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Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff: Episode 05

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When you thought that mossleaf tepee was the best idea in the world, then met it’s doom to a herd of wild boar searching for your hidden cask of clover honey, just remember, SolidSmack was there to help with the finest concoction of useful resources, tool and DIY you have yet to see… for the next few minutes at least! Have something cool you’ve come across? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to smoth@solidsmack.com. Kick it!

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Cool Tools of Doom: Episode 1:05 from EvD Media on Vimeo.

The SolidSmack Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff is GO. This video is a sub-5 minute feature of some of the coolest finds we’ve discovered on the web.

This week look at:

DESIGN
Floppy Disk bags – Geek life. represent. How do you really express your inner geek? Wearing icons of the past is one way. That’s right Josh, and what better way than with a bag, purse or lunch bag made of old 3.5″ Floppy discs. GeekkiBoutikki has the widest variety of sizes and colors. Pick one up at their Etsy shop.
Zesch – And if you like a stylish coaster hewn from bamboo, you can pick up Michiel Cornelissen Zesch coaster set. 14 interlocking coasters that can double as a trivet for that hot bowl of pasta. They’re lasercut, look like ninja stars and you could probably make them yourself or purchase them for $70 on Michiel’s site.

DIY
DIY Wooden knife – If a wooden coaster isn’t your style, perhaps a wooden knife is. This DIY knife project from ThinkGeek, allows your child to learn the importance of knife safety. And knife making. All the parts to create a fully functional lockback, folding knife are included for $12. Snag a few for your crew at ThinkGeek.com.
Tetsubo.org – And on the digital side. HTML5 is the future and Tetsubo.org is helping make it happen with two great resources. Ninja is the authoring tool and Montage is the framework. Together, they can make your HTML5 web dreams comes true. Examples, samples and more on the site, plus totally free to use.

APPS
Creatures of Light – Two fabulously, free learning apps this week. The Creatures of Light app from the American Museum of Natural History takes a colorful look at bioluminescence. Interactive animations and galleries of these extraordinary light producing creatures. Fun facts and a symphonic soundtrack. Free in iTunes.
NOVA Elements – And PBS brings us a spectacular look at the periodic table with NOVA Elements. Explore an interactive table of elements, see chemical compositions and what makes up a cup of coffee. Packed with video and real-life examples, fun and engaging enough to even keep Josh entertained. Free at iTunes NOW.

ROCK AWESOMENESS
Biolite Camp stove – I’m an outdoorsman. Like to get out in the woods, smell the moss, cook some rotting wood. But Charging the gadgets is a big problem. No more! The BioLite CampStove is a 33oz, Thermos size meal-cooking, phone-charging device. Small bits of wood heat your soup and a thermoelectric generator to provide just the comfort you need.
OUYA – And folks, we are pleased to inform you that the console gaming system IS NOT DEAD. OUYA is reinventing the game console–a new game console for the TV, powered by Android. Their Kickstarter project is the highest funded yet, open to developers and only $99 bucks for the console. So cool!

What’s on cadjunkie?
Well, well, well, we just finished the archviz series, video 17 where we take a look at a cool new replicator-based for crazy-colored stained glass. and coming up, our Classical Guitar series, videos 17-45 on deck, cadjunkie.com.

What’s on Engineer vs Designer?
And this week on EngineerVsDesigner we talk with Nitin Rao of Sunglass.io. Their web-based, 3D collaboration app imports over 40 3D file formats. We get the low down on what sunglass is up to and what they have planned. Tune in each Monday, or subscribe via iTunes, for fresh interviews and more!

Ask SolidSmack
And there you have it! Send your cool tool finds to smoth@solidsmack.com. Or ask us a question in the comments or via email about diy, design, tech or anything else. Smoth would love to help.

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About Josh Mings

Josh is co-founder of EvD Media. He engineers and designs, is the Marketing Manager for Luxion, is a CSWP certified for SolidWorks training and support and excels at falling awkwardly. He is editor of SolidSmack.com and co-host of EngineerVsDesigner.com, a weekly podcast about design, engineering and what makes it all happen.

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