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Food:
  • If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
  • If you want to separate the yolk from the white, take an empty clean water bottle, squeeze the bottle, place the mouth over the yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will get sucked up into the bottle with minimal/no white.
  • When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
  • If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
  • Microwave rice from TJ's
  • Open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch)
  • 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone.
  • For chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no.
  • If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
  • To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
  • Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.
  • To cool down baby food without blowing at it (which may add your bacteria to the food) wave your hand at it.
Travel:
  • If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
  • Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.
  • When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
  • The aisle seat armrest usually has a little button underneath by the hinge that allows you to lift it. Makes it much easier to get in and out of your seat, especially if your tray table is open with stuff on it.
  • When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.
Computers:
  • You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.

    Quickly toggle between tabs.

    1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
    2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
    3) chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
  • Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff copied.
Every day/Home:
  • If you are drilling into a wall, open an envelope and tape the flap to the wall under where you are drilling and it catches all the plaster/dust that comes out. Makes cleanup after a small drilling a breeze
  • Open glass jars with rubber gloves, Or a rubber band around the lid.
  • When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.
  • If you get chewing gum on your clothes, put the clothes in the freezer for a bit, it will be much easier to remove the gum afterwards.
Stores:

  • Check out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long.
Perscriptions:

  • GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7. When insurance doesn't cover the medication, it's a fraction of the cost. I've seen discounts of 90%
Holidays:
  • After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.

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« Reply #540 on: July 16, 2020, 05:32:49 AM »
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
I believe that's how the CDC and WHO created their covid19 policies
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« Reply #541 on: July 16, 2020, 08:10:10 AM »
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
or just ask the experts on DDF
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« Reply #542 on: July 16, 2020, 09:47:37 AM »
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
If there are 4 options you can type "spin a dreidle"
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« Reply #543 on: July 16, 2020, 10:01:30 AM »
If there are 4 options you can type "spin a dreidle"
if you're really not sure you can type "play snake" and get away from it all
nothings impossible- the word itself says Im possible

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« Reply #544 on: July 16, 2020, 10:07:21 AM »
If there are 4 options you can type "spin a dreidle"
First decide which option corresponds to which letter though :)
if you're really not sure you can type "play snake" and get away from it all
or
disconnect from your router and you can play the dinosaur game
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« Reply #545 on: July 16, 2020, 12:40:58 PM »
I might be exaggerating a bit, but if a 50/50 decision is hard to make, thereís no reason to get stuck deciding about it for a week/month/years. If itís a 50/50 decision, then it means Iím comfortable with choosing either option. If so, why not simplify the process - flip a coin and just do whatever God decided you should do.
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« Reply #546 on: July 16, 2020, 01:17:32 PM »
Sometimes, with the flip of a coin or it's equivalent, you realize you have an opinion and you make a decision.  Sometimes even after the coin toss.
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"When in doubt, flip a coin and then decide what to do"
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« Reply #547 on: July 16, 2020, 02:12:51 PM »
Another method is to ask yourself: which choice would I regret more not choosing if I were to choose the other one.
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« Reply #548 on: July 16, 2020, 03:16:07 PM »
In all seriousness, just ask your rov. You can always look back later and say that I made the right decision, because I followed Daas Torah, even if you think it didn't pan out for you.

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« Reply #549 on: July 16, 2020, 03:22:37 PM »
In all seriousness, just ask your rov. You can always look back later and say that I made the right decision, because I followed Daas Torah, even if you think it didn't pan out for you.
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« Reply #550 on: July 16, 2020, 04:26:58 PM »
In all seriousness, just ask your rov. You can always look back later and say that I made the right decision, because I followed Daas Torah, even if you think it didn't pan out for you.
Hopefully the "flip a coin" questions are not the "ask a rav" questions. Like what to eat for breakfast...
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« Reply #551 on: July 16, 2020, 05:18:12 PM »
Like what to eat for breakfast...
If only flipping a coin would solve that!

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« Reply #552 on: July 17, 2020, 12:42:09 AM »
Totally off track here. The hack wasn't the idea to flip a coin for decision making, the hack was to google it when you have no coin handy :)

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« Reply #553 on: July 25, 2020, 11:37:22 PM »
Use a guitar pick, as a spudger. Generally cheaper and great for getting those electronics open without scratching or breaking them.
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« Reply #554 on: July 26, 2020, 08:44:46 AM »
If you ever drip candle wax on a suit, take a hot iron and go over the stain with a paper towel on top, you'll see the wax cone right off on the paper towel.