Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

2012 Imperia GP

The New Switcheroo

When you’re behind the wheel of a fabulous car, driving is always about more than getting from Point A (Brussels) to Point B (Belarus–why not?). But when you throw in a choice of HOW you get from A to B–on electric or regular–that’s a whole ‘nother story. The Imperia GP ($164,500) is a rare Power Hybrid that lets you make that switcheroo, mid-journey, if you like, between an electric and a fuel-powered engine. Built in Liege, Belgium, the Imperia GP comes from a rich heritage of performance automobiles, with a strong focus on the future, namely in hybrid vehicles. Its Neo-Retro design is a mind-bender, but speaks volumes about what’s under the hood, namely a 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 210 hp and 250 Nm of torque, not to mention a 136 hp electric motor. With barely any CO2 emissions, and the ability to plug into any 220V outlet, by dang it, the Belgians might well be known for more than their waffles once this thing catches on.

Stanley Stainless Steel Flask

I’ll Drink To That

As that unfortunate incident at the Prince of Denmark’s dinner party taught you last year, a man should always be ready to toast at a moment’s notice. So now you’ve got tons of limericks in your back pocket and up your sleeve, but what’s on your hip? Well, if you’re any kind of gentleman at all, it’s your Stanley Steel Flask ($28.00), loaded with Brinley Shipwreck Rum and ready to go. Easy to store in your pocket, or anywhere else you’ve got a few inches to spare, this classically designed flask features a slim profile and a rugged exterior. With a wide mouth opening for an easy pour, a lanyard-attached cap, and space for engraving on the bottom, you’ll be good to go from here on out. Now there’s just the business of learning to say, “I did not intend to offend you or your people, your Highness” in Danish.

Sharp 80 Inch AQUOS LCD HDTV

A Big Honkin’ TV

Say, have you noticed that Lou Holtz’s head is getting bigger? Could he be having a growth spurt in his old age? No, no, silly, it’s not Lou Holtz that’s getting bigger, it’s your TV! You must have the new Sharp 80-inch Aquos ($3,650), the largest consumer-available LED HDTV on the market. Aside from just its grander size, the 80-inch Aquos has built-in WiFi with access to streaming media like Netflix, CinemaNow and VUDU, not to mention access to Sharp’s Aquos Advantage Live system, which allows for Sharp tech support to access your HDTV remotely for set-up or any necessary maintenance. Beating out its own previous record by a honking 100 diagonal inches, it has more than double the screen area of a 55-inch HDTV. And that adds up to a whole lot more Holtz.

Cirrus Ice Ball Press

Who Wants Some Scotchy Scotch Scotch?

Your grandfather didn’t risk his life in two World Wars so that one day you could serve him some watered down scotch. Show some respect for man and country, and bust out your Cirrus Ice Ball Press ($430-$1,100). This fine contraption has but one purpose, but it is noble indeed: to make the perfect ice ball, so as not to dilute your drink. Its spherical shape means much slower dilution than traditional ice, or even smaller spheres. Just pop in a large block of ice (those trays are included), wait one minute, and voila–you’re left with the perfect 2.75” diameter sphere of ice. Doesn’t that 50 year old Glenfiddich–and your Grandpap the war hero–deserve as much?