Breakthrough albums deserve more than a bit of disk space on your computer’s hard drive, but we don’t need to tell you that. A Deluxe edition of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is coming together in physical form, chock-full of memorabilia including helmet and robot schematic posters, 56 page hardcover picture book from RAM recording sessions and film shoots, a 10″ vinyl with an extended interview of Giorgio Moroder, a 70mm film strip with 5 sequential frames from the production of Lose Yourself to Dance, all packed in a cloth-bound box stamped with the album’s title in gold foil. Of course, it includes the album as well, in both special edition 180 gram double vinyl form and on two gold- and silver-plated USB drives, alongside a slew of hi-def videos.
Shipping in early December. Learn more at Daft Punk’s RAM website - $275
Ever dream of quitting your job, cutting all [ultimately unimportant] ties and hitting the open road in a camper? Until that day, live vicariously through Foster Huntington, who’s put 80,000 miles on his VW Vanagon since July 2011. Home Is Where You Park It is a 125 page photo collection of campers, all shot on 120mm and 35mm film, detailing the most interesting wheeled homes, and what drives the individuals behind the wheel, that he’s run into on his adventures.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $65
Whether you’ve followed television’s most likeable serial killer for the past eight years or are just starting to, with Dexter: The Complete Series collection, you’re bound to get your fill. This monster box set includes all 8 seasons, behind-the-scenes interviews and featurettes, a documentary on the evolution of Dexter Morgan, exclusive photos, artwork, and more, all obsessively organized inside a blood slide box that’s fit for hiding inside your air conditioner.
Grab it in Blu-ray on Amazon – $322
Better not have any big plans for the next few weeks. Roughly on par with your average Hollywood blockbuster in development costs, GTA V features the largest, most dynamic world Rockstar’s pumped out to date, spanning different cultural sub-regions and a slew of interesting citizens as varied as the Los Santos landscape. Other selling points include numerous recreational activities such as golf, skydiving, triathlons and street racing, as well as more ways to make money – aside from robbery – like investing in local businesses, and of course a rich storyline that has you controlling three distinct protagonists through large multi-part missions.
Breaking Bad’s rapidly building up to its colossal end, and we can already tell you that we fully plan on rewatching the entire series as soon as it’s over. Grab the full set with Breaking Bad: The Complete Series, a collector’s pack containing the show in its entirety, over 55 hours of special features across all seasons, an all-new two-hour documentary, a 16 page booklet with a letter from the show’s creator, plus a Los Pollos Hermanos apron and commemorative challenge coin, all housed in a replica plastic money barrel. Sure, it’s not packed with Walt’s millions, but it’s contents are still plenty valuable to us.
Preorder on Amazon – $225
It’s not the biggest TV around – especially not for its price – but we prefer to take LG’s Curved OLED TV as a sign of things to come. The 55-inch television features OLED technology for an extremely high contrast ratio and deeper, truer blacks, a lightweight, razor thin design – 37 pounds and 0.18-inches (4.5mm) at its limits, thanks in part to a carbon fiber backing – and a subtle curvature that makes all parts of the display equidistant from your eyes. It’s also 3D capable, streams content out of the box from either the internet (Netflix, Hulu, etc) or your compatible devices, and packs thin film speakers within its base that we’d rapidly deactivate in favor of a more potent soundbar.
Read more at LG – $15,000
Streaming on non-smart television sets doesn’t have to be costly or overcomplicated. Here to prove that point is Chromecast, Google’s tiny Chrome-powered device that plugs straight to your TV’s HDMI & USB ports and lets you stream Youtube, Netflix, Pandora, Google Play, stuff from your Chrome browser, and a lot more very shortly (thanks to Google’s developer-friendly Cast SDK) in 1080p quality. Otherwise, it’s seamlessly controlled by any compatible device, notably Android/iOS tablets, smartphones, and Chrome browser-equipped computers, costs as much as a week’s worth of lattes, and… did we mention the price?
Books aren’t exactly waterproof, but they hold up a hell of a lot better than typical electronics (and, extrapolating, eBook readers). Or at least those untreated by Waterfi. Their dual-layer waterproofing process renders these Kindle Paperwhites entirely waterproof to 210 feet – overkill, maybe, considering that divers probably don’t read much, but appreciated nonetheless – and absolutely perfect for bathtub and poolside reading. Otherwise, it’s just like a regular Kindle Paperwhite, with its high-res front-lit display, 8 week battery life, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Learn more at Waterfi – $220
Most modern TV set-top boxes try to integrate as many video services as they can. Technically, so does Fan TV, but it pulls it off in a far simpler manner, combining DVR, TV and streaming in a sleek interface that’s based around presenting you shows rather than have you dig through apps to find the ones you’re looking for. Otherwise, it sports an intuitive button-less touchpad remote, features social ways of discovering new content – both trending and those being watched by your buddies – and even lets you watch on the go using their browser-based interface with your laptop, an iPad or an iPhone.
Read more at Fan TV – $TBA
Inspiration can’t be bought, unless you happen to be looking to design a logo and need some positive energy; then Logobook may be worth a look (yes, we’re on it). Comprising a gargantuan 7,000 logos from around the world, sorted alphabetically, Logobook also incorporates details such as their year of conception, designer, and company, over nearly 800 pages and 5.5 lbs of paper. It’s a definite must-read for aspiring designers, who should also check out Logorama, the short co-directed by Logobook’s author.
Order at Amazon – $33