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Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down time is extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction, and procrastination all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them completely. Blast from the past is a […]

Learn How to Easily Detect Counterfeit Bills with This Video

Learn How to Easily Detect Counterfeit Bills with This Video

When you’re selling your stuff in person—either through Craigslist or some other service—knowing how to detect a counterfeit bill can keep you from getting scammed. You may already know a few of these tricks, but some of these methods can help you spot the more subtle differences. How Do I Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying […]

Make Uncomfortable Talks Less Confrontational by Standing at an Angle

Make Uncomfortable Talks Less Confrontational by Standing at an Angle

When you need to have one of those talks that you know will cause conflict, you can take some of the edge off with your body language. Standing at an angle instead of face to face can help. Whether you’re at work or at home, keeping conflict down to a minimum is best. When you […]

Stay Loose on Long Flights with These Simple Plane Exercises

Stay Loose on Long Flights with These Simple Plane Exercises

Long haul flights can be really tough on you if you don’t approach them the right way. To keep your cramped body from getting too stiff at 35,000 feet, this graphic has seven exercises you can do on the plane to loosen up. How to Make the Best of a Long Haul Flight How to […]

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Microwave Engineer

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Microwave Engineer

We rarely think about the technologies that have made wireless communication the norm, but putting the invisible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum to use requires a great deal of obscure engineering. Some advances in technology get their start as classified defense projects that, like GPS, eventually benefit the public. To learn about the people behind […]

Get More Studying Power from Flashcards by Making Your Own

Get More Studying Power from Flashcards by Making Your Own

Flashcards are great for memorizing, but you can get even more out of them when you create them with the information you’ve already processed yourself. For some subjects, flashcards can be simple definitions. For others, you want the information you’re studying to be formatted in a way you know you’ll grasp. Zane at skill building […]

How Much Ice You Need to Perfectly Chill a 12-Pack, Backed by Science

How Much Ice You Need to Perfectly Chill a 12-Pack, Backed by Science

Science may not be the first thing you think of when you’re filling your ice chest for a picnic, but looking at the physics can help you cool down a 12-pack of drinks to frosty perfection. Nothing beats the heat on a hot summer day like a cold drink, and you want to make sure […]

Add Tang to Your Salsa with a Dash of Sherry Vinegar

Add Tang to Your Salsa with a Dash of Sherry Vinegar

If you like to bring unexpected flavors into your cooking, add sherry vinegar to your next salsa. You’ll add a some flavorful zest to your dish, and surprise (and hopefully delight) your guests at the same time. Chef Julian Medina explains that you can take any tropical fruit—such as mango or pineapple—and toss it in […]

The Fire Suppression Desktop

The Fire Suppression Desktop

Our friend joergermeister has made more than a few of our favorite desktops, and this one is no different. Clean, sparse, and still functional, here’s how he set it all up. Joergermeister is using the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but you can make this work on any Windows desktop. Here’s what he used, and what […]

Most Popular Outdoor Speakers: Klipsch AW-500

Most Popular Outdoor Speakers: Klipsch AW-500

Warm weather means it’s a great time to get outside, fire up the grill, have friends over, and maybe listen to some music while everyone hangs out outside. To do that though, you’ll need some solid outdoor, weather-resistant speakers. This week, we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. Earlier in the […]

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