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Take FiveThirtyEight's Scientific Personality Quiz  Take FiveThirtyEight's Scientific Personality Quiz 

Twinning is done; the “me ten years ago vs. me now” meme will be over by Friday; it’s time for a new self-obsession fad to fill our social media feeds. It’s time for FiveThirtyEight’s new personality quiz, based on the Big Five personality attributes. Unlike tests like the Myers-Briggs, the concept of the Big Five is…

I'm Phoebe Judge, Host of 'Criminal' and 'This Is Love,' and This Is How I Work I'm Phoebe Judge, Host of 'Criminal' and 'This Is Love,' and This Is How I Work

The true crime podcast Criminal and the human-interest podcast This Is Love are two of the most popular podcasts in existence right now, according to Apple’s charts. Phoebe Judge hosts and co-creates both of these independent, highly produced shows. We talked to her about her radio background, how she creates new…

Find Specialty Subreddits With This Tool Find Specialty Subreddits With This Tool

The cool thing about Reddit is that you can subscribe to just the subreddits you like, and ignore everything you don’t. The smaller, more specialized subreddits are the best, but they’re harder to find. The new tool sayit helps you find them.

The Lifehacker-Approved Apps You Might Not Need The Lifehacker-Approved Apps You Might Not Need

If I could slap one disclaimer over every Lifehacker article, it’d be this: Not every hack, tip, or app is for everyone. In that spirit, here are the Lifehacker-approved apps that I’ve stopped using. I didn’t install them on my new Mac, and I’m curious how many of you have abandoned them too.

Install These Apps on Your New Mac Install These Apps on Your New Mac

In the springtime of my youth, I reveled in the setup of a fresh computer, installing programs into the bare OS like I was laying out the shining city of Brasilia. Now I am deep in my years, my back aches from sitting, and setting up a new computer is a slog. I can do without some apps for weeks or months, but I rely…

Tell Us Your Best Costa Rica Travel Tips Tell Us Your Best Costa Rica Travel Tips

This week on the occasionally inaccurately named column Hack Your City, we’re taking tips for the entire Central American nation of Costa Rica. Until very recently, one Lifehacker writer, who shall not be named but who wrote this post, thought it was an island. We can probably assume a tiny bit more base knowledge…

Organize Your Schedule by Mental State, Not by Project Organize Your Schedule by Mental State, Not by Project

If you’re struggling to get your stuff done, and finding yourself alternately antsy, distracted, and tired, then try out this alternate approach to scheduling. Writer and podcaster David Kadavy organizes his tasks based on their mental load, separating high-level creative tasks like idea generation from less taxing…

Is Marie Kondo Wrong About Books? Is Marie Kondo Wrong About Books?

There’s been a lot of backlash to Marie Kondo’s attitude toward books, thanks to her new Netflix show. In her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she encourages readers to get rid of all their unread books. She says that she personally only owns 30 titles. Her critics say that’s ridiculous, and in fact you…

Replace These Words in Your Writing Replace These Words in Your Writing

Writing is hard, and weird, and in the scheme of human existence pretty new. We’ve been talking for maybe half a million years, writing for just about 5,000. So sometimes we write stuff that we’d never say aloud. We use a complicated or “smart-sounding” word when a simpler word would work better. New York Times editor…

The Best San Diego Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best San Diego Travel Tips From Our Readers

Over 150 Lifehacker readers left tips this week on visiting or living in San Diego. Even locals who don’t like the city chipped in with some good tips. That’s how chill San Diegans are. We’ve featured all the best comments on the Staff tab under the original post, and gathered a few highlights below.

Take All of Your Sick Days Take All of Your Sick Days

It’s flu and cold season, and that means some of you will be showing up to work coughing and sneezing. If your workplace doesn’t give you adequate paid sick days, that is awful and we feel for you. If it does, then you owe it to all of us to take them—especially the people who can’t take sick days. That’s why your…

I'm CollegeHumor's Sam Reich, and This Is How I Work I'm CollegeHumor's Sam Reich, and This Is How I Work

CollegeHumor videos have set the standard for high-budget internet videos since the mid-2000s, making fun of stuff like fonts, comment sections, The Purge, “second puberty,” failing a test, eating with rich friends, guys who play guitar to get laid, and embarrassing Google searches. Their breakout series include Jake…

Make Your Own Distraction-Free Twitter Interface Make Your Own Distraction-Free Twitter Interface

Twitter, a place to feel bad about the world and yourself, is still useful for a few things. You might only follow their actual friends on it, or use it as a news aggregator, or a place to follow accounts collecting art, or music, or funny videos. But Twitter will try very hard to make you follow more people,…

Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes

As you know, when other people make stupid mistakes, it’s because they’re fundamentally incompetent. When you make a stupid mistake, it’s because of specific circumstances, and/or because someone else is fundamentally incompetent. Adam Robinson, chess master and Princeton Review founder, has identified seven factors…

I'm Behance Founder Scott Belsky, and This Is How I Work I'm Behance Founder Scott Belsky, and This Is How I Work

If you’re a visual creative, you need to be on Behance. The professional social platform lets artists, designers, and other creators share their work in high resolution and build a shareable portfolio. We talked to Behance founder Scott Belsky, now Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, about his work, his personal shortcuts,…

Tell Us Your Best San Diego Travel Tips Tell Us Your Best San Diego Travel Tips

When someone says “in this movie, the city is like another character,” they usually don’t mean Anchorman. This week Hack Your City goes to San Diego, a city that sure sounds comfortable right now. Look at their average monthly temperatures—my apartment has a more volatile climate. OK, what’s your best advice for…

See What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now See What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now

Listen Notes, Lifehacker’s favorite podcast search engine, has a new real-time feed that shows you what podcasts its users are currently listening to. These people are streaming the podcasts on the site, not in their usual player, so this won’t tell you the most popular podcasts overall. In fact, while you’ll see a…

How to Survive a Group Dinner at a Restaurant How to Survive a Group Dinner at a Restaurant

Imagine a party where everyone has to arrive and leave at the same time, where some guests are only allowed to talk to two or three other people all night, and there’s a mystery price (anywhere from $20 to $80) that every guest pays at the end. You just invented a group dinner at a restaurant!

How Much Would We Have to Pay You to Quit Facebook for a Year? How Much Would We Have to Pay You to Quit Facebook for a Year?

College students in a recent study demanded an average of $2,076 to quit Facebook for a year. As Ars Technica explains, this wasn’t just a survey—researchers actually held little auctions to pay the lowest bidder to quit for a day, three days, a week, and a year. That’s not counting the students who refused to put any…

I'm Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, and This Is How I Work I'm Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, and This Is How I Work

Richard Garriott is a robot. The creator of the Ultima series (including Ultima Online, one of the first massively multiplayer online games) runs his Austin company Portalarium from his home in New York. He telecommutes via Beam—a Segway-like robot with a video screen that lets him engage more directly with the rest…

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