Misc

Photography

Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit

Like vinyl records, analog photography is picking back up. So it follows that developing is as well. The Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit makes it simple to develop your own 135 or 120 film photos without the need for a red light nor a darkroom. To load, trim a bit off the end of your exposed film, then insert it into the module slot, hook the film to the spool, and place the lid on. Then turn the knob until the film is completely rolled onto the spool and, when it’s fully unrolled, press the cutting lever to separate the film from the cartridge (note: the 120 format film works a little differently but is just as simple). At that point, pour in the appropriate liquids for the chosen developing process and turn the knob to agitate and evenly expose the film to the chemicals as directed. Switching between 135 and 120 format films is as simple as swapping in the appropriate module on the tank, and it’s small enough to carry with you if you’d like to develop your shots on-site.

Find it at Kickstarter – $110

GET IT: $110

Books

Art Record Covers

Most contemporary art is out the layperson’s reach, though own a few good vinyls and you’ve basically already got some in the form of record sleeves. Francesco Spampinato’s Art Record Covers makes a point to catalog and present some of the best covers and records from the past six odd decades, with nothing short of 500 covers to show for it. Alongside the imagery you’ll find fact sheets, interviews with the musicians, and of course the names of both the artist and the album. A taste of some of its notable contents include Warhol’s work for Velvet Underground, Banksy’s Blur graffiti, and Jeff Koons’ 2013 Lady Gaga cover. Considering the direction of record sales this book is, today, particularly relevant.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $70

GET IT: $70

Tech

Griff Drone

Most consumer drones lug along a small camera. Some professional-grade quadcopters can even carry heavier filming rigs weighing dozens of pounds. Still, Griff Aviation’s Griff Drones are worlds apart from other drones when it comes to rated payload. Three three models include the Griff 125, 300, and 800, the number designating the gross weight that each can carry in kilograms, meaning they can lift about 275, 660, and 1,760 pounds, respectively. They do this with a double-decker 8 propeller design, a larger size, and, presumably, big motors and massive batteries considering these things can fly for up to 45 minutes on a charge. They’re controlled by either a standard remote control or a FPV control station. Need one that can carry even more? Griff can build you a custom model, too. What you’d do with one though is another story.

Learn more at Griff Aviation – $TBA

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Misc

Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case

It’s not made of actual carbon fibre: instead the Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case is made of Aramid fibre, which looks very similar but is weaved from super strong and flexible synthetic fibre instead (think Kevlar and the like). This means it won’t interfere with your phone’s antennas (cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc) in the least but still provides solid protection in a super slim, 0.03-inch package that hugs your device’s every curve. Aramid also adds a lot of texture and grip to your otherwise slick device, is scratch resistant, and will almost definitely outlive the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus you snap it to — which is a shame considering it’s unlikely to fit their next form factor-modified iPhone 8.

Grab it for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus at Amazon – $40+

GET IT: $40+

Misc

Air-Ink Air Pollution Ink

Air pollution is a challenge for nearly every big city. Tiger Beer and MIT Media Lab’s collaborative Air-Ink initiative doesn’t just reduce levels of vehicular emissions but actually puts that pollution to good use in the form of water-resistant ink in markers and for screen printing. Unburned carbon soot is captured by a proprietary Kaalink device retrofitted to vehicle exhaust pipes: every 45 minutes or so of emissions produces 1 fluid ounce of ink, or enough to fill one Air-Ink pen. The product is then purified to render it safe by removing heavy metals and carcinogens. Markers are available in 2mm, 15mm, 30mm, and 50mm tip sizes as well as in a bottle, all well-suited for sketching or creating street art with the stuff we’d literally have been breathing otherwise.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $25+

GET IT: ~$25+

Misc

Monarch Box

It’s hard enough to hide the fact that you’re planning to pop the question without a big, bulky box bulging out of your pocket. The Monarch Box is both much slimmer and much better built than the cheap faux-leather or faux-velvet box that came with it. Each Monarch Box is CNC machined of either aluminum or stainless steel and lined with Bridal Satin, the former then anodized in blue, black, or red while the latter is simply bead blasted for a raw but clean look. Magnets hold the discreet-looking box shut until you’re ready and, when opened, the two halves fold 180 degrees around to carefully present the ring in all its glory.

Learn more at Monarch Box – $130 to $160

GET IT: $130

Body

Pacific Shaving Co. Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis

Lets face it: individual pod formats of products like dishwasher soap and laundry detergent are here to stay. So may as well embrace Pacific Shaving Co’s Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis. While they force you to use a preselected amount of product rather than winging it yourself from a traditional can of shaving cream, these water-soluble pods — which dissolve in your hands with a bit of water and friction — are more likely to actually save some money for the overly-enthusiastic latherer. They’re also much more convenient for travel without needing to guesstimate if your last travel-sized shaving cream bottle still has enough left inside: just count the numbers of times you’re likely to shave and pack that many pods.

Learn more at Pacific Shaving Co. – $8

GET IT: $8

Misc

Ship One Rose

You don’t need a truckload of roses to make her feel special come Valentine’s Day — a single good one will do the trick. Ship One Rose does for you just that, sending a single high quality organic rose, grown in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado, in your choice of color to your significant other. The rose comes in one of two types of cardboard tubes — the Modern Rose (shown) or the Valentine’s Rose which includes a longer stem rose — or in a handmade Maple box along with a small steel vase and flower nutrient pack. All three give you the choice of writing a customized message scroll that ships alongside the flower, which is kept fresh and vibrant thanks to a water tube on its stem.

Learn more at Ship One Rose – $30+

GET IT: $30+

Misc

Limited Edition Seinfeld Set Replica

You’ve got the nine season Complete Series box set, and you’ve seen every episode three times (at the strict minimum). What you’re still missing is the recently announced Limited Edition Seinfeld Set Replica. This collectible is a shrunk down, 1:26 scale version of Jerry’s apartment and contains over a hundred highly detailed miniature elements scattered around including his wall-mounted bicycle, furniture, sofas, and a working version of his front door that a miniature Kramer would certainly burst through. Limited to 5,000 units, the set also comes with an authentic wood piece from the real apartment 5A front door used on set.

Learn more at Seinfeld – $400

GET IT: $400

Misc

Duke Cannon Solid Cologne

Just because it’s handy whilst travelling doesn’t mean it’s any less convenient for day to day use at home. Duke Cannon’s Solid Cologne is a mess-less way to spruce up on the go without having to lug a tiny bottle of around, with 1.5 ounces of concentrated cologne balm contained in a compact rectangular tin container that’ll last quite awhile even if you really lay it on. Scents include Air, Land, and Sea, each fresher than the last.

Check them out at Duke Cannon – $25

GET IT: $25

Misc

Nerf Doomlands The Judge

Nerf’s been on a roll creating lust-worthy foam-firing weaponry as of late, and the leaked Nerf Doomlands The Judge perpetuates this streak. It’s definitely the most intimidating stock blaster ever released by Nerf and looks like it’s straight out of a post-apocalyptic world. A massive revolver holds ten sets of three darts, firing off three at once every time you pull the trigger to increase the odds of landing a hit. Unfortunately other crucial information is thus far lacking, including firing range and whether a motor powers the pump, though it seems to have a slide on the bottom — so we’ll see this fall when it’s officially released.

Until then check out Nerf’s other offerings – $60

GET IT: $60

Books

Recipes from the Woods

You mightn’t expect a book like Recipes from the Woods: The Book of Game and Forage from a chef like Jean-François Mallet, and while many the ingredients are more or less foreign to your kitchen the recipes are inspiring nonetheless, not to mention useful should you ever need to fend for yourself in the backcountry. The 100 included recipes are mainly based around foraged ingredients such as dandelion leaves, nettles, wild strawberries, mushrooms, snails, and a variety of game spanning feathered to furred. Accompanying each one are bold, mouth-watering photographs of the end result that’ll make you want to run out the door and gather ingredients — though you’ll need to brush up on your hunting skills to make the meat part happen. Perfect for cooking at the cottage, with the tartan pattern on the cover fitting right in.

Find it at Amazon – $32

GET IT: $32

Misc

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K

Nerf really doesn’t want us modifying their guns for added range or power. And perhaps we won’t be forced to anymore once the fully automatic Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K drops this fall. It shoots balls instead of darts but makes up for that firing speeds of 70 miles per hour by way of two spinning flywheels on the inside. Since the latter are powered by batteries (six D cells or a rechargeable Nerf Rival pack) just holding down the trigger unleashes a barrage of foam balls on your opponents or coworkers. And its massive 100 round hopper capacity ensures the rampage won’t end all too quickly.

Learn more at Popular Mechanics – $100

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