Articles

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, "Whatever 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 Candyland,  Monopoly, 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 the 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.  

Listen, The Secret to Your Success Is...

  • Posted on: 10 July 2016
  • By: lyanabu

How can being a good listener help you be happier, make others happy, maybe even contribute to world peace?

Listening Well Can Make You Happier

Psychologists have long understood that people are terrible at predicting what will make them happy. If you say, “I will be happy if I … win the lottery, become famous, buy a fancy car”. Even if you achieve that goal, when you look back to assess, most people find they are not as happy as they thought they would be.

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