For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with not having anything in my pockets. Of course, that isn't usually possible because generally I always had to have my wallet and keys in my pocket. In the early 2000s when everyone started getting a cellphone I was resistant. One of my primary barriers to entry was the distaste of having ANOTHER thing to store in my pocket.
Now I have three things: wallet, keys, iPhone. I cannot live without these three things, so I have to cope with heavy pockets. I can't do much to adjust the weight and heft of my phone and my keys (I assure you I keep them very slim). My wallet, however, I do have full control over. I'm adamant about keeping a streamlined wallet. Why doesn't everyone? When I see people pull out a giant brown brick (from their BACK pocket no less) I am shocked, and often angry. Why are you keeping all your crap in there? Why do you have such a huge wallet!? It is time for a wallet audit. Look at what I have in mine.
Read more: Slim Your Wallet
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Ever since Evernote was hacked and the password database compromised, I started getting concerned about my passwords being broken and my accounts hijacked. I took a serious inventory of my passwords and I didn't like what I saw. Although my "master password" was long and secure, it was the password I used for way too many accounts… Access to one of those accounts meant I was vulnerable to having my bank account accessed. But how can anyone remember more than one truly "secure" password?
I committed to finding a solution that was memorable, secure and different for every site I visit. I stumbled upon a popular xkcd comic about password strength. It made me think.
Read more: Memorable, Strong, and Unique Password Generating System
You might remember me raving about the band (artist?) Tobacco. Well rumor has it, although I don't remember where I read it, that they released a limited collection of VHS tapes. The VHS tapes were compilations of strange found-footage and old early 90s clips played over Tobacco music to promote the second album Maniac Meat.
The rumors go on saying that before these VHS tapes were mailed to select newsletter subscribers, they were microwaved. Just to make them a little bit more weird. Lucky for all of us, the very limited run of them ended up on youtube! Here they are:
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