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Five amazing lifehacks

There are some tricks, or “lifehacks”, which you appreciate more than others and start incorporating into your daily life. This could be something like; if you learned that tucking your t-shirt into your underwear would relieve you of shirts becoming untucked. Wouldn’t those Monday afternoons be a little bit brighter if you still had your shirt tucked in?

In this post I have gathered five of the lifehacks I find the most useful and which I have come to use every day. I hope they will be useful to you as well.

If you have any lifehacks you are using on a regular basis, leave a comment below and share it!

Let’s get started on the list:

1. Tie your shoes with a knot that holds all day

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Ted Prize winner 2011: JR

TED Prize Winner: JRCongratulation to the guerrilla photographer JR who is the winner of the TED Prize award 2011. This award grants him $100,000 and a wish to change the world with the support of the TED community. While a seemingly unconventional recipient, his work matches the creativity and innovative spirit of TED’s community, and his art inspires people to view the world differently –- and want to change it for the better. His latest exhibition called “Women Are Heroes,” is a project underlining the dignity of women who are the target of conflict.


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Illusionist Derren Brown is Debunking the Paranormal Industry

One of England’s most famous illusionists, Derren Brown, is doing his part in making it clear to people that what he and others do has nothing to do with any supernatural powers and have ordinary explainations. Before every performance he reminds us the viewers that he only uses “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.”

To me there is a big difference between people like Derren Brown who claim to provide only entertainment value and those who profess to actually talk to the dead, see your future, reveal information from your horoscope, numerology, palm reading, or other forms of charlatanry. That is where plain old fun turns into exploitation. It is a big business with many takers and as long as the money flows, just like Spam emails, they won’t stop.

This is the full uncut interview filmed in 2007 for the Channel 4 TV program “The Enemies of Reason.”

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BBC Life – True Wonders of Life

An unforgettable documentary of epic scale. From the first minute to the last I was sucked into BBC’s gorgeous visuals and David Attenborough’s unparalleled narration. A true masterpiece! I was in awe at the beauty, complexity, and ingenuity of evolution’s rainbow. Anyone even with a sliver of curiosity will not be able to resist.

This is a perfect time to make good use of character strengths such as Curiosity, Love of Learning, and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. To find out more about character strengths and your own strengths, read my article on the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.

Warning: Do not watch the U.S. version by Discovery Channel with Oprah Winfrey’s appaling narration. You are better of muting the sound than listen to Oprah Winfrey’s whimsical attempt of trying to do what legendary David Attenborough has been doing for decades.

Some excerpts form BBC Life


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Orangutan & Dog, Friendship of a Different Sort

The inner emotional life of animals bundled into an adorable and unusual friendship between an orangutan and a hound dog. Very uplifting video!

This reminded me of the book Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe that I came across last week and added to my reading list.

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Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander

Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander is a caricature of how one dimensional white people really are can be. The book is a bundled collection of 150 “stuff” white people like. It is filled with humor, sarcasm, irony, and the “occasional” truthful sore points (for White people at least). Read the full story

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Zeitgeist, the Movie – Theory or Conspiracy?

Zeitgeist The MovieThere is a movie called Zeitgeist, the Movie floating around the internet (freely distributed) and I wanted to biefly comment on some parts of it after multiple people had recommended it to me. Overall I found that the movie is working with a very ignorant portrayal of religion. They want to be taken serious and the claims being made are at best suggestions of some underlying fabric while they do not substantiate their findings with a credible bases. It seems a little like numerology where someone is eventually bound to find someway of connecting the dots together.

In addition religion cannot and should not be presented to be synonymous to Abrahamic lineages nor with a primarily focus towards Christianity. This perspective is a one sided western bias. Further more, making fun of Christianity and it’s components surely does not add to the credibility of their theory. If they were taking a comedic approach then good, it was funny at times. But that humor gets in the way of a serious analysis and represents an agenda rather than an dialectical exploration. Read the full story

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Piano Staircase, Walking Stairs Fun Again!

A creative and inspirational social experiment idea to make walking the stairs fun again! A group of Swedes set out to re-kindle peoples fun and playfulness as a way to get people walking the stairs instead of taking the escalator. So “obvious” choice was to transform the staircase into a piano. Each step a represents a separate note and when you step onto one you’ll hear the sound. Brilliant! I find little things like these to be hope inspiring.

from The Fun “This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”

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B.C. Comic – Select Favorites (Dec 2008)

Here are my favorite B.C. comic strips of December 2008.

I just recently started reading B.C. and just felt like sharing the one’s that made me laugh the most. I hope you’ll have some good laughs as I did.

Dec 1, 2008

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Dec 19, 2008

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George Carlin – It’s Bad For Ya (2008)

George Carlin - It's Bad for YaIt is funny, smart, and touches on sensitive issues by which some might be offended. It’s Bad For Ya (2008) was George Carlin’s 14th and last HBO stand-up comedy performance.  All I can tell you is that it made me laugh every time I watched it, and I love how his jokes also make you think. Among the topics he made fun of are: old age, life after death, belief and religion, parenting and education, people being boring and talking bullshit, and social customs. In a nutshell, he is the old white man version of Chris Rock, if you can wrap your head around that. Read the full story

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xkcd comic – Simultaneous

XKCD Comics Simultaneous is a  webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

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Recount (2008) Movie

Recount 2008 Movie BannerRecount is a political drama reliving the fierce battle between Bush and Gore over Florida’s votes, which decided the U.S. Presidential Election of 2000. Read the full story

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TED Talks – Hobsbawm on the Power of Creativity

Andy HobsbawmIn this brief presentation Andy Hobsbawm urges all of us to employ the power of creativity in the service of fighting global warming. As an example during the second half of the video he shows a video clip that calls on us to walk instead of drive and does so through a story told in a very creative way. Read the full story

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