All posts by Michael Bock

KULT Studio | Animation Art

KULT Studio | Animation Art

Got a sweet spot for pop-culture art from the likes of Marvel, DC Comics, and Disney—but aren’t sure how to go about, um, displaying it in your otherwise ‘grown-up’ abode? Enter KULT Studio. Kult produces professionally framed, limited-edition prints of just about any trademark character or show conceivable. Take a gander at a few of Kult’s unique offerings:

  • Professional renditions of timeless icons such as The Avengers, Captain America, Batman/The Dark Knight. Thundercats, Looney Toons, and The Simpsons.
  • Satirical interpretations of many classics.
  • More Star Wars artwork/memorabilia than you could shake a stick at.
  • Various Rock & Roll and film icons.

…all available in one of five exquisite frame styles: Modern (clean, chic), Executive, Noir, Classic, and Baroque (Ornate, fancy). We’re seriously contemplating a piece for the office itself, the only problem being a (seemingly) newly-formed DC Comics/Marvel rivalry amongst your inStash staff!

Klipsch Mode M40 | Noise Cancelling Headphones

Klipsch Mode M40 | Noise Cancelling Headphones

For the Apple fanboy and serial audiophile who never settles for anything less than Apple-friendly paraphernalia, Klipsch Mode M40 Noise Cancelling Headphones are right up your alley. In addition to two Hi-Fi-esque cables that’ll mate well wtih any 3.5mm jack, the set features:

  • An uber-sleek copper/brass treatment
  • Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and dynamic mid-range w/active crossover
  • A 40mm/15mm woofer and tweeter set for some major-serious bass-thumpin and superb audio clarity
  • Dedicated mic w/phone answering and music controlling (Mic+3) (via iPod, iPhone, or iPad) functionality.

Consider Klipsch Mode M40s as about on par with a good pair of mid-range Sennheiser HD or Bose headphones.

Wacom Inkling | Digital Pen

Wacom Inkling | Digital Pen

Freehand sketching, meet the digital world. Digital world, freehand sketching.

According to Wacom, The Inkling Digital Pen captures a “digital likeness” of sketching-in-progress, which can be later uploaded using an interactive pen display (e.g. Cintiq) or tablet (e.g. Intuos4). Using the included Inkling Sketch Manager software, sketches are also exportable to the likes of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro ’11 or Photoshop. Perhaps the best part? It’ll even work on regular paper, and digital sketches are saveable as BMP, SVG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, or TIFF files.

It has to be asked, though: Where the hell was this awesome innovation during us Gen-X’ers’ (as well as many ‘Millenials’) youths?

Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special

Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special

Gentlemen Bikers: Behold one of Harley-Davidson’s latest incarnations, the Night Rod Special.

Available in pitch black, Sedona Orange, or Black Denim with 5-spoke cast aluminum (with orange accents) rims riding on SUPER fat Michelin Scorchers—the V-Rod Night Rod Special sports a Harley-first, liquid-cooled V-Twin Revolution engine that delivers an intimidating 125hp and 85 ft-lbs torque @ 7,000 rpm.

Couple that with dual-disk, high performance Brembo brakes and all-around top-shelf craftsmanship and materials, and you’ve got yourself one badass bike.

Ikelite Digital SLR Waterproof Housings

Ikelite DSLR Waterproof Housings

Perhaps of great interest to marine and/or underwater photographers, Ikelite Underwater Systems (yeah, we initially thought “Ikea” too) produces the clear camera housings (dubbed ‘rigs’) as seen above.

These see-thru housings (err…rigs) are custom-made for most point-and-shoot as well as ‘semi-pro’ DSLRs, and withstand a good ole’ fashioned drowning (or water-boarding, whatever your fancy) up to 200 feet.

Per the manufacturer, they custom make clear rigs for  Canon, Fuji, Nikon, and Olympus cameras. Especially touted are their patented O-Ring and “four-lock” port lens systems for select DSLRs: Lest your $2,800 Nikon D700 become the sea’s next victim!

ICON 100 A5

ICON 100 A5 | Light Sport Aircraft

So what do you do when you:

  1. Have extra cash laying around
  2. Are infatuated with motor sports, and
  3. Love to fly?

You invest in an ICON A5 ‘light sport aircraft’, of course.

Conceived, designed, and developed by some of the world’s top talent in aerospace, design, and engineering—and founded by Stanford Business School’s Kirk Hawkins, who is also a former F-16 pilot, an engineer, and motorsport authority (your de facto overachiever, basically)—-the ICON A5 and other sport aircraft in ICON’s fleet set the benchmark for performance, aesthetics, and the ever-so important FUN-factor.

The company’s only requirements? Basically: Be free, have fun, and explore. What other ‘requirements’ could you ever yearn for?!

Emergency Cocktail Station | By Urbancase

Emergency Cocktail Station | By Urbancase

Depending who you talk to, these aren’t the best of times. The job market’s turned to shit; politicians are proving more useless and utterly inept by the day; and the dollar isn’t worth the damn paper it’s printed on. Alas…what’s one to do in such a pre-apocalyptic world? Drink (and be merry), of course.

The Emergency Cocktail Station, a sort of comical take on the futility of modern times, is a laminated, 32 x 16 x 7″ inch lacquered mdf (medium-density fibreboard–for all you drunkards unversed in the art of carpentry) fixture for all your ’emergency’ cocktail equipment. Comes complete with mounting hardware.

Of course, granted the very generous $850 tag, you’d think they could have included the matching barware and glassware as pictured above…

Phantom v1610 | High-Speed Camera

Phantom v1610 | High-Speed Camera

Think your iPhone or Android phone’s camera is hot shit? Say hello to the Phantom V1610.

The Phantom is the go-to camera for insanely fast recording. Wielding a widescreen CMOS sensor and producing 1280 x 800 stills, the Phantom can shoot video at up to 1,000,0000 fps (frames per sec). Wait, what?! That’s right, but there’s a catch: at one million fps, that’s seriously pushing the envelope, so the resulting shots won’t  be 1280 x 800. However, turn it down a notch to 16k fps (still hundreds of times faster than any camera phone is or will ever be) and it’ll record in 720p (1280 x 800) and all her glory.

And is it just us, or does the Phantom look perfectly suited to deep sea exploration? Either way, not many people will ever have one (including yours truly): $100,000, base price.