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Learn difficult subjects/memomize/Kevin’s go-to camera

<b>How to understand difficult subjects:</b><br>This four-step method for learning difficult subjects was developed by physicist Richard Feynman when he was a …

Richard Feynman

Basin Buddy

About a year ago, the cold water in the kitchen began to slow down to a trickle. Instead of changing the cartridge I decided to just change the …

Home Improvement

Vittles Vault Stackable Pet Food Container

I bought my 50 lb version of the Vittles Vault Stackable Pet Food Container 19 years ago when I moved into a garden apartment and got ants in my dog …

Dog Food

Maker Update #34

This week on Maker Update: a skateboard that shoots fire, design concepts from Hackaday prize, a dirt-cheap telepresence robot, a military tool bag, …

Heat Holders Thermal Socks

My feet chill easily, and warm slowly; particularly after a long session of computer work or cold outdoor chores, I’d end up with a acute case of …

Accessories

Support our podcast and get good things in return

When Kevin Kelly started Cool Tools as an email list over 20 years ago, his goal was to foster a community of people who wanted to share …

Podcasting

Corrugated Cardboard Cutter

I bought this for my daughter as part of a cardboard builder’s kit I was assembling for Christmas (inspired by Mr. McGroovy’s rivets reviewed on this …

Knives

SleekEZ Grooming Tool

I first stumbled upon the SleekEZ tool through my mom, who has multiple horses and uses it on them to thin their winter coat. I have a …

Winter Fashion

Logobook/Best kitchen knife/Beauty hack

<b>Readings:</b><br>My current page turner is Skeletons on the Zahara, the true story from the early 1800s of American sailors (who may have been slave runners) …

Knives

Ask Cool Tools Featured Question

<b>etryfonos</b> needs suggestions on a duplicate finder that can also remove pictures from a hard drive.

Shuttle Pro V.2

As a photographer and video editor I’m a huge keyboard shortcut user since a lot of my work involves doing the same tasks over and over. I’ve used …

Keyboard Shortcuts

FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer

The Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer is quicker, easier, and more accessible than electric vacuum sealers with plastic bags. Leftover food, soup, or beverages …

Food

Maker Update #33

This week on Maker Update, a giant mechanical iris, a lightsaber, remote control Arduino, a micro torch, python boxes, Google HATs, Processing …

Arduino

Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag

Yes, this is another bag review. But it’s exceptional to me because I feel like I’ve been searching for the right bag for years and have finally …

Messenger Bags

Flat-Clinch Stapler

This stapler is better than the one you’re using now because papers bound with it lie much flatter. When using a traditional ‘bubble” stapler, a …

Kuda Outdoors Self Inflating Travel Pillow

I travel several times a year to Latin America. When I stay at locally-owned hotels, more often than not the pillows feel like a bag of cement with a …

Travel

Most used tool/Setapp/Pixel Thoughts

<b> Tool I use the most:</b><br>Everyday, multiple times a day, I use my handy snap-blade utility box-cutter knife. It costs 2 dollars. It’s made of day-glo …

Apps

Ask Cool Tools Featured Question

<b>Stonecw</b> is looking for a portable bench vise.

Cool Stuff

Stereo-to-Mono Earbud

For those of us who are deaf in one ear and like to listen to music, stereo earbuds are a major annoyance. Our monophonic ears can only hear one …

Earbuds

Eri Gentry, Co-founder of BioCurious

Our guest this week is Eri Gentry. Eri is the founding president of BioCurious. It’s the first hackerspace for biology, and she’s also a research …

Joe Arpaio

Xcelite Steel Slotted Pocket-Clip Screwdriver

One tool that a nerd cannot be without is the “Green Tweaker” — the Xcelite R3323, which is a tiny little flat-blade screwdriver that every tech head …

Knives

Maker Update #32: Heat Shrink Tubing

Here’s this week’s Maker Update, featuring the best DIY projects of the week. (Show notes here.) As usual, I have a Cool Tool review included. This …

Arduino

GoPets Nail Clippers

We have three cats and two of them allow me to clip their nails (the other one will bite and scratch if I try). I’ve been using GoPets Nail Clippers …

Beauty

5 Drawer Tool Cart

My dad once told me, When you’re buying a tool, get the best one you can afford and you’ll regret it one time: when you buy it. If you buy a cheap …

Design

Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Cars

I drive a 1999 Volvo sedan, which is not only almost pre Bluetooth (it was patented in 1997) in cars, is has no audio jack allowing for a direct …

Gear & Gadgets

Flume/24 Meetings/Hunter

<b>Must listen:</b><br>A fantastic two-part podcast episode from Reply All (Russian Passenger, Part 1 + Beware All, Part 2) delves very deep into the mystery of …

Security

Ask Cool Tools Featured Question

<b>silverhalide</b> needs suggestions for the best dishwasher safe insulated water bottle?

The Man in Seat 61

Train travel is often the best way to get from A to B. It’s civilized, often as fast as flying or faster, and comfortable. But navigating the train …

Trains

Victorinox Paring Knife with Serrated Edge

There have been lots of reviews of knives here and elsewhere. This is one of my favorites: the Victorinox serrated paring knife! These are used by …

Knives

Olight i3E flashlight

The Olight i3E is a tiny flashlight, meant for a keychain. It is similar to the Streamlight Nano (which I have also owned), so I will compare it to …

Knives