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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 …

Pop-up Book

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 …

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 …

Micro-shear flush cutters

I was looking for an inexpensive pair of surgical nippers or tiny scissors for some time, since fingernail scissors have proven to be too fragile for …

Scissors

iKlear

Five years ago I discovered iKlear and I will never use anything else to clean my TV screen, desk computer, MacBook Pro, mirrors, and eyeglasses.I …

Eyeglasses

Followup.cc

Followup.cc is a service that allows you to schedule emails to arrive in your inbox when you want them. It is similar to the previously reviewed …

Email

Dental Picks

Dental picks come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. First recommended to me by my art teacher in 1982 as a great tool for picking out small bits in …

Dentistry

8 oz. Stubby Claw Hammer

This stubby hammer doesn’t represent the peak of tool smithing. But, the darn thing is so useful in my workshop everyday. It’s a tiny hammer suitable …

Havalon Piranta Skinning Knife

The Havalon Piranta is my favorite skinning knife. It uses replaceable 60XT stainless steel blades, which cost less than a dollar apiece. I like it …

Taxidermy

Anti Icky Poo odor remover

We have kids and pets in our house, and everything from chocolate milk to vomit has seeped its way into our upholstery and carpet. The best way we’ve …

Chocolate Milk

Unfavinator

I’ve been favoriting tweets ever since I got on Twitter, often tweets with links in them where the aim is to get back to them when I have more time …

Recipe Rock

I’ve had this recipe holder almost 1 year now and I use it almost every day! Sure, it works great when creating culinary perfection, but I am also a …

Recipes

Fineprint

I’ve used the Fineprint application almost since it first came out. I was always frustrated at printing “that” page from the Web. You know, the page …

Microsoft Windows

Gum Eez-Thru Floss Threaders

These inexpensive nylon loops are the only effective way to floss under dental bridges. Just put a piece of floss through the loop and insert the end …

Nylon

Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera

I recently procured for myself a Pentax K-50 DSLR camera and have enjoyed it immensely. Being a new parent and also developing a keen interested in …

Cameras

Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Hand Crank Coffee Grinder

I like the idea of grinding coffee by hand, but most of the hand crank grinders that I have tried have been hard to turn, hard to hold, inefficient …

Crank

Stem Gem Strawberry Huller

It didn’t take me long to get the hang of the Stem Gem Strawberry Huller, and once I did, I was able remove the stem and core of strawberries much …

Mark Frauenfelder

Chemex 6-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffee Maker

I have been using this tool for about a year. In combination with a food scale, Chemex bleached filters, a Capresso hot water kettle, great coffee …

Coffeemaker

iFixit Pro Magnetic Project Mat

My family members are prone to dropping their iPhones and cracking the screen. I’ve gotten pretty good at replacing the displays myself, saving a lot …

Mark Frauenfelder

Trendnet Powerline Power-to-Wireless Access Point

Our kitchen is a Wifi deadspot. I’ve tried using wireless extenders, but I think my walls have chicken wire in them, turning every room into a …

Wi-Fi

Estes Proto X Mini Quadcopter

I’ve been fiddling around with the world’s smallest quadcopter now for about 2 months, and it’s been great fun! It actually introduced me into the …

Rake on Wheels

The Wolf Garden Tools rake scarifier removes moss and thatch from your lawn. The wheels mean the rake maintains the correct penetration. The head …

Sol: Sun Clock

Have you ever wanted to know exactly when the sun will rise or set or know exactly when the sun will be at its peak? This app for iOS will tell you …

Sunrise

Transformer Pencil Case

On returning to university after a 14-year break I needed a pencil case again. I found the Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer to be ideal as it acts a pen …

Time Lapse and Stop Motion HD Video Camera

Interesting doesn’t come close to how incredibly cool this camera is. Exceptionally quick to set up and learn, I’ve been charging around the house …

Time-lapse Photography

Screw Extractor Driver Set

I purchased this set over a year ago to remove a few stripped screws in a water damaged iPhone 4s, assuming I would need to use the included …

iPhone

Chantal Stainless Steel Travel Mug

I have been using the Chantal travel mug for 6 months. The attribute that set it apart is that you can drink the liquid anywhere around the rim. …

Steel