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Travel Spending: 6 Myths That Cost You Money | TIME.com

Apparently,

  1. The best time to book a plane ticket is 6-7 weeks before the flight.
  2. Credit cards give you the best exchange rate overseas.
  3. There is no magic day of the week when plane fares are cheapest.

Click through to read more.


If you ever find yourself in a falling elevator, the best thing to do is lie down as flat as possible with your back against the floor.  This will distribute the force of the impact.  
Not saying you’ll survive, but maybe you’ll have a shot.
Jumping at the moment of impact is not going to work because you probably:
won’t know the exact moment of impact, and
can’t jump up as fast as the elevator is falling.
image credit:  Victoria Roberts
(via NYTimes.com)

If you ever find yourself in a falling elevator, the best thing to do is lie down as flat as possible with your back against the floor.  This will distribute the force of the impact.  

Not saying you’ll survive, but maybe you’ll have a shot.

Jumping at the moment of impact is not going to work because you probably:

  1. won’t know the exact moment of impact, and
  2. can’t jump up as fast as the elevator is falling.

image credit:  Victoria Roberts

(via NYTimes.com)

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Turn your phone’s camera lens into a makeshift macro lens by adding a drop of water to it.  Results won’t be as sharp as a separate add-on macro lens (like Olloclip), but still…not bad!
photo credit:  Alexander Wild
(via Scientific American)

Turn your phone’s camera lens into a makeshift macro lens by adding a drop of water to it.  Results won’t be as sharp as a separate add-on macro lens (like Olloclip), but still…not bad!

photo credit:  Alexander Wild

(via Scientific American)

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How to Clean Up Dried-on Rice by CHOW

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Use a dustpan to fill a bucket.
Is your mind blown?  Mine is.
(via Lifehacker)

Use a dustpan to fill a bucket.

Is your mind blown?  Mine is.

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The Ultimate Email Management Workflow by Baydin’s Revive Your Inbox
Baydin turned this workflow into The Email Game, which you can play online.  It’s actually kind of fun because you’re trying to beat the clock.

The Ultimate Email Management Workflow by Baydin’s Revive Your Inbox

Baydin turned this workflow into The Email Game, which you can play online.  It’s actually kind of fun because you’re trying to beat the clock.

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(via Use This Infographic to Pick a Good, Strong Password | Lifehacker)

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Inside the Recruiter's Head: What He's Really Asking You During the Interview

Oof…I thought this was the hardest question:

How would you handle telling an employee his position is being eliminated after working for the company for 25 years, knowing they would be emotional?

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Why I Won’t Hire You

Charlie B lays down all the reasons he won’t hire you.

I always ask people what they like most about their current job before I get into any details about a role….The worst answers? “Well I like the challenge” or some other BS. Don’t BS me. I have a super BS detector, and most other interviewers do too. The worst BS is the kind where more than 50% of candidates say the same thing. If you can’t be original about what you like about your unique job how can I expect you to be creative working for me?

Click through to read the rest.

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Lifehacker posted The Best Time to Buy Anything in 2012.
The January list includes digital cameras, HDTVs, and gift cards.  Click through to see the rest.
(via The Best Time to Buy Anything in 2012)

Lifehacker posted The Best Time to Buy Anything in 2012.

The January list includes digital cameras, HDTVs, and gift cards.  Click through to see the rest.

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Click through for a bunch of other cool tips.
Wired:
Using this equation, Fisher found that you should dunk a cookie 3.5 to 5 seconds. That’s enough time for it to suck in liquid, but not enough time for it to dissolve.
(via Wired’s Lab-Tested, Muppet-Vetted Formulas for Smartifying Your Life | Magazine)

Click through for a bunch of other cool tips.

Wired:

Using this equation, Fisher found that you should dunk a cookie 3.5 to 5 seconds. That’s enough time for it to suck in liquid, but not enough time for it to dissolve.

(via Wired’s Lab-Tested, Muppet-Vetted Formulas for Smartifying Your Life | Magazine)

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Store Frozen Corn and Peas in Plastic Water Bottles
(via Store Frozen Corn and Peas in Plastic Water Bottles | Lifehacker)

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How to Set Up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts (Properly) on iOS

Lifehacker:

You can get all your Google services syncing (complete with push sync—that is, messages push to your phone as soon as you receive them) with iOS by setting up just one account. The trick is to choose Microsoft Exchange at the prompt instead of Gmail. This will give you access not only to your Gmail, but your calendars and contacts, and they will all sync directly to your phone—when you add a contact in Gmail or edit an event on Google Calendar, you’ll see it show up on your phone without having to sync anything.


Four Ways to Make Your Battery Last Longer

NYTimes.com:

  1. Push e-mail. This, I believe, was the big one. My friend has seven e-mail accounts, and her phone was checking each of them every 15 minutes. If you turn off the “Push” feature, and set it to Manually instead (in Settings->Mail, Contacts, Calendars->Fetch New Data), then your iPhone checks for e-mail only when you actually open the e-mail app. Your battery goes a lot farther. (If you have a corporate Exchange account, your calendar and address-book data will similarly be updated only when you open those apps.) 
  2. GPS checks. In Settings ->General->Location Services, you’ll see a list of all the apps on your phone that are using your phone’s location feature to know where you are. (It’s a combination of GPS, cell-tower triangulation and, on some phones, Wi-Fi hotspot triangulation.) All of that checking uses battery power, too. My friend had dozens of apps with Location Services turned on, many of which didn’t really need to be on. She turned most of them off. 
  3. Notifications. Similarly, in Settings -> Notifications, you see a list of apps that are allowed to display pop-up notifications (those blue text bubbles that look like text messages). To do that, they have to monitor what’s going on with your phone — and that takes juice. Turn off the ones you don’t really need. 
  4. Background apps. Nicole the Genius discovered that my friend had a huge number of apps open — maybe 40 of them. She maintained that they were using battery power, too, in the background.


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