Curing Kitchen Clutter

I’m a bit of a clutterbug. My husband just raises a skeptical eyebrow when I point to photos of Einstein’s messy desk as proof of my mad genius. If shelves overflowing with books makes me a “hoarder,” I reject all calls for an intervention. But when it comes to our shared spaces, like the kitchen, Read More …

Gorillas in the Glass

Gorilla Glass. Just the name brings up images of zoo animals running rampant through panes of ordinary glass, shaking their fur free of glistening shards of the stuff, until the gorilla in the lead bonks his nose on Corning’s now ubiquitous “Gorilla Glass.” We’re up to Gorilla Glass 5, now, apparently, and Facebook tells me it might Read More …

Great Replacement Fast Charger for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 since last year, and I still love it. And I love the fast charging capability of this mobile phone, but I was soon searching for a replacement fast charger. I’d sworn off Android phones, back when I got rid of my Garminfone, years ago. Garmin makes top-notch GPS Read More …

Creating and Using Email Templates in Outlook 2016 Desktop

If you regularly send out emails containing “boilerplate” or information that rarely, if ever, changes, you can use Outlook email templates to simplify – and standardize – the process of creating them and sending them out to recipients. Email templates can help to ensure consistency of information, formatting, and other email options, such as delivery times and Read More …

Virtual Reality

Last month, on my birthday, I watched “The Martian” on the moon. I went surfing in Hawaii. I flew over an active volcano. My family gets me! Well, sort of. It was breathtaking, but very, very safe. I tried to jam a pencil into the lava flow – next best thing to poking hot lava with Read More …

Equipment Check! Signings, Social Media Events, and Travel Checklist

Know what you need, where it is, and how to use it – before you need it. Do an equipment check – both to ensure that you have everything you need and that it’s in good, working order prior to your event or travel. It’s also a good idea to keep a packing list when Read More …

Reverse Search: For Everything (and Everyone) You’d Rather Lose

Facebook, this morning, decided that I should search for Donald Trump, based on the posts I’d interacted with. Once I got past the visual of me batting around a Facebook post like a cat bats around a mouse, two things occurred to me: First, this is the problem with companies assuming they know you so Read More …

Books: The Power of Pixels, the Virtue of Dead Trees

I will confess, here and now, that I love my nook and Kindle devices. I knew that I would not like the look or feel of a tablet, for reading – though many do –  so I bought the eInk versions and invested in nice, leather covers for both of them, so that the sensation Read More …

Reasonable Blog Automation for Shameless Self-Promotion

This is no field of dreams. It’s a blog, and the one universal truth in blogging is that the saying, “build it, and they will come” is utter nonsense. “Shameless self-promotion” is required. This is different from “obnoxiously flogging that system for making money in your sleep,” or “shouting out the virtues of your $47 Read More …

How to Succeed in Twitter Without Really Trying

Following a discussion on LinkedIN’s group The Blog Zone – Where Bloggers Discuss Blogging, fearless leader Joseph Higginbotham wrote this brilliant, if cynical, article, “How To Get 50,000 Twitter Followers By Mastering Memes.” Bring an umbrella; the sarcasm’s dripping – but if you read between the lines, you’ll see that Higginbotham does not hold back any Read More …

Weights and Measures

Call it obsessive. Call it a symptom of our metrics-driven society. Call it overkill. I caught myself, the other day, wishing I could weigh all the ingredients I put into my bowl at Genghis Grill. I estimated. I’m actually pretty good at estimating, these days, but I have been determined to track everything accurately (and Read More …