After a year or two of increasingly frivolous spending, one of my goals going into the New Year is to save as much money as possible. In some areas of my life, like eating out or buying clothes, it’s obvious what I need to cut, and there are plenty of easy ways to save money. The one area that I foresee giving me trouble is hanging out with friends. When the go-to outings are bar nights or dinner at a new restaurant, a night or two out can break your budget, particularly when your friends aren’t as money-conscious as you are. Which is why we’re crowd-sourcing some inexpensive hang options. This one, suggested by Audrey Gonzalez the Financial Diet, sounds especially fun: One of my friends came up with the idea to do a cooking club. Every month, someone in the group volunteers to demonstrate how to make a favorite dish, whether that’s chicken pot pie or paprikash or black bean and spinach enchiladas. We’ve even had people demonstrate simple cake decorating … [Read more...] about Try These Inexpensive Socializing Ideas in the New Year
Today I learned that Twitter thinks I’m interested in literature, beer, hip-hop, and I really like my friends Ina and Harry (I’m double interested in both of them for some reason). When it comes to me, Twitter thinks I’m known for being a technology journalist, as well as “other.” I’ve never been so proud! Twitter officially rolled out the way to see your interests (and customize them) in May, but the feature gained a lot of attention this week when people started sharing theirs online. Twitter uses the “interests” it thinks you have to determine what ads and content to show you. The interest lists are based in part by your Twitter activity. If something doesn’t look right, you can customize that list. So if I suddenly decided I hate comedy, I could remove that from my personal list. To see yours you just have to click here and enter your Twitter password. Or you can go to your Twitter account info and then select “Your … [Read more...] about How to See What Twitter Thinks Your Interests Are
Some romaine lettuce is safe to eat again. The FDA and CDC announced on November 28 that they have narrowed down the recent E. coli outbreak to lettuce grown in fields (not greenhouses) in California. That means that lettuce from Florida or from most local farmstands is probably safe to eat. But romaine’s problems aren’t over. What is it about romaine lettuce? There was another E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce earlier this year, and there have been others in the past. There will probably be more in the future. Vegetables, including lettuce, are a major source of foodborne illness. A few of the factors working against romaine here: Lettuce isn’t (usually) cooked before eating. Cooking kills bacteria, so raw veggies are riskier. Romaine and other greens are hard to effectively wash. You’re as likely to spread the bacteria as to remove it. Lettuce requires a lot of water as it grows (each bite of lettuce contains very few nutrients and a lot of water). … [Read more...] about Here’s What’s Wrong With Romaine Lettuce
Earlier this week, Google announced that its cellular service provider division “Project Fi” has graduated from beta “project” to full-fledged product Google Fi. The name change is fine, but what’s really interesting and exciting about the whole thing is that, as part of the shift, Google Fi now officially supports the iPhone. Back when it was “Project Fi”—two days ago—users could take their SIM and put it in an iPhone. You had to change some settings, but it would work. Now that’s it’s Google Fi, though... You still need to change some settings to get it to work. Technically, Google Fi support for the iPhone is currently in beta. iPhone users have limited features and, in some cases —you guessed it— you may need to change some settings to achieve full functionality. Still, Google Fi’s unique pricing scheme is very interesting, and you might not want to dismiss the idea of switching just because of … [Read more...] about Should You Switch to Google Fi on the iPhone?
Every time you have a bad headache or pain in your chest, you might rush straight to WebMD and furiously research, caught in the grip of a full-on panic. That’s why cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly wrote Am I Dying?!, a calm, conversational guide that accurately steers you into calmer waters, towards the likely causes of your symptoms. In the video above, the doctors explain to us how not all chest pain is a heart attack, not every stomach ache is a burst appendicitis, and how best to describe your symptoms to a medical professional. … [Read more...] about Let These Doctors Tell You If You’re Dying