The wish list: from sexy wheels to mind-blowing digital toys, the best of the best for the well-behaved executive.
There are all kinds of ways to reward yourself for being good. A couple of weeks off in the sun would be a great, start. But there's just something especially gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. about picking up that nifty bit of new technology the newest wireless phone or cutting-edge video camera. Of course, some wallets are bigger than others. We'd like to think a few of our regular readers might, be in the market, for a screaming-hot sports car or a corporate jet. If not, hey, daydreaming is free. Spending a few hundred bucks as a year-end present to yourself is no big sin, and this year's selection is fun on wheels, From digital cameras and fancy phones to out-there concept vehicles, the toy chest is overflowing.
Personal video player US$699 www.archos.com
Fifty movies in a box? How about 400,000 digital photos (now that's a slide show!). Or a ridiculous number of digital music files. This relatively small device, at less than half a kilogram, is file current champion in the digital world Olympics. Totes an enormous amount of data, allowing its owner, through plug-in cameras and the like, to turn it into a video camera, a digital still camera (at a very respectable 3.3 megapixels), a jukebox or a mini-cinema. Not interested in the ditzy dit·zy
Variant of ditsy.
ditzy or ditsy
[ditzier, ditziest] or ditsier, ditsiest Slang teen comedy available on your overnight flight from Tokyo? Turn coach into first class by selecting from your personal library of martial-arts classics. Somewhere in there is an FM radio, too. If you ever wondered where the digitization of everything is leading us as consumers, this is it.
Sports car US$150,000 www.fordvehicles.com/fordgt
The original Ford GT, the GT40, was born out of pure spite. Henry Ford II wanted to knock out to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains s>.
See also: Knock six time winner Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. So, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. company lore, Ford dropped out of a U.S. industry agreement against participating in racing. To beat the Italians, Ford needed a car that could hit 322 kilometers per hour in a straightaway straight·a·way
1. Extending in a straight line or course without a curve or turn.
2. Unhesitating; immediate: a straightaway denial.
n. and keep up an average tap speed of 193 kilometers per hour for the entire 24 hours. The Ford team lost twice, then in 1966--and for the next three years running--took Le Mans with laps to spare. Ford unveiled a new, concept version of the GT in 2002. The street legal version has a 500 horsepower aluminum V8, a six-speed transmission, an aluminum frame and, not surprisingly, two seats--and it is at least as fast, the company says, as the GT40 racing models from the '60s.
Flashlight US$175 www.surefire.com
Can you improve on something as basic as the light bulb? Of course, and that's exactly what the flashlight geeks of the world are after with items like this. Stoplights and taillights on cars were first to change over, if you haven't noticed, to these extremely efficient, cool-burning little bulbs, known as light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. They've been around for decades, usually to tell us that our electronic devices are on or off, but now they've graduated to the big time. The company promises their flashlight can light up a 747's tail from the ground (it was developed for airline pilots) or, on low power, show your way on maps at close range.
Recreation vehicle www.recreation.bombardier.com
Remember all the buzz about the Segway scooter in the last year or so, that stand-up stand·up or stand-up
1. Standing erect; upright: a standup collar.
2. Taken, done, or used while standing: a standup supper; a standup bar. thing with two wheels that self-balances using gyroscopes and promised to be, according to the hype, bigger than the Internet? Canada's Bombardier, normally known for jet airplanes, has come up with a concept motorcycle--for lack of a better word--that rides on one wheel. According to the company, the 164-kilogram aluminum- and plastic-cycle self-balances, meaning it is hard to fall off of and stands upright even when still. It would run on hydrogen fuel, have night vision, and will feature "landing gear" (only a jet maker thinks of these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
The music video stars Shirley Manson, lead singer of the band Garbage. Track Listing
1. "These Things [Radio Edit]" - 3:17
2. ) for when the bike is moving less than 20 kilometers per hour. A right-hand trigger is the gas, a left-hand trigger the brake. Steering involves leaning, much like an ordinary motorcycle, only more exaggeratedly so. This will be on the streets, the company says, by 2025, alongside, we're sure, many millions of Segway scooters.
Handspring Treo 600
Smartphone US$449 www.handspring.com
If you're going to come back from the dead, this is the way to do it. Handspring, time handheld computer A computing device that can be easily held in one hand while the other hand is used to operate it. The Palm devices are a popular example. See Palm, smartphone and palmtop. maker that spun off from Palm only to spin itself back into the fold, comes roaring back into the market with time closest thing we've seen yet to a viable smartphone. With the 600, Handspring is offering] a phone with the power of Palm's latest operating system--contacts, calendering calendering, a finishing process by which paper, plastics, rubber, or textiles are pressed into sheets and smoothed, glazed, polished, or given a moiré or embossed surface. and such--as well as Web browsing and depending on soft ware choices, e-mail. The 600's 32MB of memory puts it squarely in competition with tire newest handheld computers that offer no phone service. This is the one we've been waiting for.
Bose QuietComfort II
Noise canceling headphones Head-mounted speakers. Headphones have a strap that rests on top of the head, positioning a pair of speakers over both ears. For listening to music or monitoring live performances and audio tracks, both left and right channels are required. US$299 www.bose.com
It's a bit contradictory, putting on stereo headphones in order to hear nothing. And, of course, you could pipe your own music into them, But the selling point selling point
An aspect of a product or service that is stressed in advertising or marketing.
Noun 1. selling point - a characteristic of something that is up for sale that makes it attractive to potential customers of Bose's latest headgear headgear,
n the apparatus encircling the head or neck and providing attachment for an intraoral appliance in use of extraoral anchorage.
n a device that is used to protect the head from injury by radiation. for the business traveler is special circuitry that kills outside noises such as jet whine and air conditioning air conditioning, mechanical process for controlling the humidity, temperature, cleanliness, and circulation of air in buildings and rooms. Indoor air is conditioned and regulated to maintain the temperature-humidity ratio that is most comfortable and healthful. vents and, one hopes, helps the weary road warrior relax. Folds flat into a carrying case, and the earcups seal off whatever noise isn't drowned by the headphone's electronic noise-killing features. A little more room between seats, a decent movie or a bestseller in hand, and you could almost pretend you aren't on a plane at all.
Ducati Monster 620
Motorcycle US$6,995 www.ducati.com
You might have seen Carrie Ann Moss riding this bike upside down through the air in The Matrix Reloaded. That's mostly digital magic, but the real bike is a light, agile street demon with a six-speed transmission over a 618cc motor. Ducati is best known for developing superbikes for racing, those motorcycles you see at odd hours on TV sports channels taking curves inches off the pavement. The Monster 620 is the Italian company's effort to displace Japanese go-fast bikes popular with young men. Real moto-geeks at this point would blather on now about compression ratios and torque, but just look at the picture. It's sexy! It's fast! It's Italian! What more do you need to know?
Cruce de Lagos
Andes lake trip US$220 per person www.crucedelagos.com
Over the Andes in a boat? Yep, you heard right. Since 1913, tourists have been taking cruises through the deep blue and green fjords of southern Chile and Argentina from Peulla on the Chilean side to Bariloche, on the Argentine side. The trip, available in either direction, involves two hours of bus legs to connect three lake crossings totaling a bit more than three hours. The trip by catamaran catamaran (kăt'əmərăn`), watercraft made up of two connected hulls or a single hull with two parallel keels. Originally used by the natives of Polynesia, the catamaran design was adopted by Western boat builders in the 19th cent. nevertheless takes two days, since along the way the tour stops in little German style villages. The boat travels through several national parks, past conical snow-capped Snow´-capped`
a. 1. Having the top capped or covered with snow; as, snow-capped mountains s>.
Adj. 1. volcanoes and waterfalls and stops at Hotel Peulla, which bills itself as an ecological village, before continuing on to Bariloche. As Argentina's self-titled city of tourism, Bariloche's home to trekking companies, ski resorts, hotels, restaurants and plenty of Argentine-style nightlife. Get a comfy deck chair and save up your energy.
Sony Clie PEG-UX50
Handheld computer US$699 www.sony.com/clie
Palmtop palmtop or hand-held personal computer, lightweight, small, battery-powered, general-purpose programmable computer. It typically has a miniaturized full-function, typewriterlike keyboard for input and a small, full color, liquid-crystal display ? Handheld? Pager? It's hard to tell, but this is either Sony's tiniest notebook computer--all of 176 grams and less than 18 millimeters thick--or its most powerful handheld device to date. A keyboard, color high-resolution screen, built-in camera and the like make it a pretty good competitor for business uses. It runs Palm's latest operating system and comes with a laundry list laundry list A popular term for a long list of Sx, diseases, or etiologies that share something in common–eg, differential diagnosis of acute abdomen of software, including e-mail. It takes pictures, plays digital music and games, records voice notes and can be used to access the Internet via wireless technology such as Wi-Fi (for those airport hotspots) and Bluetooth for short-range connectivity. Okay, you can buy a full size notebook from five different companies for the price, but this is too cool for school If Sony ever puts this kind of brains into its phone handset deal with Ericsson, we'll wait in line to buy one.
Phone and handheld computer US$449 www.blackberry.com
The corporate gold standard, once called "crackberries" in Silicon Valley because executives seemed addicted to them. Small enough and tough enough to hit the road, but complete as a handheld and the phone works, the company says, in 100 countries. If you're already used to popular office software, this can be your bridge to the corporate information network, simple and easy. Garners, teens and young folk in general will likely avoid the BlackBerry. But it comes in color now, and it's oh-so-business.
Jet airplane US$20 million www.embraer.com
It's an impossibly excessive, 1980s kind of thing, we know, but jumping all those airport security lines and hopping into our own personal jet is just too good a fantasy to part with. Brazil's Embraer, riding high on mid-sized commercial jets just as the airlines needed them most, got into the corporate jet business a couple of years ago. The Legacy, their first run at a tough market, is certainly a fun way to fill in the blanks in our billionaire-banker fantasies. Seats 16 or 37, depending on your model (or the number of friends you intend to take to the Caribbean) and, aside from the usual run of movies, telephones, and new-plane-smell-leather captain's chairs, the Legacy offers, according to the company, "unequaled space and comfort" in the toilet. Flies 6,019 kilometers on a tank of gas, so a trip from New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of to most parts of Western Europe or south to Buenos Aires is no problem.
DCR-DVD 100 DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. Handycam
Video camera US$899 www.sonystyle.com
There's a lot to be said for Sony's capacity to invent the next new thing, and putting DVD disk drives into personal video cameras is a marketing masterstroke mas·ter·stroke
An achievement or action revealing consummate skill or mastery: a masterstroke of diplomacy. See Synonyms at feat1. . The camera itself is just an update on the Handycam line with all of the bells-and-whistles one expects: Image stabilization, a lens capable of shooting in low light, like around a birthday cake, and a 10x optical zoom for close-ups. But, shout "cut" and pop out the DVD disk and, voila voi·là
Used to call attention to or express satisfaction with a thing shown or accomplished: Mix the ingredients, chill, and , ready to watch on most any home digital video player See portable media player, portable DVD player and media player. . If you have a newer home computer, endless copies of your latest footage can be sent off to relatives and friends with no fear of losing the precious original. Just like DVD players have nearly replaced old-fashioned videotape, direct-to-disk cameras will march over all those videotape cameras in short order.
Canon EOS Eos (ē`ŏs), in Greek religion and mythology, goddess of dawn; daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. Every morning she arose early and preceded her brother Helios into the heavens. Rebel
Digital camera US$999 www.canon.com
There are plenty of amazing digital cameras on the market, and the best of them often run in the range of US$5,000 or more. Unless you're thinking of a second career in fashion photography, that's overkill overkill Vox populi An excess of anything . A few brands, however, including Canon, are finding the middle ground for amateurs who want very high quality images. The Canon EOS Rebel offers 6.3 megapixels alongside all of the controls a traditional single-lens-reflex (SLR (1) (Scalable Linear Recording) A line of magnetic tape drives from Tandberg Data that evolved from the QIC Data Cartridge format. See QIC.
(2) (Single Lens Reflex) A camera that uses the same lens for viewing and shooting. ) camera user has become accustomed to, like metering and aperture settings, It can shoot 2.5 frames per second and burst four shots continuously, a measure where most other digital cameras fall down. While a true SLR, the Rebel also has a liquid-crystal display on its back. Be careful sending email, though. Each shot can come in at up to 18 megabytes, large enough for professional publications and even poster-sized prints.
Binoculars www.bushnell.com US$599
We've been waiting for the day when binoculars caught up with the high-tech goggles goggles,
n the protective eyewear worn by dental personnel and patients during dental procedures.
see periocular leukotrichia. science fiction movie characters always seem to have: Those super-'nocs that can see for miles and zoom in on an eyelash eyelash /eye·lash/ (-lash) cilium; one of the hairs growing on the edge of an eyelid.
1. Any of the short hairs fringing the edge of the eyelid. Also called cilium. , telling you reams of data as you pan across some desert planet looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. signs of life. Bushnell isn't there yet, but this is pretty darn cool Catch a bird on the wing or a striker in mid-kick, and their new scopes will grab 30 seconds of video or a 2.1 megapixel image. Images and video up to 16 megabytes can be downloaded and replayed on a computer or printed up for framing. All this on a couple of AA batteries, to boot.