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The "ecobrick" is a "plastic bottle packed with plastic to … create a reusable building block." At first I mistakenly read that the bottle was to be packed with waste in general, and I had concerns that that waste could leak out and cause problems. I think others are concerned that the plastic can eventually seep into water from rain or other exposure over time, but otherwise it seems like an inte...
For those affected, today is Daylight Saving Time and the clocks "spring forward" one hour. Debates have become more popular in recent years, suggesting we should not change the clock anymore but set it and leave it at a certain time. If we did this, what would be the best time to do it at? Don't spring forward? Go forward a half hour? Keep the full hour ahead and don't "fall back" in autumn anymo...
I found this product to be interesting, a window screen filter. I know some people are sensitive to the seasonal pollen in fresh air from the outdoors, so they don't like to open windows for that reason. Smog and other pollutants could also come in through the window - and even though there are window screens to keep bugs out, perhaps a stronger filter might keep them out as well while letting fre...
I've heard of the low-carb ketogenic all-meat "carnivore diet", and again saw that apparently some cryptocurrency enthusiasts are interested in it. The diet is simple: just eat meat, with some adding seafood, eggs, butter, and other low or no carb dairy products. That simplicity seems appealing to me. We don't really know the long-term effects of this diet, although there are cases of people who...
A few years ago, I tried out a simple smartphone VR headset and I was both excited for the potential uses of the interface but also underwhelmed for some reason (perhaps no reality will match the feeling of anticipation?). I am also aware that dedicated VR headsets are of higher quality than the smartphone VRs, but I still think it probably gives enough of a taste of VR to allow you to understand ...
I stumbled upon this very interesting article (in video form originally) about how to fall asleep in 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Navy's method. To summarize: Step 1: Let go of tension in your face: let your eyes relax in the sockets, tension release from your face, and keep your forehead relaxed and flat. Step 2: Drop your shoulders down as low as possible, and then relax your upper an...
It's been said that the common "QWERTY" keyboard layout was designed to slow typists down; then I have heard stories that this actually is not true. But in either case, should we really be using a keyboard layout from a couple centuries ago? Have we not improved upon that design since then? Alternative keyboard layouts like "Colemak" (or "Dvorak") exist and their communities argue that their des...
A debate has ensued about if emotions are contagious and if you can "catch" the emotions of those around you. Can you become depressed just by being around depressed people, or happy by being around happy people? I think the truth lies in the middle.  We have "emotional immune systems" that allow us to resist harmful thoughts around us, but if we fill our environment with too much negativity (li...
The Kiwix Project allows people to download the entire contents of Wikipedia onto iOS or Android phones, or onto Windows or Mac computers (maybe they need people to help port the project to Linux, BSD, and others?). The "light" English Wikipedia file on the Downloads page is 35GB, while the unabridged encyclopedia file is 80GB. The full list of content is here, including a few of Wikimedia's other...
When I was thinking about what gifts to give this holiday season, I thought of an additional gift to give: reminding people to be grateful for what they already have, and to rediscover it. Maybe they already have something brand new they forgot about that's been sitting in their closet, or maybe they have things already that have features they don't know about or they can use these things in ways ...
You may be familiar with the idea of "learned helplessness" or the idea that through repeated experiences of failure, someone "learns" to be helpless, or feels unable to have a self-efficacy or unable to have control of their life and make an impact on the world.  One experiment mentioned is that of a dog who is shown a treat, in order to get the dog to move towards the treat, and everytime the ...
"Memento mori" - latin for "remember (that someday) you will die". As we come to the end of 2018, I find this phrase is important to reflect on to make better decisions on how to live out 2019 and beyond. When we know that our lives will one day end, it can help us to forget about things that don't matter, to put our energy into things that really do matter, and to avoid doing bad things we know w...
From their Software Library Page: "The Internet Archive Software Library is the ultimate software crate-digger's dream: Tens of thousands of playable software titles from multiple computer platforms, allowing instant access to decades of computer history in your browser through the JSMESS emulator." They have a collection of DOS games, Atari games, and Commodore 64 games, among others, with such...
I stumbled upon the ReactOS project and just wanted to give it a little boost, as I was on someone's computer and tinkering with old Windows/PC programs. The project seems to attempt to create something like an "open source Windows operating system" built from scratch, with the goal of allowing people to run Windows programs but not have to have Windows installed. Linux and Mac (and others) hav...
Whenever I have been around a loud lawnmower, or in a quiet library, I have started to wonder if perhaps more of the population might consider learning some kind of sign language for these instances (whether they have the need to due to disability or not). I don't know if there is a "shorthand" version of sign language that would allow people to rapidly communicate abbreviations of words and ph...
Shorthand essentially allows you to write faster by using symbols to stand for words or phrases (like Gregg shorthand for instance), or to use letter forms that are quicker to write (like Forkner for instance), or maybe some mixing of the two (there is also typed shorthand - see for instance the Open Steno Project). I have tested creating my own "fork" of Forkner (or, my own system, using that a...
This blog is for sharing general topics I find of interest, usually related to boosting productivity or improving life in some way. I previously launched the RideDonkeys blog on yours.org, which I hope to move over here and/or add to other platforms. When yours.org slowed down due to the moderator's focus on another project, the community also seemed to slow down and my blogging trailed off, but...