Smart Tip: Peel an Entire Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds Saveur

2011_09_28-GarlicTip.jpgI know what you’re thinking: I already know the trick involving smashing a garlic clove with a knife to quickly remove its skin. Well this is a new, and rather incredible trick. And you don’t even need a knife!



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Smart Tip: Peel an Entire Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds Saveur

2011_09_28-GarlicTip.jpgI know what you’re thinking: I already know the trick involving smashing a garlic clove with a knife to quickly remove its skin. Well this is a new, and rather incredible trick. And you don’t even need a knife!



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<br>Like much of what makes me howl with laughter, I found this

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Like much of what makes me howl with laughter, I found this here at Tawna Fenske’s blog.

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Chicago is America’s Most Mustache-Friendly City

Chicago is America's Most Mustache-Friendly City Chicago is known for its affinity for men with mustaches and the American Mustache Institute has honored the City of Big Whiskers by naming Chicago “America’s Most Mustache-Friendly City.” [ more › ]

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Women have stronger immune systems than men — and it’s all down to X-chromosome related microRNA

As anyone familiar with the phrase “man-flu” will know women consider themselves to be the more robust side of the species when it comes to health and illness. Now new research seems to support the idea. The research focuses on the role of MicroRNAs encoded on the X chromosome to explain why women have stronger immune systems to men and are less likely to develop cancer.
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Happy Ganymede Day!

Ganymede_cov_REV It’s finally here! Ganymede officially hits stores – and e-readers, and online retailers – today!

And I do very much hope you’ll take a chance on this, my fourth Clockwork Century novel,* set in my alternate history universe with a drawn-out American Civil War complicated by a peculiar form of zombie uprising!

I have more fun with these books than should frankly be allowed, and if you’re interested in diving into the series, this is as good a place as any to get started. Would it be somewhat helpful to have read the others first? Sure, I guess. But each of these stories is written to let people read along without feeling too lost.

This is a franchise more than a series, so please don’t be put off by the prospect of not being all caught up with the other stories yet. If you dig pirates, airships, Victorian submarines, espionage, zombies, and ass-kicking … this might well be the book for you!

Here – allow me to provide you with links, for your clicking pleasure:

Ganymede at an independent retailer near you through IndieBound
Nab Ganymede from Amazon.com
Acquire Ganymede via Barnes & Noble
Pick up Ganymede at Books A Million
Purchase Ganymede courtesy of Powell’s

To read Ganymede on a Nook click here
To read Ganymede on a Kindle click here
To read Ganymede on a Sony E-Reader click here
To read Ganymede in other digital forms visit the listing at Macmillan

Man, I dipped into the exclamation marks again. Well, can you blame me? I’m so terribly excited about this one! Now I just have to run around all over the internet, updating my websites and widgets and information, oh my …

Thanks for reading, everyone, and if you take a chance on this weird little book, I do hope you enjoy it!



* Counting Clementine, a smaller project that was released through Subterranean Press. If you’re wondering why it’s so hard to come by as of late, click here.


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The NSA Wants Its Own Smartphone

"Troy Lange might work for one of the more secretive spy agencies in the United States, but he is happy to talk about his work. He is the NSAs mobility mission manager and he has been tasked with creating a smartphone that is secure enough to allow government personnel who deal with highly sensitive information to take their work on the road. The NSA takes the threat of compromised mobile devices (and compromised operatives) very seriously; NSA facilities have strict policies in place to govern the handling of information…."
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Important Communication to All Aid Bloggers Related to the Urgent Need for Better Coordination in the Sector

Dear Stakeholders,

It has come to my attention that there really are too many aid blogs out there, aren’t there? That’s obviously not good for the aid-blog sector, because as you surely agree there is too much “duplication of effort” and lack of “sharing of lessons learned” and “best practices” and “leverage of knowledge” among the different stakeholders.

Obviously what we need is more coordination.

As a self-appointed leader of the sector HRI is hereby suggesting we start focusing on coordination of all aid-blogging activities across the aid-blogging sector. HRI has already helpfully received an award from The Donor to support with this coordination effort (why would it have been competed? better to “sole-source” these things to the coordination experts) and as we speak a reasonably paid consultant is on the way here and should be shortly in touch with some matrix or other.

What you all need to do now is nominate a focal point (for now - you will need more focal points shortly as we expect coordination activities to start branching out across sub-themes and sub-committees).

The plan is we’ll start by having weekly meetings at the heads-of-blogging-agency level and there will be weekly focal point meetings in the coordination task force. Various sub-themes will be then identified (aid, development, M&E, snark, etc.) and Lead Blogs will be allocated to each of these themes.

Sub-committees should be in place (“scaled-up”) by mid-October and leading agencies should start reporting regularly to the Task Force and Coordination Group regularly. The Coordination Matrix will be filled in by individual blogs and then reviewed by our consultant. Tool-kits shoudl be distributed in January 2012.

In the following phase, a Communication Coordination Sub-Group will be set up that will be tasked with “clearing” any new post in the aid-blogging sector, to ensure coordinated messages and to avoid conflicting communication. We are also expected to agree on geographical priorities and different countries/ continents will be allocated to different blogs to ensure uniform coverage and “bridging of gaps”.

Finally, sometime next year, HRI’s M&E consultant will be in touch with a strategy that will prove beyond any doubt the added value of a truly coordinated strategy.

Thanks folks for your cooperation - and I have no doubt that together we’ll successfully coordinate the shit out of the aid-blogging industry!

PS: costs will be shared across the sector, please ensure you allocate sufficient resources in your 2012 work-plans for this important activity.


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Drink Coffee, Stay Happy?

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Drinking several cups a day is linked with a lower risk of depression, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that looked only at women. The benefit seems to start at two cups a day.Drinking several cups a day is linked with a lower risk of depression, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that looked only at women. The benefit seems to start at two cups a day.


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MicroLux HEPA Ionic Ozone Air Purifier $135 at eBay

img100466.jpgeBay with Factory Authorized Outlet has the MicroLux ML4000DCH HEPA Ionic Ozone Air Purifier (Cherry) for $135 with free shipping. Features a five-speed ultra quiet fan, six filtration types, and can clean up to 3000 sq ft. [Amazon Reviews : Compare]



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Hugo Boss apology for Nazi past

The German fashion firm Hugo Boss apologises for its maltreatment of forced workers during World War II when it supplied the Nazi regime with uniforms.
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Google buys European Groupon clone, snaps up German website DailyDeal (Matt Brian/The Next Web)

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pml.png Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys European Groupon clone, snaps up German website DailyDeal  — With reports that Google’s Groupon competitor Google Offers has gotten off to a slow start, the company has announced another acquisition in the Daily Deals space, snapping up German deal site DailyDeal.


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