Win a signed copy of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities

We are giving away a copy of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities, signed by Kevin Kelly. To enter in the drawing, subscribe to our free weekly Cool Tools newsletter. (If you are a current subscriber, you are already in the running). We will select one person at random on May 19, 2014 at Noon PT, so make sure you sign up before that.

What are you doing this weekend? Kevin and I will be at Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. If you are attending and see us, please say hi!

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities
$31

Available from Amazon



Wink’s Remarkable Book Picks of the Week

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed:

X’ed Out and The Hive – A thrilling continuous nightmare by comix master Charles Burns

Towel Origami – Transform your towels into monkeys, elephants, and other fun origami

Bee – An artist looks at the honeybee through the lens of an electron microscope

Alice in Comicland – Lewis Carroll’s famous creation goes on wild adventures in comics

Infrastructure – A field guide to the complex web of gizmos and structures that make up our world

Toy Stories – Photographs of children and their toys from around the world

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink. And sign up for our Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



 

Giveaway: SimplyVibe portable rechargeable radio

We are giving away a SimplyVibe SV-X7 rechargeable FM radio and MP3 player (reviewed here). To enter in the drawing, subscribe to our free weekly Cool Tools newsletter. (If you are a current subscriber, you are already in the running). We will select one person at random on May 12, 2014 at Noon PT, so make sure you sign up before that.

(What are you doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments!)

-- Cool Tools  



 

Win a signed copy of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities

We are giving away a copy of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities, signed by Kevin Kelly. To enter in the drawing, subscribe to our free weekly Cool Tools newsletter. (If you are a current subscriber, you are already in the running). We will select one person at random on May 5, 2014 at Noon PT, so make sure you sign up before that.

Have a great weekend!

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities
$31

Available from Amazon



Wink’s remarkable book picks of the week

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed an interactive book that invites you to complete drawings of robots, costumes, monsters, secret lairs, zap guns, sidekicks, superpowers, utility belt gadgets, weapons, vehicles, and secret messages, a book of photographs that show how landscapes change over 120 years, a book filled with facsimile documents about ten popular conspiracy theories, a 600-page graphic novel that reads like a dream, a quest to authenticate 181 would-be masterpieces of the Russian Avant-Garde, and inflatable art and architecture

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink. And sign up for our Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Wink’s remarkable book picks of the week

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed books about inflatable art and architecture, the art of mid-century modern pet food labels, basic home repair and maintenance, personal photo journal of a German officer in World War I, photos of the homes of creative people, and Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens’ beautiful comic book art.

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink. And sign up for our Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Wink’s remarkable book picks of the week

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed books about Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens’ beautiful comic book art, unusual maps of an ordinary neighborhood, the history of economics told through comics, visual representations of history, a visual guide to psychology, and hundreds of excellent optical illusions.

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink. And sign up for our Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Wink’s remarkable book picks of the week

Wink is Cool Tools’ website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed books about excellent optical illusions, the events of one day in WW1 told in the form one long continuous pen drawing printed on a fold-out scroll, Ernest Shackleton’s brave yet disastrous attempt to cross the Antarctic continent, hundreds of science-themed tattoos worn by working scientists, the sketchbooks of artists from around the world, and the greatest comic books ever published in a bound slipcase.

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Wink’s remarkable book picks of the week

Wink is Cool Tools’ new website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love them.

This week we reviewed books about the greatest comic books ever published, provocative ads that defined the world of fashion, the art and revelations of hand-drawn maps, a an eccentric genius’ explanation of how half-Yeti hybrids have enslaved mankind , Rex Ray’s merging of design and fine art with retro-mod flair, and
spectacular close-up photographs of the elements
.

Take a look at these books and many others at Wink.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



 

Part-Time Sysadmin Help Wanted

We are looking for a part-time sysadmin type for our blog networks. We have recently moved to Word Press, and we use Amazon as our host. We need someone to do basic OS maintenance, to perform upgrades, maintain security, and provide rare emergency support. The work comes in spurts. Most months we don’t need any help, and some months we might need a few hours; occasionally we’ll be doing development and will need a string of hours.

Here are some of the technical skills/knowledge this person would need for the job:

* Amazon Web Services
* Security awareness
* Experience with high-traffic site
* PHP
* NginX, MySQL
* WordPress familiarity
* Integration with Disqus
* Working with MailChimp
* Github
* Bonus: OSQA / Django  (for Ask Cool Tools)

Our tasks will be hard to do without ALL the above skills. This is not for novices. This is ideal for someone already doing this kind of stuff and would like an additional client.

Some of the projects (above ongoing maintenance) you might expect to tackle:

•    Start a redundant instance of our content on Amazon.
•    Change over to “origin pull” for content delivery in the network.
•    Test newly redesigned WordPress site for robustness.
•    Install new “ask us” forum software package.
•    Migrate DNS to new hosts.

We can either pay an hourly fee, or agree on a retainer. If you are interested, please describe your previous experience solving similar tasks. You should have a solid portfolio of previous similar work, and personal references. If you possess these skills and would like to help us, send an email to editor@cool-tools.org.

-- KK