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Become a Grill Master This Weekend
Summer is upon us and, along with it, grilling season. We've got plenty of tips and tricks to help you become a grill master this weekend.

Note: If you don't have a great grill just yet, choose from any of these five great options.

Get the Right Tools
When you're at the grill, it helps to have the right tools. Here are a few we've found over the years that can make your job a bit easier and your food better:

Grill Clips take the hassle out of grilling smaller vegetables. Asparagus, for example, can slip through the surface and into the fire. Grill Clips bundle the smaller items together so they can't escape.Stake combines a spatula, fork, and tongs into one grilling multi-tool.The Weber 3-Piece Set gives you a solid spatula, form, and tongs separately (if you prefer them that way).Kabob Baskets keep your kabobs in order.
You don't need everything on that list—in fact, getting it all would leave you with quite a bit of redundancy—so stick with what you need for what you want to grill. Ultimately, a good spatula, fork, and tongs will give you enough to work with.

Get Some Good Recipes
You need a good set of recipes, whether simple or complex, to produce some great food. We like Weber's On the Grill for a comprehensive guide, but here are a few other specific options:

Sauces: Make your own BBQ sauce (here's another option) and marinades.Herbs: With a little oil, you can brush on the right combination of herbs for a great flavor.Recipe Collections: Visit Serious Eats, Weber, the Food Network, Martha Stewart, and Food & Wine for some great options.
Learn to Cook Meats
Plan on grilling hotdogs? You can achieve a perfect spiral if you know how to cut the dog beforehand. This increases the grilling surface and enhances the flavor. Marinating your dogs can also provide a killer flavor boost. A good marinade can work with steaks and fruit, too. If you've never made a marinade before, learn the basics before you dive in.

Speaking of steaks, a few things can improve the final product. First, know your steak grilling myths so you don't fall victim to any common errors. Second, you can improve a lesser cut of meat by covering it in salt an hour before you grill. Third, a quick freeze will earn you Steakhouse-quality crust. Finally, you need to know when your steak is ready to eat. While that moment will depend upon how rare or well-done you like your meat, you can test its doneness by just touching your thumb to your pointer finger.

What about chicken? You can figure out when chicken is ready using this tip from Serious Eats:

"Remember that the last part on the whole chicken to finish cooking is always the joint between the leg and the thigh. The easiest way to tell if your chicken is perfect is a simple twist test. Twist a chicken leg with your fingers. If it doesn't budge, it isn't done. If it spins like a roulette wheel in Las Vegas, it has cooked too long. Ideally you want to feel slight tension and then a release of the joint.

If you want to maintain a juicier grilled chicken, you should (seriously) cook it under a brick. As for burgers, you gave us some of the best tips, but we have a few good ones, too. Regardless of what you're cooking, make sure you know where to put it on the grill for the best results.

Clean Up Easily
After a day of grilling, you might find the need to clean but not have the energy to do it. Not to worry—you can just stick many of the dirty parts of your grill in the oven and then use the oven's self-cleaning setting to handle the job for you. If you'd rather keep it all together, stick half an onion on a fork and use it to tidy up. If not of that works for you, try a coffee bath.

Have a great weekend (and a great meal)!
weekendhacker  food  grilling  from google
june 2013 by bjourdan
Find a Quick Exercise Routine You Can Actually Stick to This Weekend
Exercise: most of us hate it and wish we did it more often. The key? Finding a routine that doesn't take too long but also doesn't try to pack two hours of work into four minutes, leaving you feel like you're lucky to be alive. Over the last couple of years, tons of of quick exercise routines you can actually stick to have surfaced. Pick one and get started this weekend.

Simple Circuit Training

Circuit training workouts are great because you can pick a few key exercises for the day and just keep doing them for 20 minutes (or until you can't go on anymore). The downside, of course, is that these workouts tend to be a little difficult in the beginning but if you stick with them and don't expect too much of yourself right off the bat, you'll get in better shape with a small time commitment.

Our guide to getting a complete workout with nothing but your body features plenty of simple exercises you can start with. Just pick three to five that focus on different parts of your body and swap them out with other routines during the week. You can also spend different days concentrating on specific parts of your body (e.g. arms, legs, or core) when you want more focus but try to work in some sort of cardio whenever possible. For some assistance, check out previously-mentioned mobile and webapp Sworkit. It creates randomly-generated circuit training workouts, walks you through them, and tracks your progress. The app is free to use, but a pro version offers additional features.

Tolerable Interval Training

Interval training proves that you only need about 20 minutes worth of exercise per day to get in shape. Like circuit training, interval training tends to require harder work for a shorter amount of time but it can be a lot easier than you might think.

Researchers found that the single most effective exercise regimen may be spending 20 minutes on a stationary bike performing micro intervals. You simply pedal slowly for 12 seconds, pedal as fast as you can for 8, and then repeat this process 60 times (for a total of 20 minutes). The exercise itself isn't that hard, but it requires a lot of attention. Thinking about exercising for 20 minutes can feel like torture even when it isn't. To help solve that problem, I developed an app to keep you on track with this specific flavor of interval training. That way you can watch TV, listen to a podcast, or engage in a variety of other activities and only sort of pay attention to the fact that you're working pretty hard.

A Comprehensive Micro Routine

A full body workout doesn't require a gym or much time at all. In fact, you can manage on in just seven minutes. The American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Journal highlighted an effective, quick routine that uses your body weight to provide a comprehensive work out and help you get you in better shape. Like the bike interval training method mentioned about, this routine was essentially developed in a lab to find a simple and quick way for people to exercise on a tight time budget. If you're in a rush, this is the routine for you.

Don't Forget About Your Diet
Exercise is only one piece of the puzzle. A healthy diet matters just as much. Different diets work better for different people, so you'll have to find the right one for you, but you should be able to make a significant impact by simply limiting your portion size to only what you need and making healthy substitutions for unhealthy foods. Whatever you do, don't expect exercise to turn you into a Greek sculpture. Diet matters, too, so don't make it an afterthought!

Good luck, and happy Friday everyone!
weekendhacker  fitness  health  exercise  weight_loss  diet  from google
may 2013 by gdagley
Set Up the Ultimate Home Theater This Weekend
When you've spent the week getting things done, it's nice to enjoy a little entertainment over the weekend. If you've yet to set up your ultimate home theater, here's everything you need to know to make it happen.
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htpc  diy  computers  computer_building  home_theater  weekendhacker  xbmc  tv  home_theater_pcs  plex  entertainment  movie  from google
may 2013 by robert.spencer
Kick Your Procrastination Problem This Weekend
No human on earth escapes the plague of procrastination. We're all wired to put things off but we also have the capacity to override that tendency. This weekend, pick one of the many ways to purge yourself of procrastination and start getting things done.
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procrastination  schedules  weekendhacker  deadlines  bad_habits  time_management  distractions  from google
april 2013 by robert.spencer
Add Some Extra Storage to Your Home This Weekend
Not all homes are blessed with endless closet space, so you often need to sell your unwanted crap or find a way to store it. This weekend we're assuming you're a pack rat rather than a minimalist and have a number of DIY projects to help you stash more stuff. More »     
Kitchen  Home  DIY_Projects  DIY  living_room  ikea_hacks  Weekendhacker  Media_Center  coffee_tables  Kitchen_hacks  Top  Storage_hacks  bedroom  Furniture_hacks  Storage  Household  Furniture  from google
april 2013 by dmlsexton
Add Some Extra Storage to Your Home This Weekend
Not all homes are blessed with endless closet space, so you often need to sell your unwanted crap or find a way to store it. This weekend we're assuming you're a pack rat rather than a minimalist and have a number of DIY projects to help you stash more stuff. More »     
Kitchen  Home  DIY_Projects  DIY  living_room  Weekendhacker  Media_Center  coffee_tables  Kitchen_hacks  Storage_hacks  bedroom  Furniture_hacks  Storage  Furniture  from google
april 2013 by robert.spencer
Tweak the Dark Corners of Your Operating System This Weekend
Some people are content to use their computers as they were originally intended. Others take matters into their own hands, get a little adventurous, and tweak every corner of their operating system until it fits into their workflow perfectly. This is for those in that second group. More »
Windows  Mac  Command_Line  Customization  Weekendhacker  Registry  Tweaks  Linux  Terminal  osx  from google
april 2013 by robert.spencer
Tweak the Dark Corners of Your Operating System This Weekend
Some people are content to use their computers as they were originally intended. Others take matters into their own hands, get a little adventurous, and tweak every corner of their operating system until it fits into their workflow perfectly. This is for those in that second group. More »
Windows  Mac  Os_X  Command_Line  Customization  Weekendhacker  Registry  Top  Tweaks  Linux  Terminal  Mac_OS_X  from google
april 2013 by katyggls
Declutter in Your Life and Embrace Minimalism This Weekend
We all like our stuff, and probably do not want to live out of a suitcase, but there's something to be said for cutting out the unnecessary. You don't have to go full-blown minimalist, but take a little time this weekend and audit what you own and what you do. You might find you can survive with a lot less and feel better doing it. More »
Home  Workspace  Spring_Cleaning  Declutter  Cleaning  Minimalist  Minimalism  Weekendhacker  Top  Desktop  less_is_more  Office  Household  from google
march 2013 by bjourdan
Breathe New Life into an Old Smartphone This Weekend
Back in 2007 when the iPhone emerged as the new standard for smartphones, the idea of repurposing an old one would have seemed strange. Now, most of us have upgraded at least once and probably have an old device or two lying around. If you need a project this weekend, make yours useful again. More »
iPhone  Phones  Smartphones  Clever_Uses  repurposed  ipod_touch  repurpose  Weekendhacker  ios  Top  Android  from google
march 2013 by knilob
Get Your Home Clean and Organized This Weekend
No one likes a cluttered house. But, unfortunately, no one likes cleaning a cluttered house either, especially when it's so hard to keep clean. Take some time this weekend to declutter once and for all, and figure out an organizational scheme that works for you. More »
chores  Home  Cleaning  Annoyances  Weekendhacker  Top  Organization  Clutter  Time_Savers  Household  from google
february 2013 by knilob
Get Your Home Clean and Organized This Weekend
No one likes a cluttered house. But, unfortunately, no one likes cleaning a cluttered house either, especially when it's so hard to keep clean. Take some time this weekend to declutter once and for all, and figure out an organizational scheme that works for you. More »
chores  Home  Cleaning  Annoyances  Weekendhacker  Organization  Clutter  Time_Savers  from google
february 2013 by robert.spencer
Fix Your Broken Crap This Weekend
If you're like most people, you probably have a lot of stuff. You could probably stand to get rid of some of it, but chances are you have a few things that need a little fixing. Here are some tips to help you get them back in top shape this weekend.

Fix Your Smartphone
If you're an iPhone user, there's a decent chance you broke your device just a little bit this week when you jailbroke. If that's the case, you can fix it right up with this patch. If you're ever having iPhone jailbreak issues in general, troubleshoot them with CrashReporter. Some common errors are easier to fix. Resetting your network settings will fix package errors in Cydia. Slowness is a common problem among jailbroken phones and it's not hard to fix the issue and speed your mobile back up. Non-jailbreak users may have run into apps getting stuck during the install process, which you can fix by <a href="">tapping the app to pause it and then starting it over via the updates section in the iTunes App Store. If your issues is hardware-related, however, just consult iFixIt's guides for help resolving the problem yourself (if you're comfortable, of course). Often times, however, you'll just have to rely on Apple to fix the problem for you.

Android users have a wider variety of issues because they have more freedom in what they can do with their phones. This flowchart is a good place to start when you're looking for troubleshooting methods. Some of Android's issues stem from annoyances more than anything, and we can help you fix most of them. If you're trying to figure out an app that's messing with your system, safe mode is a good place to start. Hopefully you'll never "brick" your Android, but if that happens we have a guide to help you fix it.

Fix Your Computer
Hopefully you won't have to fix your computer too often if you perform regular maintenance (whether you've got a Mac, Linux, or Windows PC), but perhaps that's wishful thinking. Perhaps you want to speed up your slow computer, repair a problematic hard drive, troubleshoot a flakey network, or improve your Wi-Fi signal. Computers are complicated machines, and many things can go wrong, but these common fixes and upgrades can help keep yours in top shape.

Fix Your Music Libraries
When music libraries grow, they become a little unwieldy. Sometimes tracks are missing their ID3 tags, album art disappears, duplicates show up, and a variety of other problems occur. Fixing them all manually takes more time than most have, and isn't exactly a fun task, but there are some ways to make the process easier. If metadata is your problem, we have acomplete guide to whipping it into shape. We also have several tips on getting your entire library clean and organized. If songs are wrong in Google Music, there's a quick fix for those, too. If you'd rather take a more hands-off approach to the process, TuneUp is a handy app that fixes issues in iTunes and Windows Media Player.

Fix Your Messed Up Clothing
Got a bad zipper for some reason? Here's every fix you'll ever need. Stretched out your sweater cuffs? Just grab a hair dryer. Did you accidentally shrink a shirt? Warm water and hair conditioner can restore it. If your shirt collars curl too much, iron on a patch. And, in the event you get pooped on, here's how to remove it properly.

Fix Your House or Apartment
Household issues happen often and the fastest way to resolve them is to fix the problem yourself. In the past we've shown you how to fix a stinky sink, repair a nail pop in your wall, loosen up a stuck drawer, get rid of clutter, unclog your toilet, fix a toilet valve, and much more. Most of the time it's just not worth paying for home repairs because you can do so many yourself on the cheap. Of course, that's not always the case. If you can't repair the problem yourself, a service called HouseFix can at least help you save money with contractors.

Good luck fixing your stuff, and have a great weekend!
Weekendhacker  Android  Computers  DIY  Fix  Home  Household  ios  ipad  iPhone  ipod_touch  Repair  Repairs  Smartphones  Top  from google
february 2013 by WickedGood
Build a Computer This Weekend
Let's be honest: there's no weekend project that's both as fun and practical as building a computer, especially when you have so many options. Whether it's a home theater PC, a workstation, or something else, it's a great way to spend a day (or two) off. More »
Desktops  Computers  Computer_building  Weekendhacker  Hackintosh  howto  from google
february 2013 by robert.spencer
Fix the Internet's Biggest Annoyances This Weekend
The internet is full of knowledge, but also full of annoyances. Nevertheless, with some clever tricks and helpful tools you can eliminate most of the bad stuff and retain the good. Get your internet experience in top form this weekend. More »
Vpn  BBC_iPlayer  Pandora  NetFlix  Web_browsers  Extensions  Browser_add-ons  Customization  Greasemonkey  Annoyances  AdBlock  Weekendhacker  Hulu  Flash  YouTube  fixes  browser_extensions  Internet  Tweaks  Downloads  Gmail  userstyle  userscript  from google
january 2013 by robert.spencer
Design Some Awesome Business Cards This Weekend
Whether business cards are irrelevant or not, they're definitely a cool way to express yourself and easily provide your information. If you're looking to make some cool cards, set aside a few hours this weekend and use these resources to help. More »
Weekendhacker  Business  Business_Cards  Career  Design  Fonts  Job  layout  Networking  Printing  Top  Typefaces  from google
january 2013 by djwindsor
Build Your Own Miniature, Pocket-Sized Gadgets and Tools This Weekend
Some of the best gadgets and tools are the one you make yourself, but they're even better when they're so tiny they'll fit in your pocket because you can take them pretty much anywhere. This weekend, put together some mini tech and tools. More »
Cameras  multitool  DIY  Tools  USB  Gadgets  Weekendhacker  Altoids  Top  DIY_Creations  raspberrypi  from google
january 2013 by rwhe
Create a Spy Kit This Weekend
Spy Week may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you can't continue your training in the arts of espionage. One of the most exciting parts of being a spy is the gear. This weekend, put together your own kit. More »
Spy  DIY  Tools  Spy_week  Secret  Gadgets  Stuff_we_like  Data  Weekendhacker  Top  Security  DIY_Creations  from google
november 2012 by aaronmfraser
Create a Spy Kit This Weekend
Spy Week may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you can't continue your training in the arts of espionage. One of the most exciting parts of being a spy is the gear. This weekend, put together your own kit.

Turn Everyday Objects into Spy Gadgets
Earlier this week we posted a spy pen that doubles as a video and still camera, but that's not the only secret gadget you can employ. If you don't want your message to stick, use this disappearing ink pen. Want to hide your data? Try this USB flash drive lighter. To keep your identity safe, whether you're spying or not, an RFID-blocking wallet (or, at least, a passport protector) is a good buy. Hide your valuables in plain sight with a book vault. See behind your with these rearview sunglasses. Hide money in a battery. Hide your data on a microSD card and inside of a coin. You don't have to buy anything, either. Plenty of your existing gear can become spy gear. Create a secret compartment in your hat to hide your valuables. Make a safe out of a wall outlet or avoid buying a book safe and just make one. Need to conceal your smartphone? Hide it in a book, too! Pretty much any everyday object can be upgrade to spy status, so get creative with what you've got and see what you can hide inside.

Store Secret Data
Keeping your classified information a secret is an important element of being a spy. You need to make sure any sensitive data in your spy kit is well-hidden. To create secret messages, modify your printer to use invisible ink. Create a thumb drive privacy kit so you have computer privacy tools at your disposal. It also can't hurt to have a few disposable credit card numbers for emergencies. One service that's very easy to use that we like is Entropay. You can use it to create single or multi-use cards and use them only when you need to privately charge something.

Utilikey, Remote Spy Camera, RFID Blocking Wallet, Book Safe.

Add Spy Tools to Your Keychain
A few weeks back we talked about some awesome keychain upgrades, but you can take it to the next level by adding some spy gear. For example, this utili-key puts several helpful tools on your keychain to get you out of a bind. Need to control any TV? Try this mini remote. You can even hide a camera in your keychain. And, of course, there are plenty of tools you can add to a keychain so you always have a screwdriver, a knife, a flashlight, and more.

This post is part of Spy Week, a series at Lifehacker where we look at ways to improvise solutions to every day problems Bond-style. Want more? Check out our spy week tag page.
Weekendhacker  Data  DIY  DIY_Creations  Gadgets  Secret  Security  Spy  Spy_week  Stuff_we_like  Tools  via:greader  *imported  from google
november 2012 by kuzzzma

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