November 27, 2005
Stanley was a pioneer of insulated vacuum bottles for keeping liquids hot or cold on the go. Now the company has updated its classic design with wider mouths on all its bottles to make room for ice and for easier cleaning. The rugged stainless steel bottles have a double-wall 8-ounce screw-on drinking cup, and the heavy-duty handle folds flat and keeps the bottle from rolling. I've yet to find an insulated bottle that holds the temperature -- especially of hot liquids -- longer. Information: 800-251-4535; stanley-pmi.
July 27, 2006
Chromehounds Sega [Xbox 360] Rated T for Teens If there's one thing we all need, it's more giant robot games. When it comes to the fine art of building and blasting giant robots, Chromehounds is a true masterpiece. Craft a killing machine from inventories of parts and arrange them in any way imaginable, then hunt down enemies through vast environments. The trick is to nail them before they have a chance to nail you. Choose from six role types: the versatile soldier, the tough defender, the ranged sniper, the speedy scout, the powerful gunner or the strategic commander.
May 20, 2004
Entertainment Liteon 5005 DVD Recorder/Player Affordable DVD recorders have been promised by manufacturers for a couple of years , but they're only now getting into the price range of home electronics consumers. The Liteon LVW 5005 ($400) makes a great addition to any home entertainment center. For one, you can record DVD plus and minus Rs and RWs along with CD-R and RW. It will play regular DVDs, DVD+VR, Video CDs, SVCD, audio CDs holding MP3s, JPEGs and other files. You can record up to six hours of television onto a DVD and it won't fade after repeated playbacks.
August 20, 1993
I latch the seat belt on my three-year-old son's airline seat.He begins to study how to unlatch it, so that I'll latch it again, so that he can unlatch it, so that I'll latch it again. But it's a challenge for him, which gives me a chance to reach into the seat-pocket in front of me and enter another world.Skymall, says the on-board catalog. I like the sound. I like the slick, crisp pictures, the cooing copy. Skymall is consumer pornography of the highest order. It is salve for the human condition, in which satisfaction seems always barely out of reach, always on order but never quite arrived.