My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, how to build the ultimate backyard movie theater, 19 items to elevate your binge watching, or the best new phone cases for your smartphone. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.
Stranger Things has been out for a week. Six days ago I finished it, so I'm already feeling a Stranger Things-sized hole in my life. Notes From the Upside Down is balm for those phantom pains. The unofficial guide explains the influences behind the show, has tons of pop culture references, and does a deep dive into each episode. $12.
This is an exciting, velocity-sensitive multi-instrument. The MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controller works with iOS devices and computers to let you tap, pluck, bow, or strum virtual instruments like guitars, basses, violins, and drums. You can even change the tuning of your instrument and place pressure on the fretboard to bend the pitch of a note. The instrument has a six-hour battery life, connects over USB or lightning cable, and has two built-in stereo speakers. $399.
If there is one thing I got out of watching Twin Peaks, it is confusion. Don't get me wrong, I love the show. But I'd also love some answers. David Lynch won't give us any, so I look to Mark Frost and his books The Secret History of Twin Peaks and the new release Twin Peaks The Final Dossier. Maybe I'll find some within the pages of these beautiful books.
The 360-degree Libratone TOO speaker connects over Bluetooth, allows you pair two speakers together, and has a 12-hour battery life. It's also splash-proof, making it a great poolside speaker. $129.
Have you tried to Ollie on a skateboard? It isn't easy. SkaterTrainers stretch over wheels 48 mm to 65 mm in diameter and keep your wheels stationary so you can practice tricks without worrying about your board moving. $20.
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