Do you know what the weather is supposed to be like later this week for your kid’s soccer game? How about that picnic you have planned for Saturday? Should you start thinking about an indoor venue instead? Weather can play a huge role in the activities you’re able to do outside, as well as what you wear while you do them. There are a gazillion apps and services out there to help you predict what the weather might be for the day or week, but this week I came across a new one that lets you know in a really useful way: on your calendar. Originally spotted by TechCrunch, Weather Up is an iPhone weather app that offers your traditional run-of-the-mill 10-day weather forecast as well as live weather maps and an hourly forecast of what you can expect during the day. It also takes things a step further by tieing that information to your calendar events. That means you can see at a glance that it’s probably going to rain for three of the four days of your camping trip, or that … [Read more...] about Get the Weather Forecast For Your Calendar Events Using This App
This week a bunch of invitations started popping up again for a “Secret Sister” holiday gift exchange. You’ve probably seen the same, or something similar, pop up in yours as well. In case you haven’t realized: it’s a scam. The Better Business Bureau issued a warning against the exchange earlier this week. The idea behind the exchange is that you purchase one $10 gift and send it to your “secret sister” and then 6 to 36 gifts are supposed to magically show up on your doorstep in return. While that sounds great, if you really think about that concept for a few minutes then you can probably see it’s likely a bit flawed. The way it works is six different people recruit six of their friends to participate. All 36 people (the six groups of six) send a gift to the same person at the top of a “secret sister” list. They then recruit six more people who all send a gift to the second person on the list, while adding their name to the … [Read more...] about Don’t Fall For That ‘Secret Sister’ Facebook Scam
You never want to see a huge food recall due to salmonella, but you especially don’t want to see a huge food recall due to salmonella in turkey the week before Thanksgiving. Jennie-O issued a recall this week for 91,000 pounds of turkey as part of an ongoing salmonella outbreak, CBS reports. While Jennie-O is the latest to issue a recall, it’s not the only company impacted by the outbreak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said that the outbreak is widespread and likely includes a number of different producers in the industry. In the case of Jennie-O, the recall pertains specifically to one-pound packages of raw, ground turkey that were sold by the company nationwide. The good news is that the impacted packages had a use-by date of October 1 or 2, so if you purchased one, chances are you’ve already consumed it (and hopefully didn’t get sick). That said, there’s a good chance that more than a few of the contaminated packages are currently in freezers. … [Read more...] about Watch Out For This Turkey Salmonella Outbreak
Some people love their special luggage. Some swear by a certain snack; some go so far as to bring their own coffee grinder on every trip. My must-bring item is my BeatsX wireless earphones, which wall me off from crying babies, subway talkers, and the pilot telling the whole plane how fast we’re going as if we might have feedback. Headphones, my phone, and a paperback will get me through any flight. VC Hunter Walk asked Twitter for the items they love to bring on trips: We can’t embed the replies because Twitter is stupid, but Jon Evans loves his Utilikey, freia lobo brings a variety pack of tea, Cindy Gallop wears a Sleeper Hoodie, and Hunter himself keeps a first aid kit in his car. Sara Mauskopf likes the Ride Safer travel vest, an alternative to kids’ car seats. Zach Holman carries a Blockhead, which makes it easier to charge a Mac in a shared outlet. Cap Watkins one-ups Zach with a whole power strip: “When you need an outlet someone is using (at the … [Read more...] about What’s Your Favorite Travel Item?
Great news for people who hate doing dishes: if you have a dishwasher, washing your dishes by hand is a colossal waste of water, energy, time, and money, and you can prove it with math. Most people drastically underestimate how much water their taps put out. Energy Star-certified dishwashers must use less than 270 kWh per year and 3.5 gallons per cycle, but most kitchen faucets move one to two gallons a minute. In other words, running the tap for just four or five minutes can use more water than an entire dishwasher cycle. Older dishwashers do use more water, but it’s still probably less than you think; unless yours is more than 10 years old (and somehow still working), there’s a good chance that it’s more efficient than hand-washing a sink full of dishes. The exact amount of water and energy you can save depends on a number of factors, so whoever pays the utilities should probably look up the usage stats for your dishwasher and faucet to see what they’re … [Read more...] about Stop Hand Washing Your Dishes