Archive for the ‘General’ Category


Does one really know more than the other?

echovsgooglehomeminiThese days, just about every smart home gadget works with Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. And, for the most part, Google Assistant and Alexa can do many of the same things—like give you the weather forecast, play music, read the news, and so much more.

But, when you compare Alexa and Google Assistant head to head, which intelligent personal assistant is smarter? We took a deep dive into the nitty-gritty of both Alexa and Google Assistant to find out which smart assistant knows—and can do—more.

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writingHandwriting is quickly becoming a dying art. Few businesses can run nowadays without computers. Most college students type virtually everything, to the point where the phrase "writing a paper" is basically obsolete in the literal sense. Elementary and high schools across the country now view typing courses as essential to their curricula, to say nothing for the fact that cursive writing is all but gone. But what are we losing as handwriting loses its significance in society?

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pig_storyAfter escaping a livestock auction house and likely a grisly fate, a New York state pig is adjusting well to his new luxurious lifestyle. “He likes what he likes,” the young pig discovered roaming the streets of Unadilla, New York, near a livestock auction house last month. These days, Myles’ likes include going for walks (he has a harness), eating yogurt and expressing disdain for most vegetables.

“He’s very sassy,” Insinga said, adding that he’s apt to throw a “fit” when he can’t have exactly what he wants. “He likes mushroom pizza,” she told local news station WBNG. “He loves crackers. Anything with carbs, he loves.” Not long ago, Myles didn’t have it so cushy. Insinga had heard from a friend in mid-December that a pig was on the sidewalk not far from her house, which is located near a livestock auction house.

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heart_burnWhether you’re 17 or 71, odds are that you’ve experienced heartburn at least once in your life, if not more. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and an estimated 15 million Americans deal with the painful symptom on a daily basis.

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uggsWhen winter’s biting winds swoop in and whisper suggestively in our ears, “Put on your Uggs. Just do it,” as a fashion editor, people begin asking me what I think about the long-lasting footwear trend. Which I translate as “Can I pull my stained and stretched-out Uggs from the back of my closet and still wear them in public without looking like I stepped out of an episode of The Simple Life?” To which I *would* like to politely request “Please don’t.” Alas, the answer is more complicated than that, so here’s my ultimate take.

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tatooLet’s face it: Getting a tattoo can be scary! It’s not exactly a life-changing choice (as long as it’s done safely), but it is one that’s painful and very difficult and time-consuming to remove if you ever change your mind. So, I wanted to be sure I was doing absolutely everything by the book. When I finally decided to go for it. I reached out to three of the best tattoo artists I know for what not to do when getting your first tattoo. With their help, I finally did it, and I’m so glad I did!

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cheapThere was a time when your friends admired your money-saving ways. Yet now you’re starting to work most of your friends’ and coworkers’ last generous nerve. Why?

Because you left frugal behind and are now as cheap as those yellowed greeting cards you pull from your closet for special occasions. Friends and family members know you’ve crossed the line into the cheapskate lane. But do you?

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last_wordYou know the type: the person who just can’t walk away from an argument unless they’ve had the last word, proving once and for all that they’re right and you’re wrong. When you’re in a relationship with someone like that, it can make any dispute needlessly long, frustrating and unproductive.

“Partners who seek to win against their mate may end up ‘winning’ the battle and losing the war by destroying their relationship connection,” said Kurt Smith, a therapist in Roseville, California, who specializes in counseling men. “Conversations and arguments shouldn’t be a competition.”

I asked relationship experts to explain why some partners fall into this bad habit and how to deal if it’s hurting your relationship.

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fridgeRefrigerator

Spend 30 minutes on these simple maintenance steps to keep your fridge running in tip top shape. It’s hard to believe, but six simple maintenance steps will prevent almost 100 percent of refrigerator breakdowns and eliminate those service calls. Take these steps and you can forget about spoiled food, lost time waiting for repair people and shelling out $70 an hour plus parts for the repair itself. In this story, I’ll show you how to keep your fridge humming and trouble-free. And we’ll also tell you what to check if a problem does occur.

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70_remembersHere’s one thing everybody who was alive during the 1970s can agree on: The entire decade still feels like it only happened yesterday. Seriously, how can the ’70s be four decades ago? It’s just not possible that the era ruled by bell bottom jeans and 8-track cassettes was nearly half a century ago. For those of us who lived through it, and survived that groovy and perilous time it will forever be a part of our souls. Here are things that, if you were alive during the 1970s, you probably still remember. (And chances are, you’re also still shocked that those born in the ’80s, ’90, and gulp, the 2000s don’t.)

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