I love text. It is central to my work. I write code, I write fiction, I design graphics, and I read a lot. I have a lot of opinions about how words should look. And sometimes, I want my words to reflect the speed with which I wrote them, and similarly, the speed with which they can be retrieved.
I recently took a photography workshop, and one of the more intriguing elements involved the instructor's workstation, particularly a Playstation controller labeled "CULLINATOR." This got me thinking about gamepads for uses other than gaming.
Keeping houseplants around the home and office can have all sorts of benefits, but pet owners need to make sure they're not also buying something that could make their cats and dogs extremely ill — or worse.
Even though they have no nutritional, industrial, or ecological value, grass lawns are America's largest irrigated crop, by some estimates using three times as much land as corn. So why keep spending all that money — and water — when these alternatives exist?
"Clean your plate" is one of the most ubiquitous dinnertime catchphrases heard in the Western world, but if you're trying to keep off the pounds, it might help to unlearn what you have learned.
Keyboard shortcuts have become widely adopted by many major web services, but you might not know about them. Luckily for you, there's a quick way to check.
Despite having the best of intentions, it's often easy for your well-meaning advice to be taken as an attack — perhaps with good reason. Philosopher Daniel Dennett has some thoughts on how to foster a more receptive audience with compassion.
Everyone should know that in case of a medical, fire, or police emergency, calling 911 is one of the first things you should do. What many people don't know is that, in less dire circumstances, there are several other N-1-1 numbers that provide essential services, too!
As Adam Dachis said himself, when people are learning photography, they tend to have an understandably hard time with aperture. Lower numbers mean larger openings? Larger openings mean less is in focus? And why are different apertures called "f-numbers," anyway? Thankfully, there's a method behind this madness.
One of the Apple TV's nicest features is that it can automatically display your iPhone photos as a screensaver. But what if you don't have an iPhone, and what about those accidental blur-shots? Fortunately, there's a way to improve this feature using three old friends: IFTTT, Dropbox, and Automator.
Just because your Mac has a folder that's meant for applications doesn't mean you need to put all your applications in there. "But why wouldn't I?" you ask. There are at least two good reasons to consider keeping your applications elsewhere:
If you find that you toss and turn just a little too much before falling asleep, cherry juice might be the extra push you need to send you off to dreamland.
If you're not lucky enough to have a washing machine in your apartment — or even in your building — this might help you lug one less thing to your local quarter disposal: Simply dump your detergent on your clothes as you're packing them up for the laundromat. It's a quick and obvious tip, but didn't even occur to me…