Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly

Cool Tools
Summary
  1. VERY thorough and complete book with only the best – best value or cheapest tools for everything from gardening to programming. A lot of it may not be relevant to each individual person, but it is an amazing compilation of products and gadgets
Key Takeaways
  1. The following are the areas that interested me the most and which I found interesting
  1. Health
    1. Barefoot shoes – Feiyue/Vivo
    2. Electric bikes – electricbike.com, golden eagle bike engine
    3. Car-free roads and other cool routes – adventure cycling, 7 great long distance bike trails without cars
    4. Book to let you never get lost – essential wilderness navigator
    5. Cheap gene sequencing – 23andme
    6. Health band – Body Media Fit Armband
    7. Become a better swimmer – Total Immersion Swimming
    8. Personal data tracker for iPhone – Rtracker
    9. Best razor – Merkur Razor
  2. Home
    1. Anything smarthome – smarthome
    2. On demand fabric printing – Spoonflower
    3. Coffee rating site and products – coffeegeek
    4. Best sous vide cooker – sous vide supreme
  3. Media
    1. KK’s top 200 documentaries – True Films
    2. Instructional book on how to draw different emotions – Making Comics by Scott McCloud
    3. KK’s favorite podcast – True Story
    4. Best guitar for the value – Martin OM-15 Guitar
    5. Make own handwriting a font – Myscriptfont
  4. Books
    1. Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
    2. Getting to Yes – William Ury, Roger Fisher
    3. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards
    4. Purple Cow – Seth Godin
    5. Free Prize Inside – Seth Godin
    6. All Marketers are Liars – Seth Godin
    7. 100 Best Business Books of All Time – Jack Covert
    8. Work Your Way Around the World – Susan Griffith
    9. Zero to One – Peter Thiel
    10. Super Memory, Super Student – Harry Lorayne
    11. Childhood’s End – Arthur Clarke
    12. Whole Earth Catalog – Stewart Brand
    13. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
    14. Godel, Escher and Bach – Douglas Hofstadter
    15. Ultimate Resource – Julian Simon
    16. Ultimate Resource 2 – Julian Simon
    17. Finite and Infinite Games – James Carse
    18. I Can Read That (Chinese) – Julie Sussman
    19. DIY Language Learning – Mark Rhea
    20. Survival Japanese – De Mente
    21. The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – James Fadiman
    22. Tripology – Russell Newcombe
    23. Quran – Thomas Cleary
    24. Mind Map Book – Tony Buzan
    25. 50 Dangerous Things – Gever Tulley
    26. Take a Nap! Change Your Life – Mark Ehrman
  5. Random
  6. Learning
    1. Great courses in a number of different subjects – Thegreatcourses.com, Coursera, Udacity
    2. Learn how to code – codeacademy.com
    3. General rules we should all know – Rulesofthumb.org

What I got out of it

  1. Amazing dedication to put together such a list of cool tools, gadgets, etc. and this is only a fraction of what is in the book. Highly recommend

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