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Hola – Unblock censored sites with free VPN proxy & accelerate your Internet 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. 20. 40. Sources – muxedo task: 99 Life Hacks to make your life easier! If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

Carrot Is A Productivity And Social Motivation App With A Sense Of Humor There are plenty of productivity and self-motivation apps on the market, but Hong Kong-based company Innopage wanted to create one that lets users indulge their whimsical side. iOS app Carrot‘s interface only allows you to fill-in a simple template and people have used the Mad Libs-like format to set goal and reward sets (called “carrots”) that are silly (“I am going to wake up at 6:30AM and reward myself with going back to sleep at 6:45AM”) and serious (“If I run 4.5km tonight then I will treat myself to a big breakfast tomorrow”). Encouragement is crowdsourced from Carrot’s other users and your Facebook friends. “Carrot” is a reference to “stick and carrot”–the phrase that distills the two ways that people can be motivated, either by force or by will–and Innopage is not the only one to have jumped on the idea that it might make for a catchy name for a motivational to-do app. “I never use a to-do list because I find it so stressful when I look at the whole list,” says Li.

10 Virtues for the Modern Age... The Tomorrow Girl: Dresden Codak Volume 1 by Aaron Diaz Aaron Diaz is an independent cartoonist, creator of Dresden Codak and purveyor of fine graphic novelties. Dresden Codak is a lavishly illustrated creator-owned online comic series about science, mystery and ghosts that began in 2005. The Tomorrow Girl: Dresden Codak Volume 1 is the long-awaited print collection of the first five years of Dresden Codak and includes brand-new art and content. HOB - Teenage girl versus the Future Advanced Dungeons & Discourse - The premiere philosophy roleplaying game Lantern Season - Living shadow theater 42 Essential 3rd Act Twists - As performed by the Ellis Island Community Players Caveman Science Fiction - Self-explanatory The Tomorrow Girl, Silver Hardcover Edition 10x13.3"Metallic ink on coverFabric spineIllustrated color endpapersWoven from a dragon's hide The Tomorrow Girl, Gold Edition Hardcover Other Goodies Kickstarter video work and effects by Harris Porter.

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. News misleads. We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. News is irrelevant. News has no explanatory power. News is toxic to your body. News increases cognitive errors. News inhibits thinking. News works like a drug. News wastes time. News makes us passive. News kills creativity. Society needs journalism – but in a different way. I have now gone without news for four years, so I can see, feel and report the effects of this freedom first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time, more insights.

Order of the Occult Hand The Order of the Occult Hand is a whimsical secret society of American journalists who have been able to slip the meaningless and telltale phrase "It was as if an occult hand had…" in print as a sort of a game and inside joke. History[edit] The phrase was introduced by Joseph Flanders, then a police reporter of The Charlotte News, in the fall of 1965, when he reported on a millworker who was shot by his own family when he came back home late at night. He wrote: It was as if an occult hand had reached down from above and moved the players like pawns upon some giant chessboard.[1][2]— Joseph Flanders, The Charlotte News Amused by this purple passage, in a local bar, his colleagues decided to commemorate Flanders' achievement by forming the Order of the Occult Hand. In 2006, Greenberg announced that the Order had chosen a new secret phrase at an annual editorial writers' convention and resumed a stealth operation.[7] Members[edit] Paul Hofmann (18 September 1974). Larry Maddry (19 March 1997).

40 Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life There are always these pesky little obstacles in life that make everything so difficult – pot always boiling over, zipper constantly unzipping itself or ice cream melting on your clothes. All these first world problems can easily ruin your day. Luckily, internet is full of handy life-saving tips that can help you! Show Full Text This awesome list of life hacks will teach you how to quickly make your beer ice cold, hammer nails without hurting yourself, keep your greedy colleagues away from your lunch, cover up dings on wooden furniture, keep your take-out pizza warm and many more! Unfortunately, these life tips are so widely spread that it is impossible to track and credit the original authors. Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Hamachi-Jalapeño Pizza This is a variation on the Tuna Pizza I made a while ago and it was inspired by my old favorite dish at Nobu, the Hamachi-Jalapeño sashimi. Your Italian grandma’ will strongly disagree with the “pizza” part and you might even get slapped for it but it’s worth the risk. It’s a disk of flour tortilla that’s toasted, brushed with eel sauce and caramelized in the oven or under a broiler. Thin slices of fatty yellowtail tuna are arranged on top and brushed with a mixture of yuzu and soy sauce which has the wonderful effect of slightly curing the fish. It’s then drizzled with a yuzu-kosho mayonnaise and topped with slivers of Jalapeno and tomatoes, red onion, cilantro leaves and micro greens. If you plan on serving this at a dinner party you can toast and caramelize the tortilla disks ahead of time. Saturday, December 22nd, 2012Appetizer, Fish, Fusion, Japanese, Pizza, Sushi

Economics of Blogging and Huffington Post When The Huffington Post announced earlier this week that it was being acquired by AOL for $315 million in cash and stock, one group felt slighted: a set of unpaid bloggers for the site, identifying by the Twitter hashtag #huffpuff, which claims that The Huffington Post has “built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists.” Some analyses in the mainstream media have echoed these sentiments. “To grasp The Huffington Post’s business model,” wrote the Los Angeles Times’s Tim Rutten, “picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates.” I have enormous sympathy for anyone writing about public affairs, whether as a hobby or as a career. The fact is, however, that sentiments like Mr. The Huffington Post receives huge amounts of traffic: about 15.6 million page views per weekday, according to Quantcast. How many page views, then, does an individual blog post receive? I will focus this analysis, more specifically, on the politics section of the Web site.

Manga Tutorials » Introduction: So You Want to Draw Manga Style? If you’re here to learn how to draw or improve your drawing skills – you’ve come to the right place! Almost everything you need to know will be posted here from basic shading to publishing your work. Of course, how far you get will all depend on you! A few things you should know about this place first… 1. The tutorials here are meant to help you draw your own original work. 2. 3. 4. 5. All that done and over with – here is a brief guide to some of the more popular terms and styles of Manga: SHOUNEN — Boy’s manga, usually action/adventure, are aimed at boys 8-18 years old. SHOUJO — Girls’ manga are usually story-driven, less action-oriented, and romantic. SEINEN — Seinen manga are series aimed at male readers ages 18-30. JOSEI — Womens comics aimed at young working women and housewives from ages 21-30. HENTAI — Literally “pervert” manga. JIDAIGEKI — Historical manga, usually action-packed, and battle-oriented. BISHOUJO — A very popular manga style, full of cute girls and/or funny animals.

How I Became a Prolific Writer and Learned to Get Beyond School Essays LOTR & The Hobbit in Watercolors & Tea Stains Second only to A Tale of Two Cities, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is the second best selling novel ever written. The popularity of this amazing fairy tale and its predecessor The Hobbit, along with the screen adaptations and action figures has brought about some amazing fan art, like the paintings featured here by deviantARTist Kinko-White. Her watercolor and tea stain paintings capture some of the best characters, bringing the fantasy to life on the paper along side some memorable quotes. See more work by this Estonian self-taught artist on deviantART and Tumblr. See Also Lord of the Rings Visualized: A Timeline of the One Ring Via: