Monday, May 31, 2010

How to Prepare for Your Digital Death

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How to Prepare for Your Digital Death

by Amy Kniss

Your mother always warned you to wear clean underwear, lest you (or she) be humiliated when you're caught dead in dirty drawers. Dying before clearing away your dirty digital laundry (like unfiltered IM, politically incorrect emails and overall TMI) is just as bad if not worse, since it colors how everyone in your social network remembers you.

Those of us stretched thin over social networks -- with multiple email accounts and never-ending status updates -- have much to lose if we don't take the proper precautions to protect our online legacy. Unless we plan ahead we risk being (at best) being forgotten or (at worst) over-exposed in front of our fellow social networkers. (Imagine mum finding her way in to your "Direct Message" tweets to your former flame.)

Dressing as a vampire, zombie or other specimen of undead on Halloween provides a playfully haunting reminder of our own mortality. Vampires and zombies fear neither death nor social shunning; if only the rest of us were so lucky.

But for mere mortals who need to think ahead, read on for instructions on prepping for your own digital death. If you want to keep your family from realizing that you really were the black sheep and save your postmortem reputation -- online -- keep reading and embrace your digital death like a zombie on Halloween.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

How to Improve Sleep Quality

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How to Improve Sleep Quality

by Richard Ferri

All people need to sleep. Sleep is a restorative process that promotes proper body functioning and can improve the quality of your life. Sleep is not just an "escape"-sleep is an essential part of living. This article will help you review your "sleep hygiene" (a term used to denote what you do before and during your sleep) and suggest ways for you to improve it.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

How to Stop Talking To Your Friends

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How to Stop Talking To Your Friends

by CoastalGuy

With the advent of social media, there are so many outlets (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, texting, email, the soon-to-be obsolete fax) that there is almost no need to connect face-to-face anymore.

What hath technology wrought?

Time magazine reported that Americans sent 110 billion text messages last year (that's billion with a b, folks!), which is double the number from the previous year. And like a virus, it keeps growing. True, teens account for the largest increase, mainly because they can communicate without being overheard, but every demographic shares in the texting phenom.

We've become humanoids. Or rather, iPeople with gadgets seemingly glued to our hands. Texting has become so popular that a new slang has emerged ("c/t" = can't talk; "c2tc" = cut to the chase; "cu l8r" = see you later; et al.) In one case, a student handed in an assignment written in it.

But even the older generation has fallen under social media's spell and has quickly joined the ranks of Facebook. With any new technology, mishaps in communication are bound to happen. I'm sure people back in the day faced their own etiquette issues with the emergence of the telegraph.

But should you make a concerted effort to only text your friends, here are a few tips even Emily Post would approve of.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

How to Stop Talking To Your Friends

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How to Stop Talking To Your Friends

by CoastalGuy

With the advent of social media, there are so many outlets (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, texting, email, the soon-to-be obsolete fax) that there is almost no need to connect face-to-face anymore.

What hath technology wrought?

Time magazine reported that Americans sent 110 billion text messages last year (that's billion with a b, folks!), which is double the number from the previous year. And like a virus, it keeps growing. True, teens account for the largest increase, mainly because they can communicate without being overheard, but every demographic shares in the texting phenom.

We've become humanoids. Or rather, iPeople with gadgets seemingly glued to our hands. Texting has become so popular that a new slang has emerged ("c/t" = can't talk; "c2tc" = cut to the chase; "cu l8r" = see you later; et al.) In one case, a student handed in an assignment written in it.

But even the older generation has fallen under social media's spell and has quickly joined the ranks of Facebook. With any new technology, mishaps in communication are bound to happen. I'm sure people back in the day faced their own etiquette issues with the emergence of the telegraph.

But should you make a concerted effort to only text your friends, here are a few tips even Emily Post would approve of.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How to Sew Wine Glass Coasters

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How to Sew Wine Glass Coasters

by Jennifer Walker

Even though wine glasses seldom generate the condensation that makes coasters necessary, the trend towards dressing up your stemware is a fun way to continue the theme of a party or to protect glass edges from hard tables and countertops. Several varieties of these can be found in stores--disposable paper and chic d├ęcor alike--but it's quite simple to make your own. I will show you how.

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