How to find meaning in life by developing your own, independently-created philosophy of life and putting it to the test.
An honest account of what it's like to get gum grafting surgery, written by a patient the morning after the procedure.
After getting gum grafting surgery, I wanted to recover FAST for an upcoming New Year's event. This is what I did to move things along more quickly.
The causes of gum recession (in which your gums pull back below a tooth's enamel) might surprise you!
Are you a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck or classic films? If so, you'll have to stop by the best Roman Holiday film sights on your next trip to Rome.
Shakespeare is the ultimate god of insults. Here are my 50 favorite Shakespearean insults from a broad collection of plays. Enjoy, you whoreson!
Over several months, I have amassed quite the collection of photos of facial expressions as I've edited videos. Perhaps you'll find them useful as a reference point.
Working class children in the Victorian Age began work early on- and were exposed to long hours, dangerous tasks, and hazardous environments. Read on to discover the horrors of Victorian child labor!
How did women wear their hair back in Regency era England? Check out the most popular hairstyles from this refreshingly simple and romantic time.
Ever wish you could yell "THIS IS SPARTA!" every time you dump someone? Newsflash, bucko- actual dating in ancient Sparta was far more intense.
Do you like Doctor Who? Do you wish you weren't always out of the loop when people flash obscure hand gestures? Suffer no more, my friend!
Name calling makes for a splendid sport, but modern insulting names lack creativity and flare. Here are some old (we're talking Medieval-Renaissance period) names people used to call their rivals and enemies. I think you'll agree they're quite superior!
Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds come with an avalanche of interesting backstory. Here are 10 fun facts about the mountain, the ride, and its various developments!
French braiding your own hair is surprisingly easy. Here's how to do it yourself!
Did you know that you can hear Quitzalcoatl’s chirp when you clap in front of one of Chichen Itza's pyramids? Have a listen- you'll learn some other fun Chichen Itza facts along the way!
Does laser hair removal hurt? I sacrificed my personal comfort and dignity to answer this question. Some of my discoveries surprised even me.
Not cool with public speaking? Yeah, I wasn't either, especially because I exude awkwardness. Thankfully, I've overcome my presentation/speech-giving fear. Here's how I did it!
Here's how to decrystallize honey fast in small and medium batches- no pan or microwave needed. This method is great if you have crystallized honey, but don't want to decrystallize an entire jar, or are dealing with honey in a plastic container.
Marie Antoinette's hair was impressive- and full of secrets! Here are ten interesting facts about famous updos, nervous hair habits, hairstyle support staff, and bad hair days associated with France's most famous queen.
Marie Antoinette was famous for her elaborate hairstyles. It should come as no surprise that her impressive hair comes with its own fascinating history!
Would you like to put a new spin on your updos? Go for a Victorian hairstyle! I've outlined the major styles of the period, ranging from loopy to crimped. I'll even tell you about a little diddy I call the Victorian Mullet. Prepare to be inspired!
You've met someone for the first time and want to meet him/her again... do you know what you're implying? I sure didn't until one of my good buddies clued me into this particular unspoken dating rule. Are YOU in the loop?
Have you taken a good look at dating etiquette advice on the Internet? It's pretty bad. In fact, it provides little more beyond obvious tips... and a whole bunch of conflicting advice. Can we do something about this, please?
Can you wash pillows? Absolutely! In fact, you *should* wash your pillows at least twice a year to extend their lifespan- but mind the way you go about it! What follows is a guide to protecting, washing, drying, and maintaining pillows. Enjoy!
Don't know how often you are supposed to wash your sheets? Here's the definitive guide! I've even added a helpful timetable and included a bunch of laundering tips. Hurrah!
Are you going to be staying in a Japanese hotel room any time soon... or are you staying in one NOW??? Here are five things you've GOT to do!
Feeling crappy? That's OK. We all feel down sometimes. But why feel crappy for longer than necessary? Here are five quick cures that will upgrade your mood from dismal to delightful.
I never expected to see western clothing and accessories in Tokyo, but on my latest visit to this city's trendiest shops, I saw bolo ties EVERYWHERE. Looks like these might be the next 'it' accessory!
Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn't mean it lacks a dark side- in fact, many people have met untimely and violent deaths within the park. Can you guess which areas of the park are the most deadly? You might be surprised!
I'm all for messing with roommates... but in a harmless manner. Here are some ideas for fun dorm room pranks that will lead to confusion and giggles- not lawsuits, fist fights, or evictions. Stop by and share your favorite prank ideas!
I've seen some incredible jack-o-lanterns in my day, but NOTHING compares to the Disney pumpkin patterns that are on show in Disneyland every October. Check them out! You'll get LOTS of ideas and inspiration.
Do you ever want to pass on drinks at a party but don't know what to say? Here are 51 different ways to say no to alcohol that'll have you covered in nearly EVERY situation! Cheers!
What is tsundere? It is a character development device that emerged in visual novels, then made its way to discussion of manga and anime. Now, there are even tsundere maid cafes!
You know what would be fun? Dressing like your favorite Doctor Who character!! Here are some fun costume ideas. Get inspired! Geronimo!
Moe moe, kyun!! What does that mean, you ask? Oh, I'll tell you. And I'll give you a better look at the otaku meme- from K-On! origins to the Moe Moe Kyun maid cafe!
Do you want to be served by a cute girl dressed in a fluffy maid costume who calls you master, serves you adorable dishes with smiley faces drawn on them in ketchup, and casts anime-esque magical spells over your drinks to make them extra tasty? Sounds like you need to go to a maid cafe!
Saizeriya is a cheap Italian food chain in Japan with restaurants all over the country. Ever since I discovered it at age 15, I've been a fan! The food is consistent, delicious, and comforting, and the
Do you want a costume made of lulz? Y U NO WEAR INTERNET MEME COSTUME? Here are some ideas to play with- from bronies, Rage Faces, and Antoine Dodson to Nyan Cat (and even Zombie Kid- turtles, anyone?), I've got you covered.
Everyone reads Regency era novels for the sex and violence, but the slang isn't so bad either! Let's bring back some of the classics, eh wot?
Looking for love in Alderaan places? You simply haven't hit on enough Star Wars fans. Here are some great pickup lines to play with. Set your blasters to stun... and don't get cocky!
A simple and delicious scratch brownie recipe with fudge icing and a hint of cinnamon. Slightly less sugary and extra rich, these brownies are easy to make, plus they're made with ingredients you're likely to already have on hand.
Shortly after my birth in a city outside Tokyo, I was given a beautiful decorated paddle inside an elaborate display case. Only just now have I looked into the meaning, history, and tradition behind it. It happens to be quite fascinating!
Don't know how to decorate a boring room? Go for the perfect mixture of nerdiness and glamour by giving it a geek chic makeover! Here are some tips to help you get started.
A convenient guide elliptical exercise equipment maintenance- from getting rid of squeaking noises to identifying and resolving other common problems- from slipping, odd noises, and white dust.
An index of some of my favorite cyberpunk slang terms, used by fictional characters of the future. Pick up th
What do YOU know about bromance, son?! Join me as we explore some of the more interesting facets of bro culture, including bronies, broetry, bromance, the bro bible, bros icing bros, and more!
Why are your hands blue? Let's explore the potential causes. Do they turn blue somewhat regularly? Perhaps you have Raynaud's disease. We'll discuss that, too!
Interested in using silicone baking molds? Check out my simple tips and tricks to be sure you're making the most of these convenient kitchen tools.
What do you think of women in short skirts? Are they smart? Stupid? Slutty? Well, guess what... YOU'RE WRONG! It's time to discover what these short-skirters really are in this riveting, whistle-blowing exclusive.
Let us peruse the top bra stuffing options together - and discuss both the good and regrettable features of each. By the end of this overview, you shall be sure to know which bra-stuffing technology is best for your budget, needs, and capricious whims.
I will show you how to eat a cupcake without making a mess. I will also show what different cupcake eating tactics reveal about the people who employ them.
So you're thinking about French kissing someone, huh? We've got some fun chatting to do, just you and me. By the end of our little one-on-one, you'll be all set to French kiss a boy (or girl)- and oh la la, will you ever French kiss WELL!
What's that, sonny? You've never undone a bra before? Well gee whiz! You've come to the right place! If there's one thing I love to do, it's undo bras. When other kids were out playing catch, learning basic social skills, and learning to read and...
Little known fact: I am exceedingly good at hiding. I am so good at hiding that I have passed family members by in the street and have literally waved at them and they have not recognized me.
After working at a cupcake shop, I can tell you there are hundreds, if not thousands of things that can happen to those beautiful, precious little confectionary treats, and that not all cupcake containers are created equal. What follows is a guide to the best and worst cupcake containers, as well...
Sociopathic women are nothing to be afraid of. So long as you understand some basic principles about how they operate, you should be able to get along with them without harm or trouble- you might even be glad to know them!
For your perusal, I have collected some of the greatest evil girl names. Some of them are inspired by actual evil women and girls in history; others belong to fictional characters. Enjoy!
When it comes on online dating, I'm rooting for the dudes. I would prefer to see them do well than do poorly... and yet so many stick their feet in their mouths with their first message to a promising target. I would not have thought this to be...
People spend far too much time trying to figure out how to make people happy and comfortable. Sure, you can get ahead by impressing people; but it is far more fun to get ahead using intimidation and other nefarious tactics to make people...
Want to make someone talk? Here's the skinny on how to get even the most secretive types to spill the beans. Here are the top methods used by commoners and super-spies alike- from sex to torture!
Socializing is complicated enough as it is. Wouldn't it be nice if each human came with a user manual?
With just an ounce of extra foresight and the right attitude, maneuvers, and mindset, you can wear a short mini skirt with majestic grace- danger be damned!
Cake storage is not the clear-cut process you thought it was. Believe me. As a lifelong cake aficionado and fangirl, I thought I knew everything there was to know about cake preparation and storage. But I was wrong.
Let us break the monotonous cycle of misinformation. Here are five REAL reasons why women, myself included, wear short skirts.
If you're in the market for one of these Sanrio-ified instruments, there are several important factors to consider before making the purchase. I'll guide you through the basics, and after having a look at the guide, you should be ready to go ahead and get the hello kitty guitar- acoustic or...
It is not enough to just do abdominal exercises to strengthen your core. You must do them correctly. And if you want to do them correctly, you'll need to understand the concept of co-contraction.
Playing dumb is much more efficient and beneficial than being the know-it-all. To prove my point, I'll share with you the top benefits of playing dumb. After reading this article, you might find yourself playing the fool right along with me.
I say we introverts should stand up to the tyranny of extroverted society and fight for the right to be introverted. Being an introvert has manifold advantages. Heck, if everyone knew just how awesome introversion can be, the whole world would be introverting! To prove my point, I present you with...
Living alone can be dreary or fabulous. It all comes down to the decisions you make and the way you run your single-person household. What follows is a guide to maximizing one's solitary life. The key, you will find, lies in quality, quantity, cleanliness, indulgence, and socialization.
An interesting thing has happened in the world of Mexican boots. The toes are getting pointy. And long. And dance crews are flaunting them as they shuffle the night away to the pre-hispanic-African-Cumbia lovechild that is Tribal music.
When it comes to establishing a reputation as an evildoer or villain, branding is key. It may seem like a mundane task when compared to wreaking havoc, however a name can be the difference between your enemies running away in fear and smirking at your lack of impressiveness.
What follows is a simple guide on how to dominate the world. Follow these steps and you just might have a shot.
Do you want to avoid contact with troublesome viruses and bacteria? Or do you just want to steer clear of generally unclean puplic surfaces? If you do, chances are you have trouble with doorways. Not to worry- there are some very creative ways to...
Below is an outline of 12 awesome things to do at comic and anime conventions. These are, of course, only some of the many, many awesome things you may experience should you ever attend one. If you're a seasoned convention-goer, I hope you feel as warmly about these activities as I do. If you're...
Lving alone has some drawbacks in addition to perks. The biggest downside of solitary life involves personal safety, as women on their own do not have roomies or family to regularly check in on them or keep an eye out for suspicious activity. To contend with matters of safety, there are some...
Many women dread the prospect of living alone, but really, it's AWESOME, and women are choosing to live alone every year. Many have partners and simply choose to maintain their own residence and not marry. Others simply want to devote extra time...
While it is very important to understand product life cycles, businesses have their own life cycles that should be taken into consideration when developing strategic plans. What follows is a description of the most commonly identified stages of...
What it really means to be an introvert.
While writing a business plan may seem like a formidable task, it is actually quite easy. Most business plans follow a fairly formal structure. Below I will describe the basic outline business plans follow (as recommended by the U.S. Small Business Administration) and give an explanation of each...
Has anyone ever called you a sociopath? Or do you sometimes wonder if you might be one? Perhaps you would like to investiate further by taking this convenient sociopath test I have put together. I am not a professional, but I *have* compiled the common symptoms into this quiz.
When it comes to imagining ideal boyfriends, you should reach for the stars- or better yet, Star Wars! The universe's most eligible bachelors hail from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Do you know someone who you suspect to be a sociopath? Or do you wonder if you yourself may be a sociopath? Review the common symptoms below and put your speculation to rest!
Entire empires can be built from elliptical machines, hence there is no sense in paddling away with a tortured expression while watching the seconds slowly click along. Here are five easy ways to get a TON of work done on an elliptical while also getting a great workout.
Few things are so mentally satisfying as the lovely smell of cinnamon rolls baking or a cinnamon-infused warm beverage on a cold day, but did you know that cinnamon benefits your health as well? Some months back, I "quit" salt (of which I was...
Are you up to date on your games terminology? If not, have a look at the glossary below, and also have a look at some of the videos below (some are very basic introductions, other offer more advanced terminology).
If you're unsure how to close a formal letter or simply tired of signing off letters and emails with "sincerely" or "regards," take one of these zingers for a spin!
Of all the dresses a woman may purchase in her life, the wedding dress may be the most significant. It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the world's most strange, beautiful, and unique dresses are for weddings! Let's have a look at some of the best.
I've shared some of the best UV umbrellas below (both in terms fo style and functionality) for you to review. If you hope to protect your skin during your daily commute, find a complimentary accessory for a costume, or add something both romantic and practical to your wardrobe, I hope you'll find...
As it happens, there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to home security safes, so it took some time for me to sift through choices and reviews before finding something suitable. If you are also in the market for a document fire box, allow me to save you some time and trouble by sharing...
If you plan to record a podcast from some place that is not a studio, or if you are dealing with a relatively low cost microphone (e.g. under $300), chances are that the microphone will be picking up a bunch of sound that you don't want it to pick...
I am naturally dubious about trendy exercise modalities - I hate wild claims and annoying lingo and gimmicky classes. And yet, Pilates, despite its popularity, has won me over- so much, in fact, that I have become a certified Pilates instructor. ...
If you have seen even one episode of 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings', you will know that the true stars of the show are the amazing dresses! Let's have a look at Thelma Madine, the woman behind these splendid creations.
I used to be under the impression that large wedding dresses had gone the way of the dinosaur and that slim silhouettes would be reigning supreme for the foreseeable future. This might be the case for most people, but it certainly isn't the norm in...
Making furniture donations is a great way to give to charity while also reducing clutter in your home and racking up tax deductions. That said, it can be rather difficult to haul furniture over to a charity, especially if you have a small car- or...
When you donate something that isn't straight cash, you are responsible for recording its value if you want to get a deduction for it when you file taxes for the year. Because much of what we donate is used, we cannot record its original value,...
Don't let old furniture sit around and collect dust—donate it! You will be surprised to find how easy it is to donate furniture—many organizations pick it up for you, plus you can enjoy a nice tax deduction.
For the longest time, I wanted to give blood, but was told that I would probably not be eligible (I'm a bit on the skinny side). I decided to look into the various blood donation restrictions to see what the actual eligibility requirements...
Though you might think that humans are savvy enough to have everything under control, raccoons are clever creatures that are surprisingly difficult to thwart. Below I'll share my personal raccoon experiences with you, as well as share some tips on raccoons and how to get rid of them.
Geeks and nerds rock. Here are some great charities that can support and reinforce nerd culture and living.
Did you know that your clothing donations can lead to a tax deduction? Here's how to get rid of un-used clothing *and* save some money.
Cats enjoy being outside whether we want them outdoors or not. When forced to be inside exclusively, many cats will find ways to sneak out.
While all ties are steeped in history and tradition, club ties carry an extra level of meaning. Club ties, in the normal sense, are associated with membership in a particular club or regiment, however anyone can wear a club tie as the general...
Do you want to know whether Pilates as an exercise will help you lose weight, give you flat abs, and make other significant differences in your day-to-day life?
How do you know if you're depressed? What's the difference between depression and just being down in the dumps about something? Take the quiz below to test yourself, and also have a look at the symptoms below—though nothing beats seeing a professional for diagnosis and help, this guide might...
I recently moved into my first apartment, and wanted to be sure that I insured everything properly. I ended up doing a lot of research on the subject of renters insurance, and want to share it with you! Below I'll cover: What renters insurance...
The preliminary aspects of dating—be it online or in the 'real' world—are heavily biased towards looks, which can put the less aesthetically endowed at a disadvantage. Here's a guide to overcoming that initial hurdle, and successfully dating, both online and off.
Not too long ago, theatrical contact lenses were very expensive and only available to very devoted or professional cosplayers or actors on movie sets. These days, anyone can choose from a wide variety of contact lenses that allow them to add impact...
Advice for those who are new to flea markets and antique fairs.
Never been to a flea market before? Don't know what to expect? You might be surprised by what you encounter. Check out the overview below to get a taste of what flea markets commonly have to offer. When you finally visit one in person, you'll know...
Making a spiked collar is incredibly easy. Here's how!
When I think of Germany, my mouth starts to water- not for the beer or sausage or chocolate, but for the bread- that dense, whole-grain German bread that's as thick and heavy as a brick and so satisfying, I hardly eat anything else while in the...
Safety first is a good rule, but why should style come second? I say safety and style should ride hand in hand, and thankfully, today's bicycle helmet designers agree. Let's have a look at the most stylish street bike helmets on the market!
Stikman is an anonymous graffiti artist, sometimes perhaps going by the alias "Bob," who has been putting these images up since at least 2006.
Question: were we always so terrified of germs? Answer: no. This is why sanitizing wipes are such a fascinating cultural artifact- they physically represent our growing phobia of the supposedly threatening dangerous forces which surround us. ...
The question never ceases to fascinate mankind. No matter how many answers are formulated, the meaning of life maintains a state of permanent elusiveness. Perhaps the quandary is mysterious because its answer is different for everyone. ...
Though Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is universally thought to be about the repercussions of sin and virtue, there are many additional lessons and statements laced into its verses. According to Barbara Reynolds, “It was not [Dante’s]...
Some semesters back, the Honors Program at the George Washington University in Washington, DC held a symposium on religion and conflict in the 21st century. In this symposium, we heard from several speakers, then broke into case study groups in...
Japantown is one of my favorite spots in San Francisco. Nestled around Webster and Post Street, Japantown is chock full of wonderful shops, restaurants, galleries, and theatres. A lovely smattering of things can be seen in Japantown in the...
(Photo by Steve Smith) (Photo by Steve Smith) (Photo by Steve Smith) I enjoyed a wonderful childhood full of whitewater rafting trips. Both my father and big sister worked as river guides, and I have been informally trained as a river guide...
Fresh pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese? All within the privacy of my beautiful hotel room? Don't mind if I do! Mmm- fresh salad... and just as I like it! It is great fun to travel, and it is great fun to eat, but sometimes eating at...
As a graduation present, Steve, my wonderful father, treated me to a Business Class flight to Germany on United Airlines. We were lucky enough to get the new seats that have been installed in 767s and 747s. Indeed, I spent 10 or so hours in...
Ever wonder what the food in United Airline's business class and first class is like? Now you can satisfy your curiosity once and for all!