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blog title Control Pandora from your keyboard August 30, 2006

You can control Pandora from your keyboard:
play/pause: spacebar
next song: right arrow
like this song: plus
don't like this song: minus
louder: up arrow
softer: down arrow
max volume: shift up arrow
mute: shift down arrow

Pandora.com lets you make your own internet radio station: You type in the name of your favorite band or song, and Pandora plays similar music. I created stations playing jazz fusion ("Yellowjackets"), dance music (“Armin Van Buuren”), and Christmas music ("Rudolf"). (When you sign up for Pandora, it will ask for your zip code. If you don't live in the United States, just type 12345.)

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:06 PM |
blog title Doctor Pepper August 28, 2006

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:53 PM |
blog title Eye controlled PC August 26, 2006

This $17,000 PC has no keyboard and no mouse. Instead it clicks where your eyes are pointing! Great for avoiding RSI or just kicking back.

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 3:15 PM |
blog title Indicatears: Turn signals for your body August 24, 2006
So, you're walking down the street and see someone coming towards you. You move to the left to let her pass, but at the same time she moves to the left, setting you up for a collision. Then you both move to the right. Will you ever pass each other? You will if you have Indicatears:

Clip these turn signals onto your ears, and press buttons on the attached belt clip to indicate you're passing on the left. Also nice for cyclists on sidewalks!

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:55 PM |
blog title Tell your friends! August 22, 2006

If you've found this blog useful, please tell all your friends about it. Your friends will appreciate it, and you can start sharing all sorts of interesting stories!

The address is chris.antiblog.com

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 11:27 AM |
blog title iPod Nano killer: Neeon 2 August 20, 2006
The Zen Neeon 2 portable media player is smaller, cheaper, and more powerful than the iPod Nano:
  • plays (specially-encoded, short) videos
  • FM radio
  • records via built-in mic, for lectures, interviews, and voice memos
  • records via line-in plug, from CD player
  • five-band EQ
  • install music and video by simply dragging files from your PC
  • 20 hours of music, 8 hours of video: Enough battery for a long plane flight
  • available Black, Silver, Blue, Pink, Orange
sizeneeonnano
1GB$125$150
2GB$170$200
4GB$200$250

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 1:17 PM |
blog title Anger is all bad August 19, 2006
Expressing anger makes you even more angry. Anger doesn't help you, doesn't help the person you're yelling at, and doesn't resolve the situation.

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:14 AM |
blog title Happy people think more logically August 18, 2006
Many people think that happy people are stupid or silly, that they are blind to all the problems of the world. Wrong!

Happiness comes from the left, logical side of the brain. Anger comes from the right, emotional, illogical side of the brain.

Anger, like all emotion, is neccessarily illogical: When you're about to be attacked, there's no time to stop and think! If cavement stopped to weigh the pros and cons of their flight-or-fight decision, they were killed, and didn't pass on their afraid-yet-thoughtful genes.

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:44 PM |
blog title Happy people are healthier August 17, 2006
Happy people have less cortisol (stress hormone) and so have better immune systems. Their bodies handle stress better, and get sick less.

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:44 PM |
blog title Talk with happy people August 16, 2006
Like monkeys, humans learn by imitating others.

Every day you learn how to feel. Listen to people complain, and you'll start to do the same. Talk to someone who is depressed, and you'll feel depressed. But talk to someone who is happy and you too will feel good.

Don't you know someone who can light up the room with their smile? Or someone who can kill the mood without saying a word?

Imitating others is something you can't control. The social contagion thesis posits that attitudes, beliefs, moods and behaviour spread among people like infectious diseases - not by rational choice.

You'll be happier when you hang out with happy people and avoid pessimists.

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:44 PM |
blog title For God's sake, put that laser pointer away! 

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:30 AM |
blog title lowtech HUD August 15, 2006
A heads-up display (HUD) lets you keep your eyes on the road while checking your map or driving directions. Print in a large font, and reverse left-and-right:

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 1:57 PM |
blog title How to give a presentation August 14, 2006

Slides:

  • Start with your main point, then add details, repeating the main point after each detail. (So your audience can space out, or come in late, and still follow your talk. And you won't panic if you run out of time.)
  • Plan to talk for one or two minutes during each slide.
  • Write a clear title on every slide, in a large sans-serif font.
  • Use simple pictures instead of text.
  • Avoid bullet lists, logos, dates, background images, repeated references to your name, your organization, the conference name, etc.

Speaking:

  • Look at your audience or your screen - not your laptop.
  • Emphasize your main point: Say "This is my main point", or change your voice, speaking very slowly, or leave a long pause after your main point.
  • Feel free to pause to collect your thoughts. Don't rush. The audience is reading your slide. Don't say Ummmmm!

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:28 AM |
blog title Egg Plant August 13, 2006

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:55 PM |
blog title How to live out of a carry-on bag (3) Packing August 12, 2006
Pack your larger, more easily wrinkled clothes first. Use this order: jacket, skirts, dresses, shirts, pants, sweaters. Lay each item (on your bed, or, better, in your bag) face up, button it, and smooth out any wrinkles. Alternate your shirts up and down, and your pants and skirts left and right:

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Then pack everything but your clothes in a big plastic bag (30x40cm, 11x16"). Place this "core" bag on top of your clothes. Then, starting from the top, wrap each item firmly around the bag. (Firm wrapping pulls out any wrinkles. Don't fold: Folding causes wrinkles.) Finally tie your bundle firmly in your suitcase. (Don't let your clothes move around: Moving causes wrinkles.)

At your hotel, hang your clothes in the bathroom. The steam from your shower will remove most wrinkles.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title How to live out of a carry-on bag (2) Clothes August 11, 2006
In the summer in Europe, men can wear khaki pants and a sweater anywhere, even to the opera. Women can wear dresses, skirts, or pants anywhere. But shorts make you look like a tourist.

Pack dark clothes that dry quickly and either don't wrinkle or look good wrinkled.

Pick one or two colors. Dark clothes look less wrinkled.

Try synthetic fabrics:

  • Nylon dries in minutes and weighs little.
  • Seersucker looks good wrinkled.
  • Coolmax dries quickly, won't wrinkle, and is cooler in summer and warmer in winter than cotton.

Test your clothes by hand-washing them at home. See how wrinkled they get, and how quickly they dry.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title How to live out of a carry-on bag (1) Laundry August 10, 2006

Most of your luggage is clothing. The secret to packing light is taking just a few clothes, and spending 10 minutes each night washing them.

Wash and rinse your clothes in the sink or shower of your hotel. Pack a flat rubber jar opener or rolled sock to stop the drain. Pack a single small soap for your face, hair, body, shaving, and clothes washing. Wear your socks like mittens and scrub everything. Then roll your wet clothes in a towel, and twist the towel tightly to squeeze out most of the water. Finally hang up your clothes.

In the morning, if you're leaving the hotel and your clothes are still wet, just wear them. Damp clothes feel great in the summer, and your body will quickly dry them.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title How big a bag should you carry when traveling? August 9, 2006
Most airlines let you carry a bag up to 20x30x50cm (9x14x22"). Some airlines check that your bag fits in a box that size. Other airlines check that your bag's length + width + height <= 100cm (45"). You could probably carry a bigger bag into the airplane, but you'd have difficulty storing it above or below your seat.

A few airlines say your bag must weigh less than 6kg (15 pounds), but I've never seen airlines weigh carry-on bags. Still, you will be carrying that bag though the airport and to your hotel, so make it light!

The point is not to see how much you can sneak onto the airplane. The point is to see how light you can be.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title Why live out of a carry-on bag? August 8, 2006
On your next trip, leave your suitcase behind. Try taking only a small bag, small enough that you can carry it on the airplane, and stow it above your seat.

It's great to travel with only a small bag. Because you won't check luggage, you can get through the airport faster on both departure and arrival. Without a big suitcase, it'll be much easier to walk between your airports and taxis and hotels.

And you don't have to worry about your bags getting lost. (Over the twenty years I've been traveling, my bags were lost twice. Once it took only a few days to get them back, but once I had to wait a month!) About 1% of checked airplane bags get lost, damaged, or stolen. A small bag sets you free to travel without worries!

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title A month of work in Europe August 7, 2006
My wife and I will be traveling through Europe this summer. We have a complicated schedule, attending two conferences and a meeting, all in different countries. Over a month, we'll be riding trains, busses, and six airplanes. I've decided to try to pack everything I'll need for that month into a small backpack.

Over this next week, I'll tell you how and why to pack small.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title Sit Different August 6, 2006
This proposed chair for MacBooks looks cool, but hard to get in to and out of, and fairly uncomfortable. But it does look cool...

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:41 PM |
blog title Assaulted peanut August 5, 2006

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:52 PM |
blog title Time Boxing August 4, 2006
Decide what is the single most important thing you could do right now, and work on it for 30 minutes. Then stop.

This Time Boxing has many advantages:

  • Time Boxing encourages you to frequently think about what's important.
  • Time Boxing prevents you from thoughtlessly spending all day on one task. Instead of being a perfectionist, endlessly tweaking, never finishing, you can decide if your job is good enough after just 30 minutes. (If not, you could later decide to spend another 30 minutes. Time Boxing is not about working faster per se, but about giving you frequent chances to decide.)
  • Time Boxing breaks large or unpleasant tasks into small unthreatening chunks, reducing procrastination.
  • Time Boxing lets you get things done during little breaks between appointments, breaks you might otherwize waste in chit chat, email, or daydreaming.

Time Boxing

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 11:16 PM |
blog title Shortcomings August 3, 2006
Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the glaring defects in other people's characters.

-- Margaret Halsey (via Frank Sapp)

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 11:03 PM |
blog title Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs. August 2, 2006

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,

it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:56 PM |
blog title Light Beer August 1, 2006

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:50 PM |

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Control Pandora from your keyboard
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Doctor Pepper
Eye controlled PC
Indicatears: Turn signals for your body
Tell your friends!
iPod Nano killer: Neeon 2
Anger is all bad
Happy people think more logically
Happy people are healthier
Talk with happy people
For God's sake, put that laser pointer away!
lowtech HUD
How to give a presentation
Egg Plant
How to live out of a carry-on bag (3) Packing
How to live out of a carry-on bag (2) Clothes
How to live out of a carry-on bag (1) Laundry
How big a bag should you carry when traveling?
Why live out of a carry-on bag?
A month of work in Europe
Sit Different
Assaulted peanut
Time Boxing
Shortcomings
Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
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