the production methods and materials applied. Also makes a perfect gift for the design- and Apple-obsessed.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recycled Crystal Head Vodka Bowl

Recycled Crystal Head Vodka Bowl

          It could be the fact we’ve always wanted to be Indiana Jones, or the fact that Mayan legends (however ridiculous) are intriguing, but we think crystal skulls are awesome. Apparently Dan Aykroyd thought so too because the former Ghostbuster decided to put his significant paranormal experience to good use… by creating Crystal Head Vodka. When the vodka is all gone, the slightly ominous crystal head gets turned into this bowl. Use it for coins, candy, keys or even Cap’n Crunch. Whatever you do with bowls will be better out of a crystal head. $55

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Crypteks USB

Crypteks USB

       Despite looking like a prop from a cinematic adaptation of some Dan Brown novel, the Crypteks USB is actually a very real way of keeping your most important info safe. Instead of keeping digital tax files, private corporate documents and loads and loads of porn on some USB drive that could easily be dropped and plugged into another PC, now you can actually secure those necessities. The Crypteks USB is a physically locking USB storage device (just come up with your password like you would an alphabetical bike lock) that also features 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption. Plus, face it, one day you’re gonna bite the dust, do you really want a loved one to plug your USB storage device in and find out about your weird midgets in bondage fetish? price ($130)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Scanomat Top Brewer

Scanomat Top Brewer
     We've covered some minimalist coffee machines before, but damn. The Scanomat Top Brewer lurks underneath your kitchen counter or inside your island, using dual grinders to ensure your source is as fresh as possible, heating fresh water for every cup using a unique boiler system and cleaning itself automatically, all springing to life with a single tap on your iPhone. It takes just 15 seconds to deliver a cup of filtered coffee, 25 seconds for a shot of espresso, and likely even less time to empty your bank account. price(TBD)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

In Living Stereo

   If you're looking for a sound company that will blow you away then In Living Sound is your new pro audio company. Each component is pre-test by a specialist at the company and then ordered for the show room. With the moving of there store they added a huge new testing room to which has a floor model of every component. although much of the equipment may be pricey you can wait for the floor models to go on sale and save a considerable amount of money.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bender Books

Bender Books
A great philosopher once said, “There is a lot of wisdom in a bottle of whiskey.” (It was either Confucius or Jimmy Buffett, we can’t remember which one.) There’s truth to that adage. We’ve shared more knowledge after some Johnny Walker than we have after finishing any book (albeit slurred knowledge). If you want the appearance of a learned man while you puff on your pipe and relax in your robe, then get yourself a Bender Book. Hidden inside the cover of a book on Law, Finance, Piloting or some other topic is a glass flask ready for something to imbibe. Just be prepared to explain your drinking habit next time someone needs to look something up in your “dictionary.” $100

Friday, November 18, 2011


Rogue's leather work is some of the finest I've seen in a while. I just purchased one of these jackets and its the best jacket I own at the moment; however, these boots are by far my favorite and will definitely be my next shoe purchase. Black aged leather tall captoe boot with flannel lining $325

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beats Executive Headphones

Beats Executive Headphones
Want to bask in the lush bass of Beats, but find the bright, highly-visible plastic bodies a little too flashy? Say hello to Beats Executive Headphones ($TBA). As the name might suggest, the Executive skips the plastic for a decidedly more high-end look, with brushed metal finishes on the lower stems and earcups and fine leather on the band — black and silver are the only colors you'll find — while still offering the active noise cancellation and crisp, full audio that you'd expect. Coming soon, or just as soon as Dr. Dre gives the "hell yeah" thumbs-up.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stoner Coffee Table Book

Stoner Coffee Table Book

We can only imagine that this book is the coffee table equivalent of spending a day in the life and (high) times of Cheech and Chong…if they had a proclivity for online cat videos, psychedelic landscapes and finding cool shit on the Internet. Mary Jane isn’t everyone’s go to girl for a good time, but odds are you know someone that would like to be amazed for hours at a time without an Internet connection. Worst case scenario, it’s a good alternative to a babysitter for that one friend we all have that needs supervision when he parties too hard. Unless you’re that friend, in which case you should probably pick up a few of these tomes to leave at friend’s houses. $12

Monday, November 14, 2011

Grinds Coffee Pouches

Grinds Coffee Pouches
  Whether you're trying to quit a nasty snuff habit or just want a waterless way to get some caffeine, grab some Grinds Coffee Pouches ($13). Similar to smokeless tobacco, Grinds come in round canisters holding 20 pouches a piece, only these are packed with flavored coffee instead of the cancerous stuff, giving you a nice kick any time you need it. And there's no need to spit! It's like "brewing the coffee in your mouth," or something.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

3D Photography

Holga 120-3D Stereo Camera
Are you looking for that special "pop" when you take photo's? Do you want to look manly, even thought you are doing something completely feminine? Well, this 3D Holga combines and great popping photo with the manliest thing to ever come to the are world "3 dimensions," so when you bootleg a photo from Avatar at least you wont lose the 3D effect it was made to show off. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lomography LomoKino

Lomography LomoKino
And you thought film was dead. The Lomography LomoKino ($80-$100) looks to bring analogue filmmaking back to the masses by letting you record 144 shots on one roll of 35mm film by simply loading it up and turning the crank, giving you 50-60 seconds of LomoMovie. Any type of 35mm film can be used for different effects, and the lomokinoscope (included in the $100 package) will let you play back the developed film by pointing it at a light source and — once again — turning the crank. Interesting subject matter not included.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Red Scarlet-X Camera

Red Scarlet-X Camera

     Whether you're looking to take your DSLR-based videography skills to the next level or just have a ton of cash to blow on a new camera, the Red Scarlet-X Camera ($9,750 and up) won't disappoint. Powered by the company's 14 megapixel Mysterium-X sensor, it can shoot full-frame stills at up to 12 fps, as well as 4K video at 30fps — which means 30 stills, if you so desire — and 1080p at 60fps, using PL mount or Canon lenses, with recordings saved to an onboard SSD, while you monitor things via a 5-inch touchscreen display or "Bomb EVF" high definition viewfinder. A full package, including the "brain," an aluminum Canon mount , SSD module, side handle, 5-inch LCD, and batteries will run around $14,000. Oh, and if you plan on saving any of this goodness for posterity, plan on buying more storage. Lots of storage.

Monday, November 7, 2011

WISPR Vaporizer

WISPR Vaporizer

     With a name that sounds like a bad-guy organization from a spy novel and a design that integrates modern sensibilities and mid-century kitsch, the WISPR Vaporizer ($270) is a stylish, portable, and discrete way to enjoy the bounties of harvest season. Just fill it with butane, prepare your herbs, pack the chamber, attach the straw, turn it on, let it heat up, and when the light goes off, it's time to enjoy. Just remember to turn it off afterwards — which might be the most difficult part.

Friday, October 28, 2011

iTar iPad Guitar

iTar iPad Guitar
iPads are fantastic media consumption devices. Netflix, games and music are never more than a finger tap away from occupying you for hours at a time, but they’ve been much for media creation (email doesn’t count as media). Until now that is. Pledge $200 or more to Starr Labs and they will build you a guitar you can plug your iPad into. You can play bass, guitar, synthesize, drum and, well, just about anything else that there’s an app for—with a MIDI controller/fingerboard that will take your iPad to levels even the great Jobs probably didn’t think possible. If you know how to play guitar—or even if you don’t—it’s worth checking out. Every man needs an axe and this one doesn’t even require strings. $200+

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lytro Camera

Lytro Camera

Look, there’s only so much Photoshop can do to fix a crappy photo. Even with that new un-blur thing Adobe just announced it still can’t account for your inability to focus. Basically that means if you’re too drunk to hold the camera steady you’re fine, but if you were too drunk to set your lens correctly when you started shooting you’re SOL—unless you have the Lytro Camera. The Lytro lets you focus images after you take them. While that sounds pretty magical, let us lay down some science for you. The Lytro captures an entire light field (meaning all of the light traveling in every direction) and with all that information captured you can focus and re-focus any part of the picture at anytime. So now the only thing you have left to worry about is composition… and staying sober enough to not drop your new camera. $399

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lighter Cufflinks

Lighter Cufflinks

         If the best things in life come in small packages, you’re going to be hard pressed to find anything that tops these vintage-style lighter cufflinks. Using a design popular decades ago (think Zippo except the wheel spins sideways), these unassuming cufflinks (they’re less than an inch in size) make sure you’re always prepared to start the fire – even if you’re in your Sunday best. They’re functional; they’re cool, and they’ll add a little more Q branch to your Bond attire. Just make sure you take them off before you light the pretty girl’s cigarette.

Monday, October 17, 2011

ZAL Creations Lighting

ZAL Creations Lighting
Despite what the name implies, a man cave needs good lighting. So if you’re still using the same $10 Ikea lamp (okay, free since you technically stole it from your roommate) from your first apartment, it’s time to grow up and get something with a bit more personality (and maybe apologize to Dave for stealing his lamp). ZAL Creations makes lamps worthy of illuminating your mantuary using stuff like beer bottles, pipes and skateboard decks. This is some pretty expensive lighting, but at least you can guarantee that no one is going to accuse you of taking their crappy stuff anymore. $150+

Friday, October 14, 2011

Young and Young Man Hood


The Jobs family

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in the city of San Francisco. His biological mother was either an unwed graduate student named Joanne Simpson, and his biological father was a political science or mathematics professor, a native Syrian named Abdulfattah John Jandali.

Being born out of wedlock in the puritan America of the 1950s, the baby was put up for adoption. Joanne had a college education, and she insisted that the future parents of her boy be just as well educated. Unfortunately, the candidates, Paul and Clara Jobs, did not meet her expectations: they were a lower-middle class couple that had settled in the Bay Area after the war. Paul was a machinist from the Midwest who had not even graduated from high school. In the end, Joanne agreed to have her baby adopted by them, under the firm condition that they later send him to college.

Paul and Clara called their son Steven Paul. While Steve was still a toddler, the couple moved to the Santa Clara county, later to be known as Silicon Valley. They adopted another baby, a girl called Patti, three years later in 1958.


Steve was quite a turbulent child. He really didn’t care about school for some time — until he reached the 4th grade, and had Imogene “Teddy” Hill as a teacher.

She was one of the saints of my life. She taught an advanced fourth grade class, and it took her about a month to get hip to my situation. She bribed me into learning.
She did bribe him, with candy and $5 bills from her own money. He quickly became hooked — so much so that he skipped the 5th grade and went straight to middle school, namely Crittenden Middle School. It was in a poor area. Most kids did not work much there, they were rather fond of bullying other kids, such as the young Steve. One day he came home and declared that if he wasn’t transferred to another school, he would stop going to school altogether. He was 11. Paul and Clara complied, and the Jobses moved to the cozier city of Los Altos, so that Steve could go to Cupertino Junior High. This proved to be decisive for Steve’s future.

The birth of Silicon Valley
The Santa Clara county, south of San Francisco, California, was a bourgeoning place for computer engineering as early as the 1960s. Indeed, after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, the country engaged in the Space Race, and billions of dollars of federal money were poured into technology companies to advance the state of the art of computing.

One of those firms was the Shockley Semiconductor Company, from William Schockley, who got the Nobel Prize of Physics in 1956 for inventing the transistor. Another dominant firm was Hewlett Packard, founded in Palo Alto in 1939. HP was a company of engineers, selling products to engineers. There were tons of them scattered all over this valley of apricot orchards.

As Steve was growing up in Los Altos, he became increasingly curious about the world of electronics that filled his neighbors’ garages. His own father introduced him to Heathkits, which fascinated him:
These Heathkits would come with these detailed manuals about how to put this thing together and all the parts would be laid out in a certain way and color coded. You'd actually build this thing yourself. I would say that this gave one several things. It gave one a understanding of what was inside a finished product and how it worked because it would include a theory of operation but maybe even more importantly it gave one the sense that one could build the things that one saw around oneself in the universe. These things were not mysteries anymore. I mean you looked at a television set you would think that "I haven't built one of those but I could. There's one of those in the Heathkit catalog and I've built two other Heathkits so I could build that." Things became much more clear that they were the results of human creation not these magical things that just appeared in one's environment that one had no knowledge of their interiors.

It gave a tremendous level of self-confidence, that through exploration and learning one could understand seemingly very complex things in one's environment. My childhood was very fortunate in that way.

Homestead High

Mr. McCollum’s Electronics 1 class. Steve is well recognizable in the middle.
When Steve arrived in Homestead High School, he enrolled in a popular electronics class. McCollum later recalled of one time when his pupil Steve called up Bill Hewlett himself, co-founder of HP, to get spare parts for his homework, and even a summer job at HP’s factory. Steve’s entrepreneurial skills showed up early in his life indeed.

At Homestead, Steve befriended Bill Fernandez, a neighbor who shared his interests in electronics. It was Bill who first introduced him to another computer whiz kid, an older guy named Stephen Wozniak, or — as everybody used to call him — Woz. Steve and Woz met in 1969, when they were respectively 14 and 19. At the time, Woz was building a little computer board with Bill Fernandez that they called “the Cream Soda Computer”. Woz showed it to Steve, who seemed quite interested.

Typically, it was really hard for me to explain to people the kind of design stuff I worked on, but Steve got it right away. And I liked him. He was kind of skinny and wiry and full of energy. […] Steve and I got close right away, even though he was still in high school […]. We talked electronics, we talked about music we liked, and we traded stories about pranks we’d pulled.

Steve Wozniak in iWoz
Woz and Steve later engaged in several pranks together, including putting a huge middle finger on one of the high school’s building.

It was also at Homestead that Steve met Chris-Ann Brennan, his first steady girlfriend, with whom he stayed for several years.

A couple of years later, Woz and Steve started their first entrepreneurial venture. It was 1972, and on US campuses, there was a lot of talk about “phone phreaks.” They were early computer hackers that managed to build “blue boxes” — little devices that fooled AT&T’s long-distance switching equipment, and allowed you to make phone calls for free.

Woz read about them in an article which he showed to Steve. They both tried to build one, and to their surprise, it worked! It was Steve who came up with the idea of selling them; he and Woz would go from room to room in Berkeley’s dorms, where Woz was a student, and sell them to interested students. However, this business was illegal and the two of them stopped after they almost got caught by the police.

Reed College

The following year, Steve finished high school and reached college age. He decided to go to the fancy Reed College, a private liberal arts college up in Oregon. However, the tuition for Reed was so expensive that Paul and Clara could hardly afford it. Yet they were bound by the promise they’d make to their son’s biological mother, so they spent almost their entire life’s savings on their son’s higher education.

Steve only officially stayed for a couple of months at Reed. He dropped out before Christmas. However, that allowed him to “drop in” on classes he was not supposed to attend.

After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it.
Stanford Commencement Address, 12 Jun 2005

It was at Reed that Steve started experimenting with Eastern mysticism. He delved into weird books and came to believe that if he ate only fruits, for example, he would eliminate all mucus and not need to shower anymore. He also started his habit of fasting for long periods of time (he would still do so ten years later, when he was a multi-millionaire). He occasionally used LSD, and became something of a laggard hippie. One of his best friends at Reed was Dan Kottke, who shared his interests in such philosophies.

The following year, in 1974, Steve desperately needed money, so he got a job at Atari. Atari was arguably the first video game company: it was created by Nolan Bushnell in 1972, and one of its first employees was Al Acorn, the inventor of Pong. Steve was hired although he would often call his co-workers names and smell pretty bad. That’s why he was soon moved to the night shift.

Young Steve Jobs looked up to Atari's founder Nolan Bushnell. He was impressed by this iconoclastic man who made a lot of money by building pinball machines. He was clearly an inspiration for him to start Apple.


While he was at Atari, Steve asked his boss to fund a trip to India for him. Atari did pay his trip up to Germany, where he had to work on fixing some Atari machines. Then Steve was joined by his hippie friend from Reed, Dan Kottke, and they went to India in search for enlightenment. They came back pretty disappointed, especially after they met a famous guru, Kairolie Baba, who, unlike what they expected, was a con man.

We weren’t going to find a place where we could go for a month to be enlightened. It was one of the first times that I started to realize that maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Kairolie Baba put together.

quoted in Michael Moritz's The Little Kingdom

When Steve came back, he resumed his job at Atari. One of his pastimes back then included primal scream therapy sessions at the Los Altos Zen Center, where he befriended Governor Jerry Brown and his guru Kobun Chino. He also spent several weeks with his girlfriend Chris-Ann and Dan Kottke in a hippie commune in Oregon, the All-One Farm. Here they would cultivate apples and for some time, Steve would eat only that — when he wasn’t fasting, that is.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder and former chief executive of the technology company Apple Inc., died on Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56.

Apple said in a press release that it was “deeply saddened” to announce that Mr. Jobs had died. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” the company said. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
In August, the company announced that Mr. Jobs, who had battled cancer for several years, was stepping down as chief executive but would serve as chairman. Apple named Timothy D. Cook, its chief operating officer, to succeed Mr. Jobs as chief executive. Mr. Jobs became chairman, a position that did not exist previously.

In January, Mr. Jobs took a medical leave of absence from Apple, his third. Mr. Jobs had seemed to recover from pancreatic cancer after surgery in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009.
He made a surprise appearance in March to introduce the company's new version of the iPad. After he was greeted by a standing ovation, Mr. Jobs alluded to his leave but did not say whether he was planning to return to the company. “We’ve been working on this product for a while and I didn’t want to miss today,” he said.

In June, in his last public appearance before stepping down, Mr. Jobs presented the company's new online storage and syncing service, iCloud. 

Perhaps more than any other chief executive, Mr. Jobs was seen as inseparable from his company’s success. The company has outflanked most of its rivals in the technology industry with the iPhone and the iPad, which have been blockbuster hits with consumers.

At Apple, a creativity factory, there was a strong link between the ultimate design-team leader, Mr. Jobs, and the products. From computers to smartphones, Apple products are known for being stylish, powerful and pleasing to use. They are edited products that cut through complexity, by consciously leaving things out — not cramming every feature that came into an engineer's head, an affliction known as "featuritis" that burdens so many technology products.

That restraint was evident in Mr. Jobs's personal taste. His black turtleneck, beltless blue jeans and running shoes gave him a signature look. In his Palo Alto, Calif., home years ago, he said that he preferred uncluttered, spare interiors and explained the elegant craftsmanship of the simple wooden chairs in his living room, made by George Nakashima, the 20th-century furniture designer and father of the American craft movement.

Great products, Mr. Jobs said, are triumphs of "taste." And taste, he said, is a byproduct of study, observation and being steeped in the culture of the past and present, of "trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done and then bring those things into what you are doing."

His product-design philosophy was not steered by committee or determined by market research. The Jobs formula, according to colleagues, relied heavily on tenacity, patience, belief and instinct. He became deeply involved in hardware and software design choices, which awaited his personal nod or veto.

Mr. Jobs, of course, was one member of a large team at Apple, even if he was the leader. Indeed, he often described his role as a team leader. In choosing key members of his team, he looked for the multiplier factor of excellence. Truly outstanding designers, engineers and managers, he said, are not just 10 percent, 20 percent or 30 percent better than merely very good ones, but 10 times better. Their contributions, he added, are the raw material of "aha" products, which make users rethink their notions of, say, a music player or cellphone.

Mr. Jobs undeniably proved himself a gifted marketer and showman, but also a skilled listener to the technology. He called this "tracking vectors in technology over time," to judge when an intriguing innovation is ready for the marketplace. Technical progress, affordable pricing and consumer demand all must jell to produce a blockbuster product.

The Early Years

Mr. Jobs founded Apple in Cupertino, Calif., in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, and built an early reputation for the company with the Apple II computer. After the Macintosh was introduced in 1984, the company's business stalled, and Mr. Jobs's relationship with John Sculley, then Apple's chief executive, soured. Their conflict ended with Mr. Jobs's departure from Apple in 1985. The following year, with a small group of Apple employees, he founded NeXt Computer, which ultimately focused on the corporate computing market, without notable success. In 1986, he bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Inc. and re-established it as the independent animation studio Pixar.

A decade later he sold the NeXt operating system to Apple and returned to the company. In short order he was again at the helm and set out to modernize the company's computers.

After he returned to Apple in late 1996, Mr. Jobs became the product team leader, taste arbiter and public face of a company that has been a stylish breath of fresh air in the personal computer business. With the introduction of the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad, Apple has shaken up the music and cellphone industries. Mr. Jobs was long known for his intense focus on product design and marketing, but after Apple introduced the iPod digital music player in 2001, he also came to exemplify what is hip across many American and international cultures, in areas from business to music.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Tragedy Comes to America

In honor of Steve Jobs, all next week I will be posting each day a different interesting fact, video and story about Steve Jobs to mend the pains and to inspire.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Iphone 4S

iPhone 4S
              It doesn't look different on the outside, but it's full of new stuff on the inside. Powered by the dual-core A5 processor, the Apple iPhone 4S ($200-$400) features iOS5 and its 200 new features including iCloud, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with all-new optics and 1080p HD video recording with image stabilization. And then there's Siri, a scarily-accurate virtual assistant. Just ask Siri a question (by naturally speaking) and it (she?) responds with the answer — no matter how strange or complex your question was. Or just tell Siri to do something — it can make calls, send texts and emails, schedule reminders, make notes, search the web, find local businesses, get directions and much more. The iPhone 4S will ship in black or white in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models. It'll be available on October 14th on AT&T, Verizon, and now also Sprint. It might not be enough to cure our iPhone 5 sadness, but it might be enough for us to upgrade.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Iphone 5

                        The next gen Iphone will be released in 4 hours and counting. follow the feed on macrumors.com