Matt Haughey, creator of MetaFilter


Cool Tools Show 45: Matt Haughey

Matt Haughey is the creator of MetaFilter, and the co-creator of Fuelly, among many other sites. He spends his free time shooting photos and also rides and races bikes. These days, he works on the editorial team at Slack.

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Show Notes:

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop, $50
“This is one of the few Kickstarters that showed up with big promise and totally delivered. It is easily the best thing for just rock hard ice cream that you just pull right out of the freezer .. [The handle] is just so beefy. It distributes all the force, and the angle of the scoop is right. All my other one feels the scoop is too far back … I’ve spent 5 years trying to find a perfect ice cream scoop, and this is the one for me.”

Minaal Carry-On Bag, $299
“For the last 2 years I’ve been travelling with [this backpack]. I can take 4 or 5 day trips now with the computer and nice clothes … It’s the most thought went into a backpack that I’ve ever used. There’s a pocket for everything. Anytime I would think, “Oh, I wish you did this.” I’d stick my hand there, and there is a special clip just for that thing you do. You could store the straps instantly and pull them out. It acts like a carry on when the straps are put away. The zippers go all the way around, so you can pack your stuff flat on the table.”

The Athletic Socks, $18-$35
“This was the guy who said in a bar a couple of years ago to his friends, like, “Hey, we should make clothes that match the Portland Airport carpet as a joke” … He thought, “Maybe I’ll sell 20 pairs.” … and now to this day, sold thousands, to the point where him and his wife quit their jobs. They opened a socks store, and they custom design socks … They’re mostly for cycling, that’s what they’re designed for … They’re mostly nylon, partly wool, some are all wool. There’s no other place I found with just a ton of wacky colored socks that you will get compliments on constantly when you wear them.”

Electric Objects EO1, $499
“This is also Kickstarter started … [Originally] he thought what if you could control it from a website, any image you find online, you could right click and say, “Send it to my wall?” … [Now] it’s more … curated art collections from actual artists that we pay … You just scan through your iPhone app, then you can pick from artwork rotating every month … It’s just like they’re trying to pull the internet into the real world somehow, and it’s really beautiful. It’s really beautifully built, and it just does what it says … I have about 40 different images that rotate through.”

-- Mark Frauenfelder 01/26/16