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Hello let’s talk about VOTING, which is something happening next week in the US and which I believe is a way to help yourself (and also others). Please vote — and remember to vote downticket, not just for the President; learn about your local offices and figure out who you want to be in them! Here is a quick and easy interactive widget that will help you find your polling place and who’s on your ballot.
You can also look at a sample ballot for your polling place on Ballotpedia, where you can learn more about the individuals and initiatives you can vote for or against!
If you’re not registered to vote and aren’t sure if you still have time before the election on November 8, NYT has updated voter registration deadlines.
If you go to vote.org and scroll down to individualized states’ election centers, it will give you all the info you need to know regarding your state’s specific voting laws — whether you need photo ID, absentee ballot rules, early voting info, and more.
Please click! Please vote!
Back in our more regularly scheduled programming, here are two organization apps I’ve been trying out lately! Sortd is a “skin” that works over your current Gmail account and allows you to visually sort emails into different lists or categories, which for some people may be a more effective kind of spatial organization than tags. It’s not perfect; I feel like it makes my inbox lag a bit and it’s harder to gchat, but it’s easy to switch back and forth between Sortd and the normal Gmail inbox if I want to. I’m also trying Plan, an app that combines your calendar and your to-do list, and allows you to schedule to-dos so they actually make it onto your calendar and into your day. We’ll see how well it ends up working for me!
Advice from the Unfuck Your Habitat blog on how to actually accept help that people offer when you’re sick/depressed/otherwise need support.
If you need an EXTREMELY low-maintenance desk plant, or like me, your cats destroy any normal desk plant you have, Lifehacker has a guide to raising aquatic plants in a jar.
Are you terrified of someone turning your webcam on remotely and spying on you? (Or if you weren’t before you read that, are you now?) Here’s how to get a notification when your webcam turns on.
How to Grow the Fuck Up has published a guide to building credit the right way. KaeLyn has also written for us about how to build credit and how to deal with credit card debt, if this is something that’s relevant to you currently.
Bustle culled some responses on Reddit about what people with depression want to hear from those around them.
A brief guide to something that personally terrifies me: shopping around for health insurance to make sure your plan is the best and most affordable fit for you.