Misc

Books

Tools of Titans

The latest in Tim Ferris’ string of books is Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, a collection of tips, tools, tactics, and insider information collected from a large sample of highly successful individuals — including Arnold Schwarzenegger, the author of its foreword. The book’s contents are derived from the interviews of over 200 said people on The Tim Ferris Show podcast and distilled down from their answers to Ferris’ numerous questions on actionable activities, including their morning routines, their favorite books, their workout routines, and more. Of course Ferris isn’t one to dole out advice without some hands-on exploring and experimenting on himself so expect a hefty personal touch.

Find it at Amazon – $15+

GET IT: $15+

Body

Care/of Vitamins & Supplements

Sifting through copious amounts of scientific literature — not to mention supplement-packed pharmacy isles — discourages most from both learning about and using natural products correctly. Care/of aims to help you make enlightened decisions regarding vitamins and natural supplements thanks to gentle guidance towards a combination of products suited to your specific needs as opposed to those of some arbitrary, average human. Their site first asks you roughly five minutes worth of questions to get a feel for what you might benefit from. Then, their algorithm suggests a personalized combination of daily supplements along with more detailed information on each one, an honest scientific analysis of the backing literature (ranging from emerging to very strong research depending on the supplement), and traceability with regards to harvesting and production practices. The end product is a good looking box that ships to your home every month and comes with thirty sachets, each filled with one day’s worth of vitamins and supplements.

Learn more at Care/of – $20+ per month

GET IT: $20+/month

Books

Never Built New York

New York’s skyline is unlike any other. Still, it could have been very different, and Never Built New York revisits the Big Apple’s long list of could-have-been projects. The book covers nearly 200 proposals over the last two centuries for skyscrapers, bridges, transit systems, amusement parks, and many more that were never carried through for one reason or another. We’re glad plans to fill in rivers and extend the city didn’t make the cut, but it incites you to wonder about Frank Lloyd Wright’s master plan for Ellis Island and Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome design for the Brooklyn Dodger’s stadium.

Pick up a copy at Amazon – $41

GET IT: $41

Misc

Nervous System Infinite Galaxy Puzzle

Perhaps best reserved as a gift for your worst enemy, Nervous System’s Infinite Galaxy Puzzle is a bit unique as far as puzzles go considering it has no edges, no beginning, and no end. That’s because it maps out to the impossible shape of a Klein Bottle: that’s to say the pieces fitting on one side also fit on the other if you flip them over. It doesn’t help that the puzzle is adorned with a rather difficult-to-orient image of our galactic center snapped with the Hubble observatory, which is also continuous from one side to the other, making it completely impossible to ever complete the puzzle in its entirety since part of the image is behind the pieces. Fortunately it’s only made with 133 pieces, a few which include novelty pieces of an astronaut, a space probe, and a space shuttle.

Find it at Nervous System – $100

GET IT: $100

Games

Clue: Star Wars Edition

You’ve probably got more copies of Clue than you can count on one hand. But if picking out the murderer from several comically-named, color-themed guests is getting old, try Clue: Star Wars Edition. This version of the game plays out on a miniature model of the Death Star where the characters — including Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO — try to instead figure out what planet is next on Darth Vader’s chopping board, which is the correct escape vehicle, and in which room the Death Star plans are hidden. So you basically already know how to play; it’s just the characters and settings that are a bit more familiar.

Grab one at Amazon – $34

GET IT: $20

Books

Designed by Apple in California

Whether you own their products or not, it’s hard to dispute Apple’s mastery of product design. And Designed by Apple in California, a new hardbound book dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, chronicles the results of this work over the past two decades. The linen-bound tome bears a starkly minimal white exterior and is filled with 450 equally sparse photographs shot over an eight year period by photographer Andrew Zuckerman. Designs are represented as such; as a result, the book completely foregoes all details about the process of attaining these final iterations and are can instead be enjoyed as such. Available in two sizes, both including a foreword by Apple chief design officer Jony Ive.

Learn more at Apple – $200 to $300

GET IT: $200+

Body

Hubble Contact Lenses

Lack of competition means contact lenses pretty much cost their weight in gold. But now wearers of dailies finally have another option: Hubble Contact Lenses. Partnering with Taiwanese St. Shine, an FDA-approved contact lens manufacturer who’s been in the game for over two decades, Hubble’s lenses are made of a high-grade methafilcon A hydrogel that’s UV shielding and boasts a thin edge for long lasting comfort and sharp vision. Since they sell straight to you there’s no middleman to jack up the price, costing just $30 a month for a subscription of dailies or $264 a year. If you’re skeptical the first trial box is free, minus three bucks shipping.

Subscribe at Hubble Contacts – $30 for a month worth of dailies

GET IT: $30

Books

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie

The Star Wars universe’s biggest appeal is its imaginative assortment of landscapes, vehicles, and of course characters. And the hardcover deluxe edition of Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie gives fans of the saga an inside look at the works of Star Wars’ most prolific and influential artist, Ralph McQuarrie, who first designed iconic characters like Darth Vader, R2-D2, and C-3PO. The two-tome set is a collection of roughly 2,000 color illustrations, all scanned and photographed again specifically for this set, across 800 pages, including costume designs, storyboards, paintings, and more, many at the conceptual stage and many more never before released. It’s also filled with unpublished interviews and commentaries from McQuarrie’s friends and coworkers that’s sure to please even the most obsessive detail-oriented Star Wars fanatics.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $170

GET IT: $170

Decor

Disintegrating Part II

Fabian Oefner’s three Disintegrating Car Prints made quite a splash for its originality back in 2013. He’s back with five more cars, exploded as with the first series, with Disintegrating Part II. And no, they’re not computer-generated: each image was instead created over a painstaking two month period by photographing individual components, piece by piece, at specific angles to imaginatively represent what the car’s insides would look like caught on camera should beautifully explode out. Automobiles in the second series include, in order in our slider, a 1982 Porsche 956, a 1936 Auto Union Type C, a Ford GT40 from 1969, a Bugatti 57 SC, and a 1957 Maserati 250F, available in limited edition prints at 55″ by 27.5″ or 90.5″ by 45.25″ starting at the price listed below. Or you can download the high res images here, which make great desktop backgrounds.

Learn more at Mad Gallery – roughly $3,850+ [via]

GET IT: ~$3,850+

Books

EveryDayCook: This Time It’s Personal

Alton Brown’s EveryDayCook: This Time It’s Personal could practically double as the chef’s personal cookbook. And that’s because it mostly is, considering he organized his personal recipes, packed them into a book, added a few more to get it up to a total of 101 (and 256 pages), then snapped a bunch of pics for the tome using nothing other than his iPhone. Included [and interestingly-named] meals are arranged by time of day; for instance, Nitrous Pancakes in the morning, EnchiLasagna around noon, and Garam Masalmon Steaks for supper. Beside the recipes, the book includes a variety of insights on everything that goes into crafting a perfect drink or meal, from tools to methods to ingredients. Best of all the recipes and images are all genuine — no tricks and staged shots to speak of.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $21

GET IT: $21

Misc

Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition

Nearly forty years ago NASA launched twin space probes — Voyager I and Voyager II — to study the solar system and eventually beyond. Mounted on each is a golden phonograph record titled The Sounds of Earth that may one day be played by extraterrestrials stumbling upon these probes. Sure, perhaps you’re familiar with the myriad of music and sounds on the record, which include pieces from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, and many other prominent artists of the time, but now you can get your hands on your own copy across three records by way of the Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition. The golden vinyls also include numerous other sounds from our planet such as birds, trains, greetings in over 50 languages, and a variety of analog encoded images that sadly (and evidently) won’t be viewable by your record player. Still, they do come included with a hardbound book filled with images of our neighboring planets sent back to earth by the prolific probes alongside essays (and more) all about the project.

Find it at Kickstarter – $98

GET IT: $98

Books

The Tetris Effect

Probably everyone’s been through a phase of serious Tetris addiction, and Dan Ackerman’s The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World looks to explore the intriguing background of this simple game with lasting power. It recounts how Alexey Pajitnov, a teenager in the Soviet Union working on outdated computers, to put it lightly, came up with the idea for a game and then toiled for years to make his vision a reality through the mid to late eighties. The narrative — which bears a striking resemblance to modern day startup stories — continues with the efforts to get the game out of the USSR and published, which, considering the internet didn’t really exist, isn’t quite as easy as putting a home-brewed game online today. Despite these obstacles Tetris made it to Game Boys and NES’s around the world, and since then just about everything with a processor, a screen, and some buttons.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $15 (Kindle) to $20 (hardcover)

GET IT: $15+

Books

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck

You wouldn’t have known it by its title, but the original Thug Kitchen is a fully vegetarian cookbook trying to push you to eat a little healthier. Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck has the same general mission in mind but with a penchant on speed, which is logical: if it’ll take less time than ordering in then maybe you’ll be more likely to whip up some sh*t yourself and simultaneously spare some cash. The book is packed with 101 quick recipes that use simple ingredients and straightforward, entertainingly-written recipes to get you exploring outside of your comfort zone.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $12 (kindle) to $18.55 (hardcover)

GET IT: $12+