There are no bears on Antarctica, therefore this additional riddle is stupid and Robbie Gonzalez should be fired or prohibited from making up riddles. » 10/19/14 9:17pm 10/19/14 9:17pm

Create a Current Events Group to Stay Informed

There is too much going on these days for one person to take it all in. There is no single website, newspaper, pundit, blog, or TV show that you can read or watch that will give you even a fraction of the information you need to understand what is going on in the world. You can try do this alone, watching multiple… » 9/27/14 2:30pm 9/27/14 2:30pm

A 3D printer with multiple extruders and a basic computer and display loaded with useful print files from thingiverse and the open source ecology project. This would include items necessary for constructing building and medical equipment. Seeing as I would most likely arrive well before Western powers started… » 8/29/14 3:24pm 8/29/14 3:24pm

Get Started with Mnemonics Using Tarot Cards

Maybe you have watched a few episodes of Sherlock and see him use his "memory palace" to fight crime and are thinking to yourself "hey, I wish I could do that!" The good news is that Sherlock's memory palace technique is not science fiction or fantasy. It is an ancient technique that uses your ability to… » 8/21/14 8:55pm 8/21/14 8:55pm

" if someone built a structure that adhered to minimum standards, it became legal – and for the most part was provided with basic services such as electricity and sanitation. " » 8/13/14 9:50am 8/13/14 9:50am

Upgrade Your Grey Matter in Wednesday's Open Thread

I've been getting into mnemonics and memory palaces recently. Maybe I've been watching too much Sherlock. In any event, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite places on the internet: the Memory Techniques Wiki » 8/13/14 12:07pm 8/13/14 12:07pm

I don't have posting privileges on hackerspace but I would be willing to host the open threads. I also have a few other ideas on articles on nonpartisan civic engagement and bureaucratic navigation which I think some readers might find useful. Here's an example » 8/11/14 4:20pm 8/11/14 4:20pm

Getting Involved in Local Government

Most news outlets and pundits focus exclusively on federal politics, to the point that local governance gets completely overlooked. This is to the great detriment of our democracy because your municipal and county government is truly where rubber meets the road. Senators, governors and presidents may make a lot of… » 8/11/14 3:48pm 8/11/14 3:48pm

This might be false nostalgia, but I remember when trolling was about pulling funny pranks or really elaborate frauds on the internet and not just being a rude prick. » 8/07/14 12:19pm 8/07/14 12:19pm

I used to work in unemployment. I was writing a reply to this but after looking at the length I decided it would work better to format it as a blog, which can be found here I haven't proofread it so I apologize for any grammatical errors in advance. » 8/03/14 3:10pm 8/03/14 3:10pm

10 things you need to know about Unemployment Benefits in the US

Are you thinking about quitting? Do you believe you might be getting the axe at work? If so, you are probably wondering about unemployment benefits. Unemployment insurance is a program originating out of the New Deal era in the United States to give workers a life line of cash to ride out the spans of time between… » 8/03/14 4:11pm 8/03/14 4:11pm

It's pretty similar to English. There are tons of cognates (and false cognates.) The way words are spelled are much more similar to the way they are said than in English. For reading practice I would recommend Der Spiegel It's pretty good international/European news to boot plus it will help you… » 8/03/14 12:40pm 8/03/14 12:40pm

The fact of the matter is cable is dying. Even if they are posting profits every quarter the market for cable viewers is dwindling. The easiest way to compensate the loss in ad revenue if you are a cartoon channel is to focus on the 0-12 age group that buys toys and to create shows that maximize toy profitability.… » 7/24/14 4:00pm 7/24/14 4:00pm

And the problem with "safe" routes is how long are they going to be safe? Any career can get outsourced, automated or becomes antiquated as trends or demographics change. » 7/23/14 2:56pm 7/23/14 2:56pm

I used to use the Amazon Instant Video app on PS3 all the time but recently it seems like the video has to stop and load every 5 minutes or so. I don't have this problem with any of my other apps on the device and everything seems to work fine when I watch Instant Video on my computer. Has anyone else noticed this? » 7/23/14 5:39pm 7/23/14 5:39pm

Wisconsin is the Battleground State to Watch in 2014

Wisconsin has garnered a reputation as a politically schizophrenic state due to the outcomes of it's last few election cycles. Many have wondered how a state that reelected controversial GOP Governor Scott Walker in the June 2012 recall election only to elect the nation's first lesbian US Senator, Democrat Tammy… » 2/06/14 2:32pm 2/06/14 2:32pm