Mike Newman

About: Managing Editor at Cool Material

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Mover and Shaker Pens Are Lightweight But Strong SHOP

Don’t let their machine shop looks fool you, the Mover and Shaker pens are lightweight and agile writing instruments. Crafted from 7075 aluminum, each of these pens is extremely strong and durable without being too heavy for elongated periods of writing. Each pen features a smooth, silent, and addictive clicking mechanism and a stainless steel clip for transport. Well-made pens with no fuss. ... check it out
$65 buy
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LyteShow: Military-Grade Gatorade SPONSORED

Raw eggs, tripe soup, and bull horn tea are just some of the hangover cures people swear by around the world. A less gross and far more effective way to feel better is to simply get liquids and electrolytes back in your body as quickly as possible. Instead of downing bottles of water and Gatorade, use LyteShow. The electrolyte-packed concentrate is the quickest way to feel better after a night of heavy drinking. The mineral base was tested on wildfire firefighters, and unlike sports drinks, LyteShow contains no calories, sugars, carbs, or artificial flavors. It's the healthy way to kill a hangover fast. ... check it out
$15 buy
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The Blink(1) Is A Light-Up Notification Device

Instead of using your USB ports to power quirky things like coffee warmers and rocket launchers, why not use one of them for something a little more helpful. The Blink(1) is a USB dongle that lights up to alert you when you get an email, when you have to go into a meeting, or just to alert you to anything you set ... continue reading
$30 buy MORE: Computers, Tech.
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Horse Cycles Has Made a Stunning Camping Knife

We were first introduced to Horse Cycles a couple years back at The New Amsterdam Bike Show. Among the crowd of gorgeous fixies, the two-wheelers from the Brooklyn-based company really stood out to us. Now we've learned that Thomas Callahan's skills aren't limited to just bicycles. This Carbon Steel Camping Knife is ... continue reading
$155 buy MORE: Gear, Outdoors.
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Austin Beerworks Made a 99-Pack of Beer

Ever have a rough day and need a few beers to unwind? How about 99? While it's obviously not made for one sitting, Austin Beerworks is celebrating the launch of Peacemaker Anytime Ale by selling a 99-pack of cans. The beer will go on sale next week, but getting your hands on the massive case might be a bit challenging ... continue reading
$99 buy MORE: Drink, Home.
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What People Look Like Getting Tasered

We have this odd little part of us that wants to get tasered just to see what it feels like. This is an awful idea. Still, we aren't the only ones. The Taser Photoshoot beautifully highlights the reaction from folks getting a jolt from a stun gun.
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The Volvo XC90 Blends Safety with Style

Volvo has the tough task of trying to make younger buyers not think of an ultra safe box when they hear the brand's name. With the debut of the all-new XC90, they're off to a good start. Unveiled the other day in Sweden, the SUV packs impressive safety features (not surprising) like an auto-braking system that takes ... continue reading
$48900 buy MORE: Cars, Rides.
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The Evolution of the Pen

As touchscreens and keyboards make writing instruments less and less necessary, we, along with many others, still appreciate jotting things down the old fashioned way. We consider our pens the tools for documenting our lives. Whether you use a Mont Blanc or a Bic disposable, if you’re like us, it’s your daily ... continue reading
MORE: Features, Pens.
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STEAL: Matte Black Zero Gravity Pen Just $16 STEAL

These Zero Gravity Pens are our choice for writing in difficult situations (on wet paper, at any angle, even in high heat or the bitter cold). While we were looking around to add them to our shop, we were lucky enough to snag a case at a pretty stellar price. For a limited time, we're offering the Matte Black Zero Gravity Pen for just $16. We have an extremely limited supply, and once we sell them all, that's all we'll have at this reduced cost. Hurry up and grab one before they're gone! ... check it out
$16 buy
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Tuesday Link Roundup

1 Last Days of Disco - C-Heads 2 The Tremendous Soundtrack to The Knick - Youtube 3 10 Siri Hacks You Need to Try - Cool Material 4 Aluminum Can Pop Culture Figures - Laughing Squid 5 The Most Amazing Lie in History - Mental Floss 6 The Abuse of 'Bro' - Esquire 7 The Gentleman's Shower - Valet. 8 ... continue reading
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Make Your Own Sake

If you've already homebrewed some fantastic beers, distilled your own small batch of gin, and conquered just about every corner of the DIY hooch world, there's one more for you to give a go. This Sake Making Kit gives you everything you need (minus raisins and sugar) to concoct your own rice "wine." You'll be able ... continue reading
$70 buy MORE: Drink, Home.
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This Batman Branding Lighter is Hilariously Unsafe

This might be the most fitting piece of Batman paraphernalia we've come across. Just like the Dark Knight operates in a law-skirting manner, now you can too with this little branding iron which snaps onto any cheap Bic lighter. Now you can go off and sear the Bat logo into steaks and other items in hopes of signally ... continue reading
$31 buy MORE: Default.