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The Singularity Is Near

• <b>Author:</b> Ray Kurzweil<p><b>“Startling in scope and bravado.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times</b><p><b>“Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” —Los Angeles Times</b><p><b>“Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” —The Boston Globe</b><p><b>“A pleasure to read.” —The Wall Street Journal</b><p><b>One of CBS News’s Best Fall Books of 2005 •</b> …

3 Exercise Machines You'll Want to Buy When You Win the Lottery

Can you say dream home gym?<p>We polled more than 1,000 women about their workout needs and habits to present you with our 2015 Fitness Award winners. Here, our top picks for the exercise machines you'll absolutely want to splurge on to create the ultimate at-home gym.<p><b>1. Pro-Form Thinline Pro Desk</b> …

Exercise

Which Type of Wood Should You Use for Smoking Meat?

All wood is not created equal when it comes to smoking meat. That being said, don't overthink it.<p>Call it an inflammatory statement, but when your barbecuing friends put on airs like Eastern mystics as they rhapsodize about the woods they use to smoke with, <b>you have our permission to call them out</b> …

How I Landed A Literary Agent & What You Can Learn From it: Kat Spears

The process of finding a literary agent or publisher is grueling and filled with rejection land mines. And, once published, there is no guarantee a …

Bacon-wrapped avocado fries make a super-simple snack

When I was a little kid, I used to hate avocado. I thought it was weird, and since I grew up in Ohio, we rarely had it. Then one day my best friend's …

Cooking

Ginger Lime Shrimp Quinoa with Red Pepper and Yellow Corn

Hope "ya'll" had a great Thanksgiving! We spent the holiday in Paula Deen's hometown, Savannah GA and also visited what I consider to be the South's …

‘What About That Novel You’re Workin’ On?’: A Look At Brian Griffin’s Writing On ‘Family Guy’

For more than a decade, <i>Family Guy</i>‘s Brian Griffin has been trying to forge a career as a writer. As Stewie once pointed out, it’s the only thing giving his alcoholism any credibility. But for all of his efforts, is Brian actually any good at writing? Let’s sort through 13 seasons worth of evidence …

Comedy

8 Ways to Outline a Novel

There are countless ways to outline a novel. Ultimately, the "right way to outline" is whatever way works best for you.To give you a few options to …

How to write a book: 151 must-visit writing websites

While there are some excellent books on how to write a book, the web is also filled with terrific sites on the topic. Here are 151 of the very best …

10 Easter Brunch Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites

Whether you are looking for something sweet, savory, healthy or indulgent this Easter, I've got you covered. And the best part -- all of these Easter recipes are incredibly easy!<p><b>1. Spinach & Cheese Strata</b><p>This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with spinach, cheese and cubes of …

At-Home Workshop: Revise Your Novel in 31 Days

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>It's been two years since I've run this workshop, and while it's been on the site all that time, folks have been asking …

How Cold Causes Frostbite

How long does it take? Can you recover from it? We answer your questions<p>Amalia Cochran, M.D., a frostbite specialist at the University of Utah, explains how just a short time in subzero conditions is enough to destroy your digits.<p><b>1. Blood Vessels Constrict</b>It's holy-crap cold outside—20 below zero …

Can You Actually be Addicted to Nasal Spray?

An expert weighs in on how Kaley Cuoco chalks a recent surgery up to her nose spray habit.<p>After she Instagrammed a photo of herself recovering from surgery, rumors were buzzing that The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco had gotten a nose job.<p>Cuoco had a little something to say about that, …

"Facebook Is Dead To Us": What Teens Think About 11 Of The Biggest Social Networks

19 year old, Andrew Watts, is a sophomore Management Information Systems major (marketing minor) at the University of Texas in Austin and penned an …

Social Media

How to Use AirPlay on iPhone (Updated for 2018)

Have you ever had three or four or people more gathered around you as you show off pictures from your iPhone? Ever wish you had a bigger screen to display those photos? Well, if you (or someone you know) has an Apple TV, you can use your iPhone’s AirPlay feature to wirelessly stream those photos to …

Find Your Perfect Gym

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all gym. Find the one that suits you best to make 2016 your fittest year yet<p>“No Sign-Up Fees!” “Low Monthly Rates!” “Free Training sessions!” January is the perfect time to join a gym as fitness centers compete for the latest crop of resolutionaries.<p>And an …

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Hand Pies Recipe

1<p>Reduce the oven heat to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.<p>2<p>Divide the chilled dough into 8 to 10 pieces. On a floured …

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

What Are Plot Points?

Posted by Guest on August 28, 2013 ·<p><i>Structuring Your Novel</i> by K.M. Weiland.<p>Please welcome author K.M. Weiland with a guest post on structuring your …

How And When To Get Permission To Use Quotes In Your Writing - Writer's Relief, Inc.

It’s perfectly okay to quote an excerpt of another author’s work in your writing, but it’s not always okay to do so <i>without permission</i>. If you don’t …

Write or Die: A Word Processing Program That Compels You to Keep Writing

I'm not a writer in the conventional sense of the term. But writing is an important component of my work. I need to come up with clear, crisp, and …

What's Cookin, Chicago: Salmon & Spinach Pesto Pasta

Many may associate summertime with foods like ice cream, berries, bbq ribs and the like. For me, I'd like to add salmon to the list. Prime salmon …

Spinach and Tomato Frittata

<i>For those nights when you get home hungry, stressed, and impatient, Hangry is here to help. Each Monday, Kendra Vaculin will share quick, exciting meals that anyone can make -- whether you're in your first apartment or feeding a hangry family.</i><p><i>Today: Step away from the rice cakes. Make this frittata</i> …

You've Been Cooking Steak Wrong Your Entire Life

The chefs at America's Test Kitchen have spoken…and they say conventional wisdom is bogus.<p>If you've been thawing steak before you cook it (like just about everybody else in the world), then join the large party of those who've been sacrificing flavor without even knowing it.<p>According to the pros at</i> …

2 Moves That Torch 350 Calories

Or, as we like to call them, your new favorite exercises<p><i>This article was written by Jenna Bergen Southerland and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention.<p>When life's as busy as it is, simple is good. Easy, quick, and still super effective? Even better. So when we came across a recent study in the</i> …

Exercise

The 10 Dark, Gritty Rules of Dystopian Science Fiction

Everybody loves a good dystopia, where the world of today has turned into a nightmare of decay, hopelessness and gelatinous food cubes. But to do …

Science Fiction

The Easiest Way to Cure a Canker Sore

New research delivers sweet news about this common issue.<p>Canker sores are a real pain, but maybe there’s a better (and sweeter!) way to get rid of these common annoyances than previously thought. According to new research in the journal <i>Quintessence International</i>, honey can be just as safe and …

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Caramelized Peach, Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate Grilled Cheese

Caramelized Peach, Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate Grilled Cheese.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> August 7, 2014 74<p>I… want to jump through my computer screen.<p>So I can eat …