Living with Dead Pixels

103111-deadpixel.jpgThere’s nothing more annoying than finding a dead pixel(s) on a new laptop or mobile device’s screen. Dead pixels are the bane of designers and programmers everywhere, a visual scab that disrupts concentration just by being there. Here are a few techniques for living with dead pixels…

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Tips On Going Car-Less: And Saving A Bunch of Money

Going without a car can be a challenge no matter where you live, but it’s well worth the effort since you can save hundreds of dollars per month on an assortment of payments—not to mention the fact that it’ll reduce your reliance on fossil fuels and, if you have a bike, get your body in bangin’ shape.

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Living With Roommates Made Easier With Tech

At some point in time, most of us have lived with roommates. It’s definitely a must when you’re a student. Splitting down rent and utilities allows you to live in a comfortable place. Currently, I have none, but I used to have some quite recently. Here are a few tips to make life easier when living with roommates.

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Couple Lived In Mall

A couple took up residence in a mall as a protest. They stayed in the mall on and off for 4 years and developped a luxury 750 sqf apartment. Check out their website. (via cf)

Unplggd Top Ten

I made this week’s Unplggd top ten with my post on Living Inside Furniture.

37 Pounds

37 pounds.


That’s the amount of weight that I lost since January 2008. Before I left, I weighed myself. I was about 96kg, 211lbs.

I’ve been telling people that I lost 15lbs. Boy, I was in for a surprise when I weighed myself today during break time in my morning classes. 79kg. 174lbs. That’s my current weight. I knew that I had lost quite a few pounds, I didn’t image that it was close to 40lbs.

I’m pretty amazed at this. Last year, I indulged in too many 7-11 foods, too many comfort foods and just plain unhealthy eating. I detoxed during the last four months, going back to my very low carb diet.

No bread, no pasta, no rice. Only meat, fish, fruits, veggies. No chips, chocolate, juices. When I craved something sweet, I usually ate an orange. Sometimes I would eat 5 or 6 oranges a day, on top of my veggie ration for the day.

In four months, I ate out only 2 times. All my other meals, including lunches, were home cooked meals.

I experimented with a lot of different dishes, from meals cooked in a slow cooker, to red tuna sashimi, which has always been a favorite of mine.

I switched over to eating a lot of pork. No more chicken. I made soups, I ate sausages. I tried eating multigrain bread, only to realize that I was eating too much of it. I stopped eating any type of bread in the first few weeks in Quebec. That made me stop eating cheese.

Actually, this is how I used to eat before I left for Taiwan in 2006. It felt good to be back with this diet. It’s more than a diet, it’s just the way that I eat.

Eating this way in Taiwan isn’t hard, it’s just that you have to make the effort in the busy teaching life. I found being a student and living on little money very humbling. Yes I went grocery shopping in the bus every week. I filled up my pack with 50lbs worth of groceries and brought them home. I often had to walk 1km from the bus stop to my apartment. I wasn’t crazy about doing it, but I preferred the IGA grocery store to the Intermarché that was within walking distant of my apartment.

I ate oranges. Lots and lots of oranges in Canada. They don’t know how to do oranges in Asia. Americans know how to grow them. They are giant, juicy and delicious. One of the things that struck me when I arrived in Taiwan was how juicy and succulent all of the fruits tasted. It was incredible. They were fresh. Most of the fruits in Canada aren’t as fresh.

Ok, so now what’s the plan?

Well, I’ve decided to start running again. With my wife or dog in tow, I plan on running almost every day a few kilometers. Back in 2006, I used to run 4.5 km every day. I took Sundays off. I want to get back to that.

My schedule as a substitute teacher in Taiwan has rapidly filled up. I’m pretty much working all through the summer. I started teaching this week.

Lindsey Arnott BNTM

My cousin-in-law Lindsey will be part of the next series of Britain’s Next Top Model.

Operation Healthy Living

I’ve been indulging in too many 7-11 meals and street food in Taiwan. I’d also been drinking some Coke to give myself that last bout of caffeine to get through my evening classes. Since Spike arrived, I’ve been walking more.

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