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New York Times Offers Free Storm Coverage

5:28 PM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Whether you call it Snowmageddon or give in to the Weather Channel's "Name All The Things" shenanigans and refer to it as Juno, there's a storm of epic proportions headed for the east coast later today. To help those affected, the New York Times is offering free access to storm coverage in its mobile apps. Access to NYT Now for example is usually US$2/week. I hope it doesn't need saying but remember if you're in the path of this storm there's no photo worth endangering yourself for, so please be careful (and warm) out there. 

Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

7:14 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman. 

Travel Back to 2004 and Meet the ‘Palette Pad’

6:47 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the (then) current Apple Studio Display and how so much space was used in programs like Photoshop by palettes and other panels that took up a lot of space. Adam was pondering a smaller screen that could work in conjunction with the main display, maximizing the space available for work on the larger screen. He talked this over with Jeff Rutan who then created a concept of what this "Palette Pad" might look like. At the time things like power and attaching to displays and video sync were tough nuts to crack, so the concept sort of died until 2010 with the release of Air Display which brought it closer. Now that the Mountie exists, teaming it up with Air Display might actually make Adam's vision a reality.

That Time the Colombian Army Sent Secret Messages to Hostages in a Tune

8:30 PM, Jan. 14th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

In Colombia, there's been a civil war going on for more than 50 years between the government and a group that wishes to bring about a Marxist revolution. As a result there have been thousands of people kidnapped and held hostage in the Colombian jungle. Colonel Jose Espejo had retirement on the horizon, but wanted to rescue as many hostages as he could before he left. He called his "idea man," advertising executive Juan Carlos Ortiz, the first Colombian to win a gold Lion (the Oscar of commercials). Over time they hatched a plan to get a covert message to those hostages. Specifically the message was "19 people rescued, you're next. Don't lose hope." Eventually the two men found a terrifically clever way to get this message delivered and ultimately help more hostages get released. Spoiler: It involves a snappy beat and Morse code. You can read the full story at The Verge, and even get a chance to experience the message yourself. It's a fascinating tale and I'm glad it was declassified so it could be shared.