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Whisky Blender

Whisky Blender

Started by Scotland-based “whisky enthusiasts” (and what’s not to be enthusiastic about?), whiskyblender.com gives you the chance to try out the fine art of blending your own whisky. It’s also, as the site itself puts it, “just a wee bit of fun”.

You’ve got 7 high quality whiskies to choose from. Make your picks, choose your ratios, and your personalized Scotch whisky is blended, bottled in a unique decanter, hand labelled, and shipped out to you. The recipe also goes into their archive so if you want to recommend it to friends or go back for more yourself later, you just need to keep its unique code handy.

The site also has lots of fascinating info about whisky distilling and blending that’s well worth checking out while you’re waiting for your blend to arrive. You’ll be an enthusiast yourself in no time.

Knuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer

Knuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer

You gotta love anything that helps you combine two favorite things into one. Beef and football, great! Beef and sex, I don’t know how that works, but awesome! Beef and beating the living crap out of stuff… oh yeah, baby!

That’s just what the Knuckle Pounder has in mind. It looks like a pair of brass knuckles with a big slab of ridged metal attached. Slip it on, grab a tough cut of beef like a flank steak or skirt steak, and just go to town on that sucker until it begs for mercy. And by “mercy”, I mean the searing heat of the grill.

And suddenly a whole new world of beef opens up to you. Cuts that were once too tough to think about cooking are some of the best cuts you ever ate. Plus nothing works out frustrations like whaling on a hunk of dead cow.

1805 Imperial Phantom Pocket Watch

1805 Imperial Phantom Pocket Watch

Back in the 19th century it was easy to look wealthy and sophisticated. Just wear a top hat, pop in your monocle, check your pocket watch, and say “harumph”. Bingo, you’re an aristocrat. Nowadays top hats and monocles are hard to come by, but at least one of these classy affectations is coming back.

The 1805 Imperial Phantom from March LA.B is a Napoleonic-era-inspired pocket watch on a chain, with some modern design and functionality flourishes worked in. It’s got an analog alarm, which no doubt watches in the French Empire sadly lacked, and a snake coil chain with two choices of chain clasp. The glass is anti-reflective mineral crystal with sapphire coating, and if you happen to be foolish enough to wear it when you’re snorkeling, it’s good to 50 meters. It also comes with a stand so you can show it off when you’re not harumphing around town.

Scanomat TopBrewer

Scanomat TopBrewer

The number one ideal of a real coffee drinker: intravenously fed coffee, with the drip begun immediately upon waking. Sigh, that will always be the dream. But the number two ideal, an actual coffee faucet right next to the hot and cold water, has finally come true.

It’s called the TopBrewer, from Scanomat. It mounts into a counter top just like a regular faucet. And it brews perfect coffee. Already, it’s near to perfect. But wait, there’s more.

It also has built into its tip the world’s smallest milk foamer. Fresh milk is heated and foamed and comes right out of the same tap. Which can also provide hot or cold water, hot or cold milk, and steam. And probably delicious magical rainbows.

And as if that wasn’t enough, you can actually control it from an iPhone or iPad. This is now entering the realm of the truly awesome. It’s like getting coffee delivered straight from the future.

Macro Cell Lens Band

Macro Cell Lens Band

Cell phones generally don’t take good macro pictures, as evidence by all those blurry shots of your own face. And standard macro lenses generally don’t screw onto cell phones very well, as evidenced by the fact that they don’t.

The solution comes in a stunningly genius form. The Macro Cell Lens Band is macro lens embedded into a rubber band, and it works with any make of phone. Slip the rubber band onto your cell phone, with the little macro lens positioned over wherever the phone’s lens is. Presto chango, in five seconds you’ve got a macro focusing cell phone camera capable of picking up all the fine details of your nose hairs and your unfortunately positioned thumb.

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Jalapenos

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Jalapenos

Somewhere at the Chocolate Covered Company there’s a guy in a mad scientist lab who’s just grabbing random stuff and dipping it in chocolate to see what happens. Anything. Hard boiled eggs, pig’s feet, pocket lint, whatever comes along. And every once in a while, that guy discovers genius that never would have occurred to anybody sane. Case in point: chocolate covered jalapenos.

Thanks to that theoretical guy, diligently dipping and sampling, the Chocolate Covered Company now offers spicy or sweet jalapenos, or a mixture of the two, elegantly dipped in dark, milk, or white chocolate. You just wouldn’t think it could work, but it’s a surprising and rich flavor blend that’s sure to get people talking excitedly at your next party. And somebody please invite that poor lab guy as your plus one. He could use the break.

Surface Tension Arcade Tables

Surface Tension Arcade Tables

Given that we’ve finally arrived in the future, it’s still a little disappointing that the whole “flying cars” thing hasn’t happened. Offered up as a substitute, though, is something your eight-year-old self could only have dreamed of: arcade games, not only in your house, but in your freaking coffee table.

We’re talking the classics here, the good old 80’s games that consumed your quarters and your youth in equal measures. Discreetly hidden away inside a mysterious dark glass table top and adorned with one of three finishes. They come with everything you need, like joysticks and speakers, and they use the MAME emulation system so you can grab a ROM of whatever game you want and go to town.

When non-nerd friends come over, they won’t even know it’s there. It’s just a stylish coffee table. But when your nerd friends come over, it’s go time baby.

M/V Aria | Luxury Cruise Ship

M/V Aria | Luxury Cruise Ship

You’ve done the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, you’ve done Alaska and Disney, what cruise is left? Most people don’t immediately think of the Amazon, but here’s news: it’s not just for piranhas anymore.

And here’s the way to do the Amazon in style. The M/V Aria is a 147-foot luxury cruise ship that plies the northern Amazon in Peru. It’s got all the fixings like lounge bar, elegant dining room, jacuzzi, exercise room, and on-board boutique. All top class, air conditioned, and not at all the sort of thing you’d expect to find floating down the Amazon.

Suites are comparable to a five-star hotel, and have seating areas, luxury Peruvian linens, and extra-large picture windows looking out at the Amazon rainforest. And the nice thing is, there are only 32 of them. So you’re not going to get the kind of annoying crowds you get on one of those giant ocean cruises.