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How to Critique a Speech

A successful speech has engaging, well-researched content and is delivered with charisma and grace. To critique a speech, it’s necessary to evaluate the speaker’s abilities in both speech writing and delivery. Determine whether the speaker used facts and anecdotes to make a convincing case, and decide if his or her style was engaging enough to keep your attention through the end. Sharing your crit

How to Download Skype

Using Skype can be a great way to chat with your friends or work remotely. And best of all, it's free, provided you're calling computer to computer. In order to use Skype, you need to download it first. Read on for detailed instructions on how to do just that.

How to Reheat Bread

If you bought a special loaf of bakery bread and you're wondering how to reheat it to preserve its taste and texture, your best bet is heating it in the oven for about 15 minutes. You can reheat bread on the stove, too, but some breads will come out a little chewy this way (and don't even try the microwave). And if you're looking for a classic, quick reheating method, nothing beats making toast.

How to Become an Economist

An economist can work at the individual and business levels or even with large-scale governments and economies. They study, research, predict, and evaluate business and revenue trends in every industry out there today. They are smart individuals with a natural ability to problem solve and pinpoint meaningful details. They're great with puzzles and quandaries and love finding patterns and trends. I

How to Use a Pedometer

In recent years, physical fitness has become a global health concern, so more people than ever are looking for ways to work exercise into their daily routines. For many, pedometers offer a convenient way to track daily physical activity (usually in the form of the number of steps taken). These handy devices are smaller than a pager, affordable, widely-available, and easy to start using with just a

How to Set Your Homepage

Your browser's homepage is the page that appears when you first open the browser. Most browsers let you set any page you want as your homepage. Some browsers, such as Chrome, allow you to open multiple pages at once when they start. Some mobile browsers, such as Safari, don't allow you to set a homepage, but there are workarounds.

How to Dry Mushrooms

Dried mushrooms are a big deal--they are packed with flavor, fantastic in tons of dishes, and can be stored for essentially an eternity. You can rehydrate them and use them in soups, risottos, pasta dishes...pretty much every delicious recipe you can think of. Follow the steps listed in this article to make your own dried mushrooms.

How to Buy a Puppy

If you’ve made the exciting decision to get a new puppy, you’re probably ready to bring one home as soon as possible. Taking some time to figure out which breed is the best fit and preparing your home for a puppy will make the process go more smoothly. Then it’s time to decide between adopting a dog from a shelter, where you’ll be asked to pay a relatively small adoption fee, or buying a pedigreed

How to Install Windows 7

When you make the decision to upgrade your current OS to Windows 7, there are a couple of ways to go about it. The most hassle free is a complete clean installation. This method will save you lots of headaches down the road. Follow this guide to help make your transition to Windows 7 as smooth as possible.

How to Acid Etch Concrete

Concrete that hasn't been treated in any way after being poured can be too hard and smooth to accept paint or protective sealants. However, etching (or washing) concrete with acid opens the pores of the concrete and prepares the surface to accept its next treatment. Though it's also possible to prepare the concrete manually by abrading it with a grinder, acid etching is generally much less labor-i

How to Grip a Sinker Pitch

A sinker pitch, also called a two-seam fastball, drops just before it reaches the plate, throwing off the hitter. It drops more than a typical fastball but moves almost as fast, and it's a great addition to any skilled pitcher's repertoire. Your fingers grip the ball parallel to the seams, with your thumb directly under the ball. Practice the sinker pitch with slightly different positioning to fin

How to Type Accents

There are various ways to type accents depending on the language you're trying to transcribe and the computer system you're using. For example, you can install a Spanish or French keyboard in Windows XP. You can also use Microsoft Word to type accents if you want to type the accents into a word processor. Additionally, you can use different codes to type accents, whether you're using a PC or a Mac

How to Make New England Clam Chowder

A classic American dish, New England clam chowder is as old as the colonial times. It's a simple soup with some creamy character. It's also a perfect meal for a very cold night. Read on to learn how to make clam chowder from scratch. If you want to use canned clams instead of fresh, skip down to the second section.

How to Concentrate on Studies

Are you having trouble concentrating on your studies? Well don't worry – it happens to the best of students. Maybe you just need to shake up your study patterns, try a new technique, or simply come up with a really effective study plan that allows your mind breaks as often as you need. With the right set-up, concentrating will be easier.

How to Confuse Cleverbot

Cleverbot is an online program that uses complex coding to hold text-based conversations with human readers. Though Cleverbot is great at holding basic conversations, it isn't perfect. With a little trickery, it's not terribly hard to get Cleverbot to reveal the limits of its programming. Whether you're trying to administer the Turing Test (a test used to tell whether an artificial intelligence ca

How to Breed Ghost Shrimp

Ghost shrimp, also called glass shrimp, are small, transparent shrimp commonly sold as aquarium pets or fish food. While several species are referred to by the same name, they can all be cared for in the same basic way. If the shrimp are kept in a comfortable environment with no predators, they can breed rapidly.

How to Improve Your Batting in Cricket

Cricket is a great fun game, and even good for maintaining fitness. The fun gets doubled if known how to play well. Perhaps the most important and difficult facet of cricket is batting. Batting looks quite easy, but its a real test when you are on the field. It is sure that batting needs a lot of practice, but here are some tips that can help you in improving your batting skills:

How to Live Happily Ever After

The authors of fairy tales would have us believe that living happily ever after is par for the course. In reality we know that life is a balance of both happiness and the opposite — feelings like sadness, boredom and lack of contentment — but there are things you can do to increase the happiness factor in your relationships, at work and on a personal level. Having realistic expectations, a forgivi

How to Use a Computer

There's a lot you can do with a computer, and if you're just getting started it can seem pretty daunting. Luckily, computers have gotten simpler over the years, and you can be up and running in just a few minutes. From setting up your new computer to safely browsing the internet and installing your favorite programs, see the guides posted below to start using your computer like a pro.

How to Plant Switchgrass

Native to the United States, switchgrass commonly graces Midwestern prairies and Eastern savannas. Switchgrass can be harvested for use as hay feed or biofuel production, but its height and simple beauty make it a good choice for the home garden as well. Switchgrass roots deeply and can withstand flooding, so it’s a good option if you’re concerned about erosion on your property. Get started by cho

How to Knit the Moss or Seed Stitch

The moss stitch is an easy stitch to work with, as it requires only the most basic knitting skills: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and casting off. The moss stitch lies flat and creates a piece with an organic texture to it, but it is more even-looking and refined than the garter stitch.

How to Plan an Inexpensive Wedding

Weddings can be expensive affairs. Over the years, advertising and marketing has convinced brides and grooms into spending enormous sums of money. The average wedding cost $30,000 in 2013. But you do not have to spend the financial equivalent of a new car or a down payment on a house to celebrate the start of your marriage. There are multiple ways to cut costs in planning wedding that reflects th

How to Reduce Employee Turnover

In the world of business, the high rate of employee turnover can be a significant problem. Economic research suggests that for some industries it can cost up to one-fifth of an employee's annual salary to find, train, and hire a suitable replacement. If turnover rates are too high, this represents a significant sunk cost for the company that can't be recouped. Luckily, by improving the environment

How to Format a Poem

As with prose, there are rules governing the way in which poetry is formatted. Poems have a basic format that must be followed at the time of their creation. If you plan on submitting a poetry manuscript to a publisher or including a few lines of poetry in an essay, there are specific ways to format the poem for those contexts, as well.

How to Make Paperclip Bookmarks

For a quick but adorable way to mark your page in your favorite novel, fashion together a paperclip bookmark. Sure, you can just slide a large paperclip to save your page but that’s no fun. You can make your paperclip bookmark fun and purposeful all in about 10 minutes.

How to Track Your Tax Refund

Once you file your taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you are probably pretty anxious to receive any refund you might be getting. According to the IRS, you should have your refund within 21 days if you e-file and use direct deposit. If you file through the mail or ask for a check to be sent, you might wait a little longer. Track your tax refund by using the IRS website, downloading an

How to Set up Croquet

Croquet is a game played with large balls, wooden mallets and hoops, also known as wickets. The goal is to hit your team's balls through each wicket in order, before the opposing players do the same for theirs. While there are many variations of croquet, your croquet set most likely came with either 6 or 9 hoops, and can be used for one of the following set ups. Once the hoops are in place, croque

How to Freeze Cilantro

Cilantro (also known as fresh coriander) isn't easy to freeze as its cells tend to lose their structure once frozen, resulting in a mushy mass upon thawing. Nevertheless, there are some tricks that will allow you to work around this and save that glut of cilantro from the herb garden.

How to Install VirtualBox

VirtualBox allows you to create virtual computers within your physical computer, enabling you to run multiple operating systems without dealing with dual booting or hardware configurations. Setting up VirtualBox is very straightforward, and most of your time will be spent performing the standard operating system installation. See Step 1 below to learn how to install VirtualBox and additional opera

How to Heal a Meniscus Tear

The knee is protected by a C-shaped and cartilaginous disc, the meniscus. This cushions the outer and inner edges of the knee, balancing weight across the knee. An injury or torn in the meniscus can hamper normal performance of the knee and can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. If left untreated, a torn meniscus can lead to knee instability, an inability to move your knee normally and persistent


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