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Past articles by Adam:

Clear Your Sinuses in 20 Seconds by Pushing on Your Face

And other quick methods to relieve your sinus pressure. → Read More

How to Declutter Your Home: A Start-to-Finish Guide

It’s hard to argue that most of us have a little too much stuff lying around, but getting rid of your stuff can be difficult. Maybe you’ve formed a personal attachment to certain items or you truly believe you’ll have a practical use for it someday. Most of the time, though, “personal value” means “guilt” and “someday” never comes. → Read More

How to Survive the Workday When You're Completely Exhausted

If the Monday after the time change is hitting you hard, you’re not alone. Losing an extra hour of sleep is tough, especially if you’ve already been running on empty due to pandemic stress or garden variety not-getting-to bed-on-time. So here are some strategies for getting through the day. → Read More

How to Remove Security Tags From Clothing

As an anti-theft measure, clothing stores affix certain items with security tags that will set off an alarm should you attempt to leave with the tag still on the garment. Some tags will also ruin a garment by spilling ink from the tag if you try to remove it yourself. This usually isn’t a problem, as long as the tag gets removed before you leave the store, but sometimes clerks can miss a tag at… → Read More

Defrost Your Frozen Pipes with Saltwater

As of this writing, broad swaths of the Midwest and Northeast are buried under mountains of snow, and the Pacific Northwest is staggering to a standstill under, well, about two inches of the stuff, but they’re not used to it, OK? It’s safe to say that this winter has been no joke, and you may be feeling the consequences in the form of that homeowners’ nightmare: frozen pipes. Luckily, if you’re… → Read More

The Most Common Jury Duty Myths, Debunked

When it comes to jury duty, people typically fall into two categories: those who want to avoid it at all costs, and those who can’t wait for the day they receive their summons in the mail. Either way, some of what you know about jury duty is probably wrong. Whether you’re trying to get out of your civic duty or increase your chances of being called, there’s a lot of incorrect information out… → Read More

How to Use 'Sound Bites' for a More Effective Job Interview

You can’t plan out every last line of dialogue in a job interview—nor should you—but you can plan a few things you want to get across. One good way to do that is to create a list of “sound bites”—that is, a few memorized phrases or sentences that you want to get across during your interview. → Read More

How to Offer Help to Someone in a Crisis

When bad things happen to people we care about, it can be hard to feel anything but helpless. But as humans who naturally want to feel like we’re in control of our circumstances, we have a very low tolerance for feeling helpless. So in response, we become aggressively helpful. We of course want to assist our loved ones, but feeling as though we’re doing something for them also makes us feel more… → Read More

How to Complain About Your Noisy Neighbors Without Being a Jerk

Unless you live in a pretty remote location, chances are you’ve heard at least some sort of noise courtesy of your neighbors, whether it’s loud music, someone working on a car, barking dogs, or screaming children. For those of us living in apartments, condos, row houses, or other housing where everyone is in close proximity, this may be something you encounter on a daily basis. But how do you… → Read More

How to Find Your Local and External IP Address

Your device’s IP address is a critical piece of information that you probably don’t think about very much. You’ll occasionally need it for a network-related setup (if you’re trying to punch a hole in your network to access the contents of your NAS box, run a web server, or connect to your home-grown VPN, to name a few examples), so it’s important to understand how to find it. Also, you have two… → Read More

Sherbit Visualizes and Interprets All the Data Your Online Services Collect

iOS: You use a lot of online services that track a lot of data, but how much do you really know about it all? Sherbit puts all that data into one place so you can quickly understand how it all relates through attractive visualizations. → Read More

Turn Enemies into Friends with One Little Acknowledgment

Hope as you may, you’re just not going to love every person you meet. In fact, you may outright hate a few—but you don’t have to. A study coming out of the University of Groningen indicates that a little shift in the way you approach disliked people could alleviate a lot of those negative feelings. → Read More

Turn Enemies into Friends with One Little Acknowledgment

Hope as you may, you’re just not going to love every person you meet. In fact, you may outright hate a few—but you don’t have to. A study coming out of the University of Groningen indicates that a little shift in the way you approach disliked people could alleviate a lot of those negative feelings. → Read More

Build an Augmented Reality Sandbox with Real-Time Topography

Perhaps you never thought of a sandbox as a piece of technology or a learning tool, but with a little work it can be both. Developer Oliver Kreylos and some other folks over at UC Davis utilized the Microsoft Kinect to turn a sandbox into an auto-updating topographical map. And you can build one, too. → Read More

Every Diet and Exercise Calendar You Could Need to Plan Your Routine

It’s not hard to develop a basic diet and exercise plan the you can stick to over the years, but fine-tuning your progress offers a different set of challenges—often in the form of math. put together a series of calculators to do the hard work for you so you can figure out exactly what you need to do to meet your health and fitness goals. → Read More

Swap Your To-Do List for a "Break List" to Get More Done

To-do lists keep track of tasks we have to do, but they hardly ever provide actual motivation. A small tweak to your productivity method can solve that problem pretty quickly. All you need to do is start maintaining a “break list” instead, and you’ll find yourself more eager to get things done. → Read More

An iPhone User's Guide to Falling In Love With Android Wear

When you buy an Apple product you buy into the ecosystem more than with any other company, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with only what they offer. If you’re a lover of wearables you’d be remiss to overlook Android Wear, even if you’ve chosen iOS as your primary mobile platform. → Read More

How to Install and Make Custom Android Wear Watch Faces

If there’s one thing I love about the possibility of wearables, it’s swapping in new watch faces. While many companies either prevent users from making custom watch faces or require some decent coding skills, Android Wear has a few workarounds—and they’re awesome. If you want to make your very own, custom watch face that nobody else has, read on. Even iOS users can do it! → Read More

How to Use Medical Marijuana Safely and Responsibly

Medical marijuana is a safe alternative treatment option (by comparison), but it’s still a powerful drug that can cause problems for you if you don’t know what you’re doing. With a little knowledge and practice, however, you can use it to get relief from several conditions and manage the negative side effects. → Read More

How to Choose and Procure the Right Kind of Medical Marijuana for You

Navigating the world of medical marijuana proves difficult when it comes to dosing properly. You have multiple ways to administer the drug and even then you have to figure out how to do it accurately. Let’s take a look at the different types of marijuana you can purchase and what can help provide the most relief for you. → Read More