Have a mountain of VHS tapes, but no patience to edit through them on your computer? The DVDirect DVD Recorder from Sony ($280) can record your collection to DVD straight from your VCR — and it can do the same from your camcorder or your computer. Now that copy of “Debbie Does Dallas” you have stashed away can finally be put to use again.
Zippos are great and all, but for the truly discerning smoker you may want something a bit classier than a shiny chrome Playboy lighter. This is why Porsche Design makes the Electro-Quartz Lighter ($99). Incredibly small, the lighter is made of nearly indestructible Trogamid and features a quartz-controlled pietzo ignition and a small window showing the fuel level, and is available in five different colors. Just don't be using it to light Newports.
Back in the day, Batman — Adam West in those days — used a switch hidden in a Shakespeare bust to enter the Bat Cave. Well, now you can too with the Batman Shakespeare Bust Switch Replica ($300). Push back the bard’s head and you reveal a switch that can turn on and off anything plugged into the bust. Nice for those times when you want discreet access to your hidden hoard of SweeTarts.