Sunday, May 12, 2013
Interesting article about the things we all say to kids
This article suggests that we shouldn’t say phrases like “good job!” when we talk to children.
An interesting look at the psychology of language.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Beware of free money (Scam alert)
We have become aware of a new kind of scam, and wanted to warn you.
Example: A person receives a check via UPS/FedEx for $2800 from an out-of-state law firm or real estate office or something.
The envelope may contain instructions, or they may be sent later through email/mail.
The instructions will explain that the sender needs your help getting money out of this account/settlement/whatever. There will be an explanation why this is necessary, and why they need your help.
Their instructions will tell you to deposit the check, keep $1000 or so for yourself, and then send a money order to an address outside of the United States (like, the Philippines, or Nigeria).
The problem is this: the check is an absolute fake. Only your money order is real, so you've just sent $1800 to a criminal in another country. Possibly a country that may benefit if they don't do that great of a job trying to catch these types of criminals.
Don't fall for this variation of the Nigerian scam. Times are tough, so easy money like this may be tempting, but you'll only lose if you play their game.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
When you hate your job, ask for more work?
See below for why, maybe, you should ask for more jobs that you like, at a job that you hate.
This makes sense if you think it through:
Monday, April 08, 2013
Get in shape and have fun.
Check out Fitocracy’s challenge to work out 15 minutes a day and get in shape.
That’s not much to ask from your day, and it’s LifeHacker’s favorite get in shape service (it’s free).
Sunday, April 07, 2013
“Parents are never as bad as kids think they are.” — Matt Witten
Saturday, April 06, 2013
“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.” — Joseph Joubert
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Get comfortable with your oven.
If you’re not familiar with your oven, it doesn’t take much to get comfortable with it. You really just need to know a few basics to understand this kitchen powerhouse.
Learn why your oven rocks:
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Make perfect poached eggs every time.
This Serious Eats video from The Food Lab details what looks to be a foolproof method of making perfect looking poached eggs, with a few tips on selecting fresh eggs.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Too much caffeine? Eat a banana.
Experts say a banana is the perfect way to fight off the headaches and jitters of too much caffeine.
Water wouldn’t hurt either.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Easy and simple egg soufflé. Yum.
I’m not exactly sure where or when the extra ingredients get added, but this looks simple and delicious. I can see this being served at any meal.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Save money on dish washing liquid
If you’ve ever refilled a foaming hand washing soap pump with regular hand soap, you know how it’s too thick and takes a lot of effort to come out.
Apparently you can thin the soap out quite a bit and stretch it out for months using an old foaming dispenser, and pretty much get the same experience for a lot less money.
This should work for hand and dish soap.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Free TravelNerd app helps you get around major airports with ease.
First, I love the name TravelNerd.
I downloaded the app to check it out, and it’s pretty handy… Just not currently helpful at the Birmingham International airport (but that says coming soon).
Still, you’re probably going to need help at an airport other than our hometown one.
It’s also got a handy flight tracker.
Simple. Easy. Smart.
No ratings on restaurants, but it’s a good little guide if you’re in a strange airport.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Make your own yogurt!
I post a lot if DIY stuff, because I think it’s cool.
Yes, I will probably not do more than 10% of these ideas, but you never know.
I love yogurt, and it’s good for your tummy. If you want for sure probiotics, homemade yogurt is the real deal. It won’t become yogurt without the stuff.
If someone actually makes this, I would love to hear about it, and appreciate your awesomeness.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
How you cut your onions changes the flavor
Cook’s Illustrated tested a bunch of ways to cut onions, and found the surprising result that how you cut the onions changes the intensity of the flavor and odor.
There’s also a few tips to reduce the flavor and odor when you have to chop the onions.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Gardening planner online app
Learning to garden? How about some help?
I sure need some, and I’m just now thinking about the very idea of growing my own vegetables.
It’s specific to your zip code, and takes a lot of the guesswork out of the seasons.
Hope this helps your thumb turn a little greener:
Sunday, March 24, 2013
It might be better to *not* brush after breakfast
This Lifehacker article suggests there might be better, healthier times to brush your choppers.
Personally, I’m not sure the taste of toothpaste and breakfast sounds appealing.
But maybe it’s worth it?
Update!! How to find toothpaste that doesn’t make everything taste bad!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being...
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. — Sydney Smith, English essayist (1771 - 1845)
In other words, if you think you already know everything, how can you possibly learn anything new?
“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes...
“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician (1889 - 1964)
Chicken Pineapple Stir-Fry recipe.
Yummy, yummy stuff.
I can take pineapple raw in only very small doses, but in a sauce or recipe it’s really good stuff.
This looks delicious!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Serious cooking DIY: age your own steaks at home
This Food Lab article shares the Hows and Whys of aging steaks.
Apparently it’s easy, and way cheaper than buying them aged from the butcher.
At the very least this is cool info for all you steak lovers.