The Best Ways To Stop Mosquito Bites

The Best Ways To Stop Mosquito Bites

First one, then another. Bite! Slap! Bite! Before you know it, mosquitoes are descending from the skies to disrupt your backyard summer soiree. How can such a tiny, fragile insect cause so much pain, suffering and annoyance?

Use Up Your Dying Vegetables To Make A Mean Minestrone

Use Up Your Dying Vegetables To Make A Mean Minestrone

We’re all a little idealistic during our grocery shop. We’ll raid the fresh produce section for a number of vegetables and fruits we swear we’ll eat but the reality is sometimes we lie to ourselves. Having said that, we’re here to give you a fullproof idea — if you’ve got…

How Contactless Payments Work

How Contactless Payments Work

As we get used to the new “normal” of shopping during the coronavirus outbreak, you’ve probably seen businesses advertising contactless transactions.

Identify Chirps In Your Area With This Birdsong Quiz

Identify Chirps In Your Area With This Birdsong Quiz

Are you noticing the birds outside your window more than you used to? No matter where you live, there’s probably some chirpy thing hanging around. If you’d like to test your knowledge—or just open your ears to the world around you—try this simple quiz.

You Can Finally Join Zoom Calls In Firefox

You Can Finally Join Zoom Calls In Firefox

A quirk of Mozilla’s Firefox browser is that it lets you join a Zoom call via the web, no separate app downloaded needed, but you can’t say anything on the call. Or at least, you couldn’t before the latest update.

How To Cut Multiple Cherry Tomatoes At Once

How To Cut Multiple Cherry Tomatoes At Once

Using two lids to slice cherry tomatoes in half is a classic hack. The lips of the lids stabilise the tomatoes, letting you run your knife through the little guys with ease. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t need two lids. You never did. You just need…

How To Turn Fruit Skin Into Delicious Sugar

How To Turn Fruit Skin Into Delicious Sugar

I’m a big fan of repurposing seemingly useless scraps into something surprisingly delicious, which is why I was extremely pleased to stumble upon these recipes for tomato skin salt and peach skin sugar on Food52.

Virtually Visit A New Historic Spot Every Day This Month

Virtually Visit A New Historic Spot Every Day This Month

Life during a pandemic doesn’t give us much to look forward to—especially since we don’t really have any idea when it’s ever going to end. But one of the rare positive side effects of our new quarantine lifestyle is our newfound virtual access to various parks, museums and historical destinations….

Why You Should Draw A Map Of Your Life In Quarantine

Why You Should Draw A Map Of Your Life In Quarantine

Regardless of whether you live in a major city, a spacious suburb or a rural area, your day-to-day world has likely shrunk significantly thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most people are no longer commuting to jobs, doing school drop-offs or meeting friends at their favourite bar or restaurant. Our lives…

Use Your Phone As A Webcam, No Special Apps Required

Use Your Phone As A Webcam, No Special Apps Required

These days of all teleconferencing, all the time have prompted many a post filled with different techniques you can use to turn an old Android smartphone or iPhone into a webcam. Far be it from me to crap on a good hack, but, well, I don’t think most people need…

You Need To Walk Outside Every Day

You Need To Walk Outside Every Day

In a time when our fitness options are limited, don’t discount the benefits of walking. Walking is free. Walking doesn’t require any fancy equipment or specialised knowledge. Walking is the most basic of motions, one of the first things we learn to do when we are young.

The Lazy Person’s Guide To ‘High-Intensity’ Workouts

The Lazy Person’s Guide To ‘High-Intensity’ Workouts

Killer workouts come with bragging rights: can you believe you survived that? But you can get a perfectly good sweat on without doing anything labelled “high intensity” or headed by a sadistic coach. It’s okay for a workout not to feel like torture, but only like work.

Ten Tricks For Faster, Better Home Wi-Fi

Ten Tricks For Faster, Better Home Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet — no one wants to be chained to a desktop — but it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues, here are 10 ways you…

What The Spanish Flu Can Teach Us About Making Face Masks Compulsory

What The Spanish Flu Can Teach Us About Making Face Masks Compulsory

Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their lockdowns. Over 30 countries have made masks compulsory in public, including Germany, Austria and Poland. This is despite the science saying masks do little to protect wearers, and only might…

Yes, You Can Make Pavlova In A Slow Cooker

Yes, You Can Make Pavlova In A Slow Cooker

The magical ways of the iconic slow cooker are still being discovered but the latest cooking hack will blow you away. In mind-blowing pressure-cooking news of the day, you can make pavlova in a slow cooker and the steps to follow are super easy.

How To Quarantine, With Samantha Irby

How To Quarantine, With Samantha Irby

Comedian and author Samantha Irby joins us this week on The Upgrade to talk about how to make yourself comfortable with self-quarantine. This includes finding the right TV shows to binge-watch (she has a recommendation or two), the right books to escape with, and the right foods to cook while…

How To Get Free Email Forwarding From Mozilla

How To Get Free Email Forwarding From Mozilla

Burner emails are the best invention since Hotmail. And permanent burner emails—fake addresses you give out when signing up for services that forward to your actual email address—are even better, because they give you a little spigot for turning off a large chunk of spam and other marketing bullshit in…

Have You Changed Your Personal Rules For Physical Distancing?

Have You Changed Your Personal Rules For Physical Distancing?

As we reach the seventh or eighth or ninth week of whatever the hell this is we’re going through, we are all in much different places than where we started (even as we all stay forever in the same place). On the one hand, physical distancing has gotten a bit…

This Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole Is Beige Comfort Food At Its Best

This Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole Is Beige Comfort Food At Its Best

Hello, and welcome back to Will It Casserole, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as tasty casserole creations. Today we’re taking comforting chicken noodle soup, and transforming it into a creamier, more scoop-able version of itself, complete with a saltine topping.

7 Essential Star Wars Books That Anyone Can Enjoy

7 Essential Star Wars Books That Anyone Can Enjoy

Before Star Wars kicked off its final Skywalker trilogy, Lucasfilm rendered years of Star Wars novels ‘non-canon’ and relegated them to “Star Wars Legends”. Fans weren’t happy, but this new beginning gave the series a chance to re-focus and for writers, new and old, to craft original stories around great…

It’s Time To Order Directly From Restaurants Again

It’s Time To Order Directly From Restaurants Again

One of the many challenges of being stuck at home during this pandemic is not knowing the best ways to help the local businesses we love and depend on. Take, well, takeout: We’ve been instructed to order takeout and delivery from our favourite restaurants”especially smaller, family-owned businesses”to ensure they are…

Should You Give ‘Unschooling’ A Try?

Should You Give ‘Unschooling’ A Try?

Most of us have been home with our kids for at least a month. My kids have been home since March 6 (but who’s counting?), and although we are happy to keep our distance as long as necessary, I desperately long for the days when I could drop my girls…