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Get All The Pics Friends Take At Your Wedding (Or Any Other Event) Instantly With This App

Sure, event photographers are great, but what about all those pictures your wedding and party guests are taking on their smartphones?
If you get your guests to download this app first, you’ll get all their photos instantly, and everyone can still snap pictures using the regular camera app on their iPhone or Android device.
Once they install it on their phones and complete a super-quick signup process, then you’re good to go.
All you have to do is set a start and end time (from an hour to a week in time) for the photo capture.
When it comes time for the main event, all your guests will get a text message on their phone reminding them that all photos and videos they take from that point forward will be shared automatically.
Then when they snap shots on their phone the same way they always do, Veri will grab them and add them to the collective album.
Sharing can be toggled on and off at any time so you can pause it when you want to take a private shot, and in the event that guests do share an unwanted pic, it can be deleted from the group album by the person who accidentally shared it (hopefully before everyone else at the party sees it).
All the photos and videos are then added to the app where everyone can see them as well as a web photo gallery.
If you’re somewhere with reception, you can even set up a display somewhere that shows all the photos being captured in real time.
Everyone can remember to download an app before the wedding (or while they’re waiting for the ceremony to start), and since the only technical part is the download and sign up, your guests will have plenty of time to get tech support from their wife/son/neighbor before the event.

Make Homemade Dunkaroos and Relive the 1990s

Make Homemade Dunkaroos and Relive the 1990s.
For the dip 1 box of “Funfetti” style cake mix — seriously 6 oz.
You need a good crunch without being too puffy, as well as a secret ingredient.
That, and a pile of sugar dip.
Add the egg and vanilla and mixed until combined.
Like most doughs, it can keep a day or two in the refrigerator or be frozen.
I lost count of how many I got from this dough using a 1” round cutter.
Bake the cookies until the edges are golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
The cookies will begin to bake immediately upon touching the hot pan, and that’ll throw off your timing completely.
For an even sweeter variation on the cookies, you could glaze them once they’ve cooled.

How To Get Smoke Smell Out Of Your Apartment After a Nearby Fire

How To Get Smoke Smell Out Of Your Apartment After a Nearby Fire.
And I didn’t have renter’s insurance (huge fail on my part, don’t be me).
It was pretty unbearable for a few days, but after talking to a few fire cleanup professionals, here’s how I took care of the smell: Open All The Windows This one is pretty obvious, but was something I was hesitant to do.
Opening windows is a must, though.
Get Fresh Air In Get a huge fan and set it outside your apartment (if possible) and blow clean air in.
Wipe Everything Down If you’re as close to a fire as I was, or if you had your windows open while a nearby building was on fire, then chances are good you have some soot at least on your windows, if not on your walls as well.
I reluctantly purchased a bottle of Febreze to spray down my mattress and a few other furniture pieces and was really impressed how it took care of the odor.
But once the Febreze smell dissipated the smoke smell was gone as well.
I had dragged my feet on getting a policy because it’s highly unlikely my home will get broken into because of where it is.
If I had a policy, a lot of the cleanup would have been taken care of.

The Unmistakable Sign of Having the Right Career

I have been following many successful people over the years.
They come from different backgrounds, but somehow they give similar advice when it comes to career.
Yes, you are having fun doing it.
There is a good reason why having fun is essential for career success: it makes you go further at it than other people.
Here is how Stephen King puts it: If there’s no joy in it, it’s just no good.
I think that’s a good way to measure how good a career is for you: how high is the fun quotient?
You could start what you do for the fun of it, but over time you could lose the fun and it would just become a job.
I started this website because of the fun of doing it, but over the years there were times when I worked on it simply because it’s my business.
They can help you have a great career.
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Your Cocktail Might Be Making Your Allergies Worse

Your Cocktail Might Be Making Your Allergies Worse.
If you find your allergies are getting worse while you’re at a bar with friends, the issue might be what you’re drinking.
Some wine and beer contains histamines that can add to your agony or even potentially trigger a gnarly allergic reaction.
Histamines occur naturally in some alcoholic beverages and are the same thing your body releases when you inhale a ton of pollen on an afternoon hike.
Asthma UK notes that red wine is the biggest offender, followed by white wine and then beer and cider.
More than just amplifying hay fever symptoms, for asthmatics booze has also been known to cause an asthma attack.
That would be crazy.
Different people will obviously have different reactions to things, so there’s a solid chance your favorite alcohol is just fine.
If you’re suffering, just pay careful attention to how you feel pre and post drink.
Both have very low levels of histamines and sulfites (also known to cause asthma attacks).

How to Ask for a Promotion (and Get It)

How to Ask for a Promotion (and Get It).
By explaining how you can contribute to the business, and how the position fits into your overall career game plan, you paint a picture of how your professional development can help grow the business and vice versa.
For example: How does the role support your career plan?
Record your achievements If you’re talking to your manager about promotion, think about setting out a business case.
Present a proposal, if you can Along with a business case showing your impact on the business, you should also give suggestions about how your promotion could work in practice.
You could talk through what role or roles could be a good fit for you to grow into.
Ask, for example, what extra out-of-role experience you can get prior to promotion, such as working with other teams or taking on project work.
Know your market value Once you’re in the position of negotiating a promotion, you need to get an idea of a fair salary and package for the role.
Plus, any new skills or experience show you’re willing to stretch yourself and able to flexibly support the business.
Follow up Once you’ve had an initial conversation with your manager about promotion, it’s important to agree on the next steps.

Use IFTTT To Stay Informed on Government News

Use IFTTT To Stay Informed on Government News.
In today’s political climate, there’s a good chance you’re looking for less government-themed news, not more.
However, if you’re looking for information straight from the source IFTTT (If this, then that) has made it super easy to stay up to date with its new Data Access Project.
If you’re not familiar with IFTTT, the service allows you to create recipes that make it so if one things happens, another will as well.
For instance, you can set up a recipe where if you tweet, then the post is also shared on Facebook.
The service works with most social media services, email, and a number of smart home devices.
At its core, the Data Access Project works just like any other IFTTT recipe, except instead of creating a recipe to turn your porch light on, recipes start with data from places like the FCC, Department of Labor, Library of Congress, and American Civil Liberties Union.
So, you could create recipes that do things like: Post to Slack when the FCC posts a new notice Get an email when the National Science Foundation announces a new scientific discovery Get a text when the Department of State issues a travel alert Get alerts when there’s EPA news about your city There are also accounts for some major public transportation groups such as Amtrak, NJ transit, the MTA, and Caltrain.
Using the service requires you sign up, which is free, and you connect it to things like your email (if you want email alerts) or phone if you want to receive those text messages).
Here are a few of the existing agencies and services you can currently use in conjunction with IFTTT: Department of Labor Bureau of Economic Analysis U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission International Monetary Fund Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library of Congress National Science Foundation Energy Information Association American Psychological Association Pew Research Center Department of Defense World Health Organization Centers for Disease Control Texas Legislature San Francisco MTA Chicago Transit Authority You can check out the full list of participating agencies and organizations and set up your own alerts here.

How to Stop Nightmares With Lucid Dreaming

How to Stop Nightmares With Lucid Dreaming.
Nightmares plague your mind and ruin your sleep, but lucid dreaming can help—if you can be brave.
But having a lucid nightmare is more like being an older kid who is still afraid of the dark, but knows there are no monsters and ghosts.
If becoming lucid isn’t enough, you need to face the nightmare to stop it.
Of course, it’s not enough to just know that what you’re afraid of isn’t worthy of fear.
Here’s an example from one of my earliest lucid dream experiences (though I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time): When I was about eight years old, I stayed up late one night and watched a Child’s Play marathon—the horror movies with Chucky the doll.
It wasn’t by manipulating the dream world, though, it was by reasoning with it (it being my own subconscious).
Controlling a lucid nightmare and simply manipulating it to be something different doesn’t help you in the long run.
You’ll be safe in the moment, but the fear will persist, and the nightmares will keep coming.
Assignment: Share Your Lucid Dream Experiences That’s it for our Lucid Dream Workshop!

How to Tell if Those San Marzano Tomatoes Are the Real Deal

How to Tell if Those San Marzano Tomatoes Are the Real Deal.
San Marzano tomatoes have quite the reputation.
They’re said to be sweeter, pulpier, and less acidic than other canned plum tomatoes, which is why so many people seek them out for their sauces.
Unfortunately, most “San Marzano” tomatoes you’ll find in American grocery stores are frauds.
You see, the name doesn’t just describe the type of tomato seed used, but the region it’s grown in, which happens to be in volcanic soil near Mount Vesuvius.
If you really want true San Marzano tomatoes, look for the words “Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese Nocerino” and know that San Marzanos are never sold chopped, diced, or pureed.
They’ll also be expensive, as one would expect fancy Italian volcano tomatoes to be.
If you don’t feel like shelling out the extra dough to make pizza sauce, don’t despair.
We grow some pretty good tomatoes here in the U.S., Redpack Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes and Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes being among them, so skip the fancy-looking fakes and grab one of those.
The Fake Rolex of Canned Foods | Taste

This App Can Choose Your Best Photos For You

This App Can Choose Your Best Photos For You.
Android: If your phone’s storage is running low, you might want to start deleting some low-quality photos from your phone or backing it up with an app like Google Photos.
Though EyeEm is mostly a place where photographers sell their photos, this feature can be helpful for figuring out which photos to post to other social media and for sorting through photos you should delete.
EyeEm Selects is only available to Android users, but the company plans to add the feature to iPhone apps in an upcoming update.
EyeEm has already created a similar app, called The Roll, on iOS.
The Roll ranks your photos and adds keywords to them so you can search for your photos more easily.
Picking out your best photos from your photostream isn’t a totally new feature—Google Photos has a similar feature and Gallery Doctor is an app that identifies bad or duplicate photos.
EyeEm has a collection of photos posted with EyeEm Selects.
In the album, there are artsy photos of landscapes, but there are also low-quality selfies, and weirdly there’s a photo of eggs with a quote from the Bible inserted above.
It’s not a foolproof feature, but it does let you revisit old photos you’ve forgotten to post, and it’s a helpful tool for when you’re unsure or when you don’t want to sort through all your photos.

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