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Tagg Pet Tracker

November 27th, 2011 David No comments

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Keep tabs on your pooch, kitty, or pet wildebeest with the Tagg Pet Tracker ($200). Using a sophisticated cocktail of GPS and wireless technology, the Tagg monitors your pet’s location, alerting you via email and/or text if it leaves its “Tagg zone” — the area it spends most of its time, which is likely your home, unless you have your wildebeest guarding your secret, deep-woods grow operation — and runs on Verizon’s data network, so you can rest assured you won’t lose your pet due to a lack of coverage.

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The Glenlivet 70 Year Old: World’s oldest single malt whisky goes on auction

November 19th, 2011 David No comments

I just got me 1 of these, maybe i should have bought 2?

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The Glenlivet 70 year old whiskeyThe Glenlivet 70 year old whiskey which is the oldest single malt in the world.

Glenlivet’s name has traditionally been on the list of famous whiskey connoisseurs since the 18th century, when it was initially made available for sale. Under the aegis of Gordon and MacPhail’s ‘Generations’ label, Glenlivet has been known for some of the most uniquely flavored malt whiskey’s the world over. At the FNB Whiskey Live Festival 2011 in South Africa, 2 bottles of the 1940 Glenlivet will go on auction, to raise funds for the Foundation of Alcohol Related Research (FARR).

Left for maturation during the heights of the Battle of Britain, the whiskey was first aged in a First Shill Sherry Butt, before being transferred into bottles. The rare amber color of the beverage, along with multi-layered rich aromas of old cocktail cabinet’s wood, fine leather, fruits, and even a shade of wax, these bottles have more than just whiskey in them; they have works of art, rather. Their container, the tear shaped glass decanter with silver top which British Hallmarked, further adds to the exclusivity of the bottle. The decanters have been handcrafted by blowing up the glass into the unique shape, before fitting on the silver cap.

Other than this particular whiskey, we had earlier shown you some previous editions such as:

· 70 year-old Speyside Mortlach


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Mortlach 70 years whiskeyMortlach 70 years whiskey bottled in 1938.

This is actually a ‘sister’ malt whiskey of the Glenlivet, which has been retailed at over $15,000 a bottle. The Mortlach was left for aging 2 years before the Glenlivet, and in 2008 was allowed to be taken out from the casks, and then bottled only to be later unveiled and tasted by a select group of whiskey connoisseurs in Edinburgh, Scotland.

· 1883 Glenlivet

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1883 Glenlivet whiskey1883 Glenlivet whiskey is the world’s oldest bottle of the beverage.

This whiskey is largely known as the world’s oldest whiskey, and went on auction on the 12th October, 2011. The winning bid for it was $29,530. Distilled in 1883, it was bottled in 1931 by George & John Gordon Smith. Initially sold for prices as high as $30,740, the bottle has changed many hands including Captain William Smith, who happened to be the great grandson of Colonel George Smith, the founder of the Glenlivet distillery.

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Suntory Whisky Box

October 25th, 2011 David No comments

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Price tag and pedigree is what determines an ultra-premium liquor, but usually it’s the packaging that sucks us in. Suntory is among Japan’s most distinguished whisky makers, the brand Bill Murray was working for in Lost In Translation. Suntory’s latest high-end offering: three of their ultra-premium whiskies come handsomely packed in a decorative Paulownia wood box. Each boxed bottle also includes a porcelain jig for tasting this Japanese whisky in the traditional style.

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Free Stuff in NYC: Yes, There Is Such a Thing

August 29th, 2011 David No comments

NYCskyline 590x391 Free Stuff in NYC: Yes, There Is Such a ThingSure, New York City is an expensive place to live. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: We New Yorkers are actually just a bunch of cheapos. That trait is never more apparent than in the summer, when the price of fun stuff — Movies! Music! More! — drops as quickly as temperatures rise.

In honor of our Last Minute sale, featuring the trendy Thompson LES, the aristocratic Plaza Athénée and the laidback Hotel Roger Williams, we’ve put together a bazillion* free things happening in this city in the coming weeks. See? Sometimes it does pay to wait until the last minute.

*Number approximate (there are literally too many free things to count. This is a humble selection).

Free movies

New Yorkers go reel (har har) crazy in the summer — there’s a free outdoor movie screening for practically every night of the week. Spend Mondays in Midtown’s Bryant Park and watch a classic film on the big screen — upcoming selections include Cool Hand Luke, Airplane!, Dirty Harry and the film noir High Sierra. Mondays are also movie nights on Coney Island, a classic summertime destination in its own right; the schedule includes films from screen luminaries such as Woody Allen (Annie Hall) and Justin Bieber (Never Say Never). Also across the river, Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts film nights on Thursdays, with a varied assortment of options ranging from the kid-friendly An American Tail to the creepy Rosemary’s Baby, and Red Hook park has its own set of options on Tuesday nights, like WALL-E and The Fast and The Furious (plus: Food trucks!) Up north in Queens, check out the Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film festival with international (classy, serious) films like Biutiful and At The Edge of Russia.

Free music

The Washington Square Park free concert season wraps with a performance by jazz master Charles Mingus and his Orchestra on August 2. Enjoy a little wine with your music at the City Winery’s Hudson Square Festival series, with August performances by Nicole Atkins and The Wood Brothers (the wine isn’t free, but the tunes — and the mellow vibe — are). If you find yourself in Central Park, stick around the centrally located Naumburg band shell for free classical concerts on August 9 and 22. Sample some of the hottest shows on Broadway with the lunchtime cast performances in Bryant Park, featuring music from hits like Mamma Mia!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Lion King and more. And of course there are the dueling morning concert series put on by the Today show and Good Morning America, with acts ranging from Lenny Kravitz to Nicki Minaj.

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If you’ll be celebrating America’s pastime by attending a Yankees or Mets game, be sure to check out the free Water Taxi to the games. A cash bar and scenic views? We’re there.

The always-free Staten Island Ferry makes for a particularly nice ride in the summer, offering the chance to see the Statue of Liberty from the water without the tourist crowds. Time a ride during sunset, and you’ve got yourself a romantic beginning to the evening.

Central Park’s famous, free Shakespeare in the Park is over by August, but the irreverent Shakespeare in the Parking Lot goes through August 13 — this year’s selection is Hamlet.

The El Museo de Barrio has free walking tours that depart every Saturday, with stops at spots like the Graffiti Wall of Fame and at murals throughout Spanish Harlem. (RSVP required but admission is free).

Limon Dance Company offers free weekly dance classes on the Bryant Park lawn through September 10 — no experience necessary.

And head to Union Square and take advantage of free yoga classes beginning at 7 a.m. — because your health never goes on vacation.

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Angry Birds: Knock on Wood Game

August 23rd, 2011 David No comments

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True story: while stuck in an elevator for an eight floor ride, the kid in the stroller next to us kept whining to her mom “I want the iiiiitouuuuch. IIIIIIItouuuuuuuuch!!” First off, girl, it’s an iPod touch. Second of all, you’re way too young to be whining for a piece of technology many adults don’t even have.

If you want your little one to experience some of the fun and games of today’s technology without raising him or her to be dependent on a screen for entertainment, consider the Angry Birds: Knock on Wood Game ($26) – it’s just as addicting as its digital counterpart.

More Life Fun & Games $26

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August 20th, 2011 David No comments

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Whether you’re a professional tailgater, the designated family reunion chef, or simply have a reason to make unreasonably large quantities of smoked food, you would do well to check out the Rolltisserie ($6,700-$7,300). Made entirely of 304 stainless steel and mounted on dedicated trailers, these mammoth smokers combine a fully automatic, gas-fired, wood-smoking oven with a digital temperature control system and over-sized self-basting rotisserie system to cook nearly 200 pounds of food at once, making for an awful lot of happy diners.[Thanks Uncrate]

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Pools of the world

August 10th, 2011 David 25 comments

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Malibu, Calif.

The Henman House estate is set on 16.9 acres and offers mountain and Pacific Ocean views from the steel and glass structure. Its asking price is $7.95 million.

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La Jolla, Calif.

Architect Wallace Cunningham designed The Razor, listed for $32 million. Among its many cutting-edge features is a pool that seems to disappear into the view of the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

A unique feature

The infinity pool certainly sets the 11,000-square-foot home apart.

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Los Angeles

Infinity pools are all the rage for the optical-illusion-loving set that enjoys a nice view. This pool offers a more urban view of L.A. Just minutes up Doheny Drive from downtown, this 5,000-square-foot home designed for indoor/outdoor living is for sale for $6.29 million.

Plenty of windows

Next to the pool are a spa and outdoor shower. Inside the home are three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and more than enough windows to enjoy the views.

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A rare New York treat

On the garden level, the 8-foot deep, 26-foot long pool is perfect for laps. The pool is a rarity in New York, where the Department of Buildings no longer permits them. The pool opens into a 16-foot high solarium sanctuary that connects to a private garden. The five-floor home also has a sauna, five wood-burning fireplaces and a rooftop deck. An indoor pool in the heart of New York City is the ultimate luxury statement. In this 22.5-foot-wide Chelsea town house, you can haveyour own indoor oasis for $11 million.

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More than a mosaic?

Inside, a dramatic natatorium/ballroom features an elaborate mosaic floor that lowers at the touch of a button …

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A hidden swim

… and transforms into the indoor pool.

Four Seasons Resort Bali

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More of a pond than a pool, this photo shows it side on. As a piece of architectural narrative, the Bali Four Seasons pool entry is exceptional. A wooden bridge takes you over a chasm to an infinity pool with the jungle wrapping around the background, the pool floating 50 feet above it.

The entrance to the hotel is through a slit in the pool to the lobby underneath and is worth of a James Bond movie set.

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Intercontinental Hong Kong Pool

Why It’s Cool: Its underwater music is novel, but it’s the entire roof terrace complex that makes this pool unique. Not only does it have sexy sunbeds, beautiful teak decks, and a pool concierge, but there are three infinity spa pools (cool, medium, hot) with views of bustling Victoria Harbour.

Interesting Fact: Legendary tai chi master William Ng offers complimentary lessons poolside on the roof terrace for guests.

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Viceroy Pool at Icon Brickell Miami

Why It’s Cool: Designed by Philippe Starck, the three pools at the swanky new Viceroy hotel are connected, making it the longest pool complex in the country. At 205 feet, the main pool is the longest in Florida, while the 80-person hot tub is the world’s largest. Quirky details include a reflection pool with submerged tables and chairs.

Interesting Fact: Designed to mirror the Miami River running through downtown Miami, the pool literally runs through the condo “metropolis” of Icon Brickell.

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Grace Hotel Pool New York City

Why It’s Cool: Home to some of the hottest parties and events in NYC’s Times Square, this indoor pool is conveniently connected to a 40-foot bar (the only swim-up bar in the city) and comes equipped with mood lighting, stadium seating, and a projector to show movies. There’s a large coed steam and sauna near the DJ booth.

Interesting Fact: Celebrity pool sightings include Nelly Furtado, Michael Stipe, and Tyson Beckford.

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Grand Wailea Canyon Activity Pool Maui, Hawaii

Why It’s Cool: This 25,700-square-foot wet playground is a destination in itself (guests receive a map upon entry). Nine free-form pools at six levels (from 40 feet to sea level) are connected by a “river” that carries swimmers along at varying speeds, from lazy river currents to whitewater rapids. Highlights include seven slides, grottoes, scuba certification pool, and a “Tarzan pool” with rope swing.

Interesting Fact: Going up? The pool is home to the world’s only water elevator—swimmers are lifted to the surface in a sealed chamber.

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Why It’s Cool: Conceived by über-hip Clodagh, the pool features a stunning glass-encased centerpiece staircase. It stretches 28 feet into the middle, so swimmers can easily gawk at guests-and vice versa.

Interesting Fact: Visitors in the hotel’s Living Room lounge can ogle bathing beauties through slits in the ceiling.


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In Bali, Indonesia.

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Now that’s a view.


Crown Towers Hotel in Taipa Island Macau

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This is a cool infinity pool that looks out over a breathtaking skyline from several stories up. This is definitely a great place to enjoy the sunset in Taipa Island.

Burj Al Arab in Dubai

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Leave it to the hotel designer in Dubai to create a pool of this magnitude.  It’s just too bad you probably have to own a helicopter to be able to comfortably afford to swim here.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas

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While the pool might not seem too cool at first glance, notice the salt-water aquarium complete with sharks that is flush with the pool.  There is also a clear tube slide that goes through the aquarium and into the pool.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Resort in Grindavík, Iceland

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Ok, technically this isn’t a pool in the typical sense of a hotel pool. But, it is a warm body of water that you have to pay a pretty penny to get into. Therefore it falls into the category of a luxury hotel pool.

Begawan Giri Hotel in Ubud, Bali

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This small villa style hotels pool might not be big, but it has a million-dollar view.  Combine that with the fact that at any given time you will probably be the only person in the pool and you get one luxurious little swim.

Mandarin Oriental in New York

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At the Mandarin Oriental hotel, you can enjoy the famous New York skyline while lounging in the pool any time of the year.

San Alfonso del Mar in Chile

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The pool at the San Alfonso del Mar is a mini ocean in and of its self.  This pool is easily large enough to enjoy water sport activities like paddling and sailing, and it’s by far the largest freshwater pool in the world.

Four Seasons in Costa Rica

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There is no better way to appreciate the coast of Costa Rica than from this infinity pool at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Six Senses Hideaway in Zighy Bay, Oman

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This small infinity pool might not look like much at first, but when you take into account that the pool comes with your own private section of beach, cabana, pool, and more; it gets pretty luxurious.

Perivolas Luxury Hotel in Santorini

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The infinity pool at the Perivolas Luxury Hotel may be one of the most famous hotel pools.  It has one of the best views from any hotel pool and has been featured on a large number of travel magazine covers.

Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

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The sheer size of the pool at the Atlantis Resort is enough to get it on the list.  But the pool features a number a slides, waterfalls, grottoes, and more.

Hotel Villa Mahal in Turkey

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The infinity pool at the Villa Mahal made our list because it is a simple infinity style pool that does what infinity pools were made to do; give you the illusion of a pool that drops into the sky.

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Mercedes-Benz Helicopter

July 30th, 2011 David No comments

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This is the ultimate in personal travel. At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva last year, Eurocopter and Mercedes-Benz jointly presented the EC145 Helicopter, the first product in the new Mercedes-Benz Style range. At this year’s EBACE on May 17, the Mercedes-Benz Style EC145 helicopter made its world debut. Tailor-made for luxury-class business and private travel, the luxury helicopter has its interior done by Mercedes-Benz designers, so we can imagine the luxury and comfort it’s going to offer.

The interior of the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style draws inspiration from automaker’s range of high-end luxury vehicles. They have used quality materials, elegant woods, ambient cabin lighting and multi-function boxes. Prof. h.c. Dr. Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz, said…

The interior design of the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ helicopter represents the classic passion of the Mercedes-Benz design language and fulfils the very highest expectations in terms of elegance, luxury and comfort.

Great for executive transportation, family trips, and leisure and sport trips, the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter seats from four to eight passengers. The seats can be adjusted or removed for different seating arrangements or luggage space. There is no word on pricing for now, but we know it will be out of the budget for many of us.

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Creed Royal Oud

July 27th, 2011 David No comments

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Parisian perfumer Creed launches Royal Oud this fall, their latest fragrance which bridges Europe and the Middle East with a unisex scent based around woody, green, and spicy notes. Link / Source

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Best Home Theatres

July 24th, 2011 David 3 comments

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There is a fine line between a home theater and a design marvel. We have earlier introduced you to some of the most incredible and lavish custom-made home theaters. If you have always dreamed of a customized, ultra high-tech luxurious home theater, here is a treat for your eyes. The good guys over at CEPro have rounded off the best $150,000+ Home Theater entries from the Electronic House Home of the Year Awards, which is always a delight for home owners. Check out some of the best from CEPro’s list after the jump…

• Casablanca Home Theater

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Installed by Atlanta Home Theater, this custom home theater expresses the high-roller style of Hotel Casablanca, the location used to film many classic movies’ scenes. The theater flaunts radical projecting structure, sheik leopard carpet and black leather seating demand. The Casablanca Home Theater features over $250,000 in technology. The audio system alone costs more than $100,000.

• Mega 3D Theater

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Installed by Admit One, the Mega 3D Theater comes with a huge 15-foot 2.35:1 3D Cine-V Stewart Filmscreen that is complemented by a DPI Titan Reference 1080p 3D Projector. For a true audio experience, there is the JBL Synthesis Array system featuring four 18” subwoofers. An award-winning acoustician was hired to help with the placement and design of six bass traps, and absorption and diffusion panels. Other highlights include the Kaleidescape movie server, Panasonic Blu-ray player, RTI controls, Savant automation processor, Apple TV, Furman power conditioning and 240 LED light strips.

• Ice Palace Cinema

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Done by First Impressions Theme Theatres, this is a palace-style theater inside the basement of a 3-story Canadian residence. The luxurious theater has gold leaf embellishments, classical colors and wood tones that impart a classy look. There is a 2:35 huge viewing image with 4-way masking and reference grade 3-chip DLP video projector with anamorphic lens. For audio, the theater relies on 7.1 surround sound system with subwoofers that are as big as washing machines. It also has a Lobby Lounge complete with CineBar and computerized Wine Cellar.

• Syrupy Sweet

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Installed by Synergy Home Systems, this theater comes equipped with a Stewart Filmscreen CineCurve Screen, McIntosh-powered 7.1 sound system and Klipsch THX Ultra 2 speaker system. For lighting scene changes, there is an AMX control system coupled with Vantage lighting control. You also have a pneumatic automatic sliding door, which is controlled by the lighting and automation systems. The seating platform features four additional SpeakerCraft concealed subwoofers.

• 3D Art Deco

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Done by Future Home, the 3D Art Deco home theater boasts a Stewart Filmscreen 16-foot wide 3D Screen, a full stage, a balcony for eight with its own wet bar and spacious room that can accommodate over 50 for the evening party. The theater uses a Titan Reference 1080P 3D 9,000 lumen projector. There are eight surround speakers concealed in the side walls.

Check out the all the best high-end home theaters of 2011 and other details at CEPro.

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