In the latest episode of the Cool Tools podcast, Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Alan Henry, editor in chief of LifeHacker. He's also a recovering physicist, music lover, and self-proclaimed lover of dorky and niche hobbies. Alan told us about his favorite headphones, a cold brew coffee maker, a mechanical keyboard, and a web-based smart to-do list app.
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AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature Premium Headphones ($250)
"I'm a bit of a headphone fiend and have far too many pairs, but these are my daily drivers."
Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker ($20)
"I love my Bonavita for my morning hot cup, but this takes the cake in hot weather!"
Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard ($162)
"I 'love' keyboards, and own way too many, but this is the perfect blend of mechanical feel and not-too-noisy for writing and work that won't drive officemates batty."
"A no-frills, cross-platform, web-based smart to-do list app that has the bells and whistles in the right places, like reminders and apps/integration for just about every other tool you might use."
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Let's take the path less traveled for some holiday gift giving. Two brothers well known in the world of magic and
, Dan and Dave Buck, have a number of enterprises going, including a website called
Art of Play
. While its nucleus is the sale of unique decks of playing cards, the site has expanded greatly under the guidance of Adam Rubin, the "Director of Puzzles and Games."
We travel the world in search of objects designed to dazzle the eyes and fascinate the mind. From luxurious playing cards to ingenious puzzles and stimulating amusements—each beautiful item in our collection holds a whisper of mystery, brimming with potential for surprise and delight.
25 Days of Christmas Extravaganza!
Whatever you celebrate this December, we're honoring you and the ones you love with our 25 Days of Christmas extravaganza. Every day through December 25th we will offer either a free gift or an exclusive item, such as a rare deck of playing cards. Offers are limited to one day only. To take part, just be sure you're subscribed to our newsletter.
I'm personally not much interested in fancy decks of cards—I do my card tricks the old-fashioned way, using Bicycle Rider back cards from the U.S. Playing Card Company. But if, for example, you're a fan of Neil Patrick Harris (who also does magic in addition to being able to sing, dance, act, emcee, etc. and so on) then you might find this special deck interesting.
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NPH Playing Cards ($10.00)
Neil Patrick Harris Playing Cards are elegant, intricate, and visually stunning.
Why do these little tableaus of neatness delight us so?