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What Should People Know About Driving in Your City?

What Should People Know About Driving in Your City?
Hack Your CityEach Monday we ask you for your best city tips: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Sometimes the weekly topic is a specific city; other times it's an aspect of all cities, so everyone can participate.  

What kind of idiot takes the Inner Loop to the Outer Loop without merging into the HOV lane on red? Why the hell would you...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 14, 2019 at 20:00.

I'm STAPLE Founder Jeffstaple, and This Is How I Work

I'm STAPLE Founder Jeffstaple, 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.  

Jeff Ng was a sneakerhead before they called them sneakerheads. Better known by his handle @jeffstaple—named after his creative agency and his clothing line—Jeff has designed some of the most famous collectible streetwear and worked with clients like...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 09, 2019. 2 comments

How to Fold Dinner Napkins Like a Fancy Person

How to Fold Dinner Napkins Like a Fancy Person

I personally believe everyone should know three origami folds: a paper crane, a dollar bill ring, and at least one fancy way to fold a dinner napkin. The best site to teach you how to fold a napkin is Animated Napkins.

This site (by the creator of Animated Knots) shows you how to fold dinner napkins into shapes that you can sit at a place setting. If you’re ever throwing a dinner party, this...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 09, 2019. 12 comments

Calculate How Many Books You Could Read If You Quit Social Media

Calculate How Many Books You Could Read If You Quit Social Media

A new calculator from Omni Calculator shows you how many books you could read in one year, if you checked them instead of checking social media. Enter how often you check social media (or any time-wasting sites that you’re willing to give up), and how long you spend there each time you visit. Omni Calculator will turn that into a count of books, based on a typical page count and reading...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 08, 2019.

These Classic Books Are Surprisingly Fresh—and They're Free

These Classic Books Are Surprisingly Fresh—and They're Free

There’s a real musty feeling to some old books, where the writing is as caked in dust as an ancient hardcover. But some old books still feel new. I asked well-known literary figures and critics to recommend one surprisingly fresh classic book—a book that’s lively, accessible, or relevant today. And because most of these books are in the public domain, you can read them for free or cheap.

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 08, 2019. 8 comments

Where to Get Free Frozen Custard on August 8

Where to Get Free Frozen Custard on August 8

Thursday, August 8 is National Frozen Custard Day, and several chains are offering deals to celebrate. (Frozen custard is a denser, richer version of ice cream made with egg in addition to cream and sugar.) Here’s where to get your free or discounted custard.

Totally free custardBurgerFi: Free small custard when you download the BurgerFi app.Other dealsAndy’s Frozen Custard: One 86¢ small cone...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 08, 2019.

How to Sound Interesting in a 'Let's Get Coffee' Email

How to Sound Interesting in a 'Let's Get Coffee' Email

It’s intimidating to email someone whose work you admire, asking for advice, or a coffee chat, or any first meeting that you secretly hope sparks a career-long mentorship. It’s like asking someone on a date while also asking them for a raise. It’s hard and even if you do it right, it might not work! The Harvard Business Review has a killer strategy: present your most interesting, valuable,...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 07, 2019. 2 comments

I'm Filmmaker Kelsey Taylor, and This Is How I Work

I'm Filmmaker Kelsey Taylor, 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.  

For the 40th anniversary of the first Alien film, 20th Century Fox (through studio platform Tongal) commissioned six new short films set in the Alien universe. The most popular was Alien: Specimen, directed and produced by Kelsey Taylor. Taylor has...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 07, 2019. 18 comments

Here's What People Wish They Knew at Your Age

Here's What People Wish They Knew at Your Age

“You don’t have to be so angry,” I wish I could tell myself at 16. “Get a real job and stick with it,” I wish I could tell myself at 23. You can’t tell your younger self what you know now. But you can give advice to everyone of the same age. And you can read what other people wish they’d known at your current age: at the website Hey, From the Future.

On the site, you can read advice for every...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 06, 2019. 24 comments

What's the Most Basic-Ass Life Skill You Never Learned?

What's the Most Basic-Ass Life Skill You Never Learned?

Twitter users recently admitted to the most basic things they never learned to do: blow up a balloon, whistle, wink, snap their fingers. Some people can’t tie their shoes or unscrew a cap without reciting a mnemonic. Some can’t tell time. Some could get lost in a hallway. We all skipped a day of basic-life-skill school. So what’s something everyone knows how to do except you?

I don’t want to...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 06, 2019.

Get Rid of YouTube's Terrible Clickbait Thumbnail Images

Get Rid of YouTube's Terrible Clickbait Thumbnail Images

Once, YouTube thumbnails actually resembled the videos they advertised. Once, the recommended videos list was not a sensory overload of Photoshopped headshots and graphic overlays where every thumbnail looks like an Epic Rap Battle of History. You can return to that time, and replace the clickbaity thumbnails with frames from the actual YouTube videos, with the Chrome extension Clickbait...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 05, 2019. 24 comments

What's Your City's Best Local Food?

What's Your City's Best Local Food?
Hack Your CityEach Monday we ask you for your best city tips: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Sometimes the weekly topic is a specific city; other times it's an aspect of all cities, so everyone can participate.  

Some cities know what food they’re good at, and they’re proud of it. You don’t visit New York without eating a bagel, or...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 02, 2019. 4 comments

Get a Free Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew Shot Today

Get a Free Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew Shot Today

Starbucks is rolling out its Nitro Cold Brew coffee nationwide, and to celebrate, they’re giving out free shots of it today—as long as supplies last. Go get yours.

And then head to the next Starbucks one block over and get another, because while cold brew is strong, it’s not espresso. So load up. Repeat until the world starts vibrating. Throw on an entire album of drum solos and go nuts.

Nitro...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 02, 2019. 7 comments

Join This Social Network No One's Ever Heard Of

Join This Social Network No One's Ever Heard Of

The new social network Sunshine looks like yet another Twitter clone, but it’s an extremely minimalist one. In fact, it has no news feed. Instead, Sunshine shows you one post at a time. Once you interact with that post (or click “next”) you won’t see it again. (You can see all of a user’s posts on their profile page.) It’s got under a thousand users, and it’s very easy to sign up. Invade it...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 02, 2019. 7 comments

How to Use a Thesaurus Correctly, According to Martin Amis

How to Use a Thesaurus Correctly, According to Martin Amis

Martin Amis uses a thesaurus. The British novelist and critic is known as kind of a snob, and the thesaurus is known as a dangerous tool abused by amateur writers trying to sound smart, but as you’ve probably guessed, Amis uses his thesaurus very differently than a college freshman. In the Big Think video above (via Open Culture), he describes a better way to use a thesaurus.

The...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 02, 2019.

Search Printed Text Using Your iPhone's Camera With SearchCam

Search Printed Text Using Your iPhone's Camera With SearchCam

iOS: Ever read a paper book and wish you could hit ctrl-F? Use the free iOS app SearchCam to search through printed text using your phone’s camera. It works on documents, books, packaging, even posters.

The app isn’t slick, but it’s quick, and it works in real time or with static photos. Either way, enter a few letters and SearchCam will highlight anywhere that they appear.

Real-time search...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 01, 2019.

Play This Hilarious Game to Learn About Bad UI

Play This Hilarious Game to Learn About Bad UI

If a website has ever annoyed you with too many pop-ups, stupidly designed menus, or a million tests to prove you’re a human, then the web game User Inyerface will drive you nuts while making you laugh.

This game, from the design and tech firm Bagaar, challenges you to simply sign up for a website—while overcoming terribly, horribly designed forms and menus. You’ll have to manually dodge...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 01, 2019.

I'm Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword Editor, and This Is How I Work

I'm Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword Editor, 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.  

Will Shortz is the most prestigious name in crosswords. As editor of the daily New York Times crossword, he has worked on every puzzle since 1983. He’s also the founder of the World Puzzle Championship, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jul 31, 2019.

Make a Joint Email Address With a Gmail Filter

Make a Joint Email Address With a Gmail Filter

When you have a partner, you inevitably sign up for memberships and accounts that equally affect both of you: a dual theater subscription, or health insurance that covers you both. Annoyingly, many of these memberships only let you sign up with one email address. Instead of setting up a third email account, or making a new forwarding rule for every signup, here’s a Gmail trick that you can...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jul 29, 2019.

Learn How to Tie Knots With 'Animated Knots'

Learn How to Tie Knots With 'Animated Knots'

Animated Knots is a perfect site for learning everything about knots: how to tie them, what they’re for, and how to choose the best knot for a specific job.

The site lists 196 knots for ropes, straps, strings, wires, laces, and neckties. You can browse by type (e.g. bends, end loops, and slide & grip) or by activity (e.g. boating, climbing, and decoration). Or browse all the knots...

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