A simple recipe, with photos, to make the popular Israeli spicy condiment, zhug (skhug). Originally from Yemen, this Mediterranean hot sauce is easy to prepare, has a vivid green color, and has a garlic/cilantro aroma...
I review three popular oral probiotics - Life Extension's Advanced Oral Hygiene, GUM's PerioBalance, and Oragenics's EvoraPlus - and report on their impact on my gums. My dentists' feedback, too.
What's the difference between two nasal corticosteroids, Nasonex and Flonase? The biggest difference might be price, since the effectiveness is virtually the same.
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Losing my data got me to look at backing up with Time Machine, and reliability concerns prompted me to look at Time Capsule alternatives. Research brought me to Western Digital's My Book Live Duo, which has a number of...
Recipe for nazook (nazouk/nazuk), an Armenian pastry that's traditionally served around Easter. Step-by-step instructions, and an instructional video of my Aunt Aida, master nazook baker, showing you how it's done!
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Recipe (with video and pictures) for the most delectable coffee cake EVER: the Armenian Nutmeg Cake. Incredibly easy to make, and so, SO delicious!
6 US companies' takes on prefabricated (modular) cottages and cabins, with pricing information and photos, from traditional log cabins, to strikingly modern, innovative designs. Updated for 2016.
Updated for 2016: Price per square foot for 20 prefab (modular) home companies' products, including Blu Homes, Proto Homes, ideabox (Ikea), weeHouses, and many others.
Two verses in Leviticus (18:22 and 20:13) are frequently cited by people who condemn homosexuality and claim Biblical support. But are these verses (and others) really about homosexuality? An honest exegesis (critical...
Can you lighten dark brown eyes? Sure...with the right contact lenses. There are special lenses that will turn coffee-colored eyes to a light-brown, almost hazel, quite convincingly. Here are the most readily available...
Is there a connection between estrogenic activity and popular soy foods like tofu, tempeh, edamame, and soy milk? The research suggests soy has health implications for both women and men. Includes a chart with...
Pictures and videos of No Doubt's Gwen Stefani with dark hair. Yeah, she's actually a brunette - shocking!
Want to make edible hair as decoration for cupcakes or another type of dessert? Use this easy technique to transform corn syrup (or another sugar syrup) into thousands of strands of hairlike candy. You can dye it, too!
How do you make bread with einkorn flour, and how does it taste? I've found a tried-and-true recipe that makes the most delicious, malty, nutty bread I've ever had.
The Plitvice Lakes in central Croatia are absolutely gorgeous, and worth a visit even if you're coming outside the usual summer tourist season. Here's a video of my trip there in April 2010, and my advice on how to...
Step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to make homemade croissants. I've included nutritional information and some helpful tips for croissant-baking newbies.
I have personal experience with these two models. Ahem!
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Ever have to replace a broken toilet handle? I have! I have pictures to prove it, and with these instructions I'm going to show you how to do it yourself in about 5 minutes. All you need is a wrench and a new toilet...
Zombie movies have been all the rage recently, but did you know that bugs (insects, and the odd arachnid) are turned into zombies and forced, through some pretty freaky voodoo mind-control, to do some pretty sinister...
Easy-to-follow guide with pictures on how to make nocino, or Italian green walnut liqueur (also known as orahovica or orahovac in Croatian, or liqueur de noix in French).
You might be able to find preserved fresh walnuts in some Armenian, Greek, or Middle Eastern markets, but it's also not terribly hard to make them at home. Here are step-by-step instructions.
The reputations of Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi, and Katta Delta.
Simple step-by-step instructions on how to make Gmail your home page on Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer (IE), or Safari.
Have bloating or gas in the afternoon or evening? Here's how to diagnose the source of the problem; the culprit is usually something you ate for breakfast or lunch.
Easy step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to make bamboo charcoal soap at home. Much easier than you might think!
Sure, you can get heartburn from a particularly spicy meal, or just by chowing down a bit too generously (Thanksgiving dinner, anyone?). But water?! Yep, even the stuff that's supposed to be good for you in almost all...
Translations into English, and explanations, for Mexican ice cream (nieve/helado) and popsicle (paleta) flavors.
As a person who has always battled oily skin, I can completely sympathize with anyone trying to reduce or get rid of really greasy skin. It's shiny, makes you look and feel unclean, and can lead to zits. Although the...
Want to make a cup of drip coffee for yourself but don't want to break out the electric coffee maker? Single-serve coffee using coffee drippers (or filter cones, pour-over drip makers, or coffee filter holders) are...
Ever tried to make French macaroons (macarons)? Impossible, you say? No! This method has *always* worked beautifully for me, and I am no whiz in the kitchen. I detail step-by-step, with plenty of pictures, and an...
The new iPhone 5, announced on Sept. 12, available for order on Sept. 14, represents a dramatic departure from its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. This article details all the changes to the hardware of Apple's iconic...
Is identity theft protection worth it? And if it is worth it, which company's service is best? I am truly not affiliated with any of these companies—unlike most of the "unbiased" reviews on the...
The mouth is one of the fastest places in the body to heal, Uf you've bitten your tongue, lip, or inner cheek, here's what to do to get your mouth feeling better—fast.
How much can you expect to shell out for a skydive? Read this article to see the average price ranges for a solo or tandem jump and a breakdown of what you're paying for.
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My review of 23andMe, which I used to get important & interesting information about my health and ancestry. Includes screenshots and a discussion of features.
I recently received the results of my $2,000 (now $1,100) DecodeME test one year ago, so I'd like to share a review of my experience with the product.
Have you ever seen that special gummy glue, almost, um, boogerlike (for the lack of a better word), that's used to adhere credit cards to paper when banks mail them to you, or to attach products or special cards on the...
I have used both 23andMe and DecodeMe and would like to share my experiences with both. While both have substantially similar offerings (both health and genealogical background snapshots), the devil is in the details,...
A quick, tasty recipe for broccolini (brocollini).
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Have you heard of crack pie? Anderson Cooper sings its praises, as do Martha Stewart and countless other people who are willing to pay $44 for one at New York's Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar (they do deliver, too)....
Can resveratrol really make you lose weight? Learn what resveratrol really can and can not do about weight loss.
Which resveratrol pill does Dr Oz recommend? NONE. Please read this important article and don't get swindled!
Having recently spent a couple of great weeks in Thailand, here are my 10 pieces of advice, in no particular order (this is practical advice, not destination suggestions): 1. Don't bring a lot of clothes. You can get...
How to move your iTunes music from one computer to another (and no, you can't use your iPod or iPhone - stupid, yes, I know).
The Wasp Knife, which the news media has been reporting on recently, is extremely deadly. This is the way it works: in the knife handle, there is a small canister of 24 grams of compressed carbon dioxide (CO2) there...
I had a herniated disc for 5 months before I finally got a discectomy. In the month prior to surgery, I tried many different ways (including various painkillers) to get relief from the pain. Here's insights from my...
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I had a herniated disc in 2008 (L5-S1) and suffered for 5 grueling months of different treatments before I got surgery. Here, I explore those options I tried; many others share their experiences in the comments. (Almost...
A comment by elleissa left on this Hub mentioned an online test created by a team at Harvard that looks at a person's automatic biases towards some groups over others. Most of us have automatic, knee-jerk reactions...
Step-by-step guide on how to give yourself an authentic I Ching reading! Lots of fun, and full of insightful advice.
Aronia is the name for a very dark berry, native to the Americas, but far more popular in Eastern Europe, where its juice is known to help people with heart conditions. When I lived in Poland, it was a fairly popular...
Information on the status of lead-containing lipstick and recalls. L'Oreal and other brand-name lipstick statements and coverage.
If you're curious about your racial/ethnic background, nowadays you don't have to rely on what your relatives have to say. Now for less than $300 you can get fairly conclusive indications from DNA tests which you can...
Geocaching (GEE-oh-cash-ing) is a great outdoors recreational activity that's similar to a scavenger hunt. There is a hidden object, and you're given clues and GPS (global positioning) coordinates to help you find it....
A Brazilian friend of mine made me this tea about ten years ago when I was just coming down with a really bad flu. I drank it, and then throughout the night, I woke up about 5 times, each time completely soaked with...
There are 3 ways to do this, depending on how much time you have and how much money you're willing to spend. A taxi cab will run you about $26-28 (depending on traffic, mostly) and will take anywhere from 20-30...
Choux (pronounced "shoe") pastry, or puff pastry, is the basis of a number of great pastry delicacies, including cream puffs (profiteroles), eclairs, and some types of turnovers (others use phyllo dough). ...
Easy-to-follow instructions on how to dial from a landline or cell/mobile phone to reach someone in London, England.
A review of Michael Moore's SICKO, including additional statistics on relative costs of healthcare systems that the film should've included.
Yerba mate, a South American herb related to the holly whose leaves are drunk much like tea elsewhere, has a taste different from tea, even green tea. Here's how I would describe the flavor of yerba mate: strong and...
As a tea fanatic, white tea is a prominent member of my tea repertory. And, along with green tea, black tea and red tea (rooibos), it's also chock-full of antioxidants. But what does it taste like? First, the flavor is...
An exploration of the principles outlined in Ori Hofmekler's book, the Anti-Estrogenic Diet. Includes lists of estrogenic and anti-estrogenic foods, the 3 stages of the diet, and commentary on some of the more unusual...
I'm one of those people who has a perpetually-runny nose (and, no, it's not a cold). The *only* thing that has ever worked to keep my nose dry and normal is Ipratropium Bromide spray, prescribed by my doctor.
Kelly is the brainchild of Liam Sullivan. Enjoy these campy videos, and sing along if you feel so inclined. Intro: Happy birthday, twins. A computer! And a car! Thanks, Mom and Dad! Kelly, go ahead and open your...
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I've read about the supposed difficulty of many languages. Some I don't know at all (like Chinese or Arabic, which I'd imagine are difficult), but I did have the opportunity to learn one of the hardest, and supposedly...
I first found out about erythritol when I bought Honest Tea's Tangerine Green Tea, which has only 10 calories but is all natural. How? It uses a little-known, natural low-calorie sweetener called erythritol. Erythritol...
Making yogurt at home is easy, and does not require any special equipment. I've made yogurt dozens of times using this method, which I describe step-by-step with photos. Save money and have fun making your own yogurt!
Here are some great sources of intriguing philosophical quizzes that you can do alone, or with a small group of friends. I've enjoyed them both ways. Morality Play: A fascinating quiz that determines how you weigh...
Energy drinks are getting more and more popular, and many contract manufacturers make it relatively easy to formulate and bottle your own. If you're interested in manufacturing your own energy beverage, here's some...
As much as I love public transportation (cheap, pretty reliable, can read or zone out, no traffic headaches, environmentally-friendly), sometimes I feel like I've walked into a giant petri dish when I enter a BART train...
Winter Itch (winter pruritis, or xerotic eczema) is that type of itchy skin you get when it's cold and dry outside. It's caused by dehydration. Wintertime makes the problem worse for a few reasons: the air is dry...
My elderly aunts love telling jokes like these. I hope you enjoy them, too. Three old guys, all hard of hearing, were playing golf one sunny spring morning. One says to another, "Windy, isn't it?"...
What does it mean to be "agnostic"? Although often confused with "atheist", it means something quite a bit different. The term derives from the Greek roots "a" (not or without) and...
Before you plunk down several hundred bucks for a tattoo, get inspired. Here are three sites you might want to visit for some designs you can bring to your tattoo artist.
One of our gold barbs started developing a lump about a month ago. It slowly got bigger, but the fish acted normal--same activity level, hunger, color. Recently, in the past 4-5 days, the lump has begun to weigh it...
We all know that refrigerating food helps keep it longer. That's because the bacteria and fungi that spoil food grow much more slowly at lower temperatures. Their metabolisms, like that of all living creatures, slow...
What are the signs and signals you should be looking for to see if someone's gay or lesbian? It takes some practice to fine-tune gaydar, but these tips and tricks should help you suss out "members of the...
Kathy Griffin, star of Bravo's Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, hosted a great chat session with her fans on October 1, 2006. She answered fans' questions and had a lot of funny things to say. If you're a fan as...
In 2004, we visited my family in Croatia, and my aunt shared recipes that we enjoyed at her summer-house on the island of Brač. This is intended for my friends and family members (I was appointed to transcribe what...
Laugh all you want at the prospect of eating 4 homemade breakfast burritos. They're more satisfying and far more nutritious than your Vanilla Frappucino...
Evolution at work: Fruit fly genetics and implications for us (or, Making the case for working with what we've got)
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Information about resveratrol, a naturally-occurring antioxidant in red wine. Research is demonstrating its ability to extend lifespan, counter the effects of obesity and Alzheimer's disease, and increase endurance.