Recomendo

Change Agent/Informed Delivery/WorkFlowy

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Recomendo: issue no. 48

Book I’m devouring:
I’m into the newest sci-fi thriller from Daniel Suarez, Change Agent. Posits a near future where human faces and bodies can be altered by applying a one-time DNA treatment. In this story, the first to master this experimental technology is the underworld. Hijinks ensue. The speculative science is plausible. – KK

Snail mail in your email:
USPS’s Informed Delivery is free and available almost everywhere in the US now. Every morning, I get an email with scanned images of my mail before it’s delivered. Most of the time it’s junk, and those days I don’t even bother checking my mailbox, but this service is great if you’re expecting something important. — CD

Task Management:
I learned about the the task manager, WorkFlowy from a Cool Tools review. It’s a hierarchical list maker with a couple of bells and whistles, but its power is in its simplicity and ease of use. I’ve tried more task managers than I’d care to admit, but this is the one I’m going to use from now on. I pay $5 a month just to support them, but the free version is all I really need. — MF

Edible:
I’m so excited about this recipe collection of Summer pastas by NYT cooking. Most of them require ingredients that are out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing, and they all seem fairly easy to make! I’ve already crossed two off my list and they were delicious. — CD

Clear vision underwater:
If your eyes aren’t perfect and you wear corrective lenses, you can purchase inexpensive swim goggles with corrective lenses built in. They make a huge difference underwater. I use TYR Corrective Goggles, about $20. Select your prescription strength, between -2 and -8.  — KK

Useful newsletter:
Most of the email newsletters I subscribe to go unread. Kevin Rose’s The Journal is one I always read. Kevin points to interesting science articles (The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation), finds provocative quotes (“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.“), and reviews products and apps that he finds useful. — MF

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-- Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson 06/25/17