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Recalculating: You Don't Have to Believe Your Thoughts

<i>This post is excerpted from Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating Emotional Habits and followed by an exclusive blog post from the author below</i><p>Once I was driving down a road on the outskirts of town when I noticed that two unfamiliar horses had gotten out of their pastures near …

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These apple-flavored caramels really evoke the essence of the fall season. You’ll love how fast the candy cooks up, and they make a sweet homespun gift for friends and neighbors. Boiled cider is the secret ingredient that gives them warm, baked apple flavor. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, and you’ve got …

Control your lights using Siri and a WeMo Switch

There are plenty of creative hacks you can use to control a random appliance or two in your house with Apple's Siri, but most of them take some level of programming and hardware expertise to accomplish.<p>I've come up with a less tech-savvy way to use Siri to control a lamp, or anything that plugs in. …

How to get the Start menu back in Windows 8

<b>Editors' note:</b> <i>This story was originally published on August 20, 2012. It has been updated several times since then to include additional programs and other details, most recently with 8Startbutton, StartIsBack, and Start Menu 8 on May 27, 2014.</i><p>Still miss the classic Start menu in Windows 8 and 8.1? …

Five ways to hack a better Netflix experience

Making the most of your monthly subscription is much more than watching as many episodes of "The Walking Dead" in one night as possible. It's about effortlessly digging up the best available flicks, so that by the end of the month, you know you got your money's worth, and then some.<p>Sadly, there's …

Debunking five Windows 8 myths

"What was Microsoft thinking?"<p>That's the standard reaction of longtime Windows users to their first experience with the latest version of the operating system. No Start button? No way to shut down so-called Windows apps (the ones run from the new Start screen rather than the desktop)? No "are you …

Customize the Google Search background in Chrome

Google removed the ability to display a custom background image on your Google Search homepage. However, there's a Chrome extension that can help you regain your little slice of customization.<p>Aside from allowing you to change the background image, the extension will let you do some other neat …

Add Google Now style to New Tab page in Chrome

The abundance of unused white space on the New Tab page in Chrome lends developers ample options for sprucing it up. While the extension I'm about to suggest isn't anything groundbreaking, it's definitely one of the better options out there in terms of usefulness.<p>Literally called "New Tab Page," …

Keep Google Keep always within reach on your desktop

Google Keep may be a great Android app, but it's less useful on the desktop because Google has yet to integrate the note-taking service into Google Drive. Sure, you could bookmark your Google Keep page or keep a tab open for it, but neither solution feels right. For my own purposes, if a …

Getting started with Chrome Apps

Last week, Google announced access to Chrome Apps for Windows and Chromebook users. What's great about using the apps is that they don't take a spot on your Chrome toolbar, or require you to launch a new tab every time you want to use them. Instead, they are stored locally for fast -- and sometimes …

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10 Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work

One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do.<p>On many occasions I find myself …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.