With the news that LeBron James is open to leaving Cleveland (again), I am going to post this Nike commercial from this summer with no comment.
I put together a list of gifts for the women in your life, from electronics to jewelry to stuff for the kitchen. Of course it tends to be slanted towards stuff that Wendy likes but hopefully it gives you some ideas as well. I know of one guy that just gives his wife a watch every single year. It doesnâ€™t matter how nice of a watch it is, after a decade of watches, you need to show some creativity.
Take a look around and if you have any better ideas, let me know in the comments. You can see all of the other Christmas Gift and Idea Guides here.
Tablets continue to be big and if she is thinking of upgrading her laptop, check out these tablets by Amazon, Apple, and Google.
Kindle Fire HDX
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX packs a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 1,920-by-1,200 IPS LCD display for quick response and sharp images. One of the more interesting features is "Mayday," a tech support system where a live Amazon employee appears in a video window on your tablet.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX earned four-out-of-five stars in PCMag’s review, gaining points for its sharp screen, fast processor, and ease of use. If you are shopping for a reader or a person who loves to online shop, this is a great choice.
Googleâ€™s flagship tablet, this yearâ€™s version is thinner, lighter, and faster – Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the worldâ€™s sharpest 7" tablet screen – putting over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand. With 323 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text thatâ€™s sharper than the printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch videos come to life in vibrant 1080p HD.
Nexus 7 is made by ASUS and packs a serious punch. With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, everything runs faster (or at least faster than the Kindle Fire HDX)
iPad Mini 2 (now with Retina display)
iPad Mini 2 features a beautiful 7.9-inch display (now with retina display), iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A7 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. And over 300,000 apps on the App Store made for iPad also work with iPad Mini. So it’s an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.
If she is an iPhone or Mac user, the integration with iMessage makes the iPad purchase a no-brainer.
If you are just looking for an e-reader, check out the basic. Amazon Kindle ($69). At only $69, it has an e-ink screen, works well outside, and the battery lasts forever (mine lasts for weeks). It doesnâ€™t have any of the bells and whistles of a tablet but you canâ€™t beat it for reading. Not everyone has a desire to be online 24/7 which is why you still see Kindles all over campus and on commutes.
Wendy wanted one of these a couple of years ago and I was told not to get her one by some cooks that I know. They said she would only use it for cooking up eggs, sausage, and pancakes and that is exactly what she wanted one for. Since getting her one, she uses it several times a week and has become one of her favorite kitchen tools and has made cooking a lot easier. She doesnâ€™t know how she has gone without one. Even at the cabin, where space is at a premium, Wendy bought one for up there.
If space is a concern, check out this compact apartment sized griddle from Presto.
iPod Nano | iPod Classic
Both the 16 gig and 160 gig versions hold thousands of songs and videos and can be taken everywhere. I gave Wendy a 16 gig iPod Nano and she uses it all of the time. It now has a larger, 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display as well as FM radio. You can also watch movies and widescreen videos on the bigger screen. A perfect workout partner, iPod Nano tracks your steps, your runs, and burned calories and syncs to the Nike+ website to challenge friends. And with built-in Bluetooth technology, you can wirelessly connect to speakers, headphones, or car stereos.
The new iPod classic comes with 160GB of storage in the same compact size, making it the take-everything-everywhere iPod. It’s available in quintessential silver or striking black. iPod classic also has plenty of battery life (up to 36 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback), good looks (a sleek, anodized aluminum design), and other great features (Cover Flow and Genius playlists for creating perfect playlists). You can even rent a movie from iTunes and watch it on the go.
Purchase iPod Nano from Amazon
JVC Xtreme Xplosive headphones
While headphones from Monster, Skull Candy, and Beats by Dre get a lot of attention, you may want to check out these excellent JVCâ€™s Xplosive Xtreme headphones. $16 gets you an attractive bass booming set of in ear headphones that are great for everyday use. Both Wendy and I have a pair and they get used all of the time with our iPodâ€™s and provide a great sound at a price that is affordable.
Sony MDR ZX300 Headphones
Boasting 30mm drivers, the Sony MDR ZX300 headphones are designed for use in and out of the studio. These MDR-ZX300 ZX Series stereo headphones feature high-quality audio components; pressure-relieving, urethane-cushioned earpads for greater comfort and a noise-reducing, supra-aural design.
We have three pairs of these in the house and they get used for everything from chilling out to music to editing podcasts. They are comfortable, inexpensive, and they look good.
Bose Wave Music
The famous Wave music system still sets the standard for quality audio and ease of use among one-piece, table top stereos. It looks great and will upgrade any home stereo system. If your wife or girlfriend is a music lover, this is gift you are looking for.
Its bold, detailed sound remains exceptional for a system of its size. Now, there’s even more to like. An advanced FM/AM tuner displays useful information like song titles and artists. Touch-top on/off/snooze controls and dual alarms make waking up a little easier–for both of you. You’ll appreciate these welcome additions, plus the same jaw-dropping sound, elegant finish and easy operation you’ve come to expect from this system.
X-Mini MAX II Portable Capsule Speakers
Developed in Singapore, the X-miniâ„¢ MAX II Capsule Speakerâ„¢ is expertly designed to be ultraportable and precisely engineered to deliver a superior sound. With a simple twist and lift, the avant garde capsule-shaped design unveils a pair of stereo speakers. These stylish speakers, which can also be used individually, pop open to reveal the patented accordion-like Bass Xpansion Systemâ„¢ (BXSâ„¢) which successfully mimics the resonance of a sub woofer.
The logical choice for the itinerant music aficionado, the powerful yet compact X-miniâ„¢ MAX II Capsule Speakerâ„¢produces high-fidelity sound at any pitch or volume and is perfect in all environments, be it the boardroom or kitchen.
Purchase from Amazon.com | $40
Timex Womenâ€™s Ironman Watch
Built to handle extreme activities, this timepiece is designed with a completely unique white resin design thatâ€™s wide at the case and narrow at the strap. The Ironman has everything you need: an easy-to-use 24-hour countdown timer countdown/stop (CS) and countdown/repeat; a one-hour chronograph with lap or split option; a daily/weekday/weekend alarm with five-minute backup; a 30-lap memory recall for workout review; a 99-lap counter. The oval dial has a white digital display with day/date/month calendar, an Indiglo night light, Night-Mode features, and two time zone settings. Powered by precise quartz movement, this Timex is water resistant to 330 feet (100 M).
Stylish enough for everyday professional wear, the Wenger Battalion II Diver stainless steel womenâ€™s watch is also rugged enough for extreme snow sports and scuba divingâ€“thanks to its water resistance to 200 meters (660 feet). The mid-sized, round silver watch case is topped by a blue-plated unidirectional rotating bezel with elapsed time markings and a luminous marker at the zero position. The shimmery royal blue dial face is complemented by luminous markers and hands (with red seconds hand), small minute indexes around the outer edge, and a date window between 4 and 5 oâ€™clock. Other features include a handsome triple-link stainless steel bracelet, knurled screw-down crown, classic Swiss Army insignia at 12 oâ€™clock, a scratch-resistant mineral crystal, and precise Swiss quartz movement.
Purchase from Amazon.com | $200
Fujifim JX600 Point and Shoot Camera
Why not upgrade her camera this Christmas with a Fujifilm JX600? It is a slim, stylish digital camera built to let you capture the moments that bring a smile to your face. With a 5x zoom, this 14MP camera has a CCD sensor to take crisp, clear images every time. Thin enough to pop in your pocket, it boasts advanced filter functions, takes stunning motion panoramas and records HD videos to preserve special moments long after they’ve happened.
Bodum Tea Press
A lovely way to brew tea to your exact preference, the Bodum Shin Cha tea press combines elegant shaping with crafty functionality. The spherical glass pot features a stainless-steel plunge infuser inside and a stainless-steel lid. Fill the infuser with loose leaf or tea bags, add hot water, wait the desired amount of steeping time, then plunge. The plunger pushes the tea below the infuser holes, so brewing stops on a dime and tea does not over steep to the point of bitterness. To clean up, the unit goes safely in the dishwasher.
Purchase from Amazon | $67
Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera and 18-55mm Lens Kit
Photo enthusiasts rejoice! The new flagship of the spectacular Rebel Line, the EOS Rebel T5i, is here to renew your artistic side with amazing imaging features and full-featured functionality. Users will be impressed at how simple and intuitive it is to create breathtaking photos with ease.
The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100â€“12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light situations. A continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 fps allows for fast action capture. 9 cross-type AF focus points help ensure crisp focus throughout the frame, and the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus when shooting in Live View mode. In addition, the camera is compatible with Canon STM lenses for smooth, quiet AF performance.
The performance doesn’t stop with photos. EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF makes shooting high quality movies easy, and the brilliant Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II makes composing fun. Seven Creative Filters, now viewable in real time, puts composition control directly in your hands and is just one of the many features of the EOS Rebel T5i that is sure to renew your special personâ€™s creative soul.
If cost is a factor, check out Canonâ€™s still capable Canon EOS Rebel T3i for $599.
If you or the target of your affections lives in Toronto, Vancouver, Boston,Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle among others. They are $22 a poster which makes them a pretty cool value. Of course they donâ€™t have one of either Brandon, Manitoba or Georgetown, Guyana which makes them pretty much useless for Wendy but maybe you will have some better luck.
MEC Shoulder Bag
Wendy has had three different versions of one of MECs most popular bags. The latest version has the vintage look of aged canvas, plus pockets and a slot for your iPadÂ® or e-reader loaded with the complete works of Jack Kerouac.
- Front flap has pocket.
- Side pocket has VelcroÂ® flap and a drain hole for your umbrella.
- An outer pocket has a snap closure, one is zippered and has pen holder and inside pocket, the slot for iPad or e-book reader closes with Velcro.
- Padded back.
- Adjustable shoulder strap.
This could be the coolest version yet.
You can also find all of the rest of the 2013 Christmas Gift Guides online here. There is a lot of great ideas for all of the important people in your life. Good luck with your shopping and have a great holiday season!
This is the video where Kobe sells out his self respect. Expect an appearance as Triple Hâ€™s tag team partner on WWE to come in the next year or two.
The video is a mashup of previous commercials but itâ€™s well worth seeing. Here is the commercial that was the basis of most of it.
While Toronto has been able to get over Vince Carter and eventually Chris Bosh, Cleveland will never forget or forgive LeBron James. He abandoned his hometown, humiliated them on national television, and then profited from his decision. While it may be great for the NBA and Nike, he hurt an entire city and state with his actions. Cleveland will still be booing LeBron James at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Adrian Wojnarowski dishes out how the Cleveland Cavaliers lost their childish superstar to the Miami Heat
When the NBA powerbroker and adviser to James, William Wesley â€“ famously known as Worldwide Wes â€“ heard the news, he was duly impressed. After all these months, all this careful planning, Riley had cleared the cap space to give the three stars of free agency contracts starting at about $15 million.
For months, Wesley had believed Jamesâ€™ choice would be the Chicago Bulls, but no one had counted on Rileyâ€™s relentlessness in clearing enough cap space to accommodate the three stars. Free agency wouldnâ€™t officially start for another week on July 1, but from then on, Wesley had two words about LeBron and the Heat for the closest of associates: done deal.
Worldwide Wes had understood something about James the Cavaliers refused to believe, and even Jamesâ€™ childhood buddies from Akron were still somewhat unwilling to accept: LeBron James was never re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now it was a matter of securing him the proper complement of teammates for the greatest free-agent haul in history.
Riley was 65, a five-time NBA champion, a Hall of Famer and he wanted a dynasty to fade into the sunset of his basketball life. He had kept his word, continuing to dump contract upon contract in a high-wire act that left him without a safety net.
Riley believed he could unload those contracts. And mostly, he believed in his own power of persuasion. He is still the biggest presence, biggest voice in the room. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, a statistics analyst, met with Chris Bosh at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 armed with an iPad. Moreyâ€™s cult followers on the web hailed it as a resounding success, but Riley never believed he was losing Bosh to the MIT gang.
Riley believed in his ability to get into the room with James and sell him on the way the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers sacrificed salary, shots and statistics for the greater good of a dynasty. Most of all, Riley believed he could benefit on the close relationship that James had with Wade, and that there wasnâ€™t a franchise with cap space that could offer such a compelling case to the two-time defending MVP.
The article is a great one and goes a long ways to show how incredibly sheltered and immature that LeBron James and his inner circle are and why his legacy of one the greatest basketball players in history will always be tarnished and redefined as a self-absorbed, manipulated, quitter. Quite the price to pay for a championship ring.
I tried to link to the Nike commercial featuring Tiger Woods today but Nike Golf had it taken off of YouTube (while oddly leaving thousands of other Tiger Nike ads online). Letâ€™s just assume you have seen it.
By running a commercial that is essentially what Tiger has said is a private matter, doesnâ€™t he commoditize everything he has been saying about being sorry and remorseful and at the same time totally wipe away the line between Tiger Woods the person and Tiger Woods the Nike spokesperson. I joke a lot about selling out here but this may be the most complete expressions of that I have ever seen.
I like both Nike products and Tiger Woods as a golfer but I was at a loss that both of them would go and do this. I understand Nikeâ€™s need to â€œrebrandâ€ Tiger for their own purposes but it is almost as if this commercial further solidifies him to his past. As one commentator said last night, â€œMany of us have existential conversations with our deceased parents as we reflect on life but most of us keep those private.â€
Mark and Oliverâ€™s babysitter is just down from Mayfair School. I generally drive home, park the car and walk the three blocks down to pick them up. While at home, I grab a basketball and then Mark and I play one on one at the school on the way home. Today while playing, Mark started to back me down towards the hoop. He made a post move and seemed shocked to see me still standing over two feet for him. At the same time he had this look on his face that said, â€œThis worked for Chris Bosh, why isnâ€™t it working for me.â€ I struggled with what to do next. Should I have let him score or should I reject that shot the way that Saskatchewan voters reject the Liberal Party. Iâ€™ll let you figure out what I did but his favorite player is no longer Chris Bosh but his game is starting to look like Ray Allenâ€™s but from a lot longer distance.
Many of you know that Wendy and I have been quite worried about Mark lately. Mostly it revolves around the fact that he isnâ€™t as heavily armed around the house and he should be. Lee solved that tonight as he gave Mark a Vulcan EBF-25 Nerf machine gun for his ninth birthday. Yes, thatâ€™s right. My brother gave his nephew a fully automatic Nerf chain gun for his birthday with very clear instructions that he is to gun down Wendy and I in his spare time. This could start a arms race like the world hasnâ€™t seen since the introduction of HMS Dreadnought in 1906.
In continuing with his Nerf themed birthday, Lee gave him a classic Nerf football, a Nike Dominate basketball, and a Nike soccer ball in Barcelona FC colors. We are a kind of Toronto FC kind of family but a big yellow soccer ball is pretty cool.
The basketball is destined for the lake (this way Mark has a basketball option that isnâ€™t pink), the soccer ball and the Nerf football will stay here and relegate some other balls around here for the lake. I donâ€™t think a Nerf football is designed to withstand what Maggi does to a ball she grabs.
In the end, they were gifts typical of an uncle that has no kids of his own which means that I canâ€™t give his kids back obnoxious gifts as retaliation. Well played Lee, well played.
We are giving Markâ€™s birthday presents to him tomorrow morning which is his actual birthday. Wendy and I gave him a microscope, a Tech Deck (from Ollie), some new ear phones (really why would Apple release such an uncomfortable ear phone with the iPod?), and a game for his Nintendo DS (compliments of Maggi). If he doesnâ€™t like what he gets tomorrow, he can always shoot us.
Happy Birthday Mark! There has been some rough days this year but your mom and I are incredibly proud of you.