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Steven John

  1. interviews
    Francis Lam on Storytelling Techniques, Trend Fatigue, and Avocado Toast“I’m tired of hearing people shit on other people.”
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    The 5 Best Pellet Grills for Low, Slow (and Smoky-Tasting) BarbecuePellet grills let you use wood pellets for true smoked flavor.
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    The 5 Waterproof Socks I Wear to Go Kayaking, Hiking, and SkiingEven if you have waterproof shoes, they’re a good idea.
  4. cool places
    A Noodle Shop That Strives for Authenticity by Breaking With Tradition“We wanted to make a more creative version, and we add our own little twists to fit the New Yorker’s palate.”
  5. post reality
    Want to Try Augmented Reality? This Is the Hardware You’ll NeedWhile phones are perfectly suitable AR devices, if you want to make 3-D models or battle zombies the right way, you’ll need dedicated hardware.
  6. compulsive shopping
    I Can’t Stop Buying BalaclavasBut these five have me covered for almost any situation.
  7. augmented reality
    10 Cool Augmented-Reality Apps That You Might Actually UseGoogle Play and the App Store are awash with augmented-reality apps, and many of them are terrible. Here are ten that actually show AR’s potential.
  8. this thing's incredible
    My Mega-Portable Power Station Can Charge 11 Devices at the Same TimeIt’s about the size and weight of a 12-pack of beer.
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    The Best Weighted Vests for Making All Kinds of Exercise Much HarderTrain with it, and once you take it off, you’ll be amazed by your endurance.
  10. tech boot camp
    5 Parenting Gadgets for the Tragically Sleep-deprivedWith the assurance of the well-rested, I can promise you: These gadgets work.
  11. tech boot camp
    5 Time-saving Kitchen Gadgets That Help Me Make Meals in MinutesThe only way to cook faster would be to eat your food raw.
  12. tech boot camp
    3 To-do Apps That Can Help Keep Your Life Organized and EfficientOne single to-do app is for chumps. He-man organizers use three.
  13. tech boot camp
    5 Smart-Home Products That Make Controlling Your House a SnapWhy crawl out from under the sheets on a cold winter morning when you can just ask your Alexa-paired unit to turn up the heat?
  14. green week
    The 5 Products I Use to Make My House More Energy EfficientIncluding a less-harsh LED light bulb, a more efficient shower head, and blackout curtains.
  15. this thing's incredible
    This Endlessly Reusable Notebook Turns My Doodles Into EmailsWrite your notes, snap a photo to upload them, then wipe the whole thing clean with a damp cloth. Repeat.
  16. this thing's incredible
    Why Didn’t Anyone Think of a Right-Angled iPhone Cable Sooner?It’s made horizontal gameplay, bedtime scrolling, and charging in a cup holder so much easier.
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    The Moisture-Wicking (and Non-Smelly) Running Shirts I Wear for WorkoutsBetter running shirts that keep me dry — and won’t reek.
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    What I Tell People Who Ask Me What Men’s Running Shoes to BuyMy five favorites for every day, traveling, wet weather, and more.
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    The Hiking Shorts I Wear for Just About Any Outdoor TrekThe five shorts I wear whether I’m climbing mountains or plunging in riverbeds.
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    The Running Socks I Wear on Trails, Treadmills, and Distance RunsThey wick sweat, provide cushioning, and prevent blisters.
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    Everything I Wear (and Bring) When I Go KayakingAnd no, the towel is not optional.
  22. this thing's incredible
    I Finally Found a Hiking Baby Carrier That My Daughter and I Both LoveIt’s worth the peace of mind to know that in the event of a slip, I’ll be in worse shape than my baby is.
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    The Running Shorts I Wear for Casual Jogs, Trail Runs, and Distance TrainingPlus a half-dozen highly rated running shorts on Amazon.
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    The Only 5 Knives I Bring to Go Camping (or Hiking or Backpacking)There’s even a machete if you need one.
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    The Running Backpacks I Use for Marathon-Length Endurance RacesFor those days when I need more than a water bottle and Clif Bar.
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    The Only Tools You’ll Need for Practically Any DIY Home-Repair JobThey’ll cover 90 percent of any job you’ll have to do on your place.
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    Everything I Bring to Go Camping (Except the Tent)Including a camping stove that charges your phone.
  28. recommended by experts
    The Best Affordable Fishing Rods for Less-Than-Expert FishersTen expert-approved fishing rods for beginning, intermediate, and advanced fishers who don’t want to spend a ton of money.
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    The Hiking Backpacks I Count on for Every Kind of Outdoor ActivityWhether scaling summits, camping overnight, or a simple day trip.
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    All the Not-Totally-Hideous Things I Use to Babyproof My HouseSafety first, style second.
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    What I Tell My Friends Who Ask Me What Binoculars to BuyWhether you need them for the big game, hiking, birdwatching, or stargazing.
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    Everything I Use to Work Out While TravelingFrom the resistance bands for weight training to the jump rope for cardio.
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    I Have Run Hundreds of Miles in My Favorite Pairs of Trail Running ShoesThe best trail running shoes for any situation, including extreme terrain, ultralong distances, and even when you’re traveling.
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    The 10 Best Hot Sauces I Tried at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, From Mild to WildIncluding one hot sauce that was too scorching, even for me.
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    The Smart Appliances That Actually Make My Kitchen BetterFrom voice-activated trash cans to Alexa-enabled coffee makers.
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    The 5 Best Flashlights I Own (and I Own a Lot of Flashlights)Including the best all-around, the best pen light, a true waterproof version, and the one with the best battery life.
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    The Accessories That Turned Me Into a Master Backyard GrillerI’m a pretty competent griller — but it’s because I have the right weapons, from a great grill and thermometer to a lamp and steel brush.
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    The Tech Toys That Secretly Teach My Kids Coding SkillsThey think they’re just having fun, but they’re learning the basics of programming and engineering.
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    What I Tell My Friends Who Ask Me What Digital Camera to BuyWhether they’re looking for a digital SLR, the best point-and-shoot, or something waterproof for kids — all for under $1,000.
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    What I Tell Friends Who Ask Me What Bluetooth Headphones to BuyYou can get crazy about specs, but these are best for most people.