Simplifying My Life with Less Stuff

I had the opportunity to spend last week with Danielle’s family on the amazing island of Aruba. Its my ideal setting: warm (hate winter), beaches (looove beaches), and very small (33km long). We stayed in a resort where in the rooms you get a kitchen to cook for yourself, a single bedroom and a sitting area. Coming from a 3 level house, this space seems like it would be too small for the 4 people staying there, but when you leave behind most of your unnecessary stuff, you don’t need the room. And that brings me to this blog post. I realized there that you really don’t need the stuff you cling on to. They are just things that, if they were gone, you’d never really mind for more than a minute. So when I got home I started looking at what I have...

How to Brew a Perfect Cup of Tea

I’ve been trying to eat and drink healthier over the past while, learning about what types of food and drink do good things for the body. Tea is known to have many healthy properties including antioxidants. To start drinking more tea, I decided that I need to know how to made the perfect pot of tea. Doing some research, I’ve found what looks to be the best way to brew a cup of tea at home. I have no experience or tools besides the normal things: an electric kettle, simple tea pot, etc. 1. To start with, you have to begin with cold water. Cold water from a soft water tap (or bottled if its hard water) contains more oxygen then water from the hot water tank. Its known that the solubility of oxygen is better in cold water, meaning it holds it better...

The Archos 101 Tablet Review

Its been a week since I got the Archos 101 tablet. Being an Apple person (4 Macs and 3 ipods in my house) it was a hard decision to move to an android instead of an iPad. I’ve played with the apps over the past week, getting advice from various people. So far, here are my first impressions of the device. Pros. The Archos 101 is larger than the iPad by 12%. Its not as wide as the ipad but is longer, more widescreen, which make it easier to hold vertically, much better than an iPad. It has a built-in stand for easy viewing. Reading ebooks at this size is very easy. Can be held vertically or horz and either way looks good. Had to download a few ereaders before I found one that works the best. (Didn’t like the Kindle app so far…)...

Follow Friday Extended Edition

For those of you on Twitter, you’ll know what Follow Friday is. For those who aren’t, Follow Friday is a trend that has been going on Twitter for some time now. On Fridays, its a day to tell the rest of the Twitter world about some of the people you follow, and suggest that they follow also. Normally it will look something like this: Its a list of names, with the hash tag #FF. Sometimes its more in depth, with a brief explanation. What I decided to do was to take it even further than the 140 characters and tell everyone why I follow certain people, and why you should too. Clayton Morris (@ClaytonMorris) Clayton is a broadcaster for Fox and hosts a couple of very sweet podcasts. I started following Clayton when I came across his former podcast, Today In Social Media. His...

A Guide to Twitter Symbols

For those people new to the Twitterverse watching a stream of messages can be confusing. There are a bunch of symbols Twitterers use to shorten, group or mention people or ideas. Since it’s limited to 140 characters, people have gotten creative on how to use the space. Besides just shrinking some words (‘People’ becomes ‘Ppl’), symbols are used as well. Here are some of the most common. @ – The ‘at’ symbol. Commonly seen in email addresses, the @ is used by the Twitter system to signify someone’s handle or Twitter name. Its commonly called a ‘mention’ on Twitter. So when typing in a Twitter app, if you put ‘@aaron_robb‘, that automatically links to the username and allows that person to see that they were mentioned in the message. It also allows people to click on the name and find more info on that...