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Never Be Bored Again

by Luke McKinney - on Nov 29th 2009 - No Comments
Red Curtain

A smart life means never wasting a second, because while you have access to ever-improving electronics, your time is the ultimate finite resource. Every hour you sit surfing aimlessly is a battle against waste that you just lost, and every moment you learn anything about Lady GaGa is proof that your life is going downhill. Towards a...

Music Selection

by Luke McKinney - on May 4th 2009 - 3 Comments

Music may soothe the savage beast, but in these more comfortable times, it also eases the hours of coding or graphic design. Be it at the office, working from home, or in your earbuds as you commute from client to client, music is one of the few entertainments that you can enjoy on the clock without impairing your productivity. The problem...

Rotten Tomatoes – Reliable Online Movie Reviews

by Luke McKinney - on Apr 12th 2009 - 2 Comments
Wall of Monitors

You might wonder why Smartlife is covering entertainment, but let’s be honest: your leisure time is valuable. And, by our standards, watching bad movies isn’t a valued use of anyone’s time (unless you get paid to forewarn others). Our advice: if you’re going to spend 100-plus minutes of your life screen gazing...

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Sports Gambler Edition (March Madness)‏

by Brian Cairns - on Mar 16th 2009 - 4 Comments
Basketball on Court

Forget the Groundhog and its sham prognostications and let’s look at the real indication of spring’s proximity: the NCAA Tournament, March Madness, The Big Dance. Now most people recognize March Madness as the quintessential cairn of spring’s presence, and with the brackets so easy to understand and bet on — whom...

NORAD Tracks Santa 2008

by Chris Cairns - on Dec 24th 2008 - No Comments
Reindeer over the Moon

Now that I look back, waiting around for Santa to deliver my presents was kind of a waste of time. I never knew exactly when he’d show up. Right at midnight? An hour and fifteen minutes later? I had no way of knowing! Kids these days don’t have that problem thanks to modern mapping and satellite technology. Powered by Google...

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Couples Deluxe Edition (Part 3: THE AGENDA)

by Brian Cairns - on Aug 10th 2008 - 11 Comments
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

This post presents my full three-night/four-day Las Vegas trip itinerary. As explained in Part 1 and Part 2 of this post series, the purpose of providing you my thoroughly-researched and fully-tested agenda is threefold: (1) Save you time. Whether you follow my agenda to the letter or tailor here-and-there to meet your preferences, this...

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Couples Deluxe Edition (Part 2: Planning Tips)

by Brian Cairns - on Jul 18th 2008 - No Comments
Southwest Airplane Taking Off

Planning for Vegas seems simple to the uninitiated. However, you can become quickly overwhelmed when you begin to consider the multitude of hotels, restaurants, shows, pools, spas, golf courses, roller coasters, bars, nightclubs, casinos, buffets, shopping locations, people-watching venues, old Vegas sites, new Vegas sites, and so forth. I...

Las Vegas Trip Agenda – Couples Deluxe Edition (Part 1: Intro)

by Brian Cairns - on Jun 23rd 2008 - No Comments
Las Vegas Skyline

Las Vegas: where you'll be going. (photo: Trevor Lowder / Flickr) If you want to spend a long, luxuriant weekend in Las Vegas with your significant other, but lack the time to plan a memorable trip, today’s your lucky day: I’ve done it for you. In preparation for my couple’s trip to Vegas in late May, my assistant...