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Retro Recomendo: Toys & Games

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Our subscriber base has grown so much since we first started seven years ago, that most of you have missed all our earliest recommendations. The best of these are still valid and useful, so we’re trying out something new — Retro Recomendo. Once every 6 weeks, we’ll send out a throwback...

Sun Dec 10, 2023 11:29
Casper Kelly, Writer/Director

Casper Kelly is a writer/director of weird TV and movies including the viral short Too Many Cooks and the 2023 horror movie Adult Swim Yule Log. His website is and he’s on Twitter and Instagram @heycasperkelly. TOOLS: 0:00 – Intro 0:43 – Chromadepth glasses 4:53 – 21:51 – Tiny Habits 25:04 – Focusmate...

Fri Dec 8, 2023 18:27
Hard Drive Crashes/Onward Tickets/Immigration Smiles

A weekly newsletter with four quick bites, edited by Tim Leffel, author of A Better Life for Half the Price and The World’s Cheapest Destinations. See past editions here, where your like-minded friends can subscribe and join you. Are You Backed up? I am so dedicated to you dear readers that I am typing this at a chain hotel business center....

Thu Dec 7, 2023 17:41
Book Freak 147: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality

Get The Experience Machine Imagine your brain as a master illusionist, constantly weaving the fabric of your reality from the threads of expectation and sensation — this is the premise of The Experience Machine by Andy Clark. He explains how our minds shape our perception of reality based on predictions and expectations, and examines...

Wed Dec 6, 2023 17:21
Everyday Carry

Once a week we’ll send out a page from Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities. The tools might be outdated or obsolete, and the links to them may or may not work. We present these vintage recommendations as is because the possibilities they inspire are new. Sign up here to get Tools for Possibilities a week early in your inbox. A knife...

Mon Dec 4, 2023 17:16
Viewtainer/Tools: A visual exploration/Eternal Sunset

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Squeeze-top storage The Viewtainer is a cleverly designed storage container made from clear plastic. It lets you easily see the contents, while the squeeze-to-open top makes accessing the contents convenient. Just apply light pressure to the tube’s sides and the slitted rubber top...

Sun Dec 3, 2023 13:32

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