Olivia Sanchez

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How to Become Instantly Smarter: Stop Doing These 9 Things Today

Cut these simple habits out of your life and you'll see your IQ rise.<p>Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about how to get better--how to be happier, more productive, fitter, smarter. We spend a lot less time thinking (constructively) about how we're screwing up.<p>There's no mystery there. …

Virginia Tech

Japanese Oyakodon: Chicken + Egg + 15 Minutes = Dinner

A couple of weeks back, I said that if ramen is like the hamburger of Japan, then <i>gyudon</i> (simmered beef and rice bowl) is its hot dog. Extending the analogy, I'd say that <i>oyakodon</i> is its pizza—if pizza were the kind of soul-satisfying comfort food that's easy to make at home from scratch, with …

Tamago Kake Gohan (Japanese-Style Rice With Egg) Recipe

<i>Tamago gohan</i> (literally "egg rice")—rice mixed with a raw egg—is Japanese comfort food at its simplest. Start with a bowl of hot rice, then break an egg into it. Season it with a little bit of soy sauce, a pinch of salt, and a shake of Aji-no-moto, a Japanese brand of pure powdered MSG. (Like most …

How to Make a Plastic Mallet—Using Milk Jugs and a Toaster Oven

Melting your own HDPE would probably make OSHA say Oh Sh*t<p>Maker Peter Brown wanted a plastic mallet, but rather than buy one, decided to make one …

Woodworking

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

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