Halal Food Carts: What is Halal Food?

“Hey what do you want for lunch?”Halal

“I’m in the mood for some halal food.”

Living in New York City, you’ve probably heard this many times over the course of a week and immediately know what people are talking about. However, this same response is quite possibly the vaguest answer you could give in places like Riyadh, Damascus or Indonesia. Why is that? What really is “halal food?”

Continue reading


Productivity Series: Dual Monitor Setup

What you’ll need:

  • Your laptop
  • A second monitor (duh!)
  • A VGA, HDMI or other cable capable of connecting the two

Who this can help:

  • Students in high school and especially college
  • Professionals that do a lot of work on the computer

Welcome to the very first entry in the Productivity Series! Today we’re going to learn about why having two monitors is an excellent way to increase productivity. Are you a student who writes reports and constantly finds herself switching between the browser, word processor and PDF viewer? Are you a programmer always alt+tab’ing from an IDE to Stack Exchange to a console? What about a designer constantly running back and forth between PhotoShop, his gallery and his website? If you are any of these people or someone else that uses multiple programs at a time, then setting up two monitors can drastically improve your productivity. Continue reading

What would you do if the Internet went down?

My psychology professor posed a question for the class: What would you do if the Internet went down? Below is my response, but I’m interested in what you guys, the readers, think. What would you do?

interwebs$ sudo shutdown -h now ▮

After the initial Five Stages of Grief associated with losing something cherished, what would my life be like once I’ve accepted that I will never use the internet again? Well, let’s step back for a moment. What do I use the Internet for, right now? Typically I get up every morning, check my email, the news, and visit my “free money” sites. I’m not joined at the hip to a Facebook account, I don’t aggressively play any MMO and couldn’t care less about the latest cat video sweeping Reddit.

So it sounds like I just use the Internet as a means to stay connected with the environment around me. Okay. Well the internet is not the only medium through which I can do that. Continue reading

There’s Free Money Waiting for You

I remember when I first had dial-up. I’d visit this site called Free Arcade to play games all the time. What I remember most about the site isn’t the games or interface; rather, it is the ads.

I can’t believe it! You mean to tell me that out of all the people that visited the site today, I’m the one millionth? Wow, what are the odds? What’s that? All I have to do is shoot three ducks and I win two free iPod Nanos? You’ve got to be kidding me!

Unless you were born yesterday, we all know now that this was just a load of nonsense. At best it was an amusing advertisement. At worst, it was a scumbag sitting in his basement waiting for some sap to give up his social security number. But the Internet has changed a lot since then.

For one thing, there really are sites where you can earn free stuff like games, gift cards and clothing. No gimmick, no scam and most importantly, no ducks.

Continue reading