I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m kind of a sucker for cool stuff. I like nifty gadgets, quirky decoration pieces, nice clothes (and shoes!), good books, and fun games.
In this series of weekly posts, I share whatever currently has my fancy. Maybe some of it will catch yours as well!
VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
MIKE TYSON STREET FIGHTER PARODY
LOL if boxing matches were dubbed like this live, I would watch every fight. The secret to reviving the sport’s popularity!
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LOTUS C-01 MOTORYCLE
We all know Lotus’ sports and race cars, but did you know they’re coming out with a motorcycle? And a gorgeously amazing one at that.
The Lotus C-01 Motorcycle looks like something out of Tron because it was designed by Daniel Simon, the man that created the Lightcycles in Tron: Legacy. Only 100 are being made, and inside each carbon fiber and aluminum frame will sit a 1,195cc engine putting out 200 horsepower. At just under 400 pounds including fuel and a rider, it’s going to be really, really fast, and knowing Lotus, it’ll handle just as wonderfully.
BLACK+BLUM BENTO BOX
The Black+Blum Bento Box isn’t sexy like the Lotus, but it’s practical.
Bento boxes are ideal for storing small meals and snacks separately, including sauces and dressings (no more salads!). Useful for road warriors and us office eaters.
THIRD WAVE POWER MPOWERPAD2
The mPowerpad 2 captures solar energy to charge smartphones, tablets, cameras and other devices.
You can also fill up its internal and removable battery packs via a power outlet or USB connection and use them to charge devices, and it even comes with some built-in functions like radio, light, and insect repellent.
CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
This is basically Apples to Apples for people with a twisted sense of humor (and we all have one somewhere deep down inside).
The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. The player that asked the question picks the funniest answer, and whoever played it wins a point.
For instance, the question might be “Coming to Broadway this Season, ____________: the Musical” and some answers could be “Eugenics,” “warm Muppety velvet sex,” or “genital piercings.”
What makes this game great is how ridiculous it gets. If you’re playing with the right people, it quickly degenerates into a hilariously awful battle of vulgarity, political incorrectness, racism, sexism, and basically anything else you could possibly find offensive.
Buy it, gather up some people that have been permanently warped by the Internet, and you’ll cry tears laughing.
BOOK OF THE WEEK:
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
The movie was okay, but the book was great.
It’s traditional science fiction with a brilliant injection of humor, satire, sarcasm, and cultural observations. In fact, Douglas basically created his own sub-genre. This is the type of book that has you belly laughing on one page and pondering the ironies of modern life on the next.
The book opens with the destruction of Earth to make way for a galactic freeway, and the only human to survive is one Arthur Dent. Arthur is beamed off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years, but who is really an intergalactic researcher for the latest edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Together the pair embarks on a journey through the stars, led by the Guide’s many wisdoms (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”). Along the way they meet a cast of characters you’ll never forget: the two-headed, three-armed ex-stoner galactic president Zaphod Beeblebrox; the ingenious but chronically depressed robot Marvin; the former student Veet Voojagig who has to figure out where all ballpoint pens disappear to; and more.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide is quirky, it’s whimsical, it’s insightful, and it’s just downright fun. One of those books that everyone should read.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK:
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
What can I say–I’m a DiCaprio fanboy. He just nails every role, and he’s absolutely great in The Wolf of Wall Street.
The movie is a recounting of the life of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street scam artist that led a horde of financial marauders in the 1990s and bilked hundreds of millions of dollars out of unwitting investors. At the peak of the operation, Belfort was making thousands of dollars per minute and was spending it as fast as he could: cars, houses, yachts, hookers, drugs, you name it.
While I’m not quite sure what the argument of the movie really was (if you have enough money you can get away with anything?), it’s thoroughly entertaining. DiCaprio and Hill are really good and their antics are like a derailed train that just keeps smashing through everything in its path–shocking, but you have to keep watching.