Ira Glass Advice on Storytelling

I know my writing has a LONG ways to go before even *I* like it, and this is a great bit from someone who knows what he’s doing. Well worth the view! Especially the idea that there’s a time lag between knowing what you like and being able to create what you like. I never thought of it that way before, but I will never think of it differently, in the future. That insight alone is worth the viewing.


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.)

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