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Marginalia/Master craft teaching/Text decoder

Find what you didn’t know you were looking for I love the serendipitous search results I get when using Marginalia. It is not equipped to answer questions and suggests that you “instead try to imagine some text that might appear in the website you are looking for, and search for that.” SEO-optimized sites are down-ranked and text-heavy sites are favored....

Leah Zaidi, Futurist

Our guest this week is Leah Zaidi. Leah is an award-winning futurist and Research Director at the Institute for the Future. She helps companies and countries design their future. You can find Leah on Twitter @leah_zaidi and at leahzaidi.com. Cool Tools · 300: Leah Zaidi Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | See all the...

What’s (not) in my bag? — Ramona Pringle

Sign up here to get What’s in my bag? a week early in your inbox. I’m a professor, a media maker and journalist. I spend my days as Director of the Creative School Innovation Studio at Ryerson University* which is an amazing (now very much hybrid) hub devoted to innovation and entrepreneurship within the creative industries. I am also a mom to a toddler,...

Drying Mat/Magnetic Drive Guide/Interior Space

Recomendos: Silicone Dish Drying Mat DEWALT Magnetic Drive Guide Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Cool Tools reviews

Best Adaptable Door Handle

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Lists of lists of lists/Squid Game/99 sober activities

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Bingeable suspense drama It’s gory, with mindless cartoon violence, but it is also full of surprises, great drama, and the pleasures of the unexpected. My wife and I binged the entire first season in 5 days. It’s that good. I am speaking of the Korean thriller/drama/horror series, Squid Game,...

Amber Case, 2021 Mozilla Fellow

Our guest this week is Amber Case. Amber studies the interaction between humans and computers and how technology is changing everyday life. Amber was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30, and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology. She was named the National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She won the Claude Shannon Innovation Award from...

Fiskars Paper Trimmers

It is simply impossible to make a genuine straight, right-angle cut on paper using scissors, or even a razor blade and straight edge. The old guillotine paper cutter could deliver a clean cut, but at the risk of taking your fingers away. Fiskars, the scissors makers, invented a cutter with a tiny blade mounted on a hinged holder that zips through paper...

Quick hose connectors/Professional scissors/Make a custom mug

Recomendos: SHOWNEW Garden Hose Quick Connectors Professional Hair Cutting Shears Hayes Waterslide Decal Paper Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray Paint Sweese Coffee Mugs Gareth’s Tips, Tools and Shop Tales Make Amazing Waterslide Decals for Tumblers, Mugs, and Glasses!   Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Cool Tools reviews

What’s in my Zoom setup? — John Nieuwenburg

Sign up here to get What’s in my bag? a week early in your inbox. I’ve been a professional business coach since 2004. W5 Coaching — a name derived from the 5 questions: who, what, when, where, and why — which underpin the Socratic methodology I employ in my coaching. During that time, I’ve worked with over 300 clients, taking them through a systematic...

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