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How to Be Special

Who are you? What makes you special? For some people, this can be a great source of anxiety and stress. But being special doesn't just mean being exceptional, or being "better" than others at some task or ability or skill. Being special means being respected. Being loved. If you want to stand out from the crowd and be recognized as a special person, you can learn to start developing your inner sel

How to Sharpen Hair Clippers

Most hair clippers have an auto-sharpening feature that keeps the blades sharp, but they may still wear out quickly if they are not regularly oiled and cleaned. Prevent ragged, uneven cuts and snagged hair by sharpening your blades each time you notice problems. Clean the blades first to remove hair and rust, or the blades might not sharpen correctly.

How to Write a Resignation Letter

One of the greatest secrets of success is knowing when to move on. With the right resignation letter, you will do so with satisfaction while leaving on good terms with your previous employer. Though you may think it would feel great to get a few things off your chest about how much you've come to hate the company you work for, it's in your best interest to be kind, polite, and helpful, so your pro

How to Get a Head Shy Horse To Trust You

Horses are naturally afraid of sudden movements and objects raised over their heads. When horses have been abused or neglected, they have reasons to dislike people and are often even more fearful. One fearful trait is "head shyness"--this happens especially if the horse has been hit in the face or has had its ears twisted or pulled. A "head shy" horse will get startled or back away when you try to

How to Use Drop Shadow in GIMP

Using Drop Shadow in Gimp can be a tough thing to figure out if you don't use it regularly or just don't use it at all. Here's how to apply the Drop Shadow feature in Gimp.

How to Dye Buttons

Change the buttons on your jeans or create a design using a colorful array of buttons by custom coloring your own. Gather new white buttons in good condition and select your color(s). Find a work area that is free from animals or children, as this could get a little messy.

How to Cope With Frustration

Frustration is a disappointed feeling, often including expressions of anger in an unhelpful or self-defeating manner. Frustration is about expecting the world and its inhabitants to be, act or react as you wish. In reality, things are as they are; so no amount of ranting and steaming is going to change that. What you need to change is your perspective, or angle, on events. If you suffer from long-

How to Deep Condition Your Hair Properly if You Are a Black Female

Deep conditioning seems simple enough, right? You slap on some conditioner, wait a few minutes, rinse out, and voila! Right? Wrong. Deep conditioning is vital when it comes to restoring moisture to our strands, but many of us have been doing it halfheartedly, not by any fault of our own.

How to Remove Porcupine Quills

Porcupines are reclusive animals, but can cause painful injuries if they feel threatened. If you or a person or animal you know is attacked by a porcupine, you should consider having a doctor or veterinarian remove the quills. Only remove them at home if they are few in number, not near sensitive areas such as the eyes, or if you have no access to medical assistance. Follow these steps carefully t

How to Do a French Manicure

If you want a chic and polished look, nothing beats a classic French manicure. This style of manicure is easy to do on yourself or a relative at home. Choose a pale pink or clear base coat and make your tips pop with a crescent of white nail polish. For a striking look, let your nails grow long or use gels or acrylics to lengthen them instantly. Give your nails some Parisian flair without spending

How to Change the Name of an iPhone in iOS

Apple has made an obvious effort to make their mobile devices “PC-Free”. This means you will be able to utilize the device and all of its features without ever having to connect it to a traditional PC. This is accomplished with a number of new features including over-the-air updates, on-device activation, and iCloud integration. This article will teach you how to change the name of an iPhone witho

How to Get the Hiccups

The diaphragm at the base of your chest is usually helpful, compressing the lungs or letting them expand as you breathe. For reasons that are not always obvious, it sometimes betrays your body and spasms jerkily, closing the back of your throat and unleashing a characteristic -hic- sound. No one enjoys this sensation — except, apparently, you.

How to Hollow Out a Coconut

A hollow coconut makes a great house for a hermit crab, and can also be used as a birdhouse. It can also be used as a festive decoration for any party, or for just clapping the empty halves together, and pretending to ride on a horse! You can even use it as a bowl or cup!

How to Identify a Ford Motor

The Ford Motor Company has put identification number tags on some of its motors since the mid 1950s and on all of its motors since January of 1964. Included on these tags is such information as the month and year of production, the model year, the change level number and the CID (cubic inch displacement). Reading Ford motor tags should hopefully be easier for even a novice by following the guide b

How to Be More Approachable

Easy changes in body language can make you more approachable, especially when trying to attract the attention of strangers or acquaintances. People who already know you will want to approach you for more serious conversation if you demonstrate humility, trustworthiness, and confidence. It can take effort to change your behavior this way, but the effort is well worth the deeper, more fruitful relat

How to Become a Wine Connoisseur

If you're an oenophile (a lover of wine), you're probably wondering what's keeping you from becoming a true connoisseur. Luckily, you don't have to be a wine-maker or have a basement cellar in order to appreciate fine wine. With a notebook and a few bottles handy, you'll be well on your way.

How to Make a No Sew Tutu

Are you looking for a tutu to complete the perfect costume, to wear out for fun, or to gift to a friend? For the crafty types who'd rather skip or avoid sewing altogether, these quick and simple no-sew tutus are a perfect solution. See Step 1 below to get started! Remember, if you prefer, you can make a no sew tutu instead.

How to Increase Friction

Ever wonder why your hands get warm when you rub them together quickly or why rubbing two sticks together can eventually start a fire? The answer is friction! When two surfaces rub against each other, they naturally resist each others' movement at a microscopic level. This resistance can cause the release of energy in the form of heat, warming your hands, sparking a fire, and so on. The greater th

How to Make Sour Cream

Homemade sour cream is delicious and easy to make. It only requires two ingredients: a quart of cream and a packet of sour cream starter culture. The bacteria in the starter culture thickens the cream and lends it the classic sour flavor that pairs so well with everything from potatoes to tacos to fruit. Best of all, homemade sour cream contains none of the preservatives or stabilizers often found

How to Make a Dinosaur Tail

Looking for a cute addition to your child’s dinosaur Halloween costume (or just something fun for playtime)? Make your own at home using fabric and polyfil batting for a 3-D, fun effect.

How to Encourage a Friend

Whether your friend has recently broken up with their significant other, or they're deep in a depression, or they're trying to lose weight, you want to be there to support and encourage them! While you don't want to go overboard in your support showing that you're there for someone can be a huge encouragement all on its own.

How to Cook Spare Ribs

Spare ribs, or side ribs, are a cut of meat often used for slow-cooked barbecue. The cut is between the pork rib cage from the loin back ribs and from the sternum or breast bone. If you don't have access to an outdoor barbecue pit for slow roasting, you can learn how to cook spare ribs in the oven.

How to Remove Rust from Chrome

Typically, chrome is used to add a shiny or protective coating to other metals, and the metal underneath the chrome is usually the source of rust. Removing this rust with household objects is surprisingly easy with some elbow grease, but more serious follow-up maintenance may be required if the rust is widespread and much of the chrome has flaked off.

How to Enable and Disable the iPad Split Keyboard in iOS

The iPad has many specific features that take advantage of the device’s larger display. One example is the new split keyboard which allows you to separate the device’s onscreen keyboard into two sections, allowing for easier typing with your thumbs. This article will walk you through the process of enabling and disabling the iPad split keyboard.

How to Calculate NPV

In the business world, Net present value (or NPV) is one of the most helpful tools available for financial decision making. Usually, NPV is used to estimate whether a certain purchase or investment is worth more in the long run than simply investing an equivalent amount of money in the bank. While it is often used in the world of corporate finance, it can also be used for everyday purposes. Genera

How to Replace an Ink Cartridge in the HP Officejet Pro 8600

Replacing the ink cartridge in your HP Officejet Pro 8600 is considered a routine printer maintenance procedure. When your HP Officejet printer runs out of ink, you can replace the ink cartridge yourself by accessing the printer’s cartridge compartment and removing the old ink cartridge.

How to Handle Problems

Are you feeling as surrounded by problems as a superhero by villains? Maybe you just have one big problem but you don't know how to solve it. Don't worry.-- Whether you're struggling with your significant other or you're in danger of losing your job, there are a few steps that you can take to bring your problems under control.

How to Break up Concrete

You may need to break up a section of concrete to reach an underground utility in need of repair, or perhaps you're ready to turn a paved area into a greenspace. These steps will teach you how to complete this task and to dispose of the waste afterward.

How to Redefine Yourself

If your life has gotten off track, you may need to redefine yourself before you can start moving forward in the right direction again. Figure out who you currently are and how that person differs from who you want to be, then work on transforming yourself into that improved version.

How to Get a Tracking Number

The majority of shipping companies offer package tracking. When you purchase postage that includes tracking, you will get a unique number that you can use to track your package online, by text or by phone. You can request a tracking number from an online retailer if they are using any major shipping companies.


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