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The Best Podcast of 2017

  • Posted on: 10 October 2017
  • By: lyanabu
A microphone

Forty percent of Americans over the age of 12 have listened to a podcast at least once, according to podcast research from this year. Last year I joined this group by buying a tiny mp3 player.

I thought it would encourage me to work out more often. Actually, I didn't end up going to the gym more often, but it did change my life for the better, and I want to explain how, as well as talk about how it seems to be a good fit with what we do in Toastmasters.

The Five Best Things You Can Do About Climate Change

  • Posted on: 28 July 2017
  • By: lyanabu
Photo of the author on the Holy Ghost hiking trail, near Pecos, New Mexico

We have a problem. It's clear that global climate change is upon us, but what do we do about it?

Finding out which actions work best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a challenge.

There are plenty of suggestions on a macro level, and even on a personal level: Switch to a fuel-efficient vehicle! Plant some trees! Fly less! Bring your own plastic bags to the grocery store!?

What is Real? Fighting Spam, Fake News, and Our Own Fallibility

  • Posted on: 24 July 2017
  • By: lyanabu
My Aunt

Back in December, my dryer broke, so I called a repairman. While he was working on the dryer, I was surprised that the first topic he brought up was fake news and how you couldn’t rely on any source for real news anymore.

I thought, "What happened to chit-chatting about the weather?"

I was hoping to get my machine repaired; I wasn't expecting a discussion about the nature of reality at 8 in the morning with a stranger.

3 Best Board Games for a Party

  • Posted on: 23 July 2017
  • By: lyanabu
Peter and Soyeon Gallo playing Survive

Do you like to play board games? Or are you one of those people who can't stand board games?

I love board games, but I can understand if you hate them. If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, when you think of board games, you probably think of CandylandMonopoly, Life, or Risk. And then you remember it being boring and awful, which is why you haven't looked at board games since then.

But just as computers have evolved in the last thirty years, board games have improved dramatically.

Fire Up Your Summer With Reading

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: lyanabu

Fire Up Your Summer With Reading

Doesn’t it feel like summer? Summer actually doesn’t start til the 20th but it’s sunny in Albuquerque and has felt like summer for several weeks now.

What kind of things do you like to do in summer? Go on vacation? Swimming? Play video games?

When I was a kid, I looked forward to summer so much. I can remember sitting in 6th grade class and looking out the door to the California grass bordering the school yard, wanting to escape and for the school year to end.

Toastmasters Your Way

  • Posted on: 12 February 2017
  • By: lyanabu

Once upon a time, my partner John was married to a woman named Sonia. They set up housekeeping in a small house in Austin. Sonia was a full blown hippie, and John noticed she was not that good with the dishes. The way she did it was kind of chaotic.

The Powerful Combination of Toastmasters and Blogging

  • Posted on: 22 January 2017
  • By: lyanabu

Introduction

If you're looking for a job, setting up a business, or just looking to express your opinion, a website or a blog is a good place to start. But many people start with great energy and enthusiasm, only to find ideas and web posts petering out until months or years have gone by and you have a stale website.

Has this happened to you?

As a web designer, the most frequent question I get is "How can I make my website show up in Google"?

Self-Driving Cars: The Powerful Change About to (Not) Hit You

  • Posted on: 7 December 2016
  • By: lyanabu

We are on the cusp of a revolution in transportation. In the next fifteen to twenty years, autonomous vehicles will begin to replace human-controlled cars, improving traffic, reducing pollution, and eliminating nearly all vehicle deaths.

There are three reasons why this change is inevitable: Safety, cost, and efficiency.

The Hermione-Draco Election

  • Posted on: 18 October 2016
  • By: lyanabu

Does anyone else see the current U.S. Presidential election as the matchup between Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy?

In this corner, Hermione/Hillary Clinton: female, smart, studious, dedicated, good-intentioned. Tends to come off as wonkish, or snobbish to those that dislike her.

And on the Republican/Slytherin side, Dracoy/Donald Trump, the rich, spoiled, entitled scion, with bad hair, bad character, obnoxious and selfish.

How has this not been a meme?

The Secret To Solving The Group Housing Cleaning Problem

  • Posted on: 1 September 2016
  • By: lyanabu

“But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.” – Marilyn French, The Women’s Room

If you've ever lived with other people, you probably have this problem: Your roommates are slobs.

When I was in college, I lived in a house with eight other people. I loved living with my friends: we made dinners together, we had philosophical conversations, and it was cheaper than living alone. It was great.  

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