Posts Tagged 'lifehacker'

Getting Student Discounts When You’re Not A Student

120110_rg_StudentDiscounts_01.jpgYesterday, Lifehacker posted an article about how to get student discounts forever. While we personally don’t agree with the implications of using deceit for savings, everyone should make up their own mind about this. However, there are easier ways of getting student discounts without resorting to deceitful tactics. Also, there are other ways of getting significant discounts at various shops and retailers.

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Reboot Your Sleep Cycle

Lifehacker has got a great article on how to reboot your sleep cycle. I’m currently working on adjusting my sleeping period. It’s not an easy task. I work in different time zones, and sometimes it’s really hard to get ready to go to bed at a decent hour. The most problematic thing is the computer and the Internet. We don’t have a TV, but the machine is insidious. There’s always something more that needs to be done.

Would I Pay For Online Content?

My comment on a Lifehacker poll. Would you pay for online content? Or do you already pay for it?

I went completely digital back in 2005. I have spent over $20,000 on CDs, DVDs, and vinyls― I was a hard techno/minimal techno DJ. I no longer pay for cable, nor video rentals, nor would I pay for any kind of content anymore. I don’t have a TV, only a big computer screen. Like the hacker mantra, information is supposed to be free. It’s up to the companies to find new ways of leveraging their readers. Usually, when I hit a pay wall, I stop clicking on articles to that source, the WSJ is among them. I signed up for the NYT as it’s one of the best papers and I really like the online version, though I don’t pay for it.

What do I pay for? Books. I spend hundreds of dollars a year on books. Books are great. I love them. I always have one on me and read in the lost moments of the day. I’ve never liked ebooks and don’t plan on getting an ebook reader anytime soon. The technology is too new and riddled with faults. I also rarely go to the movies. In fact, I’ve probably stopped going altogether. I used to go almost every week a few years ago. I used to spend a lot of money on DVD rentals. I don’t anymore.

Back in 2005, I was paying between $50-400 a month on my cell phone bill. It’s because I worked in finance and needed to talk to clients and employees. Right now, I spend about $30 a year on my cell phone. I bought a SonyEricsson Cyber-Shot K810i in 2007. I rarely get any calls, and it’s usually to do with work.

My Lifehacker Comment on Napping

As a freelance writer/teacher and now graduate student, I find my schedule pretty full. I work the whole day and come home for a lunch break. Then I leave again for the afternoon. I tend to come home anywhere between 4PM and 8PM, depending on the day. I’ll go out for bike rides 5 times a week.

Since I only start writing after midnight, I usually go to bed at around 2 or 3 AM. I wake up at 8AM. I have to be at school for about 9AM, so my routine is scheduled by the minute in the mornings. This includes taking a shower and walking the dog. This means that I need a nap to function correctly. I usually take a 20-45 minute nap during my lunch break, which is usually from 12 to 1:30PM. That’s my power nap.

I also train in cycling and ride at least 400 km a week.

[This will be true of starting this week. I’ll write more about what impact my daily training has had in my life at a later date. ]

This means that if I finish my day early, let’s say around 4PM, I’ll come home and take a nap before going out to cycle. Without the nap, I wouldn’t always be able to train.

Napping is very common in Asia, though I haven’t grown up there.

[Almost everyone naps because they have very long days, even the teachers. Nap time lasts from 12:30 to 1:45PM in most places]

In the US and Canada, napping is usually seen as being lazy, though taking power naps and caffeine naps is really energizing and can be used systematically in order to function for long periods of time at full capacity, without nodding off.

Power naps are short. Anything from 20 to 45 minutes is usually enough to reinvigorate you. If you nap for more time, you’ll likely end up more tired. A good thing to remember is that a usual sleep cycle lasts about 3 hours. So either nap for 20-45 minutes or 3 hours.

This was my comment for this post on Lifehacker. This was in response to this NYT article on who naps.

Brew Your Own Energy Drink

I came across this idea while reading my daily feeds. Sounds really interesting and I’ll try this next week. (via lifehacker)

Based on that recipe, I’ve come up with my own. I’ve discovered the virtues of raw cocoa and it’s been shown that its restorative powers are important for endurance athletes. I’ve added a milky variant, using 15 oz of milk and 4 oz of yogurt. In order to keep the yogurt from separating, I’d infuse the tea first and let it settle then combine the other ingredients in a food processor. I’ll try the milky variant today to see the results. Another way of getting more out of this milky drink, is to use a type of milk that has extra vitamins and such. I’ll report on this later, after I’ve checked out a pro-vitamin milk at the supermarket.

GreenT Ingredients (32 oz or about 1 liter):
2 green tea bags
6 level teaspoon sugar (24 grams)
A pinch of salt (0.5 grams)
2 oz lemon juice (about 55 grams)
1 oz raw cocoa unsweetened (about 25 grams)
30 oz boiling water

209 calories
5.26 g proteins
10.75 g carbs
5 g lipids
500 mg Sodium
60mg of Potassium (from the lemon juice)

Milky GreenT Ingredients (32 oz or about 1 liter):
2 green tea bags
6 level teaspoon honey (120 grams)
A pinch of salt (0.5 grams)
4 oz 0+yogurt
2 oz raw cocoa unsweetened (about 50 grams)
15 oz milk
11 oz boiling water

823 calories
32 g proteins
148 g carbs
26 g lipids
720 mg Sodium
Vitamins A (24% daily intake), D (98% daily intake), B2 (5% daily intake), B12 (8% daily intake)
Iron (1% daily intake)
Phosphorus (5% daily intake)
Magnesium (3% daily intake)
Folate (3% daily intake)
Calcium (68% daily intake)

Probably using something like Natrel Nutrition 24 beats the purpose of brewing your own drink. Here is the composition per 350ml serving, which I found interesting:

Energy 221 kcal
Protein 12.01 g
Total lipid (fat) 3.71 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 35 g
Calcium, Ca 360 mg
Iron, Fe 2.87 mg
Magnesium, Mg 80 mg
Phosphorus, P 300 mg
Potassium, K 450 mg
Sodium, Na 276 mg
Zinc, Zn 5.99 mg
Copper, Cu 0.49 mg
Manganese, Mn 1.015 mg
Selenium, Se ~ mcg
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 12 mg
Thiamin 0.49 mg
Riboflavin 0.49 mg
Niacin 6.615 mg
Pantothenic acid 1.995 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.455 mg
Folate, total 128 mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.41 mcg
Vitamin A, IU 1100 IU
Vitamin E, added 7.21 mg
Vitamin D 159.985 IU

DIY: Drawer Becomes Hideaway Charging Station


Pesky wires are always a problem with modern gadgets. All of those gadgets need to be charged. Strabes found an interesting solution to this problem. Strabes turned a drawer from a nightstand into a handy charging station.

My latest post over at Unplggd…

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