The  Big  List  of  Cool  Things

A compilation of our bi-weekly 3 - 4* Really Cool Things E-mail

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September 4, 2020

1.We Were Clueless

We consider ourselves huge movie buffs. And even we were surprised to discover that 1995's hit Clueless was, like, a totally faithful Jane Austen Emma adaptation. Don't believe it? Check out the proof for yourself in this article. 

2. The Jigsaw Puzzle from Hell

It's a jigsaw puzzle that has no picture on it. Do you have the patience to assemble a 1000 all-white micro-piece puzzle? If you do, you get a certificate of completion. Also available in black; or, for the less puzzle-inclined, there's an 108-piece version.

3. Whoa, Dudes

We're holding out hope that this is really happening. Is anyone out there THIS excited for the third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise, set to release in theaters this August? "Be excellent to each other."

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September 18, 2020

1. Fall in Love with Reading Again

This YouTube documentary put the wind in our reading sails and made us pick up our copy of Moby Dick (again). Take a tour through a Harry Potter-esque bookstore in Portugal, learn how to speed read, and find out why you should be reading 30 minutes a day. 

2. Penguins/Star Wars/Zombie Art

He's one of our favorite artists. If you like gnomes mooning penguins, chances are you'll like his art, too. RI-based artist Greg Stones' watercolor art is unlike any we've seen - it's irreverent, funny, and awesomely affordable. 

3. Our 'Can't Live Without' Coffee Maker

It's tiny, portable, and doesn't require electricity (as long as you can heat up water). And HOT DAMN does it make a good cup of coffee. The Aeropress is the best $30 coffee maker you'll ever buy. We use ours daily. We wouldn't steer you wrong. 

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October 2, 2020

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September 4, 2020

1.We Were Clueless

We consider ourselves huge movie buffs. And even we were surprised to discover that 1995's hit Clueless was, like, a totally faithful Jane Austen Emma adaptation. Don't believe it? Check out the proof for yourself in this article. 

2. The Jigsaw Puzzle from Hell

It's a jigsaw puzzle that has no picture on it. Do you have the patience to assemble a 1000 all-white micro-piece puzzle? If you do, you get a certificate of completion. Also available in black; or, for the less puzzle-inclined, there's an 108-piece version.

3. Whoa, Dudes

We're holding out hope that this is really happening. Is anyone out there THIS excited for the third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise, set to release in theaters this August? "Be excellent to each other."

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September 18, 2020

1. Fall in Love with Reading Again

This YouTube documentary put the wind in our reading sails and made us pick up our copy of Moby Dick (again). Take a tour through a Harry Potter-esque bookstore in Portugal, learn how to speed read, and find out why you should be reading 30 minutes a day. 

2. Penguins/Star Wars/Zombie Art

He's one of our favorite artists. If you like gnomes mooning penguins, chances are you'll like his art, too. RI-based artist Greg Stones' watercolor art is unlike any we've seen - it's irreverent, funny, and awesomely affordable. 

3. Our 'Can't Live Without' Coffee Maker

It's tiny, portable, and doesn't require electricity (as long as you can heat up water). And HOT DAMN does it make a good cup of coffee. The Aeropress is the best $30 coffee maker you'll ever buy. We use ours daily. We wouldn't steer you wrong. 

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October 2, 2020

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July 24, 2020

1.We Were Clueless

We consider ourselves huge movie buffs. And even we were surprised to discover that 1995's hit Clueless was, like, a totally faithful Jane Austen Emma adaptation. Don't believe it? Check out the proof for yourself in this article. 

2. The Jigsaw Puzzle from Hell

It's a jigsaw puzzle that has no picture on it. Do you have the patience to assemble a 1000 all-white micro-piece puzzle? If you do, you get a certificate of completion. Also available in black; or, for the less puzzle-inclined, there's an 108-piece version.

3. Whoa, Dudes

We're holding out hope that this is really happening. Is anyone out there THIS excited for the third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise, set to release in theaters this August? "Be excellent to each other."

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August 7, 2020

1. Fall in Love with Reading Again

This YouTube documentary put the wind in our reading sails and made us pick up our copy of Moby Dick (again). Take a tour through a Harry Potter-esque bookstore in Portugal, learn how to speed read, and find out why you should be reading 30 minutes a day. 

2. Penguins/Star Wars/Zombie Art

He's one of our favorite artists. If you like gnomes mooning penguins, chances are you'll like his art, too. RI-based artist Greg Stones' watercolor art is unlike any we've seen - it's irreverent, funny, and awesomely affordable. 

3. Our 'Can't Live Without' Coffee Maker

It's tiny, portable, and doesn't require electricity (as long as you can heat up water). And HOT DAMN does it make a good cup of coffee. The Aeropress is the best $30 coffee maker you'll ever buy. We use ours daily. We wouldn't steer you wrong. 

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August 21, 2020

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June 15, 2020

1.Sprudge

This is coffee culture at its finest: a website dedicated to coffee news, updates and journalism from around the globe. Click on over to find brew guides, product reviews, shops by city, and bean banter.

2. Bandcamp

This website allows you to purchase new music and goods directly from artists, thereby directly supporting them. It also allows you to connect to fans that like what you like, and keep an ear on all things new. 

3. Austin Kleon's Tedx KC Talk

Need around 11 minutes of inspiration? Here's Austin Kleon, the author that tells us to "Steal Like an Artist," showing us exactly how that's done in this uplifting and inspiring Tedx talk. 

4. Ineedcoffee's Coffee Comics

This website for coffee fans by coffee fans brings a bit of nostalgia from days when a print-filled paper used to be dropped at your doorstep. Remember the funny pages? Get them here in coffee form.

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June 26, 2020

1. Saving Throw 

We believe that role playing games can improve creativity and writing ability. Ever played or thought about playing? This YouTube channel teaches you the basics in a fun, easy-to-follow way. 

2. Trade Coffee

Do you love drinking coffee? Do you love trying out new brands that your local grocery store may not carry? How about testing said grinder then trying it through a French Press, Aeropress, Chemex, or drip? Maybe we're carried away, but Trade Coffee delivers it to your doorstep on a pre-set schedule for prices you'd pay anyway. 

3. Isle of Tune

Since we're talking gaming, how about a SimCity-is game where music creation is the goal? You can jump into a pre-existing town, or place cars on a brand new map, and as they drive by houses, trees, lamp posts, or other landmarks, they create sweet beats Hows that for a creative distraction? 

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July 10, 2020

1. Productivity Game

This YouTube channel features short animated breakdowns of books on productivity and business. It gives you a sneak peek and a chance to decide if the book is right for you before you buy. 

2. Vonnegut's Last Interview

Kurt Vonnegut gave this interview to US Airways Magazine as his last. Tim Ferriss took the interview, distilled it to its most crucial and interesting parts, and presented the two-minute version here. 

3. The Far Side's Return

Cartoonist Gary Larson is back after a too-long hiatus with new cartoons on his website. Look no further for dark, dry humor; only this time, they're drawn with technology. 

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May 1, 2020

1. Lost in Vegas

In this week's list, we saved the funniest for first. Go down a rabbit hole with YouTube's favorite free-thinkers as they listen to songs and give live reactions to music videos.

2. Literary Hub

It's like the news center of the internet, but for the literary world. You can sign up for free and get a daily or weekly Email about all things literary. 

3. LikeLike museum game

I played, I laughed, and then I cried, but because of the laughing. This free multiplayer online game puts you in a a museum where the object is to talk to other players and figure out the theme of the museum room, then interact in that theme. Rhyme room? Speak only in rhymes. You get it it. Grab a friend and walk in together. 

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May 15, 2020

1. We gave away a free gift!

We are giving every subscriber a free copy of Loud Coffee Press' Guide to Getting it Done: How to Take Your Short Stories From Written to Published. It's a handy resource on getting your flash fiction, short work, poems, etc., from polished to published. Hit any subscribe button on our website to claim your free download!

2. EveryNoise

Ever wonder what post-post hardcore sounds like? How about dub poetry? Garage punk blues? Everynoise.com uses an algorithm to analyze Spotify data to show what every music genre - basically ever - sounds like. Don't click on this link unless you have at least an hour to spend going down a music rabbit hole. 

3. Cloud Bread

Everyone's making bread these days, but why pack on the carbs? Here's a recipe (one of many!) for cloud bread - a three ingredient, no-carb bread that's customizable in a hundred different ways. May we suggest adding everything bagel seasoning? Oh yes, we may. 

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May 29, 2020

1. Coffitivity

Does lockdown have you missing the coffee shop ambience? Here's an app that mimics the sounds of your favorite cafes and lets you balance it with your tunes!

2. 2 Minutes to Late Night

A heavy metal-themed talk show with a comedy bent. The show combines comedy of late-night television with amazing covers of songs from Boston to Ozzy!

3. LiveFrom

We've been missing live music in a bad way. Then, we found a website that hosts live intimate concerts for less than the cost of a movie ticket. 

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March 6, 2020

1. The Moby Dick Big Read Podcast

Listen to our favorite classic read out loud by celebrities and great voices!

2. Music-map.com

Type in any band to find recommendations for more music you might like. If you figure out the algorithm, let us know!

3. The Art of Improvement YouTube Channel

A channel with short animated videos, themed by the concept of "how to live better.

4. Blue Oyster Cult's (Don't Fear) the Reaper slowed down 800%

The rock classic gets a makeover to become your favorite 40-minute ambient soother.

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March 20, 2020

1. Banned books websites

Here's a site of classic banned books and banned books from the last five years!

2. Vintage Covers

This is a spoof Instagram account that takes vintage book covers and remakes them into comedic gold. Fair warning: these have a tendency to get a bit... vulgar.

3. Unf*ck Your Writing

Stop Listening to Bullshit Advice, Just Write Better, Get Published, & Share Your Inner World  by Joel Biel and Faith Harper

This 42-page zine distills excellent information from the writing and publishing industry into a handy guide that you're likely to actually finish reading. 

4. The Wicker Man and Radiohead's Burn the Witch

Robin Hardy's 1973 cult classic is back on Netflix. We highly recommend pairing it with Radiohead's music video. Let us know if you see any similarities.

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April 3, 2020

1. Text Mixing Desk V. 2.0

This website from Lazarus Corporation puts a creative spin on William S. Burroughs cut-up technique to get your writing juices flowing. Input some text, modify your parameters, and watch the words remix.

2. The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

Want to send a gift to the creative that has everything? It's the perfect time to reach out and show you care. Send a pair of Freudian Slippers, a bar of Soap it Goes, or a Here's Looking at Euclid t-shirt to an isolationist in need.

3. Netflix Party

Miss movie nights with friends? Hop onto a Chrome browser, download the Netflix Party extension, and sign into Netflix. Start playing the video. Click on the red NP icon next to the address bar. Click "Start Party" and share the URL with friends. A chat box will appear in the same window as your video and you'll be able to start and stop the video as the same time as your party. The only thing missing is a real life popcorn dispenser. 

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