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March 8 · Issue #190 · View online
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Keep informed of emergency activity
Whenever there is a swarm of firetrucks in our neighborhood, I check my Nextdoor app in case anyone has posted any info, and it was there that one kind neighbor pointed me to the PulsePoint Respond app, which informs you of real-time medical and fire emergencies near you. If you’re CPR-certified, you can also sign up to receive “CPR-needed” notifications if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency. Unfortunately, it’s not available in all areas yet, but definitely worth checking out. — CD
Delightful Instagram
A delightful Instagram account I enjoy: Accidental Wes Anderson. It’s a curated collection of still images in the style of a Wes Anderson movie. Same symmetry, colors, and tone. The way Wes Anderson would view this Instagram is not in a stream but in grid view.  — KK
Amazon $5 credit for late delivery
If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you get guaranteed delivery dates for your Prime purchases. I recently learned you can get a $5 credit if a delivery is late. Just go to Amazon’s Live Chat and tell the representative that you have a late delivery and want a credit. It’s worked for me all four times I’ve tried it. — MF
Sticky remover
I reuse jars from the kitchen, for storage and for display items. Getting the jar labels off was a chore until I started using Goo Gone (which we’ve mentioned before but never explicitly recommended). It’s an odorless penetrating oil that unsticks adhesives from anywhere people stick stuff. Spray on, let soak and peel off. Leaves a temporary oil film that evaporates. — KK
My new favorite peeler
I’ve tried a lot of vegetable peelers, and the OXO Good Grips Pro Y-Peeler is now my favorite. It feels solid in my hand, and it has a long blade to speed up peeling. It’s great for peeling sweet potatoes.  — MF
Best lap desk
One thing that has been making my workday easy and versatile is this very comfortable, useful lap desk by LapGear ($35). On it, I can fit my 15" Macbook, my mouse, and my phone. Which means I can easily switch up my workspace by moving it to my comfy chair or couch and still be productive. I am loving it and should have bought one sooner. — CD
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