Helping You Help Yourself #34

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An essay on trying to stop being terrified of failure.

The mystical technique for wrapping up cables and cords so they don’t get tangled and unspool perfectly each time.

A question that haunts me: which oven rack to use depending on what you’re baking.

If you’re a freelancer or make your living through the ~sharing economy~, taxes are probably a huge pain for you! Now the IRS has a webpage to specifically address your tax questions.

Tips from pro chefs on how they doctor up sad frozen pizza for nights when you aren’t up to cooking but are maybe up to chopping something and sprinkling it.

On how to make sure breaks you take are actually restful, even if they can’t be very long.

My dream has come true: Avoid Humans is an app that uses foursquare and Instagram check-ins to determine which public spaces around you are the LEAST popular right now, so you can go someplace to be left alone.

Riese put this in Business of Art this week, but here it is again! Helpful techniques to ease you into talking with strangers.

Always gonna be obsessed with secret compartments.

If you use Android and have updated to the latest Android Thing, Nougat, there’s a Neko-Atsume-esque easter egg in it for you.

Seems like this will come in handy: how to open a beer bottle with 17 random items around the house.

I find working with PDF documents really challenging for some reason, more so than most people, and so probably everyone else already knew this! But in case you didn’t: how to make PDF documents editable (as well as other image files containing text) with Google Docs.

One of my favorite topics: things to do at night to make your morning easier! There are lots of takes on this; here’s one from the FInancial Diet.

Not taking sides on the Pumpkin Spice Latte Issue but it’s about the right time of year to remind everyone how to make pumpkin spice syrup at home, if that’s your thing.

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Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy." You can follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. 1. cover your pizza with loose fitting aluminum foil and bake. Remove the foil 5 min before being done.
    2. middle rack for this technique b/c it allows the heat to circulate around it better.
    3. Do not use the pizza stones. Those are for pizza ovens that get much hotter than my humble kitchen aid.
    4. Enjoy!!!

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