Ideas For Black Friday/or Navy Blue Thursday




can’t stop listening to all the original  Beatles songs remastered. Absolutely fricking brilliant. These boxed sets (they come in either Stereo or Mono) are THE BEST!! I can’t imagine a more universally well received Christmas present… I’d get my order in on Amazon or buy in stores before they’re gone. I heard the Mac Store in Santa Barbara was sold out of the cool new mouses (mice??)  After Slim Paley’s post, of course. 🙂

This little projector seems like a cool gift to me for teen-aged kids.   The Cinemen Swivel portable projector


When The Fat Duck Cookbook, the wonderfully inventive cooking tome by  the infamous Heston Blementhal first hit the shelves with a THUD and a groan at $250, I thought hmmm…maybe I’ll just wait…knowing I’d most likely never attempt any of the recipes any way, but now…

The new smaller version

the publishers have just released a smaller version boasting exactly the same content (but without the pretty protective sleeve and fewer bicycle tassles) for $31.50 on Amazon.

The photography is exceptional; it won the 2009 James Beard Award for food photography.

So Get Your Duck on and put it in your “Rocket”! ( which centrifuges liquid in a vacuum-but you knew that)

Then there is Phaidon’s new “COCO: 10 World-Leading Masters choose 100 Contemporary Chefs” which would be a fun gift for those Food Networkies in your life and look-   more bike handle streamers!

 Just this. Tom Ford set of perfumes.

.Check out Lumas Art Editons.  Large scale art photography (some full wall size) at affordable prices.  Great store in the East Village, Manhattan  and the full collection is online.

Han Lei.   31 1/2″ x 31 1/2 ”   $600

Annet Van der Voort     43″ x 30″  $660

And I realize if you’ve read previous posts you might suspect I’m  heavily laying the “Leica camera for Christmas” bone out there for my own selfish reasons (no way Stieglitz)  But…


The Leica X1 High Premium Compact Digital Camera with APS-C  Sensor

The Leica X1 boasts of superior ruggedness and durability with its aluminium top and bottom plates, magnesium body and aluminium dials to withstand the rigors of everyday use. Sensor The LEICA X1 has the world’s largest sensor in a compact camera. The CMOS sensor which is 23.6 x 15.7 mm is 30% larger than its closest competitor. The LEICA X1 offers the DSLR quality in a compact camera with its 12.2 mega pixels. The sensor offers sharp pictures in low light conditions making it a perfect compact tool for professional photographers.
Alright, so I’m not even sure what all that stuff means, but I have a teeny little Leica D-Lux 3 that takes genius photos considering I never even read the directions book. It cost about $400 a few years ago, so I figure this one, at 12.2 pixels and $1,995 has got to be the bomb.
Plus, it has this really cool round periscope flash that pops up like a little submarine thingy. I know men would like this. It weighs 1lb so it’s not exactly a slip in your evening clutch camera, but you can use your iphone or Flip to capture those occasions.
The Leica X1 releases in December.

One Comment

  1. I have been on a huge Beatles kick lately. Ya know. It’s the Paul thing. Can’t get enough. Love, love me do………….

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