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Archive for May, 2007

Find a Place to Live

Posted by wupz on May 9, 2007

Two powerful online tools make finding a place to live easier by integrating Google Maps and Craigslist. MapsKrieg is pretty, but we recommend HousingMaps for its speed and filter options.

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Tips for Good Sleep

Posted by medliorator on May 8, 2007

  • Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends.
  • Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
  • Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and preferably cool and comfortable.
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex.
  • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
  • Exercise regularly, but complete your workout at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol as it can lead to disrupted sleep.

Healthy Sleep Tips [National Sleep Foundation]

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Beginner’s Guide to Running

Posted by wupz on May 8, 2007

Zen habits offers a guide to running that outlines exercise routines, equipment, and mechanics.

It’s best to start out very easy, at a slow jog, and focus not on intensity but on how long you’re on the road. Start out with a small amount of time — 10 minutes or 20 minutes, depending on where you are — and run or walk/run comfortably the entire time. Do this for the entire first week, and even two weeks if you can stand it. Gradually increase your time until you can run 30 minutes.

From there, you can stay at 30 minutes or increase the amount of time you run gradually, every two weeks. But do not overdo it in the beginning!

Most important: good running shoes. This is the most important running equipment, because it can not only make running more comfortable, but also prevent injury. My advice is to go to an actual running store, where there will be knowledgeable people who can watch you run and tell you what kind of shoe you need (overpronator, supinator, neutral, etc.). If they don’t watch you run, they don’t know what they’re doing.

Beginner’s Guide to Running [zen habits]

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Never iron again

Posted by wupz on May 8, 2007

Live a wrinkle-free lifestyle without the hassle.

Brooks Brothers, Liz Claiborne, Geoffrey Beene, Paul Fredrick, and Levi’s Dockers are a few of the many companies that now produce non-iron shirts and pants. About a year ago, I started replacing all of my cotton dress shirts and khakis with these time- and space-saving garments.

Iron no more! [Unclutterer]

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Grammar Refresh: ie & eg, Affect & Effect, Who & Whom

Posted by medliorator on May 8, 2007

WikiHow offers a crash course through common grammar abuses. Excerpts below . . .

ie Versus eg

1. [i.e.] is an abbreviation of the Latin words ‘id est’, which mean ‘that is’. [i.e.] is normally followed by a definition of what preceded it, for example, “the elephant is an example of a pachyderm, i.e., an animal with thick skin and nails resembling hooves,”

2. [e.g.] is an abbreviation for the Latin words ‘exempli gratia’, which means ‘for example’. This abbreviation introduces an illustration of whatever has just been said, e.g., “One thing that will put on weight is a fatty food, e.g., fried dough.”

Affect and Effect

1. Affect is almost always used as a verb. Unless your topic is psychology, you will rarely need to use affect as a noun. Typically, when people want to say that one thing has had an impact on another, they will use the verb affect. For example:

  • It’s hard to say how the price of gasoline will affect the economy in the long run.

2. Effect is almost always used as a noun.

  • It’s hard to say what effect the rising price of gasoline will have on the world economy.

Who Versus Whom

If the answer to the question should be he, then use who. If the answer to the question should be him, then use whom.

  • “Who brought the paper inside?” He brought the paper inside. The correct choice is who.
  • “Whom did the prize go to?” The prize went with him. The correct choice is whom.
  • “Who does Sarah love?” Sarah loves he is clearly not correct, Sarah loves him. The question should be “whom does Sarah love?”.
  • “Whom went to dinner?” Her went to dinner is clearly not correct, she went o dinner. The question should be “who went to dinner?”.

English Grammar [WikiHow]

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