A bit more than the standard 20%
A group of "football fans" have been spreading a bit of joy... (with Notre Dame
playing the Grinch)
Writing advice from Oates, Wolfe, Levine, Pynchon, Stein, Welty, DeLillo, Chekhov, Gallant, and Elkin
; Baldwin, Miller, Morrison, Vonnegut, Atwood, Nabokov, and Stein again
; Maugham, Hughes, Duras, Orwell, Ashbery, Sontag, Creeley, and Steinbeck
; O'Connor, Baxter, Didion, Yeats, Hejinian, Cocteau, du Plessix Gray, and Bolaño
; Waldrop, Cary, Pessoa, Amis, Carroll, Atwood, and Le Guin
; Vinge, Williams, Crane, Creeley once more, Gallant, Vargas Llosa, Mathews, and Wolfe again
. [more inside]
What skill can learn right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?
Is a Quora thread that goes beyond the usual "life hacks" (though it has them, too) to include some neat skills [Quora requires registration, but links go to direct sites]
. Learn to read Korean
, eat a chicken wing properly
, fold a t-shirt
, become a better Google searcher
, crack an egg with one hand
, whistle with your fingers
, learn to speed read
(the most popular answer), use the peg system to remember things
, and learn to change a tire
. [more inside]
Wood Central is a long lived forum
for woodworkers predating even young upstart Metafilter. Having been around for so long the forums are a source of immense knowledge of all things wood and some of that has been collected into posting archives and essays on their Articles and Reviews
page. So if you ever wanted to know
Wood Central's article page has you covered. [more inside]
Peggy Wang, a senior editor at Buzzfeed, has recently displayed a pronounced knack for aggregating what feels like some of the best of Pinterest in tips/lifehacks, home decor ideas, and DIY projects shared around the web. Exhibit A: 52 Totally Feasible Ways To Organize Your Entire Home
; Exhibit B: 22 Things You're Doing Wrong
; Exhibit C: 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks [more inside]
Get More Out Of Google
— in a recent study on student research skills, 3 out of 4 students couldn't perform a "well executed search" on Google. When the success of your term paper hangs in the balance, using Google effectively is crucial, but most students surprisingly just don't know how. Get that and more at Hack College
, where you'll get 10 Tips from a Senior to an Incoming Freshman
...Failed Simulations & the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness
: "Accomplishments that are hard to explain can be much more impressive than accomplishments that are simply hard to do", posits Cal Newport of Study Hacks
("Decoding Patterns of Success" - at work
, at school
). (via AskMeFi)
Also from the blog: The Passion Trap
("How the Search for Your Life’s Work is Making Your Working Life Miserable") and Beyond Passion
("The Science of Loving What You Do"). [more inside]
100 Free Photoshop Podcast Tutorials
— While many Photoshop instructors focus on features and tools, Richard Harrington
covers both the specific skills and techniques you'll need. [requires iTunes]
Ridiculous Tips For A Miserable Sex Life: Each month like clockwork, men's and women's magazines hit the newstands, bursting with terrible sex and dating advice. And each month, we pick out the stupidest tips and make fun of them.
Join MetaFilter's own TangoCharlie
) for an illustrated adventure of swordplay and wordplay set in Turkey in the 1800s, in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
(updated on Saturday mornings with four to six new pages). What is currently a full-color serialized graphic novel in four chapters started as a short self-published greyscale comic
, which was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008
. As a bonus, Tony shares tips and lessons learned in the making of Delilah Dirk
on his blog. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Tips my Dad Says.
Last week, MAKE
their staff, contributors and readers to share some tips and words of wisdom from their dads and granddads. They received over 140 responses
and have created a downloadable card of some of the best
Home Kinks, part 1
and part 2
- for years, Popular Mechanics Press published a series of tips, many from readers, in a special edition format they called "Household Kinks." Scanning Around With Gene
has posted a collection from 1940s and '50s editions.
Vimeo pros and seasoned amateurs are developing the ongoing and rapidly growing project Quick Tüts
, short video tutorials that usually focus on one specific skill or technique and last no more than a minute. Oftentimes Quick Tüts
show you how to use readily available items
in lieu of more expensive equipment, so for video creators operating on a low budget
, they are especially useful. A good way to think of them is as little tricks of the trade
Top 10s of 2010
. Each Saturday, we pore through our favorite tips and tricks to find 10 great hacks surrounding any subject, from food and thumb drives to browsers and Wi-Fi. Here are our most popular Top 10s of 2010.
Web Design Ledger
is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources
. Topics range from design inspiration
and everything in between. [more inside]
: A deep resource of comics/cartoon arcana, lore, links, history, news and more. Why not check out some Beibers
, early 20th century cartoon tips
, A Voyage To The Moon
, Never aired Dan Clowes Commercials
, James Kochalka Number One
, A Pekar Family Circus
, and venturing vegetables
. (Strange and occasionally NSFW)
is all about things you may not know but might find useful. These secrets are not things you shouldn’t know; more likely, they’re just interesting things you might not know yet. [more inside]
"What is it that certain people say or do during a job interview that makes them stand out? Why do some people struggle to find work, while others land a job in no time? I wanted to know, and the only way to find out was to experience the interview from the other side of the table." 22 tips, with video, at How To Nail An Interview
Whether you're a casual cultivator or gardening guru, PlantCare.com
has a wealth of information about the care and feeding of indoor and outdoor plants. You can search the extensive plant database
to find information on thousands of house plants, participate in and discuss your favorite gardening topics in the plant forum
, and expand your plant knowledge with hundreds of gardening tips and guides
Looking to boost your mad Photoshop skillz? Here's a trio of sites that offer the latest in PS tips and tricks. Best Photoshop Tutorials
has vectors, icons, and free brushes. PShero
works with effects and shapes, and Photoshop Girl
features photograph enhancement. That should get you started.
has a litter of pup-perfect ideas, dog care tips, products
, and more. Think of it as your daily dose of doggie delight
. Woof Report works to promote awareness of animal welfare causes, pet adoption initiatives
How To Do Almost Anything With Social Media
from Mashable. All kinds of practical tips and tons of useful link resources for personal or business uses. At the bottom of the page are additional links to things like 24 Most Underrated Websites of 2008
l How to Find a Babysitter Online
l How to Find Your Way Around Any New City
A lot can happen in 60 seconds
. Such as podcasts of one minute how to's
, or technology tips
, or even one-minute vacations[previous & ongoing]
from the life you are living.
Sharing means caring, right?
Well, Masao would like to share with you his techniques for cooking Torta di ceci
which is a type of Italian cake
. If beverages are your thing, perhaps you'd like a nice glass of Sambuca exotic fruit punch
, some peach juice
, or something he calls his "Super Energy Raisin Juice"
. More of a hot dog
person? Well then, our buddy Masao has got that covered for you!
In all fairness, these video clips might ruin your appetite so be aware of that in advance.
Keith Law's Ten Common Home Cooking Mistakes. Law
, better known for his sports writing
, lists ten pitfalls the home chef can fall into and how to avoid them.
Like to faire une photo
? You're not alone. The inimitable (but perhaps for not much longer) National Geographic magazine has advice for taking portraits
, travel photography
, excitingly vague 'adventure' photos
and even plan old digital photography.
After you've created magic how about selling it
or getting published
is so 2007.
Rules of Thumb
is a user submitted (and voted upon) collection of the world's greatest rules of thumb for different situations, from playing Blackjack
to choosing a bicycle frame
In the world of conversation killers, talking about Excel to the average person ranks up there with the best. At the same time, there is always a chance that you wish you could have that conversation at work when it gets down to the wire. Even as a pro, you might need that brush up on
or some examples from one of the
well known authors on Excel
. There is also no shortage of people who dedicate their working lives to this arcane program and are more than willing to assist others for free by posting solved issues on their websites. People like
Ron de Bruin
Or if you just want to be a Debbie Downer at the next party, just take page from any of the following, memorize it. and recite it when faced with that nudge you don't want to talk to:
Colo's Junk Room
Andrew's Excel Tips
Anthony's VBA Page
Erlandsen Data Consulting
JKP's Excel Page
The Excel Nexus
The Excel Logic Page
Anthoney Does Excel
. It’s a fast and easy way to ward off lounge lizards.
Reviews of Dating Tips...?
Comic book review blog Hoopla!
takes a break from the funny books and instead reviews internet dating tips. Much hilarity ensues.
How To Get Rid of Stuff
This site? Just what it says.
micropayments: automatically tip the weblogs you favour 1¢ each time you visit. (Via Kottke, perhaps unsurprisingly.)
Standup comedy cultural hot button Wikipedia hack.
Standup comics! Need a cultural hot button topic for a joke? Check out Wikipedia articles with the most revisions
Comedy gold. Just pick a topic and start riffing.