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Patagonia Lunar Fleece JacketA great outerlayer from Patagonia. Highly breathable, warm but light, and compact – 60% of the Lunar Jacket comes from recycled polyester made from soda bottles. They even put the shoulder seams on the front in case you find yourself with a backpack on in the Himalayas. Inner collar is lined with a protective layer, and the jacket itself can be recycled if the day ever comes. Likely won’t be for a long time – as Patagonia has a lifetime guarantee on its products, meaning if anything goes wrong…ever…you can walk in or send it in and have it replaced. Top quality, top customer service. $160. BUY

April 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Dominica Bay RumOriginally made from rum, leaves of the West Indian Bay tree, and spice oils, Dominica Bay Rum aftershave was a hit in the early 20th century and became less common as designer aftershaves came into being. It is still around and has the same ingredients. Cools and soothes and is a natural antiseptic for cuts. A classic for a great price. $18/10oz. BUY

April 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm

And on the travel theme…few seem to know you can grab a helicopter in downtown New York and take it to JFK or Newark airport for less than $160 each way. US Helicopter will fly you over all the traffic – and even check your bags nad clear you through security when they pick you up – so you can go straight to your gate once you land at the airport. Flying time? 8 minutes. Think of it as Taxi Fare + Time Saved + No TSA line + Experience = Justification. Flights every half hour from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. PURCHASE TX


April 30, 2008 at 5:18 am

Smythson LogoLooking for the Daniel Ocean business card? The perfect mix of class and substance? Smythson has been used by the British Royal Family (one of only eight companies in history to have all members of the family as clients at the same time), Sir Edmund Hillary, and Grace Kelly. Our advice: just have your name printed, carry a pen and discern how much information you want to give someone. Distribute Sparingly – as it’s 500 Cards for $550 BUY

April 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm

So if for some reason you are looking for a bit more anonymity and protection than US banks offer, look no further than neutrality at its best – Swiss Banks. While laws in the past 10 years have required that Swiss Banks report money laundering etc., it is still virtually impossible for anyone except the owner to access a Swiss Account. This applies to lawsuits, probate, etc. You have three very good options. UBS’ Swiss Banking Department ( UBS – The United Bank of Switzerland) offers numbered accounts – where only a select few in the bank know the identity of the account holder. Credit Suisse has a similar program as does Pictet. Usually opening deposit is $100,000 minimum – though named accounts are available for open of around $4,000. UBS/PICTET/CREDIT SUISSE

April 29, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Best Cedar Grilling PlanksThese untreated western red cedar grilling planks will hold moisture in steak, fish, or veggies while adding just the right amount of smoke. Why let meat burn on metal when it can roast in its juices on wood? Perfect for wild salmon and vegetables. Best grilling smoke you’ll smell. From Pacific Northwest Fine Wood Products. Measure 5.5″ x 11″. Set of 6 for $13. BUY

April 29, 2008 at 5:29 am

Gawker ArtistsClipspringer has partnered with Gawker Artists, a division of Gawker Media (known as the parent company for Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and The Consumerist among others) to exhibit art from over 450 artists. See something you like on our Gawker sidebar space? Click on it, then click on the author’s name above his/her personal statement – and you’ll be taken to the artists personal webpage where you can usually make a purchase. You can even just refresh this page to see a range of work. Keep an eye out. ARTISTS

April 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Ambient has been making some pretty tech savvy gadgets – and we’re fans. The Scorecast monitors baseball game scores, team schedules, and division standings. Scores update every half inning and extra-inning plays are included. Runs, hit, errors – all included. You can even use the toggle button to switch to other games. Perfect for somewhere with no access to a computer – or if you don’t want ESPN.com open on your desktop all day. No PC or internet connection required. From what we’ve seen – no subscription required – just plug it in and customize your team preferences. Possible locations beyond desk? Kitchen, locker, boat, bedside table, bathroom…. Football Scorecast also available. $100. BUY

April 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm

For a change, we’re highlighting something free. Who doesn’t like free? Mandolux is an online desktop art resource that we think is worthy of mentioning. The site offers artistic photographs as backgrounds for computers – and even offers them split for multiple monitors if you have them. All common screen sizes are below each image. You can even shrink them down for iPhone backgrounds, if you’re graphically inclined. Head on over and click “previous” to go through all prior art. $0. CLICK

April 28, 2008 at 5:56 am

Veuve ClicquoWhen Mr. Clicquot died in 1805, he left the champagne to his widow – or “veuve” in Fench. Mrs. Clicquot was quite the businesswoman and she grew the company by leaps and bounds. Today Veuve Clicquot has a royal warrant for Queen Elizabeth II, and was even Claude Rains’ celebratory drink in Casablanca. While other blogs are promoting the Limited Edition, the Traveler, and the Vertical Limit – we think they are overpriced and overplayed. Stick to the classics – and keep an extra in your fridge for moments that deserve it. A great bottle of bubbly for around $40. BUY

April 25, 2008 at 5:37 am

Nova just aired “The Car of the Future” on Tuesday, a special on where autos are headed and how we’re getting there. It is hosted by Car Talk’s Click and Clack and follows them as they search for clean, fuel efficient vehicles. You can order the DVD for $25 or even better, watch the entire program with no commercials, free at Nova’s site. WATCH/ORDER

April 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Robert Pelton YoungRobert Pelton Young is no stranger to danger. He embedded himself with the CIA in its hunt for Bin Laden, he spent time with both insurgents and Blackwater in Iraq, spent time with Special Forces, and writes for National Geographic. Who else would own the domain www.comebackalive.com? Pelton’s “Guide Book” is now in it’s 5th edition. So if you’re headed into a country on the State Department’s list of sketchiness, you might want to pick this up. Maybe use it as a checklist? Or maybe not. $16. BUY

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April 24, 2008 at 8:30 am

Red Cross Medicine CabinetCappellini’s Medicine Cabinet was designed by Thomas Ericksson. The flap door is lined with a mirror and it is constructed of laquer metal. The only problem is it was such great design – it is now seen as an art piece, and part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The “piece” is from 1992 but the company is still selling them. Does all that justify a $650 pricetag? Depends on your priorities. BUY

April 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

A silicone ice tray that makes ice shot glasses, is….great. Silicone means it not only stays clean (dishwasher safe) but is also easily bendable. Mix drinks by making the ice out of one part (O.J. for example) and pour in the vodka. Cucumber water etc. Endless opportunities for drinking….that’s what we’re here for. $6 BUY

April 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Floor Lamp

The Perno Floor Lamp has become a hot item at Williams Sonoma Home. It’s adjustable 15″ in height to place light exactly where you need it. Linen drum shade with white diffuser and polished nickel finish. Most importantly, you save $263 by getting the exact same thing via CSN Lighting through Amazon. While we’re all about great looking and functional furniture, home tech and art – saving $263 is never bad. BUY (the better deal)

April 23, 2008 at 5:35 am


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