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Techy Turkey Time

It’s Thanksgiving week! My family and I are going a little overboard this year with the holiday. We’re having FOUR Thanksgivings! That’s right, four. We might as well call it “Thanksgivingssss.” Four days, four different locations, all classic turkey chow. My fellow Cutliners are fascinated with my plans and are wondering how I’m going to pull off all this cooking and eating. The truth is...so am I. If you’re in my boat with a ton of gatherings, here are a few things to make both our lives easier this year.

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Brainfood, Holiday

Wake Up! It’s National Coffee Day

It doesn’t take much to keep the Cutline Crew a happy, productive one -- motivation from the greats, inspiring clients, some snacks, and of course, caffeine to help fuel our engines while we slay the day. In honor of National Coffee Day, we’re celebrating the drinks, spots, and products that keep us going -- and coming back for more.

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Holiday, Random Musings

These are a few of our favorite fall things…

Today is the first official day of fall, and here at Cutline, we know how to celebrate the new season filled with changing colors, cooler weather and lots of pumpkin-flavored-everything.

Here are a few of the things that make us excited that fall is here!

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Holiday, Technology

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Practical Working Woman

The everyday woman likes to get sh*t done and look awesome doing it (or at least I try to!). And nothing is better than a product that is stylish AND functional. This Valentine’s Day themed set shows a few of my personal favorite everyday items that might even spark a gift idea for a family member, your mom, or even that special someone.

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Holiday

A Very Cutline Halloween!

Here at Cutline, we get pretty excited about Halloween. We’ve got the costume competition planned and small children to judge it for us (don’t worry, they’re family!). But how to pass the coming weeks before Halloween? By crafting fabulous Polyvore sets, of course!

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Holiday, Technology

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is a great time to evaluate your lifestyle and consider ways you can help our planet. Below, I’ve listed a few of my favorite green fixes. These are all small, easy steps, but every little bit of effort can make a big difference.

  • Buy foods from local sources and buy what’s in season to reduce the amount of carbon emissions it takes for the food to get from the farm to your plate. In the SF Bay Area, Farm Fresh To You offers affordable delivery of fresh, organic fruits and veggies, all from local farms.
  • Keep gift bags and conference totes by your front door or in the trunk of your car for grocery shopping and skip the plastic bags. Fill those totes at eco-friendly retailers. The EPA has a list of organizations who make the best use of green / alternative energy.

    Stop your junk mail! When was the last time you made an order from a catalog anyway? Catalog Choice can stop unwanted junk mail and phone books from landing on your doorstep. Don’t worry -- you can opt in for the catalogs you love.
  • Save energy by setting your washing machine to cold water. Most of the energy used by a washing machine is for heating the water. And washing in cold water costs 5 to 10 times less than using hot water. Speaking of laundry, did you know that cleaning your dryer's lint filter can slash its energy usage by as much as 30%?
  • Don’t drive unless you have to. Instead, carpool, walk, bike, or take public transportation. Google Maps has biking and walking directions to give you the best route for your commute. And Google Transit can provide door-to-door options for public transportation in most major cities. These apps are useful whether you’re planning from home, or on the go with your mobile phone.
  • Non-toxic, all-natural cleaning supplies are easier than ever to find and are a great step in the right direction. But they still come in plastic bottles. If you’re really ready to go green, consider making your own cleaning supplies with a blend of water, vinegar, and baking soda and storing them in reusable spray bottles.

    Visit CarbonFund.org to calculate your carbon emissions and offset your footprint with donations to renewable energy, energy efficiency, forest conservation, and reforestation.

You don’t have to make drastic changes to be green. Just pick a few that work for you and, once you’re comfortable with those changes, try incorporating a few more. This Earth Day, I am vowing to buy more of my food locally, recycle a larger percentage of my waste, and switch to non-toxic cleaning supplies.

For more tips, sign up for The Sierra Club Foundation’s Green Tip of the Day.

Holiday, Technology

April Foolery: A Look Back at Tech Tricks of the Past

There’s nothing I appreciate more than a solid prank, even if I’m the target of the joke or trick. With April 1 now upon us, I’m not only watching my back for tricksters and scheming up some mischief of my own, but I’ve also decided to look back at years past and revisit some of the most memorable public April Fools Day tricks. Some are tech-related and some are just plain hilarious. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites:

Drunk Driving on the Internet (1994): John C. Dvorak, an author, columnist, and editor for PC Magazine, started a hoax about a bill going through Congress that would make it illegal to use the internet while drunk. Not such a bad idea, right? He wrote the following as part of his coverage of the topic:

“I know how silly this sounds, but Congress apparently thinks being drunk on a highway is bad no matter what kind of highway it is.”

Downloadable Money (2001): Abbey National, a British bank, announced that it planned to offer its clients the ability to download and print money from their home computer. They were stopped before making the public announcement, though -- officials thought that citizens would be too confused and it would cause panic. An Abbey National employee said of the “almost” prank:

“We were going to say that it would suit all those couch potatoes who don’t want to go to the bank to get their money out. We would make available a system where you could download money from your personal computer and print it out on paper at home.”

Telepathic E-Mail (1999): Red Herring Magazine ran an article profiling a revolutionary new internet technology called Orecchio (Italian for “ear”). This supposed technology used the TIDE communications protocol (short for “Telepathic Internet Data Exchange”) to allow users to compose and send e-mail telepathically. To e-mail telepathically users would wear a device nestled between their ear and skull.

Taco Liberty Bell (1996): Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would now be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

The Guardian to publish to Twitter (2009): The Guardian announced that it would be the first newspaper to publish exclusively on Twitter. Doesn’t seem so far-fetched, actually!

Google Changes their name to Topeka (2010): In response to the mayor of Topeka changing their city name to Google, Google decided to honor their gesture by changing their own company name to Topeka.com.

Google Translate for Animals (2010): Google decided to bridge the gap between animals and humans by introducing Translate for Animals. Quack!

Holiday, Technology

Happy Valentine’s Day Dear

“Be Mine,” “You’re Cool,” “Purr fect” -- If those fun candy hearts aren’t enough to save you from the dog house this Valentine’s Day, then perhaps this blog post will be of help to you! Here are some of our favorite sites for treating your sweetheart this year:

Buying for a lady:

Nothing sweeps a girl off her feet like a surprise night or weekend getaway. Luxist lists some very romantic hot-spots including Santa Fe, NM (my favorite); Paris, France; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you’re interested in something a bit closer to home, try Napa Valley’s luxurious Auberge du Soleil that’s offering a decadent chocolate-themed spa treatment for two!

Something sparkly is another fabulous idea. Forbes pens about a new designer named Kara Ross who has something chic and lovely for just about everyone!

Buying for a gentleman:

Does the guy in your life have everything he could ever want? Blackbook’s Valentine’s Day gift guide has something for every guy -- a wooden Swiss Army knife, slippers, a new wallet -- surely something your main squeeze never knew he wanted! CrunchGear suggests a cool inexpensive watch, perfect for skiing in Tahoe or a weekend at the beach. 

Baking for your sweetie is also a nice gesture from the heart, especially if whatever you make is as delicious as Food Network’s Valentine’s Day Truffles.

Just a few ideas to get you in the mood 🙂

Holiday

Happy Holidays from the Cutline Crew!

As we get ready to sign off for the year, we wanted to take a minute to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. See you in 2011!

 

Holiday, Technology

Counting Down to Christmas with Gift List

The countdown to Christmas is upon us - just seven shopping days left!

Everyone has a different way of tracking Christmas shopping lists. My mom keeps a miniature spiral-bound notebook in her purse to check off the gifts she buys for family members. With my dad, there’s no method to the madness. He once forgot about a pair of diamond earrings he’d bought for my mom, and they stayed hidden in the garage until the next Christmas.

As for myself, I’ve previously tracked my Christmas shopping list in my head (not very successful) or in the Notes app in my iPhone (more successful). This year, I downloaded the Gift List app from Apple App Store. I’m using the free version, which is pretty slick if you don’t mind the small ads at the bottom of the page. You can also get the ads-free version, which has the same features as the free version, for just 99 cents.

I’ve created a profile for each of my gift recipients listing the gifts I have in mind for him or her as well as my budget for each item, which is totaled at the bottom of the page. Once I’ve purchased a gift, I just enter the actual purchase price, check the item off my list, and add a note, such as where the gift is staying hidden until Christmas Eve. My budget gets automatically updated with each purchase, which is really helpful. I’d love to see a shipping feature in the next version of Gift List so I could track items that I’ve shipped via USPS, FedEx, or UPS.

Here are a couple of screenshots (and no, this is not my actual list - that would ruin a few Christmas morning surprises!):

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So, what’s on my Christmas wishlist? A Paperless Post app so I can send beautiful thank you e-cards to my generous family and friends while on the go!