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March 2012 (121 posts)
As it turns out, the women of Delhi, India, have adopted some great survival techniques in the face of the widespread sexual harassment that plagues the streets of their city. According to Sruthi Gottipati of the New York Times's India Ink blog, these everyday superheroes "read situations with razor wits and instinct; they deploy mind control. They size up their attackers and draw out the appropriate weapon–an earsplitting scream, a filthy look, a well-connected slap." So, in honor of International Women's Day, here is a video of some of the bravest and a**-kickingest women in the world. Caution: there is some condoning of violence. But only toward total creeps.
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Problem: Your favorite pants wear out and you can't find a good replacement.
Solution: Not Your Daughter's Jeans now offers a trouser line with its signature attention to quality and fit. The pants lengthen your legs with a streamlined cut, have a bit of stretch for comfort, and come in a high enough rise that you don't have to worry about muffin top or panty peeks.($120 each, nydj.com)
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3 ways to wear spring's must-have jacket
Ask Adam: Can I wear lace to work?
Social networks. We love them for the ways they bring people together, introduce us to new things, and provide convenient ways to force cute baby anecdotes onto the world. We don't love them for the ways they can suck us away from the real world and into the virtual one, and for that glazed, slightly queasy feeling we get when we've spaced out in front of the screen for too long. Enter: Kindify, a new social network that focuses not on posting ill-advised party pics, but instead, on doing good.
The idea is to set into motion chains of kindness: you do a good deed, you post it on the site, and you ask a friend to do a good deed in return. I admit I found this a little intimidating (my "good deeds tree" would look so...wintry!), but the site assures me that something as small as buying someone a coffee can count. I love the idea of being part of a community of kindness, of making an effort to do good every day, and I have the feeling that time spent on Kindify would leave me feeling uplifted and positive, without that peedy "OMG Everyone's having such amazing vacations but me" kind of social network hangover other sites can sometimes cause. Every little old ladies waiting to cross a street better look out, because I'm coming to help...whether they like it or not!
Social networking for good.
How Facebook saved an agoraphobic.
Prepare for the return of your favorite television show by...reading?
"Change, if it is to be long-lasting, must occur on the unseen levels first": A spiritual approach to weight-loss.
What are you waiting for? Get on the waiting list.
The Life-Lifter: This remarkable woman has battled the odds (as in, double amputation) to become a photographer.
So what's the best way to store eggs? Hella Wella's infographic says they're fine in the fridge for three weeks. But Ryou prefers to keep them out. She explains that an egg has millions of holes in its shell, so it absorbs odors easily--leading to an off taste if you store it in the same closed space where you keep onions, ground beef and blue cheese. Ryou's solution: A shelf hung on a wall, with a clear cup of water hanging off of it, so you can test an egg's freshness (it's best when it sinks).
I'm taking advice from both the chilled and non-chilled camps, printing out the handy infographic and taping it to the inside of a kitchen cabinet. But Ryou's suggestion to store apples and potatoes together is one smart step I'll definitely take: the ethylene gas the apples emit prevents potatoes from sprouting. Brie and baguettes, though? They're easy to decide about: they don't stick around long enough in my house for storage to be an issue.
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6 kitchen skills that will transform your cooking
What's the single best thing you can do for your health? Eat more greens? Take a multi-vitamin? Donate liberal amounts of money to my personal bank account? According to Dr. Mike Evan, a professor at the University of Toronto, the answer is quite simple, and it only takes a half an hour a day. Even better, his message comes in a cute and comprehensive animation. Observe:
Ah, my favorite kind of exercise advice. I happen to love long walks! If only he would also suggest the consuming of at least three baked goods a day, I could be the healthiest woman in the world.
Ways to Get Moving:
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This device hooks directly into your home's breaker panel and immediately starts tracking energy use on up to five appliances. Set a budget goal and see, for example, that running the dishwasher after dinner, when rates are often higher, will set you back more than waiting until bedtime. ($239; lowes.com)To automate your home: Control4
Program closet lights to turn off after five minutes; set all your lighting to run at 80 percent. In addition to tracking energy consumption, this sleek system allows you to control virtually all your household electronics and lighting. (Packages start at $1,500; control4.com)
A step-by-step guide to curbing your energy costs
How big a deal is not rinsing your bagged lettuce? 7 surprising truths about food.
These tiny churches prove big belief can happen anywhere.
To hit send or not to hit send: A flowchart helps you decide whether you should commit to that email.
Need of a dose of spring color? Over-the-top floral arrangements to perk up your eyeballs.
Invisibility cloak, check. Friendly robots, check. Ten life-changing ideas that are becoming realities.
The Life-Lifter: "I think if you care strongly about something, then you get the courage to pursue it." How this graphic artist became an EMT.