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Sony STR-DA5800ES 4K Receiver

After dropping a mere $25,000 on Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV, you’ll naturally want a 4k receiver to match. The Sony STR-DA5800ES 4K receiver ($2,100) is one of the first audio hubs on the market that supports native 4K resolution while packing a bevy of other tricks, including 4k upscaling, a four port ethernet switch,...

Stink-be-gone

Fresh Threads

We’ve all been there — the reeking gym bag, the musty sweater drawer — you can’t escape the stink. That is until Fresh Threads ($8) came out with their specially portable clothing fresheners. Available in three different scents of subtle citrus, soft amber and classic clean, these fresheners can fit anywhere you keep your clothes....

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TiVo Stream

If you’ve still been using your TiVo service, then your loyalty is about to pay off. The TiVo Stream ($130) is a new accessory that allows you to stream HD quality programs from your home TiVo box simultaneously to up to four mobile devices. As long as there’s a Wifi connection, Stream users can also...

The Depth of Speed: Something from Nothing

With our love of cars and well-shot short films, it’s easy to get why Jason Clason and his mission to travel around the good ol’ US of A filming serious motor-heads gets us revving. In The Depth of Speed, Jason meets up with Tim Bradham in his NC-based shop TBC Hot Rods and Bikes and...

Single Down South

Tasting Notes: Corsair Triple Smoke Single Barrel American Malt Whiskey

Smoked whiskey isn’t usually America’s cup o’hooch but that doesn’t mean braver distillers won’t try their hand at it. Corsair Artisan Distillery plies their hand at the smoked flavor palate with their newest whiskey, Triple Smoke Single Barrel American Malt.Crafted from malted barley smoked by three different flavor fuels including cherry wood, peat and beechwood,...

Mownet

Honda Miimo Robot Mower

Honda makes cars. Honda makes mowers. Honda makes robots. Inevitably something like this was going to happen. Seeking to break into the home-automation-please-do-my-job-while-I-have-a-beer industry, the Honda Miimo is an autonomous mowing device which uses a new fan cutting system developed by Honda to slice up your grass only 3mm at a time. The Miimo is...

Solved Mystery

Burton Mystery Snowboard

Next time you’re on the mountain, count how many times you see “Burton” plastered across the slopes. There’s a good reason for that, and the Mystery Snowboard ($1,500) gives boarders every reason to keep on loving. The first flagship board out of Burton’s Craig R&D facility, the Mystery maintains the visual sexiness of the brand’s...

You if can't beat 'em, join 'em

Nikon Coolpix S800c

We’ve grown a bit weary of the quest for instant gratification (“can I get a retweet, bro?” comes to mind). But Nikon’s COOLPIX S800c ($350) moves in a positive direction by blending point-and-shoot photography with smartphone connectivity. The included Android 2.3 OS and Wi-Fi allow users to instantly upload shot to social media, use various...

No longer Unobtanium

Avatar Blu-ray 3D Collector’s Edition

If you’ve made the jump to 3D TV, the visually stunning Avatar Blu-ray 3D Collector’s Edition ($28) should be on your must-have list. This edition gives you all three dimensions of the the Pocahontas remake, which is finally available outside of Panasonic 3D TV bundles this October. Unfortunately, the visual orgasm comes only in the...

Big Little World

Forget tourism videos, this is the kind of travel fare we want to sink our teeth (and daydreams) into. If you’ve ever wanted to get away to an island paradise, put Seychelles atop your list. An archipelago in the Indian Ocean, it’s main source of income is as you’d imagine, tourism. It makes up for...

No fluency required

Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

While there are endless options for flexing your culinary muscles, making your own dry cured meats is one of the best ways of calling out those hacks on Iron Chef that we can think of. Using the secret ingredient? Try making it b$^&*$#s. Authors Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn know a thing or two about...

Svelte sound

Harman Kardon AE In-Ear Headphones

Is it hip to be square? For Harman Kardon it is. Using an atypical square aluminum alloy body, the Harman Kardon AE1 ($150) in-ear headphones reduce unwanted resonance as well as giving them a unique in-ear look. With a generous 16-20,000 Hz range and extended low-frequency reproduction, the AE delivers sound like a hot French...

Ghosts of Speed

Windsurfers can shred across the water or languidly coast with not a care in the world. It appears Dutch windsurfers prefer the former. Ghosts of Speed is a new documentary focused on a select group of speedsurfers tearing up the water at a place known as “The Brace” off the coast near Bierdijk, Oosterland in...

Not lost in translation

Guide to the Foreign Japanese Kitchen

Traditional Japanese cooking can be incredibly daunting if you’re not, well, Japanese. Moé Takemura helps confused Westerners and Japanese expats alike in her Guide to the Foreign Japanese Kitchen ($49), which thoroughly and simply details the necessities of Japanese cuisine from ingredients to silverware. Each of the 30 meals in the book is laid out...

Product of Canada, eh?

Tasting Notes: Tap 357 Maple Rye Whiskey

Mixing two famous Canadian products such as rye whiskey and maple syrup may seem crazy at first, but the result is far from it. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whiskey is the culmination of a match made in heaven, a perfect blend of various aged rye whiskeys ranging from 3 to 7 years and fresh, “Grade...

Sea Bites

In the coastal region of Galicia, Spain a few brave fisherman set out everyday to repel off of little inlets for precious gooseneck barnacles. The barnacles themselves are extremely expensive despite their small size due to their sweet and salty flavor. “They taste like the sea,” says Serxo, and demand for their unique flavor is...

Style Pick: Suitsupply Deconstructed Double Breasted Suit

Though it may still be a brutal, humid Summer, Fall is right around the bend. Flex your sartorial dominance over all the seasons with the new Suitsupply Deconstructed Double Breasted Suit ($569), done in exclusive collaboration with the online haberdashery Park & Bond. The deep navy livery is made from super 130’s wool, features an...

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10 Videos To Get You Fired Up for the Olympics

This Friday as London becomes the stage for the 2012 Olympic games, it’s hard to grasp just how much has happened. New arenas have been built, unfathomable amounts of technology have been put into place and scores of athletes have arrived, each ready to unleash every last ounce of honed-to-perfection competitive energy. As countries beam...

The Dream Team Documentary

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the “Dream Team.” Loaded with established legends from an earlier era like Bird & Magic, as well as a rocketing star in Michael Jordan — and let’s not forget about college boy Laettner — they became one of, if not the greatest teams ever assembled in the history...

Style Pick: Left Field American Crew Tee

Summer heat always brings out that key piece of clothing in every man’s arsenal, the T-shirt. Left Field’s American Crew Tee ($60) features blue and red style accents that separate the Made in the USA shirt from a standard Hanes pack. Available in Heather grey, navy and white, this tee is your new go-to for...

Made in America: KA-BAR Knives

KA-BAR has been churning out incredible knife after knife since its founding in 1898. The latest film from Common Machine Prod. displays the history of the famous knife company — and done a fine job at that. First founded by two brothers, KA-BAR was originally known as the Tidioute Cutlery Co. in Tidioute, PA. —...

El Mar, Mi Alma

In Chile, the sea is the great provider for many of its inhabitants. It is also a place to unwind and enjoy life. The new trailer for El Mar, Mi Alma, made by Rebel Waltz Films, is a documentary that is split into 2 parts. The first is a surf film which details the rich...

Peter Brings the Shadows to Life

You’ve probably come across a skateboarding video before while wondering the internet. We’ve even shared a few before in the past. Taking a cue from Peter Pan, this video only shows the skater’s shadow. Filmed by Joe Pease and Predatory Bird, it’s a clever showcase of how your dark doppelganger can be just as cool...

Ken Burns On Story

Ken Burns has churned out some spectacular documentaries on historical subjects — subjects that changed how we think as a society. Call him old school, but there’s no denying his mastery of the genre. Hell, the man even has a visual technique named after him. This time around Ken is tackling one the most devastating...

Ole!

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

Our interest in people who choose to create things by hand knows no bounds. Whether it’s surfboards, clothing, or in this case: Flamenco guitars. The latest film in Dimitris Ladopoulos’ series “The Art of Making“, Ladopoulos showcases guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides, a master of his craft, and all the processes and hours it takes to...

The refill ninja

Kickstarter: Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus

Good design has always blurred the lines between form and function, but in the case of writing utensils, it’s the latter that we default to. Now, add the new Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus (the latest Kickstarter hero project) to the mix and the line is blurred yet again. Made from TA4 titanium the entire...

Harris Tweed: From Shearing to Stamping

Few things in the fashion world have stood the test of time like that of Harris Tweed. A dense wool cloth made on islands off the Scottish coast known as “Hebrides”, the tweed is completely hand sheared from local livestock by Shepards and sent to a factory to be dyed and then finally woven by...

RocTrip China 2011

In 2011 Petzl gathered over 600 climbers from all over the world to bring to China to climb the Great Arch of Getu He located in the Guizhou province. This film was put together by Baraka Films and tells its story unlike a traditional narrative. The film follows the beat of music and sounds gathered...

Flamenco 360

Kilian Martin: Altered Route

Skateboarding has always been seen as more of sport than an expressive art form. In Brett Novak’s new short film Kilian Martin: Altered Route the Spanish skater displays his incredible prowess on the deck. Starting as a gymnast, turned surfer, turned skateboarder Martin practically dances on the board as a way of expressing himself through...

Summertime, and the shredding's easy

Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight

Wondering what to do with all that leftover footage from a recent project? Well you could follow in the footsteps of Matt Kleiner and piece together a stunning video from whatever’s left on the cutting room floor. Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight is the result of Matt’s leftover footage fom shooting a feature...

Style Pick: Taylor Stitch S/S Milton Madras shirts

With spring upon us, it’s time to dust off madras shirts. If you’re looking to upgrade your current collection or even taking the plunge into the famous cloth born from the city of Chennai, India for the first time, make sure to check out the Milton from Taylor Stitch. The SF-based brand pride themselves on...

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