Logitech’s sleek design and rich features could make it the iPhone of universal remote controls! The Harmony One replaces up to 15 remotes and works with old and new technology such as HDTVs or old DVD players. It’s on board database allows you to control over 225,000 different devices and Logitech updates the database to ensure your universal remote control keeps up with technology. Setup is done via the internet using a web based setup guide. I had no problems with setup; just attached it to my PC and picked my devices.
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Can making coffee French style really be that easy? Yes! The Bodum French Press makes your favorite coffee taste even better. It’s not complicated. You put coarsely ground coffee beans in the container and pour hot to boiling water over them. After a few minutes when coffee is brewed to your satisfaction, push the coffee press down all the way to the bottom of the glass canister and voila!
This is the true coffee lovers favorite way of brewing coffee. Even coffee tasters use the French press to define the quality of various coffee beans. When you push down the press, your coffee stops brewing. No more over-cooked burnt coffee at the bottom of the pot. You can use this practical little gadget to brew just the right amount of coffee, at the strength you want, anytime you want.
Ice straws are drinking straws made from whatever you can freeze! Forget plastic bendy straws an ice straw way more fun. The mold is made of food-grade silicone and makes six 8” long reusable straws. Freeze your favorite fruit juice or just use water; unfortunately alcohol doesn’t freeze very well. The mold has an insert that is frozen inside the liquid forming the straw. After the ice melts the straw inserts are reusable keeping pesky plastic straws out of our landfills.
Does your man cave closet say “real man” or “cheap dry cleaner”? The Man Hangar brings an industrial style and unique look to your closet. Handmade and coated with a durable finish the Man Hangar will never rust or corrode protecting your clothes and lasting a lifetime. You’ll get 20% when you order more than three Man Hangars at a time. Outfit your closet with The Man Hangar and ladies know a real man’s clothes are hung there. Hand bent in America by BODE Goods.
Don Henley recently opened up to interviews which is a welcomed sign to Eagles fans the group is about to release a brand new compilation. Since there 1971 debut the Eagles have played on to become an iconic band. Inspiring fans with their message of “unrequited cool and conscience” the Eagles continue to influence artists over 40 years later. The Studio Albums is a limited edition 6CD box set containing the bands omnipresent hits from 1972 through 1979. The set contains classic Eagles hits including Desperado (1973), One of These Nights (1975), Hotel California (1976) and Tequila Sunrise. It’s Geffen approved and still cool in the Twenty-First Century.
Some men are passionate about cigars, some men are passionate about music, and some men want it all. If you fall into any of these categories, these hand crafted Cigar Box Desk Top Speakers by Good Deed Audio are a must have. Built in the USA from authentic cedar cigar boxes, these gorgeous satin lacquer finished speakers bring a whole new meaning to term smokin’ hot tune.
These genuine cigar boxes come complete with their original brass hardware and labels, but have been reinforced with internal bracing and custom tuned for the 2.5” aluminum cone speaker. The ¾” tube port adds a surprisingly deep bass tone to complement the sweet mid-range of these natural sounding speakers and a 10 watt internal amplifier provides ample power with no need for external connections.
With a 3.5mm audio jack and 120 volt wall outlet the only requirements connecting these re-purposed stogie boxes is simple. While not exactly loud enough to shake the fillings out of your teeth, these speakers will fill a room with full, rich sound and are a perfect addition to a desktop or bookshelf stereo application. They are certainly more interesting than generic speaks from the box store. Sorry, stogies not included.
There is nothing worse than watered down whiskey or warmed iced drink. Fortunately stone cask ice rounds ($29.00) will put an end to watery iced drinks. This unique product makes 2 ½ inch ice rounds reducing the surface area touched by the drink. The large compact sphere has a slower melting rate than your average ice cube keeping your drink colder longer and reducing the water. Just like ordinary ice cube trays you fill and freeze, but unlike typical ice cube trays stone cask ice rounds are made strong durable silicon allowing them to freeze fast. It only takes two hours to make an ice round and removing from the mold is easy. The cases are BPA free and dishwasher safe. Stone Cask Ice Rounds are available in packages of two. Just make sure you place them in your glass before filling it, unless you want a cannonball style splash.
Gordon Lightfoot is a timeless songwriter who engages the listener with his baritone vocals. This collection’s broad range of his popular hits is good for many mood settings. He speaks of life situations, past and present, with passion and clarity. Part troubadour, part historian, this Canadian came into the professional music scene in the late 50s, but he began singing for crowds as a child. With thoughtful, dreamy lyrics, songs in this collection include, “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Carefree Highway.” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” provides haunting insight into a tragic bit of current history. Lesser known hits, “Cotton Jenny” and “Baby Step Back” will become fast favorites along with many others. The songs on this album spanning from 1965- 1987 will be played over and over and are a must for multi-genred listeners.
If you’re looking for a new game for family game night Cards Against Humanity is not that game. If you want a game that is every bit as twisted, offensive and despicable as you and your friends then Cards Against Humanity is the game for you.
The rules for Cards Against Humanity are simple and similar to the game Apples to Apples. Every round the players are asked a question from one of the game’s black cards. Each player has a hand of white cards with several possible responses, most of which are horribly offensive. The player who gives the funniest response to the question wins the round. A basic set comes with 460 white cards and 90 black cards. When you’ve grown board with the standard set there are plenty of expansion packs available.
Cards Against Humanity makes it the perfect man cave party game since it boils down to a group of people telling possible offensive stories and laughing about it.
If your man cave’s audio/video cables look like a nest of untamed snakes and you need a map to find out where they go, these Talk Bubble cable organizers by Umbra will be your new best friends. These white plastic cord clips designed by Carolina Kim and Matt Carr are molded in assorted talk bubble shapes so you can easily label them with their respective destinations. With a generous 1.5 X 1 inch surface there is ample room for the most childish scribbling. Sold by the six-pack and, get this, they even come with their own dry erase marker so you can wipe them clean with a rag and re-purpose them with every new gadget addition. Now even after a six-pack you and your buddies can easily figure out where to connect that shiny new game console so all of it’s cool new features will actually work.
Spring is coming and your outdoor man cave chair needs an upgrade. The Modern Adirondack Deckster Chair is an easy reason to enjoy the weather and play hooky from life for the afternoon. The Modern Adirondack Deckster has it’s roots in rustic Americana but throws the traditional profile to the wind. It’s design catches the eye and begs you to settle in and linger. The boxy rosewood and perpendicular angles could be confused for sculpture without a closer look. It proves its worth of an out door man cave with flat arms sized right for your beverage of choice with enough ergonomic slatting for a siesta that is sure to follow. With props of stainless steel this is a fine-weather deck and patio companion that will surely rain down envy from friends upon your sun-drenched, relaxed form.
Ian Buxton’s latest book “101 World Whiskeys to Try Before You Die” is the result of his twenty plus years in the Scotch Business. Forget snobs and collecting, he Ian explores drinking whiskey and tours the world’s offerings. Skipping the complex discussions about palate and grading the chapters’ breakdown what is out there today that you can and should try. Ian’s “101 World Whiskeys” is a fun education in what you could be drinking. It also makes a kick ass coffee table book for the man cave.
We had a nice rotating carousel K-Cup holder at Man Cave Gadgets but we’ve ditched it for a DecoBros high capacity rack. Finally a K-Cup holder for the serious single brew coffee drinker! You can store up to 54 K-Cups in three stylish metal mesh drawers that slide out easily and look great on a granite counter top. DecoBros makes a heavy rack with rubber feet keeping your coffee firmly in place on the counter. DecoBros also made room for storing refillable EkoBrew K-cups. If mesh wire isn’t your thing the DecoBros K-Cup rack is available in three tier wire and crystal glass.
It’s official; 68 teams with 68 dreams have filled the dance card. All the usual suspects except last year’s champs Kentucky are ready to go. Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga come in as the number one seeds. The bottom of the bracket includes Cinderella’s Liberty, Florida Gulf Coast, LIU and Middle Tennessee State hoping to capture the hearts of basketball fans everywhere by pulling off a big upset. One thing is certain; it has been a crazy year in college basketball.
In the course of a month during mid-January four different teams occupied the top spot. Number one teams dropped like flies. The once mighty ACC has only four teams in the Dance while mid-majors like the WAC and Atlantic 10 have five each. It’s almost impossible to listen to basketball pundits make their predictions without hearing “parity” and they’re right. Who woulda thunk it?
Trying to make predictions with this field? Heck, a monkey flinging poo at his bracket sheet is as likely to hit as many winners as Dick Vitale. But why should that stop us? Here are Man Cave Gadget’s five forecasts for the 2013 NCAA tourney.
5. Biggest Upset
Since 1985 when the tournament expanded from 53 to 64 teams, a 16 seed has never beaten a first seed. Every year we wait for it but it never happens. It almost happened in 1989, not once, but twice. Ask Oklahoma and Georgetown but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen this year. Last year we had a No. 15 beating a No. 2 with Norfolk State dispatching Missouri 84-82, only the 5th time that particular scenario played out. If you’re looking for a good 15-2 upset you might consider the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles over Georgetown. The Eagles beat a No. 2 seed Miami earlier in the season, a nice credential to have entering the tournament. Our biggest upset prediction is No. 14 Davidson over No. 3 Marquette. The Wildcats after starting off 9-7 enter the Dance with a 17 game winning streak. They played Duke, Gonzaga and New Mexico tough this year and have a couple of very good big men in De’Mon Brooks and Southern Conference Player of the Year Jake Cohen. Look for Davidson to advance but we wouldn’t bet the house on it.
4. Lowest Ranked Team to make it to the Sweet 16
Once again we have to look at possible upsets. Ideally we’re looking for a couple of low seeds from the same bracket with a decent chance of pulling off upsets and meeting each other in the round of 32. Look to the East Regional and No.12 California beating No. 5 UNLV and No. 13 Montana surprising No. 4 Syracuse. There’s no reason in the world why Montana should beat Syracuse. They have no Top 25 wins and Syracuse has 5, including one win over top ranked Louisville. But like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, with Syracuse you never know what you’re going to get. Look for the Grizzlies to beat Syracuse, beat California, and advance to the Sweet 16
3. The Final Four
It’s tempting to just fill in all four #1 seeds and be done with it but that’s a lazy man’s way. In case you’re wondering, since 1979 it’s happened only once when all four No. 1 seeds (Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, UCLA) made it to the Final Four. Looking back at Final Four history it turns out that on average only 1.8 No. 1 seeds make it to the Final Four. This year let’s round it up to three; parity be dammed. The cream of the crop this year is Indiana, Louisville and Kansas. Just to prove we are not lazy men let’s add No. 4 seed Kansas St. out of the West region; a team that has shown it’s able to beat just about everyone except Kansas
2. Outstanding Players of the Tournament
Just as there are no dominating teams this year there are no dominating players. That said there are many talented players who will make their mark in the tournaments. Keep an eye on these studs:
- Creighton’s Doug McDermott is one of the best pure shooters in the country.
- Georgetown forward Otto Porter plays great defense and is not afraid to take over when the game is on the line.
- Kansas center Jeff Withey plays big on both ends of the court. He has title game experience from last year’s loss to Kentucky, and blocked a record 31 shots during last year’s tournament.
- Nate Wolters, a lights out shooter from tiny South Dakota State. Could be the catalyst for a big upset of No. 4 seed Michigan.
Miami’s Shane Larkin, Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk, Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Cody Zeller of Indiana, Peyton Siva of Louisville and frosh sensation Ben McLemore of Kansas all bear watching as well but here’s the deal. In order to be the tournament’s outstanding player your team has to make it to the Final Four and more than likely, be in the championship game as well. That leaves us with:
Victor Oladipo of Indiana. His aggressive defense and Jordan style dunks make this 6’5”junior guard a prime candidate to become the tournament’s outstanding player.
1. And the Winner Is
Reputations don’t win championships. Coaches don’t win championships. Gaudy records don’t win championships. The teams with the best players hardened by a season’s worth of tough competition win championships. The actual championship game will be the semifinal matchup between the two best teams in the Dance; Kansas and Indiana. Indiana squeaks by the Jayhawks and on April 8 the Indiana Hoosiers will cut down the nets and claim the 2013 National Championship.
There you have Man Cave Gadgets predictions for NCAA’s 2013 March Madness Dance. Excuse us, we have some brackets to fill out.
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We are raving fans of Keurig brewers but frankly you can’t get every blend in a K-cup. When you want a special coffee blend don’t hustle your way through a hipster infested coffee shop, just get an Ekobrew Cup. This refillable K-cup provides the best of both worlds; single brews with your own blends. Grind your special beans then fill the Ekobrew cup and brew normally using your Keurig. The smooth interior allows for easy cleanup while refilling will save you money over traditional K-cups. This is a single brew design even your environmentally conscious coffee loving friends can get behind.
Watching movies on a Kindle Fire HD is great when you’re on the go buy why limit yourself to a small screen at home? Cable Matters Micro to Type A HDMI cable connects your Kindle Fire HD or any device with a micro HDMI output to your HDTV. The cable supports multiple color depths, 1080p resolution, full 4K HD video and 8-channel audio with gold connectors. Available in 10 or 15 foot lengths but we recommend the 15-foot cable; who wants to sit that close?
We had an urge to find a unique hat rack after reading AOM’s “Bringing Back the Hat” and found this recycled California license plate. Automotive man caves meet recycled “eco décor” with a vintage license plate hat rack complete with expired tags. Three chromed knobs with white centers reflect the style and white wall tires ubiquitous to the great American automobile. There is enough room for your trucker hat, racing jacket and even the dog’s leash. If California isn’t your thing Starling Ink has other states available.
If you were expecting a flowerily gun rack for your AR-15 you’ve been fooled. Hawaiian Gun Rack’s are stylish bamboo wall mounts for a prized surfboard or snowboard. Collectors and surfers alike will appreciate the finished look and artful display of Hawaiian Gun Racks. The racks are made from 100% sustainable bamboo making them durable and sturdy enough to mount a prized board. The anti-slip pegs are designed to allow easy access if you’re actively using the board. You can display one surfboard or two snowboards horizontally up to 25lbs. Pull your boards out of the garage and give them a place of distinction on your man cave’s wall!
March Madness is underway so we thought it was a good time to reflect on basketballs first publicly played game. Most serious NBA fans know the first game of basket ball (two words originally) was played on January 20th, 1892, but the first public game didn’t happened until March 11, 1892. On that date in Springfield, Massachusetts 200 curious fans elbowed their way into the Armory Hill YMCA to watch.
Okay, it’s probably too early to call them fans and it’s unknown if any elbows were thrown, but Springfield Republican wrote that 200 spectators did show up and “followed the game with interest and amusement.”
Details of the game to follow but first a little background on the events leading up to that first hardwood tussle at the Y.
In 1890, a Canadian physical education instructor, James Naismith, left his position at Montreal’s McGill University for a similar job at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield. In December of 1891, his boss challenged him to devise an indoor activity to keep his unruly students occupied during the cold, New England winter. He gave him 2 weeks to do it.
Naismith began by sketching out some of the conditions the new game would have to meet. His 18 students, mostly football and rugby players, would require something vigorous to keep them excited. It had to be relatively simple, so that anyone could play, but challenging enough to keep them interested. And it had to fit within the confines of a gym measuring 30 feet by 50 feet.
Naismith thought back to his childhood and a game he and his friends used to play, called duck-on-a-rock. It was a simple game whose goal was to knock a large rock off the top of a boulder by hitting it with smaller rocks, tossed from a distance. He then recalled his days as a student at McGill, when rugby players would warm up in the gym by tossing a ball into a box. It was his aha moment. Naismith asked the school janitor, “Pop” Stebbins, to nail a couple of boxes to the balcony that surrounded the gym, but all the janitor could come up with were a couple of peach baskets. The balcony happened to hang ten feet above the gym floor, so the baskets were hung at ten feet, the official basket height that’s still with us today.
Naismith drafted 13 rules for his new, “basket ball” game. The rules called for one point for a basket. There was no dribbling as we know it today and the ball could only be advanced through passing. Running with the ball was a foul.
On Dec. 21, 1891, he posted the rules on the gymnasium wall, gave a brief explanation to his skeptical students, and basketball’s first scrimmage was ready to begin. Naismith divided his 18 students into two teams of nine, and the men began scrambling around the court, passing a soccer ball back and forth, all the while, failing miserably to put the ball in the basket. William Chase, who would become the YMCA’s Executive Secretary, scored the first, and only bucket, from about 25 feet away. Sadly, it did not count as a three, and basketball’s first game ended with a 1-0 score.
The first publicly viewed game featured the YMCA Training School students competing against the faculty. The Springfield Republican’s report appeared on page 6 of the following day’s paper under the heading “Basket Football Game.” In his original notes, following the introductory December game, Naismith wrote, “tackling the man with the ball (though a foul) was not uncommon.” Though no tackling is mentioned, it might account for the article’s unusual heading.
Though the original game was played nine to a side, only seven players to a side were mentioned. Playing two, 15-minute halves, the students trounced their mentors, 5-1. Leading all scorers, (well, there were only 3), was Edwin Ruggles, hitting four of his squad’s five baskets. Finlay MacDonald, who “did a great deal of brilliant playing,” hit the fifth.
Amos Alonzo Stagg who also coached the Springfield College Football team scored the faculty’s lone point. Stagg apparently brought his football background to the game, according to the Springfield Republican Stagg’s “football training hampered him, and he was perpetually making fouls by shoving his opponents.” Stagg would go on to establish his own legacy as a great innovator in both football and basketball. Among his basketball innovations Stagg is credited with introducing the idea of the 5-player team. Stagg was ultimately inducted in both the College Football and Basketball Halls of Fame.
Like any good inventor, Naismith continued to tweak his invention. He quickly realized the ladder required to retrieve the ball after a basket was unnecessary. He had a small hole cut into the bottom of the baskets so that someone could stick a pole through and poke the ball out. It later occurred to him to do away with the bottom of the basket altogether.
We don’t know whose job it was to go up and down the ladder during that first game, but we’d like to imagine it was the janitor old “Pop” Stebbins. So this year, as you fill out your tourney brackets, remember to give a silent nod to Dr. Naismith, his students, Amos Alonzo Stagg, and especially “Pop” Stebbins, for helping give life to the great game of basketball.
Roku added to their lineup of stellar streaming media devices by with the release of Roku 3. This device targets HDTVs and comes “full-loaded” offering every feature offered by Roku 2XD plus some added goodies for HDTVs and gamers. Roku 3 offers HDTVs their standard entertainment package including over 750,000 channels and subscription servies such as Hulu Plus and live sports. The Roku 3 is aimed at HDTVs and is not compatible with standard definition TVs but Roku 3 does support 720p or 1080p HDTV resolutions. Roku’s interface has always been easy to use and is now enhanced with “one-stop” search functionally. One-stop search allows you to find movies, shows, songs and actors across multiple channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon. Roku 3 includes a new remote with wireless audio and ear buds allowing you to watch TV without disturbing anyone around you. We’d recommend upgrading the ear buds to something better, MUNITIO perhaps? The remote also provides gamers with motion control to play games on their Roku. You have no excuse to continue paying for cable after adding a Roku 3 to your man cave! We’ve been Roku fans since our first Roku LT and as they say, every TV needs a Roku.