- September 29, 2008 -- Written by: Tim JohnsonImage by Getty Images via DaylifeImage by Getty Images via DaylifeAvoid the sticky and undesirable situation where the jelly just wicks into the bread and makes it soggy.Very simple, just put peanut butter on both slices of bread. This basically waterproofs the bread for you. Now when you put the jelly on, it will stay isolated between the layers of peanut butter all day long!! Enjoy a fresh non-soggy sandwich any time of the day. This does, however tend to make the jelly squeeze out the sides fairly easily, so I find that leaving a half inch of peanut butter around the edge makes a good way to seal the two pieces of bread together using the peanut butter as an adhesive.
September 24, 2008 -- Written by: Tim JohnsonYou should check out these awesome, simple yet very powerful flash cards for practicing your French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish vocab.
They can easily be added to your blog or to your igoogle.com homepage from the link below. :)
http://www.thelanguagebear.com/flash.phpSeptember 19, 2008 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
Lower back support is very important. Sit up straight and with a nice posture: Back straight, neck straight, shoulders up and back, eyes forward, etc.
Office chairs can be quite nice as far keeping a good posture and you should use them to your advantage. My chair, however is not good on the back. I find that if you don't have a lot of support, you can use one of those padded notebook thingys. (A "pad-folio"?)
They're rigid enough that they keep the back straight and the padding is just enough so that your spine is protected. The other benefit they offer is to remind you to not lean back too hard and sit up straight because you probably don't want to crush your nice black pleather pad-folio.
The article below on "Standing versus Sitting" is very interesting too.September 17, 2008 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
My niece is totally deaf, but she can still tell if there is music playing by feeling the sound pressure. Wouldn't it be great if we could all do that?; Use our sense of touch to it's fullest potential?
I've tried to become more aware of the feeling of sounds around me and I've started to pick up on some things that I hadn't noticed before. It's certainly easier to distinguish loud sounds and be aware of their presence, but even in a short time of trying to pick up on the differences in sounds, I've been able to distinguish differences in frequency as well. Basslines in songs are generally easier to follow, but higher notes have a feeling of their own and with practice, I ("I", meaning "you", "we", "humans") could seemingly easily distinguish the differences in frequencies enough to possibly interpret speech or whole songs.
Next time you're listening to loud music, pay attention to the feeling in your stomach, arm hair, the hair on your head and your fingertips. Touch objects around you to see what they're doing. Look around at things that might be visibly moving too, like ripples on a glass of water, hanging string, the rear view mirror in your car, etc.
September 17, 2008 -- Written by: Tim JohnsonI got this one from my grandfather. Whenever you sit down to read a magazine, try this. First, take out all of the loose papers, rip out all of the heavy bond order forms and gift forms and everything else they put in there and recycle them. It makes it so much easier to flip through when all of the pages are uniform. This way you're not always flipping to the same pages that you've read a hundred times and don't care about.
This little diligence removes one small aggravation, but if you don't want to do it, that's okay too.September 16, 2008 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
Image by Dan_H via Flickr You know the plastic jugs of milk that have the plastic screw on caps, not the snap on caps? (I prefer those because they actually stay on if you drop the milk and they're just much more durable.) Well, you can easily get the convenience of snapping them on with just one solid smack, however since they're threaded they need to be twisted just a little bit after the smack. This is easy to do with your thumb on the hand that you are holding the milk jug with and can be done simultaneously while putting it back into the fridge.September 16, 2008 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
Image by Getty Images via Daylife With a little practice you can learn to open door knobs with your feet. Quite useful when carrying groceries or luggage etc..
It's a bit easier with a door that is opening away from you. If you have sneakers on or soles with a decent amount of friction you will be able to make one quick downward swipe against the doorknob with your foot. You should be pressing against the doorknob in the direction of the door jam, but slightly forwards so that you will be pushing the door open once the latch disengages. I find it takes about 2-3 inches of dragging along the sole of your shoe.