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Lifestyle & Gadgets

iPod hymn book from Suck UK

By Isabelle on August 8th, 2007

Suck UK’s Hymn Book is a clever ipod holder that make you look all pious when really you could be listening to the music of heathens (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, errr… Britney Spears). It’s made from sturdy leather and has a handy elastic band for keeping the book firmly closed as you make your way to Church/work.
Yours for a mere £15 which is bargainous; now if it only carried an endorsement from the Pope himself…

Designer Spotlight, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Paul Smith / Alexander Girard wooden figurines

By admin on August 8th, 2007

Not only does Paul Smith bring us some great clothes, they also manage to track down and showcase some of the funkiest artwork. Last month Paul Smith displayed the wonderfully eccentric vinyl toys of Keiichi Tanaami, which were a refreshing departure from some of the more mainstream collectibles on the market.

This time around, the fashion house is featuring the work of Alexander Girard who is considered one of the most influential designers of post-war American design. In my boundless ignorance, I had no idea who he was until now, but still found myself drawn to his bold and abstract wooden figurines that Paul Smith are now selling through their website. I can appreciate them artistically but, admittedly, it’s the unique expressions on each of the pieces – some of them are priceless! My favourite one is Wooden Doll 3 (£58), shown above, but there are nine others that are just as cool.

Accessories, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Mhi by Maharishi multi-tool

By admin on August 3rd, 2007

If you’re one of those men who likes to look good no matter where you are or what you’re doing (say, putting up flat-pack furniture or fending off wild animals in the woods) then this is the tool for you. Maharishi have released this Leatherman-type multi tool (£19.99) as part of their lifestyle range. So even when you’re swearing at your new Ikea Gnöller coffee table because it has one leg shorter than the rest, you can find relief in that fact that you’ve messed up in style.

Other than the handle screwdrivers and blades that are part and parcel of a multi tool, this one comes in a neat-o presentation case that, in accordance with Maharishi’s military stylings, looks like an ammunition box.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Medicom – Levis Collaboration

By admin on August 1st, 2007


Medicom, the designer toy company that makes the ever-so-cute Bearbricks, and Levis (the jeans company, dummy) have joined up in an unlikely alliance, the result of which is a totally unique collection involving luminous, road-safety style material and a tiny toy bear dressed like a YMCA cowboy.

The jeans feature the motorist-alerting material around the back pockets and hem, while Bearbrick branding can be found in various spots, such as on the inside of a pocket for some reason.

As well as a crisp Levis t-shirt emblazoned with a cute Bearbrick logo, Medicom have released the aforementioned Camp Cowboy ‘brick, complete with a cravat detail. No details as to pricing or specific release dates have been finalised, so keep checking back for more news.

[Via Hypebeast]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Skullcandy G.I. headphones

By admin on August 1st, 2007

Ever felt a bit self conscious about your white iPod wires clashing with your fatigues, or your headphones not looking tough enough on the battlefield? It’s a dilemma that every modern soldier faces in this day and age, where tech companies just don’t consider the fashion implications of their designs.

Well, no longer. Skullcandy has eliminated the embarrassment of being taken prisoner wearing, dare I say it, plain black headphones (strictly for Special Ops), and presented us with these beauties which feature speakers that swivel 90 degrees and are protected with oh-so-soft leather speaker guards.

Other than the urban camo colour way – with space for a couple of shells when you’re in the fire zone – the Skullcandy G.I.s ($69.95) come in desert fatigue (good for the boys in Iraq) and Rasta, presumably for Buffalo Soldiers…

[Via Gizmodo]

Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Lifestyle & Gadgets, Top Five

Transformers movie released today: Top five robots

By admin on July 27th, 2007

For once I know what I’m doing this Friday night. Granted the choice usually falls between drinking at home or drinking away from my home, but it can be a difficult one to make, especially if there’s a few good flicks on (bah, who needs friends anyway).No, tonight I’m going to watch giant robots kick the living circuitry out of each other in an epic battle over who will ultimately become rulers of the human race… I’m talking Transformers baby.

After months and months of waiting, I will finally get to see Optimus Prime et all in their full CGI glory. And I. Am. Excited. So excited in fact, that I’ve not gone one day without looking up robots to quell my robotic fervor. And here, in their full cybernetic glory, are some of my findings. OK, none of them transform from 60ft humanoid battle-machines into everyday vehicles, or actually fight each other but you’re not expecting that… are you?

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

NiceBunny paper Transformers

By admin on July 26th, 2007


So they don’t change from vehicles into robots in a few sharp flicks of the wrist, but these "cut out and keep" Transformers will still look unbelievably cool sitting on you desk. You’ll surely be the envy of all your work colleagues. Either that or you’ll be subject to taunts of "geek" before finding your newest cubicle buddies stapled together in a hideous mass of metal or paper.

But if you work from home and/or with other geeks, visit the ToysRevil blog for printable templates that you can print out and assemble, sorry, Transform, into super cute paper Optimus Primes or Bumblebees. Both designs come from NiceBunny, which you should check out for their fantastic range of cool vinyl toys and original apparel.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Win Ex Element goodies at Nollie, our sister site

By ShinyMedia on July 25th, 2007

If you’re an extreme sports type, you might be interested in this competition currently running on our – how you say – "rad" sister site, Nollie. They’ve teamed up with Ex Element, who are specialists in extreme sports courses and experiences. Whether it’s bungee jumping, kitesurfing, skydiving or rock climbing, Ex Element will have something to suit your adrenaline cravings.

So it’s rather splendid- sorry, awesome, that Nollie have three £50 Ex Passes (redeemable against anything on their site) to give away, as well as Ex Element Rash Vests for five runners-up. The entry question is easy peasy, so click here to head over to Nollie and get your entries in.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

My other car is a phone: Porsche release new mobile

By admin on July 23rd, 2007

Not as fast as a Carrera GT, but just as sleek, Porsche have released their latest model – The P9521 mobile phone. in another example of car manufacturers branching outside of their station (see below for related articles), Porsche will be releasing their phone this autumn. But at £800 a pop, it looks as though the consumers Porsche are targeting are in the same demographic as those who who can afford to buy their cars. It even makes the iPhone look bargainous by comparison (but at least the P9521 can do MMS).

The P9521 is a smart looking phone with its cut-magnesium body and minimalist design, but it isn’t doing anything new – mp3 player, camera, bluetooth etc. etc. Yeah sure, most phones aren’t really breaking any moulds these days either, but at least they’re doing it cheaper…

Related articles: 10 Reasons why the Apple iPhone Sucks | Meridian team up with Ferrari (vroom vroom) to bring you the F80 system

[Via Gizmodo]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

The Fuego grill – it’s like a kitchen, only outdoors

By ShinyMedia on July 20th, 2007

FuegoMe man. Me like meat. Me like meat cooked outdoors. Me like customisable outdoor kitchens featuring an aluminium frame that can accommodate up to six modules with grills, burners, warming drawers, storage, and refrigeration.

Yes, that disposable foil thing you picked up at Tesco’s on the way to the park is going to look pretty inadequate next to the uber-grills hitting the market these days. To your left you can see the Fuego grill, which will not only allow you to grill like a crazy grillmaniac, but is designed by one Robert Brunner. He designed the PowerBook among other things in his former position at Apple. The best thing is that the Fuego can be yours for only around $3,500. Oh, wait – that’s the worst thing.

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Crazy-awesome NEC concept phone

By admin on July 20th, 2007


Ever thought "wouldn’t it be totally awesome to the max if my belt was both a trouser restraining device and a phone"? Yeah, me too. And now NEC has answered our prayers.

The belt-phone, show above, was showcased at the Wireless Japan expo earlier this week. Specifications were patchy, but from what I can tell the buckle makes up the main handset, while the leather strap has the keys embedded into it somehow.

This is a fantastic phone when you’re just sitting about in your underwear, as you do. But methinks it’s not so practical when you’re having a stroll and that important business call comes through. But then perhaps this phone is aimed at the hip-hop lover, many of whom walk around with their trousers hanging around their arses anyway.

[Via Gizmodo]

Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Lifestyle & Gadgets, News

Mercury Prize shortlist: Who will win?

By admin on July 18th, 2007

It’s that time of year again when the nominations for the Most Useless, sorry, Mercury Prize are announced. The Mercury Prize has an impressive track history of bestowing its paper weight on bands and singers who go on to do absolutely nothing of note after their "win". Talvin Singh? Ms Dynamite? Franz Ferdinand? Er, M People? Speak up please, we can’t hear you.

Having said that, the Arctic Monkeys, up against the likes of Amy Winehouse and the Klaxons, have broken that trend with two breakthrough albums and could be onto their second Mercury Prize win on the trot. This is despite how incomprehensibly bland they are. Vitriolic comments in defense of the talentless, pre-pubescent little gimps can be left in the usual place.

So, without further ado, let me present, for your voting pleasure, the 12 nominees hoping to win a lump of metal and lots of radio play this coming September. I guarantee the victors of our poll won’t reflect the actual prize winners on the night. If it does, I’ll voluntarily buy both of the Arctic Monkey’s albums, and listen to them simultaneously for 24 hours straight. While naked.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Ring – the six o’clock alarm will no longer ring, it will buzz

By ShinyMedia on July 17th, 2007

What a bind it is to sleep with someone who gets up at a different time
to you in the morning. Oh sure, the night before it’s all wine and
laughter and naughtiness. But then in the morning the alarm goes off
and while one of you begrudgingly emerges from your kip, the other
grumpily turns over, punches the alarm clock and hides under the
pillow. Well, those days may soon be over, readers. How? Here’s how!

little ring thing is designed to vibrate at a time you specify, meaning that as
long as you remember to put it on your finger before you go to sleep,
you will be gently buzzed from your slumber as if a kitten were purring
into your fingernail (or something). No more screaming at lousy
commercial radio DJs at 7am! No more Radio 4 people being all
blusterful in your ear first thing in the morning!

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Clothing, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Paper Pilot: Educational AND fun

By admin on July 16th, 2007


If you’ve never built an Airfix model in your life, it’s either because you have the dexterity of a monkey with the DTs or were too "cool" to be seen going into Model Zone shop on a Saturday morning. For shame. You missed out big time. Apart from the fact that it gave me the opportunity to set fire to failed projects, it also taught me the importance of patience when putting together fiddly pieces of kit with obscure instructions – essential in this day and age of the Ikea flatpack.

But it’s not too late to recapture at least some of your lost youth. Paper Pilot: The Paper Airplane Pilot’s Manual (£10) gives you the low-down on 24 of the last century’s endeavours into flight, detailing the history and specifications of each plane in the book. And get this: When you retire to your study to "read", you can actually use the book to make paper versions of the planes featured. You can’t argue that constructing a Spitfire from nothing but paper and a craft knife isn’t manly…

Okay, you can, so if you’re really too cool for school, rather than making a paper plane you can wear one. This ace Paper Plane tee from Australian designers Plastic and Milk is about £18, and gives you a subtle way of declaring your love for the humble paper plane, without any detriment to your image.

[Via Wired]

Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Beverage of the Week: Bond’s Vesper

By admin on July 13th, 2007

I’ll warn you now: Supping on this cocktail will not convert you into a suave and sophisticated ladies man or a super-tough action hero. In fact, it’s more likely to turn you into a slobbering, leering wreck of a man, considering the measures of alcohol used in this lethal, but delicious drink. Here’s the recipe from Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.

3 measures of Gordon’s Gin (75ml)
1 measure Stoly vodka (25ml)
Half measure of Kina Lillet (no longer available, so substitute with Lillet Blanc) (12.5ml or so)

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until chilled and strain into a large glass. A large wine goblet should do the trick. Finally add a slice of lemon, don your tux and save the world from an evil genius. If you can stand that is.

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