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My favorite multi-tool: the Leatherman Wave

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After it saved my bacon once again yesterday, I thought I should acknowledge my Leatherman Wave as a favorite tool. It has helped me make quite a few roadside repairs, and saved a few camping trips from disaster.

Years of owning old BMW motorcycles, VW bugs and buses, and even an old Porsche 356 have taught me that specialty toolsets will always let you down. The Leatherman Wave is the perfect augment to even the BMW's superior underseat work of art. I always find I need an extra something to hold something else in place, the Leatherman always comes through.

Mine pre-exists the addition of a bit driver, but the phillips and flatheads have seen a lot of action. The ability to swap out a wide variety of bits is super helpful. The knife is nice and sharp and can cut things like hoses, or it can clean a fish (mine has done both.) Every tool has come in useful over time and I'm pleased with how versatile it is. Even the saw has seen some action!

I keep the Leatherman Wave with my local travel stuff. I find it super useful to have on motorcycle road trips and camping trips. It'd never make it past our pals at the TSA, but I'd rarely need a multi-tool when I'm flying. When driving, motorcycling and camping however this tool is super handy to have. Did I mention the pliers?

Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath

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This week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their favorite wearables, Native Jefferson shoes, Fit Flops and the Bell Bullitt Motorcycle Helmet.

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Snazzy Labs reviewed the "monstrously big," "incredibly uncomfortable" gesture input device called The Ring. Its verdict: a $269 "piece of shit."

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Giant Chetrooper bust


Derek "Urbanmedium" Fridman has revived his classic "Che Trooper" mashup (1, 2) with a new, limited edition 18" resin bust version. (Thanks, Urbanmedium!)

Watercolorbot 2.0


New from Evil Mad Scientist Labs, the 2.0 version of their Watercolorbot, a plotter than uses a brush and a palette of watercolors to automatically paint watercolor pictures.

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The new Kindle Voyage and the best portable scanner

This week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their new gadgets for archival scanning and e-reading.

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CPU Wars 2.0: expanded top trumps with processors


Harry writes, "Ever since launching CPU WARS Volume 1.0 people had been asking me for more CPUs and gameplay. After a lot of work and research we have finally done it! CPU WARS Volume 2.0 - The Battle of the Servers has now launched!

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Rebuilt Nintendo Power-Gloves as fashion accessories


Glove Power rebuilds old Nintendo Power Gloves as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories, lit with arrays of customized LEDs powered by a hidden battery-pack.

Crowdfunding Jolla, a GNU/Linux-powered high-spec tablet

It runs an OS called Sailfish that can use Android apps as well its own native apps, and was created by a team with a bunch of senior Nokia refugees on it.

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Router for gamers lets you filter games by distance

The forthcoming Netduma router has a geofilter that lets you restrict the games you join by distance, so you only play against nearby gamers, eliminating a leading cause of lag.

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Superman branding iron


The $34, 3D printed branding iron snaps onto a standard Bic lighter and is perfect for pretending that you are a tiny, vain Superman whose heat-vision is used to tag random burnables with your awesome graffiti mark (please do not use this on animals or non-consenting humans). (via Geeky Merch)

Sailor Moon hip-flask


The 8 oz stainless steel flasks are $27.50 and sport an etched Sailor Moon logo -- they come with a free funnel that the seller will etch with your name (or, presumably, any other pithy thing) at no added charge.

Plush Minecraft blocks


The 20cm^3 plush Minecraft TNT block is covered in suede-effect polyester and stuffed with soft foam; for something less explosive, try the Chest or the Log (or get the 10cm set with Grass, TNT, Diamond and Creeper blocks).

(via Geeky Merch)

Mesmerizing rebuild of a mechanical Fourier calculator

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer: A Visual Tour of a Nineteenth Century Machine that Performs Fourier Analysis [Book]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer [Youtube]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer (book details) [Free PDF]

(via JWZ)

Band releases unplayable glass-master disc with entire catalog


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X-Wing Fighter knife-block


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Zombie book-ends


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Gerber's money clip/utility knife


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Beautiful, detailed photos of mechanical calculators' guts


San Francisco photographer Kevin Twomey shot an amazing gallery of images of the inner workings of a large collection of mechanical calculating machines from the collection of Mark Glusker, stitching together multiple images to ensure that every rod, gear and linkage was vividly rendered.

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The new Nexus lineup is weak

Rob Pegoraro feels like he’s playing with someone else’s hobby rather than using serious handsets

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Detailed, handmade gamer soaps


Chrystal "Digital Soaps" Doucette makes soap in the form of detailed replicas of gaming gear and tropes: Minecraft creepers, NES cartridges, N64 cartridges, Xbox controllers, Mountain Dew shampoo, Gameboy cartridges and more. (via Geeky Merch)

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3D printed T-Rex shower head


JM Schwartz's 3D printable T-Rex shower head is just about the best thing I've seen all week. It's a mashup of a T-Rex skull produced by Makerbot Academy and Schwartz's own shower-head design.

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Back to the Future Delorean dashboard phone-case


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Replica bone-blade from Supernatural


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This week, Mark is joined by Dean Putney to discuss the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker and Coleman Water Carrier, as well as share their favorite gadgets to inspire productivity.

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Geared necklace from the geared ring people

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