A service that mutes people on Twitter based on words you identify — and makes it temporary, so you don’t have to remember to manually unmute them later!
I’ve been trying my best to be diligent about doing stretches and exercises for my carpal tunnel lately, because it’s the worst when I neglect it for a few days and then suddenly have to type thousands of words and feel terrible; it’s too late to suddenly do a week’s worth of stretches then. I found this video really helpful! Does anyone else have stretches they recommend?
Great news for #sadgirls and others: according to Lifehacker, sciences says crying to your favorite sad songs is good for you.
I’ve recommended Digit on here before, and like it a lot, which is why I was sad to hear that they were going to start charging a monthly fee. It’s their right to, of course, and many other financial services charge regular fees of some type. But the whole reason I was using Digit was because I needed to set up a savings system that worked with very little money, and so having even less money to save some of isn’t a fit for me; the math says you’d need $3,600 in your Digit account for your savings return to break even on the fee, which I do not have. Lifehacker has some suggestions for people who want to leave Digit and move to something else for saving.
We’ve talked about how to ask for a pay raise at work before; The Financial Diet has a piece that rounds up perspectives on what to do when those conversations don’t go as you had hoped.
I got interested in crowdfunding scams after reading about the “Smarty Ring,” allegedly offering Apple Watch-like features in the form of a small finger ring — after an Indiegogo campaign that raised almost $300,000 before the organizers disappeared and never delivered the product. Although Kickstarter now requires that fundraisers show a working prototype in order to prevent things like this, Indiegogo and some other sites don’t. That said, some tips on identifying crowdfunding scams!
Last week we published a piece that talks to different mental health experts about the nitty-gritty of self-care and how it works in practice for sustainable wellness and health in queer communities. Seems relevant to your interests!
Big week for plant info! I’m personally riding on a plant high after figuring out that I’m pretty sure the reason my succulents kept dying was because I was watering them with tap water, which in our area is really “hard.” I switched to rainwater, which I was able to collect in some buckets in our backyard this particularly rainy week (the slope to being a homesteader gets more slippery each day!) and now they look much better. In that spirit, here are “houseplant watering secrets from regular people who keep their plants alive and happy,” a list of houseplants that can thrive even in really dark rooms,and in the realm of outdoor agriculture here’s a guide to making a DIY “earth box,” or a planter that self-waters from a reservoir of water you make in the bottom of the planter.
I’ve been really into bees and bee-related activities lately — raising bees, planting bee gardens, and this tutorial on how to build houses for mason bees! There are also websites where you can order mason bees — a species which are good pollinators but rarely sting — or maybe they’ll just move right in to the little house you built for them.
The judicious use of all-caps here is what really drew me in: how to photograph the MOON.