If you’re a lover of the latest gadgets, but appreciate all things retro, then the V-Luxe iPad Stand is for you. This iPad stand was designed by Paula Anne Patterson and takes inspiration from the wood-grained black and white televisions that were popular in the 1950s.

From odd sculptures to strange statues, cities love to erect unusual structures to show some local color. Here are a handful of our favorites from around the country.

The ZAGGmate iPad Cases Have Real Keyboards
The ZAGGmate iPad case might possibly be one of the coolest cases I’ve ever seen to date. The ZAGGmate iPad Case comes in two different styles: one is just a plain aluminum iPad case and the other case has a built-in Wi-Fi keyboard. If you are one of those people who cannot type properly on any touchscreen surface, then this case will help you get the job done right.

 Thanksgiving Theme Pictures

 Over the hill, through the woods and past the body scanners and the security checkpoints en route to Grandma's house this holiday season.

The general rule states that the TV and movie moppets don't grow up into famous adults, whether as a result of cuteness-disabling puberty or being exposed to Hollywood at a young age. But some have made the transition. Let's take a moment to salute these young actors whom we loved as kids and now love as successful, functional adults.

 Abnormal Usage of Mobile Phones

Beautiful MuShrooms
I didn't know that shrooms may be so beautiful.

The perfect addition to a Dior suit and Berluti loafers? It's got to be an incredible watch. Here is our selection of the best high-tech watches this holiday season.

MB&F Horological Machine No. 4

Price: $160,000

Besides looking like a jet strapped to your wrist? The watch incorporates 311 parts and converts power from a horizontal dual mainspring barrel into two vertical gear trains on two separate dials. (The power reserve on this is 72 hours on a full wind). It took three years to develop and more than 200 hours to build and polish. Only about 30 of them will be made this year.

Bremont U2
Price: About $5,000 for the Limited Edition
This watch was designed for actual U2 squadron pilots, which means it was tested to 100,000 feet. The case uses shock-resisting technologies (they call it a "Trip-Tick" case) like super-hardened steel components that are also anti-magnetic. There are three separate models in the consumer U2 line; only 150 of the Limited Edition, which bears the U2 insignia, will be made.

Devon Works Tread One
Price: $15,000
The Tread One is not actually mechanical, because it's powered by a rechargeable battery. But a timepiece with four belts at just 0.002 inches thin, each operated by an individual micro-step electric motor, is a mean feat of engineering no matter how you look at it. The motors are powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable cell that will keep the watch moving for two weeks at a time. Oh, and it's bulletproof.

MCT Sequential One

Price: $92,000
The watch has as sequentially moving dial with jump-hour movement and consists of more than 550 parts (anything over 300 is worth bragging about). It looks modern because of its solo watch hand but is classical in its engineering heritage. Most editions of the line will total only 99 units.

Chanel J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse

Price: $290,000
It works in retrograde, as the name suggests: For the first 10 minutes, the hours and minutes are read just like on any other watch. At the 10th minute of the hour, the minute hand reverses direction and moves counter-clockwise for 10 minutes. During this time, a small disc near the bottom of the face, labeled with numbers from 11 to 19, tells the exact time. At 20 minutes after, the minutes hand jumps from the top of the hour to the 20 minute mark--and for the remaining 40 minutes of the hour, it tells time normally. All this to make room for nontraditional placement of the winding knob, which juts up from the watch face where minutes 10 to 20 would normally be indicated.

Price: $266,200
It's revolutionary, in part because the escapement beats at 43,200 vibrations per hour (the equivalent of 6 hertz) and requires no lubrication, which makes for a super efficient, super light, super reliable timepiece. The case is 46 mm wide, made of .950 platinum and has a sapphire crystal back. It's water-resistant to 20 meters, has a 56-hour power reserve indicator, and fewer than 30 of them will be made this year.

Piaget Altiplano
Price: $18,900 to $19,900
It may not look like much, but that's the point: The Altiplano is the world's thinnest automatic watch. The Altiplano large-model case that comes in 18-carat white gold with a white dial has 430P mechanical movement that measures 2.1 mm thick.

 The Infinity Piece by Levi Maestro is Beautifully Inspirational

London artist Ben Wilson has undertaken a project like no other: painting gum that has been spit out all over the streets of his beloved city. These mini canvases have proven to be quite good as well.

Considering that littered gum does end up creating a trashy sort of mosaic on sidewalks and footpaths all around the world (excluding Singapore, of course), Ben Wilson has stepped up their artistic potential. Check out the gallery above for his amazing works.

Welcome to the greatest car exhibition on Earth: the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Every year, aftermarket suppliers, tuners, hot-rod builders and even mainstream carmakers wrench tirelessly in the months prior to this Sin City mainstay to craft the most imaginative machines their minds can conceive. While innovation has its place, sometimes these automotive artisans can venture into the extreme zone. Here are our picks for the most outrageous machines on display at the 2010 SEMA Show.

 From Mass Effect 2 to Red Dead Redemption to Halo: Reach, it's been another banner year for hit games. Unfortunately, for every video game blockbuster, there's a straight up bust. Whether due to bad reviews, bad timing or just plain bad luck, the following high-profile titles failed to live up to the hype.

Johnny Swing is a very original furniture designer who decided to give literal meaning to the phrase “sitting on cash” by building a series of sofas and chairs out of thousands of coins.

His latest creation, entitled “All the King’s Men” was made out of thousands of 50-cent coins, which makes it not only ridiculously uncomfortable, but also insanely expensive. Each coin was welded to a steel frame, which obviously takes a lot of patience, but considering Johnny has done it a few times before, it probably wasn’t that much of a problem.

While it’s not the kind of comfortable furniture you’d want to slouch on when you get home from work, Johnny Swing’s coin sofa is definitely something to look at, especially knowing that owning it is actually illegal in many countries.

As the latest presidential memoir hits bookstores this month, we take a look at memorable tomes by former leaders of the free world.

nOir Jewelry Pays Homage to Disney Inspirations
Bigger, better and more bling is definitely a nOir Jewelry trademark. Accessories designer Leeora Catalan founded this company 14 years ago and recently dedicated a line to Disney-inspired characters. Its not necessarily a direct reflection to Ariel from ‘The Little Mermaid,’ however, it is a more abstract dedication with mythical pegasus and hippo rings.
nOir Jewelry has become a famous trend with celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Madonna and Gwen Stefani to name a few.

 Strange Cosmetology in the World

‘Drowning in Brands’ is a symbolic new photo series from Alexander James that features some of the world’s most iconic brands done up in roses and photographed underwater.

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