The battle raged on. All the small onion people had skinned their last layer, leaving nothing but their tender underbellies ripe for the squeezing. Fortunately for them, they were joined by the herbaceous chive, the sharp scallion, the assertive garlic–ripe, juicy and subscribers to the Cool Tools podcast. Have something cool you’ve come across? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to Kick it!

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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:

ka-bar – KA-BAR is known for their unbreakable knives, made in the good ol’ US of A since 1898. Their site is filled with history on the brand and how they are made, from blanking and tempering to grinding and testing, five designers and a bunch of knives to choose from.
EDC Kit – The everyday carry, or EDC, Kit is the keychain multi-use tool you’ve been lacking. 5 tools to pry, cut, pluck, screw and light your surrounding. Perfect for surviving when trapped in an elevator with a splinter or for starting a small campfire.

Asana – Task management. Oh goodness. What would we ever do without it. Well, you’ll never know, becuase now, there’s Asana. Asana is perhaps the most wonderful way for teams to collaborate on tasks. It’s easy to update and kills a sizable portion of email traffic to help you focus on that work.
Pomodoro – And speaking of work, there’s a more efficient way to do manage all those hours you work. Pomodoro is the time management technique that breaks your day into 25-minute work intervals. Pomodoro Pro is the app that helps you focus and perfectly time all that efficiency. It’s on iTunes for $2.99.

Grid Kit – DIY Robot fun this week! The Grid Kit is the world’s simplest, recyclable robot-building kit. With one sheet of 18″ x 24″ laser cut corrugated cardboard, simple shape, fold, prop, pin and motorized anything you want. Kits range from $15 – $50 with accessories and class pack available.
DFRobot – And if you want to step it up a notch, adding arduinos and microcontrollers, then DFRobot is for you. Tons of products like sensor sets, LED and beginner kits. The site also has a community section, a wiki and a forum for learning more.

RetroFuturistic Prints – Oh, how I love some retro-futuristic art. You are going to love this. It’s true! Michael Murdock of Sabor Designs has a cool set of Mini Art Prints and larger size robot, raygun and rocket art that is just too cool. I loves it! On Etsy with various sizes and prices.
Hoodie Pillow – I love my hoodie, but when I’m laying down and I don’t have it with me, I get sad. Is there a solution? There is! The hoodie pillow! A pillowcase with an attached hoodie? WOW. Keeps your head warm and you looking 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,

What’s on Engineer vs Designer?
And this week on EngineerVsDesigner we talk with with professional race car driver turned mechanical engineering, Mr. Brad Jaeger of Edison2, the super light car. Tune in each Monday, or subscribe via iTunes, for fresh interviews and more!

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Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.