Pizza making tip: Cut your home-made pizza like this if you want NYC-style foldable slices instead of miniature ones you might get if you cut it into 8 equal slices. » 7/11/13 7:50pm 7/11/13 7:50pm

I've really come to love the rechargeables Apple sells. They are pricey up-front, but you get 6 batteries that each last very long and the charger is small enough that I just leave it plugged into the wall all the time. Highly recommended. » 9/17/12 8:27am 9/17/12 8:27am

Dirt is a year-round phenomenon, and unless you are literally hibernating, you're going to track it into your house year-round. Spring cleaning is a good thing. I agree that people ought to do a big clean more than once a year, but .. "argh"? » 4/12/12 7:00am 4/12/12 7:00am

I was just at my local Ikea, and in the "as-is" department (which I think consists almost entirely of returns), there were a suspiciously high number of these bathroom units on sale for about half off. » 4/11/12 7:37pm 4/11/12 7:37pm

I just flew to LAX and opted out of the backscatter machine. It was kind of stressful, having never been through a pat-down before, and I didn't realize they'd ask me to take everything out of my pockets (and take my wallet so they could run it through the X-ray machine). I ended up leaving before they returned my… » 4/11/12 7:16pm 4/11/12 7:16pm

Haha, yep, I've done this a handful of times and had it work *almost* every time. It's particularly helpful if you're travelling with a lap infant. » 4/11/12 7:08pm 4/11/12 7:08pm

I've always really wanted to love Jawbone — I bought the first and second generation headsets when they came out — but I've always been disappointed, probalby because of all the fuss they made about the noise cancellation that didn't match my experience (remember that video of the guy in the windy car?). » 4/11/12 7:00pm 4/11/12 7:00pm

I don't know about other Ikea stores, but the one in Elizabeth NJ has an "as-is" section where you can get assembled (and usually chipped/scratched/etc) furniture at a pretty steep discount (20%-80% depending on the condition). If this project strikes your fancy, you'd probably also enjoy hunting for bargains and… » 4/11/12 6:57pm 4/11/12 6:57pm

Wow, talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing. If you have a finite number of days, you feel well within your rights to use those days. If you are salaried, and can take off as much as you want, you'd be far less likely to use as many days because each day you take would probably be perceived as being "less devoted" to… » 4/09/12 11:18am 4/09/12 11:18am

I have some store-bought hickory smoked salt that I really like, and what I really like is that the granules are turbinado-sugar-sized, for lack of a better way to describe it. Kosher is probably a safe way to go, but I'd lean towards sea salt as you suggested. » 12/06/11 6:39am 12/06/11 6:39am

I asked my in-laws to buy me a CostCo gift card after reading about this trick a while back (I'm pretty sure it was on LH, too), and when they went to buy it, they double checked with the management that I'd be able to use it, who they said I had to be a member even if I had a gift card. So it might be worth checking… » 10/25/11 6:58am 10/25/11 6:58am

Important to realize that geofencing options ("remind me when I get home") are lost when you push to RTM. If the built-in Reminder app let you specify a manual repeat frequency, I think I'd probably switch to it. » 10/19/11 10:24am 10/19/11 10:24am

At the risk of stating the obvious, this is much more likely to happen if all your contacts and calendars exist only on your phone and are not synced somehow (iTunes / MobileMe / Exchange). » 10/18/11 2:20pm 10/18/11 2:20pm

I still don't get the "walled garden" metaphor. The qualities I associate with a walled garden include beauty, order, a relative absence of undesirables things like weeds, and attention to detail. If owning an iOS device is like getting access to a "walled garden", it sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. » 10/18/11 8:57am 10/18/11 8:57am