Recomendo

Stop phone spam/GateGuru/70s Sci-Fi art

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Recomendo: issue no. 97

Stopping phone spam
For the past 2 years I’ve been using the free Nomorobo service to stop spam calls on my landlines and it works fantastically. A few months ago I started using the paid Nomorobo app on my phone, and suddenly all those dumb spam calls have ceased. There are a number of phone spam eliminator apps, but Nomorobo is one that does not scarf up your friends’ phone numbers in order to make its white list. — KK

Airport terminal guide
GateGuru is a smartphone app with a lot of travel features, but the only one I use is the amenities list. It will show you all the eateries, shops, and services located in your terminal, along with the location. It also has user ratings for the places. I use it to find the best place to eat when I’m waiting for a flight. — MF

Streaming art
I’m enjoying this stream of old science fiction art, mostly from the heydays in the 1970s. Comes as an InstagramTwitterTumblr, or RSS feed. — KK

Best inexpensive hair curler
Over the years I’ve spent anywhere from $20 to $150 on heat styling tools, and this $25 Remington Curling Wand is the best hair curler I’ve ever owned. It heats up in 30 seconds and the curls keep all day, even through the next day. I owned the smaller ½-inch wand for 5 years before I bought the larger 1-inch wand and now I can curl all my hair in less than 5 minutes. — CD

Longer-lasting herbs
If you are lucky enough to stumble across these lightly dried herbs by Gourmet Garden in your grocery store, give them your money. I always buy up basil, cilantro and parsley. They last more than a month longer than fresh herbs and taste just as good. Here’s a store locator. — CD

Zippered mesh pouches
These small Japanese zipper pouches are made a some kind of sturdy, fine mesh so you can easily see what you put in them. I bought an 8-pack for $9. It includes four 8” x 5.5” pouches and four 9” x 7” pouches. They’re great for travel. — MF

-- Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson 06/3/18