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Ima Lone

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I see a lot of "experts" online of whom many are just stating their personal opinions about what is, what isn't and what should definitely not be. I'm not looking for opinions but things that you feel that you know and have found to be useful in your life activities.

Anything from how to better seal my bag of potato chips to keep them fresh longer to how to re-shape the neckline of my favorite T-shirt, that's stretched over time. Those are just examples or prompts, if you will, to spur your thoughts.

So, c'mon boys and girls, show me what'cha got!
Those little plastic clips, and the, 'twist ties,' that come with bagged loaf of bread, are useless. Hold the open end of the bag bunched up tight, and twist from the bottom till you get an air-tight seal. Then lay the loaf flat, on top of the sealed end. The weight of the bag is enough to keep the air tight seal.

You can make a loaf last twice as long this way; and you can save the, 'twist-tie,' for other odds-n-ends sort of uses.
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If you hang your shirts, insert the hanger from the waistline section up into the neck, as opposed to in through neck.

I've tried to make this one a habit, even though it's a little more work.

I hate when my clothes get damaged or ruined, it's not even that they are expensive, they're not, I just hate it when my stuff gets destroyed needlessly.
Free/Libre/Open-Source Software is widely available, and you probably use some of it without even knowing.

Free Software grants you four freedoms; the freedom to run the program as you wish, the freedom to make copies and share the software, the freedom to study the source code and make changes if you know how; and the freedom to share your modified versions of the software.

There is a large variety of Free Software; and most of it is available free of cost.

--Popular Free Software you may have heard of.--


Chromium (what Chrome browser is based off of)

Audacity (audio editing)

Ardour (Music composition)

Minetest (A wonderful and superior Minecraft clone(100% free of cost to play))

Blender (Full featured and powerful 3D modeling/Animation Software)

Godot (Free/Libre game engine. Design anything from a complex 3D game, to a simple sidescroller)

Krita (Painting application)

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) (Not as powerful as Photoshop, but still quite powerful and feature-ful)

Inkscape (another graphics drawing program)

Strawberry Music Player

OBS Studio (Stream to a plethora of live streaming websites like Twitch)

VLC Media Player (You've probably used it; but, you may not have known it's Libre Software)

Libre Office (A full featured office suite)

Only Office (Another full featured office suite)

And literally tens of thousands of other programs.

Most people will recognize the term, 'open source software', so you can use that in a search engine to find software. Free Software activists prefer the term Free Software however, as we believe proprietary software poses an existential threat to human rights and liberty.

You can also head on over to https://alternativeto.net/, and use it to search for Free/Libre/Open-Source software alternatives to popular proprietary software programs.

Linux Mint is a good beginner Operating System, for anyone interested in ditching Windows and giving GNU/Linux a try. There are literally 100's of other GNU/Linux based operating systems to choose from, many of them are quite user friendly these days.
If you take vitamins seriously (you go to an actual vitamin shop, not just take multi-vitamins), if your preferred vitamin comes in a, 'gel cap,' you can go on Amazon, or even search within the store, and buy a bag of, 'empty gel caps,' (The ones that are certifiable vegan, are the best, IMO) The body does not absorb the full dose of nearly any vitamin pill you can purchase; what the body doesn't use is excreted as waste (the vast majority). So...

So to save money, say you buy some, 'vitamin b-12 complex,' with 50 pills to a bottle. You can use the empty gel caps, and turn those 50 pills into 100, or 150, or even 200, by dividing up evenly, the dose of each pill, into the empty gel caps. It's a great way to save money, and avoid literally pissing money away.
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If you are a morning coffee drinker, and want to avoid the mid-day caffeine crash, try not having your morning cup of coffee until about 90 minutes after you've woken up.

Caffeine blocks the chemical messenger in your brain that it uses to know when it's tired. If you give yourself some time to wake up, before that first cup of coffee, you won't have as much of a backlog of chemical messengers waiting for you when the caffeine wears off in about 5 hours.
making your own sauerkraut is worth it.
making fermented vegetables a part of your daily diet is good for strengthening your immune system..and healing your gut/digestion

cats provide a great source of happiness. so, get some cats. 🐱
Head on over to your preferred book store and search for, 'life hacks,' or, '1000 life hacks,' and you'll have access to more tips and tricks than you may have ever wanted to know. 😅
If I remember correctly, studies show that learning a new language can help with depression/despair.

fun fact: if you ever stroke out the speech center of your brain, after having learned a new language, the area the new language is stored in your brain, is physically located in a different place than your native tongue. So, you may still be able to speak the newly acquired language, if you lose the ability to speak in your native tongue.
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If you are right handed, you can start using your left hand to do certain daily tasks, like brushing your teeth, etc.. (vice versa if left handed).

I read in a science magazine many years ago, that learning to use your non-dominant hand, (becoming ambidextrous), can help prevent Alzheimers.

It was also suggested it helps to break up any routines you have. You can take different routes to work than you normally do, and other things like that, etc..

Don't quote me on the science; but, I buy it. On the plus side, if you work at it enough, you'll become ambidextrous.

(I began doing this in my late teens and early twenties, being even slightly ambidextrous is a nice confidence boost as well).
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Don't quote me on this one; but, I used to work at a retail outlet in the mall, and we recycled probably nearly 100, various different sized cardboard boxes every day.

If you need boxes to ship or store something, and don't want to pay out the rear for cardboard...

...look for a retail store that gets daily deliveries in the morning. Just be there around the time they open, and ask if you can have any of their left-over boxes. They might turn you down in-store, but if you wait by their shipping area for an employee to pop out, they'll probably unload as many boxes on you as you'd like, if you ask. (I did it a few times.)
If you receive any gifts for the holidays that come in those fancy bags with tissue paper in them; save those suckers (save the tissue paper too). They are as expensive as hell.

You can re-use them next-year when you get gifts for other people, and potentially save a ton.
When disposing of plastic bags, tie them in a knot, or cut them up the middle. This prevents animals from getting their heads stuck and suffocating. Ziplocks you can zip and toss.
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If you are insomniac or struggle to have your mind, 'settle-down,' so you can sleep; you can try learning to meditate.

I've found that meditating for about 20 minutes, in bed, can help quiet the mind and bring on the drowsies.

I'm not a doctor and this is not medical advice.

However, there are many tutorials available on the internet for various ways to meditate. Zen meditation/mindfullness meditation is often quite agnostic.

I will say, all the experienced meditation practitioners I've encountered in life, or on the web, suggest it's best to learn meditation from some one who is experienced in it, however. So I recommend taking a slow and gradual approach to taking up a meditation practice. For beginners, guided meditations can often be a good place to start, and get some pointers. You may have a Bhuddist temple near you, as well, that you never knew about. And if you have your own faith, and explain to them, you are just interested in learning meditation, they will most likely, be okay with that, be helpful, and not try to convert you.

There are often groups you may find on meetup.com or whatever, that get together, strictly to meditate, agnostic of particular faiths, and these types are usually always friendly and eager to help, if they can.
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