If you’re following current trends, (or leading them, as you do subscribe to Made Mail), then you’re watching and listening to a ton more media off your computer these days than ever before, from movies, to TV, to music.
That’s why you shouldn’t skimp on the details, sound being the least of which that should be neglected. But why get great audio for a device that confines you to a desk somewhere in your house? The Kipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers solve that problem, going semi-wireless from your computer.
What does semi-wireless mean? Well, the sub-woofer needs to be plugged into a wall outlet, and the two satellite speakers are connected to the sub-woofer by wires. But! You can place said sub-woofer, complete with 200 watt amplifier inside it, and satellite speakers anywhere within thirty feet of your PC when using your USB Wireless transmitter. Put them in your kitchen and listen while you cook. Watch a movie from your bed with these THX-certified power speakers. The best part is it all only costs $199 and can be purchased here.
Some days you roll out of bed and think to yourself I could really use just a tiny jolt of positivity to jump start my day here. Or maybe that’s not you. Maybe you keep your hopes low, so you‘ll never be disappointed.
Either way, these posters have you covered. Whether you need a reminder to be confident, or need to kick your ego down a few notches, with the Optimism/Pessimism posters from Because Studio, you’ll be able to start your day with your head in the right place with one glance at your wall. The design is intriguing enough that it will absolutely be a conversation starter when guests are at your place. A conversation in which optimists will take one side, pessimists the other, and nothing will get accomplished, but a conversation nonetheless. And maybe a bit of a debate about how a poster can be empty or full? If you’re a die-hard optimist or pessimist, you can just buy one side of the whole poster, for $30.18 each. But we recommend, for the more balanced apartment, pick up the both of them for $50.30 right here.
You’re never too old for stuffed animals. In fact, in some cases you might be too young. For instance, having a child unwrap one of these Roadkill Plushes on his or her birthday might be a little messed up.
But for you and your friends with a dark enough sense of humor, these guys fit perfectly on your bed or couch for you to snuggle up to. Complete with spilled guts and tire tracks, you can choose from the typical kill you‘ll pass (or maybe nail yourself) on any given day: a raccoon, a rabbit, or a hedgehog, all equally adorable and dead.
About a foot and a half long, the craftsmanship by UK designer Adam Arber is actually pretty impressive, smashed head to squished toes. Each one goes for $40 and comes in its own body bag, and while you can surely find the real thing for free, we think we can safely say those won’t be quite as cute or cuddly, or evoke a laugh when put on your girlfriend’s bed. We’re still waiting for Arber to put out a lifesize dead deer beanbag chair or something, but for now these will definitely do. You can find them here.
Scarves are limited in their uses. They keep a very specific part of your body warm. And they look cool. In this day and age, and with the colder months of the year coming up, don’t you think this seasonal accessory can use just a little more functionality?
The solution to this is simple, but brilliant: pockets. Let it set in. Mull it over. See the brilliance yet? Let us help you. It’s called the Julian Scarf, the idea resulted from a woman who had to check her coat at the door of a club, leaving all her expensive things in her coat pockets and just praying nobody lifted them. Girl or guy, there are always going to be instances when you have to give up your multi-pocketed coat, or you just don’t feel like wearing something heavy that covers your entire body. With the Julian Scarf’s 7” by 7” nylon ripstop pockets, you can basically fit anything you need in there and can keep it on you at all times. It’s also in a place nobody will think to look. Pick-pockets are going to have a hard time swiping your stuff when it’s zipped up safely adjacent to your face. The Julian Scarves come in 14 different colors and patterns, are $30 each, and can be purchased here.
Need to catch somebody in a lie? Or maybe catch them in the act of something they aren’t supposed to be doing? Perhaps you just want to secretly record your friends doing something embarrassing put it on Break.com.
Don’t worry; all of the above has never been easier, with the Sleek Video Camera Pen. Look out, 007. The miniscule camera is concealed within the pen, the lens just above the clip, the microphone just beneath on the barrel. Start and stop recording by clicking a hidden button on the top keeping your chances of being caught pretty minimal. The camera holds up to 4 GB, or 2 ½ hours of footage (perfect for bootlegging movies–coincidence?). A USB 2.0 port allows for easy upload to your computer. And, you know, you can also write things down with it if you’re so inclined. But at $129.95, you won’t want to leave this in that drawer in your kitchen with dozens of pens that don’t work, scissors, and old AA batteries. You’ll want to keep this on you at all times. You never know when you’re going to need to record somebody and use it against them later! You can find the Video Camera Pen here.
Ever been made fun of for playing Air Guitar? What would happen if you just kept jamming away on that imaginary instrument, your buddy rolling his eyes, and suddenly a loud and clear power chord plays from nowhere?
Either you actually have in your hands an invisible guitar, your buddy is going insane, or you’re wearing the new Rock Guitar T-Shirt from Think Geek. Guitar Hero. Rock Band. Now you can add to your ever-growing collection of pretend guitars. The shirt has a mini-amplifier that fits right in your pocket, and despite its size, you’ll be glad to know the amp actually goes to 11, so you can adjust the sound just like a real guitar. Using a magnetic pick, you can strum out up to 15 different power chords, in all the major keys. We know you’re not supposed to wear the t-shirt of the band you’re going to see, so why not wear a shirt that’ll let you rock out with them instead? This seems like the only viable alternative. Maybe even get your friend to wear the Bongo Drum T-shirt and start an all clothing band. When you’re done just throw them in the hamper and get ready for the next show. The Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt is $29.99 and can be found here.
The Beatles – notoriously stingy with their music – are plunging into the digital deep end. First Rock Band, and now this? Excellent. It seems like only a matter of time before we’ll be getting their gamer tags.
This month, The Beatles in conjuction with Apple and EMI are releasing a limited edition Stereo USB drive (in the shape of an Apple, of course) on which is stored their entire, re-mastered collection of 14 stereo titles. This 16GB drive includes the full stereo recordings, mini-documentary films about the making of the albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes.
The tracks themselves are provided in FLAC 44.1Khz, 24-bit lossless audio and MP3 320 Kbps formats, and are fully compatible with Mac or PCs. They’re available for pre-order right now, and you better hurry. It seems unlikely that you’ll fit 14 albums into a stocking. Buy the drive from The Beatles official site.
For some guys, the measurement of masculinity isn’t by how much weight he can lift, how far he can run, or even how many beers he can drink. For some, the true test is how much hotness he can handle.
And we’re not talking about in a sauna room or out in the sun. We’re talking about on the plate. Tabasco has been helping weak dishes man-up for a long time, and if it’s not you yourself, then you for sure know somebody who pours this stuff on like liquid crack. Either way, the Personalized Gallon of Tabasco is pretty rad for any spice-lover.
Now, a gallon can be a year’s supply, a month’s supply, or if you’re actually drinking glasses of it, maybe a week. But having your name on it, making it your own private stock, is priceless. Keep it down in your wine cellar and lug it up proudly when you have company over for a dinner party. It’s great for any occasion. And you can get it in any flavor: Original, Green Pepper, Garlic Pepper, or if you enjoy hellfire in your mouth, Habanero Pepper. The gallon jugs range from $38.95 to $46.75 and can be found here.
Leaving your house is a bit of a travesty these days – there’s just so much to carry. Your wallet, cell phone, iPod, headphones, water bottle, digital camera, car keys, change for the meter, an ear of corn for some reason.
You end up walking around with bulging pockets like you just found a treasure chest and shoved as many gold coins as you could in any place on your body you could. It’s uncomfortable, but you refuse to wear a European Carry-All, and rightfully so. This is why you should own a ScotteVest hoodie. ScotteVest has a specially designed 13-pocket, weight management system to keep you from looking bulky. In addition to this, the majority of these pockets are interconnected in something they are calling the Personal Area Network (PAN), which allows you to run your headphone wire through them, keeping them untangled. And even better, some pockets on the interior of the hoodie are clear, so you don’t have to take your iPod or iPhone out to look at them. The grey jersey is 100%, machine-washable, and can be bought for $69.99 here.
Always wanted to draw your own comic, but not so gifted at drawing? Can’t color in the lines and all your humans look like cat-people? Marvel’s got you covered. Head to Superhero Squad.
Click “Create Your Own” comic, and all your childhood dreams will come true. Particularly useful for avoiding work at your place of employment, the site allows you to tap into your creative side and waste many, many hours of precious productivity time.
You can choose to make a short comic of three to five panels, or an entire book. Choose how many panels you’d like, what characters you want as part of your story (the Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, and more), backgrounds, speech bubbles, sound effects; you’re practically Stan Lee. Save your comics and send them to friends. Make an entire book, print out a few copies, and sell them for profit at the local elementary school. Those kids won’t know the difference. Or just hang them on your fridge as a job well done. The entire process is free and can be found with a click of a button, right here.
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