The best of…conquering winter
AAA 4004 Sport Utility Shovel
If your parked car gets b uried in drifts left by snowplows, defend yourself with this collapsible 1.3-pound aluminum shovel. Its three-piece construction allows for easy storage in your trunk or home entryway.
Wicked Lasers FlashTorch Mini
To survive the coldest, darkest days of the year, you may just need a 2,300-lumen _ ashlight capable of starting a _ re or frying an egg. “It also has non-scorching modes, so you can navigate in low light without starting a brush _ re.”
Snow Joe iON24SB-XR
Finally, a cordless twostage snowblower with real power. This selfpropelled machine, powered by lithium batteries, is so clean, quiet, and maneuverable, it “makes snow clearing an almost pleasant experience.” It’ll run for 40 minutes in 13-inch-deep snow.
Source: Popular Mechanics
Cobra JumPack CPP 8000
Don’t let sub-zero_temps delay the start of your day. This 9-ounce lithium-cobalt battery pack can jumpstart up to three vehicles with each charge. It includes a bright LED _ ashlight, and it can be used as a device charger too.
Who needs snow chains? Instead, toss a pack of these cleated heavy-duty zip ties in your glove box. If you get stuck, cinch _ ve around each drive wheel for instant traction, then snip_them off once conditions_allow.
$30 for 10, amazon.com
Tip of the week...
How to save on eyeglasses
Do your research. Before getting a fresh prescription from your eye doctor, review your buying options at sites like Eyeglasses.com, AllAboutVision.com, and LensesRx.com. To buy online, you’ll need your pupillary distance, and your doctor should provide that, and advice on lenses and frames, even if you’re not purchasing them in-house.
Shop around and negotiate. It’s important to try on frames. Take notes on the models you like, then search for the models online or at Walmart, Costco, and Sam’s Club. You can always ask a smaller shop to match the best deal you found, and sometimes you can save by splitting up the work—getting the lenses from, say, Walmart and the frames online.
Resist add-ons. Today, most lenses already have a scratch-resistant coating and offer protection from UV rays. The one worthwhile add-on is an anti-reflective coating, which reduces glare.
Source: Consumer Reports
And for those who have everything...
“For those plotting world domination, this is the ultimate armchair.” A statement piece in any home, the Gold Skull Armchair from Harow, a Paris design studio, looks almost conventional when viewed head-on. From every other angle, it’s “worthy of the next Game of Thrones season”—menacing, faceted like a diamond, and plated in 24-karat gold. You can also get the chair in black or chrome, but shiny gold “seems to be the newest (and oldest) trend when it comes to luxury items.”
For drawing and painting
Paint Joy fits the bill if you’re just looking to dive into drawing or painting using a stylus on an Android tablet or phone screen. “Fun and accessible without being basic,” Paint Joy is comparable to the iOS app Paper.
SketchBook is accessible, too, but it’s “a professional-level product.” A $5 monthly subscription unlocks 100 pens, pencils, markers, brushes, and other pro tools.
Procreate is a “heavyweight” illustration app designed for iPads and the Apple Pencil. For $6 up front, it provides 128 brushes “packed with options,” an advanced layering system, and the ability to create your own tools.
Adobe Photoshop Sketch isn’t just for Photoshop experts. Free and straightforward, it supports color mixing, layered drawings and paintings, and multiple file export options. “It’s fun, it’s powerful, and it’s easy to use.”