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4 tips on using an X-Acto knife without it ending in bloodshed

I remember when I took my first class at college, the first thing the professor did was show us how to use an X-Acto properly and how to cut a mat board. She went over every detail, told us to be extra careful because they are sharp little bastards. And what happens? Not five minutes later, a girl cuts open her hand and, as I later found out, had to get stitches and couldn't work with that hand for a while. So here are a few little tips for other DIYers. I'm mostly just wanted to address common things I've seen done that end in injury.

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Making the choice to believe in people, or: Why I choose to be "naïve"

When someone cuts me off in traffic, I imagine that they're in a terrible hurry and didn't see me. When a young man asks to use my cell phone in a bad part of town, I hand it over and ask if he needs anything else. When I'm taking a Greyhound bus ride and the bus is half full of freshly released prisoners, I always happen to end up right in the middle of their group of seats. I am often called naïve. But I won't let that change my world.

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Creating a safe and happy home in a dangerous space

We very intentionally moved to our current home after a series of not-quite-right trials elsewhere in the country. In such a site, we saw our lives unfolding with love, adventure, and fresh air. And then, we lived in the home for a year, and realized things were not the way they had first seemed. The less pleasant characteristics of our neighborhood began to creep in, and their severity ranged from small to glaring.

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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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We live in the future! Awesome door locks for your sci fi, Steampunk, or techie home

The technology on this door look works like those push-to-start car ignitions, where all you need to do is have your keys with the special key fob, or your smartphone on your persons and BOOM! Doors start opening, cars start starting, the world is your fucking techie oyster. If you're thinking of making your home smarter — starting from the outside in — check out the rest of these futuristic, sci-fi-inspired, and even Steampunk-y door locks…