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December 1, 2012

No trace fabric marker


Lesley Creed's Cool Tools review follows.


The Hera marker is an ingenious little plastic marker that makes a shiny line on fabric, perfect for marking hand quilting lines that need no removal. Technically, this is called a "tracing spatula." The shine on the line on the fabric is caused by the friction of the edge of the tool on the fabric fibers, and it makes a small crease in the fabric as well. The shine and crease will be covered by stitches or will be smoothed out when the item is washed, leaving no trace.



December 1, 2012 at 11:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: Cool Tools founder Kevin Kelly on Review Sites


The grand panjandrum of Cool Tools back in 2004 authored an nice introduction to a review of review sites; excerpts below.

Scattered throughout the web are small islands of sleepless enthusiasts who have much to say about their passions for new stuff. They aim their opinions into review sites of varying quality.

There are two kinds of review sites: those run by know-it-all individuals and those powered by the peer review of a community of users. Of the first type: The advantage of a single voice is that — at their best — they make outright recommendations. The downside is that they have trouble keeping up with an expanding or fast-moving field with tons of new gear.

The advantage of the second kind, built on peer reviews, is that the collective can keep up with change; the fault of user reviews, however, is that they often have narrow experience and no sense of what else is out there. This is the chief weakness of Amazon and Epinion reviews; they judge too much on an item's own merits and not on how it compares with similar products or substitutes. Clear recommendations are scarce.

What I want from a review site is an informed judgement. Ideally I’d like a very smart friend online who can give a single word answer when you asked him/her what you should buy: "Get this," they would say. The wider the range of uses, the more choices in models, and the faster the innovation in an area, the harder it is to get a definite answer.

My model of the ideal review site, then, is one built on a broad base of user reviews, in addition to a field of experts conducting uniform and comparative reviews, and ending up with an extract of top picks or other recommendations of what to get. I have not yet seen a perfect site. What doesn't work for me is a site sporting a vast matrix of all products and their features, or a site recommending a few products — ones that they happen to also sell; or a site with evaluations of gear they happen to get free from cooperative manufacturers; or, heaven forbid, a site that has a few feeble reviews and is supported by a zillion ads.

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Sweaters good enough to eat











[via LikeCool]

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How to Eat Corn on the Cob Using a Drill

[via Jerry Young]

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What it looks like inside Amazon












[via 9GAG and Mark Hall]

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Mt. Fuji envelope

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[via my Los Angeles correspondent]

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