( culture / writing / advice ) VARIOUS WRITERS' RULES
Write a draft. Then let it rest. -- Stephen King
Read a lot. -- King
Never use a long word when a short one will do. -- George Orwell
Never use the passive voice when you can use the active voice. -- Orwell
Know and understand your audience. -- Pierre Ber... read more
( life / travel / advice ) If you're looking to get away from it all, here is some hopefully useful information. If you're primarily English-speaking (maybe looking to move permanently), here's a list of countries (whose primary language is NOT English) ranked by English Proficiency Index for their English sk... read more
( life / help / advice ) "Question authority, including the authority that told you to question authority. -- Sixth grade girl"
Read the rest here: wakingtimes.com/5-reasons-belief-authority-dangerous-superstition/
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( culture / writing / advice ) People read fiction seeking clarity. One of the worst things a writer can do is to create confusion. People also read fiction looking for something better than reality, at least better than their own reality. So, keep it clear and concise and, most importantly, interesting... with... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does.
Not one, but two dogs threw up behind me as I wrote. Was that a commentary on my writing? Wouldn't be the first time.
As I told these guys in the ... read more
( education / tech / energy / advice ) A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here.
It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on generac.com. He says, I was going to... read more
( life / help / advice / politics ) Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, the world's oldest prime minister, has offered the world's youngest, Finland's Sanna Marin, some words of wisdom as she takes on her new role: Ask "old people" for their advice.
Read the rest of the article at mahathir-marin-finland-advi ... read more
( life / travel / advice ) The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous.
"What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least?"... read more
( life / help / advice ) I realized halfway through the task of draining the toilet that I didn't know how. I'd never done it before. I've drained the tank plenty of times, but not the toilet bowl itself.
It all started after I had to use a "snake" to unclog it. The snake left marks. My wife boug... read more
( life / health / advice ) STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically c... read more
( life / health / advice ) Great idea!
"... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time."
Read the rest of the article at are-you-tired-banks-credit-cards-and-debt-consider-system-trading-time-instead... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) Publishers and writing "gurus" preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don't want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especially zombie followers. They're the worst! :)... read more
( life / help / advice / animals ) Just 'cuz you cut off its head... don't assume it's harmless.
Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off.
See Chef-dies-spitting-cobra-cooking... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) A writer's narrative perspective (their voice, or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you.That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a classical voice.It's not: Speaking as if from professor to student or... read more
( life / help / advice ) Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part:
Read the rest of the article at Lessons in the Art of Living Psychology Today.
"In DBT dialectical behavior therapy, the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as..." ... read more
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"FIJA works to inform potential jurors...
of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws
that they cannot be required to check their consciences at the courthouse door
that they cannot be punished for their verdict... read more
( culture / writing / advice / novels ) Good article for writers.
Read the rest of the article at Your Novel Blueprint WritersDigest.com
"Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming ...Featured book deals on ... read more
( life / help / advice ) Instead of joining one more group, walking on one more march, giving to one more money bomb, sending one more breathless email about how important this issue is, do me a favor, go to the mirror and say to yourself...
You Are the Solution You've Been Looking For."Instead of jo... read more
( life / help / advice ) To anyone teaching or raising kids, of any age, here's some advice recently (2011) dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of rea ... read more
( culture / writing / advice ) Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.
These rules totally go against every prescription for writing success you'll hear as a young new writer from all quarters: the conformity-driven MFA system, the publishing i... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) To anonymize your browsing, use one of these anonymizer sites and/or programs:Sites
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( education / tech / computers / advice ) copied from helpdesk.ilstu.edu/kb/index.phtml?kbid1326
By default, when you launch Outlook it opens to your Inbox. You can create a shortcut to Outlook so it opens to your calendar instead. To force Outlook to open your calendar as your default view, do the following:
1.Right-cl ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Q: I had some problems with this program. I fixed the POP and SMTP server designations, and it works now. However, I've lost my contacts - the folder is blank. The funny thing is, when I type some letters in the to box, names come up. Do you have any idea how I can restore my ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) QUESTION: How do I transfer iTunes to my new computer?
ANSWER: I have copied your iTunes from the old computer to the new. If you haven't already authorized your current computer, here's how. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) To recreate/fix your Outlook 2003 profile, do the following:Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, Mailclick on Show ProfilesAdd a new profilegive it any NEW name you wantclick OKAdd your same old account back as a new account, click NextAdd it as a POP3 account, click NextYou ca ... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) QUESTION: I started getting notices that my mailbox is over its limit. I have archived items over 90 days. What else can I do to stop these messages?Isn't this pretty much the same as archiving to my hard drive?I use three months.ANSWER: You can create an Outlook Personal Folder (PST... read more
( education / tech / computers / advice ) Well, it's happened again, luckily for only the second time in my career. A customer called me to their house, only to not be home or pretend to not be home when I got there. People, if you change your mind, just call and cancel! There is no cancellation fee! In this case, I had call ... read more
( life / help / advice ) You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice:
People need to be listened to -- preferably agreed with -- more than anything else. If you could do one thing for someone that would be it.
Controlling a bad habit can be like controlling a car. You have to get inside it and take t... read more
( life / help / advice ) Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock b... read more