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Cool Stuff of the Week: CrossFit Fails, Earth Cooler, Tomb Raider, and More…

Cool Stuff of the Week: CrossFit Fails, Earth Cooler, Tomb Raider, 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! (Oh and in case you’re wondering, while I do participate in Amazon’s affiliate program, I’m not paid to promote anything.)




Lol oh CrossFit, how I love thee…



The Earth Cooler is awesome. It’s basically an electricity-free backyard silo for beverages that keeps beers and sodas cold year round.

You bury it in the ground, load it up with up to 24 cans, and retrieve them with the crank, and thanks to its insulated cover, it’s ready to go no matter the season.




Random, I know, but this beautiful model of the Concorde just caught my eye. Crafted from polished aluminum and poised in mid take-off, it perfectly captures the beauty of its sleek delta wing and pivoting nose, evoking a time when air travel was still glamorous and thrilling.




 Does your toilet paper holder even lift? Didn’t think so. Which is why you need this little guy. Look at that form!




I’ve been using the LG Tone+ headset for several months now and am very pleased with it.

The sound quality is on-par with other mid-tier headphones, the range and battery life are quite good (seems to be about 20 feet without loss and about 8 hours of use per charge), and the microphone produces crisp, clear audio on the receiving end.

All in all a great Bluetooth headset.





I’ve always found mythology fascinating and this classic book, published in 1942, is one of my favorite anthologies of the many Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that shaped Western culture.

In this book, you’re introduced to all the major and minor players in Western mythology and their relationships and then to the stories of their famous exploits: Prometheus’ and Epimetheus’ creation of mankind, Cupid’s and Psyche’s love, Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece, Hercules’ ill-fated adventures, and much, much more.

What I particularly liked about this book is Hamilton’s ability to tell the stories in such a way that they’re educational, easily understood, and downright entertaining. This book doesn’t read like a collection of Wikipedia articles–each story is a character-driven narrative that moves quickly, and Hamilton’s insights into the cultural meanings and lessons of the tales make them especially relatable.

As many other readers have noted, the Norse section of the book is very light compared to the Greek and Roman sections, so if that’s your primary interest, this might not be the book for you.





 I’m very picky with video games because I don’t have much free time these days and don’t want to waste any of it playing a ho-hum game.

Like the Uncharted series, Tomb Raider feels like more than just a game–it’s a beautiful, interactive cinematic experience that never lets up or feels stale or redundant (oh how I hate games that just send you running from place to place to gather up widgets). One minute you’re solving a puzzle…the next you’re in a shootout…then you’re exploring…then hunting…then watching a stunning quicktime event.

The writing was also a bit better than I had expected. The story does a good job making Lara a sympathetic character and her transformation is believable and entertaining. It’s not The Last of Us, but it’s definitely a cut above the general (shit) quality of video game writing.


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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  • Adel-Alexander

    You like Tomb raider, Uncharted and The Last of us? I think you just got cooler in my eyes. Ha

    • Michael Matthews

      The best single player console games I’ve played in a while! 🙂

      • Adel-Alexander

        Have you tried Infamous: Second Son? It’s so amazing!!

        • Michael Matthews

          No I haven’t. I didn’t like the first…

          • Adel-Alexander

            Yeah well the first one is really lame too. The second one is good, and the third (Second Son) is probably the best of the bunch. You won’t be disappointed!

          • Michael Matthews

            Ah cool. I’ll add it to the list. 🙂

          • Adel-Alexander

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFukFWFndEk Here’s a trailer for a reference. 🙂

          • Michael Matthews

            I don’t trust trailers, haha. 🙂

  • Anonymous Atom

    I’m not sure what annoys me the most about CrossFit…?

    Is it unnecessarily altering pre-existing exercises (KB swings, pullups, etc) just so they can “be different?” Or doing explosive, power-based low-rep exercises, like snatches, for high reps and endurance?

    Is it the douches always running around w/ no shirt on?
    Is it putting on foam bumpers so that 200lb deadlifts look like 800lb deadlifts?

    Is it citing some guru hero in the CF games, who in actuality doesn’t even do CF to build their physique?

    Is it acting like no one ever did station, circuit, or interval training before they showed up, like they invented it, or something?

    Is it because IRL, it’s almost always the blow-hard know-it-all I know who ALWAYS eventually turns to CF?

    Is it how they never shut the hell up about CF, always having to post about it? Like no one ever worked out before they did? Or how they apparently have no inward center or core or set identity, need external motivation from others, and are only doing it because it’s a ‘fad.’ And how the whole thing looks like a pathetic cult for weak, sad people?

    Eh, I’ll go with “ALL OF THE ABOVE.”

    InB4 cultist CFers show up and whine.

    • Michael Matthews


    • Donald


    • Alex

      I’m a crossfitter. I have done it for a year now and have had some good gains in strength off of it. I’ve also met some good freinds through the whole community aspect and to its credit it has gotten people who would never before of thought about lifting or real intese exercise, off thier asses and into exercise.
      That being said I do find it difficult to dissagree with what you are saying. The fact the crossfit is so much of a weird clique that follows its dogmas like a cult is both worrying and off putting. I always told them what I thought of it, that chasing times and constant competition is wrong (a point I came to after repping out 30 heavy deadlifts to smash that days leaderboard… A back injury followed). My views made me out to be like some fun-killer who just wasn’t as commited as others. As such I was left on the fringe of the community. An associate as it were. My freind who was a weighty individual found crossfit to be useless in addressing the immediate problems that he had (he was unable to perform the workouts correctly).
      All this drove me and him to read BLS and i’m pleased to say I am at one of my strongest points I have ever been while, whilst at the lowest body fat. And this is while eating a non-paleo, non gluten free diet. My freind’s strength had rocketed up a huge amount (70kg squat to 100kg squat anyone?) and he has lost 8lbs. This is over a 7 week period.
      The point of this is to provide all the crossfitters and non crossfitters alike out there with a different opinion of somebody who still currently does crossfit. Crossfit is fun, its a laugh and I cant deny it has made me dramatically fitter, but dont think for one second that you will achieve fast and effective phisique development through thier series of random “WOD’s”. We aren’t all roid munching haters. Some of us actually do croddfit and have some serious legitimate concerns, and to brush it all off without properly addressing these concerns leaves you looking like a laughing stock, which is a shame because if you stripped it of all the bullshit and played around alittle, you could be left with a real decent system of working out.
      Oh and as a last point, banging on about crossfit like its the second coming of christ makes everybody think your a knob jockey

      • Michael Matthews

        Awesome man thanks for the comment. I’m really glad to hear you’re doing well. Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

  • Keith

    that cross fit video is brilliant. and it led me to discover this. which is very funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnjYyfkcaNI

    • Donald

      “Don’t be fooled by these fitness gypsies”

      • Michael Matthews


    • Michael Matthews

      Great vid

  • Hahahha oh god that crossfit vid :Dd After few drinks it’s funny as fk 😀

    • Michael Matthews


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