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Cool Stuff of the Week: POV Parkour, Kindle Paperwhite 2, Shogun, and More…

Cool Stuff of the Week: POV Parkour, Kindle Paperwhite 2, Shogun, and More…

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m kind of a sucker for cool stuff. I like nifty gadgets, quirky decoration pieces, nice clothes (and shoes!), good books, and fun games.

In this series of weekly posts, I share whatever currently has my fancy. Maybe some of it will catch yours as well!


This is a pretty cool real-life salute to the video game Mirror’s Edge. Some of these parkour guys are crazy…



sony dsc lens style camera 2

The Sony DSC-QX10 transforms your smartphone into a full-fledged camera, able to take crisper, higher-quality pictures.

Another cool feature is the lens can actually function as a stand-alone camera, with a slot for a memory card and a shutter button.





Mem:o is a free app that lets you track just about anything–every purchase you make online, how many hours you spend at the gym, every book you read, etc.

You can then view each data set, or “memo,” as a circle with the relevant information displayed. These memos populate onto a board or calendar for easy viewing, and you can share your collections with friends via social media.



kindle paperwhite 2

The beloved Kindle Paperwhite has gotten better.

In addition to the glare-free screen (great for reading in the sun), 8 weeks of battery life, built-in WiFi and free 3G, the second-generation Paperwhite features a new, higher contrast display that looks almost like a real book page, a faster processor, more accurate touch response, Goodreads integration, and more.

If you haven’t made the jump to an e-Reader yet, the new Paperwhite won’t disappoint you.



clavell shogun


There’s a good reason why Shogun is widely considered one of the best novels of all time. It’s just one of those books that you wish would never end.

While it’s technically historical fiction, it really nails the fiction part. It’s not a mediocre story that tries to dazzle you with historical details.

Shogun follows the adventures of a shipwrecked English sailor in medieval Japan, John Blackthorne, who will introduce the country to the 17th century. The story is about so much more, though.

It’s a masterful tale of war, deception, “lost cause” heroism, and forbidden love, and it gives you an incredibly vivid insight into the fascinating era in Japanese history when the country was being conquered (er, united) by a powerful shogun named Tokugawa Ieyasu (Toranaga in the book).

It’s hard to summarize everything this book is in just a few paragraphs. You need to just experience it to understand.


What do you think of this week’s picks? Have anything you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • danof2morrow

    I really enjoy these articles Mike. The tech and books sections get my inner geek going. Keep up the great work!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Mine too, haha!

  • Jason

    I bought the Shogun TV series box set staring Richard Chamberlain as I remembered this from my childhood. As you say with the book I’m always disappointed when the series comes to an end. Also because it was set so will in the “period” it just hasn’t dated at all – fantastic.

    • Michael Matthews

      I never even saw the TV series–I’ll have to check it out!

  • Jake Ruby

    That parkour video made me dizzy

    • Michael Matthews

      I know, crazy.

  • Keith

    the sony lens and new nokia 1020 with 41mp cameria where freatured on click (bbc tech show) this weekend. the sony lens is crazy impressive. especially how it links via wifi to your phone so you can take shots from mad angles with it detached from the phone and what the lens sees shows on the phones screen. seriously clever piece of kit. want one.

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah it’s pretty awesome.

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