AJ Jacobs, bestselling author and journalist, shows us how he rids himself of life's common nuisances and hazards like an untied shoe, a noisy environment, or a half hour wasted in traffic so he can focus on larger pursuits, like bringing the world together in one great big family reunion. AJ reminds us that we are all cousins and encourages all of us to explore just how we are related by hitting up some of his favorite genealogy resources. Oh, and we're all officially invited to The Global Family Reunion on June 6th, 2015. Don't forget the potato salad!
Cool Tools · 237: Steven Dubner On my Cool Tools podcast, which I co-host with Kevin Kelly, we interviewed Stephen Dubner. Stephen's an award-winning author, journalist, and TV and radio personality. He's co-author of the Freakonomics books, which have sold millions of copies in 40 languages, and he's host of Freakonomics Radio, which gets 8… READ THE REST
In this Cool Tools video, Sean Michael Ragan reviews a wall-mounted thread-checker – a handy thread verifier for nuts and bolts. It measures 3" wide by 39" tall, and, like the original version, features both male and female reference threads in a range of standard SAE and metric sizes. It's mounted on a half-inch thick… READ THE REST
It was an unparalled thrill to have Boing Boing's own Rob Beschizza on the Cool Tools podcast! Read the show notes at the Cool Tools website. READ THE REST
We spend most of our days staring at screens. Either a laptop, or a phone, or a tablet. But while we spend so much time reading or working or watching all the varied screens in our life, it's strange how often they just aren't enough. They aren't clear enough, they aren't big enough, they aren't… READ THE REST
Mid October is too early for us to start in on holiday shopping suggestions. Oh, you'll get 'em all soon enough, trust us…but with more than two months before Santa rolls into town, we're not gonna hard sell you about the holidays. However…if your shopping list may eventually include an artsy teen who's obsessed with… READ THE REST
Fidget toys are made for relieving anxiety and stress, but there's a very ephemeral quality to finding fidget toys that actually do the job. Many are just clutter on your desk or can even be just kind of annoying. But the best ones slip into your hand almost unconsciously, providing a very soothing tactility and… READ THE REST