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Think for One Damn Second Before You React to People Think for One Damn Second Before You React to People

Nathan W. Pyle, the guy behind the famous NYC etiquette cartoons, has a tip for all of you, if you’ll shut up for just one goddamn second. That’s the tip, actually: when someone says something, and now it’s your turn to talk, and you’re ready to respond emotionally and escalate the conversation, maybe hold your big…

What's Coming and Going From Netflix in December 2018 What's Coming and Going From Netflix in December 2018

Here’s a cool phenomenon: the Netflix Christmas special. This month, in addition to way too many original shows and films, Netflix is releasing Christmas episodes for existing shows, including Nailed It!, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Ezra Koenig’s Neo Yokio, and awards-bait Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose…

How to Identify, Collect, and Sell Rare Books How to Identify, Collect, and Sell Rare Books

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, one of the country’s most famous used bookstores, recently showed off one of its most expensive titles, a first American printing of The Fellowship of the Ring for sale at $4,000. On their Instagram account, they pointed out the telltale signs of this rare printing, including specific…

How to Stop Using So Much Disposable Plastic How to Stop Using So Much Disposable Plastic

We are drowning the world in plastic. It washes onto our beaches, it sits entombed for centuries in landfills, it floats around the ocean in a cloud of microscopic particles twice the size of Texas. Most of it—75% in the U.S.—never gets recycled. Recycling it still takes 10% of the energy of making new plastic—not…

Tell Us Your Best Dallas/Fort Worth Travel Tips Tell Us Your Best Dallas/Fort Worth Travel Tips

Let’s ride down to the DFW Metroplex, the city that Daniel Day Lewis built single-handedly while in character. Weirdly he was in character as that guy from Phantom Thread. History is crazy.

What's Your Favorite Travel Item? What's Your Favorite Travel Item?

Some people love their special luggage. Some swear by a certain snack; some go so far as to bring their own coffee grinder on every trip. My must-bring item is my BeatsX wireless earphones, which wall me off from crying babies, subway talkers, and the pilot telling the whole plane how fast we’re going as if we might…

How to Beat an Escape Room, According to the People Who Make Them How to Beat an Escape Room, According to the People Who Make Them

An escape game can be stressful and frustrating and difficult, or it can be fun and empowering and...still difficult. These tips aren’t going to ruin escape rooms by making them too easy. But they might save your next team-building activity from becoming an hour of futility and failure.

How to Skip to the Good Shit in a Long YouTube Tutorial

Hi, I’m Nick, welcome to my YouTube tutorial channel. Here’s thirty seconds of excruciating introduction, two minutes showing you how to open an app, five minutes explaining an irrelevant task, and then five seconds of the actual tip you googled. Actually, we’ve got three tips: three ways to find the “real” part of a…

The Best Barcelona Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Barcelona Travel Tips From Our Readers

Before you get on the elevator up the Sagrada Familia, you should know: the only way down is the stairs. This week on Hack Your City, we got your tips on Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, Spain. There’s some disagreement over just how tourist-friendly the area is; like many popular destinations, there’s some pushback…

How to Win Over Someone Else's Cat

Cats aren’t dogs. And if you want to make friends with a new cat, you don’t treat it like a dog. You patiently figure out what works for this particular cat, and you don’t expect it to work every time. But the slow process of befriending a cat makes it deeply rewarding when you finally win one over.

I'm MARS Showrunner Dee Johnson, and This Is How I Work I'm MARS Showrunner Dee Johnson, and This Is How I Work

Dee Johnson will take you to Mars before Elon Musk even launches his next car out of the atmosphere. Johnson has run shows like The Good Wife and Nashville, worked on shows such as ER and Melrose Place, and now she’s showrunner on season 2 of MARS, National Geographic’s hybrid scripted/documentary series on the big…

Make a Houseguest Guide With Alexa Make a Houseguest Guide With Alexa

The Houseguest Guide on Alexa Skill Blueprints lets you program your Alexa to answer questions for housesitters, babysitters, and other guests. You can explain the TV remotes, the garbage routine, and the trick to make the shower work, and Alexa will wrap it all inside a Houseguest Guide skill.

Download Famous Art in High Resolution Download Famous Art in High Resolution

The Art Institute of Chicago recently revamped its website and released a searchable database of high-resolution art. Even better, a lot of the art is in the public domain, meaning you can legally use it however you want, even for commercial purposes. (Check the copyright notice on each artwork’s page.) You’ll notice…

Avoid These Types of Behavior in Any Group Setting Avoid These Types of Behavior in Any Group Setting

Most communities, online or offline, come with some hard boundaries: no hate speech, no threats, no harassment. But a good community recognizes some more borderline behavior—stuff that isn’t as obviously terrible but can still slowly eat away at discussion, scaring away (or annoying away) good members until only jerks…

Tell Us Your Barcelona Travel Tips Tell Us Your Barcelona Travel Tips

Here in post-daylight-saving-time New York, it’s a good time to dream about a beach vacation. Let’s go to Barcelona, Spain’s second-biggest city, and visit its medieval buildings, lie on its beaches, walk through its surprisingly straight-gridded streets.

This Stuff Is Cheaper If You Buy It Under Another Name This Stuff Is Cheaper If You Buy It Under Another Name

“I know gym mats are cheaper if you search for ‘horse stall mats’ instead,” says redditor MMAJakob on r/Frugal. “Weddings are cheaper if you call it a birthday party too. What are some other things that get cheaper when you call it something else?” Here are some of the best answers from the thread.

Don't Let Your 'Dream Job' Derail Your Actual Career Don't Let Your 'Dream Job' Derail Your Actual Career

I always wanted to be a writer, at least as soon as I stopped wanting to be a private detective. But from the day I landed my first writing job, I was already planning on how to get some other, better job. For years I kept daydreaming about the ever-changing dream job (usually some form of screenwriting because I’m…

The Best Miami Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Miami Travel Tips From Our Readers

“I use the term ‘Swamp Unicorn’ to describe us Miami Natives,” says reader maidus. “We’re magical creatures and are rare to find in a town that’s filled with some of the world’s biggest pricks that decide to come here and live ‘la vida loca’ and give this place a bad rep.” Hoo boy. People got feisty in the comment…

What's Your Mantra? What's Your Mantra?

Lately (as I’ve mentioned) my mantra is, “Is this strategic, or just cathartic?” I’m training myself to repeat it when I feel tempted to say something really stupid during a tense discussion or basically any interaction on Twitter. So far, I mostly say it to my friends when they’re about to say something stupid. And…

I'm 'I Like to Make Stuff' Host Bob Clagett, and This Is How I Work I'm 'I Like to Make Stuff' Host Bob Clagett, and This Is How I Work

Bob Clagett builds things: a secret door, a backyard zipline, and a wooden katana. He shows you how to build them too, on I Like to Make Stuff, a YouTube channel with with over 2.1 million subscribers and a blog with detailed instructions and plans. We talked to him about his favorite workshop tool, the app where he…

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