The Dragon House By GilBartolome Architects ($NFS) shows what can be done with a little ingenuity. The home was commissioned by a young couple who had a difficult plot with amazing views. They wanted the home built on the side of a hill with a 42-degree incline with all of the living areas facing the sea. Add a tight budget to the mix and the Architects have their hands full.The form of the house combined with the metallic roof produces the feel of dragon skin when seen from below and waves when seen from above.The house features two floors: a terraced living area with an outdoor swimming pool and a second floor which contains the main sleeping areas.Because of the high unemployment rate in Spain, the owners wanted to use craftsmanship and local labor instead of using machine-made construction systems. The most complex systems in the house, which include the metal formwork, the concrete structure, the tiles, and the interior furniture all used manual labor.Because the house is set into the ground, it maintains a constant 67-degrees year round. Additional building features and construction methods enable the house to operate without any form of heating or cooling during the year.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="22833,22832,22831,22830,22829,22828,22827,22835,22834"]
Ever not know what you should make for dinner? Are in the situation where every evening has become an occasion for deliberation and duress? Well those days have now gone as What the F*@# Should I Make For Dinner?($10) will get everyone off their a** and into the kitchen. A derivative of the hugely popular website, whatthefuckshouldimakefordinner.com, this book is effectively a 'Choose your own adventure' cookbook, as there are options on every page for another f*@#ing great idea for dinner. There are over 50 recipes here and you are guided through every one by creative prompts and now both carnivores and vegetarians can shed their indecision once and for all and get cooking.
Ok, buying a fat bike for under $500 is unheard of. But buying one with an electric motor is insane. And if Sondors have their way, they'll make us all crazy with their Sondors eBike ($499). Besides being the most affordable eBike ever, it offers a powerful 350 W motor, a top speed of 20 mph, and a maximum range of 50 miles. But why a fat bike? Well, that's simple. If you have the power, then why limit where you can go. Their bike features all terrain tires that allow you to handle any environment in any weather condition. This includes taking your bike out in the snow or sand. Check out their Kickstarter campaign today.
Before you take off for your next trip, you may want to consider getting a beautiful top of the line suitcase like the Stabilist Rifle Case ($7900). This case is limited to 100 editions globally and sold exclusively through Globe-Trotter stores. The case is a handmade 26" aluminum suitcase. It features a telescopic sight handle. Inside, it is lined with quilted Alantara. If the Stabilist looks familiar it's because it made a cameo in the James Bond film SKYFALL.
Sometimes you come across a picture that doesn't even look as though it's from this planet. That is just the case with National Geographic's Photo Of The Year. The Power Of Nature By Sergio Tapiro Velasco is a shot of an eruption from Mexico's Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. He was in the town of Comala and got the shot when he noticed the mountain starting to glow. A moment later he caught the shot of the powerful volcanic explosion expelling a cloud of ash and a lightning bolt providing the only light. He calls it one of the most exciting moments of his life. I would certainly agree.
The Withings Activité activity tracking watch ($390) is the ideal smartwatch for those who still love the look and feel of a classic time piece. Activité is made with a Swiss made connected movement, certified for precision and long lasting accuracy. The movement is connected to your smartphone and automatically displays the exact time. Even if you go abroad it will automatically adjust to the correct time zone, anywhere in the world. While the secondary analogue dial let's you know how close you are to meeting your daily objectives. Activité is water-resistant to 5 ATM (good in the shower and a dip in the pool, but not much more) and is powered by a standard CR2025 cell which will last a full year. The wrist strap has quick release spring bars so you can change between the included French calf leather strap and plastic strap at a moments notice. Now for the smart part of the watch. Just like all activity trackers it has an embedded accelerometer that will track your steps, walking, running or swimming distance and calories burned. It also monitors your sleep cycles; time to fall asleep, and length of light and deep sleep. The Health Mate App allows you to setup and alarm clock which causes the watch to slightly vibrate when it goes off. The built-in vibrator also lets you know when you've reached each of your daily objectives, like number of steps or length of sleep. Activité is available in black or silver and will be available in fall of 2014. We'll let you when it drops.