Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform for artists, designers and hobbyists. Computer programming skill a big plus.
A very cheap way of making espresso, and while it involves some thermometer fiddling, much easier to use than a traditional steam-driven machine.
Sickeningly addictive game peripheral for the XBox 360; hardcore gamers probably should stay away until more sophisticated games are out for it, but the casual/family set will be delighted.
Wonderful pocket-size synthesizer: don't forget some mini-speakers as it sadly lacks internal ones.
This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
This book made me drunk. Koja’s language is at its poetic best and the epic drama had me digging my nails into my palms.
The pen is mighter than the sword, but this pen is mightier than your pen. Aso comes in green.
In 1936, ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax traipsed off to Haiti for four months with his 19-year-old fiancée and a 55-pound recording unit. The results are only now available for anyone to hear.
Remarkably capable ultraportable laptop: Core2 Duo spanks netbooks but it still has decent battery life. 4GB upgrade a good idea, too.
Sponsored by Smithsonian, children's magazine Muse features articles on space, genetics, rain forests, computers, physics, math, visual arts, earth sciences, and almost everything else in the universe.
The Big Short
How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be OK
Honey I Wrecked the Kids
Upside of Irrationality
Robert A Heinlein, In Dialog With His Century
Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python
Indie Band Survival Guide
Where Good Ideas Come From
What Technology Wants
The Master Switch
2600, Kindle Edition:
The Peoples' Manifesto
Confessions of a Conjuror
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Looking at Paintings
Animals at Play
For the Win
Adventures of the Cat-Whiskered Girl
Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
I Shall Wear Midnight
Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Norman Mailer, MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 [Hardcover]
Contemporary African Art Since 1980
Black Tattoo Art
Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design
Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs
Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design
Joe Menn: Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet
Kevin Kelly: What Technology Wants
David Byrne: Bicycle Diaries
Jonathan Foer: Eating Animals
Joel Furhman: Eat To Live
Brendan Frazier: Thrive
Die Antwoord: $0$
Fela Kuti: The Best of the Black President (Deluxe Version)
Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
Gaslamp Killer: All Killer
Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound
Havana Cultura Remixed
Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer
Major Lazer: Guns Don't Kill People: Lazers Do
Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
Settlers of Catan
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA
Potato Chip Science
The Matchbox That Ate a Forty-Ton Truck
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Monkey with a Tool Belt