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July 3, 2020
Our guest this week is Len Cullum. Len is a woodworker living in Seattle, Washington, where he specializes in building Japanese style garden structures, architectural elements, and furniture. A perpetual student of craft, he's also an occasional teacher and writer of how-to articles. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/len-cullum-woodworker
June 26, 2020
Our guest this week is Josh Glenn. Josh is a consulting semiotician, publisher of the websites HILOBROW and SEMIOVOX, and co-author of such books as The Idler’s Glossary, Significant Objects, and the family activities guide UNBORED. Josh has also just signed on as Founding Editor of a forthcoming MIT Press series of reissued sci-fi novels from 1900 to 1935. The series is called Radium Age: The Emergence of Science Fiction. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/josh-glenn-consulting-semiotician/
June 19, 2020
Our guest this week is McKinley Valentine, McKinley is a writer and editor from Melbourne, Australia. She makes The Whippet, a newsletter of interesting bits of science, history and unsolicited advice. You can find her on Twitter @mckinleaf. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mckinley-valentine-writer-and-editor/
June 12, 2020
Our guest this week is Matt Lumpkin. Matt is a restlessly creative person. His career has been focused on User Experience design and digital product strategy. But three years ago, his daughter's diagnosis with type 1 diabetes sent him down the path of questioning why med tech design was so poor. (Hint: it's designed for the wrong stakeholders with the wrong incentives). Matt maintains an art practice in photography, painting and wood sculpture. He's slowly solving all the design problems in the home he shares with his wife and three daughters by crafting wooden furniture with hand tools on his back patio. He's a also product designer at Tidepool.org. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @mattlumpkin. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/matt-lumpkin-product-designer-at-tidepool-org/
June 5, 2020
In this special edition of Cool Tools, Kevin and Mark interview each other about a couple of tools they've been using and enjoying lately. For show notes: https://kk.org/cooltools/kevin-and-marks-five-favorite-tools/
May 29, 2020
Our guest today is David Picciuto who’s probably known best for his YouTube channel Make Something. David has written two woodworking books, loves art, music and go kart racing. All of which uses plenty of tools although he claims to have no real connection with them. You can find him on Instagram @makesomethingtv and on Twitter @drunkenwood. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/david-picciuto-woodworker-and-artist/
May 22, 2020
Our guest this week is Ariel Waldman. Ariel is an advisor to NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program. She led a five-week expedition to Antarctica to film microscopic life under the ice. Ariel is the author of the book What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There and the global director of Science Hack Day. You can find her on YouTube @arielwaldman. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/ariel-waldman-nasa-advisor
May 15, 2020
Our guest this week is Maggie Koerth. Maggie is the senior science reporter at FiveThirtyEight. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/maggie-koerth-fivethirtyeight-sr-science-reporter
May 8, 2020
Our guest this week is Rob Beschizza, an editor at Boing Boing and creator of txt.fyi, various half-baked video games and other internet-based distractions. You can find him on Twitter @beschizza. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/rob-beschizza-editor-at-boing-boing
May 1, 2020
Our guest this week is Carla Diana. Carla is a designer, author and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through tinkering. Carla has been granted the honor of creating the 4D Design program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a 2-year masters in creative technology. She also serves as Head of Design for Diligent Robotics and is the cohost of the Robopsych Podcast, a biweekly discussion around design and the psychological impact of human-robot interaction. You can find her on Twitter @carladiana_. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/carla-diana-4d-designer/
April 24, 2020
Our guest this week is Matt Blum. Matt is the Editor-in-Chief of the GeekDad blog, which has been going on for 13 years now. He’s a father of two, he’s a longtime software engineer, and totally incidentally, the person who broke the story on BoingBoing about President Trump’s father having been arrested at a KKK rally. You can find GeekDad on Youtube, and on Twitter and Instagram @geekdads. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/matt-blum-editor-in-chief-of-geekdad
April 17, 2020
Our guest this week is Jessica Lahey. Jess writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, The Washington Post and the New York Times. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She co-hosts the popular #AmWriting podcast with KJ Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons, and her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence will be released in April of 2021. You can find her on Twitter @jesslahey and on Instagram @teacherlahey. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jessica-lahey-teacher-and-author
April 10, 2020
Our guest this week is Thom Dunn. Thom is a writer, musician and terrible dancer whose work can be seen on Wirecutter, Boing Boing, Upworthy, Vice and more. He's also published fiction, plays, poetry and comics. Thom is the singer/guitarist of the Roland High Life and a solo performer and he really hates, "Don't Stop Believin’”. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram and SoundCloud @thomdunn. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/thom-dunn-writermusician/
April 3, 2020
Our guest this week is Sanho Tree. Sanho is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies where he has directed its Drug Policy Project since 1998. The project works to end the domestic and international war on drugs and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety. Sanho is also a former military and diplomatic historian, and has worked for Harry Belafonte and edited CovertAction Quarterly, a magazine of investigative journalism. You can find him on Twitter @SanhoTree. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/sanho-tree-fellow-at-the-institute-for-policy-studies/
March 27, 2020
Our guest this week is Erika Hall. Erika is the co-founder of Mule Design based in San Francisco and the author of Just Enough Research and Conversational Design. You can find her on Medium and Twitter @mulegirl. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/erika-hall-co-founder-of-mule-design/
March 20, 2020
Our guest this week is Cory Doctorow. Cory is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. He's the author of many books, most recently Radicalized and Walk Away, science fiction for adults; In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn't Want to be Free, a book about earning a living in the internet age; and Homeland, a young adult sequel to Little Brother. His next book is Posey, the Monster Slayer, a picture book for young readers. You can find him on Twitter @doctorow or visit his blog at pluralistic.net. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/cory-doctorow-science-fiction-author
March 13, 2020
Our guest this week is Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of the new book, WEIRD. You can find her on Twitter @olgakhazan. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/olga-khazan-author-of-weird/
March 6, 2020
Our guest this week is Amber Mac. Amber is the co-host of the award-winning podcast series, The AI Effect, the author of two bestselling business books. She's also the President of AmberMac Media, and a former host on G4TechTV and TWiT. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @AmberMac. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/amber-mac-co-host-of-the-ai-effect/
February 28, 2020
Our guest this week is Quinn Cummings, a writer of three books and numerous articles, the partner of one man, the mother of one woman, the caretaker of countless foster animals and a lifelong fan of Mexican food. You can read “A Small Story" daily non-fiction stories ofher life on Twitter @quinncy. You can find her on Instagram @quinncummings. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/quinn-cummings-writer/
February 21, 2020
Our guest this week is Mike Streetz. Mike is a new dad, home automation aficionado, electronics tinkerer/maker, and IT Consultant by day. He hails from Sydney, Australia, and is currently based in Los Angeles with his wife and son. You can find him on Flicker and Twitter @O_P. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mike-streetz-citrix-consultant
February 14, 2020
Our guest this week is Mike Liebhold. Mike is a Distinguished Fellow and Senior Researcher at the Institute For the Future, exploring future technology systems, working with clients, global leaders, researchers, and public groups. Mike's a pioneer and veteran with decades of experience as a senior researcher for iconic companies like Atari, Apple, Netscape, and Intel. You can find him on Twitter @mikeliebhold. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mike-liebhold-senior-researcher-at-iftf
February 7, 2020
Our guest this week is Meeno Peluce. Meeno grew up as a successful child actor in Hollywood, and his kid sister is Soleil Moon Frye of Punky Brewster fame. He then moved behind the camera and has spent his life photographing and filming the world around him, from the burning ghats in Varanasi to the luminous landscapes of Tinseltown. He's a proud Papa and ask him his profession, and he'll tell you he's a Meeno, and all that might entail. He gave himself the name when he was two in Nepal. It's been an adventure of individualism and a constant search for personal experience ever since. You can find him on Instagram @meeno_the_man. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/meeno-peluce-photographer
January 31, 2020
Our guest this week is Douglas Rushkoff. Douglas is named one of the "world's ten most influential intellectuals by MIT. He's an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc., and Media Virus. He also made the PBS FRONTLINE documentaries, Generation Like, The Persuaders, and The Merchants of Cool. He's a professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at Queens College, a columnist for Medium, and his novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D., and Aleister & Adolf are all being developed for the screen. You can find him on Twitter @rushkoff and Youtube. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/douglas-rushkoff-media-theorist
January 24, 2020
Our guest this week is Jane Metcalfe. Jane is the founder of NEO.LIFE, a media and events company tracking how digital tools and an engineering mindset are transforming human biology. Prior to that, she made chocolate on a pier in San Francisco at TCHO Chocolate. Jane is probably best known as the cofounder of Wired Magazine. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jane-metcalfe-founder-of-neo-life
January 17, 2020
Our guest this week is Tywen Kelly. Tywen is a recent college graduate living in Seattle. He is a photographer, media theorist, and official Evangelist for Pixvana, a VR video software company turned 2D video management software company. Outside of work, he’s a student of filmmaking, computational photography, and cybernetics. He’s also the son of Kevin. For show notes visit:
January 10, 2020
Our guest this week is Theodore Gray. Theodore is the cofounder of Wolfram Research, architect of the Mathematica Notebook System, founder of Touch Press, the BAFTA award-winning director of Disney Animated, which was the iPad app of the year in 2013, author of the million selling trilogy, The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions, and creator of a unique line of transparent mechanical models he calls Mechanical GIFs. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/theodore-gray-co-founder-of-wolfram-research-2
January 3, 2020
Our guest this week is Janet Varney. Janet is an emmy-nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. You may know her from Stan Against Evil, You’re the Worst, Fortune Rookie or as the voice of Korra on the Legend of Korra. Now you can find her on the hit sci-fi comedy podcast Voyage to the Stars. You can find her on Twitter @janetvarney. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/janet-varney-actor
December 27, 2019
Our guest this week is Mark Crilley. Mark has written and illustrated more than 35 books and graphic novels, and is a 14-time Eisner nominee. His instructional YouTube videos have been viewed more than 380 million times. He lives in Michigan with his wife Miki and their children, Matthew and Mio. You can find him on Twitter @markcrilley. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mark-crilley-illustrator/
December 20, 2019
Our guest this week is Jane Friedman. Jane is a full-time freelancer who reports on the publishing industry for outlets like Publishers Weekly, as well as her own newsletter, The Hot Sheet. She’s especially known for helping authors understand the rather opaque business of making money at writing. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram ad YouTube @janefriedman. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jane-friedman-publishing-consultant
December 13, 2019
Our guest this week is Mark Krawczuk. Mark works as a freelance producer/project manager, who leads teams of developers and creatives to make digital stuff for big companies. In his free time, Mark likes to incite street events and other creative collaborations, as well as help others with their creative projects. You can sign up for his newsletter at: http://www.krawczukindustries.com/. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mark-krawczuk-creative-instigator
December 6, 2019
Our guest this week is Melissa Kirsch. Melissa is the editor-in-chief of Lifehacker, as well as the author of The Girl's Guide and the co-host of Lifehacker's podcast, The Upgrade. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/melissa-kirsch-editor-in-chief-of-lifehacker
November 29, 2019
Our guest this week is Dan Slaski. Dan is a product designer, Ironman triathlete and blogger of all things digital manufacturing. By day, he tackles crazy engineering problems and puts machines in some of the world’s harshest environments. By night, he plots to share STEM awesomes through nefarious activities like 3D printing ninja stars and 3D scanning PEZ dispensers. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/dan-slaski-product-designer/
November 22, 2019
Our guest this week is Alice Bradley. Alice is the deputy editor of Lifehacker and co-host of Lifehacker’s podcast, The Upgrade. Alice is also co-author of the book Let’s Panic About Babies and her stories and essays have been featured in numerous magazines and anthologies. You can find her on Twitter @finslippy. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/alice-bradley-deputy-editor-of-lifehacker
November 15, 2019
Our guest this week is John Hodgman. John is a writer, performer, former PC, once the resident expert on the Daily Show, and now the author of two books of non-fake facts and true stories from his life, Vacationland and Medallion Status. You can find him at Twitter @hodgman and on Instagram @johnhodgman. For show notes visit: john-hodgman-author-of-medallion-status
November 8, 2019
Our guest this week is Jesse Genet. Jesse is the co-founder and CEO of Lumi, which helps e-commerce brands manage their custom packaging. Before that, she was the creator of a DIY product called Inkodye, which launched on Kickstarter. She's been an entrepreneur for 10 years and lives in Los Angeles. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jesse-genet-co-founder-of-lumi
November 1, 2019
Our guest this week is Gareth Branwyn. Gareth has been writing about DIY technology, media, and culture for over three decades. He's a former senior editor of Boing Boing, a founding contributing editor to Wired, and the former editorial director of Make: Magazine. He's the author of 10 books, including his most recent, Tips and Tales from the Workshop. He currently regularly writes for HackSpace, Boing Boing, and Better Humans. He's currently writing a book about his life-long obsession with William Blake. He also has a weekly newsletter called: Gareth’s Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales. You can find him on Instagram @garethbranwyn. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/gareth-branwyn-writer-and-editor
October 25, 2019
Our guest this week is Emily Nussbaum. Emily is the television critic at The New Yorker, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and the author of “I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through The TV Revolution.” You can find her on Twitter @emilynussbaum. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/emily-nussbaum-tv-critic-for-the-new-yorker/
October 18, 2019
Our guest this week is Seth Godin. Seth is a 19-time bestselling author, a blogger, an internet pioneer and a teacher. You can find out more at seths.blog. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/seth-godin-bestselling-author/
October 11, 2019
Our guests this week are ourselves. We share some of the tools we’ve been using and liking lately. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/kevin-and-marks-four-favorite-tools
October 4, 2019
Our guest this week is David Moldawer. David is a Brooklyn-based writer and book collaborator who spent more than a decade as an acquiring editor in New York City publishing. He also writes a weekly newsletter for nonfiction authors and experts who aspire to be authors called the Maven Game. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/david-moldawer-writer
September 28, 2019
Our guest this week is Carla Sinclair. Carla is an author, freelance writer and editor, and co-founder of boingboing.net. She’s written 5 books, including Girl Genius, which will be released in November. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/carla-sinclair-author-of-girl-genius
September 13, 2019
Our guest this week is Rob Walker. Rob is the Human Resource Columnist for Lifehacker.com, and a longtime contributor to the New York Times and many other publications. He's on the faculty of Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, and his new book from Knopf is The Art of Noticing, 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration and Discover Joy in the Everyday. You can find him on Twitter and Medium at @notrobwalker. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/rob-walker-the-art-of-noticing/
September 6, 2019
Our guest this week is bestselling author Susie Bright. Susie is a pioneering preeminent feminist sex writer and legendary audio producer. She’s also reached peak satisfaction as a guest editor of Boing Boing, and early member of The Well. Susie is one of the world’s most respected voices on sexual politics, as well as an award-winning author and editor who’s produced and published thousands of the finest writers and journalists working in American literature and progressive activism today. You can find her on Twitter @susiebright. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/susie-bright-bestselling-author/
August 30, 2019
Our guest this week is Nik Schulz. Nik wears many hats. He's contributed illustrations to magazines including Wired, Fortune, and Popular Science. He was actually the first illustrator for Make magazine. He's also a furniture maker, automotive illustrator, and an overlander. He lives and works on Orcas Island in Washington State. You can find him on Instagram at @nikschulzillustration. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/nik-schulz-illustrator
August 23, 2019
Our guest this week is Jordan Bunker. Jordan is a freelance engineer, designer, artist, and prop-maker based out of Oakland, California. He’s also a former Make: magazine technical editor and BattleBots robot builder. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @TensorFlux. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jordan-bunker-former-tech-editor-for-make/
August 16, 2019
Our guest this week is Lillian Karabaic. Lillian is the host of Oh My Dollar!, a weekly syndicated financial advice radio show and podcast for covering the kinds of modern money issues that aren't represented in the mainstream media. Her book, A Cat’s Guide to Money, just went into its second printing. She eats 3 tacos for breakfast every morning. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/lillian-karabaic-host-of-oh-my-dollar/
August 9, 2019
Our guest this week is Jeremy Kirshbaum. Jeremy is a researcher, strategist, and entrepreneur. He splits his time between West Africa, China, and California, where he is from, partnering with people to build new things, innovate, and explore. He does this through action research, design, and a variety of creative media. He is a proud research affiliate at Institute for the Future, a research affiliate of the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, and a research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Immersive Storytelling and Immersive Media Lab and works with large organizations of all kinds to innovate more effectively and imaginatively. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jeremy-kirshbaum-research-affiliate-at-iftf/
August 2, 2019
Our guest this week is Michelle Hlubinka. Michelle has made a career of promoting playful learning through people-centered uses of technology in schools, museums, and neighborhoods. She spent most of the past 12 years at the forefront of Maker Media’s efforts in education, establishing key kid-focused programs—Young Makers, School Makerspaces and School Maker Faires—and running Maker Camp. In short, she is a maker of makers, and also a maker herself. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/michelle-hlubinka-former-education-director-at-maker-media
July 26, 2019
Our guest this week is Dan Shapiro. Dan is the founder of Glowforge, the 3D laser printer. He's also the creator of Robot Turtles, the board game that teaches programming to preschoolers. He wrote Hot Seat: The CEO Guidebook, and his latest hobby is throwing his wife and twin 10-year-olds in dungeons with dragons. You can find him on Twitter @danshapiro. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/dan-shapiro-founder-of-glowforge/
July 19, 2019
Our guest this week is Rob Beschizza. Rob is the Managing Editor of Boing Boing and the Founder of Txt.fyi, and effectively invisible publishing platform and low-key internet cult. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/rob-beschizza-managing-editor-of-boing-boing
July 12, 2019
Our guest this week is Oliver Hulland. Oliver is a former editor of Cool Tools, after which he ended up pursuing a career in medicine. He's currently a third-year resident in emergency medicine at Yale University. When not working in the emergency department, he enjoys spending his time foraging for mushrooms and wild plants. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/oliver-hulland-emergency-medicine-doctor/
July 5, 2019
Our guests this week is Richard Kadrey. Richard is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.” Some of Richard’s other books include The Everything Box, Hollywood Dead, and Butcher Bird. He’s also written comics and is a photographer. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/richard-kadrey-nyt-bestselling-author-of-the-sandman-slim-series
June 28, 2019
Our guests this week are Kirsten Dirksen and Nicolás Boullosa. Since 200, Kristen and Nicolas have been producing *faircompanies, a web series that’s evolved to become one of the most comprehensive archives of compact homes and simple living (including lean urbanism, self-sufficiency, smart gardens, craftsmanship, and philosophies of life. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/kirsten-dirksen-and-nicolas-boullosa-faircompanies
June 21, 2019
Our guest this week is Stephen Wolfram. Stephen is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; he’s the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, Stephen has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/stephen-wolfram-founder-at-wolfram-research
June 14, 2019
Our guest this week is Dave Rome. Dave is a gear editor and content strategist at CyclingTips.com, a premium online cycling publication with the mission to share the beauty of cycling. Dave was a previous editor at the UK publication BikeRadar.com, and has been involved in the bicycle industry for over the past decade. As a bike mechanic, Dave is a self-confessed tool nerd, and often writes in-depth reviews and features about hand tools for DIY cyclists and mechanics. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/dave-rome-gear-editor-at-cyclisttips-com
June 7, 2019
Our guest this week is Cameo Wood. Cameo is an EMMY nominated filmmaker. She is also a former tech founder, founded an urban beekeeping store, was the first to perform Turing’s Original Imitation Game experiment, and has completed grad programs in Egyptology and Medical Neuroscience. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/cameo-wood-filmmaker
May 31, 2019
Our guest this week is Adam Savage. Adam has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas and futuristic weapons to fine-art sculptures and dancing vegetables. Today, Adam hosts and executive produces MythBusters Jr. as well as a brand-new series, Savage Builds, which premieres on Science Channel in June 2019. He also stars in and produces content for Tested.com, including behind-the-scenes dives into multiple blockbuster films (including Alien Covenant, Mortal Combat and Blade Runner). He's also got a new book out called Every Tool's a Hammer. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/adam-savage-tested-com
May 24, 2019
Our guest this week is Ziya Tong. Ziya is an award-winning science broadcaster, best known for her work with Discovery's flagship show, Daily Planet, as well as NOVA ScienceNow and Wired Science on PBS. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Reality Bubble, the Vice Chair of the World Wildlife Fund Canada, and a supporter of the Extinction Rebellion. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/ziya-tong-author-of-the-reality-bubble
May 17, 2019
Our guest this week is Sean Michael Ragan. Sean is the author of three books including The Total Inventor's Manual, which is on sale now at Costco, Sam's, and all major book retailers. He’s also a former editor of and longtime contributor to MAKE Magazine and MAKE online. You can find him on Amazon, Medium and Instagram. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/sean-michael-ragan-author-and-former-editor-of-make
May 10, 2019
Our guest this week is Joshuah Bearman. Josh is Epic’s cofounder and CCO and has written for Wired, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and is a regular contributor to This American Life. Josh has written about meteorite hunters, deranged private investigators, jewel thieves, surfing smugglers, and the metaphysical implications of being the world's greatest Pac Man player. He was a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Awards, and his work has been anthologized in various Best American series. The movie Argo was adapted from Bearman's 2007 Wired article, "The Great Escape." For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/joshuah-bearman-epic-cofounder
May 3, 2019
Our guest this week is Guy Kawasaki. Guy is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is also a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business. He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/guy-kawasaki-chief-evangelist-of-canva
April 26, 2019
Our guest this week is Tina Roth Eisenberg. Tina is a Swiss born, raised, and trained graphic designer. In 1999, she came to New York City for a three-month design internship and never left. Over the past 13 years, Tina started numerous side projects that have organically turned into businesses. A creative co-working community called FRIENDS, a global monthly lecture series called CreativeMornings, a simple to-do app called TeuxDeux, and Tattly, a high-end temporary tattoo shop. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her two kids, Ella and Tilo, who are teaching her the art of making slime and building forts. Tina is often referred to as Swissmiss, after her popular blog. She likes that. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @swissmiss. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/tina-roth-eisenberg-swissmiss
April 19, 2019
Our guest this week is Donald Bell. Donald creates tool review videos for Cool Tools. He also hosts a weekly YouTube show called Maker Update, which collects interesting projects, news, tips, and tools for the Maker community. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/donald-bell-maker-update
April 12, 2019
Our guest this week is Terrie Schweitzer. Terrie is the editor of Better Humans for Coach.me, and on the weekend she’s a professional bubble entertainer with Big Top Bubbles. She loves unconventional adventures and spent two years working with cashew farmers in Ghana, has been a goat milker, and counts hawks with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/terri-schweitzer-editor-of-better-humans
April 5, 2019
Our guest this week is Robert Stephens. Robert is the founder of The Geek Squad and former CTO of Best Buy. The Geek Squad turns 25 this year, employing over 24,000 people. A native of Chicago, he now lives in the Bay Area. He has read the Cool Tools book back-to-back at least 5 times. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/robert-stephens-founder-of-the-geek-squad
March 29, 2019
Our guest this week is Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. Liz and Craig have been married for 26 years, writing together for 20. Most recently, they were the executive producers and showrunners of the CBS sci-fi thriller Salvation. Together they’ve written and/or produced, dozens of projects including the sci-fi thriller Extant starring Halle Berry, Necessary Roughness on USA network, and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce on Bravo. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/liz-and-craig-executive-producers-of-salvation
March 22, 2019
Our guest this week is Om Malik. Om is a partner at early stage venture firm, True Ventures. Prior to becoming an investor, he started GigaOm, a technology blog and covered technology and its impact for over two decades. Om loves technology, its possibilities and writes about its impact on his blog, Om.co For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/om-malik-partner-at-true-ventures
March 15, 2019
Our guest this week is Mark Stramaglia. Mark is an experimental musician and digital artist. He creates games and audio software under the name Bludgeonsoft, and produces and performs music and art as Wizard Master and Operation Re-Information. His current project is Vilmonic, an artificial life, evolution, and genetics sandbox game and virtual world. Vilmonic is available now, on Steam and Itch.io. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mark-stramaglia-experimental-musician-and-digital-artist
March 8, 2019
Our guest this week is Bonnie Burton. Bonnie is a Los Angeles-based author, who writes books and comics about sea monsters, Wookiees, mean girls, crafts, magical things, robots and aliens. Her books include Live or Die?: Survival Hacks; J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Movie Magic: Amazing Artifacts; Crafting With Feminism; Star Wars Craft Book; Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Girls Against Girls; Pros and (Comic) Cons; Womanthology and more. She's on Twitter at @bonniegrrl. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/bonnie-burton-pop-culture-author
March 1, 2019
Our guest this week is George Dyson. George divides his time between building boats and writing books, and some fo the books he has written include Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship, Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence, Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/george-dyson-writer-and-boat-builder
February 22, 2019
Our guest this week is Elon Schoenholz. Elon is a former guest editor of Cool Tools and has been working as a commercial photographer documenting art and architecture in L.A. for the past 20 years. He’s a husband and father, gardner and an avid cyclist, and a founding member of the LA County Bicycle Coalition. He raced cyclocross for three seasons, without ever breaking the top 10. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/elon-schoenholz-commercial-photographer
February 15, 2019
Our guest this week is Tommy Honton. Tommy is a Los Angeles-based experience designer who specializes in weaving interactivity and game mechanics into narrative storytelling. Across the United States, he’s produced interactive and immersive work for audience sizes ranging from 1 to 80,000. He’s also the co-creator and designer of the critically-acclaimed escape room Stash House and co-founder of the interactive exhibition Museum of Selfies. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/tommy-honton-experience-designer
February 8, 2019
Our guest this week is Madeline Ashby. Madeline is a futurist and science fiction writer living in Toronto. Her most recent novel, Company Town, is available from Tor Books. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/madeline-ashby-science-fiction-writer
February 1, 2019
Our guest this week is Steven Leckart. Steven is a writer, director, and investigative journalist. He has written a handful of documentaries, including SILICON COWBOYS, and has contributed to various magazines including Wired, Esquire, Men’s Health, Maxim, and Popular Science. Steven is also the co-author of Cabin Porn, a New York Times bestseller about hand-built architecture. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/steven-leckart-writer
January 25, 2019
Our guest this week is John Park. John is a professional maker. He builds creative technology projects, tutorials, and videos for Adafruit Industries. John hosted the Emmy-nominated Make: Television show on American Public Television. Prior to joining Adafruit, John worked in computer graphics, including twelve years in animation at Disney. John is an amature circus aerialist, and a synthesizer enthusiast. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/john-park-professional-maker
January 18, 2019
Our guest this week is Daniel Pink. Daniel is the author of four New York Times bestsellers on work, business, and psychology. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 39 languages. Dan was also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a National Geographic TV series about human behavior. His latest book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/daniel-pink-nyt-bestselling-author
January 11, 2019
Our guest this week is Jen Schachter. Jen is a multimedia maker and a mastermind of interactive art projects, including a giant light-up sign for the Obama White House, a wooden parking validation robot, and a monumental 3D-printed sculpture of Rosie the Riveter. You can find her product reviews in Make Magazine, her epic collaborations with Adam Savage on Tested.com, and her tool manuals in fabrication shops in Baltimore. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jen-schachter-multimedia-maker
January 4, 2019
Our guest this week is Michael Kupperman. Michael is an artist and writer in Brooklyn whose work has appeared in or on The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Playboy, Heavy Metal, McSweeney’s, DC, Marvel, Vice, Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central, and six of his own books. All the Answers is his first serious book. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/michael-kupperman-author-of-all-the-answers
December 28, 2018
Our guest this week is Aaron Lammer. Aaron is the co-host of the Longform Podcast, which has interviewed non-fiction writers weekly for over half a decade. He has been writing songs with the music project Francis and the Lights since college and lives in Brooklyn. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/aaron-lammer-longform-co-founder
December 21, 2018
Our guest this week is M.G. Siegler. For the past 5-plus years, M.G. Siegler has been a general partner at GV — Google’s venture capital arm. Before that, he helped start a seed fund called CrunchFund. And before that, he was a tech reporter for a number of years at publications such as TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Way back when, he was a front-end web developer. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/m-g-siegler-general-partner-at-gv
December 15, 2018
Our guest this week is Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Maggie is the author of the Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus. Her debut young adult novel, The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea is due out in Fall 2019. She is the host of the Drunk Safari podcast. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/maggie-tokuda-hall-children-and-ya-author
December 7, 2018
Our guest this week is Gever Tulley. Gever is founder of Tinkering School, an internationally famous summer camp where kids build amazing things from rollercoasters to wind-powered trains. He is also the founder of SF Brightworks, a K-12 school where the student is the co-author of their education, with an emphasis on learning by doing. He also co-author of 50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do), a book to help children and families learn to assess and mitigate risk by doing dangerous things together (and is now available in seven languages). He speaks and hosts workshops internationally on education and the empowerment of children, and he is constantly fooling around in the shop, building things with kids For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/gever-tulley-founder-of-tinkering-school
November 30, 2018
Our guest this week is Anne Briggs. Anne grew up on Montana and spent a lot of her young life abroad because her parents are missionaries. She majored in Chinese and Business hoping to become an international business mogul, but quickly realized that working in the tech industry wasn't a life she wanted to live. So she started a garden and built a workshop in her spare time. One thing led to another and now she's a farmer, woodworker, blacksmith, musician, and full-time content creator. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/anne-briggs-anne-of-all-trades
November 23, 2018
Our guest this week is Michael Lorsung. Michael is a transmedia artist based in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He is a practicing artist, tinkerer, and experimenter who also works full time managing the sculpture program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. His work investigates human questions through the lens of industrial production and technology. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/michael-lorsung-transmedia-artist
November 20, 2018
Our guest this week is Trey Ratcliff. Trey is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website, StuckInCustoms.com, the #1 Travel Photography blog. His images and stories capture the beauty of exotic travel destinations as well as the humor of bizarre situations he often finds himself in. There is always something new, unexpected and beautiful to see. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/trey-ratcliff-photographer
November 9, 2018
Our guest this week is Jeri Ellsworth. Jeri is an inventor, entrepreneur and amateur scientist. Her career started when she dropped out of high school and formed a business building, selling and racing quarter-mile dirt-track cars. In the mid-90’s she founded a small retail computer store chain, and in the 2000’s she launched her engineering career where she designed a wide variety of electronic components and consumer products. She's passionate about educational outreach and maintains a youtube channel devoted to demonstrating engineering and science techniques. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jeri-ellsworth-ceo-at-tilt-five
November 2, 2018
Our guest this week is Elan Lee. Elan is a professional game designer. He is a co-creator of Exploding Kittens, the most backed crowdfunded project in history. And before that, he was Chief Design Officer for Microsoft's Xbox. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/elan-lee-co-creator-of-exploding-kittens
October 26, 2018
Our guest this week is April Wilkerson. April is a maker who started building stuff out of necessity, but then it turned into a passion, and now it's her full-time job. Anything she needs, she figures out how to build, so nothing is off-limits. Woodworking, metalworking, construction, renovation. She does it all. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/april-wilkerson-maker
October 19, 2018
Our guest this week is Saul Griffith. Saul is a compulsive user of tools, he works across disciplines with a focus of making tools and technologies that help us solve climate change. Consequently, he ends up doing thermodynamics, precision machine design, and robotics on a daily basis. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/saul-griffith-inventor
October 12, 2018
Our guest this week is Laura Cochrane. Laura Cochrane is a content strategist living in Berkeley, California. She currently works at NEO.LIFE, a biotech publication. Before that, she was an editor at two different DIY project publications: MAKE magazine, where she worked alongside Mark, and Instructables. Her hobbies include rock climbing, drawing, dancing, and yoga. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/laura-cochrane-content-strategist
October 8, 2018
Our guest this week is Carl Bass. Carl has been designing and making buildings, boats, sculpture, and machinery for the last 40 years. He is the former CEO of Autodesk and now spends his time researching the boundaries of digital fabrication in his shops in Berkeley and with a number of companies he’s working with. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/carl-bass-former-autodesk-ceo
September 28, 2018
Our guest this week is Anita Sarkeesian. Anita is a media critic and the host of Feminist Frequency Radio. She has a new book Called History vs Women, which she wrote with Ebony Adams. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/anita-sarkeesian-feminist-frequency-radio
September 21, 2018
Our guest this week is Steven Levy. Steven writes about technology. He’s editor at large at Wired and his books include Hackers, Crypto, Artificial Life and In the Plex. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/steven-levy-editor-at-large-at-wired
September 14, 2018
Our guest this week is Bran Ferren. Bran is the former President of Research and Development of Walt Disney Imagineering and is now the Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds, which he co-founded in 2000 with Danny Hillis. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/bran-ferren-chief-creative-officer-of-applied-minds
September 7, 2018
Our guest this week is Adam Fisher. Adam grew up in Silicon Valley, playing Atari, programming computers and reading science fiction. He still lives in the Bay area, but now spends his time thinking about the future, tracing its origins and writing about it for Wired, MIT Technology Review, The Economist, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/adam-fisher-author-of-valley-of-genius
August 31, 2018
Our guest this week is Steve Lodefink. Steve is a software User Experience designer by day, and a tinker and maker of things by night. As a contributing author Make and Craft magazines, and blogger, Steve has written and shared numerous how-to and articles. He enjoys exploring new tools and methods as well as learning the old ones. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/steve-lodefink-user-experience-designer
August 24, 2018
Our guest this week is Michael Dubno. Michael is a former Wall Street CIO/CTO and a software developer. He's an inventor, artist, welder, machinist, polar explorer, photographer, roboticist, tech entrepreneur, mentor, co-founder of Gadgetoff, co-chair of FIRST in New York City, and exaggerator of accomplishments, and a collector and user of tools. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/michael-dubno-founder-of-gadgetoff
August 17, 2018
Our guest this week is Larry A. Larry is a longtime subscriber to Cool Tools and an occasional contributor. He's an engineer who loves technology, and who sees things differently and in more depth than the average consumer. Kevin and I picked Larry as a guest for the Cool Tools Show because he's active in the comment boards. He has great things to say: questions, assumptions, interesting opinions. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/larry-a-engineer
August 10, 2018
Our guest this week is Dan Dubno. Dan is an Emmy Award winning journalist, technologist, curator, and founder of nonprofit organizations. At CBS News, he developed many new technologies that have changed the face of broadcast television. Presently, Dan is working for DARPA and is also Contributing Editor for Popular Mechanics. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/dan-dubno-contributing-editor-for-popular-mechanics
August 3, 2018
Our guest this week is Rose Eveleth. Rose is a Rose Eveleth. Rose is a writer and producer based in Berkeley who explores how humans tangle with science and technology. She's the creator and host of Flash Forward, a podcast about possible and not so possible futures, and it's covered everything from fake tumbleweed farms to million dollar baccarat heists. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/rose-eveleth-podcast-producer
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