How to open a wine bottle with a shoe

July 13, 2010

wine bottle cork corkscrew open shoe easy

Just put the bottle into the heel of your shoe, hold it so the bottom is parallel to the wall, and give it a few firm taps against a hard wall. Here’s a demo video; it’s in French but the visuals makes sense.

Do you know the lengths I’ve gone to to find a corkscrew? Trying to befriend snotty neighbours, wandering into Greek restaurants at 1AM, poking around with knives… and all this time I was standing on the answer. I can’t wait to try this. If I show up with a giant purple splotch on my pants you’ll know it was a fail.
Via MeFi.

How to annoy your supergeek slightly less

June 21, 2010

Maybe you’re like me and you have a few friends who are computer wizards. And maybe you’re also like me in that you ask them inane intelligent computer questions all the time. “Hey, how do I export audio out of a Quicktime to make it into an mp3?” I you might say. “Bonus points if I don’t need to download any new applications to do it,” I you might add, “because I’m already sending this reel in late!

Well, your geek probably needs to know what applications you already have. Here’s how you show them. (well, for Macs. If you’re on a PC you probably have bigger problems than this, anyway.)


Click on your hard drive, then on your Applications folder.

Click the little “Settings” gear thingie at the top and select “Show View Options”.

Adjust the view options to display all your applications in Icon mode, then use the sliders to make the icons as small as possible.

Put the labels to the right of each icon, and futz with the grid spacing until all the icons and their labels are easy to see.

Take a screengrab. (on a Mac, this is SHIFT + COMMAND + 3)

Trim the screengrab and attach it to your whiny, desperate email.

Yay! (Also, I would be a bit of a heel if I didn’t end this by saying thank you to Nick, Reub, Elliott, and Ramón for solving all my interweb problems, again and again and again).

Fold a T-shirt in two seconds

February 25, 2010

This is not new, but I’d forgotten all about it.

Outsourcing child care

May 27, 2009

Thanks to Virtue for the tip.

The Cult of Done

March 3, 2009

1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.

2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.

3. There is no editing stage.

4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.

6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.

7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.

8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.

9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.

10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.

11. Destruction is a variant of done.

12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.

13. Done is the engine of more.

By that pithy maker of many things Bre Pettis, who’s well-known on the interweb for many a thing, but best-known to me as someone who used to live in a cool NYC loft with my friends Ernie and Bert. Thanks, JP, for the tip.

Baracking all the Single Ladies

January 28, 2009

I like Obama and I like Beyonce. Ergo, I like this.

It’s also the best impression of BHO’s voice I’ve heard. The actor perfectly captured his harsh American R’s, got the right mix of nasal and throaty, and totally nailed the quick, floaty way Obama ends key words (“President”, “ability”, etc). It’s a pretty sharp performance, voice-wise, says I.

Plus, badass man-pony dancing. Can’t go wrong.


Heck, while we’re at it, here’s the original video, which is weirdly compelling, considering how repetitive it is.

Update: A YouTube user named Cubby has created his own take on Miss Bee. You might think I’m posting this because I’m making fun of him, but actually I’m jealous- he’s a much better dancer than I am and I’m really not being modest when I say that.


January 2, 2009

Freedom is an application that shuts off your access to the Internet for whatever length of time you specify. You can get back online ay time by shutting down & rebooting your computer, but in the meantime, you might actually get some work done. The app works on Macs running OSX and is free (the dude asks for a little donation; I just downloaded it without donating and I set a reminder for myself to donate to him if I like it & decide to keep using it). This looks pretty promising- will keep you posted if it makes my computer blow up or anything.
Thanks to Reub for finding it.

Let them eat microwaved mug-cake.

July 24, 2008

UPDATE: I made this! And it was good!.

Found a five-minute cake recipe that you make in a coffee mug in the microwave. Wow.

This looks like such a mistake.

This looks like such a mistake.

in a microwaveable mug,

4 Tablespoons cake flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa

UPDATE: I recommend 3tbs flour and 3tbs cocoa. More chocolateyer.

1 Egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil

UPDATE: I recommend melted salted butter instead of oil.

Mix well & nuke for 3 minutes.

This, on the other hand, looks like chocolatey genius.

This, on the other hand, looks like chocolatey genius.