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-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Latest Book Recommendations on Wink

Wink Books is a website of remarkable books that belong on paper. In other words, books that don’t belong on ereaders. It’s edited by the editors of Cool Tools. In the last couple of weeks we’ve recommend books about “cursed” petrified rocks, one of the greatest comic book series of all time, 10 unusual tips for creativity, supremely weird underseas lifeforms, and a guide to making marshmallows. If none of these strike your fancy, maybe one of the other 350+ books here will.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



New in Ask Cool Tools

In Ask Cool Tools, I asked for a recommendation for a grip strengthener:

grip strengtheners. Some are lever-based and work all the fingers at once. Others are like a trumpet, with individual pegs for your fingers. Others are squishy balls/donuts. I’m mainly interested in improving forearm strength while I watch TV, listen to podcasts, etc. What do you recommend?

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If you have a question of your own, please ask!

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



New in Ask Cool Tools

In Ask Cool Tools, Robray wants to find a multi-purpose thermometer.

I’m always curious about the temperature of things such as; my coffee cup, the inside of my car, a slice of pizza (so I don’t burn my mouth), the surface of my solar panels, the battery in my laptop, etc. What would be the best thermometer for these sorts of tasks? I assume I would want something that measures fairly quickly as sometimes peak temperatures only last a few seconds. Would one of those pistol grip surface temperature thermometers work well or would or something more like a multimeter probe be better?

Answer this question here.

If you have a question of your own, please ask!

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



New in Ask Cool Tools

In Ask Cool Tools, Sylvar has asked about the best way to digitize several shoeboxes full of photos:

I’ve got several shoeboxes full of photos, mostly 4×6 size, and would like to get them scanned so I can upload them into Flickr and discard the originals. Is there a reason why I should buy a bulk-feeding scanner and spend my time supervising the scanbot, or should I just ship them all off to some service and let them handle it?

Answer this question here.

If you have a question of your own, please ask!

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Ask Cool Tools Public Beta Extended

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Ask Cool Tools public beta test over the weekend. Your suggestions were very helpful. We are going to continue to run it as a beta product, and I’m asking for your help.

If you  experienced trouble registering, please try again. (We are going to streamline the registration process described below, but it’s still pretty easy to sign-up.)

How to register:

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1. Click the “Or, register” button at the bottom of the Ask Cool Tools home page.

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2. Click the “Register” link on the WordPress log in page.

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3. Create a username and enter your email address. You will get an confirmation email. Click the link in the email and then log-in.

You are now able to ask and answer questions. If you need help, or have comments, please post them in the comments section.

Thanks!