I deem having fresh basil on hand a necessity. Presented in a sustainable bamboo pot, this is one green gift that keeps on giving.
Ditch the plastic collar stays for good and upgrade to some classy brass. These collar bones from the San Francisco shirtmakers Taylor Stitch offer a bit more support and are a good sight more sophisticated. Not that a gent needs that much for the jewel box, but some additions are worth the extra hardware.
This geometric design has an architectural sensibility. I swooned over the laser-cut bamboo and gold-filled hardware crafted by San Francisco-based Folia Design. Part city grid, part Mondrian, all style.
Here's the gigantic splurge of the bunch; a compact, stylish bar from the Scandinavian designer Gesa Hansen, who bases her company and atelier, The Hansen Family, in Germany. But no matter—look at this thing! It's a hand-crafted solid oak trunk that opens to reveal a home bar, inspired by 19th century traveling trunks.
Battlestar Galactica (BSG) has been called the best show on television, and as real as science fiction gets. It has dealt with issues of religious freedom, patriotism, terrorism, genetic engineering, and the ultimate science fiction question: what does it mean to be human? While the re-imagined BSG may not be packed with cool techie tools (the bad guys don't even have laser guns for frak's sake!), this book shows that the science in the series has a lot to say about the use of science and technology in our lives today.