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A trend is dead when my mom thinks it's cool.

But seriously, I find it a bit unsettling about the idea of "trends". What you are really saying is that when most people like something it is not cool. i.e. Most people are not cool. Yet you are chasing after something small amount of people like and soon will be liked by many. So, it wouldn't be a trend if only few like it and never liked by others. Trendy people actually just want what most people want, but slightly sooner.

This is just a very strange concept, not liking something intrinsically.


How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 12:38 PM

I suspect it is partly because men are more likely to take bigger risks such as investing in stock market, start their own business, or move to another country for a high paid job. Women are general more risk aversive, home equity is just the right financial vehicle.


All The Single Ladies... Are Investing In Home Equity
7/21/14 03:43 PM

You could also use a large towel.

Roll your lettuce in a clean towel like a maki sushi roll, hold the ends and swing it around a few times.


Can You Really Use a Pillowcase to Dry Lettuce? Putting Tips to The Test in The Kitchn
7/21/14 11:00 AM

I don't think you can completely eliminate the odor without replacing the fabric or even the drawers. I've found that storing fragranced bar soap in the drawers give clothes a clean scent. Nothing fancy, you can just store some Ivory soap or Lever 2000 in there.


What Is the Best Way to Remove Odors from a Dresser? Good Questions
7/21/14 09:11 AM

I'm sorry, wall shelves are out of the question. You could use tension rods, but they look terrible and aren't very strong. I'd just get proper shelves sat on floors.

Many suggest Ikea Stolmen system, you might as well get a few Billy bookcase. They have doors so you can keep your stuff dust free.


How To Attach Wall Shelves Without Drilling Into Walls? Good Questions
7/16/14 03:18 PM

Sure you'd do "less dishes", but do you save time?

Having too few dishes means washing each more frequently. Marginal cost of washing an additional cup is only 20, 30 seconds tops. When you have more dishes, you can do "batch processing". If you have a dishwasher, the marginal cost is minimal.

I must disagree on this one, it doesn't make sense. Given you guys are all reasonably hygienic people, you must wash every time you use a cup or a dish. Owning 4 cups and wash them all at one go is much faster than owning 1 cup and have to wash it 4 times a day. Why aren't you guys seeing this?

The only reason I can see is that one person (usually mom) is not happy having to wash everyone else's dishes. Owning fewer dishes would externalize the additional washing to each individual through the course of the day.


The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 03:08 PM

As per #3. I felt very lonely few years ago homebound due to my debilitating illness. When I got better and started to hang out with friends again, all they talk about is themselves, gossips and bourgeois topics like reality shows. I then felt even more lonely among crowds.
My point is that solitude does not equal loneliness. People are not necessarily having fun without you, and you are not guaranteed to have fun in crowds. Creativity is often birth in solitude. If it really bothers you to be alone, you could try doing something creative. Something you could lose your mind in a flow state.


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 11:46 AM

I totally agree with you. People only take risk online when they can't be accountable. It's complete cowardice. You wouldn't tell a total stranger that "your opinion" is she's fat, why would you type horrible comment about someone's home decor online?

Before commenting, we should all think, "Do people need to know about this? Will anyone benefit from knowing my thoughts?"


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 02:00 PM

Most people would not tell you when they hate anything about you. That includes weight gain, terrible haircut, poor fashion choice and home decor. So just take it as a compliment when people see you as someone who can handle criticism.

I would be concern only when someone criticise hygiene and safety. Otherwise, what you do with your home is your own business.

The worst thing I've heard about my home is from my cousin 17 years my senior, said in contempt, "Your apartment always smells like cooking. Why do you live in this city? So many Indians here. Smells like curry." I didn't know how to response. It was so racist and rude. My place smells like cooking because he only visit for Thanksgiving dinner. My city do not smell like curry, it's known as the freaking "flower city". Even if it does smell like curry, I find it very pleasant. Long story short, he was never invited to my place unless my mom asks.


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 01:56 PM

I find the title misleading. Most people don't adjust their chair and desk to their monitor. We adjust the monitor instead.

I've heard that our feet should be planted on the ground with our knees at 90 degrees when we sit. Then your desk should be your elbow height, where your elbows are at 90 degrees as well. Then you adjust the monitor.


The Easiest Way to Figure Out the Perfect Desk & Office Chair Height
5/15/14 10:04 PM

What you're experiencing is buyer's remorse. It is not a helpful emotion. At this point, you have only 2 options - keep the white and gamble the slightly lower home value (-$1000?) or replace it with a stainless one (-$1000?)

Personally, I think people should not view their home a conspicuous purchase or a financial instrument. To optimize your happiness, you should see your home as your home. Make it work for you. Food cooked on a white stove taste the same as on a stainless one.

Since you've just bought this apartment, you are likely to stay for 5-10 years? Who knows what would be in fashion then.


Should I Have Gone With the Stainless Range? Good Questions
5/8/14 09:56 AM

On plastic vs. glass:

I've read the original paper of the BPA study and listened to the interview of the author on Science Friday. BPA is far less harmful than the media want you to think. The author himself doesn't even mind having BPA in his own containers. He was only concern that it might have estrogen-like effect on infants. (So does a lot of so-called "natural" substance like lavender or soy.)

On the other hand, you see people in the emergency room from cut glass injuries everyday. If you weigh the pros and cons, plastic is better for most people. Just don't heat food in it, it's never meant for it.

If you must heat food directly in container, get glass.


Stock Up on Freezer Meals Week 3: Essential Freezer Equipment & Supplies Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/21/14 11:18 AM

If you don't mind chatting with your neighbours, you are the one everyone else is avoiding. lol


Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:12 AM

I think it's rather fundamental emotion of modern life. Those shallow interaction is so frequent in an urban setting, yet provide so little value. I'm not saying I don't like my neighbours, but there is very little to gain from a 30 second chat about the weather. (Yes, it gets cold in winter. I can assure you it gets warm in spring.)


Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 10:57 AM

I recommend a large mirror on the wall adjacent to that window. It will reflect light onto the other walls. It's how people use to make rooms brighter before electricity. (e.g. Versaille)
Like this: http://cdn.decorpad.com/photos/2009/06/09/259bcd0c1040.jpg


Ideas for Maximizing Light in Northern Exposure Room? Good Questions
4/15/14 08:07 AM

I'd make it a proper studio-office where I do creative and productive work, and I wouldn't take those work outside of that zone.

This is embarrassing because I do have the capacity to make it happen. I'm currently sleeping in the smallest bedroom while the 2 larger bedrooms are unused.


What Would You Do With an Extra Room?
4/14/14 01:58 PM

I prefer staggered, especially when you are doing it yourself.

I see more imperfection in doing it straight. There will always be one corner when it doesn't line up. Or you'd find that the walls of your room isn't quite straight. Staggering would prevent from making it obvious.


What's the Best Tile Layout For My Bathroom?: Straight or Staggered?
4/11/14 12:00 PM

Comforter is like a duvet that doesn't need a cover. They usually come in beautiful designs and colors. You put a flat sheet under it to prevent it from getting excessively dirty, and wash the flat sheets once a week. It is what you usually see in hotels.


On The Problem With Duvet Covers
4/11/14 10:34 AM

I've lived in many tiny apartments around the world, but I had never seen a kitchen so inconveniently designed! What is up with the shelf behind the fridge?
But I see a lot of potential to this kitchen. The lovely window area can be very nice place for some herb and other plants.
I'm looking forward to seeing the reno!


Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 02:56 PM

Love it! Very impressive improvement! I always find darker room more cozy and quiet. Bright room feel so public.


Before & After: Funky Kitchen Gets a New, Fearless Design
4/8/14 10:30 AM