Category Archives: Editor’s Pick

iRobot® Roomba® 960

Wi-Fi® Connected Robot Vacuum

More power, better clean.
Power-Lifting Suction delivers 5X the air power* for improved pick-up performance.
*Compared to Roomba® 600.
Visual navigation and entire level cleaning.
Intelligently maps and cleans an entire level of your home. Patented iAdapt® 2.0 technology with vSLAM® navigation actively captures thousands of precise measurements each millisecond to optimize coverage.
Ideal for homes with pets.
Premium 3-stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don’t. High-Efficiency Filter traps 99% of cat and dog allergens.
Rubber brushes that know a thing or two about cleaning.
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors.
iRobot – more info…

Norman Rockwell – 332 Magazine Covers

There are few more satisfying sights on a city street than a well-stocked newsstand, hung with a hundred or more magazines and periodicals, each competing for the attention of the potential customer. The American magazine cover enjoyed a Golden Age during the period that opened with the high-speed color press, and ended when subscription sales grew to paramount importance. Dozens of gifted artists made their reputations in this field. None of them, however, achieved the immense and sustained popular success enjoyed by Norman Rockwell.

Although technically he was an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer and, as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar—astonishingly so—and at the same time unique. The picture seemed familiar because it was everyone’s dream of America; it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. Rockwell held up a friendly mirror to the society he lived in, and Americans have looked into this glass and seen themselves as warm, decent, hard-working citizens of a country bountiful enough to accommodate their boundless optimism.

Rockwell best expressed this vision of America in his justly famous cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, painted between 1916 and 1963. All of his Post covers are reproduced in splendid full color in this oversized volume, with commentaries by Christopher Finch, the noted writer on art and popular culture.

In this latest printing of332 Magazine Covers, the thumbnail images accompanying Finch’s descriptive captions are printed in full color for the convenience of the reader, and the typography has been refreshed.

Abbeville Press – more info…

The Detectorist – Series two with two discs


The quirky members of the Danebury Metal Detectors Club return for more bickering and treasure-hunting. Andy (Mackenzie Crook, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) is still unemployed and Lance (Toby Jones, The Hunger Games, Captain America) is still unlucky in love. This BAFTA-winning Britcom is “one of the loveliest, most inventive things on TV” (Daily Mail).
Editor’s Note
I have been a metal detector hobbyists for years in the US. This series does portray the hobby accurately. For instance, they are always finding aluminum pop tops, cans and metal toys and maybe a few coins. However in England the hobbyist have a far greater chance of getting some really old roman coins and even some silver and gold ones due to the long history of that small Island. In the US we only go back to the 1700’s for the most part when looking for metal artifacts.
But the real jewel of this series is the understated and subtle humor that abounds in this TV series. Don’t look for slapstick or trip and fall down laughs or even easy time worn laughs. Andy and Lance and others in this series work so well together. Especially Becky who is Andy’s girlfriend. One would not think Andy could snag such a lovely girlfriend. They truly bring this series to life. The only bad thing about this series is that there is only two seasons. There has to be some more being filmed it is just too good to end with the second season.
I always wondered why the British sitcoms and other historical TV series are so much better than their American counterparts.
Acorn Media – more info…
What others say…

Wonderful
By Ned from Maine on 05/24/2016
Season two of the Detectorists continues the saga and is as good as season one. This is one of the best series by BBC. It is an even drama with wonderful actors and great story lines. A pleasure to view. Highly recommend.
Hope they make some specials
By Barbara from California on 05/23/2016
Very sorry to see that there are only 2 Series or Seasons. It had to have been challenging to do so much filming outside in the gorgeous countryside but I wish they could have made more! Really enjoyed losing myself in everyone’s daily lives. Would be really nice if they occasionally make a special. I’ve watched through twice already. Satisfying conclusion but also possible to pickup up and continue should the opportunity arise. Writing is simply superb!

Wonderful
By Ned from Maine on 05/24/2016
Season two of the Detectorists continues the saga and is as good as season one. This is one of the best series by BBC. It is an even drama with wonderful actors and great story lines. A pleasure to view. Highly recommend.


Hope they make some specials
By Barbara from California on 05/23/2016
Very sorry to see that there are only 2 Series or Seasons. It had to have been challenging to do so much filming outside in the gorgeous countryside but I wish they could have made more! Really enjoyed losing myself in everyone’s daily lives. Would be really nice if they occasionally make a special. I’ve watched through twice already. Satisfying conclusion but also possible to pickup up and continue should the opportunity arise. Writing is simply superb!

Sound Man


In this entertaining and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a tour of his world during the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world over: he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London, he recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions, and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked  to work on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which never came to pass. Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock history, including the Stones’ first European tour, Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London, and the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studio.
Editor: I read this book and found it to be very informative to a real rock and roll music buff. You will learn a lot about the recording techniques used during the early and mid stages of the rock and roll era. You will also learn without a doubt what killed rock and roll. The writing style is more dry than say Mark Lewishon’s “Tune In” volume #1 about the Beatles. On this note, in my opinion you will never find a better book about the Beatles than “Tune In”.
Penguin – more info

Garmin Forerunner 220 – Black/Red Bundle

  • GPS running watch with high-resolution color display
  • Tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹
  • Identifies personal records
  • Connected features²: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, social media sharing
  • Compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect

Editor’s Notes: This is a good watch for the price (about $299 on Amazon). Some negative comments reported on Amazon are that Garmin Connect does not work with OS 10.6 or earlier. Many didn’t like the manual and says that the manual needed a manual.

Garmin – More info…

EOS Rebel SL1 EF-S 18-55mm

EOS Rebel SL1 EF-S 18-55mm
As the world’s most compact and lightweight full-featured DSLR*, the new EOS Rebel SL1 is small in size but enormous in performance. With a newly-designed Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and speedy Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of extraordinary quality – ideal for those stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera. An impressive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for stills and 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video plus up to 4.0 fps continuous shooting make this camera the go-to for any photo opportunity, even in dim lighting or when capturing fast action subjects. And Hybrid CMOS AF II delivers accurate AF tracking during Live View shooting, helping ensure your photos and movies are crisp and clear. The EOS Rebel SL1 makes amazing movies with Canon EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF, working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous AF. In addition to its Optical Viewfinder, the EOS Rebel SL1 has a bright, wide Touch Screen 3.0″ Clear View LCD monitor II, perfect for viewing a number of special scene modes and Creative Filters available in real-time display. Here is the DSLR you’ll want to bring with you everyday and ignite your imagination!


As the world’s most compact and lightweight full-featured DSLR*, the new EOS Rebel SL1 is small in size but enormous in performance. With a newly-designed Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and speedy Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of extraordinary quality – ideal for those stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera. An impressive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for stills and 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video plus up to 4.0 fps continuous shooting make this camera the go-to for any photo opportunity, even in dim lighting or when capturing fast action subjects. And Hybrid CMOS AF II delivers accurate AF tracking during Live View shooting, helping ensure your photos and movies are crisp and clear. The EOS Rebel SL1 makes amazing movies with Canon EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF, working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous AF. In addition to its Optical Viewfinder, the EOS Rebel SL1 has a bright, wide Touch Screen 3.0″ Clear View LCD monitor II, perfect for viewing a number of special scene modes and Creative Filters available in real-time display. Here is the DSLR you’ll want to bring with you everyday and ignite your imagination!
Canon – more info…
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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven – $315

Since 1925, Le Creuset has been handcrafting Enameled Cast Iron cookware, and particularly Round French Ovens (or Dutch Ovens), in Northern France.  While this popular shape has been around for many centuries before that, the basic design has changed very little thus endorsing the cooking qualities that it provides.  Generation after generation has come to cherish the Le Creuset Round French Oven’s quality, durability, and versatility, and it easily becomes the core piece in any well-equipped kitchen.  The cast iron provides superb heat retention and distribution, and the enamel is hard-wearing and non-reactive, making the number of recipes that you can do in this pot endless: anything from savory rice to braised chicken to mouth-watering cake. Your imagination is the only limit!

Le Creuset

Oakley Radar White (Positive Red Polarized Path Lens) $260

These all-around performers blew away the competition in nearly every category. The frames are comfortable and two nosepiece-size options assure a great fit. Meanwhile, the optics are top-notch. Oakley’s proprietary HDO lens technology sounds like a lot of marketing hoopla, but proved itself on hot stretches of blacktop where it cut the glare, while allowing us to enjoy the beauty of roadside wildflowers. The only downside: While the lenses are the most scratch-resistant of the bunch, if you do manage to mar them, you’ll see significant gaps in light protection.
Oakley