The slingshot. That simple weapon with which David nobly beat Goliath in a heroic portrayal of brains over brawn. Also, what Bart Simpson uses to terrorize Springfield. Whichever cultural reference you prefer, you can get a piece of the action with this Montie Gear Y-Fork Slingshot ($100). It’s got an aluminum frame, comfortable handle wrapped with 550 test weight paracord, and a tapered flat band made from Thera-Band Gold material with 16 pound pull weight at approximately a 28” draw. As for ammo, load this puppy up with a 1/2 ball bearing or .44 calibre lead ball ammo and let ‘er rip. Sorry, Goliath/Groundskeeper Willie—you’re going down.
Gone With The Wind…In The Wind
As you know from your brief career in missile development and your extensive experience with nude skydiving, aerodynamics can make all the difference when it comes to good design. The Ferrari Xezri Concept Car, created by Turin IED graduate Samir Sadikhov, was inspired by wind for both aerodynamics and sleek, polished aesthetics. Taking into consideration the principles of “flexible aerodynamics,” the Xezri was exhilarating enough to charm the judges into taking second place at the Ferrari World Design Contest in 2011. One look at this curvy masterpiece, and you can see why. Nicely done, Samir.
Spice It Up
What’s true for dancing on tables is also true for salt and pepper—sometimes, you just wanna shake it. Sometimes, you just don’t. For days when you don’t, have your Grillslinger Salt & Pepper Mills ($20.00) close at hand. Just push the thumb button atop each grinder and make it rain freshly ground salt and pepper down on your food, without so much as a twist or a shake. You can even put one in each hand and use both at the same time. Now there’s a hot move.
Under The Toga
Face it. You owe Animal House a lot. Not only did it set the stage for later hits like Old School and The Hangover, but it paved the way for your entire, awesome college existence (sorry, but you never would have thought to throw a toga party on your own). In the book Fat, Drunk and Stupid: The Inside Story Behind The Making of Animal House ($13.00), producer Matty Simmons (not to mention the founder of National Lampoon and bestselling author) takes us behind the scenes of Animal House from when it was a mere concept, to a script (which was ridiculed and rejected by most of Hollywood), through casting a bunch of unknowns (aka ZERO degrees of Kevin Bacon), the wild filming in Eugene, Oregon, to the release and cult status it enjoys today. Grab a highlighter. You might just learn something.
As you and your yogi were just discussing after your last session in the sweat lodge, it’s quite ironic that while most of our everyday gadgets are designed to keep us connected, the way they connect with each other is awkward and bulky at best. The desire for a more seamless connection is what’s behind the “Lifebook 2013,” the winner of a design competition held by Fujitsu. Brainchild of designer Prashant Chandra, the Lifebook is a laptop that comes with removable slots for a digital camera, tablet and smartphone/MP3 player. The advantages, aside from streamlined design, include easier sync, lower costs (as opposed to buying each device separately), and saved storage from “repeat data.” In other words, if you’re storing all your songs on your MP3 player, why waste all that memory on your laptop too? The Lifebook’s tablet, which connects through a 16 pin docking area, doubles as the laptop’s keyboard, plus can be used as a second display or as a digital sketchpad with a Stylus. Ahhhhh, synergy.