A building doesn't have to be large to perfectly meet its requirements. The FLOAT Watershed Writing Studio ($TBD) is just 100sf but does its job perfectly. The Watershed was commissioned by a philosophy professor and well-known nature writer, as a retreat for herself and visiting writer friends. It was made to engage with the environment without disrupting it. Some features include small tunnels that run under the studio to allow for local reptiles and amphibians and a water collection basin that doubles as the front step the draws birds and deer.The structure features a steel frame and cedar planks. The steel frame and wood enclosure allow for updating or recycling piece-by-piece as necessary.
Move over Apple, because consumer reports just named the Samsung Galaxy S7 ($99+) it's top smartphone. With the Samsung S7 Edge coming in second.When taking a look at the phones, Consumer Reports say the main features that put the Galaxy S7 over the top were its water-resistance, expandable memory, camera performance and its battery life.Consumer Reports says their test show the battery life of the S7 lasts more than 24 hours of simulated talk time. This is more that twice the results from the iPhone 6S.When testing water-resistance the Galaxy S7 and the edge did extremely well. Both phones can handle immersion for up to 30 minutes in 5 feet of water. So all of us who have inadvertently dropped our phones in the toilet or took a dive with a phone in your trunks, have options.The Samsung camera features a dual-pixel technology, combined with a fast autofocus to help eliminate blurry pictures. They've also added a new advanced sensor that lets you capture amazing images in low light conditions. Additional features include the ability to shoot Ultra HD (4K) video and a microSD slot so you can add 200GB of storage.I never thought I would ever consider moving away from the Apple ecosystem, but after looking at these specs, I'll be taking a closer look at the Samsung S7.
Although this blade looks like your standard 5-inch lock blade it is so much more. The Kershaw Shuffle Multi-Tool Knife ($19) not only features a 2.4 inch blade, but also includes a reversible pocket clip, bottle opener, screwdriver, and lanyard hole. The blade is made from bead blasted stainless steel, which folds into a glass-filled nylon, k-texture grip. Fully closed the whole kit measures just 3.25-inches. So if you're looking for an all purpose knife for your everyday carry arsenal, then you can't go wrong with this bad boy.
The Deejo Wood 37g Juniper Knife ($40) is an elegant blade which looks like a cross between a stiletto and a straight razor. Just 4 1/4" closed, the blade is made from stainless steel and folds into a handle which features a strip of Juniper wood. Additional features include a stainless steel pocket clip and a total weight of just 37 grams.
If you're limited on space, The Handler Yard Tool System ($99) will make a perfect addition to your lawn warrior arsenal. The system features a fiberglass handle and nylon locking tip mechanism with stainless steel ball bearings for quick switching of tool heads. Along with the handle you get four attachements which include a 14 tine metal garden rake, 22 tine metal leaf rake, and a 24 inch comercial grade push broom. The package also includes wall mounts for each attachment and the handle. The complete system saves you about 60% on storage space when compared to standard tools, which aint too shabby.
Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint ($18) is the end-all-be-all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York-born owner of Tokyo's top ramen shop. Back in 2007, a middle aged Jewish dude called Ivan Orkin, who hailed from Long Island, decided to do something crazy. In the insular, food-zealous megalopolis that is Tokyo, Ivan opened his ramen shop. He was a foreigner, or gaijin, who was trying to make a name for himself in a city that has fierce opinions about about ramen. The first customers came through the door due to curiosity but soon word spread about Ivan's delicious handmade noodles, his complex yet clean broth and his many thoughtfully and lovingly prepared toppings. Ivan soon became a celebrity and a regular fixture on Japanese TV. This is the incredible story of Orkin's rise to superstardom and a cracking read it is too.