If you are a fan of the genius British chef Heston Blumenthal then Modernist Cuisine ($500) is the book for you. It takes you beyond the realms of ordinary cooking and lands you slap bang in the middle of the current culinary revolution. Science and cooking meld together like peanut butter and jelly, and some of the world's most renowned chefs bring together that is guaranteed to be like no other cookery book you have on your shelves. Inspired and a work of genius, this book is an absolute must have for those who want to create rather than just cook.
The Magnum MK5 ($139,000) lets you have your cake and eat it too. It's a lightweight sports car that's designed to be driven either on a track or the street. The MK5 has a four-cyclinder engine that produces 250 horses. Now that doesn't seem like very much until you take into account it only weighs 1,200 pounds. That little four banger can get the MK5 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 150 mph. It rides on 225/40's on the fronts and 265/35's on the back. The carbon fiber body is completely removable. Production is limited to only about 20 units per year.(more…)
Skulls ($22) is a spellbinding and surprisingly beautiful exploration of over 300 different kinds of animal skulls ranging from amphibians and birds through fish to reptiles and mammals. Skulls was written by Simon Winchester, the New York Times bestselling author and was produced in collaboration with Touch Press and Theodore Gray, the two genius' behind Solar System and The Elements. The story of skulls, as told by Winchester, is both rich and fascinating. We look at both animal and human skulls from every possible perspective; biological, historical, iconographic and historical. We have found this book to be both enlightening and riveting, and is one of those where you keep opening it, finding something different and wanting to share it.
The M48 Kommando Pocket Rescue Tool ($9) is inexpensive and has all the tools you need for an emergency. And the best part is you can easily keep it in your pocket for quick access. The M48 is about the size of a credit card and features everything you could need. It comes with 4 sizes of wire stripper, 4 ASE wrenches, a bottle opener, can opener, screwdriver, emergency cord, knife blade, inclinometer, and morse codes for SOS and HELP. Include it in your pack, throw it in your glove compartment, or an extra credit card slot in your wallet. Whatever the situation you'll be good to go.
Ever needed to let rip on your travels but don't know the local lingo? Those days are now at an end thanks to this essential phrasebook which is like no other. How to Swear Around the World ($9) is a collection of the most explicit and colorful ways to tell people off or where to go in every corner of the globe. There are literally dozens of languages covered here and the phrases range from everyday swear words to family curses to full on X rated accusations of having sexual relations with animals! The pronunciations are also included so you can swear like a native, and there are even handy illustrations that show you how to visually back up your foreign exclamations of anger. Awesome!
The ANTVR Kit ($300) is a full HD display (1920 x 1080) headset that comes with its own transformable controller, which can be used as a gamepad, light saber, gun and joystick. The added bonus is it can be had for only $300. The headset provides you an IMAX-like experience with a 100-degree diagonal field of view and both 2D and 3D viewing. The internal 9-axis IMU provides a real-life gaming experience with head rotation and movement tracking. Their Kickstarter is going on right now so check it out.