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Go the Echidna (Try to guess the 10 random words!)


In a land filled to the brim with magic and wonder, it was no surprise that some creatures found themselves more well-adjusted than others. One such creature was an incredibly intelligent echidna named Go. He was a simple mammal that spent most of his time combing his mohawk and doing pushups. Whenever he wasn’t studying to control the arcane, that is. Whether by coincidence or fate, one day Go met a peculiar fellow that seemed to be in need. The man was hung low over a  bench as if hungover or nauseous, whille flowers in full bloom magically sprouted around him. In the man’s hand was a bronze ball, smooth and cold to the touch. What Go soon realized that the sick man was a messenger for someone important. He was apparently delivering a ransom for that important person’s daughter who’d been kidnapped the night prior. It only seemed logical for Go to check on the man and see if he was well. Fortunately for the both of them, the man was. He introduced himself as Clyde, a psuedonym he used because his real name was apparently too addictive. Having forged a new bond of friendship, Clyde and Go sat for a moment while the former waited for the poison that sicked him to clear from his system. It was an odd magical brew that was meant to kill him slowly by inducing vomiting but instead made wildlife grow. After resting up, the two decided to set off to finish Clyde’s mission. Until a large, black bird crossed their path…. (to be continued)

Today’s lunch…

With Instagram down, I suppose it’s still my duty to inform my loyal audience of my most delicious meal. Fortunately for you all my literary chops have granted me the ability to give you what you’ve asked for!

I made myself a delicious pasta today, starting with a homemade tomato sauce seasoned with oregano, salt, pepper, basil, a little chili powder (and love <3). I let it all simmer for a while to get it mingling before I chopped up some raw beef and browned it in a pan. Before it got too comfy, I invited some onions to the party and let them get acquainted before combining the meat-veggie duo with the sauce of their dreams. Then came the pasta– a standard Penne. I started the water off with a splash of olive oil and some salt and once it came to a boil, BOOM, the whole box of pasta went in (I can’t let my roommates miss out on this, can I?).

Now, enough about the process. I’m sure you’re dying to know how it looked and tasted, right? Well, it was a mighty fine product I say. Imagine the noodles being perfectly tender as they cascade amidst the tomato sauce and Italian herbs. The noodle-y grooves of the Penne seemed to soak in the flavor and the chunks of beef and onion were molto bene, my friends.

Another cool addition to my repertoire of tools…

Following last week’s success in finding a new tool to use, I decided to try my hand at finding another. Do you open way too many tabs while using your web browser? Does it make surfing and multi-tasking online a difficult task?

Well, fear not. This handy tool that I’ve found, TooManyTabs, seeks to remedy that! Found on a article titled “11 Cool Online Tools You Should Know About,” TooManyTabs is a program that will allow you to view your tabs differently to better maintain them. It also boasts the ability to allow its users to arrange them by domain, title, even creation time!

Hopefully these apps help you as they have me!

If the links above don’t work, here’s their tagline if you aren’t convinced yet:

Ever tried having 20 tabs or more open in Chrome? You can’t even see the favicon of the tabs, not to mention the tab titles! If that happens to you, TooManyTabs is a must-have extension that manages your tabs, reduces your tab overflow, and saves your sanity!

From the makers of TooManyTabs for Firefox, TMT has come to Chrome to help all your tab needs!

Looking for something to aid in your scheduling?

Then try Buffer! I recently found it and I’d like to say that it seems pretty nifty on both a first and second glance! While looking for cool new tools to use, I stumbled upon this one on a list at labeled ’10 Essential Online Tools You Should Be Using.’ Starting off, it asks you for a social media account to connect and, optionally, you may choose to add more than one right off the bat. I did, choosing to connect both my twitter handle (@jaaaaamesrives) and Facebook profile to them. Once I’d done that, I was greeted with a page telling me that “You’re a natural!”

Though, I had no doubts about that. Buffer is primarily used as a scheduler that allows you to post things to your other accounts automatically. So say you wanted to post the same thing to both Twitter and Facebook (as all reasonable people do, right?), then all you’d have to do is schedule how often you wanted to share these posts and send them through Buffer. From there, it’ll make your post and any subsequent ones based on when you tell it to.

Here’s a look at what mine looks like:

My Buffer Dashboard

All in all, I’d say that while this tool doesn’t seem like the most important in the shed, it’s definitely a time-saver and just screams convenience. Check it out!