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The Anatomy of the Perfect Cheese Plate

Illustration by Sam Woolley.A cheese plate can be many things. A party platter, a snack, even a meal—a cheese plate can all of these things and more. It doesn’t require any cooking, but crafting a perfectly harmonious plate of delicious dairy is a delicate balancing act, and some forethought is required.It can be easy to go overboard with both cheeses and accouterments, but having a clear vision of the type of cheese plate you want to prese......
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Why It's Important to Cancel Dinner Reservations If You Can't Make It

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Financial Infidelity Is Common and Can Ruin Your Relationship, So Start Talking About Money

Photo by Pixabay. Financial infidelity is a fancy phrase for hiding money from your partner, and it’s actually a pretty common issue. It can also be a hugely problematic one. Money is already one of the leading causes of stress in a relationship. Combine that with lying about money and you have a recipe for disaster. MEL magazine points to a few interesting stats:A recent survey a CreditCards.com survey that found 12 million Ame......
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Stuff Your Closet With Under Armour Gear During Amazon's One-Day Sale

Under Armour Gold Box Amazon’s running a new fitness-focused Gold Box to kick off the weekend, this time with a solid selection of Under Armour apparel for men, women, and kids all marked down to great low prices. Head over to Amazon, and you’ll find deals on shorts, tops, hats, and more. Just note that lots of the items have multiple color options once you get to their product pages, and that these prices are only available tod......
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BlackBerry Wants to Protect Your Phone From Prying Eyes

Do you ever feel like the person next to you on the subway is staring at your phone and reading your texts? Of course you do, because we all glance at other people’s phones and tablets during our boring commutes. I do, anyway. BlackBerry has a solution. BlackBerry has a new app called Privacy Shade that covers your screen in darkness, except for the little part you actually want to see. There’s only one line of text or even just ......
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All the Best Movies Coming to and Leaving Netflix in April 2017

Netflix is about to rain down on April with some nerd-friendly original content, but that’s coming at the cost of some of the best nerd-friendly classic TV.The HighlightsLet’s get the bad news out first. Several classic series are leaving Netflix. From my probably incorrect memory, a few of these have been with Netflix since the start of streaming. Okay, here we go then, you ready? Because this is going to hurt. Here are some of the shows l......
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The Humid Climate Photography Bag

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Glitch Is a Collaborative Coding Site Based Around Remixing Existing Code

Whether you’re just learning how to code or you’re a seasoned vet, experimentation is a key part of the learning process. Glitch is a free new coding site that makes that a little easier by implementing a remix and collaboration system that’s also easy to deploy as an actual app. Glitch projects are primarily created by remixing existing code. This allows users to instantly make their small-time projects, like bots, web sites, or......
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Protecting Bees, the Futility of Bay Leaves, and Five Years of Raspberry Pi in This Week's Highlights 

This week we learned why some types of wildflowers won’t help the bees who need it most, investigated whether or not bay leaves actually add any flavor, looked back on five years of tinkering with Raspberry Pi, and more. Here’s a look back. Bee populations are in decline, and Cheerios wants to help. So far, so good. But they are sendin......
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A Hot Water Bottle Is a Wonderful Thing on a Cold Night

If you live in a snowy place and you don’t have a hot water bottle at the foot of your bed, I’m begging you to reconsider. Sure, you can wear warm socks or tuck your feet under a human or canine companion. But dogs don’t stay in place, and people tend to shriek “Eek! Your feet are cold!” before rolling over and stealing your covers.A hot water bottle has none of those downsides, and keeps your feet even toastier. No, I don’t mean a bottle o......
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Grindr's New "Gaymoji" Offer a Whole Vocabulary Beyond Eggplant and Peach 

Image: Grindr The gay emojis are here. Smiley face! Grindr, the gay hookup app, released a new library of emojis, or “Gaymoji,” this week, which includes fresh takes on the symbols we’ve been using for all of about three years now. Instead of just your basic eggplant (penis) or peach (ass), you can select a pierced eggplant and a peach on a dinner plate! Fun!The emojis haven’t even been out a week and Grindr’s already removed som......
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The Bikepacking Camera Bag

Ever wonder what photography gear someone on a bike tour through South America might need? Over at The Radavist, photographer Ryan Wilson shows off the gear he’s had with him for the last few months. Wilson’s been bikepacking through South America, including large portions of the Andes. Wilson has plenty of gear with him, but his camera equipment is the highlight here. You can check out his amazing photos from the journey over on......
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The Essential Keys to Making Perfect Sushi Rice

Rice is the most important component of sushi. In fact, the word “sushi” refers to the vinegared rice used for the Japanese dish. If you want to make decent sushi at home, you need to know how to prepare the rice first. In this video, from the ChefSteps YouTube channel, chef Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Tamura demonstrates the best method for cooking and handling rice. For starters, make sure you’re working with short-grained s......
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This Week's Top Downloads: Fake Calls With Nope for Chrome, Use External Drives With PS4 Update 4.5, and More

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week. Android: The “Don’t Break the Chain” method for productivity might be a little gimmicky, but it works. Day by Day is a free app that can help you utilize the method. ......
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Three St. Patrick's Day Adult Beverages That Aren't Green Beer

Photo by Tim Sackton. St. Patrick’s day is next weekend, and with it comes an onslaught of unnecessarily green consumables. I’ve honestly never been a fan of aggressively-dyed beer, not because I’m afraid of food coloring, but because the beer used is usually crap. If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with an on-theme adult beverage that isn’t an emerald-hued beer, consider making (or ordering) one (or all) of the following......
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Saturday's Best Deals: Mesh Boxer Briefs, Memory Foam Pillows, White Noise, and More

Mesh boxer briefs, an inexpensive toilet stool, and memory foam pillows lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal.Top Tech Deals Samsung 64GB Flash Drive, $14 $14 is a great price for any 64GB flash drive, let alone one from Samsung with su......
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Keep Your Nice Headphones From Getting Stinky With Silica Gel Packets

I’ve got a nice pair of over-the-ear, noise-cancelling headphones that I wear almost every day. Thing is, I wear them for so long they often develop their own damp, humid atmosphere. And sometimes they get a little smelly. Gross, I know, but I’ve found an easy solution.I always save those little silica gel packets you’ll find in packaging for electronics and food, and I’m always looking for ways to use them. To keep my headphones sounding f......
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Remains of the Day: A Day Without Women

If you’re a regular reader then you’ve likely noticed that our page has slowed to a crawl today. That’s because the women of Lifehacker are participating in the “A Day Without a Woman” strike, along with many of our colleagues across Gizmodo Media.You can learn more about the strike here and on Jezebel. The organizers say that the purpose of the strike is to “[recognize] the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-econ......
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Why Needy People Might Make You Uncomfortable

Sure, needy people can be annoying (and I say this as a very needy person). However, our feelings about a person who is vocal about his or her needs is often a reflection of how we feel about our own needs. Like most human behavior, it’s complicated. The School of Life breaks it down. You’ve probably dealt with a needy friend, family member, or acquaintance at some point. They text you incessantly asking for emotional support. They......
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What "Overmixing" Means In Baking Recipes

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Test the Quality of a Suit Jacket In 30 Seconds

Whether you’re thumbing the racks of suits at a thrift shop or sifting through a going out of business sale, you’ll be better off knowing how to identify quality jackets fast. This graphic, from Ted Slampyak and The Art of Manliness, features seven tips from the Indispensable Guide to Classic Men’s Clothing you can use to quickly tell the quality of a suit. For example, checking the material the jacket’s buttons are made of, seei......
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Keep a Food Waste List to Save Money on Groceries

Photo by Unsplash Americans toss out about $165 billion worth of food every year, which can be up to $2,200 for the average family. One of the simplest ways to save money on groceries is to make sure you’re not wasting food. To avoid this problem, personal finance site Clark.com suggests keeping a list of stuff you toss. It’s a pretty simple idea. Every month, just keep a running list of food you throw away. Next to each item, writ......
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Add Unique Texture to Cookies With Leftover Popcorn

Image from dgbury. Popcorn is a great snack, especially homemade kettle corn, but sometimes you end making too much and just toss out the leftovers. Instead, you can add the leftover popcorn to cookie dough for for a unique, crunchy texture. Tasty cookies easily cover up the flavor of stale popcorn and get a boost in texture from the fluffy add in. Mix your cookie dough like normal. Right before you portion it out onto the baking s......
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Seven Methods to Help You Stay Focused

Photo by Dmitry Ratushny via Unsplash. How many things are vying for your attention right now? Your phone? Email? Slack? Twitter? That nagging to-do list that just seems to keep growing? Modern technology has given us so many amazing things, but one of the awkward side effects has always been its ability to get in our face whether we want it to or not. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.Notifications on top of notificat......
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Turn Leftover Rice Into Delectably Sweet Rice Pudding

Photo by Rudy Riet. If you have some leftover rice in danger of going stale, here’s a simple and delicious way to use it up. All you need is some milk and sugar.As Sheela Prakash at The Kitchn explains, there’s no need to toss out that extra side of take-out rice, or waste the excess you end up with when you make a huge batch at home (I do this all the time.) Instead, grab some milk, almond milk, or coconut milk and mix it at a one-to-one ......
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