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Heated Mighty Pants

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By March, I am very tired of cold temperatures, and looking for ways to make next winter more tolerable. Yesterday, I rode on the passenger side during a pizza run, and had the pleasant experience of holding a hot pizza box in my lap on a 30 degree day. The driver joked about me wrapping myself completely in fresh-baked pizza to stay warm. If only!

Then I came upon this post featuring heated pants. This might be just the thing for me! The Burton LTD Heated Mighty Pants are marketed toward snowboarders, but I don't see why they wouldn't be worn every day in cold weather. They work like an electric blanket, with a battery pack and controls that fit in the pants pocket. Besides the electrical parts, the pants are made of waterproof Dryride Durashell fabric on the outside, insulation in the middle, and mesh vents inside in case you start to sweat.

I can see this as useful for building snowmen, for walking to the store when the roads are too slick to drive, for shoveling snow, scraping windows, and all those other unpleasantries associated with winter. I can even see using these pants for lounging around the house while you turn the thermostat down to save money. I didn't see what kind of batteries these use, but I bet they can be recharged. But the best part? These electric pants were $269.95 (it's a sports accessory after all) but are on sale for $121.48. You might think that's still pricey for pants, but it makes sense for a pair that you'll wear daily in cold weather for years to come. Oh yeah, these are ladies pants. I couldn't find the equivalent in men's pants at the site, but these look pretty much unisex to me, if you can figure out what size to order.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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