Author: Brett McKay

Missionary tag Christmas tree ornament

Most return missionaries have old name tags sitting around doing nothing. Why not put them to good use by making a tree ornament out if it. It’s simple and it’s a nice way to remember an important part of your life. Just get some ribbon, slide it in the name tag, tie it in a bow, and whola- instant Christmas tree...

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Make the Sacrament Less Noisy

This hack comes from back when I was a teacher preparing the Sacrament. Many chapels use the little plastic cups as opposed to the paper cups for serving the water. Ever notice how the plastic cups can make a pretty loud “click” when they hit the bottom of the tray? With lots of people taking the sacrament, the clicks can make a lot of noise that distracts from the the sacrament. To silence these clicks, just before you put the top on the water tray, line the bottom with paper towels. Now, when the cup hits the bottom, the towel muffels the noise. Additionally, it makes clean up a breeze. The towel soaks up the water so there’s less drying. Now, if only we can figure out how to make babies stop...

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Date Hack by Elder Oaks

In May 2005, Elder Oaks gave a talk to young single adults giving an apostolic smackdown on the proliferation of “hanging out” as opposed to good old fashion dating. He partly blames the elaborate dates that young Mormons do, like having a picnic on the street median. If that’s what you have to do take a girl on a date, no wonder men aren’t asking women out. Elder Oaks offers this nice little date hack. Gone is the clumsy and inexpensive phone call your parents and grandparents and I used to make. That call went something like this: “What’re ya doin’ tonight? How about a movie?” Or, “How about taking a walk downtown?” Cheap dates like that can be frequent and nonthreatening, since they don’t seem to imply a continuing commitment. Simple as that pick up the phone and ask someone for ice cream. No fancy picnics. No planned kidnappings. Just pick up the phone and...

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Track your Goals with Joe’s Goals

Joe’s Goals is a neat little web app that allows you to keep track of your goals. You set out the goals you wish to accomplish and put a check by the one’s you do. If you set a goal not to do a particular thing, every time you do it you put an “x”. Checks give you points and x’s deduct points. At the end of the week you have a tally to see how you’re doing with your goals. This is very similar to Benjamin Franklin’s virtue tracker. I’m glad to see someone take this old technique and adapt to the modern world. Joe’s Goals is free to...

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Entertain your kids with Ze Frank

I stumbled upon Ze Frank the other day. It’s a guy with a blog, but he also creates cool flash based games that are great for wasting time at the office or keeping young children entertained for hours Here’s some of my favorites. The Flake Maker Matrix Puppets. A puppet dancing to Beastie Boys. Classic. SNM#1. I thought this was the best kid game out of all of them. Let your 2 year old pound on your keyboard to create noises and visual effects without worrying he’ll delete something. Check out more games under “interactive toys” on Ze Frank’s...

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