OMNI magazine at Internet Archive!

I loved OMNI as a kid! I wasn’t usually able to get a hold of an issue but…I always browsed through it at the magazine rack. Someone posted that the Internet Archive had the complete run of OMNI magazine and yeah! It’s true 🙂

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TED Talk by Amy Cuddy

She did ask to share this one out. It’s a good piece with some information that might help.

IKEA Hacking

Oh no! Now I’ll have even more reason to go through products from Ikea. It’s bad enough I have to avoid the place like the plague lest it consume more of my free cash. (Funny how I can tell myself, “You know, I think I do NEED a new bookshelf/chair/table, etc). It’s sad, I know! I’m not proud of it but they just have so much stuff that just “works” for me. But if it doesn’t work, well, there’s ways to get ideas for playing around with it and doing something new. Enter IKEA Hackers. Yes, now there’s even more possibilities that just never occurred to me to try. I suppose it won’t hurt to look at the various re-arrangements. I mean, I don’t have to buy anything….I’ve exercised admirable restraint not going there in months. And my bookshelves…they are getting a bit full…..

Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven

After having more than the usual amount of irritation peeling some hard boiled eggs recently, I managed to find this article. Lifehacker, in general, has some pretty useful tips, but this one? Oh good freaking grief! If I can peel those eggs more easily, I’m all over this. At the same time, yea, I write this knowing that I had intended to make a really good post on journalism and fact checking but….there’s only so much time in the day and maybe if we all had a little more time because we weren’t wrestling an egg out of its shell we might get more done.
The gist of the article is put the eggs on the rack, turn the oven on to 325F, and bake for 30 minutes. Afterwards, put the eggs in ice water. After they’ve cooled enough to handle, peel them, and put the unshelled eggs into more ice water to completely cool for use. (It’s sort of an odd thing, but still warm egg salad is a particular treat, in my book.)

Good article on security

I tend to live on my smartphone, so…things that can completely disrupt that? Those are things I need to avoid! This had some disheartening news, however, forewarned is forearmed. In that spirit, hopefully by sharing it out there, someone else will be better off, too.

 Here’s Wired’s article on Amazon and Apple’s accounts.

Nieman Lab

I live almost entirely online through a smart phone. Mostly because I am cheap. So I find it really rewarding to discover apps that are great new sources of information. The NiemanLab is such an app.
Here’s a sample article. The great thing is its simplicity. But the greater thing is the content.
I highly recommend the app, but there’s the site, Nieman Lab if one has no smart phone.

Some articles on writing

Over at The Browser there’s a tiny buffet of pieces directed at how to write. It’s a good site to check out now and again. So I’m posting it here so I don’t have to go searching for it again. The Browser just in and of itself is a great site. (I’m so glad 3QuarksDaily is out there! They have the best stuff. I wouldn’t have found a quarter of the great sites I have without them.)

Magazine – The Perfected Self – The Atlantic

This following incident from the article I found quite amusing! But it’s also remarkably interesting how a class at Harvard was quite convinced that B. F. Skinner had daughters who had been tormented to the point of institutionalization. Even though one of his daughters was in that very class.

 

“WHEN Julie Vargas was a student in a graduate psychology class, her professor introduced the topic of B. F. Skinner, the Harvard psychologist who, in the late 1930s, had developed a theory of “operant conditioning.” After the professor explained the evidently distasteful, outmoded process that became more popularly known as behavior modification, Vargas’s classmates began discussing the common knowledge that Skinner had used the harsh techniques on his daughter, leaving her mentally disturbed and institutionalized. Vargas raised her hand and stated that Skinner in fact had had two daughters, and that both were living perfectly normal lives. “I didn’t see any need to embarrass them by mentioning that I was one of those daughters,” she says.”

 

While there are some things things in this article I am not confident about, the claim of the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous for instance, there’s much to ponder regarding the use of smart phones in helping change behavior. It’s a potentially life changing implementation of technology and that’s something that is inherently worth learning about!

 

via Magazine – The Perfected Self – The Atlantic.

The Man in Seat Sixty-One…

The Man in Seat Sixty-One….

Nifty little travel recommendation site. What I’ve learned thus far is that this man takes immense pleasure in traveling. I really love that the internet can make someone’s near obsession a useful tool. I’ll never travel that much, but it’s nice to be able to consult someone who does!

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