Recomendo

2017 recomendations/Bitcoin podcast/Easy

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Recomendo: issue no. 75

2017 recomendations
For your convenience and as a refresher, Claudia has compiled our first 73 weeks of Recomendo and crafted a pretty cool website that displays all 450+ recommendations. Items are grouped by subject, so you can see all the travel tips, workshop gadgets, etc. in one place. The links have all been checked/updated. It’s a smooth way to access our current faves by topic. Might be even more useful for folks. The complete Recomendo website is also a great way to share recomendos with friends or on social media. Here is an easy short link to copy: goo.gl/7Zpa6b

Let us know what you think. — KK

Best Explainer Podcast About Bitcoin
I’ve read a lot of books about cryptocurrencies and have listened to many podcasts on the subject. This episode of After On has an interview with Fred Ehrsam, the founder of Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the US. If you’re curious about bitcoin, this will get you up to speed with basic concepts and where the technology could be headed. —MF

Binge-worthy show about relationships
Last weekend I binge-watched two seasons of Easy on Netflix. The show focuses on the tension and love that arises in relationships of all kinds. Sometimes it’s frustrating to watch, but that makes it true to life. Although the characters are connected, you can watch each episode as a standalone. A word of warning — it’s rated TV-MA because there is a lot of nudity and sex. The best part about Easy for me is that it’s filmed in Chicago, my favorite city to visit, so it’s great to see so much of it on-screen. — CD

Best wine opener
I’ve had the same lever-style bottle opener — like this one — for years now and compared to the classic corkscrew or electric openers it’s definitely the easiest to use. I’m always amazed when I find that my friends and family don’t own one yet, that I’ve decided it’s what I’m gifting from now on. — CD

Clean sink pipes
We bought an OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer ($8) last year and it does a good job of keeping the kitchen plumbing clog free. It’s easy to clean, too. Just hold it over the trash can and pop the rubber filter inside out. — MF

Don’t be the mark
You can’t win fairly at carnival games, because they aren’t fair. Here’s a great fun tutorial that teaches you a few tricks for the ones you might win. — KK

-- Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson 12/31/17