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Claire Lower, Senior Food Editor at Lifehacker

Our guest this week is Claire Lower, the senior food editor for Lifehacker.com. Claire lives in Portland OR, and has a BS in chemistry from the University of Florida, which she says she almost never uses. She was working as a lab technician at a big engineering firm when she started blogging for xoJane as a hobby. You can find her on Twitter @clairelizzie...

Chain-Stitching Extension Cords

Chain-Stitching Extension Cords Chain ‘em. Toss ‘em. Unfurl ‘em without a problem. In my book, Tips and Tales from the Workshop, I showed this method of chaining chords. This video, by the always thoughtful and clear Scott from The Essential Craftsman, is the best tutorial on chain-stitching cords I’ve seen to date. In the video, Scott also recommends...

OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener

Our family has been looking for a decent can opener for years. Typical top opening can openers generally are made poorly and they all work the same regardless of price. Invariably a new opener would stop working well after a few weeks of use (if it worked well at all) and we would have to get a new one. My wife decided to buy me a can opener for Christmas....

What’s in my bag? — Jayme Boucher

Sign up here to get What’s in my bag? a week early in your inbox. Jayme Boucher is the Director of Games at Mondo, an expanding enterprise with a passionate love of film, art, music and pop culture. Her small but mighty team of play enthusiasts has launched a robust line of tabletop games and art-forward jigsaw puzzles that can be found here. When...

Bulls-Eye Power Nozzle

I bought this nozzle a couple of years ago and I still love it. Yeah, I love a nozzle. But it’s small, simple, well made and works really well. I love that it can go from a pretty powerful flow to a tiny, hair-thin stream with just a twist. It’s great for anything you’d want to use a nozzle for. In fact, I’ve looked for other things just so I can use...

Prodyne CK-300 Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

The Prodyne CK-300 Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife is nicely made but doesn’t cost a lot. It gets used for nearly every meal and snack in our house; we have lots of really good, expensive knives. This one is always in the dishwasher! Does a great job on ripe tomatoes, oozy brie, fresh mozzarella, bread, thin slices of cured sausages, zucchini (that even...

Yankee Screwdriver Hex Bit Adapter

Tool (Recommended): Hex Adapter for Yankee Screwdrivers Show notes and Transcript -- Sean Michael Ragan

3D-Printable Metric Screw Guide

I just finished working on updating the reference section for a 3rd edition of the Maker’s Notebook. This project notebook is one of the books I spearheaded at Make: that I’m most proud of. I think the new edition will be out for the holidays. We added a lot of useful and fun new material, like microcontroller and 3D filament charts and ten of my favorite...

Save the Food/Marginal Revolutions/Perfect Blue

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Learn how to reduce food waste There’s really no excuse for food waste. On Save the Food you can find recipes to cook with your leftover scraps and food that’s “past its prime”. You can build a meal prep plan and create a shopping list based on the people in your household and how many days...

Sonal Chokshi, a16z Editor in Chief

Our guest this week is Sonal Chokshi. Sonal is editor in chief at Andreessen Horowitz, where she built the popular a16z Podcast among other things; she’s a former senior editor at Wired, and she directed content and community at Xerox PARC before that. She also did PhD work & ethnographic research in developmental/cognitive psychology on how teachers...

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