This week on the Cool Tools podcast I interviewed Duane Swierczynski. Duane is an award-winning author of crime novels, comic books, audio dramas and other violent amusements. His story "Lush" was included in last year's Best American Mystery Stories, edited by Jonathan Lethem and Otto Penzler.
I love Adam Savage's "Favorite Tools" and "One Day Build" videos. In this video, he shows off some of his antique folding rulers and looks at a modern model just released from Makers Cabinet (creators of the Iris drawing compass). One great tip he points out for collectors of antique tools: Find a local antiques… READ THE REST
Amazon's Prime Day deals on all sorts of data storage options for your devices. Just about the only 'gadgets' I am looking for these days are cheap microSD cards. Most of my non-film cameras use them, and the tablet. Purportedly, my car stereo will even take a microSD card. Not much of a gadget. READ THE REST
Wirecutter remains the best place1 for comparison shopping gadgets, tools and appliances. In 2018, it finally rounded up actual wire cutters to determine the best model, settling on the Channelock Diagonal Pliers [Amazon] far better than its competitors during our tests, managing tough jobs that the other wire cutters struggled with. The wide, padded handles—a… READ THE REST
If you want to engage in some joy this holiday season, we have the perfect gift for your fun-loving family member, or even for yourself…you can now effectively turn paper airplanes into drones. For those who have spent countless hours meticulously folding aerodynamically pure paper planes that can slice through the air like a real… READ THE REST
For years, you've heard experts talk about having a solid VPN service to safeguard everything you do online. It's sound advice, especially when you consider what can happen if someone gains access to sensitive information, like your bank access details or online account logins. Yet, too often, we overlook the fragile state of our own… READ THE REST
While it's a process that's been used for centuries, you'd be surprised by the way infusion has taken cooking and medicine by storm. For those not as familiar, infusion is sort of like seasoning on steroids, extracting all components of an herb–including its flavor, scent, color, and nutrients–and transferring those properties into another carrier, like… READ THE REST