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A while back, I subscribed to Lifehacker's Google+ feed. For a while, I wasn't really paying much attention, but the other day something caught my eye . . . and now I'm finding new gems every day. Not huge life-changing revelations, but little things that seem like they'd be useful to know.

For instance, an article today entitled "How Turning My To-Dos Into a Story Boosted My Memory and Solved My Procrastination Problem" struck me as particularly useful for me, for two reasons: the first, obviously, is that it could help my memory and possibly alleviate my procrastination problem; the other is that it would get me writing in a narrative style every day, which almost every writer I know says is the absolute best way to keep the writing juices flowing. As I've mentioned in the past, I'm writing a novel that I originally started in August of 2009, and it is not yet finished. Both the other man in my two-man writing group (trinopus) and the co-creator of the universe I'm writing in (my old friend Ed, who has no LJ, alas) have been jumping up and down on me trying to get me to write more, so anything that would encourage more writing would be a good thing, I think.

I also recently saw articles on how to foil RFID thieves, an iPhone app that helps you plan meals and shop for the necessary groceries, and how to avoid owing money or getting huge refunds on your taxes. And a lot of others. It's a fun and very useful site.

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niall_shapero
Mar. 29th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Questions, questions, questions...:-)
Didn't know you were a budding novelist. What is the book about? What genre (if it can be fit into a neat pigeonhole)?

Remember, the Shapero has his own writing bug to deal with...:-)
ebenbrooks
Mar. 29th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions, questions, questions...:-)
It's a novel about a superhero team facing a threat to all the world's metahumans, but it's also about the main characters' journey from friendship to enmity and back to friendship.

I'm almost to the crux, the point at which everything else is downhill. Not quite there yet, though. I keep getting cold feet. ;-)
whswhs
Mar. 30th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
The RFID article doesn't mention the third solution, which is to ask your bank for a card without RFID. I asked my bank for that a couple of years ago. They deactivated the function on their computer on the spot, and a couple of weeks later I got a new card in the mail without RFID.
ebenbrooks
Mar. 30th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I did notice that, yeah. Oh, well.
vahlkyree
Mar. 30th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for those links! I was just wondering last night if there's an app that would help plan grocery shopping based on recipes! :-)
ebenbrooks
Mar. 30th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
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