Kevin Kelly says: "A decade ago I made a huge 470-page book of the best tools available. This Cool Tools book was a catalog of possibilities. Each of the thousands of items featured enable a new possibility that you may have never considered doing before, such as keeping bees, building your own home, or starting a consulting busines. Cool Tools has been long out of print, so I finally made a digital version of it. The full-sized PDF of Cool Tools can be downloaded on Gumroad for $3.99. Good news for those outside the US where the price of the original book plus shipping was discouraging. It also serves as a very searchable version for those with the giant physical book."
In the latest episode of the Cool Tools podcast, Kevin Kelly interviews my old friend, Charles Platt author of Make: Electronics. He also has been publishing his fascinating autobiography in installments, called an Accidental Life (Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 | Vol. 4). Charles Platt lives in the Arizona wilderness where he… READ THE REST
My friends and colleagues at Cool Tools are developing a new YouTube series called Show or Share. In this episode Kevin, Claudia, and Camille talk about things they are enthusiastic about and want to share with each other and with viewers. It's fun to watch them work out what the show's format might be. READ THE REST
The folks at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence just released an intriguing tool — "Paper to HTML", which lets you upload a scientific paper and it turns it into an HTML web page. The goal, as they wrote in their email, is to improve accessibility: Screen-readers and accessibility tech usually finds it a lot… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. The holiday season is in full swing, and now's your last chance to get gifts in time! That's why you should consider giving a special someone in your life the EP Light Galaxy… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. There's nothing more nerve-wracking than wondering if the holiday gifts you ordered will arrive on time. Unfortunately, on-time delivery is hardly promised this season, except during our Last Chance Shipping Sale.… READ THE REST