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Marriott is no longer fighting for permission to block WiFi hotspots

Marriott wants you to know that it’s completely done trying to block guests’ personal WiFi connections — it has even given up convincing the FCC to give it permission to do so, a spokesperson told Engadget. The company already announced that it won’…

Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

Lots of us have problems organizing our day productively. We never seem to have the time. Keeping a list of "10-Minute Tasks" lets you get stuff done without feeling overwhelmed.

As we’ve mentioned before, if a task is shorter than 2 minutes, you should just do it now. For those tasks longer than two minutes that keep interrupting your day, bank them into a 10 minute slot. Inc explains:

You can consolidate these micro-tasks into one daily 10-minute session. Doing so will not only help you remember to execute these tasks on a regular basis, it could also save you time. Instead of suddenly remembering one of these tasks in the middle of a larger project and derailing your momentum, you’ll already have the time set aside to deal with them. You can do this with almost any regularly executed task, though some may require sessions longer than 10 minutes.

Check out the link for other things to get done during that 10 minute slot in your day.

How 10 Minutes of Work a Day Can Maximize Your Productivity | Inc.

Photo by Rob and Stephanie Levy.

Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

Find Your “10 Minute Tasks” Each Day to Stay Productive

Lots of us have problems organizing our day productively. We never seem to have the time. Keeping a list of "10-Minute Tasks" lets you get stuff done without feeling overwhelmed.

As we’ve mentioned before, if a task is shorter than 2 minutes, you should just do it now. For those tasks longer than two minutes that keep interrupting your day, bank them into a 10 minute slot. Inc explains:

You can consolidate these micro-tasks into one daily 10-minute session. Doing so will not only help you remember to execute these tasks on a regular basis, it could also save you time. Instead of suddenly remembering one of these tasks in the middle of a larger project and derailing your momentum, you’ll already have the time set aside to deal with them. You can do this with almost any regularly executed task, though some may require sessions longer than 10 minutes.

Check out the link for other things to get done during that 10 minute slot in your day.

How 10 Minutes of Work a Day Can Maximize Your Productivity | Inc.

Photo by Rob and Stephanie Levy.

This SR-71, F-14, F-4 Formation Shot Is An Air Combat Dream Come True

This SR-71, F-14, F-4 Formation Shot Is An Air Combat Dream Come True

This has to be one of the coolest and the LOUDEST military aviation photos in history. No less than three Tomcats and three Phantoms are headed by an SR-71 Blackbird as they pour on the coals during a high-speed, low-level flyby over NAWS China Lake. The circumstances of how this shot came to be remain a mystery, but I would like to thank it happened because it simply had to.

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Reflector Mirrors your iOS Screen to a Mac, PC or Android device

Reflector Mirrors your iOS Screen to a Mac, PC or Android device

Windows/Mac/Android: If you want to show off your iPhone or iPad screen, typically you need an Apple TV. Reflector puts your iOS screen on a Mac, PC or Android device by acting as an AirPlay receiver.

AirPlay is already built into iOS, but you’ll need to buy a version for the device you want to mirror to. The Windows and Mac versions cost $12.99 each (no bundle), and the Android version is $6.99.

After you install it, mirror your iPhone or iPad with the AirPlay icon in the control center. Reflector lets you record the broadcast from your iOS device, so it’s great for training.

Reflector | Airsquirrels

The Pirate Bay comes back weeks after a police raid

We’re starting to wonder if it’s nigh-on impossible to keep The Pirate Bay down. Just weeks after Swedish police raided the bootleg file site and knocked it offline, it’s back — TorrentFreak reports that almost everything is up and running once agai…

High-speed camera reveals details of potassium-water explosion

Even if you slept your way through high school chemistry, there was typically one day that ensured you were awake. That’s when, after an extensive safety lecture, the teacher brought out the alkali metals and dropped them into some water. Typically, what followed was a hissing, spitting explosion as the metal danced on the surface of the water, often sending out flaming chunks of metal that repeated the process.

(I’m old enough where we were actually given small chunks of sodium or potassium to set off our own explosions. I suspect that’s no longer common in our lawsuit-happy society.)

The chemical reaction that powers this display is a simple one: metals like sodium and potassium like little more than to give up a single electron. Place them in water, and that electron will split the otherwise stable water molecule, creating a negatively charged hydroxide ion and freeing hydrogen. It’s the free hydrogen that creates the explosion that wows chemistry classes.

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Roomer Travel Lets You Sell Your Non-Refundable Hotel Reservations

Sometimes, when you buy a hotel reservation in advance, the reservation isn’t refundable. Plans change and if you can’t keep your commitment, Roomer is a marketplace that lets you sell that reservation instead of losing your entire investment.

If a hotel has a cancellation fee, you can usually get out of it by changing the date of your stay or calling the hotel and pleading your case. If you bought travel insurance, you can make a claim against it too.

Once you know you can’t keep the reservation, go over to Roomer and post the details about where and when you’ll be staying. Then set your own price. They recommend selling at a 50-75% discount. Roomer doesn’t charge a fee for posting your reservation. If someone buys your reservation, Roomer pays you direct.

If you’re looking to score a cheap hotel room at a popular destination, Roomer also lets you book hotel rooms through them. They don’t charge a fee for this service.

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Try a Writing Meditation If Sitting Still Isn’t Working For You

Try a Writing Meditation If Sitting Still Isn’t Working For You

Meditation has a ton of benefits, and you can do it lots of ways. Many practices focus on sitting still, but you can also meditate while writing.

Buster Benson, the founder of 750words, explains how writing is a form of meditation we can all do. Instead of setting a word limit, set a time limit and write whatever comes to mind. Don’t judge or censor what you’re writing—just observe your thoughts and write what you see. He explains one reason this type of meditation might work for some people:

The act of typing serves as a hand rail on our thoughts, and occupies a certain part of the brain that generally gets restless and looks for something to do, because it’s already doing something: typing. Disabling that restless squirrel in your brain is the reason why activities like walking, showering, doing the dishes, gardening, etc are all such great activities for stirring up creative thoughts. Free writing has the added benefit of providing a tangible trail of thoughts as they rise up. You’re essentially hitching your subconscious directly to your typing fingers.

A writing meditation isn’t that much different than journaling, and any tool works for a writing meditation. The difference is here you’ll observe your thoughts rather than write about your day or to solve a problem.

If a silent or still meditation hasn’t worked for you, check out the link for ideas on how to start a writing meditation.

Better Than Meditation – Better Humans | Buster Benson

Photo by Sebastien Wiertz.

The poetry of my tweets

I’d like to think my tweets offer some cultural value and promote a better world. I consume plenty of brilliant films and scholarly articles, then reflect my learnings on Twitter multiple times a day. So when I heard there was a tool to turn my tweet…