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Book Freak #44: Dalai Lama’s Tips for Happiness

Book Freak is a weekly newsletter with short pieces of advice from books. Subscribe here. Sponsor message: Scrivener is an application (Mac, Windows, and iOS) that helps writers complete longform writing projects. I’ve been using its powerful organization, research, and writing tools for years to write books and magazine articles. It’s the most well-designed...

Burner Mail/Black Imagination/Untangling knots

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox.   Burner email addresses I started using Burner Mail a couple of months ago and bought a premium subscription because I find it so useful. The basic concept is simple: it’s a service that generates unique email addresses that get forwarded to your regular email inbox. You can use a burner...

Len Cullum, Woodworker

Our guest this week is Len Cullum. Len is a woodworker living in Seattle, Washington, where he specializes in building Japanese style garden structures, architectural elements, and furniture. A perpetual student of craft, he’s also an occasional teacher and writer of how-to articles. Cool Tools · 233: Len Cullum Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show...

Using Clamps to Spread Things Apart

Using Clamps to Spread Things Apart Turning a clamp into a spreader bar. In this “One Day Build” video on Tested, where Adam Savage is upgrading a rickety workbench, he shares a great tip. You can use Quick-Grip-type bar clamps to spread objects apart, too. To do this, all you need to do is reverse the sliding clamp on the bar so it’s moving away...

Best Task Light for Tools

Tool: Magnetic Sewing Machine Light Guest: Jordan Bunker Twitter “This actually comes in a 2-pack. It’s a magnetic-base gooseneck LED lamp. The first one went on my sewing machine, but the other one follows me around my shop to different tools that I’m working with. It’s a great task lamp and it’s super bright… It plugs directly into AC, though I...

What’s in my bag? — Rhonda Roebuck

Sign up here to get What’s in my bag? a week early in your inbox. Rhonda Roebuck is a retired art teacher now spending her time doing what she loves most…drawing and making art! Most of her journals record her surroundings, nature, and travels. She occasionally teaches workshops to encourage people to document their lives. She often asks her participants...

AR Animals/Dictanote/Prime Student

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox.   View animals in 3D Something cool I just learned is if you have a supported smartphone, you can search for an animal on Google and view them in 3D! Here’s instruction on how to do it and a list of all the animals currently available at this time. — CD Better Dictation Over the last couple...

Josh Glenn, Consulting Semiotician

Our guest this week is Josh Glenn. Josh is a consulting semiotician, publisher of the websites HILOBROW and SEMIOVOX, and co-author of such books as The Idler’s Glossary, Significant Objects, and the family activities guide UNBORED. Josh has also just signed on as Founding Editor of a forthcoming MIT Press series of reissued sci-fi novels from 1900...

Book Freak #44: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (copy)

Book Freak is a weekly newsletter with short pieces of advice from books. Subscribe here. Sponsor message: Scrivener is an application (Mac, Windows, and iOS) that helps writers complete longform writing projects. I’ve been using its powerful organization, research, and writing tools for years to write books and magazine articles. It’s the most well-designed...

“Tips My Dad Says” 2020 Edition

“Tips My Dad Says” 2020 Edition I got a lot of great submissions of words o’ wisdom from the father figures in your lives. A lot of them were tried and true, like “Measure twice, cut once,” “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” “Don’t force it,” “If you can’t fix it the first time, get a bigger hammer!,” “When your only tool is a hammer,...

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