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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