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Our guest on the Cool Tools show this week is Xeni Jardin. Xeni is my partner at Boing Boing. We’ve been friends for a really long time, and Xeni has been with me from the very beginning at Boing Boing. She is always coming up with really cool ideas for tools that she uses for cooking, for communicating, and she does a lot of traveling, and I’m happy she shared some of her favorites with Kevin Kelly and me.
AmazonBasics High-Density Foam Roller ($19)
“I work with a physical therapist, I had lots of surgeries and stuff, and when I travel, I get sore. I didn’t realize how cheap foam rollers on Amazon are, if you’re just doing like the cheapo, basic, no kind of weird serrations, no crazy Space Age material, but just basically a 36-inch foam roller about six-inch diameter. I overnighted one of those things to myself here in Utah the day that I arrived. … I can stretch out everything that gets stiff, either from exerting myself on hiking trails, or just getting out there. … It’s just amazing what some really basic PT tools like this do.”
RIVA Turbo X Wireless Speaker ($159)
“It’s a high-end wireless Bluetooth speaker. …You get about 26 hours of playing time on it. I don’t know how to exactly describe how the sound is great. Compared to, say, some of the other like $50 and under speakers, there’s just no comparison. I hear a lot of crispness and a lot of definition, if I’m listening to more complex orchestral cinematic compositions. I can even do calls on it, too. If I’m listening into a conference call, or an audio book, or something while I’m cooking. They’re just really great, so I wanted to put a shout-out to this fantastic little speaker brand and it’s half off. .. You can also charge your phone, or tablet off of it.”
30% Pure Vinegar ($30)
“There’s lots of different ways to use simple household ingredients like baking soda or Epsom salt or vinegar to clean up around the house…People who are into not supporting big chemical companies might be interested in this … I’m a cancer survivor and I just don’t like having lots of extra chemical ingredients around that I don’t actually need. …30% vinegar is a cool tool that you can use in some of those household cleaning practices. …You can use 30% pure vinegar also as a weed killer. I think some people mix it with orange oil for certain things like that. There’s lots of crazy uses for it. I like to dilute it and use it in laundry.”
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush ($40)
“When I was looking on Amazon for a toothbrush, I wanted to spare no expense and get the absolute top of the line. It turns out most electric toothbrushes now, are like $100 and they include a lot of crap that you don’t need. The one that I like is called the Oral B Pro 1000, and it’s 39 bucks … Basically it gets your teeth super, super clean if you use it correctly. You don’t have to move it back and forth like you do with manual toothbrush. You don’t have to press down into your teeth and your gums, as many people often do when they’re transitioning. …There’s a little buzzer on it that buzzes in your hand every 30 seconds to let you know it is time to move on the next quadrant of your mouth. Minimal price and no feature creep.”
When a bolt or screw is stripped, I drill it out with this extractor set. When working on old motorcycles, or just my old VW bus, I encounter a lot of stuck screws and bolts. Frequently prior mechanics have left fastners completely rounded off. When these things happen, I grab my drill. These extractor bits […]
If only I still had hair.
In this week’s Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Nick Bilton. Nick is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and author of three books, including Hatching Twitter and his latest, American Kingpin, which chronicles the rise and fall of the Silk Road and the Dread Pirate Roberts. Here’s a bit from the […]
Shooting better photos is often a matter of technique, but sometimes the tiny integrated optics on your device just won’t cut it. This 3-in-1 lens attachment can provide that camera some added versatility.This lens accessory gives your phone an easily detachable mounting bracket for its collection of lenses. It uses a simple clip mechanism, so it […]