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Lifehacker: Japanese tricks to make life better.

Posted by silverstag on June 9, 2008

I found this really cool post on lifehaker. Its about a book written by a Japanese writer on tricks for everyday tasks. The coolest part about these tricks is, the author gives an explanation why a particular trick works. Even if you don’t want to buy the book, just take a look at the post. You might change your mind. And for those of you who decide to buy the book, here’s the link: Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan.

Here’s an excerpt from the book…

When it comes to life and getting things done, we like to do things a little differently in Japan. When I break a glass in the kitchen, I don’t use my vacuum cleaner to clean it up; I use a slice of bread. When my socks become dirt-stained from running in a muddy ravine, I don’t pour bleach on them; I stuff them with marbles. And to save space and money, I have never bought a document shredder. I just stuff incriminating documents in a stocking and toss them in the washing machine.

I hope you like the book. I’ll be buying it soon.


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I Love J.K. Rowling

Posted by silverstag on July 22, 2007

Spoiler Warning : This post might contain (subtle) spoilers for the latest Harry Potter book. Be warned. I will try to write carefully and not reveal too much. But, if you haven’t read the book yet, please be cautious while you read ahead.

I’ve just finished “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“. The book was an Incredible, amazing, and a spellbinding thriller. The pace, breathtaking and breakneck. The twists, sinister, and the turns, equally relieving. There are a couple of loose ends though, or may be I missed something. It was very hard to exercise self-restraint while i was practically skimming (read skipping) through some pages just to know what happened on the next page. I’m not gonna talk about the loose ends here, though I am very sure about one particular thing that happens towards the end of the book.

Mrs.Rowling, Hats off to your genius. I absolutely loved your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I missed a lunch reading it. You would understand what that means if you knew me. I mean, I’ve never missed a meal to continue reading a book. I barely left my bean bag unless for meals or ‘nature-calls’ 🙂 . “Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban ” has been my favourite book of the series so far. Now, that changes. Deathly Hallows will be my favourite now. Thank you for another great Book. Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful ending you have given it. I have decided to advice my future kids to read your books.

Those of you who haven’t read the book, go ahead and do so. It’s just ………. (fill any superlative you could think of for a book).

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