Cecil DeMille : Celebrating a Hollywood Pioneer

Arguably, one of the most influential directors of Hollywood films was Cecil DeMille, born on this day in 1881. DeMille began his career in 1900 as a stage actor on Broadway. By 1914, DeMille had moved on to direct silent films, including Paramount Films’ first production, The Squaw Man. He actually directed this film twice, doing so again as a sound film in 1931.

Known for movies that included spectacular set pieces, perhaps DeMille’s mostCecil Demille memorable work is The Ten Commandments, featuring the parting of the Red Sea and thousands of extras. Unfortunately, this movie was also his last effort. During filming in Egypt in 1956, Cecil DeMille suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Against doctor’s orders, he returned to the set within a week. He finished the film, but never fully recovered and died of a heart ailment in January 1959.

Cecil DeMille’s works are likely found in the collection of any serious movie buff. A collection of this magnitude deserves to be displayed in style: The Sliding Door DVD Library is the Mission-style media library that stores up to 700 CDs, 336 DVDs, or 132 VHS tapes. Eighteen adjustable solid-wood shelves can be raised or lowered to any height, for custom storage configurations. The Library is also available in a model that holds up to 1,050 CDs or 504 DVDs for the serious fan of film.

Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses

Does space-age technology matter when it comes to sunglasses? These are The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses, based on glasses created by NASA, that protect your eyes while simultaneously aiding their vision.

Clarity Enhancing Bifocal SunglassesUsing the technology NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed, these bifocal sunglasses filter the blue and violet light rays that can impair vision, yet they allow the green, yellow, orange, and red light rays that enhance sight to reach your retinas, allowing objects to appear more distinct, and diminishing distortion. While traditional sunglasses are darkening your vision, these enhance vividness whilst blocking 100% of harmful UV rays. When not protecting your eyes, they come with both a soft pouch and hard case for storing, so you can keep them safe as well.

You choose the bifocal diopters you prefer — 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 — and with stainless nickel-silver gunmetal frames and adjustable non-slip nose pads, they’ll look and feel as great as they perform. So don’t darken your vision with regular sunglasses, sharpen it. With The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

This is The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, rated such by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it restored the original luster of jewelry better than any other model tested.

Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerTo test all models, jewelry was coated with a mixture of hair gel, hand lotion, and dirt, then placed in a microwave oven to solidify. Using a scale accurate to .0001 grams, and independent laboratory weighed each item before and after one cycle in each cleaner. The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner was found to have removed 99.8% of the baked-on mess, superior to all other models.

The Best Model uses 42,000 Hz of sound waves and water from it’s 18-ounce reservoir to reach deep into crevices of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watchbands to effectively remove debris from even the most hard-to-reach parts of the jewelry. And that’s without adding soap, which can be used if desired. The crystal clear LED screen has a digital timer for ease of use, with a simple-to-follow instruction manual.

Jewelry is an expensive and precious commodity. Keep it looking brand new with The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

 

Best Commuter Cup

This is The Best Commuter Cup, so deemed by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it is easy to drink from, and does not leak, even if turned upside down.

Best Commuter CupThe lid on The Best Commuter Cup stays tightly closed until you’re ready for your beverage; then with the touch of a button, it springs open and flips out of your way as you drink. Whether you transport The Cup in a bag or briefcase, or even if you lose track of it and it rolls around the floor of your car, the safety lock prevents spilling. Ideal for use by children when taking long trips.

Best Commuter Cup ClosedDual walls of stainless steel and vacuum insulation provide The Best Commuter Cup with superior temperature retention. In testing, ice cubes remained frozen for 36 hours, while other models allowed ice to melt in six hours. And hot liquids lost only 18 degrees after two hours in The Cup, while hot beverages in other cups tested lost up to 71 degrees.

Spill-proof when out of your hand, and easy to use when you’re thirsty. That’s The Best Commuter Cup from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Commuter Cup

 

 

No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror is used by police departments and professional race car drivers to increase their ability to see other vehicles around them.

No Blind Spot Rear View MirrorStandard automobile rear view mirrors provide a 52-degree view of what’s behind your vehicle. The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror gives you a 180-degree field of visibility so you have a clear picture of every driver traveling around your car. Even when driving on a highway as wide as five lanes, you’re able to see all traffic behind you. You can remain aware of other drivers moving around your car, and passing your vehicle until they move beside you and enter your peripheral vision. The patented, seamless mirror is distortion-free, and at night it automatically reduces glare from trailing headlights by 50%. Simply clamp to your existing rear view mirror — no tools or adhesives are required — and it is ready to use.

Knowing who and what are around you at all times will help new and seasoned drivers alike be more prepared for whatever situation you encounter. Make your driving experience safer, with The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror

 

 

Hand Reflexology Massager

This is The Hand Reflexology Massager, which has been found by a team of physical therapists to have the potential to relieve pain and discomfort in the hands.

Hand Reflexology MassagerWith one touch of a button, The Hand Reflexology Massager begins its soothing rhythm to take away the tension, stress, and fatigue associated with keyboarding and mouse use. Once inserted into the soft polyester interior, the device compresses trigger points on both the palm and the back of the hand. Sessions can be 5, 10, or 15 minutes long, at 4 different pressure levels. The Reflexology Massager can also include far infrared heat for your session, to promote better circulation.

Find direct relief for those metacarpals that have been hard at work all day. Try The Hand Reflexology Massager from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Hand Reflexology Massager

12 Hour iPad Power Case

The 12 Hour iPad Power Case protects your iPad while allowing you to recharge it, without carrying extra cables or equipment.

12 Hour iPad Power CaseNo need for bulky carrying cases; this iPad power case adds just a half-inch of thickness to your device, fitting 2nd and 3rd generation iPads perfectly. The soft suede-lined interior protects against scratches and dings, while the leather-like cover folds under itself, providing a landscape mode for stationary use.

Don’t need battery power right now? Not a problem; the battery feature can be turned off when not necessary. But when you do need a charge, say, on those long train or airplane trips where there are no power outlets, this iPad power case supplies up to 12 hours of backup power. The 13,500 mAh lithium polymer battery can sustain prolonged use, keeping you entertained without worrying about draining your device. LEDs indicate the charge remaining, and the included USB cable makes it easy to recharge the case once you’ve made it back to your computer.12 Hour iPad Power Case

Keep your iPad looking like new and running anytime you’re on the go. The 12 Hour iPad Power Case from Hammacher Schlemmer. It’s extra power when you need it; extra protection when you don’t.

The 12 Hour iPad Power Case

Carbon Fiber Money Clip

The Carbon Fiber Money Clip keeps your cash organized while preventing identity thieves from hacking your personal information from your credit cards.

Carbon Fiber Money ClipUsing low-cost, modified scanners, hackers attempt to obtain information from Radio Frequency Identity-Enabled cards (RFID) that include debit, credit, access control, and government issued IDs. The carbon fiber material used in The Carbon Fiber Money Clip blocks most radio signals, keeping cards and IDs safe from unauthorized access. Its flexible clip, which will never weaken or break, holds up to 20 cash bills, while the included wallet has six slots, capable of holding up to 10 cards and IDs. There is also a small pocket to neatly organize receipts. The money clip’s lack of bulk even make it ideal for placing in a front pocket, adding further security by keeping it out of reach of pickpockets.

It’s difficult to be too cautious in today’s increasingly insecure world. Keep your cards and safe, even from electronic identity thieves, with The Carbon Fiber Money Clip from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Swedish Hand Plow

The Swedish Hand Plow is the shovel used by the Swedish Roof Clearers Union to remove large amounts of snow in one fell swoop.

Swedish Hand PlowThe term “heart attack snow” is no laughing matter. Wet, heavy snow with high water content might make better snowballs, but it is much more strenuous to remove by hand. Bending and scooping this heavy snow can quickly lead to over-exertion, not to mention strained backs and leg muscles. The Swedish Hand Plow, with its 3-foot wide blade and u-shaped handle, allows for clearing driveways and sidewalks by pushing snow away, rather than needing to lift and throw the snow to the side. The bottom edge of the blade is 22 times thicker than typical shovels, so it skims easily across multiple surfaces like deck wood, brick pavers, and sidewalk seams. The shock-absorbing rubber handgrip helps save wear and tear on the hands, and the corrosion-resistant aluminum throughout fights off the winter weather.

We know you want to get out there as soon as the skies clear and have the first clean driveway on the block. But be sure you do so safely, for your heart and your back. Push snow out of your way with The Swedish Hand Plow, exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Swedish Hand Plow

All Day Gel Seat

The All Day Gel Seat was designed to relieve point-of-contact pressure for those who spend their days confined to an office chair or car seat.

All Day Gel SeatFilled with soft visco-elastic gel and memory foam, The All Day Gel Seat disperses the users weight evenly to alleviate pressure points. It includes a depression in the center of the seat that also relieves pressure on the tailbone. To encourage correct lumbar curvature, the surface of the gel seat has a subtle 5-degree slope that promotes proper pelvic posture. Perforations in the surface provide ventilation, and an integrated handle lets the user easily transport the seat from office to automobile.

Do you know a truck driver, car messenger, or office worker? The All Day Gel Seat from Hammacher Schlemmer is a great gift for anyone who sits for extended periods of time each day.

The All Day Gel Seat