25 October 2016
Like a mouse trap for fish
This is an amazing tool for any fisherman or survivalist. The Yo-Yo contains 20 feet of 60lb coiled line with a snap swivel on the end of the line. Attach a hook, a small piece of lead shot, tighten the line, engage the wire trigger and your ready for action. The Yo-Yo does the rest. As the fish takes the bait, it trips the trigger, and automatically sets the hook. The Yo-Yo can be attached to limbs, boat docks, the side of a boat, or any other means that will suspend the reel a couple of inches above the water. The YoYo also makes an excellent device for ice fishing.10/25/16
24 October 2016
Reflects unwanted heat, radiation, and light
I bought a panel of 70% Aluminet shade cloth for my chicken run last spring, and I’ve found that it’s remarkable stuff. Shade cloth is designed for gardeners and greenhouses, and is a knitted or woven fabric that blocks a specific percentage of shade. Most shade cloth is black, but Aluminet is made from an aluminized thread. In addition to shading, it also reflects heat.
The temperature inside my chicken run is usually 5-10 degrees cooler than the temperature just outside. And cooling breezes pass right through this stuff like it’s not even there! I’m planning on buying another couple of panels of this stuff to hang on our upper deck where the temperature goes over 100 degrees (in Seattle!). It’s sturdy lightweight stuff. Mine went through a whole summer resting and rubbing against the cage wire of the run with no perceptible damage except a couple of pulled threads.
My only complaint is that it makes my chicken run look like a giant baked potato! Still, I can live with that. I understand that this stuff is popular at Burning Man, which makes a great deal of sense. It’s not cheap, but it’s well worth the extra cost, because it does such a great job keeping things cool.10/24/16
23 October 2016
Recomendo: issue no. 13
A crazy Kickstarter project I funded (still open) is Event Horizon, which is a LARP — a live action role playing game. Think of an improv weekend where the audience is the players. This one convenes 150 people to pretend they are in a space opera on a distant planet with costumes, characters, roles, sets, drama, and lodging for the weekend. Nerd city. — KK
Mailinator offers free, disposable email addresses. When you visit a website that requires an email address (and sends you an email to confirm that the email is valid), you can give them any word followed by @mailinator.com. Then, visit Mailinator to access the email. It’s a great way to reduce spam. — MF
Sticking one bare foot outside of the covers definitely helps me when I wake up in the middle of the night and want to fall back asleep ASAP. Here is a video about it. — CL
I’m blasting through the last book in Ramez Naam’s fantastic science fiction trilogy about technological telepathy. Start with Nexus, then onto Crux and Apex. He fleshes out not only the benefits of a global mind meld but also its problems, so as the series proceeds he keeps changing my mind on whether I want this invention or not. That’s great reading.— KK
For many years, I paid $275 a month for an AT&T mobile phone plan (for a family of four iPhone users). Then I switched to T-Mobile. It’s $175 a month, we get unlimited data, and best of all, international data is free. It’s great to travel to another country and freely use the Internet (for maps, reviews, texts, Instagram, etc). Phone calls are also free in Mexico and Canada, and international calls are usually $0.20 a minute. — MF
My husband likes to fall asleep listening to podcasts, but I don’t. These SleepPhones make us both happy. The wireless ones let him shift in his sleep, so he can wear them all night, and are machine washable. — CL
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21 October 2016
These bolt heads need only a 1/8" countersink
I was building a base for two new tools (chop saw and sander) and wanted to bolt the tools to their base rather than screw them. I wanted the bolts to stick up from below, but with only a 1″ plank, any hex-head or carriage bolt, plus the necessary washers, would have to be counter-sunk so far that it would weaken the base significantly. I looked at cabinet connectors, but their heads were not flat. I found elevator bolts at OSH, and they are perfect: they have large, flat heads (removing the need for a washer), a small hex head to hold the bolt from turning, and standard threaded shaft (in all the standard sizes). I used a forstner bit to add a 1/8″ countersink (so the underside of base would be completely smooth), but cranking down the bolt tightens it’s head snugly.
20 October 2016
Fit comfortably against the hand for maximum control and dexterity
I’ve used these Plainsman Cabretta Leather Work Gloves for a few years now, since my father-in-law gave me a pair. When he first handed them to me, I thought they were too thin and flimsy and would be destroyed in no time. But that thinness is exactly what has made me continue to use these gloves. I have an increased dexterity with these gloves that you can’t get with other, more bulky, leather work gloves. They’ve held up exceptionally well. The cabretta leather stretches and molds to fit your hands, especially when slightly damp. These gloves do a great job of protecting hands from splinters, briars, and blisters.10/20/16
19 October 2016
Watch TV on your computer
I have had this little USB TV Tuner for about a year and have ended up purchasing another for my daughter. If you are not familiar with these, it is a small USB powered TV tuner that allows you to watch over-the-air or standard cable TV on your computer. I initially purchased this to use with my laptop in the event of a power outage during severe storms. We get some pretty bad storms with tornadoes in this area and it is good to be prepared. I can simply plug this into our aerial lead and be able to watch the local weather reports without needing internet access.
Since owning this I have found other uses such as recording OTA broadcasts, SD analog inputs and anything else where you need to use a laptop as an A/V monitor. The latest use was to purchase one for my daughter to use in her dorm room. Her school offers free basic cable but she did not really want a full TV in her room. She can plug this into her laptop and watch TV or even record a show to watch later. The antenna that comes with it is pretty weak, but it has worked for my purposes. There are lots of slim OTA antennas out there such as the Leaf that would do a better job.10/19/16
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This appears to be a shill review. Many thanks to Cool Tools reader Matthew Connor for looking into this. He wrote:
Meaghan Hollywood works for CargoRAXX. Meaghan Hollywood put a review up quasi-anonymously on Amazon. A similarly worded review is now anonymously on KK.org.
On Amazon there are two reviews for the product (https://www.amazon.com/CargoRAXX-S1A-Interior-Management-System/dp/B01A6X4MBS). Neither is attributed by name but the one from January 18th, 2016 refers to “my Tahoe” and read similar to the KK.org review. Let us suppose the author is, in fact, the same person.
Clicking on the name for the review – merely “Amazon Customer” brings up their profile (https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1CF94IIWSAE00/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp). This profile contains one Wish List on the left side. Clicking on it revels – the name of “Amazon Customer” – it is Meaghan Hollywood.
Ok. I believe at this point the author of the KK review and the author of at least one of the two reviews on Amazon are in fact the same person and that person’s name is Meaghan Hollywood.
Here’s the kicker, CargoRAXX has a website with a blog feature – their blogger’s name is Meaghan Hollywood. (http://cargoraxx.com/5-reasons-re-organize-suv/)
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