cool stuff Archive

Recomendo picks: Voyager Golden Record/Hola/Way of Life

Get the Recomendo weekly newsletter a week early by email. Backing: I just backed the Kickstarter campaign for a replica of the Voyager golden record sent into space that contained the music of Earth for aliens to listen to. The original golden disk was launched in 1977 and contains images, diagrams, and messages explaining humans. The modern replica is three translucent yellow vinyl LPs …

$3 illuminated magnifier

I bought this illuminated handheld magnifier on Amazon for $3 (free shipping) last year and I use it a lot. It’s a great splinter and lice checker. I’ve gotten my $3 of value from it just looking at tiny bugs and skin abnormalities. It has two built in LEDs and uses two AA batteries. report this ad Want to get Cool Tools’ Recomendo …

Recomendo picks: Readables/Hopper/Amazon Kickstarted projects

You’ll never miss Cool Tools Lab’s Recomendo newsletter if you sign up for the newsletter here. Readables: Books related to my new book The Inevitable that I have found useful: Magic and Loss by Virginia Heffernan: Treats the digital world as a great work of art. The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos: Best book to date on artificial intelligence. Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff: …

Six cool things from Recomendo

Here’s the new Recomendo newsletter, which has recommendations for six cool things, selected by Kevin Kelly, Claudia Lamar, and me. APP: I’ve had a lot of fun in the past few days playing with a new iOS app that creates a mosaic of video, still images, and sound, and into which you can also paste code to create animations and actions. They are cool post-gif …

Amazon’s Interesting Finds/Prehistoric Invertebrates/Fraudster Calls

The new issue of Recomendo, Cool Tool’s newsletter of things and experiences personally recommended by the editors (Kevin Kelly, Claudia Lamar, and me) is out. Want to get our next Recomendo a week early in your inbox? Sign up for next Sunday newsletter here. TIP: Any bones or skulls you collect can be whitened up without using chlorine bleach, which can weaken the bone. …