Jane Metcalfe, co-founder NEO.LIFE, has a cool upcoming book

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Kevin Kelly and I interviewed our friend Jane Metcalfe for the Cool Tools podcast. Jane is the founder of NEO.LIFE, a media and events company tracking how digital tools and an engineering mindset are transforming human biology. Prior to that, she made chocolate on a pier in San Francisco at TCHO Chocolate. Jane is probably best known as the cofounder of Wired magazine.

The Kickstarter campaign for her new book “Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species” is now live.

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Offi Mag Table ($249)
I love bent plywood! I also love magazines, so this bent plywood magazine holder/side table designed by Eric Pfieffer is a total winner. There is something just so satisfying about seeing a sweep of beautiful wood flow down into a curve and splash back up the other side. And that’s not all. The table makes a perfect companion to your LazyBoy recliner for Sunday afternoon reading delight. But, you can also turn it on its end and use it as a makeshift work surface, which is great when a colleague has to come be in the video conference but also wants desk space to take notes. It’s so good looking I used it this week on stage for an event we produced.

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Grow your business with this app that features 50+ tools for entrepreneurs

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The life of an entrepreneur is rarely easy, regardless of whether you’re running Google or have yet to get your first idea off the ground. So why not make your life easier with a lifetime subscription to Zuitte 50+ Tools for Entrepreneurs while it’s over 90% off?

With over 50 powerful tools that help everyday entrepreneurs run and grow their businesses, Zuitte makes it easy to manage virtually every element of your business from a single location.

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Good, inexpensive silicone kitchen sink strainer

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I like almost everything OXO makes. This OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer ( on Amazon) was a welcome replacement for the wire mesh one we had, because some of the wires had broken. Those little protruding wires hurt when they poke your finger. The OXO strainer is made of soft silicone and that won’t hurt you. To clean the collect food debris, just pop the cup inside out in the trash. One reviewer on Amazon said it is still in good condition after four years of use. I’ve had mine since 2016 and it is working perfectly.

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I’m loving this Reggae, Dub, Ska and Rocksteady internet radio station

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LISTEN: Heavyweight Reggae.’ Yep, the name is right, and the channel delivers.

My old pal Rusty Hodge from SomaFM, a longtime independent internet hero and early blogger and NASA space shuttle fanatic — such a cool guy! — ah, focus, Xeni!

Okay, so Rusty and SomaFM just launched an awesome new SomaFM internet radio channel dedicated to the classic roots of reggae.

Heavyweight Reggae.
It is SO GREAT.

I’m a GenXer, and when I was first getting turned on to reggae in the mid-1980s, this is what it sounded like. I am so grateful this channel exists.

Here’s the blurb Rusty sent around when they turned it on.

I’m going to keep this radio channel locked all weekend.

SomaFM

Jan 17, 2020, 2:19 PM (7 days ago)

I’m really excited to announce our first new channel of a new decade:

Heavyweight Reggae: Reggae, Dub, Ska and Rocksteady

Your music director and host is DJ Dion “The Watts” Garcia, the genius behind 7″ Soul.

When Dion and I first discussed a reggae channel over a year ago, he suggested a format that “would cover Jamaican music of the 60s, 70s and early 80s, specifically, what I like to call Heavy Reggae.”

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This is the first cannabis-themed US restaurant that encourages you to smoke weed inside

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Los Angeles’s Cannabis Cafe is the first restaurant in the United States that encourages its patrons to smoke weed inside. They sell cannabis products (including pre-packaged edibles) but none of the items on the menu are prepared with it. Based on Dave Holmes’s review in Esquire, quoted below, the Cannabis Cafe is certainly a high point in weed history. The bong vases are a very nice touch. From Esquire:

Once you’re inside, it is impossible to detect the scent of skunk. The place is outfitted with a casino-grade air filtration system that whisks the smoke up, through a charcoal filter, and out into the West Hollywood skies. It works so well, in fact, that the Cannabis Cafe is the only place in Los Angeles that doesn’t smell like weed. It’s a comfy space, walls lined with living plants, a bit like the common area on Love Island. It’s welcoming. Mellow. Of course….

All of the Cafe’s waiters are equipped to handle your bummers. As a bartender must train to learn the ABV of her beers and spot the signs of intoxication, the staff here learns the potency of all the Cafe’s products and how to deal with someone who’s spiraling. (The secret, I am told, is a cold towel and a glass of orange juice)…

You get two different menus, one for food and one for weed. We dive into the latter first at our table: my boyfriend and me, plus another couple we’d been long overdue for a dinner with.

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Save up to 50% on these best-selling kitchen gadgets from Gourmia

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When it comes to top-quality kitchen gadgets that won’t break the bank, nothing beats Gourmia. These eight best-selling Gourmia tools will help you take your culinary prowesses to the next level, and each one is available for an additional 15% off when you enter the coupon code COOKSAVE15 at checkout.

1. Gourmia GTF7350 6-in-1 Multi-Function Stainless Steel Air Fryer Oven

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This multi-function air fryer makes cooking fast, healthy, and easy—thanks to patented 360-degree cooking technology that ensures your food cooks evenly every time.

2. Gourmia GPC965 6-Qt Pressure Cooker with Auto Release

MSRP: $200 | Sale Price: $100 | Price w/ code COOKSAVE15: $85

This simple appliance makes cooking 70% faster while maintaining maximum flavor, and you’ll be able to create up to 13 presets for your go-to meals.

3. Gourmia GAF575 5-Qt Digital Air Fryer

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Enjoy all of your favorite savory food without the unwanted calories with this digital air fryer, which eliminates most of the needless fatty oils and grease from your favorite fried foods.

4. Gourmia GAF688 11 Qt Digital Air Fryer Oven, Rotisserie & Dehydrator

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Prepare healthy, delicious meals for the entire family with this 360-degree multi-function cooker that also acts as a rotisserie and dehydrator.

5. Gourmia GCG205 14-Oz Automatic 4-Mode Digital Conical Burr Grinder

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Terminal Phase: side-scrolling shooter in the terminal

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Terminal Phase is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up in the Gradius and R-Type tradition, but in text mode. In the terminal! It’s free software created by Christopher Lemmer Webber [Patreon].

The game is completely playable and is a fun game (well, at least a number of playtesters told me they thought it was fun). It includes two levels (one of which is more balanced than the other), and more content is on its way (1.0 isn’t the end!). You can see it being played above in cool-retro-term but it works in all sorts of terminals, including gnome-terminal and etc.

I also released a video recently (archive.org mirror) of me doing a live playtest of the game and also showing off how to make new levels and program new enemies (which serves as kind of an introduction, but probably not the best one, to Spritely Goblins).

One of the first games I had as a youngster was Harrier Attack, which was essentially the same idea of a textmode side-scrolling shooter, albeit with redefined characters to try and get it looking “better”. It was not great. Read the rest

Is an updated Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic in the works?

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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic isn’t just the best Star Wars game of all time, it is one of the best video games of all time! I still play it today and I would play the hell out of a remake.

The recent Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is the first game to come close to this wonderful playstyle and storytelling. They could almost port the story into this the Fallen Order platform.

Fallen Order is well worth playing and is just beautiful. This is in stark contrast to every other recent videogame in the Star Wars universe except maybe Beat Saber.

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According to a new report, Electronic Arts is planning on bringing back a classic Star Wars game in the remake form. More specifically, a remake of BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is currently and allegedly in development. The report comes way of Cinelinx, which claims that it as been told by two independent sources — one of which has been reliable in the past — that EA is currently working on reviving the classic game. Now, one source claims it’s a straight up a remake, while the other says it’s more of a sequel that would take elements from the game and its follow-up and combine then into one single game. Meanwhile, it would also make the game canon. In other words, it would be more of a reboot or reimagining than a straight remake.

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Actor Laurence Fox grovels after racist remark about Sikh soldiers

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English actor Laurence Fox told an interviewer that it was “oddness” to see a Sikh soldier in World War I epic 1917, agreeing that “shoehorning” people of different ethnicities into dramas “is kind of racist – if you talk about institutional racism, which is what everyone loves to go on about, which I’m not a believer in, there is something institutionally racist about forcing diversity on people in that way.”

The problem for Fox, of course, is that Sikhs fought in World War I, for the British, in the trenches where 1917 was set.

He soon “apologized”, but only for being “clumsy.”

Fellow humans who are #Sikhs

I am as moved by the sacrifices your relatives made as I am by the loss of all those who die in war, whatever creed or colour.

Please accept my apology for being clumsy in the way I have expressed myself over this matter in recent days.

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— LAURENCE FOX (@LozzaFox) January 23, 2020

Here’s what you should understand about this apology: he still thinks that he’s right on the fundamental issue of “forcing diversity” on people. Just because it’s true Sikhs fought for Britain in World War I, it still “feels incongruous”, as he put it in another interview. Crow all you like about the forced half-apologies, but the only thing that’s moved for this guy is the goalposts. Read the rest

David Lynch’s bizarre new Netflix short is a perfect companion to this quinoa recipe

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David Lynch celebrated his 20th birthday by dropping a delightfully bizarre new short film on Netflix called WHAT DID JACK DO? The 17-minute-long murder mystery, which originally premiered at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris in November 2017, stars Lynch as a grizzled detective interrogating a capuchin monkey named Jack.

It’s weird, and wonderful, and totally worth watching. After all, it’s only a 17-minute investment.

But the black-and-white footage and incongruous tonality of hard-boiled grit and strange comedic circumstances also reminded me of one of my favorite Lynchian gems: this 20-minute video of Lynch cooking quinoa.

That’s it. That’s the whole movie. A surreal, moody, atmospheric cooking show for something as simple as quinoa, in a way that only David Lynch could do.

WHAT DID JACK DO? [David Lynch / Netflix]

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This Bluetooth speaker creates a unique listening experience based on where its placed

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Traditional headphones are overrated, especially now that this HumBird Bone-Conducting Speaker allows you to enjoy a rich and completely unique listening experience depending on where you place it.

A must-have item for true audiophiles looking to switch up their usual listening routine, this compact speaker uses cutting-edge bone conduction technology in order to deliver a high-volume sound that’s completely customizable based on your individual preferences.

It delivers your favorite tunes by turning them into mechanic vibrations of different frequencies—leveraging the effects of the different materials you place it near.

You’ll be able to listen to music for up to three hours on a single charge, and it’s easy to take this tiny-yet-mighty speaker with you on the go thanks to its small size and lightweight design.

Ditch the boring speakers and transform your listening experience with a HumBird Bone-Conducting Speaker, currently available for over 35% off at $26.99.

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Get this 7-piece cutlery set from Schmidt Brothers for 30% off

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You don’t need to be a professional chef in order to enjoy a great set of knives in your kitchen, yet far too many would-be culinary pros settle for subpar blades that lose their edge after a few months.

This Schmidt Brothers® Cutlery Carbon 6 7-Pc Knife Block Set will bring a new level of quality and style to your kitchen, and they’re available for just $181.99.

Crafted with the home chef in mind, these knives are made from 100% German stainless steel that offers incredible strength and durability, and you’ll never have to worry about the edges going dull even after repeated uses.

They feature an ergonomic Schmidt Brothers Curve for a comfortable grip, and the included magnetic knife block makes it easy to stylishly store the knives when you’re not using them.

Embrace your inner chef by ditching the underwhelming knives and landing a Schmidt Brothers® Cutlery Carbon 6 7-Pc Knife Block Set while it’s available for $181.99—30% off its usual price.

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LEGO step-by-step build: Ultimate Millennium Falcon

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Oh this is gloriously satisfying.

IMGURian Phoenix3600 did a step-by-step build gallery of what I am assuming is the very pricey and fancy LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon 75192 Expert Building Kit.

I no longer need to buy it, as I have seen all the assembly photos and foud them to be most pleasing indeed.

I built a thing, grown men can still have these right?

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I love this Logitech gaming mouse and have no idea why it is cheaper than similar models

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I use this Logitech G502 Hero SE. It is wonderful.

I recently switched from controller to Keyboard + Mouse for my video gaming. This mouse is just great.

The shape of the mouse and the button placement just feels right in my hand. The adjustable weight system let me fine-tune the devices gravitas as I wing it around, trying to headshot some 13-year-old before they shoot me.

While the ‘Hero’ sensor reads upto 16000 dpi, I usually set it way down to 800 in Fortnite. This lets me turn in a more controlled manner and doesn’t have the mouse zipping all over the place.

I don’t really care much about the ever-changing colors that light the mouse up, but it seems all my PC gaming gear likes to do this rainbow display… and it is kinda pleasing.

I have no idea why this SPECIAL EDITION of the mouse is cheaper than the regular one, but it is and I like it!

I am gonna admit right now that moving back to KB+M over controller may screw my carpal tunnel right to hell, but I’ll be super sensitive to it, and try to stop before I feel any pain. I am already playing less, but enjoying the games I play more. Sacrifices we make, right?

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Uncovering two lost comedy albums from cult comic Dick Davy, who once championed civil rights and antiracism

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Jason Klamm from the Comedy on Vinyl podcast (previously) writes, “In late 2018, I uncovered the true identity of comic Dick Davy. Since starting his archive, I’ve come across some real gems, but in August, one find took the cake. His niece, Sharon, mailed me two records that had been sitting in a box, and it turns out these are unreleased acetates of material no one has heard in almost sixty years. I had Firesign Theatre archivist Taylor Jessen transfer and do a quick clean-up of them. This episode discusses their contents and what their future might be.” (MP3)

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Building and testing a drone made almost entirely from LEGO parts

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On the highly-recommended Brick Experiment Channel, “BEC” (the unidentified, silent LEGO engineer you never see or hear) tries his hand at building a quad drone using LEGO bricks and other LEGO components. The only non-LEGO parts he uses are the battery, the receiver, the flight controller, and a motor driver circuit.

For the flight controller, BEC used the Matek F411-mini. For the motors, he used four LEGO L-motors [88003-1].

Besides the cool LEGO drone he ends up with, I love watching his experimentation and iterative process. And like many fellow ‘tubers such as Jimmy DiResta and Primitive Technology, the un-narrated video is kind of mesmerizing to watch as you hear only the sounds of making. Read the rest

Save 25% on this suction powered wireless charger

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Now that the latest iPhones have embraced the wireless charging revolution, there’s really no excuse for not having a wireless charger of your own. But even the best wireless chargers don’t allow users to use their phones while they’re being powered up.

This Suction Powered Wireless Charger breaks that rule by allowing you to comfortably use your phone even while it’s taking a charge, and it’s available for 25% off retail today.

Featuring mini suction cups that won’t damage your device, this tiny-yet-mighty wireless charging solution won’t block your hands while it powers up your device—allowing you to use your phone without limitations at all times.

Ideal for gamers who can’t afford to let their phone rest for even a minute, this charger is also lightweight enough to toss in your pocket at a moment’s notice.

Embrace the wireless charging revolution without having to let your phone sit unused for extended periods of time. Usually priced at $69, this hands-on wireless charging solution is available for 25% off at $51.75.

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