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How To Level Up Your Tabletop Role-Playing Games

May 23, 2017, 11:40am

That tip about recording sessions is good- as a GM, it's easy for me to go back to a recording/video and find the specific voice for an NPC and their place in the world. While I extensively note take, they are sometimes scribbled at the speed of thought

How A Bike With Infinite Gears Changed The Way I Commute

Mar 2, 2017, 4:44pm

But it's only really "infinite" gears between two fixed points right? like, you can't just keep shifting up or down? What's the maximum and minimum gear ratio equivalent to actual cogs?

Fairy Bread Is An Abomination

Feb 8, 2017, 1:48pm

Delete your account.

The 10,000 Seconds Challenge: Can I Learn A New Skill In Under 3 Hours?

Jan 17, 2017, 12:02pm

Sleight of hand/basic coin tricks.

You can learn basic sleights and palms really fast, and work up to a couple basic magic tricks in the time you talk about. Can practice it while doing other things too.

Everything Coming To Netflix, Stan, Presto And Foxtel This August

Aug 1, 2016, 11:38am

Argo fuck yourself.

Also, Fringe on a streaming service is what I've always wanted. If they added Farscape too I'd be set for a long time

How To Pack Luggage Like An Experienced Backpacker [Infographic]

Jun 6, 2016, 5:20pm

My number one tip would be to learn how to Ranger Roll a t-shirt

Seven Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats [Infographic]

May 19, 2016, 4:30pm

It's specifically the "hug" thing- wrapping your arms around its body or neck- that they don't like. Pats/scratching etc is cool.

Ask LH: Should I Be Making Cocktails With Egg Whites?

Mar 18, 2016, 1:56pm

Egg Whites are a key component of a Pisco Sour, which might be a place to start. A grind of pepper seasons an egg white cocktail well (pepper + egg being a classic combo)

The Best Books Of The 21st Century [Infographic]

Mar 10, 2016, 4:48pm

Given where they sourced their info from, it's very much a list of "Popular and well rated" rather than critically "best."

That's not to say that Popular=bad, but it's a very safe (and pretty American) list.

The Best Books Of The 21st Century [Infographic]

Mar 10, 2016, 4:46pm

I take your point, and I don't fundamentally disagree, but I'd classify it as post-apocalyptic given it is missing several of the hallmarks of what generally classifies fiction as dystopian- A lot of other dystopian fiction deals with societies in dysfunction and totalitarian themes, where as The Road is absent much of that.

The hostility of the landscape is dystopian, but it's about the only way I'd classify it as being similar.

I've actually never looked at Nuclear War necessarily as the catalysing incident in The Road, but frankly looking for a cause of the apocalypse in The Road is kinda pointless.

Of course, genre distinctions are arbitrary, but if someone said to me "I've been reading 1984 and The Hunger Games, recommend me something in the same sort of genre" I certainly wouldn't pick The Road first.

The Best Books Of The 21st Century [Infographic]

Mar 10, 2016, 3:01pm

Pretty vanilla list. Not saying it's bad (though "Proof of Heaven: a Neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife" certainly is), it's just pretty tame.

Also, to nitpick, The Road certainly isn't a dystopia.

Ask LH: How Can I Train Myself To Obey My Alarm?

Feb 2, 2016, 1:39pm

I use Sleep for Android and have maths puzzles as the shutoff. Just make sure you match it to your level of ability- I got too good at the easier ones and could do them half asleep.

Stan's Exclusive Showtime Deal: Enough To Give Netflix The Boot?

Jan 28, 2016, 1:54pm

All of Star Trek may be enough to get me there on Stan. had just started watching it on US Netflix.

Assess Your Motivations Before Sharing A Celebrity Death On Social Media

Jan 12, 2016, 11:11am

I don't think you have to show bonafides before paying tribute, actually. Who's arbitrating this?

You're essentially doing the same thing as those who accuse others of being "fake geek girls" or hipster "I was in to David Bowie before he was cool."

Whether you were a huge Bowie fan, or someone who just liked that one track, I think people can express their sadness over his passing.

This Graph Explains Why Free-To-Air TV's Days Are Numbered

Jan 7, 2016, 4:47pm

The point I'd make about Free to Air television is that it's essential for people who can't afford a streaming service/computer/internet connection. Streaming services are still a (sure, cheapish but still) luxury.

There's a dude in my apartment block who's in that boat. Without Free to Air television, he's got nothing.

How To Cheat At Board Games

Nov 20, 2015, 12:07pm

Well I'm never playing Sheriff of Nottingham with you again.

Keep Takeout Food Insulated In The Microwave Until You're Ready For It

Sep 11, 2015, 12:00pm

I'd have to take the bread out first.

Ask LH: What Is The Right Vaccination Schedule For My Child?

Mar 25, 2015, 3:27pm

When I have a kid they're going to be a pincushion for the first...50 years of their life.

Vaccines are one of the best health measures we have.

Warning: Taking Your Own Pillow On A Plane May Inspire Irrational Hatred

Mar 24, 2015, 4:36pm

You could get a travel pillow? They're pretty good and versatile, used mine on planes, buses, and in a pinch when sleeping arrangements are less than stellar on tour

Become A 'Standing Gamer' For Better Health And Posture

Jan 6, 2015, 6:01pm

Considering setting my old PS2 up with my treadmill, does that count?

Ask Lifehacker A Question And Win A Magic: The Gathering Prize Pack Worth $1015!

Dec 19, 2014, 2:52am

Dear Lifehacker

I'd like to find a better way to sleep- my sleeping pattern seems to normalise to a 2am-10am pattern, which is fine when I'm on holidays but not really tenable for a day job. What's the best way to normalise my diurnal rhythm, so I can best be awake during the day (to play magic?)


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Utilise The 'Steel Man' Tactic To Argue More Effectively

Sep 15, 2014, 11:07am

Hmm. You should never spend too much time in a debate summarising your opponents argument - that's their job. You can use a "steel man" version of one of their points specifically to rebut, but you're better off using their exact wording.

Is Sydney's 'My Food Bag' Service Worth The Money?

Aug 1, 2014, 6:06pm

If you could do this for a night or two (and in adelaide) rather than a full week, I could definitiely see myself at least trying it. Unfortunately, in and out so much that it'd spoil.

Partner Rejecting Your Sexual Advances? An 'Excuses Spreadsheet' Is Unlikely To Help

Jul 21, 2014, 6:24pm

even if it's a chore

No. If she doesn't want sex, you're not entitled to it. Marriage or otherwise.

Now, if you're not getting any, discuss it, absolutely, but you don't resort to bullshit like this.