LPT: On a long car ride, stand-up comedy albums (found on Apple Music or Spotify) can make time pass by quicker than actual music.
OP you need podcasts in your life.
I've listened to either all the available episodes, or a good proportion of them.
self help? Tim ferriss show. Jocko podcast.
History History of English History of the world in 100 objects Life of Caesar Hardcore history Revisionist history In our time The dollop (history comedy) Stuff you missed in history class (personally I can't handle these two. Adenoidal pronunciation and the format reminds me of an eighth grade shared speech. They literally take turns at reading from their pieces of paper, which they summarize from Wikipedia. But people seem to like them so I'll include them.) Rum, ratbags, and rebels
Politics Common sense with Dan carlin
real life stuff Serial. The Joe Rogan Experience Waking up with sam Harris Freakonomics Planet Money
chatty kind of stuff Hello Internet Chat 10 looks 3 - if you ever want to feel inadequate about the amount of stuff you achieve in a day, these two incisively intelligent people will make you feel even worse. But I like to play along. Radio Diaries Garden fork tv Beer smith home brewing A closer look with Pam Atherton
Science The infinite monkey cage Sleek Geeks Gastropod The science show (ABC radio) Stuff you should know (really light)
Skepticism The scathing atheist The Skeptics Guide to the Universe The herd mentality God awful movies The skepticrat Cognitive dissonance The
comedy Plumbing the Death Star The Dollop (history based) God awful movies No Such Thing as as Fish
Music Song exploder Like a version
design 99 percent invisible Australian Design Radio
i don't even know Benjamin Walkers Theory of Everything The Allusionist That Movie Guy
Philosophy Philosophy bites History of Philosophy without any gaps
spiritual Beyond belief
There's more, but I've forgotten them
-oh yeah, Learn to meditate
This has helped me through many long drives. I've switched to audio books on Audible or through local library digital lending just because I feel like I'm learning more than from comedy. That being said I think stand-up is better for group trips.
Edit: added links
What you don't like 10 minutes of music followed by 5-7 minutes of random advertisements? You're missing out!!
I know. I haven't listened to the radio in years and my life is better for it.
LPT: When visiting elderly relatives ask them if they've met any new and/or exciting people recently, it could prevent them from being scammed
Everyone knows scammers online prey on unsuspecting people targeting lonely and gullible people. Commonly elderly people get targeted most. Asking them about new people can reveal if they meet new people overseas who the family may not know. It may not stop an initial scam but it can prevent future ones.
I met this wonderful young man the other day, his name was Jimmy McGill. He really likes Cracker Barrel.
Literally today I get a call from my dad saying that my grandma got a call from someone saying that I was in police custody and that I was heard I the background crying because my nose was broken and that he needed money to get me out. She was really upset about it and had it not been for my dad would have gotten swindled. Seriously fuck scam artists.
Great idea. I found another way really helpful. Don't tell them new versions of frauds /schemes. Tell them a story of how your (imaginary) friend got robbed off. And never advise them in the end. Never. Just tell the story. If they get inquisitive, answer their questions in detail. (important: never advise)
Elderly people mostly don't take your advice seriously. But they somehow are programmed to note and avoid things which resulted bad for other people.
I love the ebay scams where they ask you to send money by western union to a particular branch. I always tell them to go to western union in another town because I made a mistake and it got sent there for pickup. Then they call or mail and say it isn't there and I laugh at them. It's extra fun if you turn up too and watch them become disappointed. I only did this once though, the guy waited around for an hour and a half while I watched him from a bench. I bought a McDonald's chicken burger and made a morning out of it. Eventually he left and I went home and cleaned the kitchen.
LPT: Use cable binders in this specific way to organize multiple lose cables under your desk (picture in text).
I wish /sub/lpt was more of this and less "If you have a friend who's trying to eat less gluten, NEVER ask them about it or offer them any food containing gluten, you ass!"
Edit: Hey, my top comment of all time. I've gotten a lot of the same comment replies, so here they are in order of what I remember the most:
1. OP's post is typical of what you would find in /sub/lifehacks
2. OP's LPT is stupid/wasteful/not as good as velcro ties
3. People agree that the content of /sub/lifeprotips isn't great lately
4. We should make a new sub for better LPTs
And shameless comment hijack LPT: check out Amazon smile to donate a percentage of your amazon purchases to a charity of your choice. Use a browser add-on like Smile Always so you don't have to type "smile" every time. If you're still reading check out my favorite blog too. ok that's it thanks bye!
If your friend is crying get them a tissue. They are probably too busy being sad to get one. #LPT
Velcro ties are used by professionals nowadays.
Don't do this at work. It will annoy the IT guy.
Source: I am the IT guy
LPT: You can check your credit report anytime, not just 1 time per year, by starting a dispute process with any of the 3 credit reporting bureaus.
LPT: You can check your credit report anytime, not just 1 time per year, by starting a dispute process with any of the 3 credit reporting bureaus.
Going through the online dispute process will get you to your credit report with Equifax, Experian and Transunion. From there, you can see everything that you would if you received your report from Annual Credit Report. You don’t have to actually dispute anything, just put in your information, look at your report, then exit out of it. Rinse and repeat as often as you like.
The credit bureaus want to push everyone to either look at their own credit report once a year or to purchase a monthly subscription service they are selling. By law, they have to let you look at your credit report anytime when you say you want to dispute an account.
If you are planning on getting a mortgage DO NOT do a dispute, you cannot get a mortgage while there is a dispute status on your credit, and the only way to remove the status, even if the dispute goes thru, is to write a letter to whomever you disputed and ask them to remove the status...
Learn from my mistake.
"That'll teach you to attempt correcting us!"
-Credit Companies, probably.
Good LPT, I've done it in the past when Citi tried saying I paid my credit card bill late once, but most people don’t need to look at their credit reports very often.
You’d almost be better off signing up for either a Credit Karma account, which would let you see your score every week, or a Credit Sesame account which sends you an email anytime there is any sort of change to your credit, and it let’s you see your credit score.
You might end up getting locked out of the online portals for the credit agencies if you do what you’re saying to do too often.
LPT If you're going Easter Egg hunting with young children, keep a couple of spare eggs with you in case they're too slow to find any. Then slip the eggs around the area they're looking in, so they're not left disappointed.
Edit- man some people are heartless, seriously I'm not talking about 10YO kids, I'm referring to toddlers and such
Better yet, do not hide any eggs (but tell them you did) then watch and laugh as they search hopelessly for something that isn't even there
LPT If you're holding the bag where they put in the found eggs you can easily hide them again and you can have fun while your kids find the same eggs over and over again.
They should be learning about the harsh realitys of life as soon as possible. You dont always find the eggs so you just make do with a pinecone and some vodka.
The hunt ends when they do
LPT: If you're starting out in a new city and don't know what your long term living situation is, get a post office box
I did this when I relocated to a new city in a new state, and it's turned out to be very useful. Some benefits include:
-If you have to rent a different place for whatever reason (has happened to me 3 times now due to job change and an iffy landlord situation), you don't have to worry about changing your billing address, or contact other institutions which have your address on file. You're less likely to lose important mail between moves.
-If you're living with roommates, you don't have to worry about them snooping through your mail
-Having a secure place to receive your mail may reduce your chances of being a victim of identity theft. You can go out of town for several days and your mail is still safely locked at the post office.
-It might give you some comfort knowing that your physical address isn't on file with a bunch of organizations or businesses (there are some limitations to this where you HAVE to give someone your physical address, not a mailing address)
-Psycho relatives who want to send Christmas cards don't have to know where you actually live. Hooray!
If you're deciding which post office to get a box in, but aren't sure exactly what part of the metro area you'll be in long-term, aim for a more centralized location near mass transit.
Getting a PO box might cost you $50 a year, but it's very worth it IMO.
Edited to add: I had no idea I'd get such a big response to this LPT! A couple thoughts based on the comments here:
As several folks have pointed out, it's probably a better idea to get a UPS box, especially if you buy a lot of stuff online. I don't, and I feel like my PO box has suited me well.
If you do decide to get a PO box, it'll be the most worth it if the following conditions exist:
You get a relatively low volume of mail (meaning you don't have to check your box often)
You end up moving frequently within the same metro area
The cost to rent the PO Box is reasonable (some cities may be as low as $50, others will be as high as $150)
Also as someone pointed out, check the USPS website for lobby hours when you're deciding where to get your PO box.
Good tip, but $50/yr? Wow the cheapest here is $10/month.
Nonetheless, still worth it for the privacy and convenience.
I like the part where certain weirdos don't know the physical address. Good tip.
I think the price is worth it considering how much things cost, I pay for a VPN yearly just for some privacy, it might not matter but it makes me feel better so worth it.
Also good if you have shady neighbors and buy stuff from amazon. Much harder for them to steal your packages when they are not shipped to your door step. -
LPT: Learn how to convince people by asking questions, not by contradicting or arguing with what they say. You will have much more success and seem much more pleasant.
Edit: want to highlight my encouragement to learn this as an extra tool for persuasiveness. Not the only tool, nor one that works in every situation, especially if used poorly. Just as sure as you can hammer a nail with a wrench, you can ask a question that is argumentative and contradicting.
On a side note, this is my first post on Reddit and I am humbled by the number of up-votes. Thanks!
Seems to me there was a Greek philosopher who developed this technique a long time ago. He called it the Socratic method. I can't remember his name though.
The fate Socrates suffered as the result of his questions should also be pointed out.
but he apologized!
LPT: try and spend time with the elderly if possible. A little conversation with a lonely old neighbor every now and then can really brighten their life.
Most people talk with the elderly as a kind of charity to their elders. I see it when people talk with my grandma. There is this fake excitement to have a conversation with her. The conversation is always "how was that chicken you just ate pretty tasty huh" "the weather is nice today". I know a lot of people that are creeped out by old people and distance themselves. There also those that don't see what they can get out of time with an old person. I hate when people talk to elderly like children. What they never talk about with her is how when my grandma was 20 she was a roller waitress in San Diego. She used to have to drive around the south of the bay to get to Coronado island because they hadn't built a bridge yet. She use to go out there with her friends to make campfires and lounge on the beach. She absolutely lights up talking about that and it really is interesting to imagine my grandma as a young woman exploring the world of the 1940s and 50s. Every old man I meet can tell me war stories about his life as a young bachelor. They are people so don't treat the act of talking to them like a chore to make grandma feel better. Every elderly person is a time machine that most people don't even give a shit about.
My baby daughter has just learned to wave and every day we have a walk round the village and she waves to all the elderly people we see. They love it! Takes us a while to get round now but we stop and chat to them all and it makes the walks more interesting for me too!
I'm a devout atheist, but I call my grandma regularly to read her devotionals to her because she no longer can read. Her faith is very important to her, and I know those 10 minutes mean the world.
EDIT: Yes, devout. I may love my grandma like the air I breathe, but I'm still a cynical, sarcastic motherfucker.
This is what I love about being an occupational therapist in a skilled nursing facility, getting to hear their life stories!! Without revealing too much I currently have a gentleman in his 80s, retired career military man, who owns a trike motorcycle and has ridden across country multiple times. Fucking amazing.
It also gives me good perspective into how I want to live my life and my attitude when I become that age.
LPT: if a friends stopped hanging out or coming to events and has mentioned money issues,, please don't pester them.
It's likely they'd love to hang out and do fun stuff, but they're saying no or they can't afford it for a reason - continuing to bug them about something out of their control makes them feel worse.
Edit: why do all my popular posts have typos in them?
Or invite them to dinner at your place!
Yeah, this. When my friends are poor I'll pick them up and fund their day out. And they do the same for me. In fact, I'm the poor friend today. So I'm being taken out for lunch.
This has been a good system for my friends and I, nobody gets left out and the fun continues. We also collectively upgrade each other's computers so we can all keep playing the same games.
That's a great sounding group.
LPT: If you have problems putting on your fitted bed sheet, buy a set with stripes. You'll always know which direction is up or down.
Additionally, if the bed sheet has a tag, the tag always faces toward the bottom of the bed.
That is all
I just take 4 extra seconds and turn them a little and then they fit.
Or you could, you know, try a bit.
If you can't figure out a fitted sheet you should be wearing a helmet at all times