Life Hacks – Spoken Edition
Summary: Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
You’d probably think someone who talks to themselves out loud is a little “off,” but they might actually be on to something. Talking to yourself is a great way to better understand what you’re learning.
Fascinated by the sound of your own voice? Wish you could hear your significant other whisper “turn left here” into your ear while on the road? Well, now you can with Waze on Android. The newest update to Waze adds in a new Voice Recorder menu in the Waze settings under Sound & Voice. After you turn it on, you’ll need to then record all 39 of the phrases Waze uses, like, “All set, let’s go!,” and “Turn right.
Grilled cheese is already one of the best snacks around but, believe it or not, there’s a way to make it even better: add cheese (and other toppings) to the outside, not just the inside, of the sandwich. Cancel your appointments for the day and make this grilled cheese instead. When I saw Popsugar’s suggestion to add even more cheese on top of your sandwich, I was skeptical.
If you have phone phobia, you’re not alone. (I’m a recovering member of the club myself.) If the situation in this country is making you anxious, calling your reps is both a step toward a solution, and a way to give yourself a small amount of control over something. But you have to be able to actually make the call. Calling isn’t the only way to be heard, but it’s one of the most effective.
Nobody enjoys being with someone who is always passive aggressive. If you’re not sure what that looks like, here’s an excellent, and funny, demonstration. “The key to a great relationship is control...” says the doomed couple in this video from the AwakenWithJP YouTube channel. “Control is the thread that keeps your relationship together, and we found that being passive aggressive is the best way to control your partner.
Commutes are frustrating because they make us feel like we don’t have any control. You’re either trapped on a bus or train, or trapped in a car crawling along the freeway. But if you focus on what you can control, your time heading to and from work can become the best, most enriching parts of your day.
Massaging your dog sounds a little crazy, sure—but if you want to pamper your pet, there may be real benefits to giving your dog the spa treatment. If your dog likes being petted, then they’ll probably enjoy a massage. The two main benefits are stress relief (being a dog is hard!) and building a stronger connection with your pup. Massage sessions relax both of you and give you special time to bond together in a calm environment.
You’ve probably seen king oyster mushrooms, also often called king trumpet mushrooms, before at your local asian grocery, but you might not know exactly what they’re good for. If you’re getting your grill out for spring, now is the perfect time to try out these under-appreciated mushrooms. For starters, these mushrooms are excellent for grilling, I’d say even better than portobellos because they don’t shrink as much or expel as much water during the grilling process.
Ever get epic ideas while you’re in the car? If so, you’ve probably struggled to figure out how to jot down those ideas without swerving into oncoming traffic. It can be a distraction for sure, but one Redditor has a useful suggestion that involves one of our favorite tools: IFTTT. If This, Then That is an incredible tool that lets you connect two apps and automate certain tasks between them. Want to automatically turn your calendar events into Todoist tasks? IFTTT can help with that.
A while back we showed off a little trick to enable YouTube’s secret dark mode. Now, there’s an official way to opt into the new look. How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome If you’re running Google Chrome 57 or above, it turns out there’s a hidden dark mode. Reddit user… Read more Read more The new look isn’t just about the dark mode.
Juicy burgers that melt in your mouth are one of life’s greatest pleasures. If your patties often turn out tough and dry, this clever method might fix the problem. According to Master Chef judge Graham Elliot, the secret to super juicy burgers is a plain ol’ ice cube. He explained why to Fox News a while back: “Make your patties, then put your little ice cube in there and then when you grill it, it keeps it moist and keeps it from getting dried out.
Ever needed to hand your phone to a kid? Even if you don’t want to, sometimes you’re trying to keep them quiet at a restaurant, or calm them down at the doctor’s. But handing over an unlocked phone is just asking for the kid to delete all your home screen shortcuts (or, worse, work emails). Fortunately there’s a way to fix this. The feature is called screen pinning, and it’s been hiding in Android’s settings menu since Lollipop.
Ladybugs eat aphids. So if aphids are eating your potato plants, you might be tempted to mail-order a ton of ladybugs (yes, this is a thing you can do) to solve your garden woes. There’s a flaw in that plan, though: when you release ladybugs, they fly away. I learned the truth about ladybugs, which really should have been obvious from the start, thanks to this video.
It’s just common sense that in order to keep peace in your household, chores should be split evenly between the people who live there. Whether you share chores with roommates, a partner, or both, this two prong approach will get them to do more chores without a fight. The first prong is to take a look at the chores that each person is supposed to do and evaluate if they’re similar in effort or time needed to complete them.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans that downs coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get through the work day, here’s some good news. A new scientific review on the safety of caffeine says drinking up to four cups of coffee, or about 400 milligrams of caffeine, is pretty safe. Good Coffee for Lazy People Good Coffee for Lazy People Good Coffee for Lazy People I love coffee. I drink it every day. I love trying new brewing methods at home.