Lifestyle

Think of this page as Better Homes and Websites. Your computer or smartphone can help you with your travels, your entertaining, your hobbies and even your fine, fine fashion sense. I share some of my ideas for how networks can help make life easier, more fun and more stylish.

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

When I drove past a billboard earlier this week that promised me a new universe of streaming media, I nearly pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try it. Right. Now. Was this the day I’d been waiting for? The day when I’d finally experience...
Is this an ice cream? A 2×2

Is this an ice cream? A 2×2

It has recently come to my attention that many people seem to be unable to recognize whether their preferred frozen dessert is ice cream. At last! A modern dilemma I can actually solve, thanks to this handy 2×2: Is it ice cream?   Butterfat content   10...
Yelpless: What kinds of reviews get squelched by Yelp?

Yelpless: What kinds of reviews get squelched by Yelp?

I’m an ardent (some might say pathological) Yelp user, and since I am incapable of putting anything in my mouth without first validating its viability on Yelp, I try to contribute back to the community by sharing my own perspectives and information, particularly...
How 17 essential travel apps can improve your next vacation

How 17 essential travel apps can improve your next vacation

Whether you’re packing your bags for a summer trip to Europe or packing the car for a summer road tip with the kids, you may be tempted to define your vacation by what you’re not packing: your computer, tablet or mobile phone. As more and more of us struggle with the...
More jobs of the future: essential staff for your tech lifestyle

More jobs of the future: essential staff for your tech lifestyle

A while ago I blogged a list of anticipated jobs of the future: new categories of employment that will be necessitated by our increasingly plugged-in lives. It’s time to add a few to the list: Update concierge: 2 laptops + 2 home computers + 1 ipad + 1 iphone +...
Of shoes and men

Of shoes and men

I have a dear friend who used to say that a woman should always have three men in her life: the one currently in her heart, a second recently dispatched, and a third waiting in the wings. I now have a  comparable philosophy about shoes. Every woman should have one...
7 ways to enhance your vacations with Facebook

7 ways to enhance your vacations with Facebook

This post is part of a series of thank-you notes to the social media services that made our family vacation possible! Dear Facebook, I know that we’re together so much that sometimes it feels like I take you for granted, and I don’t tell you how much it...
Take a one-way road trip with Ridejoy

Take a one-way road trip with Ridejoy

Dear Ridejoy, Thank you for allowing us to undertake a 2,000-mile road trip with two young kids at a relaxing pace. When we first decided to road trip to San Francisco as our family vacation, we thought we’d visit the coastal redwoods and Yosemite on the way...
ShoeCamp: An (imaginary) unconference for the footwear-obsessed

ShoeCamp: An (imaginary) unconference for the footwear-obsessed

The wonderful Madeline Stanionis left a comment on one of (several) shoe-related Facebook posts I wrote yesterday, suggesting we get together to talk only about shoes sometime. This suggests a wonderful possibility for an unconference: ShoeCamp: The footwear...
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