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What's Coming and Going From Netflix in November 2019

What's Coming and Going From Netflix in November 2019

This month, Netflix gets Billy on the Street, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Grease, Rosemary’s Baby, Step Brothers, The Game, the full Matrix trilogy (last seen on Netflix June 30 ), and Zombieland.

In original series, there’s a new Japan edition of Queer Eye, The Crown season 3, The End of the Fucking World season 2, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas yesterday at 20:00.

I'm Traci Lester, Executive Director of the National Dance Institute, and This Is How I Work

I'm Traci Lester, Executive Director of the National Dance Institute, and This Is How I Work

The National Dance Institute involves thousands of children each year in classes, performances, school partnerships, professional development for educators, and dance programs for children with disabilities. We talked to executive director Traci Lester about overseeing this important, inclusive non-profit.

Location: New York, NY
Current gig: Executive Director, National Dance Institute
Current...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 21, 2019 at 20:00. 2 comments

How to Come Up With New Ideas According to Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design

How to Come Up With New Ideas According to Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design

Most people can’t really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apple’s portable computers, Sony’s Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical and dental equipment. These are his principles of innovation.

Build on what exists

To innovate, you need to understand that great ideas...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 19, 2019 at 01:45. 12 comments

How to Make the Internet Less Depressing

How to Make the Internet Less Depressing

The like button ruined the internet. Social media and comment sections have trained us to channel our negative feelings into words, and our positive feelings into likes. So negativity is laid out in detail in the comments and replies, while positivity is compressed into a number. Scrolling through it all, or having it happen to something you post, is exhausting. The solution is simple.

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 18, 2019 at 20:00. 8 comments

See Behind Your Computer Using Your Selfie Camera

See Behind Your Computer Using Your Selfie Camera

When you plug stuff into the back of your monitor, computer, or TV, you have a few options, all annoying. You can go fumble blindly with your hand. You can bend under the monitor and bump your head. Or you can pull the whole thing away from the wall. But tech reporter Marques Brownlee has a trick: Use your phone’s selfie cam to peek at the ports. Here’s what that looks like.

Open your phone...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

People shouldn’t walk on escalators. (It slows down the flow at rush hour.) According to a recent CBC report, all the walkers are breaking escalators faster. The Otis Elevator Company even says that walking on the escalator is a safety hazard. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here because of a dumbfounding revelation from Otis.

Stop Walking on the Escalator

Escalator...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 04, 2019. 20 comments

What Numbers Should Everyone Memorize?

What Numbers Should Everyone Memorize?

There are currently 327 million people in the U.S. That’s about 4% of the 7.7 billion people on earth. I find it extremely useful to remember these three numbers when I’m reading any other statistic. One fluid ounce is just under 30 mL, and if I could memorize that, I’d find it useful at the grocery store. So what other numbers should everyone memorize for daily life?

Statistics

Knowing general...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 03, 2019. 8 comments

These Major Library Systems Don't Charge Late Fees

These Major Library Systems Don't Charge Late Fees

The Chicago Public Library system and Fort Worth Public Library system stopped charging fines for overdue books and forgave all outstanding fines this week. They join a growing list of libraries that have replaced late fees with a more lenient and flexible “lost book” fee. Here are the major systems that have done the same, and why it’s a humane and practical choice.

Late fees don’t work

The...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 02, 2019. 10 comments

How to Write Like the Whistleblower

How to Write Like the Whistleblower

This is not normal: A government employee wrote a good memo. Harvard College Writing Center director Jane Rosenzweig praises the nine-page whistleblower complaint against the Trump administration in a New York Times op-ed, listing four techniques that make the complaint clear and effective.

It’s clearly outlined

Three of the techniques—an urgent introduction, strong, connected subheadings, and...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 01, 2019. 1 comments

Get a Free Pizza From California Pizza Kitchen

Get a Free Pizza From California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen is delivering free uncooked pizzas over Grubhub today, starting 11 a.m. in each time zone. Find California Pizza Kitchen on the Grubhub app, order a “take and bake” pizza, and Grubhub will automatically apply a discount during checkout.

For the rest of October, any time you spend $15 or more at CPK on Grubhub, you can also get a free take-and-bake pizza. Just one free...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 30, 2019. 15 comments

Your Joke's Not Funny Anymore

Your Joke's Not Funny Anymore

“I serve banquets. I’ve had many middle-aged men say the same exact joke to me when serving their Cream of Chicken with Wild Rice: ‘How do you tame wild rice?’” So says Reddit user Krisperrr, answering the question: “What’s the ‘It didn’t scan, so it must be free hur hur hur’ of your profession?” 

If you’ve ever worked a service job, you cringe in sympathy for Krisperrr, and how they must have...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 27, 2019. 5 comments

Where to Get Free Coffee on International Coffee Day 2019

Where to Get Free Coffee on International Coffee Day 2019

International Coffee Day is Sunday, September 29. Some coffee brands will observe the day by donating portions of sales to charities; others will “raise awareness” about how the coffee industry enriches sellers at the expense of underpaid farmers. Some will give out free coffee. Here’s where to get yours.

Free coffeeKrispy Kreme: Free brewed coffee and glazed donut. Astounding.Circle K: Free...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 27, 2019. 6 comments

I'm Nick Douglas, Lifehacker Staff Writer, and This Is How I Work

I'm Nick Douglas, Lifehacker Staff Writer, and This Is How I Work
How I WorkThe How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and all-around productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more.  

Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Nick Douglas, and this is how I work.

Location: Park Slope and Times Square
Current gig: Staff...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 26, 2019. 21 comments

The Best Gas Station Coffee in Every State

The Best Gas Station Coffee in Every State

You’re far from home. You passed the last familiar Cumberland Farms a hundred miles back. Where do you go for a reliable cup of coffee?

GasBuddy, an app for finding cheap gas and good gas stations, has collected over 2 million gas station reviews and identified the highest-rated gas station coffee in every state. At the risk of further dividing this fractured nation, we present GasBuddy’s map...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 25, 2019. 7 comments

If You Just Bought a New Apple Device, You Get Free Apple TV+

If You Just Bought a New Apple Device, You Get Free Apple TV+

If you bought a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac after September 10 this year, then you can get a free year of Apple TV+ (normally $5/month). The streaming service launches November 1, after which you’ll have three months to activate your free year in the Apple TV app. (If you buy a new device after November 1, you’ll have three months from the purchase date to...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 25, 2019. 6 comments

Automatically Unsubscribe From Unwanted Emails With 'Leave Me Alone'

Automatically Unsubscribe From Unwanted Emails With 'Leave Me Alone'

A few years back, Unroll.me promised to help users unsubscribe from email newsletters en masse, for free. It turned out they were scanning users’ email and selling data—for example, selling data from Lyft emails to Uber . That is why you should pay money for Leave Me Alone, an email unsubscription service that doesn’t sell user data.

Unroll.me, the Email Unsubscription Service, Has Been...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 24, 2019. 15 comments

These Are the Words Smart People Can't Spell

These Are the Words Smart People Can't Spell

Linguist and Because Internet author Gretchen McCulloch asked her Twitter followers to share the words that they can’t actually spell without relying on spellcheck. The answers she got will comfort and edify you.

Writers, teachers, engineers, scholars, and other smart people shared their problem words. Here are some of the most popular responses, plus our spelling tips:

rhythm: It’s an rh and...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 21, 2019. 14 comments

Memorize More With the Best Mnemonics From Wikipedia

Memorize More With the Best Mnemonics From Wikipedia

There is nothing too smart or too stupid for a mnemonic. They can teach you features of specific neurological disorders, or they can teach you how to open a jar. Here are some of the cleverest memory aids that you might not know yet, as catalogued by Wikipedia.

Phases of the Moon

You know the moon waxes and wanes, but here’s how to tell what it’s currently doing: Its phases go D, O, C. So if...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 20, 2019. 22 comments

Everyone Hates You When You're Selfish in a Crowd

Everyone Hates You When You're Selfish in a Crowd
Jerk WeekHow do you detoxify your timeline? Deal with the boor hogging the squat rack at the gym? Tell a stranger on a plane that no, you won't swap seats with them? It's Jerk Week, and we've got everything you need to handle the rudest people in life—and advice for what to do when you're the one in the wrong.  

Reddit must know it’s Jerk Week. The top post on r/AskReddit last night asked,

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 20, 2019. 8 comments

How to Make Your Old Phone Feel Like New

How to Make Your Old Phone Feel Like New
Lifehacker's Complete Guide to iOSApple's iPhone is easy to learn, but difficult to master. Instead of spending hours sifting through settings yourself, check out our giant collection of guides, tips, and tricks for all things iOS.  

Phones age like bananas, or relationships. Our culture pressures us to spend money on the latest and greatest (phone, not banana). But there’s a wide range of...

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