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100-Year-Old Life Hacks That Are Surprisingly Useful Today. People don't often look back on the early 1900's for advice, but what if we could actually learn something from the Lost Generation? The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago, and the tips they give are so practical that millennials reading this might want to take notes. Show Full Text Back in the day, cigarette cards were popular collectibles included in every pack, and displayed photos of celebrities, advertisements, and more.

Gallaher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company that was once the largest in the world, decided to print a series of helpful how-to's on their cards, which ranged from mundane tasks (boiling potatoes) to unlikely scenarios (stopping a runaway horse). The entire set of life hacks is now part of the NYPL's George Arents Collection. More info: The New York Public Library.

47 Lazy Girl Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know. LifeHax. Lifehacks and management tips. Life skills. Really Random Tips | 4 Easy Ways to Make Your Own Half-and-Half Substitute — Tips from The Kitchn. I always have milk in the refrigerator, and more often than not, I also have cream in the fridge or freezer.

But half-and-half? Never. Since I don't drink coffee on a regular basis, I grudgingly buy half-and-half when a recipe calls for it — usually quiche or ice cream, which I only make once or twice a year. But what if I told you that you can make a half-and-half substitute out of dairy you probably already have at home? Here are four easy ways to make your own half-and-half substitute. What Is Half-and-Half? Half-and-half is a blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream, and it has a 10 to 12% fat content. 4 Ways to Make Your Own Half-and-Half Substitute There are four ways to achieve approximately the same fat content as half-and-half by blending milk, butter, light cream, or heavy cream together in various combinations. 1. Tasting notes: This is the actual formula for regular half-and-half, so I didn't do a taste test here since I assume the result is identical. 2. 3. 4.

30 Money Sites to Check Out in 2009 - Stepcase Lifehack. There are so many personal finance resources online that it’s hard to know where to start. There are blogs, web applications, news sites and more. This list is a beginning — if you take a look at the sites included here, I know you’ll find something new for 2009. Some of these sites are brand new, some are the online presence of organizations that have been around for decades. But all of them look like they’ll have great things happening in the next year: these sites have the information that we all need (no matter our current financial situation) to get a great start on 2009. Blogs Get Rich Slowly: I never fail to be impressed by the posts on GRS — this blog started as a personal financial journey, but has grown into so much more.I Will Teach You To Be Rich: While most personal finance blogs focus on cutting costs, I Will Teach You… pushes readers to increase their income, instead.

Web Applications Resources Have any more websites you’d like to add? The 80 Best Lifehacks of 2008 - Stepcase Lifehack. And so we arrive yet again at the end of another year. 2008 was at best a mixed bag – while the world was electrified by the US election and it’s promise of change, the global economy was shaken to its core as a decade of financial mismanagement and willful blindness finally caught up with us. Gas prices spiked, leading us all to ask some difficult questions about sustainability, efficiency, and consumption – and then plummeted, leaving us feeling somewhat relieved, but baffled by the unpredictability of it all.

As we roll into 2009, there is an atmosphere of suspenseful anticipation, of hope mixed with not a little uncertainty. Companies are streamlining to prepare for the worst, even as entrepreneurs look ahead to new opportunities. Overall, it seems that now is a time for shaking off the dust, clearing away the debris of the past, and looking towards the future. Here at Lifehack, we’ve always followed a path of cautious optimism. Communication Fitness/Health Lifestyle Productivity. 10 More from the Webware 100 - Stepcase Lifehack. Last week, I looked at the apps chosen by CNet for the productivity section of the Webware 100.

There were, however, 10 other sections – 9 categories of apps voted for as top in their class and an extra categories of apps chosen by the editors at CNet. This week, I want to look at a selection of applications from the rest of the Webware 100, with an eye towards their use to increase or improve personal productivity. Some of the categories aren’t very productivity-oriented, like the music and audio section – I love Pandora and Amazon MP3, but I can’t say they help with my productivity in anything but the most indirect way (by giving me music to listen to while I’m working). The browsing category is particularly useless – picking the 10 best apps for web browsing is a bit like picking your ten best fingers. But scattered throughout the list there were some interesting apps, worth taking a look at. 1. 2. 3.

Like Skype, the glories of Gmail are widely known. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Write Here, Write Now, Write Anywhere: 13 Free Web-Based Word Pr. Imagine the situation: You’re visiting your parents’ home for the holidays, a thousand miles from your own PC, when inspiration strikes, a brilliant idea for the next plot twist in your novel!

Or consider: you’re on a business trip and your laptop is stolen — and the proposal you’re working on is due tomorrow! Or you’re on campus when you remember you have an assignment due in two hours — and you live an hour away! Maybe you have a thumb drive you keep your work on; now all you have to do is find a PC that can read your files, and hope you remembered to backup the files you need right away. But advances in web technology over the last couple years have given us another way to work from anywhere, no matter what computer we have access to, as long as we have access to the Internet: online word processors.

An online word processor gives you the ability to create, edit, save, and access your documents from anywhere. New Kid on the Block: Adobe Buzzword I do have a few very minor complaints. 12 Lists That Help You Get Things Done - Stepcase Lifehack. At the center of just about every personal productivity system are lists – GTD has it’s context lists, Pomodoro has it’s action inventory and daily to-do lists, todoodlist has, well, the todoodlist, and so on. But there are a lot of different kinds of lists besides your task or to-do list that can help you be more productive. Lists in general are powerful tools – open-ended, constantly growing, and effective at extending our memories past the 7 or so things we can keep on our mind at any given time. Some of the lists that can make you more productive or otherwise make life easier include: Task lists: Naturally, the most obvious is the task list, a simple list of things you have to do.

All those lists seems like a lot to juggle, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s not that hard. Pen-and-paper: A notebook (I like Moleskines and Moleskine knockoffs, but whatever works) can be easily modified to make all your lists accessible. Wikis: Wikis are excellent list management tools. Wikify Your Life: How to Organize Everything - Stepcase Lifehack. In our lives we have all kinds of information that we need to keep track of — to-do lists, gift ideas, books we want to read, exercise or food logs, a budget, phone numbers, a weekly schedule, our goals — the list is endless.

The problem is finding a good place to keep all of that information — the usual mode is to have these lists and logs and schedules scattered all over the place, but that is chaos. If you want to be organized, put all you’re life’s info in one place. And if you need a great tool to do that, look no further than a personal wiki. Wikis are everywhere, many are free, they’re easy to use, flexible as anything, an perfectly accessible anywhere, or portable if you want to take them on a USB thumb drive.

Put everything into your personal wiki, and you’ll never have to look around for anything again. What can you put into a wiki? These are just a few examples. Where do you go if you want to create a wiki? Choose Unfamiliar Work Music for Better Productivity and Focus. Hacks and Hints. 43 Simple Ways To Simplify Your Life. Post written by Sherri Kruger. Follow me on Twitter. Simplicity. How can we make things simpler, more streamlined, or more efficient?

Is this all just hype or is there actually something to this simplicity thing? Reducing complexity in my life has reduced stress, increased free time, and top priorities are actually top priorities. When we simplify as much as we can we are better able to slow down and enjoy each moment as opposed to rushing through it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. There are countless ways to simplify your life, these are but a few.