The Dream Team ($11) have been called the 'Beatles of basketball', and the Mercury Seven in sneaker,s they are the U.S basketball team who where unleashed on the world in the 1992 Olympics. Jack McCallum, esteemed sports journalist, now brings us the untold story of, quite simply, the greatest basketball team ever assembled. During his job as Sports Illustrated'ssenior staff writer, McCallum had a ringside seat for this most exciting of sporting spectacles and covered the dream team from its inception through to standing on the podium for their gold medals in Barcelona. They turned the NBA into a worldwide sensation, and this is their story told like never before.
Inspired by the hi-tech suit designs in Star Wars and manufactured by a Russian military center for future forces, the Russian Exoskeleton Suit ($NFS) is a revolution in the world of combat equipment. It was unveiled at the largest high-tech prototyping center at the National University of Science and Technology in Moscow. The concept model features a full helmet, cutting-edge body armor to protect the wearer from potential attacks, and a powered exoskeleton that increases performance and stamina. Designed to aid soldiers on the battlefield and noted as the military suits of the future, this next-generation exoskeleton combat system will soon be seen on Russian forces in combat.
This New York Times Bestseller, The Drunken Botanist ($16) looks at how great drinks have the humblest of beginnings. Think about it, a grain of rice becomes Sake, barley is transformed into Scotch, agave gives us Tequila, rum started life as sugarcane and bourbon comes from corn. In The Drunken Botanist, author Amy Stewart explores in depth a dizzying array of flowers, herbs, fruits, fungi and trees which, through inspiration, ingenuity and desperation, humans have transformed over the centuries into alcoholic beverages. This is a great book, and a whole lot of fun while being informative at the same time. Now where did I put that still?
OneFortyThree has created a work of art called the "Roxy" chair ($425). You can buy this chair as a rocker or with standard legs. The chair is made from molded plywood veneered in walnut. You don't need to worry about comfort because the "Roxy" comes with foam seat and back cushions in your choice of brown or black leather, or charcoal tweed. Built for longevity the base is made of powder-coated welded steel. The "Roxy" will add a bit of style to any room in your house.
If you're looking for an everyday cap this coming winter, check out the Nike Air Max 90 Winter Strapback Cap ($32). It's made from a soft wool blend and features a six-panel design with interior taping for durability and comfort. The clip strap in the back allows you to adjust for that perfect almost custom fit.
The Blueshift Helium Portable Speakers ($350-$500) are powered by super capacitors that charge in under five minutes and play for over six hours at full volume. These super capacitors are much better than standard batteries because they can be recharged over 500,000 times and repaired if they fail.The guys over at blueshift are combining classic styling with modern electronics to create a bluetooth speaker that works anywhere and sounds awesome. The Helium's feature Fostex FE 126 4" full-range drivers, and hand built sustainable bamboo cabinets. They are designed to be repairable and upgradable and meant to last a life time. Options include single and dual speaker models.