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April 2012 (116 posts)
Paper towels. You can reuse and wash Bambooee towels up to 20 times in the washing machine. It'll take you as long to use up one roll ($12.99) as it would go to through 60 rolls of regular paper towels. You can use them for everything from drying fruits and vegetables to mopping up spills.
Leftover food storage. If you're uncertain about microwaving your lunch in a plastic container, switch to Fridgex Silicone, which is free of PVC and BPA (a recent study found plastic food packaging is a major source of these potentially harmful chemicals). Fridgex's products are heat-resistant up to 430 degrees, and the 8-piece mini storage set ($24.99) is so eye-catching, it'll make yesterday's dinner look even better than it did last night.
Men! What are they thinking? We can't always answer that, but we'll be posting our favorite glimpses into their world in this space every Thursday.
* Watch Kyle, a 13-year-old Mariners fan and son of a soldier serving in Afghanistan, as he steals second base at a game last week—just be prepared to get a little choked up when you see the surprise waiting for him there. (MLB)
* America's oldest teenager, Dick Clark, passed away this week at the age of 82. Here he is with Prince when the Artist made his national television debut on American Bandstand. (Vimeo)
* "I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history, but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn't make the history books, but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their share of the American dream."—President Obama on his experience sitting on the Rosa Parks bus. Check out this great photo as well. (AFP)
As anyone who's ever tried to do anything knows, this business of trying to emulate your heroes can be as soul-crushing as it is self-defeating. Guillebeau goes on to hypothesize that while very few people have one thing that they excel at as excellently as, say, Thelonious Monk excelled at playing jazz, most people have unique combinations of skills that they are fairly decent at, and that it's this unique combination that gives you your very own value. (Read the whole post to learn what Dilbert has to do with all this!)
Which made me think of—stay with me here—last week's episode of Mad Men, in which office sniveller Pete Campbell tries to channel Don Draper, to disastrous effect. Why would you be a second-rate Thelonious Monk or Don Draper, when you're the only you there is? What is your own unique combination of talents, interests, and experiences? Just sitting down to make a list of these things might help you to uncover a value you never realized you had.
Trust Your Intuition for a More Meaningful Life
Martha Beck's Guide to Self-Acceptance
We've been hearing for years that negative emotional states, like depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, can have negative health effects, but less was known about positive moods--until now. The researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently decided to take a glass-half-full view of the connection between moods and health, and they've concluded that positive psychological well-being appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. After reviewing more than 200 studies published in two scientific databases, the authors found the most optimistic individuals had an approximately 50 percent reduced risk of experiencing heart problems. The researchers stressed that it's not enough to be merely not-depressed or on an even keel; it's important to actually make yourself feel good.
Did you wake up on the meh side of the bed this Wednesday? Fortunately, we have just the thing to boost your mood and help your heart.
So I was very relieved to learn that as an adult in possession of a calculator and tax accountant, as long as I'm not too picky about things like grocery bills, math actually can be largely avoided. Hooray! Then I read this post on Dim Sum Thinking on the beauty of math and the facile question "When Will I Use This?" It seems this whole time I've been asking the wrong question.
The post argues that looking at math's practical applications is not the best way to get students interested in the horrible torture beautiful elegance that numbers have to offer: "The hard part is that math is so darned useful. There is math everywhere. It’s easy for us to think about learning the math we need to do science or economics." But to this math teacher, math is every bit as enjoyable for its sake as the more beloved activities of playing band and football, disciplines kids enjoy without asking how they use the skills they hone later in life.
It's Stress Awareness Month, but don't let that stress you out. Dr. Oz's 7 ways to reduce that anxious feeling.
From the futuristic to the gloriously old-word, the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world.
It's part cute pet pictures, part The Onion, and it's all quite amusing. Yes, it's The Fluffington Post.
They're hungry NOW. How to be a faster home cook (without resorting to microwaved nuggets every night).
Orson Whales! Moby Dick meets Orson Wells meets Led Zeppelin. Of course.
The Life-Lifter: How college students are using their dining hall swipes to feed the hungry. (No, not hungover sophomores, the really hungry.)
I know some people who walk through a doorway only to completely forget what they were doing and blame it on old age or being tired or sheer airheadedness. Turns out -- thanks, science! -- there is an actual explanation for this phenomenon. According to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky, passing through doorways makes our brains hit reset.
As Radvansky told The University of Notre Dame School of Arts and Letters news blog, “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away...Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.” Read the whole article for descriptions of the experiments that led to this analysis. Aren't brains interesting? I wonder if this is why sometimes, when blocked at work, taking a walk even just to the other room can help rev your brain again. But also, I'm just relieved to discover that I'm not completely losing my mind. At least, not because of this.
15 Ways to Remember Everything
The Surprising Reason You May Be Losing Your Memory
Is mineral makeup allergy-safe?
How to stop breakouts
Help! I have dry, patchy skin!