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hough incredible strides have been made to stabilize the current public health crisis, the pandemic is far from over. For many parts of the country, barring those that regularly experience blizzards, outdoor dining is still the only option for safe, socially distanced gathering.

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Go to article - Feast Your Eyes on the Best Outdoor Heaters to Keep Patio Dining Alive Through the Winter

I...have...a confession...to make: I think that when you wedge ellipses into texts, you unintentionally rob your message of any linear train of thought.

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Go to article - Please...Don't Use Ellipses In Your Text Messages

Viruses mutate; so does everything, really. But experts are now concerned about a few of the thousands of coronavirus variants that have turned up around the world. We wrote about the UK variant last month; now there are more, including one in Los Angeles. You do not need to panic. But it’s good to be informed.

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Go to article - How Bad Are All These New COVID Variants?

Brave is now the first web browser with integrated InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) support. IPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol, and provides a different way of building and using the internet compared to the HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Over Secure Socket Layer)…

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Go to article - What Is IPFS and Why Does It Matter in Brave's Web Browser?

The early days of the pandemic saw us rummaging through our homes in search of long-forgotten coloring books, dusty board games, and half-finished craft projects—something, anything, to keep little kids busy on what felt like the world’s longest rainy day. It wasn’t long before I was suggesting all sorts of weird…

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Go to article - Occupy Your Kids With a Literal Treasure Hunt

The Muppets were made for TV. It just took TV 20 or so years to get ready for The Muppets. They’d been local favorites, staples of the talk- and variety-show circuits, and some of the earliest stars of American public television. But until Jim Henson convinced British producer Lew Grade—who’d previously made a…

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Go to article - Most sensational: The 5 episodes to watch when The Muppet Show comes to Disney+

If you want to contribute to the latest Bernie photo craze before the meme plays itself out—which will probably be sometime around the end of the week—it’s not that hard to cut out Bernie-Sanders-on-a-chair and splice him into whatever image you want. However, to save you a bit of time, you can also use a version of…

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Go to article - How to Remove Bernie's Background and Paste Him Anywhere

Television studios and streaming services release content at a high rate, and the more that becomes available, the more TV we’re all watching. According to the 2019 American time use survey, TV watching accounted for just over half of all leisure time at almost three hours per day. Add a pandemic and stay-at-home…

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Go to article - Do You Need to Curb Your TV Addiction?

Nvidia and AMD have released top-tier graphics cards for the next generation of gaming, but you can’t get them anywhere. Trump’s tariffs have raised prices even further this year. And while NVIDIA just announced yet another card—the affordable RTX 3060—I wouldn’t expect to get one of those anytime soon either. So…

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Go to article - You Won’t Get a New GPU for a While. So Why Not Dig up Some of These Less Demanding, Underappreciated Games?

President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders on his first day in office, including extensions on eviction moratoriums and student loan payments—moves that will provide temporary relief for millions of Americans currently behind on payments as a result of the pandemic.

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Go to article - How Will Biden's Executive Orders Affect Your Debt?

I have always been a bit in awe of Alicia Kennedy. Her writing focuses on the intersection of food, capitalism, and ethics, and it’s always thoughtful, beautifully-written, and informative—all without a touch of snobbery. She lives with her boyfriend and egg-loving dog in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she’s working on…

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Go to article - I'm Food Journalist Alicia Kennedy, and This Is How I Eat

Over the course of my career, from my newspaper reporting days to my freelance writing days, I have pitched a lot of stories. In my role as writer and editor of Lifehacker’s Offspring vertical, I still pitch ideas to my own bosses basically every day. But I also field a lot of pitches from freelance writers—even more…

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Go to article - How to Successfully Pitch Your Idea to an Editor

I wear fuzzy slippers around the house, not because I think myself fancy, or even because prefer the feeling of soft, fuzzy fur to bare feet. I do this because my feet are always—and I mean always—freezing. In the winter, I stuff toe warmers into my thickest socks, only to find that my feet are still frigid, even with …

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Go to article - Why Are My Feet Always So Cold?

The next time you’re preparing for a job interview, instead of trying to rehearse answers to dozens of common questions, think of three sweeping stories that describe times you did great work, worked successfully with difficult people, or rose to a challenge. Real stories and tangible conversations go farther than…

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Go to article - Bring Three Key Stories With You to Your Next Job Interview

The average American pet owner spends hundreds of dollars on pet medical expenses every year. If you’re one of them, you might be wondering if your veterinary bills are covered by your flexible spending account (FSA) or your health savings account (HSA). The short answer is no—but there are a few exceptions.

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Go to article - Can You Use Your FSA and HSA Benefits on Your Pets?

I hop in and out of various Discord servers more than normal nowadays—thanks to World of Warcraft PUGs—and I typically leave the server for good. I mean, there’s no point to having some random person’s Discord server clog up the list of servers I actually care about. But I’m often surprised the inviters didn’t give me

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Go to article - How to Grant Temporary Access to Your Discord

Baking bread is an intimidating proposal for many people—and for good reason. There are so many variables at play, only some of which you can control. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a bread dough cheat code, I have great news: Such a thing exists, and it’s called a dough conditioner.

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Go to article - Cheat Your Way to Perfect Bread With Dough Conditioners

Hitman 3, out today for pretty much all of the platforms, sees Agent 47 continue his spree of heinous crimes, including murder and travel journalism. Like the previous entry in IO Interactive’s sumptuous Savile Row simulator, you can import levels and character progression from prior games. It’s only a matter of…

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Go to article - How To Ensure Your Old Hitman Data Follows You To Hitman 3

After the holidays, store gift cards can sit in your wallet, unbothered for months—indeed, at any given time, between 10-19% of gift card balances remain unredeemed, and six percent of gift cards are never even used, according to The Hustle. Fortunately, you can sell these cards for actual cash on reseller sites. But…

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Go to article - Is It Safe to Buy and Sell on Gift Card Exchanges?