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Recomendo, Expanded

We’ve gathered 1,000 of our best recommendations featured from our free newsletter, Recomendo and arranged them into a 217-page book. Each recomendo is a brief rave about a cool tool, great thing to watch or listen to, place to visit, person to follow, or a fantastic tip. The range is even broader than the broad range of Cool Tools. We’ve organized...

Kurt Kohlstedt, 99% Invisible

Our guest this week is Kurt Kohlstedt. Kurt writes and talks about design and cities at the popular podcast 99% Invisible. He has been covering design, art and urbanism professionally across various platforms since completing his master’s degree in architecture in 2007. You can find Kurt on Twitter and Instagram @kurtkohlstedt. Cool Tools · 255:...

White Goose Down Pillow

Why would I spend $130 on a pillow? Because this is the best pillow I have ever slept on, and the last pillow I will ever buy.  I have tried a lot of pillows over the years, but none of them were quite what I wanted.  I’ve tried buckwheat, memory foam, shredded memory foam, and various combinations and down-substitutes.  Nothing compares.  I should...

Over-the-Door Organizer

Living in a small mobile home taught me: when you run out of space, think vertical. These over-the-door multi-pockets are generally called “shoe organizers”; but though I have seven of them around the house, they’ve never held shoes. They make large numbers of small items easy to store, find, and grab when you need them. Whatever you don’t want disappearing...

What’s in my bag? — George Mokray

Sign up here to get What’s in my bag? a week early in your inbox. George Mokray is a lifelong independent scholar. For over a decade, he’s published a free weekly listing of Energy (and Other) Events around Cambridge, MA which covered what was happening in the community and among the local colleges and universities. He maintains other free listservs: City...

Baller ToDo/Artificial trees/Portable back support

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Visualize your to-do list The “Urgent-Important” decision making matrix seems to be trending real hard (according to all the productivity posts I come across ), and it’s exactly that which inspired this task-mapping tool called Baller ToDo. It will help you visualize and figure out the stuff...

Julie Sokolow, Film Director

Our guest this week is Julie Sokolow. Julie is the director of the new documentary Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story. The film profiles an activist who walked barefoot across America to protest climate change. She’s also the director of the feature documentaries Woman on Fire and Aspie Seeks Love. You can find her on Twitter @juliesokolow and Facebook...

Seven years of Cool Tools Gift Guides

For the past seven years, we’ve released a series of holiday gift guides. The selections are, for the most part, timeless. Here they are: 2019 Gift Guide 2018 Gift Guide 2017 Gift Guide 2016 Gift Guide 2015 Gift Guide 2014 Gift Guide 2013 Gift Guide -- Mark Frauenfelder

Using Dowels as Drawer Slides

Using Dowels as Drawer Slides Clever idea for drawer slides. In this 3x3Custom video, Tamar experiments with a unique way of making slides for the drawers of a desk. Spoiler alert: She uses dowels. Besides the slides themselves, there are some other clever ideas here, like how she cuts, spaces, and sands the grooves for the slides. It’s also inspiring...

What’s in my bag? — James Folta

Sign up here to get What’s in my bag? a week early in your inbox.   James Folta is a humor writer and the managing editor of Points in Case. He co-created two satirical projects: The Neu Jorker and Paul Ryan magazine. He co-writes a weekly newsletter, A Newsletter of Humorous Writing, tweets at @jamesfolta, and has a website, jamesfolta.com.   About...

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