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FFF Tour/OverDrive/Exploratorium

<b>Enjoyment:</b><br>If the Found Footage Festival tour ever comes your way, I highly recommend you check it out. The two guys who host the events scour thrift …

Ask Cool Tools Featured Question

<b>mamayama</b> recently asked “What’s your favorite dental floss for closely spaced teeth?” and here were the replies.

BuildTak Spatula

I love my BuildTak Spatula, I bought it from them at a 3D printing expo, and it was a great investment of twenty bucks. The spatula is designed to …

3D Printing

Six-Ounce Pyrex Custard Cups

Glass custard cups do not seem like a cool tool you would use all the time, but once you have them I bet you will. A lot of the Pyrex custard cups I …

Cooking

What’s in My Bag? — Marcel Dufresne

These are the contents of my gadget bag when my wife and I go traveling. The contents vary somewhat depending on whether we are camping or traveling …

Gear & Gadgets

Boat Hook

I’ve found a boat hook to be surprisingly helpful in several ways when trimming trees in my back yard, usually with a pole saw:• If a cut-off branch …

Fishing

Anti-Steam Ove Gloves

Oven mitts frequently suffer from design flaws: they may be too flimsy, too clumsy, or simply more decorative than useful. My current favorites are …

Silicone

Bluetooth Receiver Streambot

Over the past two or three years, this Bluetooth receiver has allowed me to listen to tons of podcasts and music while cooking, doing dishes, and …

Bluetooth

Negotiation Academy/The Expanse/Jewelry cleaning hacks

<b>Skill Builder:</b><br>Two Slate journalists attended a class on negotiation skills at Columbia Business School and created a 10-episode podcast called …

Hacking

Orange Reflective Mesh Vest

Reflective Mesh Vest User’s Experience: I like to get my 10,000 steps a day, and I like to get them outside as much as possible. Because of my …

Walking

Multi-Battery Tester

I bought this tester after I replaced a button battery in a storage array and it died after 3 months (MTBF should have been 2 years). To replace the …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple Magic Trackpad 2

I use an Apple MacBook Pro laptop. It replaced my desktop years ago. I use a laptop stand that elevates the screen up into my line of vision, but …

iOS

Robyn Miller, Computer Game Designer

Our guest this week is Robyn Miller. Robyn co-founded Cyan Worlds in the late 1980s, where he designed and directed the landmark video games Myst and …

Virtual Reality

Oven Rack Guard

My wife has had a cookie baking business for almost five years. Whether she was baking in a rental commercial kitchen (very expensive to rent) or …

Cooking

96 Gallon Super Big Mouth Trash Bags

Have been using this trash bag over the last 3 holiday seasons (3 years) to bag and get rid of our Christmas tree. I really hate the ones they sell …

Christmas Trees

Change your mind/My Morning Routine/Browser trick

<b>Browser trick:</b><br>If you type something in the URL bar and then press control + enter, whatever you type will be surrounded by www. and .com. —</b> …

Productivity

Ask Cool Tools Featured Questions

<b>jwmci</b> would like replacement suggestions for the Haflinger AT Slipper, reviewed previously on Cool Tools.

Amazon Warehouse Deals

Amazon Warehouse Deals is a division of Amazon that liquidates all of their open-box and ding-and-dent inventory. You can often find them under the …

Amazon

Hands Free Book Holder Floor Stand

When I bought a Levo Book Holder Floor Stand more than fifteen years ago (for I think $169), it was an expensive risky purchase for me. However, it …

Publishing

Granite Mortar and Pestle

A good mortar and pestle set is an efficient, versatile kitchen tool, which makes it easy to grind up whole spices (which keep better than ground …

Spices

Tabletop Moonshine Still

A couple of years ago, I spent a very enjoyable summer visiting local craft distilleries and tasting their yummy concoctions. It made me want to try …

Drinking

Victorinox Bike Tool

I’ve used this tool 8 months, and more extensively the past 2 months (as I’ve been commuting to work 3-4x a week) by bike. This tool has made it so …

Multi-tools

Zero Days/Nurx/LiarTown USA

<b>Watchable:</b><br>I am not worried about much, but I do worry about cyber war. There is no consensus on what is acceptable in cyber warfare and all …

Cyber-attacks

High Heat Thermobest Gloves

I am recommending the High Heat Thermobest Gloves — not for their intended use, which is for industrial work on very hot items, but rather as …

Dog poop rake and pan

I recently helped out a friend with a bad back. I raked up all the leaves in their yard, and their German Shepard had left many “landmines.” I asked …

Aluminum

What’s in My Bag? — Paul Abueva

I am a residential contractor who does remodeling and repair work, so I carry tools that that are useful to a variety of trades work. Over the years …

Woodworking

Quick Slide Drill Press Vise

I recently purchased this vise because I wanted a quick slide one and this really fit the bill. I was looking at a much more expensive Heinrich Grip …

Woodworking

LawnPro Hi-Hitch

If you’ve ever wanted to put a full-sized trailer hitch ball on your lawn tractor, this is the right way to do it.I’ve got two utility trailers, one …

Lawn Mowing

The Wet Brush

I have very long, fine hair; it’s difficult to find a brush that’s good at detangling, doesn’t scratch the scalp or yank the hair, yet is efficient …

Hair Care