Using A Gamepad For Serious Business

I recently took a photography workshop, and one of the more intriguing elements involved the instructor's workstation, particularly a Playstation controller labeled "CULLINATOR." This got me thinking about gamepads for uses other than gaming. » 7/31/14 9:05am 7/31/14 9:05am

Buy Houseplants That Won't Kill Your Pets

Keeping houseplants around the home and office can have all sorts of benefits, but pet owners need to make sure they're not also buying something that could make their cats and dogs extremely ill — or worse. » 5/14/14 9:25am 5/14/14 9:25am

Replace Your Water-Wasting Lawn With These Alternatives

Even though they have no nutritional, industrial, or ecological value, grass lawns are America's largest irrigated crop, by some estimates using three times as much land as corn. So why keep spending all that money — and water — when these alternatives exist? » 4/25/14 8:45am 4/25/14 8:45am

Don't Clean Your Plate, And Other Weight Loss Tips

"Clean your plate" is one of the most ubiquitous dinnertime catchphrases heard in the Western world, but if you're trying to keep off the pounds, it might help to unlearn what you have learned. » 4/04/14 2:39pm 4/04/14 2:39pm

Learn Websites' Keyboard Shortcuts With "?"

Keyboard shortcuts have become widely adopted by many major web services, but you might not know about them. Luckily for you, there's a quick way to check. » 4/03/14 6:11pm 4/03/14 6:11pm

Daniel Dennett's Advice On Offering Criticism

Despite having the best of intentions, it's often easy for your well-meaning advice to be taken as an attack — perhaps with good reason. Philosopher Daniel Dennett has some thoughts on how to foster a more receptive audience with compassion. » 4/02/14 10:00am 4/02/14 10:00am

​N-1-1 Phone Numbers: More Than Emergency Services

Everyone should know that in case of a medical, fire, or police emergency, calling 911 is one of the first things you should do. What many people don't know is that, in less dire circumstances, there are several other N-1-1 numbers that provide essential services, too! » 4/01/14 9:00am 4/01/14 9:00am

Making Sense Of Aperture

As Adam Dachis said himself, when people are learning photography, they tend to have an understandably hard time with aperture. Lower numbers mean larger openings? Larger openings mean less is in focus? And why are different apertures called "f-numbers," anyway? Thankfully, there's a method behind this madness. » 3/31/14 9:15am 3/31/14 9:15am

Automatically Share Instagram Photos to Apple TV

One of the Apple TV's nicest features is that it can automatically display your iPhone photos as a screensaver. But what if you don't have an iPhone, and what about those accidental blur-shots? Fortunately, there's a way to improve this feature using three old friends: IFTTT, Dropbox, and Automator. » 3/28/14 5:20pm 3/28/14 5:20pm

Good Reasons To Keep Apps Out Of The Applications Folder

Just because your Mac has a folder that's meant for applications doesn't mean you need to put all your applications in there. "But why wouldn't I?" you ask. There are at least two good reasons to consider keeping your applications elsewhere: » 3/27/14 11:54am 3/27/14 11:54am

Sleep Better With Cherry Juice

If you find that you toss and turn just a little too much before falling asleep, cherry juice might be the extra push you need to send you off to dreamland. » 3/25/14 4:47pm 3/25/14 4:47pm

Carry One Less Thing to the Laundromat

If you're not lucky enough to have a washing machine in your apartment — or even in your building — this might help you lug one less thing to your local quarter disposal: Simply dump your detergent on your clothes as you're packing them up for the laundromat. It's a quick and obvious tip, but didn't even occur to me… » 3/20/14 9:22pm 3/20/14 9:22pm