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06 Jul 12:11

What’s the best way to keep herbs fresh? 

by Kate Bernot on The Takeout, shared by Virginia K. Smith to Lifehacker

If you’re lucky enough to have the space and green thumb required to keep herb plants growing from spring to fall, congratulations. The rest of us suffer the indignity of buying those plastic-shell, $4-a-piece herb snippets at the grocery store, and then pray they’ll stay good for more than 12 hours in our kitchens.…


05 Jul 17:59

How to Import Your Dream Vintage 4x4

by Veronica Seder
Featured vintage 4x4 banner photo

Earlier this year we spent an entire weekend drooling over an incredible selection of 4x4 and off-road vehicles at Overland Expo West, in Flagstaff, AZ, a bi-annual gathering for all things overland that’s as much car show as it is a crash course in vehicle-based adventure.

From tricked out Tacomas to custom army trucks-turned-campers and re-purposed ambulances, the variety of vehicles that people use to get out and explore on the weekends (or live in full-time) is staggering. But the group that gets the most attention are the classic 4x4s, the coolest of which are imported from overseas. They check all the boxes: they’re simple, rugged, reliable, and often get better fuel economy than their American counterparts thanks to small diesel engines.

Which got us thinking: it’s about time we make a how-to guide for importing adventure vehicles from overseas. The ground rules are actually pretty simple: just make sure the vehicle is at least 25 years old and has its original engine (or an EPA certified engine) — beyond that it’s all fair game.

Read on for everything you need to know to snag your dream overlander.

Vintage 70-Series Toyota Land Cruiser

Photo: @landcruisersdirect

Models/Years: 1985-1993 BJ70/73/74/76

Price: $10K-$30K

The Land Cruiser, in all its iterations, is arguably the most capable series of overland vehicles ever built. There’s nothing wrong with the gas-burning versions you can get in the U.S. (the FJ 40, 55, 60, 80, 100 and now 200 series), but the crown jewel, the 70 Series, was never sold here. Unlike the modern day 100 and 200 series Cruisers we have in the U.S., the 70-Series Land Cruiser sold overseas got more of the iconic FJ40’s genes: simple, rugged, and focused more on off-road ability than getting the kids to soccer practice.

Their diesel power plants net them much better fuel economy (think mid-20s), and since diesel engines generally last longer than gassers, you can feel more confident buying an older, high-mileage model. They started production in 1984, which means you’ve got a lot to choose from.

Missouri-based Land Cruisers Direct specialize in importing low-mileage 70s from Japan. Prices run from around $10K to $30K, and LCD takes care of all of the paperwork and customs red tape for you. Note: everything from Japan will be Right Hand Drive, which is totally legal in the U.S., but does take some getting used to.

New 70-Series Land Cruiser

Photo: @landcruiser70club

Model/Year: 2018 L79

Price: $85K and up

The coolest thing about the 70-series is that Toyota still makes it today. If you like the sound of a 70-series Land Cruiser but don’t want to mess with an older vehicle, you’re not alone — a new importer out of Colorado Springs called LC America is leading the charge in bringing brand new 70s to the U.S.

LC America are working with the EPA and DOT to retrofit purchased cruisers and make them compliant with U.S. emissions and other standards. They’re currently accepting reservations for vehicles, and plan to have them out to people within a year and a half. If you’ve got the cash, this is the best way to get a modern version of an iconic, imported 4x4.

Land Rover Defender

Photo: @madroverimports

Model/Year: 1983-1993

Price: $30K and up

Land Rover is the other big name in overlanding — images of Land Rovers traversing exotic jungles and deserts are synonymous with the sport. They started building the Series model back in 1948, and began production of the more well-known Defender in the 80s. We got a few years of Defenders stateside, but missed out on the best models with turbo diesel engines. They’re coveted for their off-road prowess, simple mechanics and tank-like build quality—and they’re also not nearly as luxurious as their younger American counterparts (like the LR4), which makes them better-suited to extended periods of off-road travel.

Look for a 1990-93 model, as they’re the latest you can legally import. There are a few importers around the country, and that’s the easy way to go when it comes to purchasing one — Mad Rover Imports in Durham, NC, specializes in sourcing clean, lower-mileage Defenders.

4WD Diesel Vans

Photo: @sunny.koga

Model/Year: Varies

Price: $5K+

Vanlife has a presence at Overland Expo, mainly in the form of tricked out Sportsmobiles and Sprinters. The coolest vans are those that are imported from Japan, like the Mitsubishi Delica, which has been produced in one form or another since 1968 and is sold all over the world. They get decent gas mileage, are known for their reliability and simplicity, and most importantly will be the envy of all of those Sprinters parked at the crag.

The best examples come from Japan, and you can pick up a clean, low-mileage example very reasonably (sometimes less than $10K). The best Importers are Delica Star Wagon and Japanese Classics (which has a cool selection of other Japanese 4x4s aside from Delicas for reasonable prices).


Photo: @seyser.chris

Model/Year: Varies

Price: $10K +

A Pinzgauer always draws attention at Overland Expo. They are quirky little army rigs from Austria that make great build platforms for overland rigs thanks to their dead-simple mechanics and open bed design that’s ripe for building out or leaving alone for versatility. Some options have six wheels, and they’re the right size for off-road travel — not to big, not too small.

These are fairly rare in the U.S., but a ton were made starting in the early 1970s so there are plenty of options that fall into the 25-year import rule. Importers like Swiss Army Vehicles and Expedition Imports source incredible examples from all over the world.


05 Jul 15:00

Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Europa Hotel.

The Europa today is a four-star hotel that's played host to presidents and celebrities, but its history has not always been so grand. In fact many are surprised it is still standing.

The hotel opened in July, 1971, in the midst of the "Troubles," a 30-year violent territorial conflict over whether Northern Ireland would remain under British rule, or leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland.

During this time, the Europa Hotel was the primary accommodation for journalists reporting on the turmoil, and its ill fate soon gained it nicknames such as the "Hardboard Hotel," and "The most bombed hotel in Europe." 

Between 1970 and 1994 the hotel was bombed no less than 28 to 33 times (reports vary), including once before it was even open to the public. On one occasion a bomb was simply bought to reception with "IRA" (Provisional Irish Republican Army) scrawled on it, on another the damage was so bad residents could look through a hole in the wall and see the stage of the Grand Opera House next door.

Despite all the attacks, the hotel has only actually closed its doors to the public twice, and no one died in any of the bombings. It is currently a central, modern, and safe place to stay in Belfast (famous for being the town where the RMS Titanic was built), featuring a piano bar and Grand Ballroom.

05 Jul 14:32

How to Mute People on Social Media: Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit, and More

by Anya Zhukova

No matter what you use social media for, you probably have all your friends and family on there. And while you may love and respect those people, seeing every single thing they post online can sometimes get a little too much.

On top of that, you probably have contacts who post things that either don’t concern you, or simply annoy you. The problem is you don’t always want to unfriend people just to de-clutter your feeds.

Which is where the Mute button comes into play. If you feel like someone’s taking up too much of your social media time, here is how to mute people on any social media platform of your choice.

How to Mute People on Facebook

Facebook gives you a few ways of keeping your newsfeed nice and clean. For example, you can filter out someone’s posts without unfriending them. Potentially saving you a scandal or two.

In order to hide them from your feed, first temporarily, tap the three dots on the top right of one of their posts, and click Snooze for 30 days. However, their posts will reappear in your feed after this time has passed.

So, if you want to get rid of them for good, you need to unfollow the user. Tap on the three dots at the top of their post and click Unfollow. You can also unfollow them by going on the user’s profile page—hit the Following button above their recent posts and choose Unfollow.

The good news is your contacts will never find out that you snoozed or unfollowed them. You’ll stay friends with them on the network and will always have an option to start seeing their updates in your feed again.

How to Mute People on Messenger

Choosing Messenger over Facebook already indicates that you prefer your social network clean and uncluttered. But there still might be notifications that you’d like to turn off.

In order to do that, open your conversation list and choose the thread you’d like to mute. Tap the Information button (on Android) or the conversation name on the top (on iOS). Then choose Notifications > Mute Conversation. You’ll have an option to choose a time period from 15 minutes to 24 hours, or choose to silence notifications until you manually undo it.

How to Mute People on Instagram

After many requests from the network’s users, Instagram finally added a mute button. In case you don’t want to completely lose connection with those you follow, but would like to just dial down their Insta-volume a little, you can now mute them.

To mute someone, tap the three dots in the corner of a post. Then choose from the following options: Mute Posts, Mute Story, or Mute Posts and Story.

You can still see that person’s posts by visiting their profile page, and get notified when they tag you. At the moment, you can only mute users on the app (Android or iOS), but not on the Instagram website.

How to Mute People on Twitter

twitter mute

Twitter also has a range of options when it comes to ignoring people—you can choose to either block, mute, or unfollow people.

In order to mute a user, go to their profile, click on the three dots in the top right, and select Mute. Another way to do it is to find one of the user’s tweets, click the dropdown menu arrow on the right and choose Mute.

The user won’t get a notification about this. And if you change your mind, you can always go back to their profile, find the same menu and select Unmute.

On Twitter, you can also review a list of people you’ve muted. Go to Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety > Muted accounts. You can use this to bring someone back into your feed by hitting the Mute icon.

How to Mute People on Snapchat

Not so long ago, the only way to ignore conversations on Snapchat was to block a user or leave a group. The users would, of course, get notified of your actions.

Now the platform has a feature called Do Not Disturb. It allows users to turn off notifications from one-to-one and group chats. You still get the users’ Snaps, but you won’t get alerts about them until you check the app. The best part is that the ones you snooze stay oblivious to all of this.

To turn off notifications for a Snapchat friend, go to a chat on the Friends screen. Tap the menu in the upper left corner and switch on the Do Not Disturb mode. You will then see the snoring emoji appear next to their name in the chat menu.

How to Mute People on Reddit

How do you block a user on reddit? from help

Once you learn how to use Reddit productively, it becomes a great and resourceful site. But it can easily bring more clutter and spam into your online presence. If you’re finding someone’s messages or comment replies on Reddit annoying, you can simply block those users. Previously you could only do it in private messages, but now it affects all parts of the site.

Once you block a certain user, their profile together with their comments, posts, and messages will completely disappear from view. In order to block someone, click the Block User button on their reply in your inbox. If you ever wish to undo that, go to your friends list and find the “blocked user” section, where you can unblock them.

How to Mute People on WhatsApp

Beyond Messenger, other instant-message apps can become cluttered when your friends constantly spam you with tons of notifications. On WhatsApp, you can choose to turn off alerts for specific conversations.

Open a chat that’s becoming too noisy. On Android, tap the three dots on the top right. On iOS, click the contact (or group) name at the top of the screen. All you need to do from there is choose the Mute option and then pick the time period—eight hours, one week, or one year. You can undo this at any time using the same menu.

How to Mute People on Telegram

Telegram has a similar option to WhatsApp for muting notifications from particular contacts and groups.

On Android, tap on the three dots in a chat and choose Mute notifications. On iOS, go to the group or contact info and click Notifications. You can then choose to mute a particular chat for one hour, 8 hours, or until you manually unmute it.

If it’s not the chat messages themselves that irritate you, but more the fact that the sound of receiving them distracts you, try silencing notifications in Telegram and WhatsApp instead. This will definitely help you regain control over these messaging apps, and bring you some peace and quiet.

Ready to Start Muting Your Social Media Friends?

Don’t worry, ignoring your friends isn’t actually not as bad as it sounds. Muting some of your contacts will help you dial down the number of posts you see on social networks daily and make your feed a little quieter.

The best part is, they won’t even know that you’re ignoring their updates. You, on the other hand, might finally start enjoying social media again—which is, surely, the ultimate aim.

Read the full article: How to Mute People on Social Media: Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit, and More

03 Jul 13:36

7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know

by Mihir Patkar

WhatsApp Web is the easy way to use WhatsApp on any computer in the world, as long as you have your phone to sign in. Once you set WhatsApp Web up on your PC, these tips and tricks will make it better.

We have already covered the basics of using WhatsApp Web, what it can and can’t do, and everything you need to know about WhatsApp Web. Now it’s time to enhance WhatsApp Web with some simple tips and tricks.

1. Learn WhatsApp’s Keyboard Shortcuts

whatsapp web keyboard

To take full advantage of using WhatsApp on your computer, you need to learn some keyboard shortcuts. These can make you a typing ninja, and able to do everything a bit faster. Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts that work in WhatsApp Web:

  • Ctrl + N: Start new chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + ]: Next chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + [: Previous chat
  • Ctrl + E: Archive chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + M: Mute chat
  • Ctrl + Backspace: Delete chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark as unread
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new group
  • Ctrl + P: Open profile status

Apart from these, you can also employ all of the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl + Shift + Equals to zoom and enlarge text. That goes for Mac keyboard shortcuts too, of course.

2. Type and Search Emojis With a Keyboard

Instant messaging feels incomplete without emojis. But it takes forever to change from the keyboard to the mouse, click the emoji icon next to the text box, and then find the right emoji. There’s a quicker way for keyboard warriors.

While in the regular text box, type colon (Shift + ;/: Key) followed by the first two letters of the emotion you want to express. You will get a prompt of matching emojis that change with each letter you type.

:th will show this:

emoji search th

:thu will show this:

emoki search thu

Use the keyboard’s arrow keys to switch back and forth between the emojis displayed. Press Enter to accept. It’s a much faster way to type, and it will help if you familiarize yourself with the emoji to english dictionary.

3. Auto-Change Emoticons to Emojis (or Not)

Some emojis don’t need the colon-and-type trick above. WhatsApp will auto-convert them from the classic text emoticons. A helpful redditor extracted the full list of auto-converted emoticon from WhatsApp’s javascript:

whatsapp web emoticons

That said, this auto-conversion can be annoying for some people, so there’s an easy fix to keep them as emoticons. All you need is a userscript called WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.

  1. Install Tampermonkey, a cross-platform userscript manager, on your browser of choice.
  2. Go to WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.
  3. Click the blue Install button.
  4. Refresh the WhatsApp Web tab in your browser.

4. Use Multiple WhatsApp Accounts on the Same PC

whatsapp web multiple accounts

Some people have two phones with separate WhatsApp accounts, or maybe you use a dual-SIM phone with multiple WhatsApp apps. Whatever the reason, if you want to run two WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer, it’s a bit tricky. You can’t just open two tabs in Chrome and sign in separately.

Solution 1: The best way is to open an incognito window or different browser. So if you have one account signed into Chrome, start a new window in Incognito Mode, or fire up Opera (Opera is better than Chrome anyway) and go to WhatsApp Web through that. Log in as you normally would, using your other account to read the QR code.

Solution 2: If you want to stick with one browser and no incognito windows, there’s an alternative method. Open a new tab and visit It’s a proxy of the main WhatsApp Web app, is perfectly safe, and is verified by Scam Adviser. The only issue is that it malfunctions at times. Also, you can only use two accounts with this trick, not three or more.

5. Read Messages Without Blue Tick Notifications

whatsapp web unread messages

As long as you have those blue tick marks enabled, people can see the exact time you read their text. You can switch off the Read Receipt on your phone if you want to disable this, but WhatsApp Web has something better.

If you are talking with someone and want to read their messages without them getting a read receipt, here’s what you do:

  1. Open the chat in your WhatsApp Web window.
  2. Open a Notepad file (or any other window), and change its size so that you can see the full WhatsApp Web chat in the background.
  3. Click in the Notepad file and keep your cursor there. This is the critical step, as the computer thinks you are working in a different window.
  4. Messages will load in the background chat window, which you can read, without being marked as read with the blue ticks. Right now, they will be double grey ticks, meaning the messages are received by you, but not read.
  5. When you’re okay with marking them as read, click the WhatsApp Web chat window and those ticks will instantly turn blue.

The limitation of this method is that you can only read the content of one chat at a time. But how often do you really need to use this trick anyway?

6. Get WAToolkit Extension for Message Previews

whatsapp web watoolkit

In WAToolkit, Chrome users have an excellent extension to add extra features to WhatsApp Web. It adds two cool tricks, including one that lets you again read WhatsApp Web conversations without the Read Receipt.

  1. Background Notifications: When you get a new message in WhatsApp, you no longer need to switch to the WhatsApp Web tab to read it. The WAToolkit icon’s badge shows how many unread messages you have. Hover over the icon and you’ll be able to preview the messages, without registering as read in your main chat.
  2. Full-Width Chat Bubbles: By default, WhatsApp doesn’t stretch a person’s chat bubble across the full width of the chat window. That’s why you get multi-line texts when it would easily fit in a single line of your wide desktop window. WAToolkit fixes this by turning the text bubbles full-width.

Remember, you can also use Chrome extensions in Opera and other browsers.

Download: WAToolkit for Chrome (Free)

7. Increase Volume or Change Audio Playback Speed

whatsapp web zapp

Unlike the regular WhatsApp, WhatsApp Web doesn’t let you make voice calls. However, you can send voice messages. But what do you do if that voice message is a little too soft, or perhaps a little too long?

Zapp is a WhatsApp Web extension for Chrome that lets you adjust both factors. You can increase the volume of the audio message you just got, or change the playback speed. You can go up to 2X for playback speed, and boost the volume by almost 100 percent.

Download: Zapp for Chrome (Free)

How to Use WhatsApp Web on Your iPad

All of these tips and tricks require you to use WhatsApp Web on a desktop computer, ideally with the Google Chrome browser.

However, you can also trick your Apple devices into working with WhatsApp Web, so here’s how to use WhatsApp Web on your iPad or iPod.

Read the full article: 7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know

03 Jul 12:19

7 Facebook Search Tips to Find What You’re Looking For

by Dan Price

Facebook is about so much more than a news feed full of rubbish memes. And we’re not talking about the dumb features you’re unlikely to use.

The social network is arguably the biggest repository of personal information in existence. But—in typical Facebook fashion—it’s not always easy to sift through and find the information you need at any given moment.

If you’re nodding along, you probably need some help searching Facebook. So, keep reading as we introduce you to the best tips to help you find what you’re looking for.

1. The Basics of Facebook Search

At its most basic level, searching on Facebook works as you’d expect it to. Enter the keyword you’re looking for, and you’ll see a list of results.

The results are automatically categorized by type. The exact order in which they appear will depend on the query you entered.

For example, if I search for Liverpool, I see the local department store near my house at the top of the page. If I search for Cynthia, it will list people called Cynthia, starting with my friends.

facebook liverpool

Scroll further down, and you’ll see results from public posts, groups, pages, photos, videos, and more.

2. Use the Facebook Search Filters

On the left-hand side of the screen are the filters. You can use these to narrow down your list of results into something more manageable.

You have five filters to choose from:

  1. Posts from: You can see results from yourself, a specific person, or a particular group. You can also click on Choose a source to add a custom field (for example, BBC).
  2. Post type: Two options are available, All posts and Posts you’ve seen.
  3. Posted in group: You can see results from all groups, your own groups, or a specific group of your choosing.
  4. Tagged location: You will see Anywhere, places you’ve listed on your profile, or a custom location.
  5. Date posted: Set the year or a custom date.

OK, that’s the basics out of the way, so let’s look at some other tricks.

3. Find What Your Friends Have Liked

Have you ever been curious about which political parties your friends vote for? Or which sports teams they support?

If they’ve liked the respective page, it’s easy to use Facebook search to find out. And it’s a lot faster than trawling through each person’s profile page individually.

Just type Friends who have liked [subject] and hit Enter. In the picture below, I wanted to find out which of my friends like soccer.

facebook soccer

Facebook is smart enough to lump results from similar categories together. In my soccer example, the results listed hits for both “soccer” and “association football.”

Remember, you’ll only see the top handful of results. Click on See all to view everyone who fits your query.

4. Find Photos and Videos Other People Have Liked

You can easily find photos that have been liked by any person on your friends list or any person who has made their information public (such as celebrities).

Clearly, this feature has massive potential to be used for dubious purposes. For example, your untrusting partner might be checking to see if you’ve been liking other people’s beach snaps, or your employer might want to make sure you’ve not been doing anything disreputable over the weekend.

Which is all the more reason to make sure you understand Facebook’s privacy settings.

On a more positive note, it’s a great way to find pictures from events, parties, and family gatherings that you may have overlooked.

facebook photos messi

To use the query, type Photos liked by [name] and press Enter. You don’t even need to use the person’s name. Queries such as Photos liked by my girlfriend or Photos liked by my brother will work too, as long as you’ve told Facebook about your connection.

This search query also works with Videos liked by [name].

5. Find Photos and Videos of a Place or Event Within a Specific Time Frame

You can also search for photos of events and locations, then narrow your search down to a specific time frame.

A search for Photos of Coldplay in Amsterdam last week might reveal shots from the band’s recent concert in the city. Likewise, Photos of Naples in December would bring up cityscapes from the Italian town in that particular month.

facebook coldplay

6. Find Nearby Places Serving Your Favorite Food

If you ever find yourself feeling a bit hungry in an unfamiliar town, Facebook search can help.

Just search for [Type of food] nearby, and you’ll see a list of all the restaurants and takeaways that match your criteria. If you wish, you can even replace the “nearby” with the name of a city to help you plan your trip in advance.

facebook chinese food

And remember, lots of restaurants have enabled reviews on their Facebook page. As such, you will see a rating (out of five stars) on the results page, and you can click on the page to see what other people have been saying about their experiences there.

6. Find a New Job on Facebook

The internet isn’t exactly short of ways to help you look for a new job. There are LinkedIn groups dedicated to job hunting, lots of professional networking apps, and a near-endless number of third-party tools.

However, Facebook’s job hunting tools are a powerful option that lots of people overlook. You can use Facebook search to find a new job in any location on earth.

facebook job application

To begin, type Jobs hiring nearby or Jobs hiring in [location] into the search box. For each result, you can click on them to see more details about the role.

You can even apply for the role directly from Facebook. Click on Apply Now and fill in the details requested by your would-be employer.

7. Find Stuff to Buy on Facebook

Facebook might never be able to rival Amazon, but its Marketplace has rapidly become a way for people to buy and sell things. In many ways, it’s easier to locate stuff on Facebook than on eBay. Indeed, it’s possible to find everything from a brand-new iPhone to a second-hand car.

Searching the Marketplace works slightly differently to the process for finding content on the rest of the network. You first need to enter the Marketplace by clicking on the link in the left-hand panel.

When the page has loaded, enter your basic search term and press Enter. You’ll then need to use the filters to narrow down the results. There are category, location, and price filters for you to tweak.

facebook car query

Forget Google, Use Facebook!

Facebook’s search feature is unlikely to ever rival Google’s as the number one way of finding stuff on the web.

However, Google’s search engine cannot access much of the content on Facebook. Lots of users have deindexed their profiles, making it impossible to use Google to find photos and videos that other users have liked on the network. Instead, you need a specialist social media search engine.

So, add Facebook’s search tool to your armory. It’s just one of many search alternatives that can find information that’s beyond Google’s reach.

Image Credit: TarasMalyarevich/Depositphotos

Read the full article: 7 Facebook Search Tips to Find What You’re Looking For

03 Jul 12:18

5 Fast and Free Web Apps to Transfer Large Files Locally or Online

by Mihir Patkar

Need to share a file quickly? These five sites let you transfer files either on Wi-Fi or online. You don’t need to install anything, and they’re completely free.

There are several ways to transfer files between computers. Our most recommended app is Send Anywhere, which works on all platforms. But other apps have their own methods that make them worth a look, from torrent-like transfers to fully no-internet-needed sharing.

Firefox Send: Private File Sharing, Deleted After 24 Hours

In an age where you want to be sure that any private data isn’t stored on some company’s servers, something like Firefox’s Send is the order of the day. It’s a simple file-sharing site for those who want to protect their data.

Go to the site, upload your files, and share the unique link with any friends. The files will be downloadable for 24 hours from the time of upload. And yes, it works the same on desktop or mobile. This is like one of those no-installation apps to transfer files quickly.

The extra reassurance is from the makers behind the app, as Mozilla Firefox puts a premium on privacy and security of Internet users. And no, you don’t need be on Firefox to use Send, it’ll work on any modern web browser. Previews, Encryption, and Dropbox Saving

free web apps transfer large files

There are several apps like Firefox Send, where you upload a file and share a link. NoFile takes this standard file-sharing template ands adds just enough extra features to turn it into a powerhouse.

For starters, you can preview any file before download. This is especially useful for images and videos, so that you know exactly what you want to save. NoFile also encrypts files during all transfers, adding that little extra security layer.

And for extra-sensitive files, you can even encrypt before uploading so that no bot can check the file before your recipient downloads it.

Finally, in case you don’t want to download a file but still save it somewhere, NoFile offers to let you download it to your Dropbox directly.

Fastest Fish: Transfer Without Waiting for Upload

free web apps transfer large files

Most transfers like Firefox Send require you to fully upload your file to a server. Then it generates a URL, and someone can download the files with that URL. For large files, this is a lot of time-wasting.

Fastest Fish uses peer-to-peer file sharing technology so that the upload and download is simultaneous. Think of it as all those piracy-oriented apps you grew up with, except this time, you’re using it for your own transfer needs.

Fastest Fish requires a few things though. You need to ideally use Google Chrome, and both the sender and receiver have to be online at the same time. A simulated network loss on the sender’s side didn’t kill the whole transfer; when I resumed network connectivity, the file transfer picked up where it stopped. Private Sharing via Web Torrents

free web apps transfer large files combines the best features of Fastest Fish and Firefox Send into one app. This app is a private torrent-maker, letting you create a torrent with your own files.

Once you’ve added the files to, share the torrent file or the Magnet URL with anyone who has to download it. They can put the URL in and start the download immediately. Again, you’ll have to use Chrome, and all uploaders and downloaders will need to be online at the same time. is great for sharing large files when you’re in a large, distributed team, and is a perfect example of surprising legal uses for torrents. Share Files With Anyone on the Same Wi-Fi

free web apps transfer large files

When you’re working in a coffee shop or a shared workspace, the entire network isn’t at your disposal. But if you and your teammates want to transfer files quickly and privately, hop on to FileRoom.

This is basically a place where one person can send files to many others, as long as you are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. FileRoom gives each individual the name of an animal, which can get confusing if you’re in a large team. But for teams of three or so, the app is perfect for quick file-sharing.

There is no chat room, comments, or other paraphernalia here. The idea is that you are all next to each other, so you can talk in person. Use FileRoom only when you need to share a file.

If You’d Rather Install File Sharing Apps…

All of the above options are for for quick, last-minute transfer, so it helps those who want to use a web browser and avoid installing another app on their phone or computer.

But if you transfer files between computers regularly, you’re better off with one of these awesome apps for sharing large files.

Read the full article: 5 Fast and Free Web Apps to Transfer Large Files Locally or Online

03 Jul 12:18

How to Find the Commute Time to a Potential New Job Using LinkedIn

by Dan Price

Job hunting isn’t fun: endless applications, repetitive cover letters, sourcing referrals, and lots of competition. It’s all quite stressful. To its credit, LinkedIn has been working hard to revolutionize the process over the last few years. It offers salary comparison tools, dedicated job hunting groups, and a resume assistant.

Now, LinkedIn has another feature that you’ll love: a tool that lets you find potential new roles based on how long your commute would be.

LinkedIn’s developers (rightly) believe that your commute time can have a massive impact on job satisfaction. Nobody wants a two-hour drive every morning and night, five days a week. That would turn even the dreamiest of jobs into a nightmare.

The new feature—called Your Commute—will calculate your would-be travel time to potential jobs, all within the LinkedIn app itself. Let’s take a look at how to use it.

How to Find Job Commute Times Using LinkedIn

At the time of writing, the feature is only available on the LinkedIn mobile apps, although the feature will come to the web version of LinkedIn at some point in the future. To see the commute for a job listing, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the LinkedIn app.
  2. Click on the Jobs tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Scroll down past the Job Description section and locate the new See Your Commute section.
  4. Tap on Set starting address in the From field.
  5. Set your departure time in the At section.
  6. Choose either the car, public transport, or walking icon above the map.

You will now see your commute—including time and directions—in the map section.

Note: The recruiter must have entered an exact location for the Your Commute feature to be available on any given listing.

If you’ve already got a job and just want to find more information about your journey, such as how much your commute costs, you better off using an app like Waze or Google Maps.

Image Credit: Jirsak/Depositphotos

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02 Jul 17:28

Seattle's Mystery Soda Machine Has Gone Missing

by Sarah Laskow

For years, the Mystery Soda Machine has dispensed bubbly drinks outside a locksmith in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. No one knows who put it there. No one knows who stocks it. Originally, the machine had one “mystery” button that would yield a random soda, often a delightfully rare flavor sold only in some far-off place. Later, the machine was upgraded so that every button was a mystery button.

Now it’s gone.

The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that over the weekend, likely on Friday night, the Mystery Soda Machine disappeared.


Where the machine once stood, there’s a note taped to a rail: “Went for a walk,” it says.

On the soda machine’s Facebook page, someone posted a video of the empty spot, with the message: "Going for a walk, need to find myself. Maybe take a shower even."

Some locals have speculated that machine’s caretakers are simply taking it to be cleaned. But, like so much about the Mystery Soda machine, this latest incident has no clear culprit or explanation.

We can only hope for the Mystery Soda Machine’s return.

02 Jul 17:20

Option Assignment: IBM Case Study

by Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Contributor
We got word last week that an investor who had bought put options on IBM had decided to "exercise" his or her contracts. This article explains why that is (slightly) good news for us as a put option seller!
02 Jul 17:18

2,000+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Getting Started in July: Enroll Today

by DC

FYI. 2,000+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are getting underway this month, giving you the chance to take free courses from top flight universities. With the help of Class Central, we've pulled together a complete list of July MOOCS. And below we've highlighted several courses that caught our eye. The trailer above comes from Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity, a course created by the University of Copenhagen.

Here's one tip to keep in mind: If you want to take a course for free, select the "Full Course, No Certificate" or "Audit" option when you enroll. If you would like an official certificate documenting that you have successfully completed the course, you will need to pay a fee.

You can browse through the complete list of July MOOCs here.

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02 Jul 17:17

How to Catch Big Fish at Night

by chillman
bass lure fishing by moonlight

The tactics and tackle you need to land giant trout, cats, muskies, and bass after hours

The tactics and tackle you need to land giant trout, cats, muskies, and bass after hours…
02 Jul 17:14

Bourbon Myths Debunked

by Dacey Orr

Southerners aren’t ones to let an inconvenient truth stand in the way of a good story. And, when it comes to Kentucky bourbon lore, Michael Veach has heard them all. The Louisville-based author and Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historian is quick to sniff out a suspicious narrative, and has played a role in debunking several of them. “The biggest problem is that so much of the history of bourbon has come out of the marketing department,” Veach says. “I’m not saying that most of it isn’t true, but I do take everything I hear from any distiller or marketer with a grain of salt.” Here, he helps separate fact from fiction when it comes to several persistent bourbon myths.


Myth: The Whiskey Rebellion helped establish Kentucky’s bourbon industry.

In 1791, secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton proposed an excise tax on distilled spirits to help fill federal coffers following the Revolutionary War. The problem was that the whiskey tax, as it was known, unfairly favored large eastern producers at the expense of small frontier distillers. Beginning with a groundswell in western Pennsylvania, many people resisted the tax—often violently. Some contend that distillers fleeing prosecution set up shop in Kentucky, where enforcement of the tax wasn’t as severe, and helped establish the state as a locus of whiskey distillation.

“There were plenty of distillers already in Kentucky when the Whiskey Rebellion broke out,” Veach says. “As a matter of fact, it was just as bad in Kentucky as it was in western Pennsylvania, as far as tax collectors being tarred and feathered and things like that. And, if you were being hunted by federal marshals, you didn’t stop in Kentucky. You went all the way to Spanish territory, usually around New Orleans.”


Myth: Limestone-filtered water is the secret to Kentucky bourbon.

An abundance of clear, limestone-filtered spring water has certainly played a role in Kentucky’s distillation history; as have the state’s long, hot summers and cold, damp winters (ideal aging conditions), as well as the bedrock of tradition. However, many Kentucky distilleries draw from a mix of water sources these days—including treated municipal water with much of its mineral content removed—and no one has complained about a noticeable difference.

What might make a difference instead is yeast. “I’ve always wondered if what separates Kentucky whiskey from others is that the yeast was so good,” Veach says. “If you take the yeast strains found here naturally out of Kentucky, would it be like San Francisco sourdough yeast? That yeast mutates very quickly if you take it out of the Bay Area, and the sourdough bread doesn’t taste the same.”

Bourbon 101: Brush up on your bourbon vocabulary

Myth: Aging whiskey in charred barrels was a happy accident, as fire was a common way to sterilize and reuse barrels.

No one knows who first decided to age whiskey in charred oak barrels, but Veach has an entrepreneurial-minded theory around its widespread adoption.

“We know from records that the price of whiskey in the eighteen-teens in New Orleans was the same as it was in Kentucky, so why bother to ship whiskey all the way down there if you’re not going to make a profit?” he says.

French brandies, such as cognac and Armagnac, have been aged in charred barrels since the 1400s. Veach contends that, sometime in the early 1800s, a savvy Kentucky distiller decided to age raw whiskey in charred oak barrels in order to appeal to the French populations in and around New Orleans—and charge a premium.

The earliest reference to aging whiskey in charred barrels Veach has found is a letter written in 1825 by a grocer in Lexington, Kentucky, to John Corliss of Corliss Distillery, near Paris, Kentucky.

“He writes, I really like your whiskey and will take another 100 barrels if you can get it made. But I’ve been told that if you will burn or char the inside of your barrels as much as one-sixteenth of an inch, it will greatly improve the whiskey,” Veach says. “So this is a Lexington grocer telling a Bourbon County distiller how to make bourbon!”


Myth: Elijah Craig invented bourbon.

A weathered historical marker near Royal Spring Park in Georgetown, Kentucky, states that the Rev. Elijah Craig first distilled bourbon whiskey on the site in 1789, using his grain mill and the “fine limestone water of Royal Spring to develop the first sour mash process in the production of bourbon.” A parallel legend contends that a small fire at the mill once scorched a stash of wooden barrels, though the 1825 letter referenced above is the first historically firm record Veach has found. Rather than discard the burnt barrels, Craig stored whiskey in them anyway and soon discovered that the charred interiors greatly improved the product—a key distinction between whiskey and bourbon whiskey.

While Craig did operate a mill at the spring, and he did make corn-based whiskey (as did many other small producers in the region), his status as the “father of bourbon” is … well, let’s just say it’s a very tidy story.

The assumption dates to the 1874 edition of the History of Kentucky, a book in which Richard Collins expands and expounds on an earlier work written by his father, Judge Lewis Collins. In it, he lists that bourbon whiskey was first made in Georgetown in 1789. “He doesn’t come right out and say that Elijah Craig [invented bourbon], but that’s the way he put it,” Veach says.

At the same time Collins was writing, the Temperance Movement was also picking up steam, and folks were looking for any shred of evidence to support their side of the argument.

“Elijah Craig was a Baptist minister and he was a distiller, so the distillers jumped on that,” Veach says. “They said, ‘let’s attribute bourbon being invented by a Baptist preacher and let them deal with that.’ ”

While the exact circumstances of bourbon’s origin may be lost to time, its Southern roots and status as America’s native spirit are cemented in history. And that, thankfully, is something we’re happy to raise a glass to.


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02 Jul 17:12

The South’s Best Fast-Food Fried Chicken

by Dacey Orr

For our Fried Chicken Bucket List we turned to real professionals—seventy-some people who truly know fried chicken, from chefs with their own famous recipes to seasoned food and travel writers and G&G contributors. Alongside staples like Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, in Memphis, chains proved surprisingly popular—both Popeyes and Publix earned high praise from a dozen different sources. Altogether, eleven regional and national chains stood out. Check the list below, and let us know what great chains we missed on Twitter.


Tar Heel pride is on the menu at this drive-through joint, based in Greensboro.

“Fresh-fried, honey-drizzled chicken, on quality biscuits made from scratch every fifteen minutes, available at fast-food prices from a drive-thru window. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? For the millions of lucky people who live near this mini-chain’s fifty-four locations, it’s just a fact of life. Try the pork chop biscuit, too.” —Jed Portman (Garden & Gun)



Who doesn’t love this Charlotte, North Carolina, fast food titan’s biscuits?  

“I grew up eating Bojangles’ Cajun Filet Biscuits. Today, they’re a perfect pick-me-up after a night of heavy imbibing—and our favorite thing to see at 4 a.m. when we’re cooking a hog.” —Joe Kwon (The Avett Brothers)


Bonchon Chicken

Although this growing chain began in Busan, South Korea, its first stateside location was in Annandale, Virginia.

“This is deep-fried perfection. I go with the half-and-half soy garlic and spicy combination. The pickled daikon radish is my favorite part.” —Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto, Washington, D.C.)



Atlanta’s hometown fast food joint now has locations in forty-six states.

That bun-pickle-fried chicken combo is right on.” —Linton Hopkins (Resurgens Hospitality Group, Atlanta) 

Chick-Fil-A, Inc.


Since 1976, this operation from Elvis’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been putting down roots in gas stations across America.

“This is a heavy nostalgia pick. Their chicken is what you’d expect—with a greasy, craggy coating that gives way easily, heavy on the salt. It’s a great option for a day on the lake or an after-church gathering at the house.” —Brooks Reitz (Neighbourhood, Charleston, South Carolina)


Chicken fingers are the house specialty at this Auburn–based joint.

“After a night of typical college partying, this was the place to sober up. Thickly breaded and fried, it hit the spot with its black pepper finish and red mayonnaise dipping sauce.” —Edouardo Jordan (Salare, Seattle)



This chain—from Greenville, North Carolina—pioneered the fast food breakfast biscuit.

“I know it’s not cool, but I have a special place in my heart for Hardees fried chicken.” —Vivian Howard (Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, North Carolina)


Krispy Krunchy Chicken

It began in a Lafayette, Louisiana, convenience store. Now it’s nationwide.

“Lucky for me, these are becoming pretty ubiquitous in gas stations down here. The smell is enough to lure even the most determined late-night partiers. Don’t think a lot about how the chicken came to be, just order the twelve-piece piece leg and wing mix and move on.” —Daniel Serfer (Blue Collar and Mignonette, Miami)

Courtesy of Krispy Krunchy Chicken

Pollo Campero

Founded in Guatemala in 1971, Pollo Campero now has fifty locations in the United States.

“They marinate their chicken in citrus and herbs before they fry it.” —Eddie Hernandez (Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta)


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

It opened in suburban New Orleans in 1972 as spiced-up competition for KFC.

“You can’t go wrong with the spicy if you need a quick fix when you’re traveling. The fried chicken I served at Blackberry Farm was the love child of John Fleer’s and Popeyes.” —Joseph Lenn (J.C. Holdway, Knoxville)



The pride of Lakeland, Florida.

“This chicken tastes like home, and not just because it’s always been there for us after church and football practice. The celery seed in the breading gives this steamy supermarket bird the comforting character of chicken and vegetable soup simmering away on the stove. Psst: If you prefer to fry your own, you can buy that breading at the deli counter for $2.49 a pound.” —Jed Portman (Garden & Gun)

See more of the South’s best fried chicken in our state-by-state guide.

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02 Jul 17:11

Elvis Rides Again

by Dacey Orr

Elvis may have been known for his Cadillac obsession, but another make of car takes center stage in the acclaimed documentarian Eugene Jarecki’s new film, The King: the legendary rock-and-roller’s 1963 Rolls-Royce.

Jarecki, who found the Rolls up for auction in California, drove the car around the country, from Elvis’s birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, and his home in Memphis, to New York and Las Vegas, cajoling the famous (including Southerners Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke,  James Carville, and Van Jones); up-and-coming performers (students at Memphis’s Stax Music Academy, the Tennessee band EmiSunshine and the Rain); and everyday Americans to climb into the car’s plush backseat and muse on both Elvis, and the state of America.

“I came to understand Elvis more deeply, and I came to understand America more deeply,” says Jarecki, who interweaves the interviews with biographical dives into Elvis’s life, along with historic photography and footage. A two-time winner of both the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Peabody Award for the documentaries Why We Fight and The House I Live In, Jarecki was inspired to make the film after he traveled the country talking to Americans for a previous project. In every town, he says, he seemed to hear the same refrain: “What happened to the American dream?” recalls Jarecki. “What happened to the country and the destiny and the pride I was promised when I was in middle school, when I was in high school, when I said the pledge. Where did all of that go?”

More on Elvis: View Backstage Photos of the ‘Young King’

Jarecki continues, “One day we were young and beautiful and the sky was the limit. The cars were candy-colored and chrome, and it was a world of possibilities. Now we wake up and everything’s about bills and contracts and fine print and the difficulties of making ends meet and people having to work multiple jobs and travel miles and miles just to have a job. Talking about ourselves as the Elvis who had come to lose himself seemed to resonate with people.”

So Jarecki and the crew tracked down the car, and began their journey to create The King, the executive producers of which include Rosanne Cash. “What more beautiful way to go about this, than to bring people on a great American road trip in Elvis’s car, and to cross the country tracing Elvis’s footsteps across that same land?” says Jarecki. “There was so much poetry in that.”

photo: Photo by David Kuhn. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Mike Coykendall (left) and M. Ward in Hollywood, California, as featured in The King.

In the press notes, Cash echoes that sentiment: “The imagery and interviews so perfectly dovetail that it’s like an epic poem,” Cash says, “a narrative ballad, a piece of music that makes us deeply contemplate the state of America. I am thrilled so show it to the world for the conversations it will inspire.”

After filming, Jarecki was able to sell the Rolls-Royce to a new owner: Florida’s Seminole Tribe, who will make it the centerpiece of their new Atlantic City property, the former Trump Taj Mahal, which they’re revamping as a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As part of the sale, Jarecki and crew required Hard Rock to donate $25,000 to the next generation of musicians at Stax Music Academy, which will be presented to the group at the film’s debut in Memphis, on July 13. You can find the film’s other opening dates, at theaters across the country, here.

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02 Jul 17:10

Forty Years on Mount LeConte

by Dacey Orr

Not much has changed at LeConte Lodge—perched near the summit of Mount LeConte, the third-highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—since Tennessee mountaineer Jack Huff began building the rustic retreat in 1926. There’s still no electricity and no running water, and the only way to reach the secluded lodge is to hike in. But the 2018 season marks the first time in just over forty years that Tim Line won’t be at the helm of the beloved high-country camp. He officially retired at the beginning of March, the start of the 2018 season; longtime Lodge employee John Northrup is filling Line’s boots. “He really loves the mountain,” Line says. “I feel better about leaving knowing that.” To mark the changing of the guard, we sat down with Line to reflect on his forty-plus years on Mount LeConte.

photo: Ed Jones / Courtesy of LeConte Lodge

Tim Line in 2014.

How did you start working at LeConte Lodge?

I actually applied to work on the crew when I got out of college in 1975, but they had already hired everyone for the season. Instead, I went and hiked the Appalachian Trail. Then in 1977, I joined the crew. My wife, Lisa, started working up there in 1978. We met and hit it off. Got married in ’79 and neither of us left. We were making just fourteen dollars a day, but we couldn’t believe we were getting paid to work up there.


You became the site manager in the early ’80s and along the way, you and your wife had three children. Did you raise them up on the mountain?

Mason, our son, was born in 1983. We brought him up to LeConte when he was just fifteen days old. He did great. He didn’t know any different. And then two years later, Grace came along. We raised those two up on the mountain until they were five and seven. Lisa home-schooled them. They learned all the wildflower names and how to scare off bears. But eventually they were ready to go to school with other kids, so Lisa stayed home with them down in the valley. Our third child, Jacob, was born in 1993. He just got out of college, and he is working on the LeConte crew this year.


What does an average day at LeConte look like?

We serve breakfast at 8 a.m. to guests. The crew comes in at 7:30 a.m. to prep. The manager on duty cooks. There’s no electricity and no running water, so all the dishes are washed by hand. After breakfast, most guests pack up and leave. There’s a whole morning routine that involves cleaning cabins, filling kerosene lamps, cleaning the bathrooms, etc. There’s a lot of maintenance that needs to be done. Then the new guests start arriving mid-afternoon. We do the same breakfast routine at dinner. I was on the mountain part of the time but not all of the time once the kids and Lisa moved into the valley. But when I was off the mountain, I was typically running around buying stuff for the lodge.



LeConte Lodge is the highest lodge east of the Mississippi, and there’s a 3,000-foot elevation gain. How do you get all those supplies up the mountain?

Once a year we have an airlift. We contract a helicopter outfit out of Michigan. We have a staging area inside the park where we get all of our supplies together. Fuel, kerosene, canned goods, merchandise. Then we airlift it up to LeConte. It’s about 35,000 pounds of stuff in all. Once we open for the season, our llamas bring up all the perishable foods like the eggs and bacon, as well as the laundry on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.



We started using llamas in 1984. Up until that point, we were using pack horses to haul supplies. They came up the Rainbow Falls trail and that trail was getting severely damaged. The horses weigh about 1,200 pounds each. The Park Service asked us to come up with an alternate method. We had heard of llamas being used out west. Initially, we bought three llamas to try them out and quickly realized we would need a lot more. We now have a llama farm out near Gatlinburg with twenty-four animals. They have padded feet sort of like a deer, so they do less damage than a hoof or even a hiking boot.


There are five trails leading up to the lodge. What’s your favorite?

The shortest and most popular is the Alum Cave Trail—it’s around five miles long. But it’s also steepest and most scenic. Probably 80 percent of day-hikers and lodge guests come up it. I’m pretty partial to Alum Cave, too. That’s also the one the crew uses. But all five are beautiful and have something different to offer.


What did you love most about working at LeConte?

I really enjoy the lifestyle. It is a very different lifestyle. Sometimes people think it sounds glamorous or romantic, living on the third-highest peak in the park, but it’s a lot of work. I also enjoy meeting all the people who make their way up the mountain. We get such a wide variety of people at the lodge. Over the season, we have 12,000 guests or so. In addition to that, we get 15,000 day-hikers who come up and have lunch. And no day is the same. The weather is different every day. The seasons change. There are snow events and rain events. Everything seems to be magnified up there. But it’s a great commute to work. I’d rather hike on a trail for two hours than drive to work any day.


The dining room at LeConte Lodge.

The lodge books up almost as soon as you release reservations each year in October. What do you think it is about LeConte Lodge that captures the imaginations of so many people?

There’s no other place like it—no other overnight lodging in the entire park besides the campgrounds. At LeConte, you can enjoy the backcountry without having to carry all the gear you would need for camping. All you have to bring is extra clothes and rain gear. All the cabins have propane heaters and kerosene lamps and linens and wool blankets on the beds. You can rough it without really having to rough it. And at about 6,600 feet, the views are spectacular. You have a grandstand view of the park. On one end of the mountain, you can watch the sunrise, and on the other, you can watch the sunset. The lodge hasn’t changed much over the years. We try to keep it basically the same. I think that is what appeals to a lot of people.


Is there a particular season that you recommend visiting during?

Depends on what you’re looking for. Most popular time is fall. Everyone wants to come for the fall color. Those reservations go the fastest. The summer months go pretty quickly, too, because kids are out of school and families can come together. Other people like to come up for the spring wildflowers. Still others like to come really early or really late to try and catch a snow. Any time is nice because the mountain is always different. But I think winter is especially beautiful. Everything is closed and quiet. My wife and I spent a few winters up there early on. That’s a really special time.


Colorful blooms outside the lodge.

Any big snowstorms while you were up there?

We’ve had a couple over the years. One of the most memorable was in 1987, and it happened just after we opened for the season. It snowed a base of four feet. Drifts were up to the roofs on some of the cabins. We only had seventeen overnight guests on that Thursday, but they were stuck there until the following Tuesday. After a couple days, though, those seventeen guests really weren’t guests. We put shovels in their hands and they started working. We could only walk where we shoveled. It was five or six days later before people finally started coming back up the Rainbow Falls trail. This was well before cell phones, so we had trouble getting word out and contacting the families and work places of the stranded guests. All we had was a two-way radio.


LeConte is about as backcountry as you can get. Any run-ins with the wildlife?

There are plenty of bears in the park. Most come and go, but every once in a while we get bears that will stick around. Back in the day, we had one bear that would come every year. Her name was Sheba. She would break into cabins and steal food. She learned to break in when she heard the dinner bell because everyone would leave their cabins and go to the dining room. Three different years, the Park Service moved her, and every year she still came back. Bears are very instinctual.


What will you miss most about life at LeConte now that you are retired?

Probably being able to live and work inside a national park. That is a real privilege—to have the whole park as your backyard. That experience is something I would never take for granted.


Mount LeConte.


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29 Jun 17:34

Fat dogs teach humans new tricks about obesity: Hungarian study

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Fat dogs have a lot in common with overweight humans, including an interest in top quality food and an unwillingness to settle for second best, Hungarian scientists have found.
29 Jun 16:03

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

by Kevin Kelly

Leave it to the Japanese to create a brush pen. This pocketable pen has a super fine brush tip of actual bristles, perfect for tiny Kanji characters, or of course, doodling in your journal, or sketching in your Moleskine. While it’s hugely popular with comic book folks and cartoonists, artists of all stripes have picked one up for their paper work. The feel is incredibly tactile and lovely. It works like a fountain pen, with replaceable rich ink cartridges. Once capped it doesn’t leak as far as I can tell. (There’s a moment of panic when you first assemble it since the instructions are 100% in Japanese, but just insert the ball-bearing end of the ink capsule into the tip.) You can purchase other color inks as well.

[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2006]

29 Jun 16:01

These Photos Show Why Everyone Wants to Go to Iceland

by Albert Dros

Iceland is booming. More than 2 million tourists visit Iceland every year. This comes as no surprise. As I am regularly guiding tours in Iceland, I have visited the country quite a few times over the years and the beauty of the country is simply out of this world. The moment you step out of Reykjavik is the moment you enter some a fantasy movie with beautiful scenery on every corner.

For people who have not visited Iceland yet, here are a bunch of images that just might convince you to.

Iceland has an insane coastline with high cliffs all around the island.

Among those rough cliffs lies a great contrast: one of the cutest birds you will ever see in this world: the puffins!

But Iceland also has a lot of sheep and horses that you can find next to almost every road.

Inland you can find big and small waterfalls each with its own unique characteristics.

Iceland is known for its geothermal activity areas. They look like something from another planet.

You will find amazing rock formations on every corner. It doesn’t matter in which season you go, as the landscape always looks beautiful.

Iceland’s most iconic mountain is shaped like an arrowhead. It’s called Kirkjufell (church mountain).

Although it looks different from every angle.

In the center of the country is the so-called ‘Highlands’. The weather is always changing here. It is the rough part of Iceland and beautiful to explore. Fewer tourists, rougher terrain!

Of course, Iceland has a lot of ice! It has big ice chunks from the glaciers all year, even in summer.

And of course, Iceland has the northern lights in the winter months! Something a lot of people visit the country for.

I’m looking forward to going back each year even though I have seen a lot of the country. Yes, it gets crowded nowadays, but there are still lots of things to explore if you know where to go. And with the unpredictable weather, each visit is very different.

P.S. If you’re interested in joining me on a trip, check out my photo tours. I still have space for September 2018.

About the author: Albert Dros is an award-winning Dutch photographer. His work has been published by some of the world’s biggest media channels, including TIME, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and National Geographic. You can find more of his work on his website, or by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

28 Jun 15:58

Natural Disasters and Supply Chain -- The View From Key West

by Kevin O'Marah, Contributor
I recently moved from Boston to Key West, Florida to avoid the horrible winters and cold up north. No more blizzards. No more -20⁰F. Just sun, sand and surf. And hurricanes.
28 Jun 15:58

Fiat Chrysler Turns Up The Boost Yet Again For The 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye

by Sam Abuelsamid, Contributor
28 Jun 15:53

How to Control Alexa Using Your iPhone

by Emily Price

In January Amazon added voice controls to its Android app, and this week it finally did the same for iPhone owners.


25 Jun 16:39

Making Comics

by Kevin Kelly

Magnificent! A work of genius. The best how-to manual ever published. I could keep piling on the superlatives because this book is simply a masterpiece. At one level, it is a comic book about how to make comics, and for that it is supreme; the best. It will walk you through every step of making a comic, including how to make them on the web, digitally, or in pen and ink. I’ve been working on a near-completed graphic novel, and every page has told me something important and spot on. With brilliant graphics, Scott McCloud combines the most profound insights from his two previous books, Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics. But in this book he raises your understanding of graphic communication further by making every lesson utterly practical and useful for both novice and expert. I can’t imagine anyone ever doing a comic manual better.

However, even if you are not planning on making a graphic novel, this book is a gold mine. McCloud’s section on constructing facial expressions and emotions is astounding, and worth the price of the book alone. The clever way McCloud arrays human expressions in one chart reminds me of the first time I saw all the colors arranged in a color wheel; it’s the same aha! The insights McCloud extracts from comics and presents so vividly here are useful to novelists, sociologists, film makers, artists, roboticists — anyone interested in human expression. That’s probably you.

Indeed, even if you have no interest in comics at all, this charming book will win a place in your life because ultimately it is about communication and stories — and those are the foundations of all cultures. Making Comics teaches you the visual elements of stories. If I had to re-title it, I would call this book Making Visual Stories.

Finally, as an example of communication itself, this comic book has few peers. I read, review and use hundreds of how-to books every year. I can’t think of any instructional manual in any subject that is clearer, more thorough, more honest, more user friendly than Making Comics.

As I said, it’s a classic. You can expect to find marked-up copies on bookshelves (or on hard drives) a hundred years from now.

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25 Jun 16:26

This Simple Posing Trick Makes People Instantly Look Thinner

by Michael Zhang

Photographer Niels Kemp recently asked wedding photographer and Nikon ambassador Brett Florens for his best piece of advice for beginning photographers. His answer was the simple portrait posing trick in the 2.5-minute video above.

“One of the main questions I get asked as a photographer is ‘Can you make me look thin?’,” Florens says. He then proceeds to demonstrate how he uses the angle of his subject’s face and body in relation to the light to control how thin they look in resulting photos.

You can see for yourself how the trick works in the video above, but the basic gist is: turn your subject’s face toward light and their body away from the light for maximum thinness.

25 Jun 15:01

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by Lane Kawaoka, CommunityVoice
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22 Jun 14:50

States Can Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax: Supreme Court

by Michael Zhang

Camera gear is about to get more expensive for most online shoppers in the United States. The Supreme Court just ruled that states may force online retailers to collect sales tax on their behalf. While Amazon already does this — it has a “nexus” in every state — camera gear giants like B&H and Adorama will now have to follow suit.

In its 5-4 ruling against a coalition of online retailers (Newegg, Overstock, Wayfair), the justices reversed an earlier 1992 ruling that had for years prevented states from requiring businesses with no “physical presence” in the state to collect sales taxes.

This has long given major online retailers an advantage over local brick-and-mortar stores, as customers increasingly turned to the Internet to avoid higher prices, having to travel to a physical store, and sales tax.

(Out-of-state customers are technically still required to pay a use tax to their state, but it’s not a law that many people seem to know and/or abide by.)

“Each year the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States,” writes Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the majority ruling. “Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this court’s precedents.”

If you’ve long enjoyed buying expensive camera gear tax-free from industry giants such as B&H and Adorama, those days will likely soon be over as states start taking advantage of their new powers.

While consumers may not like the increasing prices, the latest ruling will help level the playing field for smaller brick-and-mortar stores that have been closing shop around the country due to the difficulty of competing against Internet retailers.

(via Reuters via Photo Rumors)

22 Jun 14:48

Migrants Boost Per Capita Incomes and Lower Unemployment Finds Yet Another Study

by Ronald Bailey

MigrantsJobsSilverblackDreamstimeMigrants and asylum seekers provide big net benefits to their host countries reports a new study in Science Advances by three French economists. The researchers used 30 years of data on migrant and asylum seeker flows into 15 western European countries. They were seeking to find what effect permanent migrants including refugees who sought and obtained asylum between 1985 and 2015 have had on subsequent GDP per capita, unemployment rates, government spending and tax collections in those countries.

Flows of asylum seekers and migrants varied between countries. For example, Austria received 2.35 asylum seekers and 4.06 migrants per 1,000 residents; Germany 1.51 and 3.79; France 0.68 and 1.14; Italy 0.27 and 2.56; and the United Kingdom 0.63 and 2.36 respectively. Portugal received the lowest of both at 0.03 and 0.47 per 1,000 residents. Over all, the flow of asylum seekers and migrants into the 15 countries averaged 1.13 and 2.57 per 1,000 residents respectively.

Once the economists crunched the numbers they found that migrant flows during the past 30 years have had substantial positive effects on European economies. Specifically, the researchers report that migrants "significantly increase per capita GDP, reduce unemployment, and improve the balance of public finances; the additional public expenditures, which is usually referred to as the 'refugee burden', is more than outweighed by the increase in tax revenues."

The researchers add, "Our results suggest that the alleged migrant crisis currently experienced by Europe is not likely to provoke an economic crisis but might rather be an economic opportunity." They do acknowledge that large flows of asylum seekers are posing political and diplomatic problems in many European countries. It is clearly the case that some politicians seek power by whipping up fears among native-borns about supposed irreconcilable cultural differences and economic competition from the newcomers. However, the researchers hope that "these political challenges may be more easily addressed if the cliché that international migration is associated with economic 'burden' can be dispelled."

This new study bolsters the results of similar research on refugees and migrants in this country, including a review reportedly suppressed by the Trump administration last year, that finds that they increase incomes and are a net fiscal benefit.

22 Jun 11:54

Mixed feelings about this

1382 points, 33 comments.

21 Jun 18:15

The iPhone Camera Roll: 8 Tips and Fixes for Common Issues

by Dan Price

If you’re an avid iPhone user, you might think you already know everything about your device’s Camera Roll. After all, it’s just a scrollable list of your photos, right?


There’s a lot more to it than that. Keep reading as we investigate some of the roll’s lesser-known tricks and even find answers to common issues and questions.

1. Why Photos Disappear From Camera Roll

A lot of people complain about all their photos suddenly disappearing from the Camera Roll. Often, it’s caused by a misconfigured iCloud account.

Two common account issues might cause your photos to vanish unexpectedly:

  • You have logged into a different iCloud account.
  • You have disabled iCloud Photo Sync.

To check you have signed into the correct iCloud account, go to Settings > [Name] and verify the email address you see listed is the one connected to the iCloud account you want to use. If it’s not, scroll down to Sign Out and enter your correct credentials.

To re-enable iCloud Photo Sync, go to Settings > [Name] > iCloud > Photos and enable iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream.

Also, many users reported that their photos disappeared after upgrading to iOS 11. The fix is simple: just turn your phone off and back on again.

2. How to Recover Deleted Videos From Camera Roll

Either you—or someone using your phone—could have accidentally deleted some photos or videos. It’s another cause of photos mysteriously “disappearing” from the app.

Thankfully, it’s straightforward to recover deleted photos and videos on your iPhone. They sit in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days after deletion.

You can check the contents of this folder by going to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted. To restore a photo, long-press on the image and select Recover.

3. How to Transfer Videos From PC to Camera Roll

If you use iTunes’ native tools to transfer videos from your PC or Mac to your iPhone, they will not show up in the Camera Roll. Instead, they’re only available in the Video Library.

So how do you get them to appear in the roll? You need to use a third-party app called Documents, which is free to download.

Note: Before continuing, ensure your phone and computer are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Download and install the Documents app on your device.
  2. Open the app and go to Settings > Wi-Fi Drive.
  3. Slide the toggle next to Enable Drive into the On position.
  4. Make a note of the IP address shown underneath the options.
  5. Open a web browser on your computer, type that IP address, and press Enter.
  6. Click on Choose File and select the file on your machine.
  7. Click Upload File.Documents PC Upload to iPhone
  8. Open the Documents app on your phone a second time.
  9. Tap Edit in the upper right-hand corner.
  10. Choose the photos you want to add to the roll.
  11. Press Copy.
  12. Navigate to Documents > Photos.
  13. Press Copy again.

Your videos will now be visible in the Camera Roll.

4. How to Hide Photos in Camera Roll

Did you know you can hide photos from the Camera Roll? Doing so has privacy benefits, but also lets you turn the Camera Roll into a curated list of high-quality images and videos that you can show to other people.

The process for hiding photos and video is simple:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Locate the photo(s) that you want to hide.
  3. Open the photo.
  4. Tap on the Share icon.
  5. Select Hide from the pop-up menu.
  6. Agree to the on-screen confirmation.

If you change your mind and want to unhide a picture, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to Albums > Hidden Album.
  3. Find the photo you want to unhide.
  4. Navigate to Share > Unhide.

5. How to Send From Camera Roll to Snapchat

Natively, it’s not possible to share a file from your Camera Roll into a Snapchat Story. You can send it in a chat by locating the photo or video in the Photos app and going to Share > Snapchat. However, as dedicated Snapchat users will know, this method will not influence your score or Snapstreak.

If you want to share videos directly to a Snapchat story, you will need to jailbreak your device and install the Phantom app via Cydia.

Warning: Using a third-party app to post to Snapchat is against the terms of service and could get your account locked for 24 hours. Repeated offenses could result in Snapchat permanently deactivating your account. This is one reason why jailbreaking really isn’t worth it.

6. How to Back Up the iPhone Camera Roll

Because Apple is incredibly stingy with the amount of free iCloud storage it gives you, many people don’t realize their photos are not getting backed up.

The simplest solution is to install a third-party app from a less miserly provider, even if you only use it for the backup features. Google Photos is a great option; if you’re happy to compromise slightly on quality, you can back up an unlimited number of images to its cloud service.

Alternatively, you can back up photos with the Files app or manually back up your images to a computer using iTunes. Connect your phone to your machine, click on the Import tab, and choose your preferred destination.

7. How to Download Google Drive Videos to Camera Roll

In late 2014, Google updated its Drive app for iOS. As part of the update, the company added a feature which allows you to save photos and videos from your account directly into your Camera Roll.

Follow these instructions to get started:

  1. Install Google Drive and sign in.
  2. Open the app and find the photo or video you want to add to the Camera Roll.
  3. Tap on the three vertical dots next to the file.
  4. Select Send a Copy.
  5. Choose Save Image.

Your photo/video will now be visible in the Camera Roll.

8. How to Jump to the Bottom of the Camera Roll

If you’ve been an iPhone user for a long time, your list of photos on the Camera Roll could be seriously long. You’ll be furiously swiping for an hour to get to that awesome picture of a sunrise you took five years ago.

But when you eventually get there, do you really want to spend the spend another hour getting back to the bottom of the roll and your most recent snaps? Of course not.

Luckily, there’s a little-known gesture that lets you jump straight to the bottom of the Camera Roll. Just tap on the Photos tab at the bottom of the screen; you’ll be back where you started in a flash.

The iPhone Camera Roll Explained

We were telling the truth when we said there’s far more to the Camera Roll than meets the eye.

If you’re eager for more iPhone camera tips, check out our list of iPhone camera settings you must master to take better photos.

Read the full article: The iPhone Camera Roll: 8 Tips and Fixes for Common Issues

21 Jun 18:13

Tick Tech: Biotech Tools Give New Hope For Those With Lyme Disease

by Nicole Fisher, Contributor
The most common tick-borne illness in the U.S. (30,000+ new cases a year), Lyme disease produces a wide range of symptoms ranging from fever and rash to arthritis and paralysis. Thanks to biotech, genome sequencing and precision medicine, prevention, early detection and treatment are now possible.