Monthly Archive: July 2016

New Recomendo newsletter, Issue No. 1

Beginning today, the editors of Cool Tools will be recommending 6 items in an extremely short email every week. Mark, myself, and Claudia — the entire staff of Cool Tools — will suggest good stuff we have personally used, consumed, or experienced. We’ll try to keep each recommendation light and fast. They won’t be definitive reviews; rather they’ll be quick recommendations. Going back again to …

Virtual reality will not replay the 3D debacle

In the mid-2000s, everyone was talking about 3D, the “next big thing” in video that would transform the way we consumed TV and movies, even how we communicated. It required people to buy expensive new gadgets and wear goofy eyewear, but we were told that consumers would flock to this new three-dimensional world. Unless you’re James Cameron, the Hollywood director whose movies have made billions …

Hacker puppets explain how they find your passwords in non-technical ways

Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, “Last weekend was the Hackers On Planet Earth conference (where, ICYMI, Cory was the keynote address). I always come away from HOPE wishing there were easier ways to share what I learned there with friends and family. Fortunately, the Internet Society has been streaming and storing videos of HOPE talks for the past two conferences. (My own talk, …

Here’s what your boring app would look like as a conversation

In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software — particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use every day. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) work because of our familiarity with messaging. Even the most technically complex interactions can look as simple as getting an SMS text when presented as a conversation. There are three benefits conversational user interfaces have over traditional software, and we believe …

Make some serious noise no matter where you are

If you’ve ever wished there was a soundtrack to your life, we have a suggestion for you. Personally, we love the Samsung Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, which lets us easily play our music anywhere–indoors, outdoors, everywhere in between. Why we love it: this compact, high tech speaker looks great. And it sounds even better (we swear it’s like having a full-sized speaker in our bags, but without all that annoying …

Gillmor Gang: Not Insane

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 29, 2016. In 1972, the Firesign Theatre released a film nominating George Papoon as the National Surrealist Light Peoples Party candidate for president. The campaign rallying cry, Not Insane, has never been more appropriate. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Kristie Wells, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, and …

"Primitive Technology" enters the Iron Age!

We’ve previously written about “Primitive Technology,” the amazing YouTube channel chronicling a guy (who never identifies himself) navigating the wilds of Far North Queensland, Australia with nothing more than what he fashions with his own hands. Those hands seem to have nearly magical powers as he confidently conjures what he needs to survive from the very elements around him (while capturing it all on …

The other pipeline

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 36, which led to the amendment of the three strikes provision of the 1994 crime bill. Two main changes made to the law were that the third strike needed to be a serious or violent felony and that those currently serving a third-strike sentence could petition the court for reduction of their term to a second-strike sentence — if …

Watch the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" played by 15,000+ people

Rockin’1000, consisting of 1000+ musicians, cover the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” with 15,000 of their closest friends on vocals. report this ad Artists Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown explore cymatics, the study of wave phenomena and how they are represented visually. Using black-colored water, a laptop computer, and a modified guitar amp, they captured “portraits” of the 12 notes in the …

Fantastic infographic of cannabis strains

Boing Boing pal Jody Radzik designed this incredible infographic of marijuana strains for Berkeley, California’s Patient’s Care Collective who claim to be “the longest continuously operating medical marijuana dispensary on the planet.” Click the images to expand (your mind)! “The chart basically expands upon the traditional sativa-indica-hybrid classification scheme in a way that helps folks to make sense of the bewildering array of …