Category Archives: Lifehacks

Being Present in a World of Distraction

No Blackberry On a recent trip to New York City I was (yet again) struck by how millions of people crammed onto a small island can be so efficient at isolating themselves from millions of their fellow humans who are literally inches away from them. I’ve also noticed the same thing in London, and to some degree in smaller cities, like my native Binghamton. Walk down the sidewalk through Times Square, or get a coffee at one of the ubiquitous Starbucks in New York, and you’ll see more people than not with their noses stuck in a Blackberry, iPhone or other communication device—often texting—completely oblivious to those around them.
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A Checklist Can (Literally) Save Your Life

The Checklist ManifestoThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right is a new book with a fresh view on on the lowly checklist–its practicality and usefulness for not only routine tasks, but also for highly complex situations like building skyscapers and operating on people.

Written by Boston surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto takes us on a journey to save lives by using checklists. Dr. Gawande headed an initiative with the World Health Organization to figure out how to reduce the number of deaths occuring from avoidable mistakes made during surgery. The problem: What could they do to save lives, yet be relevant for diverse surgical procedures in any country or language, and cost next to nothing to implement? The solution: A checklist.
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Locate the Elevation for Your Address Online

snowflakesWe’re facing the first snow of the season today. According to the wizards of the weather, if you live above 1500 feet elevation, you may get anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow! Which got me to wondering, not for the first time, “How can I find the elevation of our home?” We moved to West Windsor, NY a little over a year ago and immediately noticed (in October), when the forecasters say “trace amounts of snow in the valleys, but several inches on the hilltops” that we most often fall into the later category.

So when the forecasters today said significant snow above 1500 feet, I started searching, determined to finally figure out what our elevation is. And I found out how to do it:
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