It’s Time to Cull Your Podcast Subscriptions

The podcast revolution has led to many of us subscribing to dozens of podcasts — and if you’re anything like me, you found yourself with a buffet problem: You’ve put way too much on your plate. More than you could possibly consume. Our feeds are bloated with series we no…

Filling Meals You Can Make With a Can Opener and a Microwave

Zachary Shakked is a 24 year-old, self-employed iOS app developer who sets his own schedule. “I typically sleep in, no alarm clock, wake up around 9 or 10, eat breakfast (usually overnight oats or eggs and toast),” he explained over email. “I usually do a lot of grazing — I…

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Kick Off the Week With an Ice Cold Obituary

Anise is a dark, dangerous, nihilistic flavour. Maybe it’s because I’m used to drinking and seeing other people drink absinthe at the local goth bar, or maybe it’s because absinthe was illegal in the U.S. until 2007 (the year I turned 21), but it does not surprise me that this…

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Get Weekly Updates on the Most-Edited Wikipedia Entries

With so much competing media coverage — between the pandemic, the police violence against people of colour, the upcoming elections, a particularly active hurricane season — it’s a lot to take in. At the same time, though, you still might want to be aware of what’s happening in the world….

What Happens If You Put The Wrong Type Of Petrol In Your Car?

I drive a lot of different vehicles when I need to get around, but I’m always a little worried when it’s time to fill them up. Will something happen if I use 91 instead of 95, or vice versa? This thread at StackExchange answers the question. Long story short; there’s…

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How to Sort Out Your Superannuation Mess

If you’ve never really bothered paying attention to how many superannuation funds you have, now’s a good time to start. The younger you are, the less likely you are to be greatly concerned with your super. It’s a distant pot of money you receive after a lifetime of work. But…

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15 Food Hacks I Use Constantly

In my nearly five years of writing for Lifehacker, I have written about, edited, tested and developed many food hacks and recipes. Picking a favourite is not like picking a favourite child, only because I don’t have any children (and never felt those motherly emotions); picking a favourite child would…

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The Difference Between a Strike and a Boycott

If you follow sports at all (or even if you don’t), you probably noticed that neither the NBA nor WNBA played any of the games they were scheduled to play yesterday. It started with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to play their scheduled playoff game with the Orlando Magic, and quickly…

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How to Help When Your Child Is the New Kid in a Virtual Classroom

This school year is going to be downright bizarre. There is a lot of new in our new normal to adjust to — especially if, in addition to everything else, you’re also the new kid in what is suddenly a virtual classroom. Being new to the class is exciting and…

Dim Tweets You’ve Already Seen With This Browser Extension

Twitter’s insistence on showing tweets out of order has been a long-running complaint. Sure, there’s a setting that claims to show your feed in chronological order, but it almost always resets back to the “top tweets” view if you don’t keep an eye on it.

How to Figure Out If Short Hair Will Look Good on You

Changing up your hairstyle is fun, and if you’ve never seen yourself with short hair, you might be wondering what you look like with a cute bob. Sure, there are plenty of apps that will help you visualize it, but as it turns out, there’s an even easier, low-tech way…

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Watch Celebrities Read Picture Books by Black Authors

Parents often use books as a way to introduce and spark conversations around important topics, concepts or themes with their kids. Using books in this way is particularly important now, as the country grapples with so many social justice issues. That’s why Netflix says it has created a new live-action…

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How to Catch a Fly in Your Hand

One of the perks of living in a desert climate is that you don’t necessarily need air conditioning — in many cases, evaporative cooling will do the trick. Since so-called swamp coolers work best with good air circulation, we can leave our windows (and sometimes our doors) cracked all summer…

How to Use the Best New Google Home App Features

Google Home version 2.27 adds a bunch of new features to the app, including new in-app controls for Nest home security products on iOS and Android and expanded device support for Android 11’s Power Menu shortcuts. Oh, and there’s finally a dark mode on Android — though it might be…

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6 Strategies for Managing After-School Meltdowns

Back-to-school is traditionally a stressful and trying time for kids. They just spent an entire holiday playing Minecraft, running through sprinklers and staying up late. Now they’re either expected to sit still in a classroom with a mask on all day, or they’re logging in from home and sulking through…

How You Could Get Free Advertising

Advertising can be a pricey endeavour for any business, particularly those in the small to medium category (SMBs). COVID-19’s effects on the economy and businesses are only making advertising harder for owners, or end up taking the idea off the table altogether until things calm down. Of course, there are…

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How to Stop Yourself From Suffering Burnout

It may be difficult to stop doing work and take some time to relax. Once you do attempt to relax, you might find yourself scrolling ceaselessly through Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Then when you try to sleep, all you can think about is work, crossing off items on your to-do…

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How to Make Fake Meat Taste Meatier

My father is a pseudo-vegetarian, though he does eat the occasional bird or fish. He’s recently gotten into animal-free, meat-like products — the man loves an Impossible Burger! — and I’ve been making his favourite food (spaghetti) with either ground turkey or some sort of meatless crumble instead of beef…

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You Should Put Onion Rings on Your Breakfast Sandwich

With the exception of bacon, the most common breakfast sandwich ingredients — eggs, cheese, sausage and ham — are quite soft. One can add textural contrast by toasting the bread (or adding hash browns or bacon). Or you could do all of that, and also add crispy, golden onion rings.

11 BBQ- Related Gadgets To Get You Fired Up

Can you smell that? It smells like the arrival of summer is here, mixed with the scent of BBQ’d meats. Oh,  how we’ve missed that smell. There’s nothing more Aussie than a good old fashioned BBQ out back with a beer and sausage sizzle in hand. From high-tech BBQ get-ups…

You Can Roast Tomatoes in the Microwave

Of all the many ways to preserve summer tomatoes, slow-roasting them might be my favourite. If you can carve out enough time in your schedule to make a batch, you’ll be rewarded with sweet, juicy little nuggets of savoury tomato candy — they’re everything we love about peak-season tomatoes, concentrated…