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August 12 · Issue #108 · View online
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Website not loading? Get the Google Cache
Sometimes a website is temporarily offline. It could be that the server is down, or the site is experiencing unusually high traffic. If that’s the case, enter the URL at the Cached Views website to see what the page looked like when Google’s indexing spider last scanned it. — MF
Three YouTube channels
I am wallowing in the deep motherlode of enthusiasm that is YouTube. Here are three ultra niche channels that I subscribe to and keep coming back to for more. One is FliteTest, where they turn almost anything into a flying object, from a pizza box to an Ikea chair.  Another is Steve1989 with 600,000 subscribers, who collects and eats vintage military rations and ready-to-eat meals (MRE). Yes, he’ll try that ancient WWII snack box. If he is happy, I’m happy. The third is AvE, a faceless Canadian who takes apart old tools and motors while delivering commentary in his own private language of creative swearing, potty-mouth talk, and the most astounding technical knowledge I have encountered. — KK
Find out how long to read any book
Before you pick the next book on your reading list you should check out How Long to Read. Their search engine includes more than 12 million books and their speed reading timer will calculate approximately how long it will take you to read the book in its entirety. — CD 
Offline backups
I’m totally paranoid about backups. I have my critical stuff backed up five different ways, and I don’t think that is too many. After 35 years, I have not lost anything. Main thing is you need at least one offline backup (I have two), away from your home or office. My main offline backup these days is Crashplan. They have individual, family and group plans, $10 per month. You want to ask yourself: if I lost my entire hard disk, how much would I pay to get it back? — KK
Hard pencil case
My daughter, an art student, bought this small hard shell pencil case ($7) to hold a few pens and an eraser. It’s just the right size for a small messenger bag or backpack. I ended up getting one for myself. — MF
Funny film recaps
I’ve been a long time fan of The Editing Room for their hilarious rewrites of movies in screenplay format. They make fun of movie tropes and call out every cliche. Reading their abridged scripts is like watching a movie with a funny friend. — CD
— Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson
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