Use Ice Packs Instead of Precious Ice in Your Ice Baths

Use Ice Packs Instead of Precious Ice in Your Ice Baths

My precision cooker gets far more use in the summer than it does in the winter. Precision cooking meat means I don’t have to turn on the oven, and combining a long spell in a constant-temperature water bath with a few minutes on the grill is my favourite cooking method…

How You Can Help Save the Fireflies

How You Can Help Save the Fireflies

If you’ve noticed that your backyard doesn’t seem to glow with the twinkle of fireflies as much as it used to (or perhaps you’ve never seen them), you’re right: It likely doesn’t. Fireflies are disappearing from fields, marshes and forests all over the world.

How to Remove ‘Undeletable’ Windows 10 Bloatware

How to Remove ‘Undeletable’ Windows 10 Bloatware

Windows 10, bless it, arrives packing lots of annoying bloatware. Some of it you can uninstall; some you cannot (cough Your Phone cough). And while the operating system feels like it’s gotten a bit better about this over the years, you’re still going to need to use a third-party app…

Why Aren’t Melbourne’s Coronavirus Case Numbers Going Down?

Why Aren’t Melbourne’s Coronavirus Case Numbers Going Down?

Fourteen days after Melbourne was put back into lockdown, the latest daily case number of 484 in Victoria makes for dispiriting reading. Why have the numbers stubbornly refused to go down, despite Melburnians being confined to their homes for all but non-essential trips? The first lockdown, imposed nationwide in March…

Give Herbal Liqueurs a Tropical Vibe With Whipped Pineapple Juice

Give Herbal Liqueurs a Tropical Vibe With Whipped Pineapple Juice

I do not think of syrupy, herbal liqueurs as “summery,” but that doesn’t stop me from drinking them during the hotter months, or looking for new and interesting ways to drink them. If you’ve had a Garibaldi, you know that these bitter, dense elixirs can be refreshing — you just…

How to Parent a Teenager Who Has Different Political Views

How to Parent a Teenager Who Has Different Political Views

Up until a few years ago, Abigail Reed’s politics were in line with those of her parents. She understood their point of view, and she followed it. Then Reed, a recent high school graduate from Indianapolis who is headed to college in a few weeks, started thinking for herself. She…

How to Cook Grits in Your Pressure Cooker

How to Cook Grits in Your Pressure Cooker

I will never understand people who don’t like eating grits, but I do understand people who don’t like making grits. Like preparing risotto and polenta, the process usually involves a good bit of stirring, and I simply hate standing still in front of a stove. The good news is you…

Why People Make the Switch to Reusable Cups

Why People Make the Switch to Reusable Cups

People are more likely to use reusable coffee cups if they see others doing it, or if cafe owners charge extra for throwaway coffee cups, our research has found. Our study also found people would be more likely to properly dispose of compostable cups if councils provided dedicated organic waste…

10 Amazing Netflix Shows You Might Have Missed

10 Amazing Netflix Shows You Might Have Missed

We have access to so many unique services with so much great content that it’s difficult to filter through it all. How many times do you go to start a new TV show but don’t know whether it’s worth the time? Every night? Same. When you do settle on one…

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin

Choosing a prenatal is one of the first of many decisions mums-to-be make, and it isn’t an easy one. The ingredient list can be confusing, the pills themselves are large, and they come in a bewildering variety. A search on Amazon yields 507 hits for “prenatal vitamins,” plus there are…

Create a Video Game with Roblox’s Summer Coding Challenge

Create a Video Game with Roblox’s Summer Coding Challenge

If your kids have ever wanted to design and animate their own video games but didn’t know where to start, Roblox has a free coding challenge that can teach them the basics. The challenge, called “Build It, Play It,” gives kids easy-to-follow instructions to help them learn how to create…

Avoid These ‘No-Log’ VPN Services That Leaked Millions of Users’ Data

Avoid These ‘No-Log’ VPN Services That Leaked Millions of Users’ Data

I wish we didn’t need VPNs, but they can be a necessary part of a balanced data security breakfast. ISPs, governments, advertisers and even individuals keen on knowing what you do online can find ways to easily track your browsing data. VPNs make doing so harder (but hardly impossible) by obfuscating…

Force Websites to Have a Dark Theme in Edge Chromium

Force Websites to Have a Dark Theme in Edge Chromium

You might have a dark system theme; you might have set all of your favourite apps to use a dark theme. Even still, the websites you typically visit might not want to play along, which can be a jarring experience while you’re browsing — akin to someone opening a vampire’s…

How to Make a Face Mask Using Just a Sock

How to Make a Face Mask Using Just a Sock

Wearing a face mask in public will soon become compulsory for residents in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire amid a major coronavirus outbreak. Residents in New South Wales are also being urged to consider wearing face masks as Sydney grapples with getting a growing infection rate under control. If you’ve been…

5 Uplifting Queer Young Adult Fiction Books to Get You Started

5 Uplifting Queer Young Adult Fiction Books to Get You Started

Early ventures in queer young adult (YA) fiction followed certain conventions: they tended to be set in the contemporary world and their narratives focused on coming out, bullying, heartbreak or fighting for acceptance. Most unfortunately, these stories also have a long history of ending in tragedy. There is absolutely a…

How to Screen Share in Facebook Messenger

How to Screen Share in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger now lets you share other open apps, browser tabs, photos, videos and more during your video calls. And even better, you don’t have to wait for it to roll out to your preferred platform: The new screen-sharing feature is available now on Android, iOS and desktop versions of…

Set Up a Potion-Making Station for Your Kids

Set Up a Potion-Making Station for Your Kids

There’s this crazy virus going around. The kids are bored with the usual puzzles, board games, books and toys. It’s time to let them brew some “potions.”

For a Meaningful Life, Ask Yourself Who You’d Bring to a Remote Island

For a Meaningful Life, Ask Yourself Who You’d Bring to a Remote Island

As a philosopher and psychological researcher specializing in the meaning of life, Dr. Frank Martela is constantly fielding questions about how to make your life more meaningful. Clearly, that’s not an easy question, but he does have a suggestion for a thought exercise that could help: Ask yourself who you’d…

How to Keep Track of All the Potential Coronavirus Treatments

How to Keep Track of All the Potential Coronavirus Treatments

There’s still no cure for the coronavirus, but dozens of drugs and treatments are being tested against it. And you’re not alone if you’ve gotten confused about which ones are mere possibilities and which are widely understood to be useful. The science changes day by day, and sometimes a drug…

Yes, You Should Quit Using Google Chrome

Yes, You Should Quit Using Google Chrome

Is it time to stop using Chrome? We’re certainly ready to put the resource-hogging browser out to pasture, especially given the recent news that a hopeful fix from Microsoft for Chrome’s memory-hogging issues has been thwarted by Google itself.

The Best Deals From Myer’s Super Weekend Sale

The Best Deals From Myer’s Super Weekend Sale

Online shopping can be therapeutic when done in moderation. Given the times we’re living in, we could all do with a bit of retail therapy and thankfully, Myer’s Super Weekend sale is making it possible to do it on the cheap. The Myer Super Weekend sale is offering up to…

What’s This 13th Zodiac Sign Business

What’s This 13th Zodiac Sign Business

Whether you believe in them or not, Zodiac signs are big business. Despite being debunked many times over, millions around the world subscribe to the idea that their personality and personal interactions are dictated by the stars. So, when there are claims that NASA has shifted the goal posts and…

Reduce Computer Screen Glare by Working in a Box

Reduce Computer Screen Glare by Working in a Box

Inevitably, at some point in the afternoon a few days every week, my son pops into my office to ask if I’ll come work outside in the backyard while he plays in the inflatable pool. Does he ask me to do this on cloudy days? No; cloudy days are not…

How to Start Your Own Learning ‘Co-Op’ at Home

How to Start Your Own Learning ‘Co-Op’ at Home

Usually, the choices are pretty straightforward — kids either go to school to learn, or they are homeschooled. Usually, at least one of these two basic options fits with your family’s lifestyle or your child’s needs. Until this year. This year, we’re scared for everyone’s physical health if the kids…

Update Your Amazon Echo Buds to Prevent Them From Overheating

Update Your Amazon Echo Buds to Prevent Them From Overheating

Amazon’s Echo Buds just got an important software update that prevents an overheating problem and prolongs their battery life. However, you’ll have to summon a little courage to install the update in the first place, as your Echo Buds could overheat as part of the process.

How to Keep Babies From Grabbing at Your Hoodie Drawstrings

How to Keep Babies From Grabbing at Your Hoodie Drawstrings

There is nothing babies love more than grabbing things. And since one of the other things babies love is being held, you need to watch out for your necklaces, dangly earrings and hoodie drawstrings. Since I’m a mother of three who dresses like a 12-year-old boy, the only one of…