Life Hacks – Spoken Edition show

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

Podcasts:

 How to Get Your Roommate (or Partner) to Do More Chores | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 143

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.

 Go Ahead, Have That Fourth Cup of Coffee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 146

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.

 This Is How Long Certain Drugs Actually Stay in Your Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 181

We’re not encouraging anyone to do drugs, but we’re also not going to pretend that our readers don’t do any. If you do and have to, say, take a drug test for a job, it may be helpful to know how long certain drugs stay in the places they’re most likely to check: your urine, blood, and hair follicles.

 Why Your Cat Loves Small Spaces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 77

Cats don’t just like small spaces, they love them. From Amazon boxes to grocery bags to the tiny gap between the bottom of your couch and the floor. They’ll even curl up in a square of tape on the floor! But why is your cat so attracted to these small spaces? The answer has to do with the security and protection that these places offer, and regardless of if they’re truly safe or not, it’s about how they make your cat feel.

 What Do You Wish You’d Talked About with Your Partner Before Having Kids? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 82

Raising kids is tough, and if you have a partner helping you, it’s good to be on the same page. Of course, it’s not possible to discuss every little thing before you start having kids, so if you’re a parent, what do you wish you’d talked about with your partner before you had kids? Even if your kids are grown or you’re not with the other biological parent of your kid anymore, you might have advice that could help other soon-to-be parents talk about what matters.

 Collate Is a Privacy-Focused Evernote-Style Notes App | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 107

Windows/Mac/Linux: When it comes to notes apps, you have a seemingly endless trail of options, but it’s rare to find one that’s cross-platform, supports the Evernote-style of rich notes, and works without needing an account somewhere. Collate is just that. The idea behind Collate is pretty easy to get behind. It uses an the now standard “big notes app” organization methods of notebooks with individual notes inside.

 This Interactive Map Shows You When the Weather is Best for Your Next Vacation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 82

If you’re not sure exactly where you want to go on your next vacation, or you know where but are flexible on when you go, this interactive map uses 10+ years of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data to show you what the weather will be like. This first step in travel planning makes sure you’ll have good weather for your trip.

 Why FOMO Is Actually Social Anxiety and What You Should Do About It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 151

You’re probably rolling your eyes at this point when you hear the term FOMO, but bear with me because it turns out that FOMO isn’t about fear of missing information. It’s about feeling anxious that you’re missing out on bonding time with your social group. Here’s what to do about that anxiety.

 How to Politely Tell Someone There's Crap in Their Teeth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 141

Imagine that the evidence of someone’s lunch is lodged right between her front teeth, and the struggle begins: Do you tell the person? You have to pull it off with grace so both parties can remain dignified, but that’s tricky, especially if you barely know her. And by that time, would you seem like a jerk for waiting so long to say anything? For the “do you tell the person” question, there’s a simple rule for that.

 The Moldy Foods You Can and Can't Eat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 147

When you find a bit of mold on food, it might seem like it’s okay to salvage some of it because the mold doesn’t cover the whole thing. That seems like the logical step, right? It turns out that’s not true for a lot of foods, like bread, because the mold can hide deep in the surface where you can’t see it.

 This Tool Makes It Super Easy to Create Interactive Simulations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 125

Whether you’re working on a big presentation for work or school, interactive visuals always help win over an audience. Loopy, a free tool for making simulations, is perfect for that. Trying to explain complicated systems or feedback loops of any kind—economic, political, social, ecologic, etc.—is always easier with a visual. But you don’t need any complicated software to make visuals like that any more.

 Puppies Love Your Baby Talk, but Dogs Don't | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 97

When you’re meeting a dog for the first time, it’s hard not to slip into that high-pitched, “goochy-goo” voice people use to talk to babies. A new study suggests puppies actually love that voice, but you might be wasting your breath with older dogs. The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, looked at how recordings of adults using different voices affected dog behavior.

 How to Fit Nature into Everyday Life When You Live in a City | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 154

If you’ve ever taken a walk to de-stress, you know the powerful effect getting outside can have on making you feel refreshed mentally, emotionally, and physically. But if you live in a busy city, finding nature to help you recharge can be a challenge. Besides the fresh air and exercise you get from exploring nature, you can also boost your productivity and creativity. It can also help you deal with the smog and air pollution in your city.

 Google Earth Gets a Huge Redesign with Guided Tours, 3D View, and More | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 101

Google pushed out a big update to Google Earth for Chrome and Android today. Alongside a snazzy new look, the new version adds guided tours, 3D maps, a random button, and lots more. The guided tours, which Google calls “Voyager,” aren’t just some hacked together algorithmic mess, they’re led by scientists and documentarians.

 What's the Most Awkward Wrong Number Call or Text You've Received? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 79

Even with smartphones and caller ID, wrong number calls and texts still happen all the time. What’s the most bizarre one you’ve ever received? And how did you handle it? Five Useful Things You Can Do With a Burner Phone Number Five Useful Things You Can Do With a Burner Phone Number Five Useful Things You Can Do With a Burner Phone… When you think of “burner” phone numbers, espionage and spies probably come to mind.

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