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January 7 · Issue #77 · View online
A weekly newsletter that gives you 6 brief personal recommendations of cool stuff. Check out our compendium of Recomendo at https://2017.recomendo.com/.

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Advice on building a home
Over many decades, homesteader Lloyd Kahn has built his three beautiful homes by hand, and is the author and publisher of books about building personal homes. Lloyd lives in a fire-prone part of California. He compiled a useful list of hints for people rebuilding homes after fires. The tips are so helpful they would be useful to anyone building a home anywhere. — KK 
Free Princeton video series on cryptocurrencies
The Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Online Course is a 13 hour video series from Princeton. After a very brief introductory video, they get right down to business with a video about hash functions that’s easy to understand. You can also download a companion textbook. — MF
Good podcasts
You’ve finished all the episodes of This American Life and Cool Tools. What podcasts should you listen to next? This is a curated list of great podcast episodes airing in 2017, mostly from podcasts you haven’t heard of, but should. — KK
Best stories of 2017
This chart of the 100 most engaging stories of last year is worth adding to your read list. The top story, My Family’s Slave, was a powerful personal account of being raised by a Filipina woman who the family kept as a slave for 56 years. It stayed with me for months. — CD 
Online typing tutor
After decades of being a hunt-and-peck typist, I’m finally forcing myself to learn touch typing. After trying a bunch of different typing websites, I’ve settled on How To Type as my favorite. It’s not fancy, but the drills have helped me to become more accurate. — MF
Keep track of whose glass is whose
My mother-in-law had these metallic markers on hand during the holidays to keep track of whose glass is whose. We had a full house of more than 10 people staying overnight, so this was perfect for keeping track of our wine and water glasses, and coffee mugs. — CD 
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