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30 Random Ways to a Happier Life

I could use alot of these in my personal life, how about you?

Via Nickerblog.

1. Learn early on to enjoy warm soda. Trust me, it comes in handy. While you’re at it, learn to drink black coffee.
2. Let go of your need to make all the choices all of the time. Other people have better ones sometimes.
3. Learn to play guitar, juggle, ride a unicycle, do a backflip and play Scrabble.
4. Avoid trends. Go for timeless fashion.
5. Skip the iPhone. Get a Blackberry.
6. Learn to enjoy warm beer. (this one is more advanced, but well worth it).
7. Pick a team in any sport and be a hardcore fan.
8. Combine all of your e-mail addresses.
9. Own a car that doesn’t own you. There may be no bigger waste of stress than worrying about the looks of a car. Let it go.
10. Love what you love. Don’t trick yourself or others.
11. Cut out people that bum you out.
12. Find joy in condiments. Similarly, acquire tastes just for the hell of it. Like Sauerkraut and Whisky. But not together. Unless you’re high.
13. Stop imagining that people are saying things about you. They’re mostly just worried about themselves.
14. Ignore social constraints if more convenient or sensible than abiding by them.
15. Learn to play D&D. If you’re already laughing this one off, learn it immediately.
16. Feel free to simply let parts of your past go.
17. Get rid of the stuff you’re hoarding. It’s an emotional drain.
18. Don’t get too attached to any one material thing. It’s just stuff.
19. Learn the basic rules of the major sports.
20. Get good at frisbee.
21. Whoever makes you happy most of the time, that’s “the one.”
22. Change is unavoidable. Embrace it, on every level.
23. Learn how to use a gun.
24. When it comes to parking, pay the most for the closest once in a while.
25. Treat yourself to nice underwear. Life is too short.
26. Get a passport, even if you never plan on leaving the country.
27. Learn how to play poker.
28. Don’t be too afraid of “street meat.”
29. Always be ready to let go of your original plan…

Posted on July 17, 2007, 15:45 By
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Cool Little Lifehack

I’m always looking for ways to slim down my wallet and came across a cool little site that allows you to input club card bar code numbers and print them out (up to eight per card) onto one small credit-card shaped slip of paper you can put into your wallet. Check it out at

Found this via Dumb Little Man via Consumerist.

Good times.

Like Microwave Popcorn?

Like saving money?

Do the following:

  1. Get 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
  2. Get 2 tsp of Olive Oil
  3. Get 1/4 tsp of popcorn salt (very finely-ground salt, if you have a salt grinder, make very fine salt)
  4. Combine above in a lunchbag-sized brown paper bag

Fold the top of the bag securely (or staple if you’re so inclined) and shake the bag to mix everything up, you’ll want to make sure you’ve thoroughly covered the kernels with the oil. Toss in the microwave and cook until you don’t hear any popping for about five seconds or so. Empty the bag into a bowl (the oil will soak into the paper bag something fierce but won’t make a mess in your microwave), top with butter if you’re so inclined, and enjoy!

Emergency Kit: Do You Have One?

In light of the whole James Kim tragedy, I thought I’d check the emergency kit I keep in my car.

I have the following in my car for emergency purposes:

-Water Purification Tablets
-Silver Thermal Reflective Blanket
-Swiss Armk Knife with Fork and Spoon
-Pack of (Antiseptic) Alcohol and Iodine Wipes
-Sharper Image ToolLogic (Has a blade and a can/bottle opener in a credit card-sized form)
-3 12-inch Velcro Straps
-Various sized Adhesive Bandages
-Emergency Whistle (Maybe the most important thing here)
-Emergency Food Rations
-9 Four ounce emergency water packets
-2 One-Quart Plastic Zip-Top Bags
-AM/FM Radio with four AA Batteries
-2 Spare AA Batteries
-1 CYALUME 12-Hour Lightstick
-1 Mini MagLight with 2 AA Batteries
-1 Carabiner 150-pound load bearing
-1 Digital Watch
-1 Plastic Poncho
-1 Pair Spare Eyeglasses in Hard Case
-1 Fannypack-style pouch for holding the above
-1 Fleece Blanket


I also need some items for my kit, including replacing the emergency food and water as they’ve recently expired:

-Waterproof Matches and/or Lighter
-Emergency Strobe Light
-Collapsible Canteen
-Pre-Mixed Kool-Aid Packets (Quick supply of energy from the sugar and covers the taste of the Water Purification Tablets)
-Flint and Steel

So, what’s in your emergency kit? Do you even have one? If not, why not?

Posted on December 7, 2006, 17:05 By
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Madden 2006: A good way to diet

Seriously. I picked up a used copy of Madden 2006 at GameStop yesterday for $9.95 and started playing the “career mode” where you create a player using DNA from “parents” and started a career with him. he’s a Fresno State grad (my “home team”) fullback and was drafted by the hated Cowboys. You can pick an agent for the player, make movie deals, and a bunch of other things too. It’s pretty sweet.

(You may be asking why I picked up Madden 2006 when 2007 is coming out next week. There are two reasons:

1. I’m trying to save money.

2. I plan on getting an Xbox 360 before Madden 2008 comes out and 2007 will be one of my first purchases.)

Now, how does Madden 2006 make a good way to diet?

When I’m in front of the TV, I snack. Not so much when I’m playing Madden. I’m so enthralled with the game and my progress (still in preseason, but it’s only been one night…) that I don’t even think to eat! This is how I’m going to “sell” Jen on alowing me to take over the TV…

Do Not Forget Doorhangers!


This may be the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time.  One of the most obvious as well.  It’s a notepad you can hang from a doorknob allowing you to write notes to yourself and put them where you’ll actually see them, hanging from your door!

It’s so simple, yet a very powerful tool.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to remind myself of something so I’ve written it on a sticky note and then stuck it to the door to the garage so I’ll see it in the morning on my way to work or whatever.  I also can’t tell you how many times the sticky notes have fallen off of the door and fallen into some black hole/ tear in the space/time continuum…

It comes in a 50-sheets/pad pack.  I bought two packs.  And I’ll use them.  A lot!

Wanna take a look?  They’re pretty reasonably priced, only $5.95 each, quite a bargain if you ask me!

Thanks to Tom for the info on this one!


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Posted on December 6, 2005, 23:16 By
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