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GoStak Twist n’ Lock Storage Jars

Trying to live a healthy lifestyle in the modern world is hard enough. Exercising regularly, getting your diet in order, and getting adequate rest is …

West Bromwich Albion

Zander Rose – Executive Director, The Long Now Foundation

Alexander “Zander” Rose is the executive director of The Long Now Foundation, which was founded in 1996 to become the seed of a very long-term …

Electric Bikes

Pendleton Board Shirt

I have been wearing a black Pendleton Board Shirt almost every day for the last two years. I can’t get over how perfect this 100% wool shirt is.It’s …

Brian Wilson

ClipMate Clipboard Extender

I have been using ClipMate for several years (at least since 2007) on various versions of Windows. It is the first program I install when setting up …

Graphics

Prop ‘n Go Lite Bed Holder & Lap Stand for Tablets and Laptops

I have been using the Prop ’n Go for over three years and I keep finding new ways to use it. It is first of all an adjustable bed holder and lap …

Tablets

Lux Digital Count Up/Down Timer

I’m a teacher in a school that uses a lot of timers. And it’s not just for exams – a well-paced lesson sometimes depends on hitting certain …

Education

Honeywell 7-Day Programmable Switch

I learned about this switch in the comments section of Cool Tools for a different, timed switch.Our home has a bunch of outdoor lights on two …

Honeywell

Improvised Medicine

Improvised Medicine is essential reading for any medical professional, from EMT to surgeon, who may ever run out of medical supplies. Whether the …

Medicine

Petzl e+LITE Ultra-Compact Emergency Headlamp

I’ve been using headlamps for various purposes for a couple of years now: For yard-work in dimming light, for riding my bike to and from work in the …

Help Us Make Our Guide to the Best Non-Fiction Podcast Series

We are podcast fanatics. We’d like to find out what your favorite non-fiction podcasts are and why you like them. Please take the following survey to …

Non-fiction

Argo 8×8 Frontier ATV

We had to move stuff through woods and areas where there were no roads. We had tried 4-wheeler ATVs, but they were really only good for moving one …

Trailers

Amazon Prime Day: Find Out If Our Top Cool Tools Are On Sale

Wednesday, July 15 is Amazon Prime Day, which promises “more deals than Black Friday.” This is the first Prime Day, so I’m not sure how fabulous it’s …

Amazon

Thermos Stainless Steel Can Insulator

We’ve got some of those standard foam can koozies (I looked that up) that aren’t really very effective, are kind of a pain to use and are starting to …

Steel

Jared Zichek — Collectible Figurine Maker

Jared Zichek is a Figurine Maker who relies on a long list of tools to keep his limited edition resin figurine-making business, Golden Age, flowing …

3D Modeling

Zip Zester

This citrus zester tool has 4 different blades; two are included and the others are available separately (I have all 4).I have virtually no rotator …

Mediasonic Digital TV Converter and Digital Video Recorder

I came across a good low-cost solution for cutting the cord from your cable company in favor of over-the-air (OTA) digital HD (ATSC) broadcast …

TiVo

Rhino Laces

Tough boot laces are helpful in keeping your boots on your feet but also can be useful as a source of cordage in an emergency. Rhino Laces claim to …

Boots

New in Ask Cool Tools?

Over at Askcooltools.com, I ask for a better way to unclog drains than using this clunky hand-crank snake. If you have an answer, please post it …

Mark Frauenfelder

Latest Book Recommendations on Wink

Wink Books is a website of remarkable books that belong on paper. In other words, books that don’t belong on ereaders. It’s edited by the editors of …

Mark Frauenfelder

Door-Ease

When we moved into our house in 1999, it came filled with stuff. There was an old lady who was retiring so she didn’t need to take the weed-whacker …

Mark Frauenfelder

Voltage Valet Travel Alarm Clock

As a frequent international travelers know, you cannot count on having a clock in hotels outside the US. Travel clocks are a dime-a-dozen, but the …

Voltage

Andrew Mayne, Author and Magician

Our guest this week is Andrew Mayne. He is a magician, maker, and the author of five bestselling mystery and thriller novels. He’s the star of A&E’s …

Magic

3-Outlet AC Adapter

I travel for work with some combination of laptop, video camera, phone, tablet, audio recorder. For all their improvements, one thing that remains …

Batteries

Check out the fun items at Wink Fun

Wink Fun is the new site that Kevin Kelly, Carla Sinclair, and I started earlier this year. Every weekday we recommend a new game, toy, puzzle, or …

Mark Frauenfelder

The Elements of Pop-Up

I’ve had this book on Pop-up book design for two years. I have other books on paper engineering but this is the one that I come back to regularly. My …

Engineering

OXO Pepper Mill

This pepper mill is fantastic.The good:• It is very fast. The crank arm means you can grind lots of pepper quickly. This is great if you have to cook a …

Uni Jet Stream Prime High Grade Multicolor Ballpoint Pen

I have been using Uni-ball Jetstream pens ever since they came out several years ago. As a left-hander, the fast-drying ink appealed to me right away …

Jet Stream

Velo Orange Porteur Bike Rack

I have been using the Velo Orange Porteur Rack for three years. As a lifelong bicycle commuter I’ve never used a more useful rack. This rack lets me …

Bicycle Commuting

Ben Krasnow – Maker and YouTube Star

Our guest this week is Ben Krasnow. Ben works at Google[x], Google’s semi-secret technology development facility, where he creates advanced …

DIY

National Walking Sprinkler Model B-3

I have used it every summer for 7 years. It has a few signs of weathering (I accidentally left it outside all winter in the snow one year), but it …