Second to the traditional Rider-Waite deck, my new favorite set of tarot cards is the Tao Oracle. It is the I-Ching, without the coin throwing, in beautifully-illustrated oversized cards. The guide book itself is a sacred text. I often just read random pages for quick, calming wisdom. — Claudia Lamar
Whenever I travel I google my destination at the Atlas Obscura website. It will yield dozens of very obscure, very offbeat attractions in the area. How else can you find a nearby museum of parasites, or trail of doll heads, or a restaurant of robots, underground tunnels, or a store for time travel? — Kevin Kelly
When you go to Recommend Me a Book you are presented with the first page of a novel, but you are not told the name of the book or the author. If you don’t like what you’ve read, click “Next Book.” If you do like it, click “Reveal Title & Author,” and buy it from Amazon. I wish it let you buy a book without finding out who wrote it, so it was a surprise when it arrived in the mail. — Mark Frauenfelder
Box wine is under-appreciated. I can get decent red wine in a collapsible bag/box so that I can drink just one glass daily (for medicinal purposes!) and have the full 3 liters never expire. Trader Joe’s has a good Cabernet Sauvignon in a box. — KK
I used the Red Bike service when I was in Cincinnati last month. A 24-hour pass costs a measly $8. You just grab a bike at any of the dozens of stations (an app shows you how many bikes are available on a map) and start pedaling. The bikes have baskets and locks. It’s a lot more fun than Uber! — MF
The Mask You Live In is a heartbreaking glimpse into how the media and ideals of masculinity are affecting young boys in America. The most poignant part of the documentary for me were the interviews with San Quentin’s Juvenile Lifers. They shared their experiences, and regret, about how being unable to articulate and share emotions as a child contributed to their rage and subsequent crimes. Available for streaming on Netflix. — CL
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Followable: Cartoonist Danny Hellman did a lot of illustrations for Boing Boing when it was a zine in the 1990s. His Instagram feed reveals his fascination with European cemetery statuary (pictured above), and his photos reveal some striking examples. — Mark Frauenfelder Readable: A science fiction novel I really liked is The Three-Body Problem. It […]
Get the Recomendo weekly newsletter a week early by email. Backing: I just backed the Kickstarter campaign for a replica of the Voyager golden record sent into space that contained the music of Earth for aliens to listen to. The original golden disk was launched in 1977 and contains images, diagrams, and messages explaining humans. […]
I bought this illuminated handheld magnifier on Amazon for $3 (free shipping) last year and I use it a lot. It’s a great splinter and lice checker. I’ve gotten my $3 of value from it just looking at tiny bugs and skin abnormalities. It has two built in LEDs and uses two AA batteries.
While I wouldn’t normally find a USB hub very interesting, this 28-port hub caught my eye. The MondoHub Master USB Hub is seriously the biggest USB hub I’ve seen, period. Plug it into your PC or Mac to go from two to 28 USB ports. Four of those ports feature SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for ridiculously fast data transfer […]
There are a lot of solar chargers out there, but the Water-Resistant Dual-USB Solar Charger is one of the best deals I’ve seen. It’s much more compact than your typical solar chargers, which tend to be very brick-like. And yet it still packs an impressive 5000mAh of power.The charger itself can be powered via solar energy or USB depending […]
Artificial intelligence isn’t just a movie, it’s an extremely in-demand career path that is fueling the future of technology. The new Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence Introductory Bundle was created to introduce you to the skills you need to become a deep learning professional.These skills are what build everything from self driving cars to Siri, and companies […]
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