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Build a Spotlight with a Flashlight and a Magnifying Glass

If you need to do some serious nighttime spotting, you can make a powerful spotlight using a flashlight focusing light through a large magnifying glass. YouTuber and Instructables user NightHawkInLight shows how you can put together the device with some Velcro straps and some wood planks to hold it all together. NightHawkInLight uses a 5″ […]

The Doodle Home Screen

Sometimes an attractive home screen is more enjoyable than a tightly organized one. To that end, this design from the Themer app turns your home screen into a doodle board. Every task you need to perform is its own drawing. This design is one of the built-in themes in the custom home screen app Themer. […]

Get the Most Out of Your Restaurant Meal by Knowing What Not to Order

Eating out is expensive, but when you do eat out, you should at least order something that’s relatively worth your money. Christa Avampato at weblog Wise Bread took a look at popular items people order when they dine out that don’t cost the restaurant nearly what customers pay for them. Items like pasta, salad, sandwiches, […]

Give New Life to Your Childhood Toys with These Wallpapers

Toys may be marketed toward kids, but let’s be honest: we all love to indulge in a little nostalgia. This week, relive your childhood with these toy-based wallpapers. Remember, we’re now requesting your participation in the Wallpaper Wednesday series! You’ll find a selection here, but post your favorites for this week’s topic in the discussions […]

Most Popular Investment Firm: Vanguard

Whether you’re saving for retirement or just managing your money wisely, an investment firm can be a huge benefit—the best ones offer online access to your money at any time, guidance that demystifies complex financial topics, and gives you the freedom to make your own decisions. This week, we’re looking at five of the best, […]

Privately Recommend Movies and Shows with Netflix’s New Social Features

If you want to recommend what you’re watching on Netflix to friend with similar tastes—without announcing to the world you love Justin Bieber’s Believe—Netflix’s new social features let you share movies and shows privately via Facebook. After you finish watching a movie or TV episode, you can connect your Facebook account and select specific friends […]

The Architect’s Dramatic, Artistic Workspace

On the desk, there’s the usual computer, books, some decorative figures…and a bowl of cucumbers. The workspace belongs to Brazilian architect Henrique Steyer, who explains the cucumbers and the rest of this unusual setup: My desk is in the far end of the studio, separated from the creative team. In my spot, there is a […]

Four Ways to Organize Your Money Based on Your Personality

Not all the money advice you read necessarily applies to your personality—different types of people need to utilize different strategies. Whether you’re too much of a perfectionist, a procrastinator, or a stockpiler of needless paperwork, here are four strategies to deal with your money persona. This post originally appeared on LearnVest. Chances are that organizing […]

Cover Trampoline Springs with Pool Noodles

Trampolines can be dangerous, especially those ugly, evil springs along the outside. You can help alleviate the danger by covering those springs with a few cuts made in basic pool noodles. You’re jumping on a trampoline, you get a little too close to the edge, and your foot goes through one of the holes around […]

Insert Citations in Multiple Formats Easily with Google Docs

Google Docs is a great free writing tool with a ton of great hidden features, including the research tool. You can save yourself some time and use the research sidebar to automatically insert the appropriate citations you need for your paper. The Best Google Docs Features You’re Probably Not UsingThe Best Google Docs Features You’re […]

Develop Discipline by Seeing the Good in Any Task

Discipline is something we all wish we had a little more of. Sometimes you just have to do something you really don’t want to do, but it can be a great opportunity build discipline by finding the silver lining. If we were allowed to only do what we want, most of us wouldn’t ever get […]

The Minimal Venetian Desktop

Reader Jody‘s desktop gets kind of messy as the workday goes on, but it’s always a clean slate at the beginning of the day. This is a view of Jody’s desktop at the top of the day—clean, open, and inspiring, but it’s hiding serious power. Here’s how it’s all set up. To submit your desktop […]

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