Monthly Archives: April 2017

#949: Use VLOOKUP

Some facts about my dark spreadsheet past:

  1. I had learned to use VLOOKUP before.
  2. I had vowed to use VLOOKUP before.
  3. Whenever I had an opportunity to use VLOOKUP, I forgot how and didn’t want to spend the time or energy re-learning, so I just used a different formula or function.

But yesterday, I had an Excel task I couldn’t see an alternative solution for that wouldn’t require an hour of extra work, so I took the 5 minutes to re-learn how to use VLOOKUP yet again, and then I actually used it.

And it worked.

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Computers


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#948: Swim before work

There is a school of thought–I’m not sure I subscribe to it–that says exercising in the morning is a good practice. It sets a precedent for your day and inspires you to make better choices throughout it.

While I’m skeptical about all of that, I have often thought about how nice it would be to swim before work. Since it’s the only thing I’ve yet to discover that clears my head and calms me down, creating this effect in the morning, before work pressures have stressed me out or exhausted me, seems to make sense.

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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Sports


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#947: Vacation alone

Things you learn when you take a vacation by yourself–and I mean on purpose, not tacked on to the beginning or end of a work trip where you spend a few extra days somewhere because your friends didn’t want to come: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Travel


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#946: Chase after a bus passenger

Normally, I do the bare minimum when it comes to helping strangers.

I’ll stop to listen to their questions about directions (rarely giving them unless they’re public transportation questions, since I don’t know driving directions in NYC). I’ll move out of the way when a clueless tourist family is hogging the whole sidewalk (you do not receive this gesture if you look like you know better). I’ll give you my seat on the train if you’re old, frail, or pregnant.

But these are all things that any decent human shouldn’t think twice before doing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Travel


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#945: Cry over spilled beer

When I was younger, my parents gave me a beautifully designed book for Easter. I brought it to school one day and I don’t remember the exact circumstances–whether I had it out in the rain, or dropped it in a puddle, or both–but it got soaked.

My mom dried it out, but the pages were forever crinkled, the cover a bit warped. I treasured it even more after that because I felt so terrible that it had gone through such an ordeal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 15, 2017 in Books


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#944: Take a self-defense class

The particular one I took was called Women’s Fights, which must have been named for a good reason but only makes me think of boyfights from Arrested Development.

Oh, that, and unagi, but that’s not the fault of the name.

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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Sports


#943: Try Amazon Prime

I don’t think I’m the last person in the country to use Amazon Prime. There are probably 9 or so¬†others who can afford it but don’t currently have it.

Here’s the thing: while everyone raves about the service’s convenience, I just don’t think I shop online enough to justify paying for it (I’m currently on a free trial subscription). And yeah, you can find most of what you already buy in stores from Amazon. But even with 2-day shipping, that means you have to know 2 days in advance you’re going to want or need something.

That’s some pretty advanced planning there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Computers


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