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Pijio Tea Infuser

I love tea, but having a ready supply during my workday has been a problem for me. Brewing one mug is too small for my preference, if I get …

Beer

Steel Thumbnail

I’ve had a one of these little beauties for a couple of years now and it’s saved me from countless encounters with genuine anguish. One year I gave …

Steel

Xiaomi Mi Band 1S

This review was prompted by the recent “Fitbit as a Silent Alarm Clock” review. I recommend a cheaper alternative — Mi Band 1S. It’s an inexpensive …

Android News

Champion Mens Elite SmartTemp Boxer Briefs

I’ve been using these for about 3 years now and I love them. I’m a 71 year old male, weigh 200lb, hike 3 times a week, 4 to 8 miles. These are …

Outdoors

Google Feud/Nippies/Fakespot/Splash

<b>Game:</b> <br>Google Feud is a game that challenges you to guess the top ten Google autocompletes for a particular word or term. For instance, the game might …

Black Diamond Telekneesis Kneepad

Before retirement, my job frequently required me kneel and crawl, often on pavement or gravel. Being taller than average, I was also prone to banging …

Design

Submit a review for a chance get a $50 Amazon Card

We are going to award a $50 Amazon gift card to the writer of our favorite review between now and Friday, September 30, Noon PT.Here’s the form to …

1TB Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

I’ve been using these Western Digital 1TB drives for years. They connect to a computer through a single USB cable, which handles power and data. They …

Mark Frauenfelder

Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil

Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil is a tool that has been in my cooking tool box for more years than I can remember. While this specialty product has …

Food

Luke Khanlian, Long Now Clock Engineer

Our guest this week is Luke Khanlian. Luke is a Design Engineer working on a mechanical clock intended to tick for 10,000 years. Starting as a …

5-Port 40W USB Universal Smart Charger

I take this smart charger with me on all trips, including business and family travel. Having five USB ports means I can charge everyone’s phones and …

Science

Razor Blade Safety Glass Scraper

One of the rites of spring in our town is the replacement of window stickers for the transfer station, beach, etc. In the past I have used putty …

Design

Readables/Hopper/Amazon Kickstarted projects

<b>Readables:</b><br>Books related to my new book The Inevitable that I have found useful: <br>Magic and Loss by Virginia Heffernan: Treats the digital world as a …

Wiss 1DS Industrial Shears

Apparently I’ve developed a bit of a scissors appreciation fetish, and this pair is, I think, the ideal, do-pretty-much everything model.You know …

Paprika Recipe Manager

Paprika Recipe Manager User’s Experience: I do a lot of cooking and baking, getting a lot of my recipes online. I used to clutter up my browser with …

Paprika

Sluggo Slug Bait

Living in the Pacific Northwest, slugs are a continual problem in my garden. But Metaldehyde slug baits are toxic to pets, and beer is messy and …

Pacific Northwest

Pyrex Cups for Informal Dining

Informal dining, to me, means with close family or solo. I use 2 or 4 cup sizes to eat soups, chili, pastas and other things. Usually, my informal …

Food & Dining

Amazen Pellet Tube Smoker

The Amazen Pellet Tube Smoker allows you to impart a smoke flavor to food while cooking outside, without necessarily needing a smoker. To operate you …

Grilling

Travel tip/Brain apps/Frownies/InstantWatcher

<b>Travel tip:</b><br>The cheapest bargain of any overseas vacation is the $25 for the travel guidebook, so I always get the latest version. And I have no …

The Brain

Tim O’Reilly, Founder of O’Reilly Media

<i>Image of Tim O’Reilly by takeshi honma</i>Our guest this week is Tim O’Reilly. He’s the founder of O’Reilly Media, a company the spreads the knowledge of …

Tim O'Reilly

Heavy Duty Thread

I was all packed the night before my cross-country trip, having just *barely* managed to zip the suitcase closed…when I noticed the fabric was …

Upholstery

MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter

For years I’ve tolerated instant coffee while backpacking and camping. As a minimalist I didn’t want the weight and bulk of a traditional coffee …

Caffeine

Dyson DC07 Animal Vacuum

We’ve had our Dyson DC07 “Animal” since my daughter began crawling, about 11 years ago. With the attachments included (crevice, brush and sweeper …

Dyson

Best Comment of the Week: Lightweights for Wheels Power Reflectors

<i>As a way to encourage you to write comments and to thank you for writing good comments, we award a copy of Kevin’s book, Cool Tools: A Catalog of</i> …

Amazon

CargoRAXX

The CargoRAXX is an interior cargo management system for the rear trunk of an SUV, and it’s had a tremendous impact on my day-to-day life is my …

Amazon

Bagged Silica Gel Desiccant

Recently, I saw the old “put your wet device in rice” post up on cool tools. Rice may work in some instances, but you’re much better off using a real …

Felt groceries/Bubbly hack/iPhone fixes

<b>Fundable:</b><br>A Kickstarter campaign I recently funded is The New York Fabric Convenience Store, which is Lucy Sparrow’s art project to sew all the items …

Push Pull Rotate Door Knob

This door knob offers, as the name implies, multiple ways to open. The push method is why I bought it, since it lets you easily open the door if you …

Design

Logitech Squeezebox Radio (or Grace Digital’s Mondo)

I’ve found that this little internet radio, discontinued now for several years (but still available by eBay for about $100), is still a great way to …

Internet Radio

Infinity Glass Jars

I’ve been using Infinity Jars’ collection of glass jars and containers for over 2 years now. I am an acupuncturist that makes herbal remedies for my …

Beauty