The Curious Autodidact

October 27, 2009

Choosing the Proper Nail or Screw for the Job

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints — Honilima @ 8:42 am

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Last weekend that “wrong screw” for the job reared up its ugly head again, leaving us to scavenge for a few of the right type of screws among our messy stash. This article explains in plain English when you use which screw or nail. It will not only set you straight on which to buy but which to use when. These types of articles are a valuable way to learn something new about a topic you may have struggled with. You will enjoy improving your knowledge with this link.


October 22, 2009

Giving Without Taking Credit

Filed under: cool internet stuff,nonprofit,social justice — Honilima @ 8:32 am

Giving Anonymously is a unique service allows you to send money to someone totally anonymously to help them in a hard time or to make a dream come true. Here’s what they say from their website:

“Our goal is to enable and encourage you to be your own charity, and for you to give anonymously to those around you in need.

Sure, you could give money to us and expect us to find those in need. But then your neighbor who lost his job and now can’t pay the bills or adequately feed his family, will not be helped.

Our Motto: We are not the ‘charity’ you are! Look around your community, your neighbors, friends and family. Do you see anyone in need? If so, give to them. You can give anonymously. We’ll send them a check, and you’ll get an email with a voice file of them thanking you. But they won’t know who you are! How cool is this!”

October 20, 2009

You Go Girl: The Elizabeth Warren Watch

Filed under: women heroes — Honilima @ 12:42 am
Determination like a force of nature

Determination like a force of nature

How can you not LOVE this woman and her determination and willingness to speak her mind? Okay you know I’m a big fan.

October 16, 2009

Snail Mail: Go Ahead Make Someone’s Day!

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 7:23 am

Although it is out of fashion, getting something in the mailbox with a hand-written envelope and a real stamp can be thrilling. I got a long letter from a friend this week and it seemed so novel to sit in a chair and read and re-read her thoughts.

It’s easy to make someone’s day with snail mail. It only costs 44 cents to mail a letter within the US and it is a cheap way to bring a smile to someone’s face. Generally overseas mail costs just less than a dollar and that is fun to send a letter to someone overseas you haven’t seen in a while.

* Mail an article you enjoyed to a friend with a short note.
* Think of your over 75 year old friends and write a short note just to say that you were thinking of them, share a little of your life with them in your own words and hand writing.
* Send a note to a friend who is caring for an ailing family member
* Think of someone who has made a difference in your life and send a little fan letter. You know I have sent one to my heroine Elizabeth Warren!
* Write a note to a teacher who inspired you.
* Send a note to a favorite living author whose book you enjoyed.
* Mail a funny cartoon to a friend who is having a difficult time.
* Make a copy of a favorite fall recipe and send it along to a pal.
* Write a letter to a friend’s son or daughter who is working overseas.
* Send a letter to a soldier in Iraq.
* Mail a letter to someone who is housebound or imprisoned.

October 2, 2009

Protecting Your Rights as a Consumer

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A weekly dip into the Consumerist website and also Clarke Howard’s website that details his radio show notes will keep you aware of your rights as a consumer.

If you have even been frustrated trying to find customer service number for the company you hope to resolve an issue with give Contact Help a try. You can find many hidden numbers here and prompts as to how to navigate the various telephone trees.

If you want to view the ratings of various customer service departments here’s the ratings site Customer Service Scoreboard.

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