How to Send a Holiday Gift Without Spoiling the Surprise

How to Send a Holiday Gift Without Spoiling the Surprise

Packages in my household are opened the second they arrive, so keeping the holiday gifts separate from standard packages this holiday is essential. Half the fun of Christmas is opening presents on Christmas morning, and you don’t want someone opening the brand new tablet you got them thinking it’s the…

Grate a Little Orange Zest in Your Coffee Grounds

Grate a Little Orange Zest in Your Coffee Grounds

There are two genres of coffee drinkers: purists and people with a sense of whimsy. I am (obviously) the latter, and will drink pretty much any kind of coffee, even — gasp — flavored. This horrifies my boyfriend, but he sweetens his coffee like a hummingbird, so his opinion does…

How to Monitor What Your Kid Is Watching on Netflix

How to Monitor What Your Kid Is Watching on Netflix

Netflix has started rolling out new tools that aim to make it easier for parents to monitor what their kids are watching on the streaming service. First, the Kids Activity Report will break down the types of shows your kids are most watching and the top “themes” in that content;…

How to Use Cartoons as a Healthy Escape

How to Use Cartoons as a Healthy Escape

Watching my favourite program until my eyes fall out has its benefits, especially during the pandemic. When emotions are high, television has been a healthy escape and comfort throughout the quarantine. I’ve had in-depth conversations on why I’m not a fan of Molly from Insecure, or how I relate to Craig…

Are You Tearing Parchment Paper Wrong?

Are You Tearing Parchment Paper Wrong?

Parchment paper is a very important paper. Some people might even call it exciting. It keeps brownies, cookies, and cakes from sticking to pans, yes, but you can also use it to make tasty meals en papillote. You can fashion it into a muffin tin liner, or use it to…

The Challenges Transgender Athletes Face Off the Field

The Challenges Transgender Athletes Face Off the Field

For the most part, there are no overarching rules or legal precedents governing whether transgender athletes can compete across various sports in their true gender, as opposed to the one they were assigned at birth. (An exception is the U.S. National College Athletic Association, which does have a complete policy…

Does Shaming Work?

Does Shaming Work?

Nine months and more than 290,000 deaths into the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is facing a crisis within a crisis. In addition to contending with the spread of a highly contagious virus — and the overcrowded hospitals and overworked medical staff that come with it — we also have…

You Can Finally Share Tweets in Snapchat

You Can Finally Share Tweets in Snapchat

Twitter and Snapchat are technically rivals in the social media marketplace, but the two companies recently joined forces to make sharing tweets in Snapchats much easier. The new cross-platform share option is available for Twitter on iOS right now, and it’ll hit Android soon.

How Do I Get Into My Phone if I Forgot My PIN or Password?

How Do I Get Into My Phone if I Forgot My PIN or Password?

People forget things. It happens. While I can’t say I’ve ever forgotten the password or PIN for my phone, I totally get how it’s possible. Maybe you set the phone up and placed it down to process any and all updates it has to go through, or charge up to…

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

Drain flies, also known as moth flies, are small gnat-like bugs that are commonly seen flying around a bathroom sink given that they live in damp, dark spaces where their larva can feed. They hatch in water, much like mosquitos, and live for about two weeks. You might also see…

Update Android’s ‘Carrier Services’ If Your Texts Won’t Send

Update Android’s ‘Carrier Services’ If Your Texts Won’t Send

A mysterious bug built into an updated version of Android’s Carrier Services app has messed with Android users’ ability to send and receive text messages. If you feel like you’ve been struggling with your texting for around a week and a half or so, you’re in luck: Google has identified…

Pizza Chilli Is an Agent of Chaos

Pizza Chilli Is an Agent of Chaos

As some of you may recall, I started this chilli journey to find a chilli recipe — or at least a style — that spoke to me. I didn’t grow up with a strong chilli identity, so sampling the recipes of those who did seemed like the best way to…

Is Sparkling Water Bad for You?

Is Sparkling Water Bad for You?

Are you a big fan of sparkling water? Same. Academics have reviewed whether or not the beverage is good for you.

9 Recent Shows That Ended Before Their Time

9 Recent Shows That Ended Before Their Time

The lifespan of the television show is dwindling. The rise of original programming from streaming services has shifted the TV landscape, making room for more shows with fewer episodes per season, and larger content-driven platforms like Netflix can quickly move on to the next thing before we, the TV-loving public,…

Turn Off Spell Check on Your Kid’s Computer

Turn Off Spell Check on Your Kid’s Computer

One of the things I have enjoyed as the parent of an elementary student is watching how my son’s spelling has evolved over the years. When he’d bring classwork home as a kindergartener and first grader, it could be a bit of a puzzle to decipher his writing. The letters…

How to Watch The Game Awards 2020

How to Watch The Game Awards 2020

Today is this year’s Game Awards, the video game industry’s annual year-end ceremony highlighting the best games and esports titles of the past 12 months. As always, the event is hosted by Geoff Keighley, but this year’s event is foregoing the usual live theatre venue and opting for a smaller,…

How to Safely Exercise in the Dark

How to Safely Exercise in the Dark

Exercising outdoors in the winter often means exercising in the dark, whether you’re getting up before dawn or lacing up after work as the sun is going down. That’s no problem, as long as you know how to stay safe.

Lofi Vibes and Animations to Keep You Company at Work

Lofi Vibes and Animations to Keep You Company at Work

Music and Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) recordings can calm your nerves and promote productivity, which is as good a reason as any to listen to a bunch of them while you’re working. And some studies have suggested that videos with soft sound and slow movements are “widely reported to be…

How to Clean a Cast Iron Radiator

How to Clean a Cast Iron Radiator

Cast iron radiators have been around since the 1860s, using steam to heat the accordion-shaped coils and keep rooms warm during the winter. A central boiler heats water, creating steam that rises through the pipes and into the radiators, and the tightly folded coils retain heat for longer, staying hot…

How to Enable End-to-End Encryption in Google Messages

How to Enable End-to-End Encryption in Google Messages

Last month, Google announced End-to-End encryption (E2EE) would soon be available for RCS messages in its Google Messages app on Android. According to numerous reports, the feature is already rolling out to Google Messages beta testers, which means it’ll probably show up in the regular version of the app soon.