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The 2014 US Airways Disaster: Anatomy of a Twitter Fail

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 2:00PM Tuesday April 15, 2014
under Newsworthy

It's rare to witness a genuine apotheosis in real time, but yesterday, if you were on Twitter around noon Pacific time, you may have witnessed the Greatest Twitter Fail of All Time.

A few days ago, US Airways received this complaint from Twitter user @ElleRafter: "@USAirways Unhappy that 1787 sat for an hour on tarmac in CLT because overweight, resulting in over hour late arrival in PDX…" There was a brief, benign exchange. Then days later, in a routine follow-up US Airways tweeted the following (originally with an uncensored image):

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Five free home-page alternatives that will brighten your day

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:00AM Tuesday April 15, 2014
under Freebies

When you fire up your Web browser, what's the first thing you see? Unless you've modified the default home page, chances are good it's MSN, Yahoo, or some other news-oriented site. I don't know about you, but the headlines I typically see make me want to dive under the covers and stay there.

Seriously, do you really want to be slapped in the face with all that negativity, all that bad news, every time you open your browser? I certainly don't, which is why I've changed my home page to something far more positive.

Yes, you can do that. I'm always surprised at how many people never bother to choose a new home page, perhaps because they think that's the way the computer was set up, and that's how it has to stay. Nuh-uh. You can set your home page to Facebook, Twitter, Fluffy Kittens on Tumblr, or whatever you like. Read More »

Kickstarter is like an Amazon.com for stuff that will never exist

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Zach.Ames)
at 1:00PM Monday April 14, 2014
under Stuff We Like

Kickstarter is an amazing website. It lets people who have an idea take it directly to the people who want to see that idea happen. For established creators like the development team behind Megaman, it's a great way to new video game outside of the traditional development process. For amateur creators like myself, it's a great way to beg for money from your friends and family without the shame of asking them directly. 

The main problem with Kickstarter is that too many people treat Kickstarter like it's an on-line store. It's not. There's no guarantee that any money that you donate will result in any project being made or rewards being sent out. What you buy when you donate money to a Kickstarter is an idea that may or may not actually happen. It's also nearly impossible to get your money back once someone has run off with it. Read More »

#EasterSavings Twitter party- $250 in prizes!

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 9:53AM Monday April 14, 2014
under GiveawaysStaff

Easter is just around the corner. Let's talk Easter traditions, recipes, and ways to save!
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Not your mama's bean curd: Making tofu that even the biggest meat lover will crave

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 8:00AM Monday April 14, 2014
under Stuff We Like

Tofu has a lousy reputation. We associate it with 70's health food (read: boring) and jiggly white blocks of flavorlessness.

But what that discounts is the fact that tofu is a super-healthy, lean form of protein that happens to be incredibly inexpensive. We're talking around $2-$4 for enough tofu to feed 4 people.

It's also versatile enough to be worked into just about any dish, freezes well, and is super shelf-stable if kept in airtight container in the refrigerator.

I know, I know. You think it's gross. But bear with me, because with a few little tricks, it can be freaking delicious. In fact, it might just become your new favorite food. Or even—get this—your kids' new favorite food.



Read on for 5 family-friendly tofu recipes that will make you the winner of dinner. Read More »

My smartphone is out of contract. Now what?

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:28AM Thursday April 10, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

Huzzah! You've finally reached the end of that oppressive two-year contract with your evil, over-charging mobile phone carrier. At long last, you're free to... free to...

Hmm.

Now that your phone's out of contract, what are your options? A year ago at this time, you didn't have many. Today, however, the mobile landscape has changed dramatically. In a good way. You've got loads of post-contract choices, and in most cases you'll end up spending less than you are now--possibly a lot less.

One phone, two phone, old phone, new phone
At this point you've got two basic options: You can keep your existing phone or replace it with a new one. Let's start with the former. Read More »

Majorly expensive wedding favors Kim & Kanye could offer at their wedding

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Grant.Pardee)
at 9:51AM Wednesday April 9, 2014
under Stuff We Like

Kimye. Kamberly. Whatever you refer to them as, the fact is that they exist.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's love story is a tale as old as 2012. Now we're lucky to be alive to be witness to their wedding, or at least witness to the blogs that will be covering the wedding, an event that is shaping up to be one of the most extravagant celebrations of love and excess and love of excess.

We already know a few details of their special day. Let's review: Read More »

Three important things you should know about your Windows XP PC

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:33AM Tuesday April 8, 2014
under Stuff We Like

As you may have heard, today marks "the end" for Windows XP, arguably the single most popular version of Microsoft's long-running operating system. (And by "popular" I mean "least hated." This is Windows we're talking about, after all.)

But what does that really mean? Just because Microsoft is pulling the plug, now you have to go buy a whole new computer? And is Windows 8 so incredibly bad that you're better off buying a Mac?

First things first: Don't panic. (It worked for Arthur Dent, it'll work for you.) Instead, read on to learn three essential facts about Windows XP's demise. Read More »

On the Cheap with Megan Koester: Vegas, Baby!

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Megan.Koester)
at 8:00AM Tuesday April 8, 2014
under Money Saving Tips

Most folks hemorrhage money whenever they visit the degenerate's paradise that is Las Vegas. Those folks, however, are suckers. It's totally possible to enjoy yourself in Sin City without losing your shirt–all you've gotta do is bet on the right bargains. Gettin' a room, gettin' drunk, gettin' full, gettin' entertained and comin' back with a little something to remember your trip by is what Vegas is all about. In this video, we'll show you how to do just that and more, for little to no cashola! You feelin' lucky?

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Pump up your pantry: 10 non-perishable foods to keep on hand for meals in minutes

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 9:00AM Monday April 7, 2014
under Shop Smarter

We've all been there. You really did mean to go grocery shopping this week—you even made a list. But then, it just didn't happen. So there you are, staring at a near-empty fridge, debating picking up the phone and ordering take-out.



DON'T DO IT!

Instead, have a wander over to your pantry, and you'll discover that therein lays a world of culinary opportunities. All you need is a little creativity and some super-basic techniques, and you'll be chowing down on some really good (and-much-cheaper-than-takeout) grub. Here's what to have on hand: Read More »

Hypocrite Lobby: Why corporations are people who live in glass houses

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 12:22PM Friday April 4, 2014
under Newsworthy


The average Jane Six-Pack out there would be rightly confused by the idea that Dow Chemical Co. is just as much of a person as she is. It makes a little more sense when you consider that "corporate personhood"-related Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United were decided by a bunch of lawyers, pretty much the furthest thing from a Jane Six-Pack -- unless you mean a six-pack of Coke. Sure, corporations are people to a bunch of lawyers, because it's the shortest possible contortion of logic that gets us to a point where we can grant corporations legal rights, describe their liability or lack thereof, and allow them to own things.

But when corporations assert that they believe things, corporate personhood gets sketchy. At best, corporations' expressions of "belief" place them among the worst hypocrites out there, and at worst, their glaring inconsistencies threaten to break apart any notion of their personhood altogether.

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I let a hippie convince me to buy Farm Fresh to You

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Erin.Lampart)
at 9:00AM Friday April 4, 2014
under Stuff We Like

I'm a pretty skeptical gal, especially when it comes to door-to-door salespeople. You could say that door-to-door sales are a dying art, and sometimes I kind of wish it would do just that- die. With all of the online shopping options out there, why would people still go door-to-door and try to convince you to buy something you could buy from literally anywhere, without ever having to talk to a customer service rep? Seems desperate. Also, it's 2014, why would I, a girl basically living alone in the big city with no one to protect me but my dog, Jan, opt to answer the door for a total stranger? Seems dangerous. He could be the next Zodiac Killer! But for some reason, on a fateful sunny Thursday afternoon, I decided to let Daniel in- not quite into my home, but into my heart. Read More »