Travel: Litelok.
Technology: PowerUp FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone.
Stationery: Perpetuum Calendar.
Gadgets: SOG Baton Multi-Tools.
Books and Writing:Beautiful Macabre.
Project of the week: Boneyard pets.


This week PD had a surfeit of things to write about, so he had to make some tough decisions. He hopes that you like his whittled down list. We start with a new type of bike lock that will be a relief to those suffering bulging pockets from traditional ones. Having cycled somewhere why not enjoy being a virtual pilot while you fly a modern paper aeroplane? For your desk there is a new perpetual calendar and for your EDC a new set of tools. Winter is a good time to stay in your warm kennel with a scary book. Finally, this week's project of the week grab yourself a new pet dinosaur.

TRAVEL: Litelok

This is one for those who travel by bicycle, although PD cannot do that at the moment for all the snow on the roads. Not a problem though as Spring will be here soon. Unfortunately, bicycle theft is a real problem. You could find a friendly wolf to sit next to your bike. You could use one of those cumbersome steel U-locks that weigh a lot. Or you could use one of these.

Litelok weighs little and is flexible, so it is easy to carry. Do not be fooled by the ribbon-like appearance, which belies its strength. It is made from something called Boaflexicore, a super tough & hard to cut material. The maker claims that "it takes well over five minutes to cut or break the strap and lock", using "tools like cable cutters, bolt croppers and hacksaws". It clicks to lock and is opened using a key.

TECHNOLOGY: PowerUp FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone

Not another drone, PD hears you say. Well, this one is truly different. First of all it looks like a souped up version of the paper 'planes that PD used to fly as a pup. Secondly, you don the supplied VR glasses and you see exactly what the 'plane sees as you fly it.

STATIONERY: Perpetuum Calendar

As you would realise from previous editions of PD, he loves letterpress, having featured two such calendars for 2017. There may however be those who desire a desk calendar that never needs to be put away. Here is one such perpetual calendar.

This limited edition calendar is 3D printed from a fabric-like material and has gold-plated indicators. The only catch? You have to manually move the indicators, so you should know what day it is before looking at the calendar. Available in black or grey.

GADGETS: SOG Baton Multi-Tools

SOG has been around for some time, producing superb knives, tools and other gear. In this new line, these tools fold into, well, batons. There are four to choose from. You can guess which is PD's favourite.

BOOKS AND WRITING: Beautiful Macabre

If you collect or love vintage horror posters then this book is for you. This book features over seventy rare posters dating from 1862 to 1971, from the collection of the Century Guild Museum in California.

Just the thing to curl up with on a stormy Winter's night.

PROJECT OF THE WEEK: Boneyard pets

Guaranteed not to cost too much to feed, these charming limited edition aluminium dinosaurs look great. You can have a velociraptor or a smilodon, each available in two sizes, or you can have a T-shirt.

Important disclaimer: Remember that crowdfunding sites are not stores. You may decide to back this project and provide funds, however there is no guarantee that any project will be delivered - the rate of failure is about 10%. PD is in no way accountable for the success or otherwise of any project and writes in this column purely for entertainment purposes, and will in no way be held liable for any failure or money lost by anyone. It is a case of "buyer beware". It is a sad reflection on the era we live in that PD must resort to this type of disclaimer.

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