Tolstoy’s 10 rules of life

I can’t help but notice that one is “keep away from women”.

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because he wrote so extensively about happiness and because he made and broke so many resolutions himself. Spectacularly… Tolstoy wrote these rules when he was eighteen years old:
F]or happiness-project purposes, Tolstoy is particularly fascinating — both because he wrote so extensively about happiness and because he made and broke so many resolutions himself. Spectacularly… Tolstoy wrote these rules when he was eighteen years old:

Get up early (five o’clock)

Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock)

Eat little and avoid sweets

Try to do everything by yourself

Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for evry minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater

Keep away from women

Kill desire by work

Be good, but try to let no one know it

Always live less expensively than you might

Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer



A different kind of hummus: sweet potato!

An interesting take on hummus, good for keeping those lower carb resolutions…

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Sweet Potato Hummus.

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My favorite new hummus. And that’s saying a lot because I love hummus, and there are plenty of tried and true variations to which I’ve already given my heart. Still, we all know that sweet ‘taters are among my favorite foods, so it actually surprises me that it’s taken me this long to mix them up with chickpeas and tahini. What was(n’t) I thinking?



Could you eat this bleeding heart cake?

(Too bad it’s not available in the US!)

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For Sale: Valentine’s Bleeding Hearts

I’m making these edible bleeding hearts available for people to send to their Valentine this year: 

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My answer to “what iOS should adopt from Android”

A bit of a long rant, but people often ask when I’m going to move from iPhone to Android; maybe never if iPhone can fix these things.

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I voted up Derek’s answer, and am still new to Quora so hopefully adding my own riff as a separate answer isn’t bad form…

I’ll go with the things that keep me jailbreaking, many of which mimic or improve on items Android also has:

1) A queueing, non-modal notification system like android/WP7. Necessary, no questions asked. (BiteSMS handles this from JB/Cydia point of view)

2) Fast access to camera via dedicate button or key sequence. They have an 
amazing, best in class camera implementation and the world’s worst user experience trying to activate the damn thing. (Snappy/Activator on Cydia)

3) Wifi hotspot. Not likely on AT&T but quite possible on Verizon, who has a habit of actually not pretending this feature doesn’t exist. (MyWi on Cydia)

4) Nice to have: allow apps to hook into the messaging system (SMS in particular) for responding/filtering/triggering based on messages. Example: auto responses during certain schedules/calendar events, etc. (Various, none perfect. The big news item was the one on Android that handles this when you are driving)

5) This could pre-empt (har har) #1 and #4, but the “Intent” system on Android, including Intents for push items seems like it has significant, but potentially abused, potential. App delivery pushed OTA, being able to trigger app specific messages (ex: if I send a panorama pic to a buddy, he gets a notification and it opens up into the panorama app.). They allow for the now ancient URL scheme like twitter:// to be fired off locally and perhaps to some degree via push but as I understand the Android implementation is far more powerful. (None per se)

6) Battery usage details. Yes, devs can use wonderful analysis tools pre-distribution, but I think letting those users WHO DESIRE drill down into the battery details and see the main offenders would squash a good number of the “what is killing my battery” questions, or worse the 1-star reviews “installed this and battery drained instantly”, but giving them a true picture of the situation. (None per se, but Battery details in Android system settings)

7) Voice entry into all text fields, and expanded voice control library. This should go first but I think we expect it to be there via the Siri acquisition and/or Apple’s expertise, so I downranked it a bit.

Multitasking for kiddies a la iOS4 has actually bridged the gap far more than I expected, and it’s quite nice that they haven’t clamped down on people using “pending tasks” and other mechanisms to keep alive connections for apps like VNC, etc. This would have been huge otherwise.





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Days of Auld Lang What?

The origin of the New Year’s anthem—and what it means to us.

Auld Lang Syne”—the phrase can be translated as “long, long ago,” or “old long since,” but I like “old times past”—is a song that asks a question, a tender little question that has to do with the nature of being alive, of being a person on a journey in the world. It not only asks, it gives an answer.



Miley Cyrus Video — Partying with a Bong

Miley Cyrus Video — Partying with a Bong

12/10/2010 1:00 AM PST by TMZ Staff  

Miley Cyrus celebrated her 18th birthday by experimenting with a bong and catching a case of the giggles — but sources say she was not smoking marijuana.   

The video was shot during a party at Miley’s L.A. area home 5 days after her 18th birthday.

According to a source connected with Miley … the smoke filling the bong is a natural herb called salvia which has psychedelic qualities. Possession of salvia is legal in California.

As for the video … the source tells us it was shot by one of Miley’s friends —  and the theory is someone stole or copied the video from that friend’s camera.

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