24 November 2017
Stapler adjusts to accommodate to 170 sheets of paper
I commonly need to staple printed articles and reports of medical journal articles and reviews, as well as other non-medical articles from Browser, etc. They vary in length from a few pages to a hundred or more. The staplers I used to use for heavy-duty stapling came w/ staples of varying lengths/capacities, so I had to first determine the number of pages being stapled; and then find the appropriate size staple for that thickness of papers. Sometimes I misjudged; and sometimes I ran out of the correct-sized staples.
The Rapid Duax Heavy Duty Stapler has eased that task considerably, and has done so with a very elegant engineering solution. It uses a single-size staple of considerable length that can handle up to 170 sheets of paper at one strike. If I staple anything smaller than that (which is usually the case — mostly I’m stapling articles of 15-50 pages) the stapler cuts-off the excess staple end, before crimping the staple tightly. This all happens automatically upon firmly depressing the arm of the stapler. It’s a very neat engineering trick that solved the need to keep several different sized staples on hand. The cut-off bits of staple-ends drop into a little container under the bed of the stapler, which I empty-out every once in awhile.
So now I just stock this single large sized staple, and the Rapid Duax handles all the rest; I no longer need to waste time bothering about different capacity staples. The stapler is not cheap, but it’s robust and solid, though I did break one when it fell off my desk. I’ve used my current one for the past five or six years without any trouble. It’s a worthwhile investment for someone, such as myself, who frequently has to staple large numbers of pages. I use it several times a day.11/24/17
24 November 2017
Favorite gift ideas from Claudia Dawson
The editors of Cool Tools have curated a number of gift suggestions selected from the pages of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities (which itself makes a great gift), and from the website. This week: Claudia’s picks.
“The Amazon reviews for these Zojirushi thermoses ($26) read like sycophantic hyperbole and almost turned me off, but my curiosity got the better of me. Turns out none of it is hyperbole.” — Phill
Because of the Tangle Teezer ($11), I actually like brushing my hair after I shower. Just a few, quick strokes and my hair is super smooth and detangled. I’ve used the Tangle Teezer on my 10-year-old niece, who has 26-inch long hair and hates getting it brushed, and there was not one complaint. A tip for brushing long hair painlessly: gather all hair in a fist and brush in sections from the bottom up.
“I’m a chronic insomniac, and often listen to music or podcasts in the late watches of the night. SleepPhones headphones ($40) have been a godsend. Basically they’re soft, low profile headphones in a fleece headband. My husband gave me the wired version a couple of years ago, and they were an immediate hit. I have fallen asleep wearing them fairly often.” — Amy Thompson
“David Bowie was asked what his most prized possession was and it was a chrysanthemum he pressed from his wedding in 1980. I think there’s something to be said for sampling the physical world and taking a piece of it with you. My flower press ($24) is two small pieces of plywood a quarter-inch thick with some pieces of cardboard and parchment paper.” — Robert Stephens
I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia2 ($169) for a couple of months now and I’ve seen a definite improvement in the appearance of my pores and brightness of my skin. It does a really great job at removing my makeup and exfoliating. I can’t imagine living without it now.
Want more? Check out our other 2017 gift guide picks, as well as our 2016 Gift Guide, 2015 Gift Guide, 2014 Gift Guide and our 2103 Gift Guide 11/24/17
23 November 2017
Smooth, sturdy hangers
I am a guy, and I much prefer hanging ALL of my tops (t-shirts, sweatshirts, button-ups…) in the closet. I have the space, and it keeps them both crease- and wrinkle-free. But I needed the right kind of hanger to do this. So many hangers have very sharp curves at the end which leave bumps in the shoulders. Others have notches, hooks or anti-slip materials making it difficult to get clothes on and off the hanger. The Ikea Bagis has none of these problems. It has a very gentle curve at each end to prevent bumps. The hangers are smooth plastic, and there are no hooks or notches on the top of the hanger that can catch. (Yes, there are notches in the bottom crossbar, but these are not a hindrance.) They are also sturdy, although they are on the thicker side (~1.5cm). And some people online have complained about them not fitting well on rods with low clearance.
They are also amazingly inexpensive: $0.39 for a pack of 4, or less than 10¢ each. However Ikea doesn’t list them on their website anymore (they did as of Aug 29 according to archive.org). You can still get them off of Amazon and eBay via third-party sellers, but you will pay an arbitrage markup.11/23/17
22 November 2017
22 November 2017
For sleep and stress
I toss and turn trying to fall asleep. Heard about this “weighted blanket” and gave it a try. WOW! Immediate improvement as the weight settles me down to a calm, relaxed state. And during the night if I get up, puts me right back into deep relaxation. Comes in lots of different weights, colors, and sizes.11/22/17
21 November 2017
Bright, durable solar rechargeable LED camping and task light
This is the dLight S2 rechargeable LED light.
You can find cheap solar lights anywhere. I have some crappy ones in my backyard. They’re dim, the batteries wear out, and they’re fragile.
The S2 is exactly the opposite. It was designed specifically to be as bright as a kerosene lantern for rural off-grid households in developing countries.
The battery technology uses a lithium iron phosphate pack or LifePO, that holds up much longer than other rechargeable batteries and is covered by a 2-year warranty and rated for at least 5 years of use.
And the light is designed so well. It’s tough, great for camping, resists water, dust, bugs. The metal stand also works as a hangar. There’s a barrel jack that lets you charge the battery over USB in a pinch. The power button glows in the dark. For $14, it is a rock solid, versatile light and it came recommended by maker Kent Barnes.
I keep mine hung up in the back yard, but I’m thinking of getting another one just to keep with my camping gear.11/21/17
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