The Difference Between Coronavirus Eradication, Elimination and Suppression

The Difference Between Coronavirus Eradication, Elimination and Suppression

The current surge in community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria has brought renewed discussion of whether Australia should maintain its current “suppression” strategy, or pursue an “elimination” strategy instead. But what do these terms actually mean, and what are the differences between the two? In theory Disease eradication means a…

Turn Your Frappucino Into an Alcoholic Slushie

Turn Your Frappucino Into an Alcoholic Slushie

Bottled Frappuccinos will never fail to transport me to the year 1999. I am 13 years old — all Clinique Happy and butterfly clips — and sipping a chilled Mocha coffee drink from a glass bottle seems like the height of adult sophistication. I hadn’t really thought about the drink…

Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Floor Is Lava’

Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Floor Is Lava’

If you haven’t spent your summer watching people bounce off volcanic rocks and disappear into boiling pits of lava, you have been missing out on one of life’s few pleasures these days. Floor Is Lava is the big budget version of the game every kid inexplicably makes up in their own living…

Understand the Cons of Living Abroad Before You Move

Understand the Cons of Living Abroad Before You Move

I’m a world traveller and a proud ex-pat, and I’ve lived outside of the U.S. for years. This means people often come to me for advice about moving abroad. One of them that comes up most often is pretty straightforward: “What are some of the downsides?” Let’s review.

When Updating Your Nintendo Switch, Update Your Joy-Cons Too

When Updating Your Nintendo Switch, Update Your Joy-Cons Too

Nintendo, I love you, but you’re the worst company in the world for product updates. Take the Nintendo Switch, for example: It receives updates on a fairly regular basis; that’s not the problem. But Nintendo doesn’t always spell out what it’s updating when there’s a new version of your Switch’s…

How to See All Five Bright Planets at Once This Month

How to See All Five Bright Planets at Once This Month

For the last month and a half, we earthlings have been treated to a nighttime sky in which we can point out three planets at once: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Starting this week, you can add in Venus and ” if you use binoculars ” Mercury, too. Here’s how to…

How Australia Could Try Again to Be a Republic

How Australia Could Try Again to Be a Republic

The revelations in the “palace letters” may well renew enthusiasm for an Australian republic, especially coming on top of recent controversies involving both older and younger members of the royal family. A recent poll also suggests increasing popular support for a republic. According to the YouGov poll, 62% of Australians…

How Do I Get Through to My Withdrawn Teenager?

How Do I Get Through to My Withdrawn Teenager?

Teenagers have a reputation as being a little moody or withdrawn, particularly with their parents. The teenage years should have their fair share of eye-rolling and door-slamming at one’s clueless, annoying parents. It’s a rite of passage; what goes around, comes around, etc. But what do you do when it…

Put Things Away as You Make a Meal

Put Things Away as You Make a Meal

Cooking a meal for yourself or your family is often its own reward; there’s nothing better than putting all your skill, love and care into a dish that you then get to eat, and watch others enjoy. But there’s a dark side to meal prep: It invariably makes a huge…

Avoid These Common Resume Mistakes

Avoid These Common Resume Mistakes

Applying for new jobs is a multi-part process. You can’t just fire off a general resume and cover letter; everything needs to be tailored to the specific position. That makes sense — and presents you in the best light to prospective employers — but it’s also a lot of work.

The Best Thing to Do With Leftover Grits

The Best Thing to Do With Leftover Grits

I have never met a bowl of grits that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. Whether buttered, cheesed, shrimped or yolked, a creamy bowl of boiled corn mush is — to me — the perfect breakfast. I usually make a big batch, then reheat the leftovers with a splash…

Microsoft’s Latest Windows PowerToys Are Awesome

Microsoft’s Latest Windows PowerToys Are Awesome

The ever-busy developers at Microsoft have been gradually releasing fun new utilities for Windows users to mess with. These PowerToys tend to add a bit of quirky-but-practical functionality to your operating system, and they’re completely free for you to try. We’ve covered some of their previous offerings, but here are…

You Too Can Make ‘Everything is Cake’ Treats

You Too Can Make ‘Everything is Cake’ Treats

It was the perfect response to a horrifying 2020 — a viral video showing a series of random foodstuffs that were not as they appeared. Despite how realistic they looked, they were all revealed to actually be cakes. Yes, even brown onions. Apparently, you too can make these delicious illusions…

Take a Break With a View Out of Someone Else’s Window

Take a Break With a View Out of Someone Else’s Window

With COVID-19 case numbers still growing and other countries restricting who can and cannot cross their borders, we may not be able to travel abroad for a while. Heck, it’s not a great idea to travel, period. But being stuck at home and bored with your surroundings doesn’t mean you…

These Are the 10 Best Things in My Gym Bag

These Are the 10 Best Things in My Gym Bag

All you need to lift a weight is just yourself, and the weight. But there are a lot of handy things that can help, and I’ve accumulated quite a few of them in my gym bag. Let’s take a tour.

Don’t Open That ‘Winky Face’ Email

Don’t Open That ‘Winky Face’ Email

A highly successful email spam campaign is infecting computers with ransomware and other malware like cryptocurrency miners and botnet software that can send spam messages from your accounts without you noticing.

How to Enable Google Docs’ New Dark Mode Theme on Android

How to Enable Google Docs’ New Dark Mode Theme on Android

Google is finally adding a dark mode to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android. The new dark themes look identical to those in other first-party Google apps: The bright white is replaced with dark grays and blacks that should be easier on eyes and batteries.

How Different Face Masks Work

How Different Face Masks Work

Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly has recommended people in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire wear face masks when leaving the house: […] If people have symptoms and they need to go for a test, for example, which we would definitely encourage, they should wear a mask. Other people, where physical…

How to Use Your GoPro HERO8 as a Webcam

How to Use Your GoPro HERO8 as a Webcam

After months in quarantine, we’re all used to working and socialising remotely (right?). The ubiquity of camera-touting devices and the abundance of video-chat apps made the transition easy (well, not easy), but there’s always room for improvement ” and one way to make your video chats look even better is…

Check a News Source’s Bias With This Chart

Check a News Source’s Bias With This Chart

When it comes to getting the news, everyone has their preferred sources and outlets. Some people want news that reflects their own political viewpoints, while others are more concerned with the accuracy of the reporting. But how do you know which outlets have the best reporting if the articles exploring…

Get Up and Go for a Walk Already

Get Up and Go for a Walk Already

Are you sitting at home? Working at home, perhaps? Working at a desk somewhere? If so, my fitness challenge to you is a simple one today: get up for a minute and take a stroll around the block.

How to Reach Emotional Sobriety & Why It Matters

How to Reach Emotional Sobriety & Why It Matters

When we think of sobriety, it’s usually in terms of no longer using alcohol or recreational drugs, but it’s more complicated than that. According to the definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), sobriety means “not being intoxicated,” then goes on to explain that sobriety is…

How to Keep Outdoor Plants Alive During a Drought

How to Keep Outdoor Plants Alive During a Drought

If you live somewhere with all four seasons (or probably more realistically, two: summer and winter), you may look forward to growing outdoor plants once the weather warms up. But things can get tricky if there’s not enough rain. In places that are experiencing a dry spell, there are a…

How to Use the Alexa App Hands-Free

How to Use the Alexa App Hands-Free

By design, most Alexa-powered devices can be controlled entirely with voice commands right out of the box — just say “Alexa” and your Echo speaker, Fire TV or other Alexa device will respond, no button-presses or taps necessary. The rare exception is the Alexa smartphone app, which requires users tap…

3 Ways Working from Home Could Be Good or Bad for Your Health

3 Ways Working from Home Could Be Good or Bad for Your Health

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to start working from home, often in less than ideal circumstances. Many employees had little choice in the decision, limited time to prepare, patchy technology skills, and inadequate home workspaces. Some managers neglected remote workers, while others zealously monitored them. And yet…

What to Do Once You’ve Installed the iOS 14 Public Beta

What to Do Once You’ve Installed the iOS 14 Public Beta

For those of you who feared installing iOS 14 as a developer beta, worry not. It’s public beta time, which means this preview version of Apple’s latest iPhone operating system might be a little buggy, but not nearly as wild as what some of us have been using for weeks…