How To Deal With Smartphone Stress

How To Deal With Smartphone Stress

In the past decade, smartphones have gone from being a status item to an indispensable part of our everyday lives. And we spend a lot of time on them, around four hours a day on average. For many people reading this, that number will be much higher.

The Best Way To Update Windows 10 And All Of Your Apps

The Best Way To Update Windows 10 And All Of Your Apps

Windows: Updating your computer, and the apps on it, is one of the most basic bits of maintenance everyone should know how to do. And while your operating system should make this easy for you by running most updates on your behalf, there’s no reason to let it have all…

How To Check If Your Thunderbolt Ports Can Be Hacked

How To Check If Your Thunderbolt Ports Can Be Hacked

If you have a computer with Thunderbolt ports, you may be at risk of a serious firmware flaw known as “Thunderspy.” The vulnerability, which was discovered by security researcher Björn Ruytenberg, affects all Thunderbolt ports and USB-C or DisplayPort ports that support Thunderbolt cables. It gives a hacker full access…

How To Clean Your Oven

How To Clean Your Oven

I don’t generally think to clean my oven unless I need to pass a move-out inspection or bits of burnt food lurking within it start setting off my smoke alarm. But the longer you put it off, the grosser your oven gets, so go ahead and tackle it right now.

How To Make Pasta Without A Pasta Machine

How To Make Pasta Without A Pasta Machine

Fresh pasta is preferable to dried in most cases, but I do not have a pasta machine, nor am I in possession of very much upper body strength. Because of these shortcomings, most of my pasta-making efforts in the past have ended in too-thick noodles that take forever to cook,…

PSA: A Passionate Kiss Can Transfer 80 Million Bacteria

PSA: A Passionate Kiss Can Transfer 80 Million Bacteria

On July 16, 1439, King Henry VI banned mouth-to-mouth kissing in England in an attempt to halt the spread of disease through the kingdom. Needless to say, the unpopular law didn’t last very long. However, it turns out that the overly pious monarch may have been onto something: studies have…

Use Magic Erasers To Clean Sneakers And Keyboards

Use Magic Erasers To Clean Sneakers And Keyboards

We know Mr. Clean “Magic Erasers” as the white pads with a shiny bald man telling you to remove scuff marks from walls. But these little scrubbers — known generically as melamine foam sponges — can clean so much more than walls and baseboards.

Take A Virtual Trip To NYC With These Free Tours

Take A Virtual Trip To NYC With These Free Tours

In the days before COVID-19, New York City was the most-visited city in the United States. But as the epicentre of the outbreak, it is no longer overrun (or even mildly occupied) by tourists. At this point, not even locals are able to spend time in their city, but right now,…

How Safe Is It To Socialise Outdoors?

How Safe Is It To Socialise Outdoors?

As the pandemic stretches on and winter approaches, you may be wondering if there are safe ways to get outside and see other people, in person, without risking transmission. How safe is it for two friends to meet at the park—even while observing physical distancing?

How To Pack A ‘Go Bag’ For Emergency Evacuations

How To Pack A ‘Go Bag’ For Emergency Evacuations

Not long ago, a fire started close to my area. It moved fast, and through news reports, we watched it snake its way toward our sleepy, suburban neighbourhood. By evening, there were mandatory evacuations about 1km away from us.

What To Do With Extra Egg Whites And Yolks

What To Do With Extra Egg Whites And Yolks

If you’ve ever made a meringue, custard, or super-fluffy sour, you have experienced the predicament of excess egg. Whether it be a white or yolk, throwing away the unused portion of an egg feels bad and wasteful, and I am not interested in feeling either of those feelings.

Use Magna-Tiles To Secure Birthday Banners To Your Car

Use Magna-Tiles To Secure Birthday Banners To Your Car

We’re all getting creative with how we celebrate big milestones while also physically distancing our way through the pandemic. One popular tactic, particularly for birthdays, has been the drive-by party parade. Guests “gather” around the block by lining up in their cars and then drive by the birthday boy/girl’s home,…

PSA: Intermittent Fasting Is Not A Miracle Weight Loss Tool

PSA: Intermittent Fasting Is Not A Miracle Weight Loss Tool

Fasting is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to proponents who claim it activates weight loss. Everyone these days, it seems, is skipping their breakfasts or drinking only water every third day. But is fasting actually good for you? And (more importantly to some) will it make you lose weight?

How To Play Your Favourite Board Games Online

How To Play Your Favourite Board Games Online

Don’t let the pandemic ruin your weekly board game nights. In the video above, I share some ways I’ve been playing some of my favourite board games—including RISK, Monopoly and Settlers of Catan—online.

How To Avoid Burnout In The Middle Of A Pandemic

How To Avoid Burnout In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged stress. Given the nonstop barrage of stressors these past few months, many of us are probably well on our way to developing burnout, if we aren’t there already.

Your Kid Can Become A Junior Fire Marshal At Home

Your Kid Can Become A Junior Fire Marshal At Home

For more than 70 years, The Hartford Insurance Group has been training kids to become “junior fire marshals”—and now, with so many children out of school during the pandemic, the company has created an online training academy so children can continue to learn about fire prevention from the safety of…

Use An Ice Cube To Steam A Perfectly Round Egg

Use An Ice Cube To Steam A Perfectly Round Egg

My love for the McMuffin and McMuffin-esque breakfast sandwiches is not a secret. The tender English muffin, salty meat, melted cheese, and perfectly round egg create a beautiful breakfast bite. Making your own version at home is not an excessively difficult task, but the round, steamed egg is crucial.