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23 Sep 18:30

Do a Set of Early Morning Exercises to Reduce Foot Pain

by Thorin Klosowski

Do a Set of Early Morning Exercises to Reduce Foot Pain

We're all a little prone to random foot pain, but it's easy to prevent if you know what to do. The Wall Street Journal suggests a few simple exercises you can do before getting out of bed to prevent that pain from sneaking up on you.

The idea here is to do a few stretches in the morning to help your feet out in the long term. These are great for anyone who stands all day at work, walks a lot, or does distance running:

Another routine stretch that wakes up the muscles in the feet should be done in the morning before getting out of bed, Dr. Campbell says. Sit with legs straight out in front of you and angle your toes toward your head and then away from it. This works the Achilles tendon and the fascial band, which connects the front and back of the foot…

Other exercises include rolling your foot over a tennis or golf ball, which stimulates the nerve endings in the feet and protects from injury. Picking up marbles or towels with your toes strengthens the muscles in the toes and central part of the foot. And wrapping a rubber band around the toes and then expanding the toes outward supports the major muscles of the foot, Dr. Campbell says.

Of course, as with any health problem, there are a ton of various possible causes. Head over to The Wall Street Journal for a few tips on keeping your legs and feet in shape. Steps to Better Foot Health | The Wall Street Journal

Photo by Bruce.

12 Sep 17:27

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I made some more little Picard sketch cards, they’ll be for sale this weekend at the Small Press Expo.

See this foxy shit for yourself:

Season 4, episode 14: Devil’s Due
Season 6 episode 18: Starship Mine
Season 3, episode 19: Captain’s Holiday

11 Sep 16:30

The Bonavita Immersion Dripper Combines the Best of Two Coffee Methods

by Melanie Pinola

The Bonavita Immersion Dripper Combines the Best of Two Coffee Methods

This new porcelain dripper from Bonavita produces the bold, full-bodied coffee you'd get from a French Press with the convenience and control of pour-over coffee. It's a great way to upgrade your coffee brewing.

The Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper works like the popular and appropriately named Clever Coffee Dripper. Both have an open/close valve at the bottom of the cone that lets you steep coffee grounds for a few minutes (in a #4 paper filter) before releasing the brew into your mug. Thus, you get the best of all worlds with this hybrid press-pot-meets-pour-over, with none of their downsides. The result is smooth, sediment-free, and complex coffee with really easy cleanup.

Bonavita's porcelain version has a few advantages over the plastic Clever. You don't have to worry about the possible health risks from hot water mixing with plastic, and the porcelain retains heat better. It's also really sturdy and dishwasher safe.

One downside is the bottom of the porcelain cone has little parts that can be tricky to clean, but, again, you can run it in the dishwasher. Also, because it's opaque, when you first get used to brewing with it, it helps to use a clear or translucent mug or one of those fancy brewing stands.

You can get a couple of cups out of this at a time (or one large mug), thanks to the 16-ounce brewing capacity.

The Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper also costs $40 versus the Clever's $22, but I think the porcelain dripper is well worth that small investment (as does Serious Eats).

Interested? Here's a video of the Bonavita in use from Eight Ounce Coffee:

Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper | Amazon

20 Aug 15:00

How to Turn an Argument Into a Productive Discussion

by Eric Ravenscraft

How to Turn an Argument Into a Productive Discussion

You're a couple in love. Naturally, you're going to fight once in awhile. However, being frustrated or angry with your partner doesn't have to be destructive, as long as you know how to approach the argument.

For the purposes of this article, we're going to talk about romantic relationships. Obviously, any argument with another person can benefit from some of these principles, but different relationship dynamics require different approaches. What's appropriate for your boyfriend may not be the best solution for dealing with your boss or your crappy roommate. Romantic relationships have their own unique challenges and its best to deal with problems when they start.

Recognize There Are Two Problems: Your Emotions and The Situation

How to Turn an Argument Into a Productive Discussion

When you first get upset or angry with your significant other, there are almost always two problems: your emotions and the actual problem. For example, say you're frustrated with your partner for not doing the dishes. You now have two problems to solve: the dishes need to be done and you need to no longer be upset with your partner for not doing them.

In most other areas in life, we recognize that you need to prioritize your problems and deal with them separately. It only makes sense to do the same with your fights. Before you tell your loved one something along the lines of "For the love of crap, could you please do the dishes for once?!" you may want to make sure you're not one of those irrational people that make productive discussions difficult.

When you're angry and aimed at your loved one, that's the worst time to start airing your grievances (save that for Festivus):

For instance, Dr. Lerner mentions that in order to address grievances or differing ideas of what to do about an up-coming dilemma, couples need to take a calming break from talking together if either or both are getting emotionally heated. As she says, “Anger is an important emotion” but “when tempers flare our capacity for clear thinking, empathy, and creative problem-solving go down the drain…” Discussions are far more likely to prove productive when both parties are calm enough to be open to hearing the other person’s perspective, and to be able to express their own concerns without finger-pointing.

Of course, being frustrated and venting anger is all normal (though continually ruminating on your problems without doing anything can just make you angrier). Accepting that your emotions are a real thing that need to be dealt with and distinct from the subject of your actual argument sets the stage for resolution.

Deal With Your Emotions First

How to Turn an Argument Into a Productive Discussion

When it comes to anger management, everyone has their own way to chill out. If you find yourself on the verge of a fight with your loved one, take a moment to deal with your stress, and allow them to do the same. In most cases, it's probably best for you to do so alone (though in some sensitive situations, simply taking a moment to breathe where you are can help, too). Do whatever brings your energy down. Go for a walk. Listen to loud music. Write an angry note and then destroy it.

This will work best if you let your partner know ahead of time how you best handle stress. Stomping off, muttering under your breath without a word is a quick way to hurt someone. Before you find yourself in a fight, know how your loved one deals with anger and make sure they know what you need. Even saying "I need to go for a walk. Let's talk in a few minutes," is more beneficial than "Whatever."

Most importantly, once you're done calming down, come back. As we mentioned earlier, when a fight erupts, you're dealing with two problems. Calming down solves one problem and it's easy to feel like everything is better. Sometimes it is (and we'll talk about that in the next section), but if you're having a persistent problem with your partner, it won't disappear just because you rocked out to Bohemian Rhapsody for a bit.

Deal With the Situation When You Come Back

How to Turn an Argument Into a Productive Discussion

Once you've calmed down, you can start approaching your problem rationally. For starters, you're now in a better position to choose your battles. Fighting with your partner over not doing the dishes for the first time when he's had a long day may not be worth it. On the other hand, if you've gone thirteen straight weeks without spending an evening together, a discussion is probably worth having.

When you come back to have a discussion with your loved one, take a collaborative approach. If you engage a problem as you vs. your partner, you create barriers that only make a happy relationship harder. As Psychology Today puts it:

Fighting of any sort indicates that partners have taken a stance against each other. Fighting pits me against you, with expectations that one of us will emerge as a winner and the other as the loser. Participants are antagonists, competitors for who will win.

Collaborative partnering, by contrast, involves side-by-side problem-solving. In collaborative discussions of even the most sensitive and difficult issues, both parties pursue mutual understanding. Both seek to understand the other’s point of view as well as to express their own concerns. Both presume that a broader and deeper understanding of both their own and their partner’s concerns will open a pathway for moving forward that will be responsive to all of these concerns.

Sometimes the problems will simply be how you feel. "When you won't put your smartphone down at dinner, it makes me feel neglected" is just as legitimate of a problem as arguments over household chores. The important thing is to express the issue as something that the two of you can work together to resolve.

Once the talk is done, be sure to take action. Your ability to communicate is important and helps with feeling more of a bond with your partner, but if nothing changes, you'll be having the same conversations again in a week. Once the two of you have established what needs to change, follow the same tactics you would to form good habits. Remind yourself later about the things your partner wants to change. Don't rely on memory alone.

Make Up

How to Turn an Argument Into a Productive Discussion

You've gotten angry. You've calmed down. You've talked it out. You've come up with a plan for what needs to change. Everything's good, right? Well, probably. If you stop there and do nothing else, you'll still be doing better than the average yelling match. However, if you want to be sure that this becomes a habit, reward yourselves.

Cuddling, watching a movie, or having good old-fashioned makeup sex are all positive ways to end an argument on a happy note (though if you skip the conflict resolution steps, makeup sex can actually be a destructive habit on the level of cocaine). Ideally, you'll enjoy your significant other's company and make each other happy. If the two of you have had a healthy discussion about your issues, take a moment to reward yourself with each other's company.

It may sound cheesy, but rewarding constructive behavior is a basic tenet of manipulating ourselves and others into self-improvement. If that's not enough, science shows that the old adage "Don't go to bed angry" rings true. Instead of settling for just not being angry, do what you can to go to bed happy, content, and looking forward to a better relationship than you had yesterday.

Photos by Martha Soukup, Melissa O'Donohue, and Ed Yourdon.

31 May 16:00

Game of Thrones Characters as Magic: The Gathering Cards [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Tumblr user JermTube re-imagined a fairly complete list of Game of Thrones characters as Magic: the Gathering cards, which you can see in the picture gallery below. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d totally play that!

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[Source: JermTube | Via Geekologie]

15 Aug 16:00

DIY Mismatched Doctor Who Shoes

by ACrezo


If you’re crafty and love some Whovian-approved kicks, you have to check out Doodle Craft’s painted shoes tutorial. Or you could always make them match, if you’re into that sort of thing. The best part of these is that the bow tie is detachable, so you can wear it (them?) on other shoes, too!

via The Mary Sue


06 Jul 07:26


03 Jul 17:52

John Barrowman Is Now Married!

by PCJ
John Barrowman has never been afraid from showing his sexual preferences, but has never been able to marry his partner. However, this took a turn for the better as yesterday John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood, married Scott Gill in California, who has been his partner for more than two decades.

The issues with marriage were not only legal ones, however. As Hypable explains, John Barrowman has changed his mind on the subject of gay marriage over the years. Initially Barrowman was against it, opting instead for a civil partnership.

In 2005, Barrowman clarified his position to The Herald, stating:

People keep asking me if I’m going to do it. The answer is no. I was brought up in a family which believed there was a God who created us. I believe that God created me this way for a reason and he’s not a god who hates, dislikes or is against the way I live my life … That said, there is organised religion that says gay men and women are wrong, bad, evil – whatever you want to call it. So why would I want a ‘marriage’ from a belief system that hates me?

More recently, John Barrowman changed his view on gay marriage. In 2012, in an editorial piece for The Sun, Barrowman explained that he sees gay marriage as something he had to take a stand on to combat bigotry.

When somebody is telling you that you cannot do something, when somebody is spewing vile rhetoric and calling us a threat to heterosexuality, it’s time to take a stand. And we decided if that means getting married, then that’s fine. We want to have the choice to get married. Christianity to me is about loving every human being, getting on with your fellow man, being kind and generous, which Jesus was. I was created by Jesus and I’m not having any bigot telling me that God did not create me.

John Barrowman uploaded this video just before the ceremony.

So Congratulations to John Barrowman and Scott Gill!

27 Jun 07:10

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It’s back!


14 Jun 22:15

Bookstore porthole

by Cory Doctorow

This wonderful porthole-made-of-books is part of the design for the John W. Doull Bookseller store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and warrants a side-trip all on its own.

John W. Doull Bookseller (via That Book Smell)

(Photo: Celia Moase Photography)


14 Jun 19:12

Book-lined staircase

by Cory Doctorow

A mysterious and magnificent book-lined staircase, provenance unknown. Do you know where this is?

Update: Thanks to sleuthy commenters, who suggest that the photo depicts this staircase, at Australia's Deakin University Library, possibly taken by RuthC and for sale here.

29 October, 2012 (via That Book Smell)


10 Jun 19:00

I Think There's More Room on the Top


And I thought we did well moving one couch in a car.

I Think There's More Room on the Top

Submitted by: Unknown

01 Jun 18:28

6 Ways the World Wasn’t Built for Lefties [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

The world just wasn’t designed for lefties. This senseless oppression must come to an end!


26 May 19:00

Art Nouveau Katniss Everdeen [Artwork]

by Lauren Berkley

Katniss Everdeen, the Girl on Fire, gets the art nouveau treatment by none other than the lovely, talented Megan Lara!

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You can also purchases shirts and prints!

[Via Megan Lara]

03 Jun 04:01

The Kama Sutra Of Sleep Part 2

by admin

By popular demand, the print of this comic is now available in our Society6 shop, with sizes from that range from 7″ x 10″ all the way up to 28″ x 40″!

Even stretched canvas, oooh!:

Or if you’d rather have a setting-appropriate piece of merch…

Holy Shit!

Now you can try out all of the moves with your bed buddy! ..Even if that’s the pillow.

Especially if that’s the pillow.

28 May 21:00

‘Stop excusing yourself from living the life you want to live’

by Kevin Melrose

bendis“… if you truly want to do what you say you want to do get the fuck over yourself, get over this list of crap you have put in between you and a piece of paper, and just start writing.

there are millions of people in the world who are experts, certified PhD level experts, at setting themselves up to fail. if that’s who you want to be, that is absolutely fine. but you have to stop talking about it and be who you are.

but if you’re telling me that you have a voice, there is no one in the world other than you who is going to be able to make that voice heard. no one’s going to come over your house and sprinkle magic dust on you to make you the writer you want to be. you have to sit down and start writing.

stop excusing yourself from living the life you want to live.”

Brian Michael Bendis, responding on his blog to an aspiring creator
whose request for advice was couched within “seven excuses to fail as a writer