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Adventure : Apr 2012

A Telescope That Finds the Stars For You

 

CelestronSome might say this is the perfect telescope for the star-searching newbie. If you can't hone in on the galaxy you're looking for on your own power, Celestron's Prodigy 6 robotic self-aligning telescope will find it for you. Using electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera and a database the scope can find over 4000 celestial features. Once the telescope points you in the right direction, it helps open your eyes to the wonders of the universe by letting in up to three times the light of past models. Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view. 

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Be Apocalypse Ready With Gerber Knives

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When society breaks down, it'll be every man for himself alone in the wilds fighting for food and survival. Whether it's Zombieland, a nuclear holocaust, the 2012 presidential elections, or another day when you might need to fillet small mammals to survive, be prepared with Gerber's Apocalypse Kit. This handy canvas carrying roll-style case, featured on The Walking Dead, sheathes seven of Gerber's most bad-ass knives: the Gator Machete, Camp Axe II, Bear Grylls Survival Series Parang, Gator Machete Pro, LMF II Infantry knife, DMF folding knife and the Epic fixed blade knife.

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An Ode to Vintage Gear

I've got a confession to make. During my lifetime, I've purchased a fair amount of crappy gear that I found, for one reason or another, appealing. And because it was cheap. These days, I've got less stuff and I'm more selective about what I buy. I try to only spend my good money on gear that's well-made—U.S.-made is a plus—by transparent, sustainable companies.  

I also try to consume less, in general, which is made easier by these three stellar items that you'd have to pull from my cold dead hands.

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Kids in Cubes: The Strange, Compelling Photographs of Tierney Gearon

 

Source: nytimes.com

 

This past Sunday's New York Times Magazine ran a photo gallery called “The Shape of Things,” featuring the work of Tierney Gearon. I hadn’t heard of her before, but her images of young children and animals enclosed in brightly colored, Plexiglas cubes and set outside on the snow and grass were so fresh and arresting, I wanted to know more. 

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Spring Bike Service

As the winter sun starts to climb higher and the trails and roads dry out, it's time to think about riding again. That probably means full service for bikes that have been neglected in the garage all winter. (Don't you dare say you left them in the snow). Time to rip that thing apart and take a tooth brush to last year's grit and grime. Or perhaps you've been perusing the Spring Bike Special and settled on a new bike. Either way, you're going to want to build that bike up like its new so you're ready to hurtle into the season. I saw the video clip below, courtesy of our friends over at IMBA, and thought, "If it were only that easy..."

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