Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities

by Kevin Kelly (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9781940689005
Publisher: Cool Tools Lab
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 13.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He is editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984–1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His last book, What Technology Wants (Viking/Penguin October 18, 2010), asserted that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. He also authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.

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Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GrandpaGuy More than 1 year ago
Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly might turn out to be my favorite book of 2014. Remember what it was like to get the "Wish Book" at Christmas time in the old days. (For the uninitiated, that's the Sears Christmas Catalog.) Then add in the flavor of the Whole Earth Catalog from the 1970's. It's been a long time since I paid money for a book, and this one is well worth the dollars.
Joacchim More than 1 year ago
I bought this with a B & N gift card and at first glance I was disappointed, thinking I'd just bought a catalog of catalogs - which in a way, it is. I get enough catalogs as it is... Then I spent some time with it, starting from the beginning (instead of using the index to view a specific topic) and the time spent learning the author's methodology made it more meaningful, especially "tool shopping strategies". The qr codes given with each topic are really useful, although I did find one (for LED light reviews) that didn't work. One nice thing for me was that it confirmed some of the catalogs I'm already using. But you know how when you're looking at a particular catalog and you get ideas for new (or existing backlogged) projects? Well, multiply that effect by about a hundred and you get how this book reads. And the quotes at the bottom of each page are a nice touch, e.g. "Eternity is very long, especially near the end" - Woody Allen. Overall, a nice addition to my coffeetable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband read a review of this book in the NYT, and placed it on his wish list. When it arrived I was surprised at how big it is, but I frequently find him sitting at the counter reading this thing! He says there are fascinating things in it, and he ordered one for his son and one for his daughter! This was a "right on" Christmas present! :-)