I agree with the Goodreads comments for books, and I also recommend LibraryThing if you're looking for a mobile inventory of your personal collection, which has saved me from buying a book twice many times.
I dump as much as I can into the trash, then let the rest air dry. Usually by the time I'm ready for another cup, they're dry and can easily be knocked into the trash. I picked up the medium sized Finium tea filter recently ($7 on Amazon) and the lid doubles as a receptacle for drippings as the tea dries. Takes up a…
Pay attention to the bean source and roast style, if they are indicated on the bag. Getting familiar with the bean sources helped me figure out why I liked certain coffees more than others.
Like I noted below, I use a cone filter after brewing in the French press.
Tip: I always air dry my heaver cotton clothes like jeans. They're usually dry in 12 hrs or less, and a short tumble in the dryer will soften them up if they're too stiff. Otherwise, it takes one or two runs in the dryer. This method uses much less electricity.
Tip: Lifehacker has shared how to make cold-brew coffee, and my hack is to do it in my press pot, which already has a pretty decent straining system.
Until the TSA gestapo and airline austerity measures made flying so unpleasant, I flew just about anywhere that was more than a 6 hr drive. This year, I decided that if I could make the drive in two days and stay with friends/family on the way, I'd do that instead of flying. That's how I ended up driving from VA to MO…
Gah! This would drive me insane. I use my inbox, flagging, and saved search filters as a workflow tool. Leaving everything unorganized in my inbox would mean spending most of my time trying to figure out what I need to do next.
I don't have a single favorite thing because all of them eventually bore me on longer (3+ hr) flights. So, I usually have my iPod, a book (or ebook), a magazine, and a netbook or iPad handy. I also have the magical ability to sleep on a plane, and usually fall asleep even before leaving the gate, so that eats up a…
Or, you could use your iPhone to call your local public library and talk to a real person in realtime. Of course, that assumes your phone won't drop the call, so maybe you're better off with the app.
That's much less messy than my usual finger/thumb tip method.
Wow! The "new" look and editing options were all features already included in the Android version. For once Android users have a leg up on iOS users in the development of an app.
I was using Alarm Clock 2 on my Mac, but I found that the sound of the computer turning itself on (along with the accompanying bright light of the screen) was enough to wake me, and not in a pleasant way. If you don't need much to wake you, you might need to look at other alarm tools that are a bit more gentle.
Sometimes I'll get pre-made cookie dough and bake a few cookies at a time using my toaster oven. Fresh, hot cookies, but not too many, are a wonderful thing. Same goes for biscuits.
@regis3: Agreed! I had an outdoor sandbox when I was a kid, and it was awesome until I started finding cat poop in it.
I could have used this about three years ago, but now that I'm so used to the ribbon (and how it brought out some hidden features I had to dig for in the past), I'll probably only use this trick when working on a netbook or other small screen device.
Can't go wrong with ask.metafilter.com.