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Cool Stuff of the Week: How to Fight a Baby, Eye of the Needle, Attacknids, and More…

Cool Stuff of the Week: How to Fight a Baby, Eye of the Needle, Attacknids, 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!



LOL I’ll never be afraid of my 16-month-old again…



logitech ultimate ears boom speaker

The Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom speaker projects 360 degrees of bold, crisp sound, filling any space with surprisingly good audio. It lacks deep lows, but this is to be expected with a portable speaker.

It’s light–just over one pound in weight–stain resistant, has wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, 15 hours of battery life, and can be linked with other speakers.




Ever since Robot Wars I’ve wanted my own fighting robot. Well, it has arrived.

Attacknids are about a foot tall, feature six legs, and 360-degree rotating weapons that can fire up to 30 feet. You control them with a wireless remote, and when battling, a direct hit explodes armor off their bodies, and 3 hits shuts them down for the next fight.




Have an iPhone 4 or 4S and want to see what’s really going on on a small scale? Then you should grab the Carson Pocket Microscope.

It’s small and pocket friendly, and it features 60-100x magnification, and it works great with the iPhone’s camera–simply attach the microscope to your phone, fire up the camera app, and you’re ready to go.





The Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Dri-Fit Pant helps keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. Its thermal fabric wicks away sweat, and its skin-tight fit protects against wind chill and prevents rubbing.





Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, and it has remained one of his most celebrated books ever since.

  • It’s tightly plotted, with complications around every corner. The suspense builds with every chapter, never letting up until the terrific climax.
  • The characterization is superb. This is one of Follett’s specialties–creating true-to-life characters that you really come to know and empathize with.
  • The historicity makes it fun. Follett did a lot of research to write this book, and effortlessly weaves in all kinds of neat details about the inner workings of the war.

All in all, it delivers a thrilling, entertaining ride.


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

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  • marshall5686

    Hi Mike – I always enjoy your list of cool stuff. I recently picked up several of Pressfield’s books from your previous recommendations.

    Eye of the Needle is classic and the movie staring Donald Sutherland is worth an evening. Pillars of the Earth, is epic. Follet’s research and storytelling of 12th Century England and cathedral building is spellbinding. Skip the TV mini-series, it was just weird.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! I hope you’re enjoying SP’s writing.

      Ah I’ll have to check the movie out. Thanks for the recommendation! Yeah PoE was amazing. I recommended that in a different Cool Stuff. 🙂 I didn’t bother with the TV show.

  • Mike

    Mike, I have a pullup station for my doorway at home. In crafting my home routine, what are your thoughts on doing 4 sets of 3 different grips weighted on these for my back workout this week? I only have dumbells up to 50s at the house, which limits other back exercises.

    • Michael Matthews

      Pull-ups and chin-ups are great for working the back, so you can definitely do that. If you’re going to only pull-ups though, shoot for about 60-70 total reps, and keep them weighted and in the 4-6 or 6-8 rep range if possible.

      Hope this helps!

      • Mike

        That’s what I did yesterday and it actually hurt toward the end..very challenging, particularly dropping all the way down to do full reps..ended up getting 53 reps in total in the 4-6 range…enjoyed my cousins wedding last night though..crushed the chicken, potatoes, and pasta..I felt huge lol and got compliments on my” big muscles” a few times and that I looked “very fit”..what a bonus..greatlyappreciate your help

        • Mike

          What are your thoughts on set volume?..I usually do 9-12 sets. Thanks Mike

          • Michael Matthews

            60-70 reps per workout is a good volume when you’re lifting heavy weight like you are.

        • Michael Matthews

          Nice, that’s great. Glad to hear it. 🙂

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