Thursday, May 13, 2010

The New Mormon (Life) Hacker! - coming soon

Hi, my name is Tevya Washburn. I was able to get in touch with Brett, the original creator and author of this blog, about reviving it. He kindly agreed and turned it over to me. I registered some domains, created a logo, and am now waiting for some logistical things to take place, before the full resurrection of Mormon Hacker will occur. As you might've noticed in the title graphic, we've changed the name slightly to Mormon Life Hacker. That may be subject to change and I appreciate any input on the matter, but I'll get to that in a bit, more important stuff first:

Writers/Contributers Wanted
When Mormon Hacker fully relaunches in a few months, I'm hoping to have several editors/writers on board. If you are Mormon and love and/or The 4 Hour Work-Week and/or are just interested in learning (then sharing) shortcuts, tips, and advice, for the unique aspects of our LDS lifestyle, please contact me by emailing tevyaw[at]gmail[dot]com.

Currently there are no plans that would allow you to be compensated for your time/efforts, except the thanks of readers as they read and implement your lifehacks. If readership reaches a point where it makes sense to implement a revenue-generation model, the authors/editors who have put in the most time and effort will receive the greatest compensation. Also, even without the site making any money, there will be some opportunity to promote your own websites/businesses through Mormon Life Hacker.

My hope is to have writers/editors that are committed to one article per week or one article per month. So when you contact me, make sure you let me know which you feel you could commit to, starting around Sept. 1, 2010.

Name Change
If you hate "Mormon Life Hacker" but loved "Mormon Hacker" let me know in the comments. But don't just say you love or hate whatever, tell me why. And as a hint, I like logic. Also, sorry that all comments have to be approved by me first, but there's a lot of spam in the site currently (as you may have noticed), and a bug in blogger is preventing me from deleting them once they show on the blog.

Just so you know, I decided on "Mormon Life Hacker" with three separate words because I wanted to make it clear that its about lifehacking, not just hacking, which are really quite different, though related. I also chose to separate life and hacker because I didn't want the site to seem like just a Mormon version of, because we're in no way affiliated with them, and will have a distinctly LDS flavor of lifehacking articles and information. If you think we should go ahead and just call it "Mormon Lifehacker" let me know, and why. That's the option I'm most open to.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Use Google Alerts to get Latest Church News

Want to know what's going on with the Church or members of the Church in the news? Head on over to Google Alerts. With Google Alerts you can enter in search terms that Google will use to scour news and blogs all over the world for articles relating to the Church. Just type in "LDS", "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints", or "Mormon." Google will give you news updates anytime something is posted with that keyword. Pretty nifty. Requires a Google email account.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

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 crying.....

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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 call.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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 use.


Monday, February 19, 2007

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 site.


Friday, February 16, 2007

Dear Elder

Dear Elder is an excellent service to get messages to your missionary quickly. You write a message at the site and send it. Dear Elder will then e-mail those messages to your missionary's respective mission. The Elders in the office will print them out, put them in an envelope, and deliver them to missionary.

It's pretty convenient. The only draw back that I noticed on my mission is that because the Elders in the mission office are the ones who stuff the envelopes, there isn't much privacy. So, don't plan on writing a Dear John to your missionary using Dear Elder, unless you want the entire mission to know.