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Cool Stuff of the Week: Star Wars: Frames, Nest Protect, Quinn Popcorn, and more…

Cool Stuff of the Week: Star Wars: Frames, Nest Protect, Quinn Popcorn, 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!


Every so often a marketing piece or campaign comes along that just makes you say “wow.” This is one of them.

Oh and Fiona Apple’s rendition of “Pure Imagination” is just outrageously good.


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If you’re an avid Star Wars fan like me, you’re going to want this.

For two years Lucas went through more than 150,000 frames per film, editing more than 1 million frames, and chose 1,416 images that now comprise Star Wars: Frames,

The selected images are printed in two beautiful hardcover volumes–one for the Original Trilogy, and another for the Prequel Trilogy–which come in a beautiful sleeve.



nest protect

You’re just about to doze off when a screeching chirp rips through the silence.

Oh please no.

It fires again. And the best part is you’re out of 9-volt batteries.

You grab a broom and off comes the smoke alarm, never to return again.

A common, but dangerous scenario.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of US home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarm or no working smoke alarm.

Well, the Nest Protect is the solution. It features…

  • A status ring that glows green when everything is okay, yellow when there’s a potential problem, and red when there’s an emergency).
  • Real voice alert.
  • An interactive sensor that responds to the wave of a hand.
  • Smartphone or tablet monitoring.
  • A built-in nightlight.
  • And more…

As a satisfied owner of the Nest Thermostat, I’ll be getting a Protect (releases in November).



Microwaved popcorn truly is a delicious snack, but it’s not so hot in terms of healthiness.

Namely, there’s the toxic chemicals in the bags, the trans fatty acids in the oils, and the GMO issue .

Quinn Popcorn is different, though. The bag is chemical-free paper, the corn organic, and the oil not only free of trans fats, but containing omega-3 fatty acids.

Flavors include parmesan and rosemary, Vermont maple and sea salt, butter and sea salt, hickory smoked cheddar, olive oil and herbs, and lemon and sea salt.



I’m not even a huge fan of Ludlum’s, but this just a great thriller.

And if you liked the movie, but if you haven’t read the book, you’re missing out (the movie only tells half of the story, which was a good call I think).

In case you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a summary:

“The Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as the Swiss bank account, the number of which, is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is and why he is being hunted.”

What really makes the book work for me is the terrific plotting (interesting circumstances, perfect pacing, layered conflicts without getting overly complex), the unrelenting suspense, and the sheer vicarious thrill of stepping into the shoes of a tough, smart, assassin on the run, trying to figure out from whom and why.

All in all, The Bourne Identity is one of my favorite spy books. On par with, if not better than, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

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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  • Jake Ruby

    The Nest thermostat in no joke. I just got it a couple months back. Might have to check out that Protect

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah I’m happy with it as well. Protect looks great. I’m definitely getting.

  • CPANinjaDoug

    Unfortunately the Nest isn’t currently compatible with my heat pump, but this smoke alarm sounds intriguing. The popcorn too.

    • Michael Matthews

      Ah yeah the thermostat can be finicky. It has wonked out on me a couple times. I’ve come home to a 80-degree condo 2-3 times and had to call their support team to get it fixed (had to switch around wires).

      The popcorn rocks. Macros on popcorn isn’t TOO bad either. Just carbs.

  • Alexa White

    A Nest thermostat was on the top of my list for things to add to my new home last year. I love it. As soon as I saw their email about Protect, I was on the page and pre-ordering. Ironically, this comes about a month after the smoke detector in my bedroom started beeping for no reason. Replaced the battery, still it beeped. Used canned air to blow out any dust. Still it beeped. Removed the battery and unplugged it from the AC connection… still it beeped! All this at 3:30 in the morning, of course. I took it down and tossed it in a room on the other side of the house so I could sleep that night. It hasn’t been replaced yet. They certainly know how people deal with the nuisance of faulty smoke detectors. The perfect excuse to get a new gadget!

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah the thermostat is neat.

      Wow that’s the smoke detector from HELL. Horrible. But yes, Nest is here to help. 🙂

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