This New York Times Bestseller, The Drunken Botanist ($16) looks at how great drinks have the humblest of beginnings. Think about it, a grain of rice becomes Sake, barley is transformed into Scotch, agave gives us Tequila, rum started life as sugarcane and bourbon comes from corn. In The Drunken Botanist, author Amy Stewart explores in depth a dizzying array of flowers, herbs, fruits, fungi and trees which, through inspiration, ingenuity and desperation, humans have transformed over the centuries into alcoholic beverages. This is a great book, and a whole lot of fun while being informative at the same time. Now where did I put that still?
Mansory, one of the world's most renowned Luxury car customizers, has taken the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 to a whole new level. The Masory Carbonado "Black Diamond" ($CALL) has been so murdered out in carbon fiber, its almost invisible. But the body wasn't the only thing Mansory completely reworked. They also got their greedy little hads on the stock 6.5-liter V-12. In order to increase the punch, they added two Mansory turbochargers. Plus they replaced the pistons, connecting rods, rod bearings, crankshaft, crank and cylinder head with motor racing parts. Along with the newly designed exhaust system the Carbonado takes the stock 700 horses and blows it out of the water with an impressive 1250 horses. Torque has been limited to a still awe inspiring 664 lb-ft. With everything this whole kit gets a top speed of 236mph with a 0-60mph time of 2.6 seconds. Not too shabby.
Tired of your keys taking up too much space in your pocket? Maybe had enough of them banging and jingling against your leg while driving? Well the Mini Q Key Organiser & Knife ($68) is here to answer all your prayers! Its highly durable outer construction comes available in three distinctive options including aluminium, brass and titanium with a choice of smooth, satin or blasted finishes for the perfect combination. The blades measure approx. 2.35 inches and you have the choice of three different types depending on what you’d prefer, you can literally custom this neat little gadget into everything you need! Just think you’ll never lose your keys again or hear the annoying jingling sound they make in your pocket and more importantly provide you a handy knife to get you out of a jam. Get this year’s ultimate EDC gadget!
Well it's about time. EA has finally come out with the next version of its vastly successful building simulation game SimCity ($60). The original game debuted in 1989 and it allowed you to create sprawling metropolises. The updated version builds on the same concept but utilizes the new GlassBox engine which allows for an insane level of detail. In the newest version you will be able to manage up to 16 cities and compete against others using the multiplayer capabilities. Other updates include curved roads and finite resources. You can pick up the PC version on March 5th, and the Mac version later in spring.
The Zerohour: Modular Tactical USB Battery Backup Flashlight ($120) is that last flashlight you'll ever need. The Zerohour is heavy enough to use in a defense situation, but it also has a multitude of other features. These include a maximum LED light output of 1,000 lumens, four levels of illumination, two safety modes, rechargeable batteries, and two USB ports. The USB ports act as a battery backup that can deliver 10,000+mAh when fully charged. This means the Zerohour will recharge multiple devices, multiple times when you're in a bind.
The incredible three-in-one vehicle from Gibbs Amphitrucks ($CALL) of England can go from the street to off-road, to river-runner mode with just one simple push of a button! Imagine driving down the highway, hitting traffic and taking it off-road for some fun! Or why not pop down the river and avoid the traffic altogether. Capable of keeping up with highway traffic, cruising along the water at 30mph and carrying up to 7 lucky passengers.