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Safely taking the bus at night

The days are finally getting longer here in the Northern Hemisphere, but you might still find yourself commuting in the dark for a few weeks yet. Or maybe you're a public transit regular who uses the bus to get home after a night out. Let's talk about safety when you take the bus after dark…

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Hardcore ways to survive a drought (or just save money on your water bill)

Did you know that about 25% of the continental United States is in extreme drought conditions right now? The '10s saw a long drought in Australia that led to deadly fires, and parts of central Europe are below normal rainfall levels right now. Climate change brings weather extremes, throwing once-regular rain patterns out of whack. Even if your hometown is currently nice and wet, it might not be in the future. And besides, saving money on your water bill isn't a bad thing. So try some of these hardcore hacks to save water…

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Spreading the relaxing, tingly love of the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR)

ASMR stands for "autonomous sensory meridian response," which is basically a fancy made-up acronym for a heightened feeling of relaxation, accompanied by tingles, especially in the scalp and spine. I got into ASMR a year or so ago, during a stressful period of my PhD. I was watching a HELL of a lot of make-up and massage tutorials, not so much for the actual tips, but because they gave me a lovely relax-y buzz. And then Youtube, in its wisdom, suggested an ASMR Massage video…

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Tell me about your offbeat hobbies!

You guys are always full of surprising, fantastic ideas and projects (seriously, how do you come up with them?!); there's just got to be some great extra-work-ular activities out there! Any ideas? Care to share any beekeeping/pottery-throwing/long-boarding/car-camping personal experiences?

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Who gets your money, your vinyl collection, or your blog? The basics to making your estate plan, part 1

With some basic planning, you can provide for your loved ones in the worst case scenario. "Estate planning," an umbrella term, can help you direct exactly what happens with you, your loved ones, your money, and your things in the event of your incapacity or death. Usually people think that an estate plan requires an attorney and a lot of money. While an attorney will be able to give you comprehensive advice and documents unique to you and your situation, it need not be expensive. And you do not necessarily need an attorney for many of the documents that can help in tough situations. Here's how…

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How do you cope during that awkward, post-college phase?

This past June, I graduated from college and came back home from being out of state for four years. My same-age friends have either moved elsewhere, gotten married and blown me off, or live in different places, so I am constantly spending time by myself or trying to fit into age groups that I can't fit into. How do I cope or make friends in that awkward, post-college, pre-long-term-plans phase?