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LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drives

LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drives

Desktop drives by LaCie and Porsche-Design (yes, a subsidiary of the car company Porsche AG)—oozing class via such svelte, modern encasements—resemble small appliances that could’ve come straight out of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ house.

As LaCie puts it, these drives combine “…design and technology to result in products that are both beautiful and performance-driven.” We couldn’t agree more with the sentiment.

Up for grabs are these two desktop HDDs, one boasting 1 TB of memory, the other 2 TB. Both offer:

  • Cutting-edge USB 3.0 connectivity, for blazing, almost unheard-of transfer speeds
  • Automatic backup of files
  • 10 gigs of free online storage for one year
  • ‘Automatic Eco’ mode that reduces power consumption to and/or from a desktop or laptop
  • Shells that are handsomely textured, 5mm-thick, professional-grade aluminum that’s very strong and helps to dissipate heat.

While you may not live in an uber-swanky joint like Fallingwater, you can still show off this handy piece of sexy tech to friends and family!

Archipod

Archipod

Aping some sort of outlandish alien (yes, in the unearthly way) transport vehicle, the ArchiPOD is—according to its makers—a mini-office/getaway-spot that installs in spaces like your home (assuming you have a large enough door to squeeze it through!) or backyard for purposes such as working, creating, or just escaping a sometimes obnoxiously annoying world.

Whatever the activity transpiring whilst stationed in the Great Acorn, err, ArchiPOD, some level of work/play is bound to materialize.

The ArchiPOD, similar to the OfficePOD, wears a skin of Western Red Cedar shingles over a solid-timber structure. Its walls are triply-sealed (none of that pesky, Earthly calamity in here!) and sport an oh-so-soothing color. Furthermore,  the 12 1/2′ x 8.25′ interior yields absolutely no joints (augmenting the feeling of peaceful isolation), a little porthole, a built-in heater (you KNOW this musta been conceived of in some frigid, Scandinavian country), ‘mood’ lighting, and a charming dome that slides open for fresh air.

We’re left thinking only one thing: Could this be employed as a miniature version of the iconic “man cave”?!

Chrome Audi R8 Spyder

Chrome Audi R8 Spyder

Looking like a bling-bling’ed out, chrome Bugatti Veyron, the 2011 Audi R8 Spyder Chrome is one of the latest endeavors in automotive excess and a helluva lot of fun to look (drool) at.

But curve your jealousy: Only two R8 Spyder Chromes were ever produced, and both of them—gone. The exotic coupes were recently auctioned for charity, paid for, then re-donated and sold again by a couple of, um, rich yuppies at the ritzy White Tie and Tiara Ball for the Elton John AIDS foundation. What’s beneath the hood, though?

The same engine that’s used in ‘standard’ R8 Spyders—one badass 518 horse, 390 lb.ft torque, 5.2L V10 engine that propels the instant-sex magnet from 0 to 60 in 3.8 secs and tears up the road with a max speed of 197mph.

One has to wonder, though…sporting all that chrome on a very sunny day, won’t the driver meet a fate similar to a microwaved baked potato still in its foil?

Tactical Grilling Apron

Tactical Grilling Apron

Here’s one that’s sure to please the Grill Master (or at least Dad for Father’s Day) in all of us: The Tactical Grilling Apron—because grillin’ is just that serious.

From the same folks (at Tactical Grilling Co) that introduced to the world the Tactical Sammich, Tactical Beer Sheath, and Tactical Spatula Sheath (sounds like a couple of fanatical ex-cooks for the army came up with this stuff) comes the Tactical Grilling Apron. It boasts a total of five “modular attachments” at the waist and near chest level—good for stashing any thing from beer and condiments to grenades and a Glock 19. Additionally, the Apron is totally interchangeable with masculine extras like additional pockets (err, modular attachments) and other ‘tactical’ gadgets.

And those who feel that the fine art of grilling out just isn’t American-enough can rest a little easier knowing that the Tactical Apron is made right here in the U.S.

Whiskey Stone Shot Glasses

Whiskey Stone Shot Glasses

Real men consume their alcohol (or other gimme-a-cold-one beverage) only one way—ice cold and unadulterated by far inferior substances.

Hence, Whiskey Stone Shot Glass shooters act like open-top thermoses and are engineered from the non-porous, better-than-ice-cubes material that is the Whiskey Stone (also check out Cool Shooters). Constructed of a granite-like (but softer than granite) material, Whiskey Stone shooters keep a man’s drink chilled without the need for fun-sucking, drink-diluting ice cubes. Stash ‘em in the freezer for about four hours (according to the manufacturer) and presto—instant cozies!

…only these won’t make you feel like a beer-totin’ redneck.

The Mopha Tool Roll

The Mopha Tool Roll

Nope, it’s not a Tootsie-Roll (although it certainly apes one in the rolled-up position), it’s the Mopha Tool Roll for bicyclists.

The Mopha Tool Roll is essentially an all-in-one utility case for those who prefer two wheels to four. Made from waxed canvas and sporting leather-trimmed bits and pieces (including “cinchable” toe strap), the Tool Roll boasts 10 pockets of alternating sizes and, when stretched out, it works quite aptly as a clean, mobile 16″ x 7″ workspace.

Characteristic of the batteries-not-included era we live in, the tools aren’t included.

Que | Barbeque Cologne

Que | Barbeque Cologne

Don’t get us wrong, we’re as devoted barbeque fanatics as the next guy—but “Barbeque” cologne? Seriously?

Apparently, much to the horror of scent designers just about everywhere, it is so. Similar to the previously featured, almost hilariously absurd (yes, it too is the real deal) Bacon Cologne by Fargginay, Que “Eau de Barbeque” (priceless…just priceless) is a concoction of smokey meat, sweet spices, and “summer sweat” (umm…) for the avid grill-master (or redneck, take your pick) in all of us.

But hey, who or whose product are we to judge? Just be mindful: Sporting Eau de Barbeque likely won’t attract members of the opposite sex, but ‘ole Fido’s (the family pet) going to have a new-found interest in you!

i-Ecko | Bottle Cap Opener & USB Flash Drive

i-Ecko | Bottle Cap Opener & USB Flash Drive

Just when you thought there was nothing left that could be fashioned from or into a USB Flash drive (e.g. lighter, keychain, laser pointer….toaster), here comes another.

The sleek, key-like i-Ecko—we haven’t any idea what the moniker means either—is a combination 2 gigabyte flash drive and steel bottle opener. Most importantly, perhaps for some, is it’s keyring-friendly functionality. Besides, it looks just like a key itself.

Try this at your next social rendezvous: Pop the first bottle-top you can get ahold of and, in the same breath, pop the i-Ecko in a nearby laptop, pull up something—-anything—-random and BAM, you’re instantly awesome.

Okay, so we’re exaggerating just a bit.