Maybe a shot and a beer is your order of choice, or maybe you haven't pounded one since college, either way The Architecture of the Shot: Constructing the Perfect Shot from the Bottom Up is worth exploring. The book provides a model for creating the perfect shot, with ideal measurements, recommended brands, and recipes for classic shots, along with plenty you've never heard of, but really need to sample. Illustrated in blueprint-inspired form and ready to compliment your home bar.
We've seen some really nice axes over the years. But aside from adding extra functionality to the blade and/or handle, we haven't really seen a complete rethink of this ancient tool. Until now. The Leveraxe was designed from the ground up for splitting wood, with an asymmetric iron alloy head that has a side hook to reduce the chance of hitting yourself, and a counterweight to turn it to the side, splitting the log in the process. In addition, the handle is made of a hollow composite, meaning it takes even less effort to get results.
If there's one thing we know about WhistlePig, it's that they select some of the best rye whiskey barrels around. It turns out they have a knack for experimentation as well, as evidenced in their award winning Old World Rye Whiskey. The 12-year-old expression is a blend of ryes finished in French Sauternes, Madeira and Port casks, creating a smooth, flavorful experience that is truly unique. It took home the Double Gold Award for best rye at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is a must for all rye whiskey fans.
The book itself might not be giant — at 9" x 12", it's a pretty standard size, although the 624 pages do give it some heft — but its subject certainly was. Andy Warhol: Giant Size covers the life and work of the pop art legend from his early days in Pittsburgh through his influential run at The Factory and beyond. Told through a mix of artwork reproductions, witty quotations, and longer texts, it's a fascinating read for anyone interested in the man behind the work. Also available in its original, 16" x 12", 15-pound format if you're willing to dig around.
Whether you're heading off road for an adventure, need extra space for your gear, or just want a cozy option for rest after a hard day of travel, Vintage Overland Caravans are up for the challenge. Designed in a classic teardrop shape, each caravan is built by hand and comes with features like an oversized door, hardwood interior, vintage style tail lights, a solar panel, a memory foam mattress, and insulation made from repurposed denim. All three models are lightweight, durable, and can be hitched to vehicles of any size.
A collaboration between the German optics house and the Italian auto firm, the Leica x Zagato Ultravid 8×32 Binocular offer exceptional quality in a sleek design. The outer shell is crafted from aluminum, with hundreds of fine grooves milled into the surface for a unique tactile experience. Red anodized aluminum is used to carry the Zagato branding in rings set directly in front of the forward lenses, which help to bring objects in the distance into crystal clear view. Limited to 1,000 examples, it arrives with a Zagato-designed case and matching hand and carrying straps, both crafted from Italian leather.
What's the biggest hassle when it comes to air travel? Driving to, arriving at, and dealing with the airport. The TriFan 600 VTOL Plane aims to eliminate those steps by using three ducted fans to takeoff and land from areas no bigger than a heliport. Once in the air, the five-passenger aircraft closes a door over one of the fans and engages its dual turboshaft engines, reaching cruising speed in as little as 90 seconds and covering as many as 1,200 miles without refueling. It can also hit altitudes of over 30,000 feet, letting it fly over troublesome weather, and by landing vertically, it ensures you can go right to your destination — no rental car required.
There are better cassette players, and there are better turntables. But none of them can match the versatility of the Ion Duo Deck USB Turntable & Cassette Player. This highly portable rig can playback your mom's mixtapes and the vinyl your dad used to make them, with built-in speakers making it an all-in-one affair. Of course there's a output jack if you want to crank it up with external speakers or listen privately through headphones, and thanks to the included software, you can hook it up to your computer and rip both formats straight to your digital library.
Classic looks meet the convenience of instant in the Lomo'Instant Montenegro Camera. Inspired by the picturesque Balkan country, it's clad in genuine black leather complemented by a silver finish, lending it a formality most instants lack. Like its stablemates, it uses readily-available Fujifilm Instax Mini film, and offers rock-solid reliability. It ships with three add-on lenses — fisheye, portrait, and close-up — to extend the built-in, 27mm wide-angle lens' capabilities, as well as several color gels and a "splitzer for even greater creative freedom.
You might not associate Major League Baseball stadiums with art that deserves a place on your walls, but Ballpark Diamonds are certainly worthy. These mini stadium sculptures are made using a single layer of oak, and are each assembled by hand. A custom frame is then added and they're ready to hang. To start, Busch Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, and Kaufmann Stadium are the only parks available, but there is a special option to have a custom stadium built, past or present, if you can't wait for the rest to roll out.
You might not realize it, but In N' Out and Chipotle aren't the only places around with secret menus. Off The Menu can fill you in on otherwise unlisted menu items from eateries both casual and formal across the country. Broken up by city, this comprehensive list of stealth menu items includes descriptions for each dish, letting you order like a local even if you're visiting for the first time from the opposite coast.
Designed by world record speed climber Hans Florine, the CRKT Niad Climber's Knife is the perfect blade to carry when you're heading up the slopes. It's super light, weighing just of half an ounce, and uses a two-piece design to remove unnecessary parts and complications. The stainless steel blade has a flat top serrated edge, while the handle is made of corrosion-resistant titanium and has a loop on the end for attaching to a carabiner, something you'll no doubt have on hand as you start your ascent.
While there are plenty of apps out there that attempt to turn your mobile device into a graphics tablet, most are buggy, slow, are a pain to setup, and rarely work. Built by former Apple engineers, Astropad transforms your iPhone or iPad into a Retina-screened, professional graphics tablet for your Mac, is easy to setup, and actually works when you need it most. You can even enjoy a zero lag experience working offline, as it works both wirelessly and over USB. This professional tool for photo editing and drawing is also now available as an Apple watch app for customizable shortcuts from your wrist.
As you might imagine, Tacopedia serves as a great resource for taco lovers, with 100 recipes for fillings, salsas, and more spread throughout its 240+ pages. But the book also serves as an exploration of Mexican food culture, placing every recipe in context with interviews, photography, and other extras that flesh out the story far better than a simple list of ingredients ever could. An essential read for any lover of Mexican cuisine or just food in general.
Named after the city where it was designed — San Francisco — the Obi Worldphone SF1 has global aspirations. It's aimed at emerging markets but is far from generic, with a unique design that includes a squared-off top, curved bottom, and floating 5-inch, Full HD display. It's powered by a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa-core Qualcomm processor, and has up to 32GB of storage, expandable via micro SD, up to 3GB of RAM, dual SIM slots for travel, a Sony-made 13 megapixel rear camera, and support for Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound. Oh, and its name isn't its only connection to the Bay Area — company co-founder John Sculley was a former CEO of Apple, and is otherwise known as the guy who ran off Steve Jobs.
You can use it for recreation, sure. But the U-boat Worx C-Researcher 3 Submarine isn't built for play — it's built for business. Scientific research, to be exact, and thanks to a huge number of available tools, it can collect samples and organisms, check water conditions, and create underwater maps, all while operating from a wide variety of vessels. It can also analyze the seabed, and thanks to new advancements in construction, it's the first transparent 3-person (one person, two passengers) submarine capable of diving to 1,700 meters, or well over one mile down, giving those aboard a view of the ocean most people only get to see on TV.
Combining the sports of table tennis and soccer, Teqball is a new game that's ideal for spaces too small for a pitch but large enough to accomodate wild kicking. The Teqboard, a ping pong-like table with a fixed polycarbonate and plexiglass net in the middle and sides that slope down at the ends, serves as the playing surface, while the players themselves can use any soccer-legal body — basically anything but their hands — to return the ball towards their opponent. The game can be played with two, 4, or even more players, and if you're considering about putting a board in your office, just remember to hide the computers first, since soccer balls aren't nearly as forgiving as their table tennis equivalents.
Tucked between the property's edge and an existing birch tree, the Little Big House is at once both airy and private. The two levels of the house allow it to match the hilly terrain of the site, while the large windows open to the side and front only, concealing the interior from the nearby road. The cantilevered end of the front room creates a storage space for firewood underneath, and the open plan of the main living space allows for fantastic views from the balcony above.
Medium format quality meets 35mm-like versatility in the Leica S Type 007 Camera. Its 30x45mm Leica Max CMOS sensor is 50 percent larger than a typical full-frame 35mm-format sensor, delivering exceptionally detailed, low-noise 37.5 megapixel images, while still offering burst shooting of up to 3.5 frames per second and 4K video recording in Super 35 format. Other improvements over its predecessor include faster, more reliable autofocus, integrated GPS and Wi-Fi, a new transflective display on the top plate, and USB 3.0 for faster image transfers.
Previously seen in concept form, the Kahn Design Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman 6x6 is finally available for purchase. This beastly conversion adds an extra 31.5 inches to the rear, space used for the third axle and extra gear, and over 15 in the front to accommodate the 430hp, 6.2L GM-sourced V8 engine. The exterior is clad in dark gray "Volcanic Rock Satin", while the interior features custom red leather seating and upholstery with harris tweed trim and a number of features you won't find on any factory Defender.
It's true: the Exploride Heads-Up Car Display does do what its name suggests. But it's much more than just a transparent screen. This multi-use gadget can bring even aging cars up to modern day standards, with features like Google maps-powered GPS navigation, a built-in dash cam, an included OBD scanner for diagnostics, phone integration with access to contacts, calls, text, notifications, and music, and, thanks to a 4G LTE connection, the ability to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot. You control it via gestures and voice controls, which means there's no buttons to push, and no reason to take your eyes off the road.
Restoring one centuries-old structure is hard enough. Joining two together, all while leaving the surrounding historical properties untouched? Insanity. Yet that's exactly what took place with this Saint Martin Boatyard Conversion by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Born from two neighboring houses, this unique property joins the two with a central staircase and skylight. Downstairs, there's an entryway, boat garage, three bedrooms, and three bathrooms, while upstairs houses a large double living room, a kitchen, and a master suite. Original details include the exposed support beams, wooden flooring, and the 17-century fortress next door.
Forget pocket knives — the Screwpop Utlity Knife 2.0 is the thinnest, most compact way to keep a blade on you wherever you go. This simple EDC tool uses standard 2 or 4 step blades, and has a lever system to allow for up to four different cutting depths. It uses a neodymium magnet to hold the blade in place so you're not stabbing yourself in the leg every time you put it in your pocket, weighs under an ounce, even with a blade, has a bottle opener at one end, and a hole on the other end for attaching to a keychain or carabiner. And it's very travel-friendly, since you can throw the current blade away before your flight and just pop in a new one after you land.
Sometimes you need coffee immediately. That's what coffee shops are for. When you're ready to savor a cup, grab the Stelton Theo Slow Brew Coffee Maker. This set is made from handsome matte black stoneware with a shiny glaze, and has a three-hole filter funnel for slower run through and added flavor, a bamboo lid to keep the contents warm, and a silicone collar to protect your hands while pouring. Holds 0.6L of coffee.
You've worked hard to curate your collection of vinyl. Keep it well organized with these Vinyl Separators. Crafted from 1/8" thick, high-quality birch plywood and measuring 13" by 13.5", they come in sets of twelve, and are made for alphabetizing your albums, with an LP design engraved into the first "A-B" separator so that you're not constantly staring at a square foot of plain plywood.