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The PhD Student’s Bag

Being a student is tough enough as it is and when you’re getting your PhD, you require a whole different set of tools. Case in point, PhD student, Samuel shares his bag over on Everyday Carry. Samuel’s bag is a Troop London Classic Canvas Across Body Cycling bag. If you’re curious to see what he […]

Argue Over Email If You’re Too Angry to Talk in Person

We’ve all been in an argument and said things we regret. If you’re prone to this, consider emailing your spouse or partner. Over at Psychology Today, they suggest that sometimes email is good for cooling tempers and encouraging rational thought: Being too reactive in an argument, getting heated quickly, having facial expressions that instantly shift […]

Boil Tofu Instead of Pressing It to Reduce Moisture

For many recipes, firm tofu requires pressure to squeeze out the moisture. Pouring boiled salt water over the tofu gives you similar results in a fraction of the time. We’ve covered how salt draws out moisture in salads and how salted water makes better french fries, and the same rules apply here. Soaking your tofu […]

Know Which Major Retailers Give You (and Friends) Employee Discounts

Working in retail often sucks, so employers often give employee discounts. Learn the discounts to make work a bit more bearable and seek out friends who work at these employers. POPSUGAR lists 21 top retailers and the employee discount programs. It mostly consists of clothing stores like HM, Gap, J. Crew, and Victoria’s Secret, but […]

Google Play Store Now Allows Refunds Within Two Hours

We’ve covered ways of getting a refund after the 15 minute window at the Google Play Store, but Google recently expanded the default window to two hours—somewhat secretively. You Can Still Get a Refund From Google Play After the 15 Minute WindowYou Can Still Get a Refund From Google Play After the 15 Minute WindowYou […]

Replace “I Am” With “I Am Doing” to Examine Your Negative Feeling

When we’re stressed or anxious, we’ll often say “I’m stressed” or “I’m anxious”. These are emotions and not a reflection of who we are. Instead, say “I am doing” in front of the emotion. We’ve covered mindfulness before and this tip is a quick way to remember an emotion is a feeling and not a […]

Calibre 2.0 Adds an Editor, Book Comparison, and More

Windows/Mac/Linux: Calibre, one of the best free ebook managers out there (and a great tool for removing DRM), released a big update this week. Calibre 2.0 includes a new editor function, comparison tool, support for Android phones on OS X, and more. How Do I Get Rid of the DRM on My Ebooks and Video?How […]

Why Being Idle Can Lead to Better Thinking

Studies show that people would rather do something—anything—than be alone with their thoughts. The idea that doing something trumps doing nothing is no new phenomenon. But it’s through reflection, daydreaming, and introspection that we make sense of information and experiences and come up with new insight and ideas. This post originally appeared on the iDoneThis […]

Tie Food with Dental Floss Instead of Kitchen Twine

Many recipes call for you to hold ingredients together with kitchen twine. If you don’t have any on hand, dental floss makes a great substitute. We’ve covered other uses for dental floss such as cutting the cheese and getting cookies off of baking trays, but this is just as useful for holding food together—say, if […]

Top 10 Superior Tech Products You’ll Never Go Back From

Some upgrades are subjective—like moving from pen and paper to a digital note-taker. Other upgrades, however, change the way you use technology, and make it impossible to go back to something inferior. Here are 10 of those things. The main idea of this list is to find things that are objectively better than their lower-quality […]

Freeze the Credit of a Dying Relative to Prevent Identity Theft

When a family members dies, the last thing you want to think about is their credit rating. But freezing their credit now may save you many hassles later. We’ve already told you how to protect yourself from identity thieves, but Credit Sesame explains that recently deceased people also need protection: Once someone dies, information like […]

Pay for College Accessories with a Gift Registry

We’re all familiar with wedding and baby registries. You list what you need, and friends and family buy you gifts from that registry. College students are now creating gift registries of their own to get everything they need for their dorm room or off-campus apartment. CNN reports on this handy trend for college students. While […]

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