Rick Gordon

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18 Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox

Make your inbox more efficient and effective with these easily overlooked options.<p>When it comes to managing email, you need every advantage you can get.<p>Google recognizes this. The company has packed Gmail with dozens of advanced options that can save you time and add powerful possibilities into …

Apps

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours

More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours, and seismologists are monitoring the situation to see if it turns into an …

Victoria, BC

What Your Web Browser's Incognito Mode Really Does

You don’t have to be a computer whiz to grasp the value of private web browsing. At a time when consumers are worried about the data Facebook and …

IT security

A Real-Life Hacker Reveals What You Should Stop Doing Online

One tip: Before you Insta that photo, pay attention to what's in the background.<p>Stephanie Carruthers is a “white hat” hacker known as Snow whose clients include both Fortune 100 companies and startups. In 2014, she won the Social Engineering Capture the Flag competition at DEF CON, one of the …

Social Media

The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar

<b>S</b>ome 16 years ago, The Boston Globe published an article about a jobless man who haunted Marsh Plaza, at the center of Boston University. The picture showed a curious figure in a long overcoat, hunched beneath a black fedora near the central sculpture. He spent his days talking with pigeons to whom …

Literature

Welcome to BBQ University

Armed with a notebook, a hairnet, an appetite, and plenty of Dr Pepper, a novice backyard warrior enters the hallowed halls of meat science for an intensive lesson in fire, wood, smoke, and plain old great Texas ’cue<p>The secret to making great barbecue is simple—good airflow. Without steady airflow …

BBQ

You should change these 15 privacy settings now!

<b>By Geoffrey A. Fowler | Washington Post</b><p>On the internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your …

Apps

The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

<b>From the English</b> ship <i>Hopewell</i> anchored off the coast of what is now North Carolina, Governor John White watched with elation as a column of smoke rose into the summer dusk.<p>The plume from Roanoke Island “put us in good hope that some of the colony were there expecting my return out of England,” he …

Archaeology

Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu

A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire—and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of an 80-year-old hoax<p>Legend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant <i>Tridacna</i> clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow tribesmen in …

Los Angeles

How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

In the 9-plus years it’s been around, Google Chrome has become one of the best — and most popular — web browsers in the world. One reason for its rapid rise has been Google’s focus on security.<p>Protecting Chrome users from malware remains a top priority today. What you may not have realized is that …

Google Chrome

How To: We Tested the Best Burner Phone Apps for iPhone & Android — Here's Our Top 4

A burner number isn't just for criminals and cheating spouses. In this digital world, with many of our interactions being conducted online, a …

The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War

On the summer afternoon in 1944 that 23-year-old Elinor Powell walked into the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Phoenix, it never occurred to …

Save Your Money: Dermatologists Say These Are the 10 Best Drugstore Moisturizers

I love Sephora as much as the next woman. And those pink Glossier bags? I reuse them, too. But as high-end and brand-forward as these two outposts …

The Easiest Technique to Awaken Your Kundalini Energy – Evolve + Ascend

Many people want to know how to awaken the Kundalini. And as there are techniques for Kundalini Awakening, most of the techniques are kept secret by …

250,000 names from births, marriages and deaths in Ireland now live on Irish ancestry database

<b>AN IRISH ancestry database has now complied over a quarter of a million names that can be used by anyone seeking their Irish roots.</b><p>The online Early …

These Fascinating History Podcasts Will Make You Fall In Love With The Past

<b>Last Updated: May 2nd</b><p>A great podcast is all about being able to tell a great story. The medium thrives on masterful storytellers recounting and analyzing a moment in time that may have been forgotten or misread. It’s all about weaving threads together and adding insight along the way. That’s why …

Podcasting

The In-between State

<i>The secret of Zen is just two words: not always so.</i><br>—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi<p>It takes some training to equate complete letting go with comfort. But in …

Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live

Snoozing, nudging, hover actions, and a new sidebar — it’s a mobile app on the web!<p>The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut …

This Book Will Make You Want To Meditate, No Matter What Your Excuse

The most common misconception about meditation is that it's all about the breath, or posture, or having no thoughts at all.<p><i>Excerpts from JOY ON DEMAND by Chade-Meng Tan, copyright 2017 (HarperOne/HarperCollins).</i>

Hakuin’s Blistering Criticisms of Sōtō Zen: Who and What

Hakuin’s Blistering Criticisms of Sōtō Zen: Who and What<p>April 14, 2018 by Dosho Port<p>Hakuin (1686 – 1768), the great revitalizer of Rinzai Zen, had …

Meditation

Shikantaza is Understanding Emptiness

What is shikantaza? Suzuki Roshi, the great Zen teacher, says that it is the experience of receiving a "letter from emptiness"The post Shikantaza is …

What’s the Deal with Chakras (and How Do I Know If Mine Are Blocked)?

You’ve probably come across chakras in your weekly yoga class or favorite meditation app, but you’re not <i>actually</i> sure what they are (or why they …

Now Almost 50 Years Into An Iconic Career, All John Prine Wants Is One More Cigarette

<i>The RX is Uproxx Music’s stamp of approval for the best albums, songs, and music stories throughout the year. Inclusion in this category is the highest distinction we can bestow, and signals the most important music being released throughout the year. The RX is the music you need, right now.</i><p>There …

The Amazing Biblical Archaeological Find No One Talks About

I had never heard of this 1967 find, and it is fascinating:<p>It is probably one of the greatest finds of all time and, by the bizarre rules of biblical …

Why do we get wrinkly fingers and toes when they're wet?

This week Quirks Question is probably one asked by many who've spent too much time in the tub, "Why do fingers and toes get wrinkly and pruney when …

The surprising ancient origins of Passover

The Passover Seder is one of the most recognized and widely practiced of Jewish rituals, yet had our ancestors visited one of these modern-day …

From pranks to nuclear sabotage, this is the history of malware

Since the dawn of modern computing, software has been as capable as the programmers who created it. Their intentions became its capabilities, and …

Cybersecurity

Dogen's Thoughts on Birth and Death

<i>Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) left Japan to study in China and then brought Zen Buddhism back to his own country. The seminal philosophical force of</i> …

Shikibuton

Japan has a long history of developing thoughtful, tidy design ideas. That’s why the traditional bedroom setup in Japan is perfect for anyone who …

Clever van conversion is pet-friendly home to two dogs

We don't often think of vehicles as homes, but a growing number of people are converting various vans, cars and even buses into surprisingly …