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The Best Ways to Compress PDFs for Free

Have you ever noticed how strict websites are about PDF sizes? Whether it’s uploading a resume, submitting a school project, or sending an important file to a colleague, most of us have probably found ourselves needing to compress a PDF to meet a website’s clandestine PDF size restrictions.Read more...

You Should Add a Little Salt to Your Next Shrub

I’m not much of a baker, so my favorite ways to “use up” a flat or two of berries usually involve eating them with un-whipped heavy cream or drawing out their juices with a whole bunch of sugar, then making a shrub (also known as “drinking vinegar”) from that vividly-covered syrup. Read more...

Get Flood Insurance Now Before Monthly Rates Change in October

If you were considering a FEMA-run flood insurance for your home you’ll want to get it before October 1, when monthly premiums could increase for up to 77% of policyholders. By getting a policy before that date, your rates will be locked in for a year after the new pricing goes into effect for new policies. Here’s…Read more...

How to Clean Your Lampshades and Keep Them Clean

When is the last time you cleaned your lampshades? When is the last time it occurred to you that lampshades even need to be cleaned? But they do. Some lampshades are made of paper, others cloth, and still others a stiff plastic, and cleaning them is probably not on your weekly to-do list (especially if you have no…Read more...

Your Next Camping Trip Needs a Charcuterie Board

Camping is supposed to be about “unplugging” and “appreciating the simple things,” but it has always seemed quite complicated to me. Sleeping and eating outside are actually much more challenging than sleeping and eating inside, and that first night out in the wilderness can feel a little overwhelming, especially if…Read more...

35 Essential Summer Blockbusters from the Past 20 Years

Remember movie theaters? Remember movie theaters in summer? It’s been a long time (463 days as of this writing) since I last sat in a big, darkened room with strangers to experience a grand entertainment on the big screen (in that case, Cats). I truly hope to do so again soon—but sadly, I don’t know if that’s going to…Read more...

How to Reenter Society Post-Pandemic, With Therapist Chamin Ajjan

Are you a little nervous about getting back out there? Do you have some lingering pandemic-induced anxiety keeping you from socializing again? Fear not, because this week we’re learning how we can start to gradually reintegrate into society with help from therapist Chamin Ajjan, Founder and Clinical Director of Chamin…Read more...

When to See NASA's Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur 1 Rocket Launch

With so many celestial events lately, it might seem strange that the next space phenomenon to witness won’t be a natural occurrence, but launched into the cosmos by people. Just a few days after the alignment of the moon and mars, NASA is launching Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur 1 rocket from the space agency’s Wallops…Read more...

Your Little Kid Needs a Pouring Station

Little kids love to pour liquids from one container into another—but they’re not great at it. That’s because precise pouring is not a skill one can learn by watching another person do it; they have to practice it themselves to learn how to control the flow. Read more...

The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: How Is Loki Still Alive?

Everything on the internet was wild last week. There were wild pants, wild boxing matches, and criminals who act wild on YouTube, so let’s dive in. Oh, and Loki is alive again.Read more...

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