Product Spotlight: Pop Off – Open Any Bottle of Beverage Safely with The Capski
30 Watt now offers the practical gift for those who drink beverages out of a bottle: The Capski, a wall-mount bottle opener designed for every beer fan and soda drinker. The wall mount uses the same revolutionary patented technology as its other products, clinging to the fridge, toolbox, boat, truck tailgate, or any shiny surface without any damage. The Capski can also be added to any kitchen with its ability to cling to dishwashers and tile backsplashes.
The company developed an appealing, high-design wall mount opener that does not use screws or glue, or damage furniture and surfaces. The wall-mount openers are especially useful during social distancing; there’s no need to touch the wall-mount bottle opener or pass around a handheld speed opener.
The Capski / $16 / 30watt.com
Michigan’s Ice Climbing Scene is Hot
This state may not have big mountains, but it does claim some serious ice. And the ice climbing along Pictured Rocks National Seashore calls to climbers from across the globe. The epicenter of this front- pointing-and-picking scene is the annual Michigan Ice Fest (michiganicefest.com) in February. COVID-19 could put a damper on the event scheduled for Feb. 10-14, 2021; while it’s currently on the schedule, the organizers say they will make the call on if it will in fact happen in December. But that does not mean you won’t find intrepid souls on route this winter. In 2014, famed mountaineer Conrad Anker helped create a collaboration between the non-profit festival and his sponsor The North Face to introduce more kids to the sport. The result, the Pictured Rocks Climbing Academy (picturedrocksclimbingacademy.org) teaches kids ages 7 through 18 how to build confidence on climbs and in life. Of course, the pandemic has put the breaks on school-age activities but the non-profit is still taking donations to get kids climbing as soon as it can. The fest also books private guided trips through its website, so if you want to try the sport, sign up now and they will keep you informed as to regulations. Likewise, Superior Climbing Adventures rents gear and gets you out with guides (superioriceclimbingadventures.com) and plans on operating with safety precautions in place this year.
HOPE. In a world in turmoil, I have hope.
A “good time” for a deadly worldwide contagion doesn’t exist, but an election year is the best time as any—because it makes it so much more evident that our elected leaders impact our lives, that our votes have impact, that our choices matter.
By the time you read this, election day almost certainly has passed. We may still be waiting for the results, those results may be being contested, or the foundation of our democracy may be in peril if the occupant of the White House as of this writing is refusing to accept defeat and unwilling to leave.
Still, I have hope. In the face of difficulty, of uncertainty, I have the audacity of hope, to use Barack Obama’s phrase. As our former president once said, “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”
“I’m not talking about blind optimism,” he said, “the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shrink from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”
NASA’s $23 million space toilet. Imagine if you will, you’re an astronaut in deep space. You test the weightlessness of zero gravity, when suddenly the urge to use the restroom hits. You find yourself seated on what should be deemed the true Royal Throne, better known as NASA’s new Universal Waste Management System created by Collins Aerospace. This $23 million Porta-Potty (consisting of two toilets) will make astronauts a whole lot happier. Made of titanium, the new design is the first in 30 or so years and NASA spared no expense to give our national space heroes a smell-proof potty. Astronaut Jason Hutt Tweeted about how bad the bathroom smells in space: “If you want to recreate that used spacecraft smell, take a couple of dirty diapers, some microwave food wrappers, a used airsick- ness bag, and a few sweaty towels, put them in an old school metal trash can and let it bake in the summer for 10 days.” Sure, $23 million seems like a lot, but the zero gravity, g-force-like airflow suction with bacteria filter, thigh lap (to keep you seated while in the spacial vortex) and easy-to-clean bowl is worth it if you ask the men and women who have had the pleasure of sitting in the stink for longer than any of us could handle. Plus, it’s 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the current Russian-designed ISS toilet.
NASA / Nasa.gov
Puff Hands Free
Raw, the maker of the well known rolling papers, has taken the smoke game to a new level. Thanks to this hands-free smoker, you can puff while doing…well, whatever you need two hands for. We’re not saying this will change your life, but for those whose endless days at home involve gaming, streaming, cooking, or even toking while getting in your cardio, this accessory was made for you.
Professional drinkers and world travelers Natalie Migliarini and James Stevenson have been crafting beautiful cocktails, telling stories, and awing us with their photography from around the globe for years. When the duo announced the release of their spectacular new, and aptly named book, Beautiful Booze? Happy drinkers rejoiced. The golden hardcover will add to your library of cannabis and cocktail literature. Inviting you with one of the most comprehensive recipe books around, Migliarini and Stevenson lay out how to make your own bitters, syrups, and drinks at home. But what makes this book so incredibly unique is the guide to the best barware, what equipment to use, what items work best with what, and wonderful explanations as to how they named their inventive and cheeky cocktails. Mixing drinks with names such as We All Have A Vice Or Two, Monday Morning Mist, Yes, It Tastes As Good As It Looks, and My Kind of Dispensary, you will be able to act like a professional bartender in no time flat, and have the goods to back it up. After all, these two are known for operating the best booze Travel website in the industry. They know what they’re doing—and now so will you!