Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction ($14) was PopularMechanics.com selection for one of The Best DIY and Home Improvement Books of 2009. We have come an awful long way from the era of the peashooter and with so many modern household items and office supplies around it is so much easier to create your own mini arsenal. Clothespins, toothpicks, rubber bands, binder clips, ballpoint pens, paper clips, plastic bits and pieces and, of course, matches and barbecue lighters, they are all in here and you have to see what you can make from them to believe it. The toy designer John Austin takes us through easy to follow step-by-step instructions for every project with materials, diagrams, ammo lists and construction tips. Boy this book is fun!
Have you ever been away from home, and ran into a situation where you wished you had your trusty duct tape. The Keychain Duct Tape ($20) now takes care of the problem by integrating duct tape seamlessly, and elegantly into your everyday carry arsenal. It is made in the U.S. out of solid brass or stainless steel, comes with a matching keyring and will hold up to 18" of gorilla tape or 24" of gaffers tape. The Duct Tape Keychain would make a perfect gift for any guy.
Over the period of a decade, Malcolm Gladwell wrote three books which radically changed how we understand both ourselves and our world: Blink, Outliers and The Tipping Point. Considered by many to be the most influential and gifted journalist and author and journalist in modern America, Gladwell's unique ability to connect with his audiences who have vast and varied interests ensured that each became a phenomenal bestseller with a combined print of over ten million copies. Now his landmark investigations are brought together for the first time in Malcolm Gladwell: Collected ($80). This beautifully redesigned and repackaged version is fully illustrated and simply stunning.
If you've been fretting the fact that you lack control over your camera settings on your iPhone then you're going to love the new iPhone App, Manual ($2). It allows you full independent control of the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure bracketing. So if you have a shot where you want to blow out the background and capture your subject perfectly, you can. No more tapping and praying you get the shot you want. Additional features include live monitoring of automatic exposure values, live histogram, fill flash mode (flashlight), grid overlays, and EXIF viewer.
When it first made its debut back in 2007, Mad Men the series sparked a cultural phenomenon and before it ended, the show boasted more than 3m viewers. With a list as long as your arm of awards that include 3 back-to-back Golden Globes and 3 consecutive Emmys in the category of Outstanding Drama Series, Mad Men captivated the entire world thanks to its brilliant portrayal of the crazy era that was the 1960s and its stylish characters. These included Roger Sterling, the handsome advertising mogul, and the main subject of Sterling's Gold ($). This was presented as his memoir during the 4th season and is a great collection of his best one liners. A must for fans of show, ad men, and anyone who wants a darned good read.
Whether you're actually looking to make a music video or you just want a camcorder that captures high quality video and audio the Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder ($300) should fit the bill. The HDR-MV1 features full HD 1920 X 1080P video at 30 fps. It has a wide-angle 120-degree Carl Zeiss lens and can record web-friendly MP4 videos. For the audio you get a 120-degree external stereo microphone array that records 44.1kHz/16-bit LPCM or 48kHz/128kbps AAC formats. It also supports audio lip syncing.